What can residences and businesses do now?

“We need to target our climate resilience efforts to help those in Kansas City who are most susceptible to the impacts of climate change and who are often least able to respond to the impacts — seniors, children, low-income & fixed-income households,” Murphey said.

He recommends several strategies for residents and businesses:

  • Obtain an energy audit and begin making energy efficiency improvements to reduce the overall energy needs for the metro.
  • Access rebates from electric and natural gas utilities to implement energy-efficiency improvements.
  • Install renewable energy systems, such as rooftop solar or geothermal systems.
  • Explore property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans for funding to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in commercial buildings.
  • Reduce single-occupant auto trips by utilizing public transit, ride-sharing, bicycling or walking.
  • Purchase energy-efficient (high mpg) vehicles for fleet and individual use.
  • Plant rain gardens and bio-swales to keep rain water out of the sewer system.
  • Grow food in individual or community gardens and purchase food from local farmers.
  • Plant trees, including fruit and nut trees, to help increase the tree canopy and create “food forests”.
  • Incorporate low-water, heat-tolerant plants into landscaping of homes and businesses.
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR rated appliances & electronic equipment.

What are you doing?

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