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This phase involves reviewing the draft plan and getting ready to mobilize for climate action. We want to hear what community members think about the draft plan so we can refine the plan further. Additionally, we want to hear how residents, neighborhoods, businesses, and community organizations can help activate the plan and accelerate climate action in Kansas City and beyond.

The Draft Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan public comment period has ended. Thank you for your patience while we review the over 500 comments received!

You can still view the draft plan here

(Note that the online plan is interactive. For the best experience we recommend reviewing the online version.)

Plan appendices and supplemental documentation can be accessed through the "Important Links" section to the right.


Next Steps For Plan Adoption

1) The Office of Environmental Quality, the Climate Protection Steering Committee, and our consultant team will work on reviewing the draft comments received and use them to refine the plan document.

2) The final plan will go to the city Executive Team and City Council for review.

3) The plan will go before a City Council Committee (date and committee to be determined) for discussion. At this point the public can also comment on the plan in front of council. The committee will either recommend edits to the plan or forward to full City Council for adoption. Show your support!

4) City Council will vote on adopting the plan.

5) Once the plan is adopted, we mobilize for climate action!

This phase involves reviewing the draft plan and getting ready to mobilize for climate action. We want to hear what community members think about the draft plan so we can refine the plan further. Additionally, we want to hear how residents, neighborhoods, businesses, and community organizations can help activate the plan and accelerate climate action in Kansas City and beyond.

The Draft Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan public comment period has ended. Thank you for your patience while we review the over 500 comments received!

You can still view the draft plan here

(Note that the online plan is interactive. For the best experience we recommend reviewing the online version.)

Plan appendices and supplemental documentation can be accessed through the "Important Links" section to the right.


Next Steps For Plan Adoption

1) The Office of Environmental Quality, the Climate Protection Steering Committee, and our consultant team will work on reviewing the draft comments received and use them to refine the plan document.

2) The final plan will go to the city Executive Team and City Council for review.

3) The plan will go before a City Council Committee (date and committee to be determined) for discussion. At this point the public can also comment on the plan in front of council. The committee will either recommend edits to the plan or forward to full City Council for adoption. Show your support!

4) City Council will vote on adopting the plan.

5) Once the plan is adopted, we mobilize for climate action!

Plan Comments

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My name is Adam Rossi and I live in the 3rd District. As a proud Kansas City resident concerned about the health, welfare, and future of all in our city, I am glad that the city is working to adopt a Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan to ensure that our city takes the necessary bold actions to address the climate crisis we face as a city and country and protect the health and welfare of all in our community. I want to see Kansas City be a leader in the cause to reverse global warming. Kansas City was right to adopt strong goals in Resolution 200005, including a commitment to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use citywide by 2030, and to ensuring both the final Plan and process for shaping it are focused on equity and inclusion. I further applaud the City for recently passing legislation declaring a climate and ecological emergency challenging us to accelerate the Plan’s targets and regularly review the Plan to ensure we meet our goals.

However, this Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan needs to be much stronger if we are actually serious about reversing global warming and doing everything we can to provide a liveable future and present for all Kansas City and worldwide citizens.

First of all, as long as we continue to burn coal we aren’t serious as a city about facing the climate emergency head-on. The city needs to commit to immediately calling on Evergy, Inc. to retire the Hawthorn Coal Plant, located in Kansas City, and advocate for and work with the utility to ensure the coal plant is retired by 2025. This coal plant must be replaced not only by an equal amount of renewable generating capacity, but by at least 2.5 times the amount of generating capacity coming from renewables. We need to electrify EVERYTHING, which basically means replacing anything that burns with electricity that is generated by renewable sources. This means we have to generate a lot more electricity (about 2.5 times more nationwide, according to experts like Saul Griffith at ReWiring America.) This will take an extremely aggressive commitment to build solar and wind infrastructure everywhere possible. Kansas City has a lot of highways (too many, in fact) but the medians and areas around highways are great locations for solar panels. So too are parking structures and parking lots (perfect for a solar carport concept) and of course building rooftops.

Of course, this means we have to aggressively move away from natural gas, a polluting fossil fuel that can have a greater impact on global warming than coal when considering methane leaks, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The jobs that will be created when building the infrastructure needed to generate the amount of renewable energy we need will be more than enough to put all the natural gas workers at Spire to work, and we’ll have many more jobs left to spare.

