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 Core 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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And join the growing number of individuals at the center of keeping Kansas City's environment and citizens healthy and thriving for generations to come

Show your support through monthly giving

You have the power to make Kansas City’s environmental focus stronger than ever. Through a monthly donation, our special group of Core supporters ensures the growth of our sustainability programs that serve the community and work for a healthy, resilient environment for KC. You can give as much or as little as you are able, and you can cancel or change your donation at any time. We can all be part of a more sustainable Kansas City!

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VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Metro North or Red Bridge Recycling Center

Volunteers needed every Saturday! Shifts: 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm. Forecast is finally above-freezing and we expect our recycling centers will be very busy! Grab your family, and volunteer outside with us at the Metro North or Red Bridge Community Recycling Center. This is a great opportunity for students to get service-learning hours. Volunteers assist patrons with unloading recyclables, and assist the site manager with breaking down cardboard, maintenance, and other needs. If the shift times do not work for you, we can be flexible. Locations: Metro North 8740 N Summit Street, Kansas City, 64155 or Red Bridge 5200 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137 Sign up: volunteer@bridgingthegap.org

Metro North or Red Bridge Recycling Center

bridging the gap by the numbers

  • achievement icon 400

    business-people educated on "green" practices a year

  • achievement icon 1,600

    volunteers educating the public and restoring the environment

  • achievement icon 1,300+

    trees planted in the greater kansas city area last year

What's happening now

Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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Organizing an event?

Organizing an event? Why not make it GREEN with Bridging The Gap? Getting a lot of people together for a festival, marathon, to raise money for a cause, or just to have fun can produce a lot of waste. It can be a challenge to handle that waste responsibly at events held where no recycling … Continued

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It flows downhill.

If it’s on the ground in the Kansas City Metropolitan region it could end up in the Missouri River and then in the Gulf of Mexico. Litter takes on many forms – paper, aluminum, cigarette butts – everything that is improperly placed on the ground. Much of this waste finds its way into our water … Continued

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Know where water flows

  Storm drains are not connected to the wastewater treatment plant. It’s important we know where our water flows! Stormwater is rainfall or melting snow that makes its way to the storm drain. As the water flows over the land surface, it can pick up potential pollutants that may include sediment, nutrients (from lawn fertilizers), bacteria … Continued

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