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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2008

Climate protection plan finalized, submitted to mayor and council

The Kansas City Climate Protection Plan Steering Committee has approved a final draft of its climate protection plan and submitted it to City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser and City Councilmembers. A resolution is scheduled to be introduced this week that recommends the Council adopt the plan.

The climate protection plan is an important policy document with greenhouse gas reduction goals and measures to achieve those goals in City government operations and throughout the community over the next 12 years.

“Addressing climate change is a defining issue for our time,” said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. “Completing the Kansas City Climate Protection Plan is a significant milestone for the City as we strive to be a national leader among local governments dealing with climate protection, sustainability and environmental quality.”

The steering committee is a group of community leaders who have worked with City staff and community volunteers who served on several work groups over the past year and a half to develop the plan.

The steering committee unanimously approved the plan with goals that include:

- Making climate protection and greenhouse gas reductions a key factor in all decisions and actions by the City
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from City government operations 30 percent below year 2000 levels by 2020
- Reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below year 2000 levels by 2020
- Implementing 55 greenhouse gas reduction measures to achieve the 2020 reduction goals
- A long-term goal to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below year 2000 levels by 2050.

The plan is available at http://www.kcmo.org/manager.nsf/web/cpp.

For more information about the Kansas City Climate Protection Plan, contact Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, at (816) 513-3459 or dennis_murphey@kcmo.org.

    
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