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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Special Discount for Zero Waste Training

The Green Business Network is excited to announce a special opportunity for businesses to attend the first day of Missouri Recycling Association’s  (MORA) annual conference, which is taking place in Independence, Missouri, this year, at a significantly discounted rate! Missouri Recycling Association 2018 Annual Conference Tuesday, September 11 8 AM – 6:30 PM Stoney Creek Hotel … Continued

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MEC launches Energy Solutions Hub for businesses

For businesses who don’t want to see their energy bills skyrocket with this summer’s high temperatures, now is the time to implement energy efficiency measures to lower your building’s energy use. Metropolitan Energy Center is launching its Energy Solutions Hub this month – a resource for small business owners, manufacturers, schools, municipalities and multi-family homes … Continued

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Green Event Volunteers: KC Convention Center

Flexible Dates: Wed, June 20 – Sun, June 24 Green Event Volunteer Kansas City Convention Center 301 W 13th Street Kansas City, MO 64105 Volunteer alongside Bridging The Gap staff to help make the Unitarian Universalist Convention a Green Event!  Special events, like concerts and conventions, generate on average one pound of waste per person … Continued

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Tune up your car to tone down pollution!

  When your car is in good working order, you save money and you are preserving the water quality of our waterways. When cars leak radiator fluid, oil, or other petro-chemicals these toxins can build up over time on our streets and highways. After it rains, all the toxins are washed directly into our streams, … Continued

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Is your yard to DIE FOR?

  Pesticides and herbicides don’t just kill bugs and weeds. These chemicals can wash into nearby waters and harm other things too, like fish and aquatic bugs. Pests are annoying but polluted water is worse! Try these proven safe remedies to protect plants from pests: Stop aphids by applying soapy water to plants Drown slugs … Continued

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Litter is a drag!

  Each year in America it is estimated that more than 165,000,000,000 (yes, that’s Billion!) cigarette butts end up as litter! 80% of butts on the ground find their way into our water systems and detract from the quality of our drinking water. Cigarette butts can leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic into … Continued

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Summer Volunteers Needed at Recycling Centers

Great Summer 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 teachers with the summer off, employees who get Volunteer Time Off compensation, … Continued

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Pick up After Your Pet

  Pets and urban wildlife are major sources of water pollution because their waste can contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Help protect our pets by picking up their poop and keeping our waterways free of contaminants. Go straight to the source: Mid-America … Continued

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Meet a Member: Jowler Creek Vineyard & Wine

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery is our newest member to the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Colleen Gerke, co-owner, to find out more about Missouri’s first green winery, what inspires her and what’s next for their sustainability efforts.     Located just 30 minutes north of … Continued

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Two Job Openings for KCMO Green Stewards

Do you enjoy being outdoors and part of a supportive, caring team? Are you interested in plants and the environment? Do you want to develop new job skills and a career? Become a KCMO Green Steward! In partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Bridging The Gap is pleased to offer two full time, … Continued

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Plant Native!

Storm water runoff is a huge problem for water quality across America – in fact, the EPA names it as our biggest threat to water quality. Native plants help solve this issue because they “grow deeper” than traditional plants, helping your yard to retain and filter water. Not only will you water less and save … Continued

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Green Event Volunteers: Wanderlust Partnership

Saturday, May 19, 3 shifts Wanderlust Festival Berkley Riverfront Park Kansas City, MO 64120   To be put on a waiting list to volunteer as a Recycling Attendant volunteer, please email John.Fish@bridgingthegap.org. Alternatively, consider volunteering at one of our Community Recycling Centers. We have an urgent need for Saturday volunteers at both locations.   This … Continued

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Don’t mind the Dandelions!

Use chemical herbicides to remove weeds as the last resort! If you must use a chemical herbicide, use the least toxic product, and spot apply it – don’t spread it all over the yard to kill a few weeds or bugs. Follow label instructions exactly – more is not better. And be sure to keep … Continued

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Ephemeral Mania

by Patti Beedles, Kansas City WildLands Seed Tech Listen my friends, I have a plea. Pull yourselves from your cubicles, your screens, your stuffy house that’s held you hostage all winter long. Now’s the time to take a hike through a high-quality woodland and witness true magic. I realize, I’m a crazy plant lady with … Continued

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