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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

Internship Opening: Business Recycling

Bridging The Gap is offering the following unpaid internship.  This is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking a career move into the environmental sector.  We will begin interviewing for this position in January. Program: MARC SWMD Business Recycling Program Name of Internship: Business Recycling Program Intern Length of Internship: January – December, 2019 You need … Continued

Continue Reading

Post-Holiday Recycling Center Volunteers Wanted

Red Bridge Recycling Center Saturday, December 29 and January 5 Two shifts: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM or 1:00 – 5:00 PM   Ho Ho Whoa! That’s a lot of holiday packaging! Help us manage the influx of post-holiday waste! Grab your family, and volunteer outside with us at the Red Bridge Community Recycling Center.  Also, … Continued

Continue Reading

Meet A Member: Bruce Frederick

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Bruce Frederick, a professional geologist who joined the Green Business Network in August. We recently chatted with Bruce to learn more about his business, Frederick Geosciences, LLC, his ongoing research on sedimentary basins, and what spurred his interest in the environment.   With more than 23 years … Continued

Continue Reading

Johnson County Dives into What You Are Recyclin

In celebration of America Recycles Day, which occurs every November 15, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) in conjunction with Waste Management and Bridging the Gap (BTG) conducted an in-depth sort at the recycling facility. The goal of the sort was to look at what materials residents are putting in their recycling bins that can … Continued

Continue Reading

Businesses Take Action For a Sustainable KC

On November 12, Bridging The Gap’s Green Business Network celebrated the many actions taken by businesses across our region for a more sustainable KC. As part of its annual fall social event at Boulevard Brewery, the GBN highlighted area companies’ efforts throughout the evening with a slideshow.    

Continue Reading

Businesses: Now is the time to upgrade equipment

Do you have HVAC systems, pumps, motors, compressed air devices or chillers which need to be replaced?  NOW IS THE TIME TO UPGRADE, BEFORE KCP&L CURRENT REBATES EXPIRE IN MARCH.  On top of regular rebates, there is an extra 10% incentive for non-lighting, custom projects for the next few months!  KCP&L is authorized by Missouri … Continued

Continue Reading

Meet A Member: Centric

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   We recently chatted with Centric’s Director of Development and Marketing, Leah DiCarlo, about the locally owned construction company that joined the Green Business Network in June of this year. Keep reading to learn more about the company’s sustainability efforts and its approach to business in general.    Located right at the edge of the Crossroads district at West Pennway and I-35, Centric is a … Continued

Continue Reading

Avila University: Teaching Sustainability

As part of Avila University’s First Year College Assignment initiative, all incoming students are required to read the same book over the summer and submit an essay about it before classes begin. This years’ book was The Boy who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Current of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.   Kamkwamba was born in Wimbe, Malawi in a … Continued

Continue Reading

Volunteer: Plant Trees in the Northland

Great Opportunity for Northlanders! Woodneath Neighborhood Tree Planting Near I-35 and 152 Highway Kansas City, MO 64157 Two Dates to Choose From! Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM – Noon   Sign Up Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM – Noon Sign Up Volunteer with Heartland Tree Alliance to plant street trees in the Woodneath neighborhood in the … Continued

Continue Reading

Volunteer: Annual Honeysuckle Battle

Kansas City Wildlands Annual Honeysuckle Battle Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM – Noon Two Locations to Choose From   We have an urgent volunteer need for folks to come out and help us battle the invasive, exotic shrub honeysuckle taking over our wildlands! Select a location and sign up today!  Enjoy this terrific fall weather … Continued

Continue Reading

Volunteer: Shoal Creek Tree Planting

Great Corporate Opportunity! Riparian Tree Planting Pleasant Valley Skate Park, Shoal Creek Kansas City, MO 64119 Two Dates to Choose From! Tues, Nov 13, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Sign Up Fri, Dec 7, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Sign Up Looking for a fun team-building outdoor experience? Volunteer with our Heartland Tree Alliance program to plant … Continued

Continue Reading

Meet A Member: Joan Leavens

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Joan Leavens, Coordinator of Sustainability and Community Engagement for the Shawnee Mission School District and member of the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Joan to learn more about her role in leading the district’s sustainability efforts, her current projects and her interest in the GBN. … Continued

Continue Reading

Last Call! Volunteer at Metro North Site

Metro North Recycling Center Limited Opportunity – Site Closing October 13th! Saturdays, October 6 and 13 Two Shifts to Choose From The last date to volunteer at this site is Saturday, October 13. Click here for more info about the relocation status. Are you passionate about recycling? Help your community and the environment by volunteering … Continued

Continue Reading

Volunteer! KC Wildlands, REI Partnership

Volunteer Saturday, September 29, 9:00 AM – Noon!   In celebration of National Public Lands Day, volunteer with our Kansas City WildLands program as we’ll be removing invasive woody plants, including exotic shrub honeysuckle, while enjoying the amazing fall beauty of these wild places. Volunteers will use loppers to remove the shrub, and stump-treat the … Continued

Continue Reading