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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 13, 2010
City of Kansas City, Mo. highlighted in
"Getting Smart about Climate Change"
The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s commitment to climate protection and sustainability has been recognized by the International City/County Management Association in a recent report titled “Getting Smart about Climate Change.” The report highlights how local governments in urban and suburban areas, in small towns, and rural areas in every region of the country are incorporating smart growth principles into their climate protection plans and sustainability initiatives.
"Kansas City has wisely focused on energy and sustainability issues, and because of that we are ahead of the game," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "Our willingness to work with regional partners and to set attainable goals has made us a model for other communities."
The report includes case studies on how Kansas City, Mo., Sarasota County, Fla. and Santa Monica, Calif. are creating more sustainable and resilient communities. Under the heading of “Sensible Sustainability and Regional Collaboration in Kansas City, Missouri,” the report showcases the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Climate Protection Plan and the City’s regional leadership across the bi-state metropolitan area in promoting sustainability among other municipalities and the business community.
“As a City Council, we have made climate protection and sustainability two of the top priorities for the operation of city government in Kansas City,” said Councilwoman Beth Gottstein.
The report notes how the City’s Climate Protection Plan identifies smart growth goals as critical issues, including efforts to reduce dependence on driving by increasing public transportation and building homes and workplaces in proximity.
It concludes by noting Kansas City’s use of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECGB) funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to update the City’s development code to promote energy efficient transportation and to work in partnership with the Mid-America Regional Council and other EECBG formula grant recipient communities in the metro area to implement a regional energy framework to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
After reviewing the new report, Councilwoman Cindy Circo noted that “We are pleased to see Kansas City’s climate protection and sustainability efforts recognized nationally and highlighted in this new publication by ICMA.”
The document “Getting Smart about Climate Change” is attached as a PDF.
Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer, 816-513-3459.