Where does our fall color come from?

As we move into our cooler fall months, trees around our area will begin to start a show of fall colors. Our native forest has many oaks, hickory, sycamore, and cottonwood providing muted browns and yellows. If you are lucky, you might see a brightly colored sassafras, black gum, or red oak. In urban spaces, … Continued

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Annual Honeysuckle Battle

To Battle! Volunteer to help remove invasive honeysuckle at Kansas City WildLands’ Annual Honeysuckle Event. We’ll be removing exotic invasive shrub honeysuckle on two sites at one time, while enjoying the amazing fall beauty of these wild places. This is a fun and festive workday, and great for groups!   Volunteer spots are limited at … Continued

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Meet A Member: Sun Solar

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Sun Solar – one of our newest members to the Green Business Network! We recently sat down with Greg Leunig, an energy consultant with the company, to find out more about this new-to-KC company, the biggest misconception about solar power, and a little bit about Greg himself … Continued

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Announcement! Ripple Teams Up with BTG

  Keeping Glass Out of the Trash… Ripple Glass, Kansas City’s hometown glass recycler, has recycled over 1 billion bottles and jars since 2009. Their 100+ locations in the Kansas City metropolitan region have saved enough energy to power every house in Kansas City for 18 days! Not too shabby! As Ripple continues to grow their program – you may … Continued

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WM Donates to KC Charities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION Paul Howe (913) 208-0739 phowe1@wm.com Waste Management Donates Over $250,000 to Kansas City Charities Additional Donation $135,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief   Kansas city, kan. – Sept. 7, 2017 – Waste Management of Kansas, Inc. presented several local Kansas City charities with large check donations on Wednesday through out … Continued

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BTG launches new monthly giving program

As anyone familiar with not-for-profits knows, consistent and reliable funding from donors goes a long way toward an organization’s ability to make long-term commitments to its programs. That’s why this month we are launching a new monthly giving program – BTG core. When we think of “core” it brings to mind strength, foundation, spirit, values, … Continued

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Volunteer! KC Wildlands, REI Partnership

Volunteers Wanted: Saturday, September 30, 9:00 AM – Noon! Update: all shifts are filled!  Please contact Linda if you’d like to be put on a waitlist, or go to www.bridgingthegap.org/events to select another event. Thank you! In celebration of National Public Lands Day, volunteer with our Kansas City WildLands program as we’ll be removing invasive … Continued

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – In That Order

  By: Grant Janssen In a recent presentation, Cassandra Ford, BTG’s Business Recycling Program Manager, spoke to a group of representatives for a hotel chain, which includes Kansas City’s Westin Hotel at Crown Center.  One of the slides included a waste hierarchy graphic, which shows a set of priorities for the efficient use of resources.  This … Continued

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Volunteer: Zero Waste Festival

Volunteers Wanted! Who loves recycling, voting and music?!  Bridging The Gap is proud to partner with Northland Progress’ In for Ten Voting Rights Festival.  Volunteers will help us reach our goal of making this a zero waste-to-landfill festival! Date:  Saturday, August 26 Two shifts: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Sign Up 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm … Continued

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No ifs, ands or butts:

Put out your cigarettes, then put ’em in the trash! According to the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), a Keep America Beautiful Initiative, cigarette butts are still the most littered item in the US despite the steep decline in smoking rates in recent decades. One problem the CLPP found is that many smokers don’t think of cigarettes … Continued

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    Paint your house, but not our streams and rivers! It’s that time of year to put a fresh coat of paint on your house, but there are dangerous materials in both any old paint that needs to be scraped off and the new paint that will go on. Whether you’re hiring professionals to … Continued

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Fall TreeKeeper Course in Shawnee, Kansas

Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) is offering a fall TreeKeepers course in Shawnee Kansas! TreeKeepers is a hands-on educational course for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of trees or to become more involved in the community. These courses are great for gardeners, City employees, landscape providers, Master Gardeners, students and retirees. All sessions will be … Continued

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Tour the Goodwill Outlet Facility with GBN

Is your business maximizing its waste stream for resource recovery and cost savings? What recyclables are yielding the highest return on the materials market? How does process efficiency play a vital role in sustainable materials management? Explore these questions and more as we hear from local experts on sustainable waste management best practices for your … Continued

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Electronics Recycling Event

  Friday, July 28 from 9 am – 1 pm Sprint Center @ 1407 Grand Boulevard in front of the box office   Bring electronics (anything with a cord or battery) for recycling and your boxes of paper for secure shredding!  Fees apply for some electronics* and a $10 tax-deductible donation to Bridging The Gap … Continued

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Cleaning up dog poop in your yard needs to be done regularly or you will quickly have a toxic and dangerous minefield of feces. Dog feces can contain parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia. If left unattended, these parasites, bacteria, and viruses will contaminate the water, soil, and can infect both pets and humans. Especially vulnerable are … Continued

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It’s getting hot out there. Don’t forget to

Temperatures are rising in the Midwest and Kansas City is creeping into 90 degree days. You may be feeling sluggish at work, dreading the evening walk with Fido or more commonly, craving a cool glass of water. Well, you wouldn’t be the only thing feeling the effects of the heat, your trees are too! Watering … Continued

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Getting Around Greener: Part 6

About this series: As a BTG supporter, you understand that our transportation choices have tremendous ecological impacts, but you may not be aware of the latest innovations and improvements in your options. With this series, we hope to help you find new ways to both lower your individual impact now and move us all toward … Continued

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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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