Drawdown

By Kristin Riott Executive Director, Bridging The Gap   If you, like me, have been worried about climate change for a long time, the publication of the book Drawdown is a deep draught of water during a long walk through the desert:  you can go on with renewed hope and vigor.  Drawdown, edited by leading … Continued

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Meet A Member: Aaron Itczak

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Aaron Itczak, a senior learning designer at Cerner and member of the Green Business Network. We recently chatted with Aaron to learn more about how he’s inspiring sustainability efforts in the workplace.    A teacher by trade, educating and inspiring others comes naturally to Aaron Itczak. He currently works as a senior learning designer at Cerner and … Continued

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Tree Transpiration – how does it work?

  Tree transpiration is the process by which moisture (water) is carried through the tree from the roots to small pores on the underside of leaves. There it changes into vapor and is released into the atmosphere. About 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere is released by trees and plants through this process … Continued

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Get the latest update on LEEDv4.1

USGBC-Central Plains, a Green Business Network partner, is hosting USGBC’s LEEDv4.1 Roadshow in Kansas City on August 6, and GBN members are invited to register with a 30% discount. Last year USGBC celebrated their 25th anniversary, and this year LEED Technical Staff are hitting the road in a tour of the country by recapping progress … Continued

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Meet A Member: Boehringer Ingelheim

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know Green Business Network member Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, part of a global, family-owned pharmaceutical company with facilities in St. Joseph, Missouri.  We recently visited their production facility in St. Joe to talk with members of their engineering, facilities and environmental health and safety groups – … Continued

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Johnson County Rain Barrel Workshop

Are you unsure how a rain barrel will benefit you and the environment? Have you thought about installing a rain barrel but don’t know where to begin? This workshop is for you! Johnson County Homeowners are invited to beautiful Antioch Park for a rain barrel workshop. You will be provided with all the tools and … Continued

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Green Event: Loud & Local Festival

Green Event Recycling Volunteer Loud and Local Festival Saturday, June 15, afternoon and evening shifts Riverside, Missouri Help us make the Loud and Local Festival a zero waste event by engaging attendees at waste stations with recycle and compost bins! The festival will include music, creativity, dance, food, drink and fun! More more info about … Continued

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Recycling Volunteers Needed!

Ongoing, Wednesday through Saturday   Red Bridge Recycling Center 5200 E. Red Bridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137 in the KCATA Park-and-Ride commuter parking lot All volunteers must register in advance! Call/text Amy Smith at 816-561-1062 or email, mentioning your preferred date/time.   Shifts: recommended Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday shift is 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Recommended Saturday … Continued

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Meet A Member: Dave Wowak

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know Green Business Network member Dave Wowak, a sales executive with Pratt Industries. We recently sat down and talked with Dave about what makes Pratt Industries stand out above other cardboard box and display manufacturers and why helping the environment and his clients is important to … Continued

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Volunteer: Tree Giveaway Event Support

Energy Saving Trees Program Saturday, May 4, 8:15 AM – Noon KCPL Connect, 1710 Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64108 KCP&L and Bridging The Gap, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, are offering a limited number of free trees to customers in zip codes 64110, 64109, 64127, 64128, and 64130. These trees … Continued

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Volunteer: Green Event at KC Convention Center

Green Event Recycling Volunteer Destination Imagination Global Finals Shifts Available Wednesday, May 22 – Saturday, May 25 KC Convention Center   The convention takes place Wednesday, May 22 through Saturday, May 25; choose a shift below that works for you (you do not need to volunteer all four days).   Volunteer alongside Bridging The Gap … Continued

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Spring Native Plant Workshops!

Ready to get out and plant some natives and want to learn more about them? Come to one of two free Pollinator and Native Plant Workshops this spring! These workshops are for beginning gardeners or native plant-curious Johnson County homeowners. We will cover the basics including the importance of pollinator and native plants in your … Continued

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Meet A Member: Niki McDowell

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Niki McDowell, owner of Green Clean Designs located in Grandview, Mo. We recently talked with Niki to learn more about how her business is working to keep materials out of the landfill while bringing her clients one-of-a-kind, high design, yet affordable office furniture and decor.    In … Continued

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Jowler Creek receives international sustainabili

Jowler Creek Winery Awarded Top International Honors for Taste and Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Jowler Creek Winery, a Green Business Network member, earned a gold medal from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) 2019 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition this month. The recognition program was created to applaud wineries that are taking … Continued

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Meet A Member: KU Edwards Campus

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet the KU Edwards Campus’ sustainability committee. We sat down with three of its committee members – Mark Jakubauskas, Mary Bujnak, and Tony Nubile – in December to learn how the campus is working to put sustainability at the forefront of student education and building operations.   The … Continued

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Trees damaged by storm

In recent weeks, Kansas City has seen multiple storm events that caused damage to our tree canopy. Whether it be wind or snow, this damage can have lasting effects to the structural integrity of trees in your yard. It is important that you follow a few steps to ensure the safety of yourself and your … Continued

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Connecting Businesses For Material Reuse

At the Green Business Network, we love it when we can connect businesses to find creative solutions for material reuse. Earlier this winter, Sow Wild Natives reached out to us in search of an industrial-sized bag to store their soil. Rather than purchasing new, they were looking for reuse options from a business who might … Continued

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Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Lunch

On January 17, Bridging The Gap honored our volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon held at the Kauffman Conference Center. This event was a rare and unique opportunity to gather BTG volunteers across all programs into one room, thanks to a volunteer appreciation grant from Cargill Cares!  The lunch was sold-out, with more than 60 … Continued

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Meet Our New Associate Executive Director

James Joerke recently joined Bridging The Gap in a newly created position as associate executive director. Keep reading to learn more about James, his new responsibilities and his hopes for Kansas City’s environmental progress.   An Interview With James: Primary responsibilities in your new job:  Proposal-writing, fee-for-service program development, human resources management and strategic planning, to … Continued

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