KC Chamber’s green initiative gets a national nod

When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came out against federal legislation aimed at slowing global warming, Apple kicked its membership and Nike resigned its position on the board.

But Partners for Livable Communities, a national smart growth and sustainable development advocacy group, suggested this week that local chambers aren’t nearly so backwards when it comes to protecting the climate. A new report from the Washington, D.C., based group argues:

There is a powerful — and perhaps unexpected — player in the green arena that is leading the charge in cutting emissions and conserving energy while boosting regional economies: the business community. … The ingenuity and forward thinking exemplified by the chambers highlighted here are the first bold steps toward a more sustainable and robust American economy.

One of the 11 highlighted groups, from around the country, is here in Kansas City.

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