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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Current Political Climate and BTG

One of Bridging The Gap’s top funders came to us last week and asked if we would answer several questions regarding the current political climate in our country. They were polling all of their grantees to understand how their giving impacts non-profits, like BTG . So, several staffers got together and came up with the following … Continued

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Litter Clean-up Kits FREE to borrow from BTG

Groups seeking a ready-made opportunity to make a difference in the community can check-out a Litter Cleanup Kit. The kit includes everything needed to conduct a litter cleanup volunteer event, all tucked in a portable 5 gallon bucket. Each kit is designed for 4-6 volunteers and includes: safety vests, trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers, a … Continued

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Rigid Plastics Now Accepted at Deramus Recycling

KCMO’s Community Recycling Center located at 4707 Deramus Avenue now accepts RIGID PLASTICS for recycling. Make sure that buckets, tubs and jugs are empty; playsets and shelving are disassembled and metal components are removed from items (don’t worry about small screws). One final note, no pieces larger than 3’ by 5’ can be accepted. Acceptable items … Continued

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Getting Around Greener Part 5

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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Tune up your car to tone down pollution!

  When your car is in good working order, you save money and you are preserving the water quality of our waterways. When cars leak radiator fluid, oil, or other petro-chemicals these toxins can build up over time on our streets and highways. After it rains, all the toxins are washed directly into our streams, … Continued

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Shadowcliff Chef Employment Opportunity

Our affiliated organization, Shadowcliff, located in Grand Lake, Colorado has the following job opening:   SHADOWCLIFF POSITION DESCRIPTION: Seasonal Chef JOB TITLE:             Compassionate Kitchen Chef REPORTS TO:        General Manager STATUS:                 This is a full-time seasonal position requiring an on-site commitment from mid/late May through October 1.   Summary The primary purpose and function … Continued

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Is your yard to DIE FOR?

  Pesticides and herbicides don’t just kill bugs and weeds. These chemicals can wash into nearby waters and harm other things too, like fish and aquatic bugs. Pests are annoying but polluted water is worse! Try these proven safe remedies to protect plants from pests: Stop aphids by applying soapy water to plants Drown slugs … Continued

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week! What is your volunteer story? Through our collective stories we create the narrative needed to propel others to take action. With collective action, we can create positive change. Together, we are preserving prairies, forests, and glades with KC WildLands; planting thousands of trees with Heartland Tree Alliance; removing litter from local … Continued

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Monarch butterflies migrating early from Mexico

MDC says gardening with native plants helps butterflies and birds Kansas City, Mo. – Warm weather arrived early this spring, and so did large numbers of monarch butterflies in the Kansas City area. The first seemingly fragile orange and black butterflies spotted flitting near spring flowers in recent weeks migrated all the way from wintering grounds … Continued

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Now You Can Donate Used Medical Equipment

For years, we have had a partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of KC (RIKC) to recycle hard- and soft-cover books we collect at the drop-off recycling centers we manage for KCMO. We’re now pleased to report that RIKC recently expanded their services to accept donations of Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Donors are able to deduct … Continued

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Pick up After Your Pet

  Pets and urban wildlife are major sources of water pollution because their waste can contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Help protect our pets by picking up their poop and keeping our waterways free of contaminants. Go straight to the source: Mid-America … Continued

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Getting Around Greener: Part 4

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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Your favorite fleece might be causing harm to ou

By Guest Blogger, E. Hughes Pembroke Hill School I am always cold.  Always.  So, my Patagonia fleece has become something of a wardrobe staple.  I wear it everywhere: to school, on errands, to sports practices, to sleep, to dinner with the family, and, to my mother’s dismay, to special events. (What can I say, desperate … Continued

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Earth Day Recycling Event

The City will be hosting a collection event across from the Emmanuel Tech Center on April 22, 2017. Residents will have the opportunity to responsibly dispose of a host of items such as tires, electronics, yard waste, clothes, furniture, mattresses and building materials.        

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She’s hungry but her yard might not be!

Before you add any fertilizers to your yard this spring… first do a soil test. Your yard may already have the nutrients it needs, saving you money and time! 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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Don’t trash those single-use batteries any

It is possible to recycle single-use alkaline and lithium batteries in metro-KC again. Not so long ago there was no energy- and cost-effective way to recycle single-use batteries, but that has changed. However, the recyclable materials in single-use batteries are still of limited value, so there are only three places in the metro area to … Continued

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Getting Around Greener: Part 3

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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Cover your Bald Spots!

When it rains, soil and sediment wash into our lakes and streams. Sediment pollution clouds the water, making it difficult for aquatic plants to grow, clogs fish and insect gills, and can destroy aquatic habitats. Here are two basic steps to grow in your bald spots: 1. PLANT grass seed, native plants, shrubs or trees. … Continued

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