Creating and sustaining a healthy environment for our region

A healthy environment for our region

MARC's Environment department develops policies, processes and projects that help keep the region’s air and water clean, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, restores green infrastructure and advances climate resilience. 

Environment spotlight

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Regional climate action

With input from hundreds of community leaders and stakeholders in the region, MARC has applied for comprehensive grant funding as part of the EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG). Learn more about our prioritized regional plan and how you can get involved at the link below.

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Regional landfill capacity study

MARC concluded a study, led by Burns & McDonnell, to forecast regional landfill capacity. The study is intended to inform solid waste planning, programming and permitting activities, at the state, regional and local levels and to serve as a prelude to a future regional solid waste plan.

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Reducing food waste

Food waste has an enormous negative impact on our community, economy and the environment. Kansas City Food Wise is a new regional website that aims to reduce food waste and build a sustainable food system in the metro. 

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Recycle more. Recycle better.

RecycleSpot.org is Kansas City Metro Area’s one-stop spot for recycling, reuse and waste reduction information. Now it has a new look, improved functionality and responsive design.

Green Infrastructure Project at the Shawnee Mission School District

Green infrastructure framework

Green infrastructure integrates nature-based solutions into the built environment in simple but meaningful ways. The Green Infrastructure Framework provides a roadmap for integrated processes and new approaches to protect, preserve and restore natural areas, while meeting social and economic needs at the same time.

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Carbon reduction program

The carbon reduction program funds projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the on-road transportation system. 

Environmental Outreach and Education

Make informed decisions

Take responsible action

Public education is key to making smarter choices that lead to a healthier environment. MARC's environmental outreach programs provide free resources to keep our communities clean and vibrant.

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It's Ozone Season

What's the SkyCast?

The SkyCast is the daily ozone forecast for the Kansas City region produced from March 1 through October 31. Similar to a weather forecast, it tells you what air quality conditions are most likely to be for the next day.

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Environment Committees

By bringing together key decision-makers, we can work together to find and implement solutions to the challenges our region faces.