Climate and Environment Council

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The Climate and Environment Council (CEC) is a collaborative, action-oriented committee that guides the implementation of the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan. This committee is jointly supported by MARC and Climate Action KC.

Core functions

To move the implementation of the Kansas City Regional Climate Action Plan forward, the CEC will set a broad agenda on climate resilience and sustainability. The council’s work will focus on the following core functions to carry out this purpose.

  • Strategy: Develop near-term regional climate action work plans.
  • Coordination: Prioritize, support and coordinate specific policy, technical and action plans among various organizations and committees.
  • Alignment: Align planning and existing initiatives with funding opportunities.
  • Tracking: Develop and track metrics that measure progress toward climate resilience and sustainability goals.
  • Action: Conceptualize and bring energy to new initiatives and capacities.
Committee Documents
Publication Date

2023 CEC Members

Alexis Gatson
Resident, Kansas City, Missouri

Amanda Odell
Black and Veatch

Andy Savastino
Office of Environmental Quality, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Angelica Duckworth
LivZero, LLC

Ashley Eusey
Hoefer Welker

Brien Darby
Cultivate KC

Christina Engemann

Damien Boley (Co-chair)
City of Smithville, Missouri/ MARC Board of Directors

Dana Knapp

David Johnson
Resident, Kansas City, Missouri

Elizabeth Danforth

Emily Randel
City of Mission, Kansas

Gayle Bergman
City of Overland Park, Kansas

Gloria M. Fisher
Westside Housing Organization

Ian Fannin-Hughes
Johnson County Stormwater Management

Jackson Ward
Johnson County Dept. of Health & Environment

Jennifer Gunby
US Green Building Council

Jensen Adams
City of Kansas City, Missouri

Jesse Crupper
Kala Performance Homes

Kevin Kennedy
Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Kim Winslow

Lara Isch
City of Overland Park, Kansas

Lisa Maione
Kansas City Art Institute

Mary Nguyen
Heifer International

Mathew Robinson
Center for Economic Info at UMKC

Michelle Kriks
City of Leawood, Kansas

Mike Kelly (Co-Chair)
Board Chairman, Johnson County Board of Commissioners / Climate Action KC

Miriam Bouallegue
Metropolitan Energy Center

Philippa Cross

Ryan T. Evans
SunSmart Technologies

Sherri Dyan Tauheed
Swope Health Services

Will Neds
HDR, Inc.