Secondly, we need to change the way people move around Kansas City. A free public bus system is fantastic, and a free street car is also great. But we need a bus fleet that is completely electric, and we need bus routes that come every 10 minutes, not every 30 or 60 minutes. We also need actual bus stops with a bench and shelter, not just a tiny sign, at each stop. The bus schedule should also be posted at each stop. We need to expand routes to make it easier to get to places, and we have to recognize that buses should be used by everyone, not just people who don’t have a car. It’s unbelievable to me that during Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC home games there aren’t buses that run directly from the city center to the stadiums before and after games. The streetcar is nice for what it is, but it must be expanded 100 fold. Into the 1950s Kansas City was a streetcar city, a city in which directions were given based on streetcar stops. We must return to a city in which people’s first inclination is to take a streetcar, bus, or bike, and not drive a car. When engaging in transit-oriented development, we must be cognizant of and careful not to drive up housing prices around the lines and force people out of their homes. People want nice, safe places to live. They don’t want to be forced out of their homes by rising prices. Riding a bike on Gillham Road is a dream. It’s the safest I feel anywhere in the city riding a bike, and it encourages bike usage in this part of town. We need bike lanes like the one on Gillham Road EVERYWHERE in the city. Yes, that means on EVERY street.

Thirdly, we need to develop the infrastructure needed to support the electric vehicles that will be on the road. Every gas station will need to be replaced by a vehicle charging station to meet the future that is quickly approaching. Even conservative, fiscally-minded people who don’t give a rat’s foot about climate change tell us that by 2030 electric vehicles will be cheaper to manufacture than cars with internal combustion engines, and anyone who knows anything about economics knows that this means inevitably the world’s vehicle fleet will be replaced by EVs within the coming decades. Transitioning gas stations to charging stations will of course be a huge undertaking that will create many jobs.

The bottom line is this: we need to electrify EVERYTHING. The even MORE bottom line is this: Kansas City must become carbon negative, not carbon neutral, by 2050, and preferably much sooner. And, Kansas City must work to implement this plan IMMEDIATELY. If we realistically want to have any hope at all of becoming carbon negative by 2050, we need to start doing a lot RIGHT NOW and continue to do a lot every year between now and 2050. Hank Aaron didn’t break the home run record by hitting 50 homers in a few seasons. He never hit 50 homers in his career. He broke the home run record by hitting at least 20 homers for 20 STRAIGHT SEASONS. Which is insane, but that’s what it takes to hit as many home runs as he did in the course of his career. (Of course, Barry Bonds hit 73 in a single season, but he was cheating, so that’s beside the point.) We can’t wait 10 more years to start hitting climate home runs. We can’t wait one more year. We have to start TODAY, and we have to keep at it for a really long time. The way may be hard. But let us go together. It may be difficult, but we will help one another. And what will we be creating? A Kansas City that is WAY BETTER than it is today. The solutions to the climate crisis will create a more equitable and happier Kansas City than the one we currently live in. So let’s get to work. NOW.

Thank you for your time and the opportunity to weigh in on this important issue and for your continued commitment to serving all Kansas Citians.

Respectfully Submitted,

Adam Rossi

adampaulrossi about 2 months ago

The Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) is the oldest general business trade association in Missouri, and we work hard to promote a favorable climate for business so that our members can compete in the global economy and create jobs for workers across the state. Our manufacturers and industrial businesses across Kansas City have raised concerns about the draft Kansas City Climate Protection & Resiliency Action Plan and the impact it could have on their operations and the local economy.

This recently introduced draft plan proposes a shift to electricity as the only energy source for businesses and residents in Kansas City, eliminating the use of natural gas. Natural gas has served as an affordable and reliable fuel for our members and the local community. If enacted, this change in policy threatens the operations of manufacturers. and industrial businesses as all energy options are both needed and considered by our members. Our members rely on natural gas in their operations because it benefits their manufacturing process. They also rely on electric when that energy form benefits their manufacturing process. Businesses are facing unprecedented challenges with inflation and recovering from the pandemic, and this will serve to add another obstacle.

Our members in Kansas City need a dependable domestic source of energy to succeed and natural gas has been an integral resource needed to build businesses, employ the community, and fuel the local economy. The draft Kansas City Climate Protection & Resiliency Action Plan needs to be amended with a balanced energy policy that includes both electricity and natural gas as options for customers.

RayMcCarty about 2 months ago

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laelaz about 2 months ago

My name is Laela and I live in the 3rd District. I support the Green New Deal, and that's why I support the demands from Sunrise Movement KC's A People's Climate Town Hall.


