Our Mission

Working to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy, and community.

Bridging The Gap (BTG) works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by "connecting environment, economy and community," and is the premier organization in the area providing environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,500 volunteers annually. As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of donations to keep working. If you believe in our mission, please consider making an investment in BTG. Whether it's $5 through our Heritage monthly giving program or a one-time gift, we are extremely thankful!

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Our Programs

Bridging the Gap fulfills its mission through an extensive array of programs.

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You have the power to protect the environmental heritage of neighborhoods all across the Kansas City region as a Heritage Partner. This special group invests in the future of our community with monthly donations to BTG. You may give as much or as little as you are able, which provides general services needed to support our work. We can all be part of a cleaner, healthier future. Thank you for your dedication!

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Blue Valley Neighborhood Cleanup

Saturday, June 17, 8:30 – 11:30 am Volunteer with us and help clean up litter in the Blue Valley Neighborhood! Min age: 18. We will provide gloves, litter grabbers, and trash bags. All Bridging The Gap volunteers will receive a “volunteer” t-shirt. This workday is in partnership with the Blue Valley Neighborhood Association and the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Online advance registration required; click the button below for more info and to sign up! Immediately after registering, volunteers will receive an auto-email with more information.

Blue Valley Neighborhood Cleanup

bridging the gap by the numbers

  • achievement icon 400

    business-people educated on "green" practices a year

  • achievement icon 1,500

    volunteers educating the public and restoring the environment

  • achievement icon 1,281

    trees planted in the greater kansas city area last year

What's happening now

Don’t Move Firewood! The Spread of Emerald

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle originating from Asia. The beetle made its way to the U.S. in 2012 likely on solid wood packing crates shipped on cargo ships or planes. The beetle feeds on the leaves of ash trees and lays eggs on the bark. After hatching, the young immature larvae bores … Continued

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America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

By Guest Blogger, E. Hughes Pembroke Hill School Wind power generated in the United States has always been over land. That is, until the Block Island Wind Farm sprang up off the coast of Rhode Island and began operating last December. America’s first offshore wind farm, although made up of just five turbines, is generating … Continued

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Honoring Fred W. Hoffower

Honoring Fred W. Hoffower   Today we are honoring a member of our ‘tribe’ who has passed on.  Fred Hoffower was a longtime patron at our old Bannister Recycle Center, a volunteer and eventually a Bridging The Gap employee as a part-time fill in Recycling Center Manager. Fred’s infectious spirit and dedication to the environment … Continued

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Litter is a drag!

  Each year in America it is estimated that more than 250,000,000,000 (yes, that’s Billion!) cigarette butts end up as litter! 80% of butts on the ground find their way into our water systems and detract from the quality of our drinking water. Cigarette butts can leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic into … Continued

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Plant Native!

Storm water runoff is a huge problem for water quality across America – in fact, the EPA names it as our biggest threat to water quality. Native plants help solve this issue because they “grow deeper” than traditional plants, helping your yard to retain and filter water. Not only will you water less and save … Continued

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