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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BTG Staff Picks, Eco-Inspiration Reading this wi

  1) Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, which offers the most convincing explanation I’ve ever seen as to why our global civilization is wrecking the world. It’s written as a novel but most certainly addresses our culture. 2) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein 3) Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey 4) Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy 5) Planting in … Continued

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Sustainable Spotlight: Bar K Dog Bar

Bar K is a destination bar, restaurant and dog park located on the Kansas City riverfront directly to the west of Berkley Riverfront Park.  Utilizing property adjacent and under the Heart of America Bridge, Bar K launched its riverfront location in August of 2018.  In just one year, this unique business has attracted over 175,000 people and 130,000 dogs to … Continued

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2019 Business Sustainability Highlights

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.  

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Meet A Member: Lisa Shocke

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Lisa Shocke, a ground-linehaul coordinator for FedEx and a member of the Green Business Network. We recently chatted with Lisa to learn more about her passion for the environment and FedEx’s EarthSmart Champion Program    Where would you put your company on the path to sustainability? Corporate social responsibility has long … Continued

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How You Can Celebrate Veterans Day the Right Way

  KEY TAKEAWAYS The holiday, originally named Armistice Day, marked the end of fighting in World War I when the Allies and the German Empire declared a cease-fire. After World War II and the Korean War saw millions of Americans put into uniform, Congress knew that all who served must be honored. On June 1, 1954, … Continued

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‘Water cremation’ is new local option

Reposted with permission from the Funeral Consumers Alliance By Joe Walker As our culture embraces a more “green” lifestyle, people frequently ask how they can be respectful of the body of a deceased loved one while at the same time caring for our planet which provided sustenance throughout their life. To achieve both goals, two burial … Continued

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Hard to recycle collection event Nov. 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2019 City of Kansas City, MissouriLooking to clear out your basement or storage area? Just buy a new mattress and don’t know what to do with the old one? Have a few old tires in your garage? If you live in Kansas City, Missouri, here is your chance to properly … Continued

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Pitch Best of KC 2019

We are SO PROUD to have made the Pitch’s Best of Kansas City 2019!   KC Wildlands is preserving spaces we didn’t even know we had “Kansas City will never be known as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. We’re at peace with that. But don’t let that knowledge fool you into believing we don’t have … Continued

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Join the KC WildLands Annual Honeysuckle Battle!

To Battle! Join in our Annual Honeysuckle Battle to help restore Kansas City’s beautiful wild lands. On Saturday, November 2, Kansas City WildLands will host two public work days–one at Ogg Road Prairie in Shawnee Mission Park and one at the Hidden Valley natural area located north of the river. We will be cutting and stump … Continued

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Businesses: Celebrate Your Success With Us!

Submit your company’s sustainability project for highlight at our annual Green Business Network fall social on November 12 at Boulevard Brewery!   Information submitted by companies has the opportunity to be showcased at the social, in a printed sustainability showcase publication and in Bridging The Gap’s social media posts. You do not have to be … Continued

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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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