This plan needs to center direct benefits for marginalized people such as working-class/poor, Black, Indigenous, people of color, and others. Specifically, this plan needs a deeper and stronger commitment to affordable/social housing. We must address the housing crisis as we push towards decarbonization, otherwise more people will be pushed out. The CPRP should endorse The People's Housing Trust Fund.


In addition, the funding mechanisms behind the plan must come from public dollars. Whether it's jobs, weatherization, or other benefits, this agenda must be delivered through SOCIAL PROGRAMS paid for and run by the municipal government. We cannot rely on our oppressors—Evergy and Spire—to deliver a bold, transformational agenda. Utility monopolists are committed to prolonging the crisis and drawing out timelines to benefit their own bottom lines.


Finally, we need a strong effort towards total decarbonization and clean energy for all, especially our historically redlined and disinvested neighborhoods. The solar array is a great first step, let's take it even further by closing the Hawthorn coal plant and introducing community choice energy to meet the demand.


Finally, I want to see us build a transit system that is truly accessible for the working class and disinvested neighborhoods of Kansas City. The streetcar is not enough and is a corridor for tourism and commerce, but not for working people of KC. Also, without strong housing and tenant power, green development is just going to gentrify our neighborhoods. We need to ramp up existing transit lines (buses) between east/west areas and into south KC. Our bus workers need to be treated with respect and dignity and get a raise. The worker shortage must be addressed with pro-worker measures in order to build a transit system that works for everyone.

I also believe we need to seriously give the land back to Indigenous communities that are right here in KCMO. The City of Kansas City could directly give additional land back to the KC Indian Center.

I support the full list of demands here: bit.ly/pcthdemands

laelaz about 2 months ago

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA) and the Missouri Restaurant Association (MRA) recognize the problems our environment faces and we wish to be good stewards protecting our planet for generations to come. Developing a climate and resiliency plan is a worthwhile undertaking and we applaud Kansas City for making this effort. However, we feel the plan, as currently drafted, does not take a fair and balanced approach in some areas.

Small businesses and local restaurants are the backbone of every community – they employ locals, feed families, and offer space for neighbors to get together. Restaurants have faced unprecedented challenges over the past few years with the changing dynamics of the pandemic, supply chain issues, and now the increased cost of goods because of inflation. We need to find every way to support our local restaurants, but the draft KC Climate Protection & Resiliency Action Plan could further harm restaurants by limiting the choice of energy sources they can utilize.

Many restaurants have a clear need for cooking using natural gas because of the precision and control that natural gas offers those in the restaurant industry, coupled with the fact that natural gas is affordable, incredibly reliable, and energy efficient.

The draft Climate plan would remove natural gas as an option for restaurants and would make electricity the only energy source for Kansas City. Electricity and natural gas are both important for restaurants and officials must allow both to be available to our members.

Failing to create a balanced energy policy and a KC Climate Protection & Resiliency Action Plan that reflects and supports that policy will increase costs for restaurant owners and will limit the tools available to chefs in preparing meals for their communities. Officials must amend the plan to include natural gas as an energy option for residents and businesses going forward. Our restaurants can and we will take action to improve and protect our climate. However, the steps we take must be balanced allowing our businesses to thrive while still working for climate protection.

GKCRA about 2 months ago

Hello, my name is Luke and I am from the 4th District. I’m a supporter of the Green New Deal, and that’s why I believe this plan must represent people, not fossil fuel executives from Spire and Evergy.

First, the plan fails to address racial injustice and green gentrification. We’ve all seen how the development of the streetcar has raised rent for those living along the path, who’s to say that new green developments won’t do the same? We shouldn’t have to choose between affordable housing and reliable transit. I call for a fully funded transit system that doesn’t raise rates, and is accessible and affordable to poor/working-class folks.

Second, the plan doesn’t mention tenants or tenant unions, renters, and protections against abusive landlords and developers. Instead it gives handouts to developers and landlords, and allows Spire to minimize building decarbonization efforts. Instead of leaving tenants to fend for themselves, the plan needs to explicitly endorse social housing and KC Tenant’s People’s Housing Trust fund. KC deserves rent control and stabilization, and no tax incentives for developers that aren’t building affordable housing.

Third, this version of the plan is not aggressively implementing clean energy and lets polluters off the hook. We demand a complete end to the Hawthorn coal plant and a just transition to renewable energy by 2030. 2040 is too late, and “net-zero” is not zero.

Lastly, the plan needs to make an explicit commitment to supporting good jobs for all. We demand a liveable wage, as well as full benefits such as paid sick and parental leave, as well as ensuring that job opportunities are accessible and affordable to Black, brown, low-income, and unhoused folks.

