How to dispose of leftover medications

Pharmaceutical drug abuse poses countless problems for our country. Every 8 minutes, an American dies from an unintentional drug overdose. Seven out of 10 people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family. Often, they find forgotten pills in a home medicine cabinet. The problem, sadly, finds its way to our youngest and […]

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Dispose of household hazardous waste at mobile events

With vaccinated people across the region returning some level of normalcy to their routine after months at home, one thing may be left undone — what to do with those oozy, smelly and fumy chemicals found while cleaning during quarantine? Removing clutter from your house, you may have unearthed ancient cosmetics from under the bathroom […]

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Biking in Autumn

2020 ozone season wraps up

The 2020 ozone season has officially ended and, while the data is still being validated, it appears that the Greater Kansas City region exceeded the ozone standard only once. Ground-level ozone forms when emissions from sources such as vehicles, industry and power plants react with heat and sunlight. Thankfully, the 2020 ozone season (March 1–Oct. […]

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Fire Prevention Week: How to Recycle Old Fire Safety Supplies

This week, Oct. 5-9, marks Fire Prevention Week — an awareness campaign from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that has been educating Americans since its inception in 1925 under President Calvin Coolidge. After decades of observing a week of remembrance for the survivors of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the U.S. government turned […]

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Tips for recycling during COVID-19

Millions of households around the region are facing newfound stressors and disruptions to their routines due to COVID-19 and the ways in which we are combating its spread. That sudden change in priorities, although having some unintended benefits for automobile emissions levels, has become a burden on the environment in a different way — with […]

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EPA recognition bolsters local sustainable use and re-use

The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded several local efforts with grant money and recognition. Earlier this month, both the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Mid-America Regional Council have been granted a total of $1.4 million in Brownfields Programs funding for cleanup planning and assessment within our region. The funds are part of a […]

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50th anniversary of Earth Day

April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In 1970, a bold show of support for defending our public health from the effects of pollution coalesced around like-minded conservative and progressive lawmakers, who were alarmed by deteriorating environmental conditions. Teaming up with student activists, they organized demonstrations and “teach-ins” that would eventually become Earth […]

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City leaders reading Climate Action Playbook

Climate Action KC showcases local climate resilience efforts

In 2019, a coalition of more than 100 elected officials, educators and other authorities joined forces under common cause to create the Climate Action KC steering committee. With guidance from project leader Melissa Cheatham from the Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council, as well as MARC’s Transportation and Environment Department, a framework was created with input […]

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