The City of Kansas City is using funding from the recently approved GO Bond Issues to improve traffic signal synchronization in several intersections across the Metro area, reducing vehicle idling and is apart of the City’s larger plan to reduce green house gas emissions and enhance the quality of life for visitors and citizens alike.
This is part of the City’s commitment to reducing its municipal and citywide greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below pre-2000 levels by the year 2020. To accomplish this, the City has invested in energy efficiency, solar, hybrid vehicles, and electric vehicle charging stations (among other efforts) and was one of the first cities in the United States to promote benchmarking and efficiency upgrades in public and private buildings throughout the city.
These investments haven’t gone unnoticed. The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy recognized Kansas City as one of the most improved cities in the United States. Kansas City jumped eight spots in the rankings and is now ranked 19th in terms of large U.S. cities.
But now, the federal government is shirking its duty to improve the economy and keep its citizens safe. The City of Kansas City is proposing another resolution would reaffirm Kansas City’s commitment to the City’s Climate Protection Plan, signed in July 2008, and in conjunction with Major James’ signing of the Climate Mayors letter. This letter, which has been signed by 325 mayors in 45 states, represents 62 million Americans. This comes after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1, 2017. This withdrawal occurred even though 195 countries, including the United States, signed the agreement in December 2015.
This resolution has been added to the agenda for the Finance & Governance Committee meeting, happening on Wednesday, July 12th at 8:30am in the 10th floor committee room at City Hall. The meeting is open to any and all concerned citizens who would like to show their support on the issue.
We encourage our supporters to attend. Contact Renew Missouri by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. We hope to see you there.