Tree People: Bridget Tolle

The field of arboriculture includes many career pathways, from nursery management to urban forestry to tree climbing. Heartland Tree Alliance is fortunate to have many friends (“Tree People”) in the field. We recently chatted with one of our friends, Bridget Tolle, Urban Forestry Specialist for Prairie Village, Kansas about her experiences and insight in the … Continued

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Trees are Medicine

Trees are beneficial in so many ways, including improving human health. Trees can filter the air we breathe, reduce heat-related illness, provide us with nutritious food, speed up the recovery process, improve immune systems and encourage us to go outside and engage in recreational activities or socialize with neighbors. In addition to all of those … Continued

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Thank You Kansas City!

On April 7, Bridging The Gap celebrated our 30th anniversary while drawing attention to the significant need for energy justice in our community. Thank you to the hundreds of people who attended and/or donated online to our silent auction – with your help we raised critical funds to support our programs, which work to make … Continued

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Tools for pruning small trees

There are a variety of tools that can be used for pruning, from hand pruners to chainsaws. We’ll share which tools Heartland Tree Alliance uses while pruning young trees in Kansas City.  A word to the wise: Pruning is intentional wounding for a specific purpose. Improper pruning can severely damage, stress or even kill trees. … Continued

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The Season’s Reflections

Hey Kansas City. It’s Jacob here, the coordinator for Kansas City WildLands’ Seed Team. We’ve spent the last year out in the field searching for and collecting seed, or in the barn cleaning and sorting our harvest. Finally, the seed has found its destination – public lands undergoing restoration. Places in our city that are … Continued

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Meet a Member: The City of Kansas City, Missouri

We recently chatted with Andy Savastino, Chief Environmental Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, to learn more about what the city is currently working on and its goal for a resilient future. Savastino has worked for the city for 28 years and has been the Chief Environmental Officer for about 2 1/2 years. … Continued

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Celebrating Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, we’re reading the works of leading Black authors bringing environmental justice issues to the forefront for conversation and action through their personal stories. Check out this list of recommended reading. We encourage you to purchase these books through independent Black-owned bookstores like Bliss Books and Wine or borrow from … Continued

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Top 5 Reasons to be an Arborist

According to Kansas City area arborists  Last week, the Heartland Tree Alliance team attended the 66th annual Shade Tree Conference hosted by the Kansas Arborists Association. This event brings together tree care professionals, arborists, foresters and friends from Kansas and surrounding states to catch up and learn.  We asked some Kansas Certified Arborists why they … Continued

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Meet a Member: The Resilient Activist

Meet Sami Aaron, founder of The Resilient Activist. We recently talked with Sami Aaron to learn more about the background and mission of the non-profit and how she measures success within the organization.  The Resilient Activist is a non-profit organization founded by Sami Aaron that aims to build hope and resilience in response to the impact … Continued

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Meet a Member: Ripple Glass

Meet a Green Business Network member company – Ripple Glass. We chatted with Morgan Henderson, the Metro Program Manager, to learn more about how Ripple has impacted Kansas City and its goals for expansion.   Founded in 2009, Ripple Glass is Kansas City’s glass recycling company. All the glass collected for recycling in the KC metro area makes its way to Ripple’s … Continued

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Sustainable Spotlight: Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a well-known, life science company with more than 150 years in health care and agriculture. Bayer’s research and products for agriculture help provide a reliable supply of food, feed, and plant-based raw materials to serve a growing population around the world. Sustainability is one of Bayer’s key operational priorities, with the goal of being “carbon neutral” … Continued

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Sustainable Spotlight: Metropolitan Community Co

As the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, MCC comprises five campuses on the Missouri side of the metro area and offers 125 associate degree and certification programs.  With 47 major buildings to operate, MCC made significant financial investments over the last year to update their building systems – saving energy and … Continued

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Sustainable Spotlight: KC Water

KC Water was awarded the Innovation Award presented by the Kansas City Industrial Council. The award honors a business using innovative solutions for sustainability in our Kansas City community. The award specifically recognized the innovative actions of one particular KC Water employee, Amir Kenner, whose creative thinking and willingness to go beyond normal job responsibilities, helped KC Water … Continued

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Turn Hope Into Action

A Year-End Letter From BTG’s Executive Director Friends,  People often ask us “Is there hope?”    Climate change, habitat destruction, threatened species, plastic-filled oceans, and the other environmental problems we’re up against are daunting.  Our answer is yes, there is hope—and a lot of it. Awareness and acceptance of climate change’s reality are at new heights. Governments and the … Continued

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Meet a Member: Carrie Luce

Meet a member of the Green Business Network, Carrie Luce. We recently chatted with Carrie to learn more about her business, passions towards advocacy and volunteering, and the green initiatives she is taking at home. Luce is an independent contractor, working as the lead Solar Designer for Solar Design Studio, an EPC- Engineering, Procurement, Consulting, and … Continued

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Meet a Member: Karen Ramsey

Meet Karen Ramsey, co-founder of Food Cycle KC. We sat down with Karen in September to talk about her journey to launch a curbside compost collection business alongside her husband with a focus on supporting community and local agriculture. In 2019, Karen Ramsey was looking for a change after 20 years in a corporate career. “I had an … Continued

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Join BTG as an AmeriCorps VISTA!

Our Heartland Tree Alliance program is partnering with UMKC to hire an AmeriCorps Social Justice and Community Engagement VISTA this fall. Could it be you? This position will serve an important role in setting HTA’s focus areas for future tree planting efforts. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and degree verification to shannon.r.wheeler@umkc.edu. Additional … Continued

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Help us add 30 Donors in 30 Days!

Whether you’re a longtime friend or a new one, we know you share in our goals: caring for our environment, creating a healthy community for all, and protecting the beauty and resources of our natural world. Help us reach our goal of adding 30 new monthly donors in 30 days by signing up today. Even a … Continued

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Meet A Member: Kasey Riley

Meet Kasey Riley, co-founder and chief marketing officer of The Fat Plant Society. We recently chatted with Kasey to learn how she and her husband have turned their passion for nature into creating healthy working and living spaces for their clients through moss designs.  When The Fat Plant Society first opened its doors in 2015, owners Kasey Riley and her husband, Morten Klinte, weren’t sure what to expect. … Continued

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Meet a Member: Olivia English

Meet Green Business Network member Olivia English, founder of LiveGreenKC, a commercial and residential landscaping company focused on healing ecosystems and feeding communities through regenerative and ecological practices.  Olivia English developed a passion for the environment at a very young age — a passion to make the world a beautiful place to live. One of her earliest memories and inspiration to sustain the environment … Continued

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