Safe Return KC

As the Greater Kansas City business community adjusts day-to-day operations in response to COVID-19, we must balance the need to maintain our region’s economy with the protection of our community’s health.The KC Chamber, KC Area Development Council, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and Mid-America Regional Council have created the Safe Return KC Guide for responsible re-entry … Continued

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When Green Means Curbside Pickup: Supporting Kan

  By Ben Carpenter, HTA Program Associate   My little brother is getting married in July. I know, poor timing. If only he had considered the possibility of a global pandemic upsetting his years-long engagement. However, the show must go on, albeit from a distance. This is a situation in which a thoughtful gift from … Continued

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Meet A Member: KC Can Compost

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   We recently chatted with KC Can Compost’s Executive Director, Kristan Chamberlain, to learn more about this new company helping commercial clients compost. Keep reading to learn more about the unique way it’s combining environmental stewardship with social enterprise and how it’s tackling the barriers to composting.   Since fully launching KC … Continued

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COMPOSTING FOR OUR FUTURE

By Ami Freeberg, Volunteer Program Manager This week, May 3-9, 2020, we celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, a global initiative to educate and inspire people about composting. I grew up composting in a big pile at the back of our large backyard garden – piling food scraps and grass clippings together to break down and … Continued

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How to Conduct Your Own Waste Audit

Cecilia Wilborn, Recycling Program Manager, shows us how to conduct our own waste audit at home! Now that you’re spending more time at home, you may be noticing your weekly collection of recycling and trash is increasing. Gather your family and work as a team to take part in a week-long household waste audit. The … Continued

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Earth week series – 5

The best time to plant a tree is now. The Arbor Day Foundation provides resources to individuals who are interested in doing so, including where to find free or low cost trees in your area and tips about how to plant your tree so it thrive. For those interested in fruit trees are another excellent … Continued

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Earth week series – 4

    By John Fish, Litter Abatement Program Coordinator and Recycling Center Manager There’s no getting around the fact that our lives have been upended by this pandemic. We had forgotten just how much havoc something unseeable with the naked eye can cause.  Although much of our ordinary life has been suspended by the need … Continued

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Earth week series – 3

    Each of us generate waste through practically everything we do, at an average rate of 4.51 pounds per day, according to the EPA (2017). Through the three R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle, that number can be greatly reduced.  Today we challenge you to think of ways you can reduce and reuse BEFORE you … Continued

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Earth Week Series – 2

    By James Joerke, Associate Executive Director With many of us spending more time at home these days, it’s the perfect time to take action to make your home more energy efficient. These simple steps will make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills. Install a programmable thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat … Continued

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Earth Week Series – 1

    Quarantine isolation leaves many people feeling trapped inside, not able to enjoy nature as regularly as one may desire.  However, the benefits of walking outside every day are proven to help keep you healthy. Your mood will improve. You’ll feel more creative. You’ll lower your risk of lung cancer. Your skin will look … Continued

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Attend a virtual commercial composting info sess

    Local commercial compost hauler (and Green Business Network member) KC Can Compost is offering businesses virtual information sessions for those interested in learning more about starting a composting collection program in the workplace. Three dates are available: May 13, 2020 | 10 AM Central Time Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74645038439?pwd=ZE90QXZvYkFlZitXWXJnUWdsNVVtUT09 Meeting ID: 746 4503 8439 … Continued

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3 steps you can take for bees in your garden

 By Joe Wheelock, HTA Program Coordinator   Feeling cooped up? Need to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine?  Now is a great time to take some simple actions around your home to help protect and conserve bees! Everyone knows the European Honey Bee, but did you know there are about 4,000 species of … Continued

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Meet A Member: Diastole Scholars’ Center

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   We recently chatted with Diastole Scholars’ Center’s executive director, Nancy Hill, and events assistant, Jennifer StClair, about the unique event venue that joined the Green Business Network last year. Keep reading to learn more about how the center’s staff is working to keep sustainability top of mind while serving its mission.    Almost hidden by a sanctuary of … Continued

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Volunteering during COVID-19

Updated 5/26/2020 At Bridging The Gap, the well-being of our volunteers, staff, partners, and communities is our top priority, during the COVID-19 outbreak and always. Our team is closely following updates and recommendations from the CDC and local government. As the Greater Kansas City community begins to safely reopen, Bridging The Gap is ready to start … Continued

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Long Johns & Loppers on Leap Day

Volunteer with KC WildLands! Saturday, February 29, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Join our Kansas City WildLands team and layer up for our 17th Annual Long Johns & Loppers Ecological Restoration Workday! Volunteers will cut and treat invasive woody plants from several beautiful, natural communities in the region, helping native flowers and grasses flourish again in … Continued

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51 Uses for Baking Soda

Trying to reduce plastic in your life? Why not consider cleaning with baking soda, which is sold in CARDBOARD packaging!   Make homemade deodorant. Combine equal parts baking soda, tea tree oil and cornstarch. Mix well and keep in airtight container. Remove dirt and grime from floors without leaving scratch marks. Use 1/2 cup baking soda in … Continued

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WildLands Citizen Science: Bee Poo Science

Text and Photos by Tom Schroeder You have got to love Bee Poo Science. I recently had the opportunity to do a Citizen Science project as part of KC WildLands volunteer work. In 2016 and 2017, a Native Bee Survey was done on KC WildLand sites. It uncovered a population of the Snail Nesting Mason … Continued

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Businesses: Host a Pollution Intern

Pollution Prevention Intern Program — Now Accepting Applications for Host Companies The Pollution Prevention Institute, or PPI, part of Kansas State University Engineering Extension, is now accepting applications to host a pollution prevention intern for summer 2020. During their 10-week placements, interns will research and develop projects for their host companies that will prevent pollution … Continued

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Meet A Member: Jenny Fine

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Jenny Fine, owner of K-9 Cabin LLC and member of the Green Business Network. We recently chatted with Jenny to learn more about how she’s incorporating sustainability into her doggie daycare business and her message for others wanting to make a difference.   For Jenny Fine, when … Continued

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