The Future Is Green KC!

On April 13, Bridging The Gap celebrated The Future is Green with a community and fundraising event at The Madrid. The keynote speaker was Lionel Bradford, President/CEO of The Greening of Detroit, who shared his roadmap to success for building a green workforce and how green infrastructure is creating a climate resilient community in Detroit. … Continued

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Reduce single-use plastic to protect waterways

Plastic pollution is an increasingly urgent problem for Missouri’s waterways. Every year, millions of tons of plastic end up in our rivers, lakes, and oceans, and the problem is only getting worse. Plastic pollution is a major threat to aquatic ecosystems, and it can have devastating effects on the health of our water sources. The … Continued

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The Reduce-Reuse-Recycle & Water Connection

We humans are a literal bunch, better at responding to the sensory cues immediately before us than to abstract concepts in some far-off time frame. Tangible beats conceptual, and now beats future, every time. Just ask the credit card industry. Our bias toward the tangible and the now can make it hard to appreciate abstract … Continued

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Spring hiking on the wild lands

Spring Has Sprung! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and trails are calling your name. Spring is a great time to Hike a WildLand and see some of the best remnant spaces the Kansas City area has to offer. Before the trees have fully leafed out and the tall grasses have … Continued

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Planting Guide

It’s finally tree planting season! We must continue to plant trees in our landscapes for the myriad of benefits they provide to the entire land community.  While trees are beautiful, they aren’t just decorations – they benefit human health. Kansas City may face record-high heats in years to come. We must plant trees today so … Continued

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4 Spring Break Eco-Activities for Kids

Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained over spring break? We’ve got you covered! Try these four eco-inspired activities that will get them outdoors in nature and crafting with repurposed materials! 1. Become a Citizen Scientist iNaturalist.org lets you become the scientist by observing and recording the plants and animals around you. Download the … Continued

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Considerations for Equitable Canopy Distribution

By Joe Wheelock, Program Manager, Heartland Tree Alliance The City of Fountains covers a whopping 319 square miles, which puts KCMO in the top 25 largest cities by land area in the country. (Not to mention, we also invest time in other areas of the greater region including Liberty, Prairie Village, KCK, Lee’s Summit, Belton … Continued

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Proposed KCMO Tree Preservation Ordinance

The KCMO Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee will consider a proposed Tree Protection and Preservation Ordinance to protect and preserve Kansas City’s tree canopy at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, February 8, in the City Council Chambers, Floor 26. Testimony can be provided virtually or in-person at the meetings, or emails can be sent to City … Continued

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D.I.Y. Leak Inspections

When was the last time you went into your basement and really took a good look around? How about the last time you pulled stuff out from under your kitchen sink or opened your utility closet? Do you have a dripping faucet or a running toilet you’ve been putting off getting fixed? A do-it-yourself visual leak … Continued

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In Appreciation of Winter

Winter’s not as long in Kansas City as it is in, say, Minnesota, but it’s long enough for most of us. While climate change is erratically spiking some very warm days even in December, we can generally count on it being cold, unpredictably icy or snowy, and somewhat gray for at least four months. I … Continued

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The climate case for long underwear

When people think of actions they can take to cut their global warming pollution, they typically think first of big, high-tech changes like buying an electric car or installing solar panels on their home. These can certainly have a large impact, but they typically require a big expenditure up-front (even though they will save you … Continued

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Waste

The holidays can be a stressful time. Maybe you’re getting your home ready for guests, or traveling to see loved ones. There’s food to cook (and 10 unique and contradictory diets to take into account) and gifts to wrap (or, in my case, gifts to purchase still!). And then, when you get to the end, … Continued

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Be the change.

A Year-End Letter From BTG’s Executive Director This fall, amidst yards bristling with election signs, I saw a quiet, different sign in a Johnson County yard: “This is a clover lawn.” It was silly to get too excited about it; after all, one little clover lawn can’t do much—not against the millions of U.S. acres … Continued

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November 15 is America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is just around the corner again! Beginning in 1994, the day has been celebrated every year on November 15th, which falls on a Tuesday this year. It was created to celebrate recycling and to remind us all just how important it is to recycle.  If you’ve been paying attention to the news … Continued

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October is Energy Awareness Month

October kicks off the start of National Energy Awareness Month, and October 5 is Energy Efficiency Day. To celebrate, we’ve compiled some helpful tips and resources to help you make your home energy efficiency, and likely save money while doing so. Did you know? Buildings and homes generate 63% of our region’s greenhouse gas emissions. … Continued

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3 Reasons to Volunteer With BTG

Our calendar is starting to fill up with dates for fall volunteer events. We have tree plantings, habitat restorations, recycling shifts, and litter clean ups galore! Fall is a busy time at BTG, and we’d love to get you involved. Here are a few reasons why volunteering this fall is a great idea.  1.) Enjoy the weather. You … Continued

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Reflections on summer’s heat

Climate scientists predict an increase in the number of extreme heat days for the KC metro area in the coming years, and this summer seemed to align with that forecast. Two of our programs, Heartland Tree Alliance and the KCMO Recycling Drop-off Centers, take an informal measure of its impact on their work over this past … Continued

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The Inflation Reduction Act + Climate Change

I’m a tough old bird, but when I got the news that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) had passed through the House and Senate—projectile tears. For the first time, the United States government is putting what in my opinion is the proper priority on the threat of climate change to the web of life on … Continued

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Beginner Tips for Planting Native at Home

Kristin Riott, BTG’s Executive Director and a passionate gardener, shares her experience and knowledge from years of gardening with native plants at home. I have loved wildflowers since I was a child, picking armfuls of purple phlox and enchanted by the tiny pairs of pants called Dutchman’s Breeches, in a deeply wooded ravine near my … Continued

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