For Immediate Release
May 8, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas Joins 30-State Effort to Address Climate Change

The Climate Registry to serve as North American platform
to track greenhouse gas emissions.

Kansas joins with thirty states as charter members of The Climate Registry, marking the largest multi-state effort to address climate change. The list of charter members includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have also committed to participate.

The newly formed organization will assist in measuring, tracking, and verifying emissions of greenhouse gases. It will also provide the measurement and reporting infrastructure to support voluntary, mandatory, market-based and emissions reduction programs that are consistent across borders and industry sectors. The Registry will accept reporting data beginning in January 2008.

“Participating in The Climate Registry is a critical step forward in Kansas’ efforts to address climate change,” stated Governor Kathleen Sebelius. “We can only manage what we can effectively measure. It’s exciting to know that Kansas is helping lead the way towards a cleaner, safer environment.”

“Getting accurate data on greenhouse gas emissions through this pilot project is a vital first step towards assessing the impacts of climate change on our state,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). “The Climate Registry will allow states to share resources, synchronize our programs, and help enhance the effectiveness of our efforts.”

KDHE oversees the state’s environmental programs, including the enforcement of state and federal environmental standards for protecting air and water, managing waste, and cleaning up pollution and environmental spills. The department works extensively with local, state and federal partners to ensure environmental quality, and relies upon field staff in six district offices throughout Kansas to perform environmental assessments and inspections, and to coordinate with town, city and county officials.

By working together, Registry members are laying the foundation for climate actions that will benefit generations to come.

The Climate Registry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors made up of state and tribal representatives, incorporated in March 2007.