I urge the CPSC to take these concerns and implement them into the final plan. Good climate action isn’t just ensuring a healthy environment, but ensuring a healthy community, free of fossil fuels and the corrupting influence of Evergy and Spire executives.

lukecaddy about 2 months ago

I dont think this plan reached out to the community well enough. Just having online engagement is not sufficient, just having 20 people participate isnt sufficent, you need to go to the communiites that have been left behind and directly targeted as a part of environmental racism. NAME the neighborhoods that will be prioritized, will areas on the east side and northeast get the most attention? Also, the lack of performance measures is so embarrassing, how will you measure progress? the whole plan lacks specificity and makes me feel like it is just a document to save face and you aren't really planning on doing things differently than how they've always been done.

sarah about 2 months ago

I want an strong climate action plan! Time is running out to save our environment from a toxic future. Please take action.

Sherry Bastian about 2 months ago

I would like to see more minorities and low-income community members involved in the planning process. After all, these communities are impacted the most and are the closest to the consequences of climate change.
(1) provide incentives for individuals to install their own solar panels where they can sell their extra energy to the city/ receive tax breaks for this
(2) more efficient and better public transportation-- more often, more widespread, better wages for drivers
(3) free electric bikes, expand citywide bike and walking lanes
(4) shut down the Hawthorn plant
(5) better concrete goals with specific numbers (2040 is not acceptable timeframe)
(5) no new buildings without clean energy
(6) electric car sharing program
(7) focus on low-income areas of which those are the most impacted
(8) provide good paying jobs within the environmental community with efficient and free training
(9) more recycling within apartment communities
(10) all government vehicles and buildings powered by clean energy
(11) more community gardens (more green cover and green spaces/ urban gardens)
(12) incentives for local food production/consumption
(13) harsher penalties for polluting companies
(14) continue an ongoing conversation with citizens of all types
(15) no new fossil fuel facilities
Thank you for working towards a better KC and future!

annabelleumkclawstudnet about 2 months ago

People’s Climate Town Hall Demands

Racial Justice
Be specific with which communities will be benefited by the plan, including houseless people, black and brown people
Protect communities from gentrification in housing
Guaranteed housing
Get rid of mile marker to de-incentivize car-centered living
Push at state level for local control of police
Defunding KCPD

Housing
CPRP should include permanently affordable green social housing
Green development from the CPRP should NOT cause gentrification (i.e people should not displaced by green development)
Rooftop solar buildout benefits frontline communities first (including renters)
City should fund retrofits that prioritize frontline communities; retrofits paid for by utilities
More utility disclosures of energy costs
Include disclosure of ratepayer dollars being used for lobbying by utilities

Workers and Transit
Public job training for insulating and retrofitting homes
Transit for those with disabilities
Guarantee jobs
No outside jobs, prioritize KC frontline people, need to be union jobs
Expansion of transit, bike lanes, sidewalks
Fix streets and sidewalks
Free electric scooters and bikes
Make electric transit safe and accessible
Employ people in beautification projects (artists, and growing your own food)
Bus workers get better pay
Buses every 5-10 minutes
Electric buses
Everyone gets a union, without interference from employers
Wages adjusted for inflation
Workers involved in every step of the plan.

Energy
Close Hawthorn coal plant ASAP
Replace with renewable energy produced in KC
No new coal, gas, oil or toxic plants
Community choice energy, meaning that electricity is provided by a locally controlled energy provider
Electrify everything as quickly as possible
Tax polluters and put public dollars behind these programs
No incentives for development without rooftop solar

rforstater about 2 months ago

I think that workers and unions should be at the center of helping to formulate plans like this and I think we should prioritize making sure that the jobs that are created (directly and in-directly) through this process are union jobs with living wages. Finally, I think that the plan should make sure that when and where it creates jobs that it makes a hiring hall that can help employ workers from specific zip codes where we know low-wage workers are disproportionately located which overlaps with areas that have been racially segregated. Thanks for your hard work in putting this plan together, but I also hope that we can all work together to help make the plan better.

jackniemuth about 2 months ago

My name is Chad Onianwa and I am from the 4th district I’m a supporter of the green new seal and that’s why I think KC’s plan must represent people not fossil fuel executives from aspire and Evergy!

