On December 9, a group of energized individuals gathered at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to take part in the Resilient Success Stories Event. With a packed house, participants heard 12 stories from around the region: The Merriam Residential Sustainability Grant, Kompas Kapital’s refurbished headquarters building, Kansas City Public Library Climate Action Dashboard, Lee’s Summit Green Infrastructure improvement program, The HCA Nature Action Crew, Big Shoal Farm, Mission Conservation Improvement program, Johnson County Watershed Master Plan, Johnson County Park & Recreation Districts Forest Restoration, The Tomahawk Creek Water Treatment Facility, The KCMO Neighborhood Clean Up Program and KCMO’s Climate Resiliency Protection Plan.
These stories allowed participants to understand intrinsic factors and look for alignment across sectors. The sum of work produced by the 12 showcased projects (along with the six honorable mentions) is indelible to the region. It demonstrates ways that all organizations can transform our communities and create a more resilient Earth. By sharing them, we want to celebrate each other’s success and discover what’s next for organizations in our region that choose to lead on climate action.
In addition to the event, the Mid-America Regional Council now offers a story map archive containing information about the highlighted stories and other stories submitted for the 2022 Resilient Success Stories Event. The map will document the stories and inform users more about what’s happening in the community and how everyone can bring about resilient change!