MARC’s main environmental program areas of air quality, watershed management, solid waste management, energy, and green infrastructure bring community partners together to address regional environmental issues in a cooperative setting.
Each program includes a strong educational component based on the concepts of smart growth and sustainability, with messages directed at a variety of groups and audiences.
MARC also works with several broad-based environmental initiatives that cut across program lines to achieve multiple objectives at once.
- The Kansas City Environmental Education Network works with environmental educators and organizations to expand environmental education in our region.
- Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) uses digital map data to study valuable natural resource assets and ecological features in the Kansas City region.
- MetroGreen is a comprehensive plan to build a network of more than 1,100 miles of greenway trails.
- Several transportation initiatives will help make the region more accessible for those who walk, bike, or travel by transit.
- The region’s green building program encourages more environmentally-sensitive design and construction practices.
- Sustainable Growth for Small Cities tools help growing communities with land use practices, zoning policies, funding resources and more.
- Creating Quality Places identifies how smart growth planning concepts may be applied to the Kansas City region.
All interested agencies and citizens are invited to participate in MARC’s environmental programs.