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 11/16/20 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. We’re pleased to be able to offer our community opportunities to feel productive, stretch your muscles, and … 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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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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