Snow on car during winter

Learn how to stay warm and avoid idling

It’s official. Residents across the Kansas City metro woke up to snow on Sunday, Dec. 15. For the next few months, we can expect cold weather and more snow. To avoid the chill during the first few minutes of your daily commute, you may be inclined to warm up your car while you finish your […]

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Couple in rain

2019 ozone season wraps up with no Ozone Alerts

During the 2019 ozone season (March 1–Oct. 31), an exceptionally rainy summer helped keep ground-level ozone in check. Ground-level ozone forms when emissions from vehicles, industry and other sources react with heat and sunlight. In 2019, our region recorded the wettest ozone season since 2001, with rainfall approximately 14 inches above normal. No Ozone Alerts […]

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Regional Roundup: Local governments earn kudos

Each month, our Management Matters newsletter highlights state and national recognition awarded to local governments in Greater Kansas City. Recent highlights include: Metro cities receive ICMA Certificates of Excellence — The International City/County Management Association recognized the cities of Kansas City, Missouri, and Olathe, Kansas, with Certificates of Excellence in Performance Management. Certificates of Excellence […]

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DeBruce Foundation launches new career assessment tool

DeBruce Foundation announces career assessment tool

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, The DeBruce Foundation announced a new career assessment tool — the Agile Work Profiler. This tool uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic and helps individuals learn more about their individual strengths and interests. The Bureau of Labor Statistics identified approximately 60,000 jobs that include a variety of work […]

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MoDNR provides funding to help reduce diesel emissions

Starting Oct. 1, interested applicants, including government agencies with diesel fleets, can apply for funding from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) to help reduce diesel emissions. In 2016, the U.S. reached a settlement agreement with Volkswagen related to its violation of Clean Air Act regulations for diesel emissions. MoDNR will award $41 million […]

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Local governments and special districts plan career expo

On Nov. 7, more than 3,500 middle and high school students will attend a public sector career expo at Bartle Hall Convention Center. The expo will introduce students to career paths in local government and public service and connect employers to the future workforce. Students will have the opportunity to engage with representatives working in […]

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Collage of air-friendly activities

Summer activities are better with clean air

The start of the school year is only a few weeks away, so it may seem like summer is almost over. But there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy outdoor adventures across the Kansas City region. Warm weather is perfect for getting outside, but summer heat can also cause higher levels of ozone pollution […]

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HHW mobile collection events safely dispose of harmful waste

Danger. Warning. Caution. Flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive items in your home with those words on the label are hazardous waste. This type of waste can be harmful to your health and the environment if they are not properly used and managed. Household hazardous waste (HHW) such as paint, cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive […]

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