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.    

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Cleaning up dog poop in your yard needs to be done regularly or you will quickly have a toxic and dangerous minefield of feces. Dog feces can contain parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia. If left unattended, these parasites, bacteria, and viruses will contaminate the water, soil, and can infect both pets and humans. Especially vulnerable are … Continued

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No ifs, ands or butts:

Put out your cigarettes, then put ’em in the trash! According to the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), a Keep America Beautiful Initiative, cigarette butts are still the most littered item in the US despite the steep decline in smoking rates in recent decades. One problem the CLPP found is that many smokers don’t think of cigarettes … Continued

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Recycling Center Volunteer Opportunity!

Flexible Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity! Help your community and the environment by volunteering at one of our community recycling centers! Recycling preserves forests; keeps oil, natural gas, and minerals in the ground; and prevents air and water pollution.  This is an excellent opportunity for students earning service-learning credit, employees who get Volunteer Time Off compensation, retired … Continued

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Keep Leaves out of Storm Drains

This fall as you are preparing to clean up your lawn, please do not rake leaves or other debris into storm drains. Nothing but untainted rain water should flow from your yard into storm drains. Lawn clippings, leaves and other debris often clump, which can contribute to a larger problem underground in the pipe system. … Continued

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September Native Plant Workshops

We have two Native Plant workshops scheduled for September! 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 garden, tried and true favorite species, basic layouts of gardens, general landscaping and efficiency tips, and storm water benefits. … Continued

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Meet A Member: Joe Ward

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet the man behind Go Green Recycled Granite in Olathe, Kan., and a new member to the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Joseph Ward, who co-owns the business with his wife, Mary Jo, to find out how their unique company began, how they use creativity to … Continued

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    Paint your house, but not our streams and rivers! It’s that time of year to put a fresh coat of paint on your house, but there are dangerous materials in both any old paint that needs to be scraped off and the new paint that will go on. Whether you’re hiring professionals to … Continued

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“Pruning for Beginners” Workshops Of

Want to know the “right” way to prune those small trees around your home? Looking for a new way to give back to the community and like pruning trees? Our new “Pruning for Beginners” course might be just for you. Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) is offering a new 2-hour course on basic tree pruning skills … Continued

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JOCO Rain Barrel Workshop

Are you unsure how a rain barrel will benefit you and the environment? Have you been thinking 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 … Continued

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Bobcat Kittens

  Bobcats are named because of their bobbed off tail. Bobcats breed once a year in early spring. Females give birth to the kittens in approximately 60 to 70 days., so right around June 16 and after. Bobcats can have up to 6 kittens in a litter that will open their eyes after 10 days. … Continued

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