FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2006
Committee will develop plans to reduce global warming
The Climate Protection Plan steering committee will meet for the first time Oct. 23 from 3 until 5 p.m. The meeting will be at City Hall, 414 E. 12th St., in the committee room on the 10th floor. Mayor Kay Barnes will welcome the committee members.
These are the members of the Climate Protection Plan steering committee:
Joanne Collins, chairwoman -- former City Councilmember and past chairwoman of Mid-America Regional Council's Air Quality Forum
J.C. Alonzo -- City Environmental Management Commission
Bob Berkebile -- BNIM Architects
Scott Burnett -- Jackson County Legislature
William Downey -- Kansas City Power & Light
Dee Evans -- Beacon Hill Neighborhood Association
Pete Levi -- Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Bob Mann -- Bridging The Gap
Frank Pogge -- City Water Services Department
David Warm -- Mid-America Regional Council
Bridgette Williams -- Heart of America Labor Council, Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO.
"As we encourage City employees, local businesses and city residents to adopt more environmentally friendly lifestyles, the City must set a positive example in this area," Barnes said. "I look forward to working with this group to better enable Kansas City to become a leader in implementing responsible environmental policies."
"By bringing together this diverse group, we believe we have an excellent opportunity to plan for a more environmentally responsible future," said Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer for the City of Kansas City, Mo.
This committee will work with Murphey to conduct an inventory of the City's existing programs and measures to reduce greenhouse emissions that contribute to global warming. The group will then establish goals and identify actions to reduce greenhouse emissions and in 2007 submit those recommendations to the City Council. The committee was appointed by Barnes after a resolution she submitted was unanimously adopted in August by the City Council.
For more information, call Dennis Murphey, the City's chief environmental officer, (816) 513-3459.