Kansas City

 

Our Work

 

Empowering Mothers & Others

 

Mothers have an important role to play in addressing the climate crisis. Our work is centered upon bringing mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and allies together to speak as a collective voice for action at the local and state level to accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels, and do so in a way that benefits our communities, especially those who have long borne the brunt of systemic and environmental racism. 

 

We grow our movement by tapping into moms’ networks through house parties. We are always looking for community members to host house parties. You invite the people, we facilitate & get people talking about how we can take collective action in our communities. If you are interested in becoming a host, please email (mof email).

 

We typically hold general meetings every fourth Monday of the month. RSVP to our monthly meeting.



Carbon Free KC

 

As KCMO updates its Climate Protection Plan for the first time since 2008, we are calling for the City to adopt policies and programs to enable a just transition to a Carbon Free KC.  

 

Principles 

 

  • Keep benefits local & prioritize communities of concern
  • 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030
  • Electrify buildings & transportation by 2040
  • Keep communities safe during increasingly extreme weather

 

Keep Benefits Local & Prioritize Communities of Concern

The extractive energy system that has existed for over 100 years is no longer serving the public interest. It harms our communities, gives us no opportunity to choose, and concentrates the benefits on a few wealthy shareholders. We should have more of a say in where our energy comes from and more of the benefits should go into our own pockets. We are calling on the City to follow other cities’ leads and explore Community Choice Energy, franchise fee renegotiation, and public power.

 

100% clean electricity by 2030 

Electricity generation is the biggest contributor to the climate crisis in KC. Nearly half our climate pollution comes from power plants. We want to re-envision energy usage and infrastructure in the Kansas City region through the promotion of energy efficiency and the democratization of energy systems through Community Choice Energy, community and rooftop solar, virtual power plants and microgrids, and innovation.

 

Electrify Buildings & Transportation by 2040

To meet our climate goals, we also need to step up efforts to phase out methane gas from buildings and transportation. Methane gas:

  • Pollutes indoor & outdoor air & contributes to asthma
  • Kills street trees and landscaping
  • Is a major contributor to climate change
  • Is not where public dollars should be spent anymore

 

Friends of Carbon Free KC

 

As Friends of Carbon Free KC, we support the following strategies to use the wealth of carbon-free energy resources, including wind and solar, to rapidly decarbonize our region and do so in a way that reduces the energy burden on families/businesses and benefits our city and communities. We urge local leaders across the Kansas City metro area to include these principles in their Climate Action Plans. We urge utilities to be a responsible partner in helping Kansas City achieve these goals and urge state regulators to consider the KC community’s support for these principles as they make decisions on Integrated Resource Plans and the state’s energy future. 

 

We support:

  • A just transition to 100% carbon-free electricity communitywide by 2030 prioritizing health, access and affordability for communities of concern
  • Exploring community choice energy, which would give families & businesses a choice of energy providers instead of monopoly
  • Decarbonizing buildings and transportation by 2040 by 
    • shifting investment away from fossil-fuel infrastructure and toward electrification 
    • making neighborhoods more walkable & bikeable

 

Academia

Don Wallace, Professor, Central Missouri State University

 

Business

Al Livers, Vice President, Livers Bronze

Amy Latesner, Owner, GFT Holdings LLC

James Pfieffer, Principal, BNIM

 

Community

Marsha Lerenberg, Ward 8 Captain

Sandy Eeds, League of Women Voters; Center for Neighborhoods

Ilyssa Block, Volunteer Coordinator, Mothers Out Front KC

Mary Kay McGinty, Team Leader, Mothers Out Front KC

Robin Ganahl, Team Leader, Mothers Out Front KC

Gudrun Olafsdottir, Mothers Out Front KC




Health

Samantha Collinson, Director of Perinatal Services, Truman Medical Centers

 

Environment & Social Justice

Bridget Sanderson, Environment Missouri

Billy Davies, Sierra Club Missouri Chapter



Faith




If you are interested in joining the Friends list, please click here



Next Steps

 

The first update to the KCMO Climate Protection Plan in 13 years is currently underway. We have been appointed to the KCMO Climate Protection Plan Steering Committee so that we can be a voice for our kids during the planning process and ensure our City is doing its part to stop the climate crisis. 

 

If you are interested in staying in the loop about action alerts or helping us organize community support for a strong climate plan, please sign up here, attend a general meeting, or email (?).



Recent Wins & Ongoing Campaigns

 

KCMO Climate Protection Plan 2021 Update

 

In 2020, we joined local allies to urge KCMO to move forward with updating their 2008 Climate Protection Plan - which had never been updated! We also advocated for strong targets that align with current science & for an equitable planning process.

 

In June 2021, we got a seat at the table when MOFKC Team Leader, Robin Ganahl, was appointed to the steering committee for the climate plan! 

 

Sign up for email alerts to stay in the loop about how to help influence the plan, and add your name to our list of Friends of Carbon Free KC to support our goals for the plan.



Methane Leaks in Our Neighborhoods  

 

We are also pursuing more transparency around methane gas leaks which can occur often, especially in older neighborhoods like we have in Kansas City. 

 

Methane leaks have negative impacts on our communities, including:

 

  • Increasing asthma rates
  • Suffocating trees
  • Accelerating climate change

 

We asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to explore having gas utilities provide a map of active methane leaks on their website, as gas utilities in other states already do. They listened! In early 2021 they established a working case to explore the issue and get public input.  

 

We thank the following neighborhoods who have voiced support for gas companies providing a public map of active methane leaks:

 

  • Beacon Hill - McFeders
  • Boston Heights & Mount Hope
  • Columbus Park
  • Heart of the City
  • Ivanhoe
  • Longfellow
  • North Blue Ridge
  • Pendleton Heights
  • Plaza Westport
  • River Market
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza
  • Union Hill
  • Waldo Tower
  • Ward Parkway
  • Wendell Phillips
  • West Bannister
  • Wornall Homestead

 

Don’t see your neighborhood? Contact your neighborhood association and ask them to add their name by emailing us at (mof email) . 

 

We hope this issue will be taken up by the PSC Commissioners for a decision later in 2021. Stay tuned!

 

Learn more about the impacts of methane gas in our homes & neighborhoods



KCMO Building Efficiency Code Update

 

In 2020, we joined with local allies to speak up for KCMO adopting the latest building efficiency code so that new construction will use less electricity. City Hall listened and voted to consider the stronger 2021 IECC code instead of adopting a weakened version of the 2018 code that special interests wanted. 

 

The City will vote in fall 2021 on whether to adopt the 2021 code as is or with any amendments. We will be working with allies and experts to speak up for a building code that lowers energy use in new buildings.

 

Evergy’s Energy Plans

 

Electricity generation is our region’s biggest contributor to the climate crisis, and burdens communities of color the most. Every three years, Evergy submits an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Missouri Public Service Commission, outlining its plans for energy generation for the next 20 years. We are speaking up for an IRP that serves the public interest, not just Evergy’s shareholders. 



Join Our Movement!

 

We are just getting started and need mothers, grandmothers, aunts and allies of all ages from every corner of KC! Help us build a strong, inclusive movement!

 

or Text JOIN-MOF-KC to +16173608908 to join

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