EPA Region 7 News and Events
EPA Chief McCarthy Awards Grant, Meets with Ag and Business Groups in KC
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 6 to award an environmental justice grant, meet with members of the agricultural community, and discuss energy and environmental initiatives with local business leaders. During her speech to the Black Health Care Coalition, presenting a grant for asthma education and training, McCarthy emphasized partnerships with faith-based groups and highlighted EPA’s commitment to carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. She also led a roundtable discussion with the nonprofit organization about children’s healthy environments. McCarthy and EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks then joined U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II to meet with Cleaver’s Agricultural Advisory Committee in Oak Grove, Mo., where topics included EPA’s partnerships with farmers, advanced biofuels, soil conservation, and regulatory updates. Lastly, McCarthy and Brooks sat down with Kansas City business leaders to discuss drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, carbon pollution reduction, green infrastructure, energy efficiency, sustainability initiatives, and other issues. Left photo: McCarthy talks with business leaders; right to left in back row: Brooks, McCarthy, and hosts Jim Heeter, president of Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and Peter Rasmussen, Business Forward. Center photo: McCarthy (center) smiles during a tour of the St. Mark Child and Family Development Center, where the grant event was held. Right photo: McCarthy listens to Stanton Thompson, chair of Congressman Cleaver's Agricultural Advisory Committee.