Below is a document to some demands created with community members where we chose policies that we all agree with. Below that link are more things I want to be included in the KC’s climate plan:
https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1snOfywhlDoX5ZpmxG_YAFHmigbFmpu0dlw0sNbo_veA/mobilebasic
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Endorse KC tenants peoples housing trust fund and engage tenants unions not landlords and developers

Create more specific language around who you intend to help, what are the impacted neighborhoods, what are the numbers you want to meet

Shorten timeline goal to 2030

Give bus workers raise and expand bus lines

New opportunities created by this plan need to be a living wage with full benefits and be accessible to frontline/marginalized/working class communities

Shut down coal plant

Chad Oni about 2 months ago

This current plan leaves a lot to be desired. The climate crisis needs to be met with a serious plan to fight for the people who are often the most left behind. This plan needs stronger goals and figures for every single section so that we can measure our success and hold each other accountable to reaching those goals. We need to close the Hawthorn coal plant. We need permanent affordable green social housing. Please bring more working class and black and brown folks to the table to develop this plan. This is Kansas City's chance to make bold change and to lead other cities.

rforstater about 2 months ago

More emphasis on building affordable housing

jackniemuth about 2 months ago

The current CPRP is not specific enough, not ambitious enough, and it does not do enough to prioritize and protect frontline communities. I urge the city to adopt the changes proposed at Sunrise's People's Climate Town Hall. Those changes would make Kansas City far more just, more equitable, and more beautiful. The existing CPRP would mostly just continue business as usual. Listen to the people!

bit.ly/pcthdemands

Symbiocene about 2 months ago

While I believe we need to obtain our power from renewable carbon-free sources, the first strategy should be reducing energy use as much as possible. In buildings, that means, for example, insulation and air sealing, and efficient appliances. Our plan should create incentives for greater efficiency and, in particular, the Pay As You Save (PAYS) system for financing efficiency upgrades. Many property owners can make upgrades with no upfront cost, and then repay their utility over time with the money they've saved on their gas and electric bills. The result: no net increase in monthly outlay for those customers. Evergy is doing an experiment with PAYS right now. It has been warmly received by KC-area customers. KC should push hard on Evergy to make this available to all customers.

We can also reduce overall community energy use by adopting the 2021 version of the Int'l Energy Efficiency Code. After nearly two years of delaying this, the City Council needs to move on it. Making a "plan" is one thing: acting on it is quite another. It's past time for action. My teenaged daughters have a lot at stake.

kuhlenhuth about 2 months ago

Wow, someone must have just shared this with the natural gas community looking at the most recent comments. We must get off all fossil fuels eventually.

2040 is too far away - we need more immediate goals. But I applaud KCs efforts and only wish your plans would rub off on more cities especially St. Louis!

The Kathy about 2 months ago

I want to have a choice in my energy; I can’t remember the last time my gas was out of service but I can tell you I lose power/electricity at least twice a year! I also find it discouraging that the gas company is not included to participate on the steering committee.

Cindy Dove about 2 months ago

Natural gas I’ve personally used my entire life on all appliances inside and outside. I personally am very concerned on why there are not any board members for spire Kansas gas etc. I feel they should have a VOICE ON THE BOARD throughout this debate.
Also the world is cutting jobs every day think of all the family’s who work for supplying natural gas. Why cut more jobs when it should be a choice to the public if they would like natural gas or electric? Think of how the increase of electricity cost would go UP because it’s the ONLY option. I personally absolutely DISAGREE with the BAN OF NATURAL GAS also think of all the times a storm comes through and nocks out electricity then you have no heat or hot water for a substantial amount of time when in my Entire life not once have I experienced this with gas. People of Kansas City I ask we all come together to sustain natural gas in our community.
A couple facts about Natural gas are
- The direct use of natural gas is 91% efficient compared to electricity at 36% from generation to site, banning or limiting natural gas runs a counter measure to KC environmental goals and will cause a increase on green house gas emissions
- Natural gas is also very affordable for all natural gas heating a house is substantially less compared to electric heating.
-Reliability of natural gas - operates at very high levels of service. Unplanned annual outages affect ad few as 1-800 a year verse all electric customers can expect at least 1 outage per year
It’s simple natural gas I feel should stay and let the people decide if or what they would like to use to supply there home ect.

Colemanjw93 about 2 months ago

Natural gas is good, clean, safe, and affordable energy. It can be sourced from dairy farms, landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and other organic sources that aren't going away.... what are we going to do with all that methane if we don't have a use for it? Missouri is the 26th largest dairy state in the nation. If the methane has no beneficial use, it can only do harm to the environment. Please consider keeping natural gas in your appliances.

DT about 2 months ago
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