Creating and sustaining a healthy environment for our region

A healthy environment for our region

MARC develops policies, processes and projects that help keep the region’s air and water clean, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserves and restores green infrastructure, and advances climate resilience. This is accomplished through:

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Air Quality

Keeping the air we breathe clean and safe through monitoring, education and outreach.

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Helping our region keep our waterways clean and free of pollution.

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Climate Resilience

Working with thought leaders and stakeholders to develop best practices to tackle climate change in our region.

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Natural Spaces

Developing policies that conserve, protect and restore natural resources and spaces at all development levels.

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Recycling and solid waste

Promoting local and regional waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs and safe disposal of hazardous waste. 

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Environment Plans

MARC works with local governments, committees and other stakeholders to identify common issues and develop plans to achieve our common objectives.

Environmental Outreach

In its mission to keep the region’s air and water clean, reduce waste sent to landfills, protect and conserve green infrastructure, advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, and catalyze climate resilience, the combined Environmental Departments of the Mid-America Regional Council will team up for community outreach, and teach your organization or municipality about how these efforts come together for a cleaner region.

View and request educational materials >
Request a group presentation >

Regional Climate Action

The first-ever KC Regional Climate Action Plan proposes a flexible framework to help mitigate climate change by achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. MARC, in collaboration with Climate Action KC has laid out the plan's nine focus areas on website listed below for reference and sharing. The website also provides the latest news and updates on the plan in action around the region.

With our partners at the MARC Government Training Institute (GTI), Academy for Sutainable Communities provides nationally known speakers focused on how Kansas City can serve as a model of sustainability by emphasizing environmental, economic and social success. Every year MARC GTI, Environmental Departments and Climate Action KC team up to present their top sustainability stories for the year.

Visit the Climate Plan website >
Academy for Sustainable Communities >

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