Greater Kansas City
MARC and the Greater KAnsas City Area
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Governed by a board of directors made up of local elected officials, MARC serves nine counties and 119 cities, with a population of 1.9 million. MARC provides a forum for the region to work together to advance social, economic, and environmental progress.
Since its beginning in 1972, MARC has worked with its regional stakeholders on environmental issues. Their work in energy-related topics started in 2009 when it coordinated an effort to create a Regional Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, which has guided the region’s work ever since. MARC and local governments in the metropolitan Kansas City region have collaborated on many energy efficient projects, such as high-efficiency streetlights, solar ready best management practices, climate resiliency strategies, and promoting alternative fuel vehicles through its bulk procurement program.
Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition
The Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition (KCRCCC) is a public/private partnership established in 1998 to promote clean transportation, specifically to reduce air pollution, strengthen our local economy, and curb our dependence on petroleum. It provides technical assistance, education, training, media assistance and support policy-related initiatives for its members and stakeholders throughout western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Members include organizations, companies, and individuals who are interested in promoting the use of cleaner alternative fuels and vehicles in order to improve air quality and health, curb dependence on petroleum, minimize climate change, and support the local economy. Our dedicated staff is funded and supported by Metropolitan Energy Center, which also makes possible funding and project administration for members. Our efforts are guided by an Advisory Board, which is elected by our membership each year. A membership with Clean Cities puts you in the middle of the alternative fuels industry. Metropolitan Energy Center is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit that manages the KCRCCC and the Wichita-based Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition. Learn more or join at metroenergy.org.
MARC and KCRCCC's role in f4f
Since 2003, MARC has offered a cooperative purchasing program, Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) in partnership with the Mid-America Council of Public Purchasing (MACPP) and local governments, which helps public organizations increase their purchasing power and decrease administrative costs. In the F4F project, MARC worked through KCRPC and in cooperation with MACPP to insert alternative fuel vehicle specifications in the 2017-2019 model year vehicle bid. MARC will work with the region’s local government fleet managers to promote and increase the usage of alternative fuel vehicles. MARC will also work with the Metropolitan Energy Center to promote the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles to private-sector fleets and individual consumers through outreach and education efforts.