Date: September 14, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Paul Hawken, internationally known environmentalist and author of Drawdown, will headline a one-day Metro KC Climate Action Summit on Saturday, September 14.

The Metro KC Climate Action Coalition will host the event featuring internationally recognized speakers on emerging trends in climate change who will encourage local governments to take collective action.

Hawken is one of the environmental movements leading voices and a pioneering architect of corporate reform on ecological practices. He founded Project Drawdown, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed.

More than 30 speakers are scheduled, including:

  • Bob Berkebile, FAIA, principal, BNIM
  • Retired Brigadier General W. Christopher King
  • U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Kansas 3rd District
  • James Brainard, mayor, City of Carmel, IN
  • Julie Lorenz, Secretary of Kansas Department of Transportation

Panel discussion topics will include:

  • New energy economy
  • Business case for climate resilience
  • Equity and the environment
  • Green building and energy efficiency
  • Transportation
  • Public health
  • Local success stories
  • National solutions to climate change

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. The cost is $50 general admission and $20 students and includes lunch. The registration deadline is August 31. Register at Metro KC Climate Action Summit. For more information, email Tom Jacobs, Mid-America Regional Council environmental program director, at or visit MKCCAC.

The Metro Kansas City Climate Action Coalition was formed in early 2019 by dozens of Kansas City metro-area elected officials. Led by Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly and Shawnee Councilwoman Lindsey Constance, the coalition is working to develop proactive strategies to improve climate resilience in the region.

Photo: Metro KC Climate Action Coalition

Location: Johnson County Community College