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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 21, 2009
Kansas City team selected to attend Climate Leadership Academy
An interdisciplinary team of four Kansas City professionals, including two City of Kansas City, Mo. employees, has been selected to attend the Climate Leadership Academy workshop from Sept. 21-23 in Chicago. The Institute for Sustainable Communities selected Kansas City as one of 16 cities invited to send a team to the conference.
"Kansas City was selected to participate in the academy because of its nationally-recognized leadership on climate protection,” said Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer. “We hope to learn more about using transportation and land-use policies to achieve our greenhouse gas reduction goals in discussions with our peers from leading green cities from across the country."
Each City-led team consists of four members: a sustainability or environmental director; a key staff member from the planning/development department; a key regional partner from the metropolitan planning organization; and a key partner from the state transportation or community development department.
Murphey will be joined by Patty Noll, the City’s project manager for its recently-adopted development code, Tom Jacbos of the Mid-America Regional Council and Lee Ann Kell of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The two-day workshop, "Reducing Carbon Emissions through Smart Transportation & Land Use Policies and Practices,” will include a blend of interactive panel discussions and small-group working sessions focused on key challenges, such as developing and implementing smart growth strategies, translating the theory of transit-oriented development into reality, tracking transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, and working collaboratively across local, regional, and state jurisdictional lines.
The academy is a unique training and peer-learning opportunity focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through climate-friendly transportation and land-use/growth management plans, policies, programs and practices.
Costs for participating in the Climate Leadership Academy are fully funded by the Blackstone Ranch Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The other cities selected to participate in the Climate Leadership Academy include: Atlanta, Austin, Burlington, Vt., Chicago, Eugene, Ore., Flagstaff, Ariz., Houston, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, Ore., Sacramento, Ca., Salt Lake City, Seattle, Tucson, Ariz., and Vancouver, British Columbia.
For more information, contact Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer, at (816) 513-3459.