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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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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Grants available for water quality education projects

Nonprofit organizations and community groups are invited to apply for grant funding to implement educational activities, events or projects designed to promote actions that will improve water quality in the Kansas City area. MARC’s Water Quality Education Committee designed this program to improve public understanding about the negative impact that stormwater runoff has on our […]

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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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Hundreds attend region’s first Climate Action Summit

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Climate Action KC coalition hosted its first Climate Action Summit at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. About 485 people attended the full-day event, and 725 were on hand for the afternoon keynote session, which was open to the public. Highlights of the summit included: A welcome by […]

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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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A prescription for proper disposal

Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug regularly, and more than half take two, according to the Mayo Clinic. That translates to a large amount of leftover pills and prescription bottles that eventually have to go somewhere. In the Kansas City area, there are many safe disposal options. Lock ‘em up […]

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Jogging + picking up litter = PLOGGING

On Saturday Aug. 24, 81 “ploggers” participated in Kansas City’s first plogging event. Plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up litter, a practice that has become popular as concern spreads about litter washing into storm sewers, rivers and streams. The inaugural Plog-a-thon, sponsored by MARC’s Water Quality Public Education Committee with support from […]

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