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The Inflation Reduction Act + Climate Change

I’m a tough old bird, but when I got the news that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) had passed through the House and Senate—projectile tears. For the first time, the United States government is putting what in my opinion is the proper priority on the threat of climate change to the web of life on … Continued

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Saving Trees During Construction

Land is constantly undergoing development throughout the Kansas City area. Apartments are built on formerly “vacant” lots, farmland is turned into suburbia, ranch-style homes turn into mansions, garages are added, driveways are repaved, irrigation is installed and patios double in size. Whatever the reason for construction, let’s observe what is on our land first to … Continued

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Mimosa Webworm in Kansas City

Have you noticed trees with brown leaves and what looks like spider webbing all over them? The culprit is most likely the mimosa webworm (Homadaula anisocentra)! These caterpillars are occasional pests of the mimosa tree and several varieties of honey locust. Life Cycle: This pest produces two overlapping generations per year. The first generation typically … Continued

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Meet a Member: Cassandra Krul | EPA Region 7

We recently chatted with Cassandra Krul, a program analyst and green team leader, to talk about the EPA’s focus and her background in sustainability.   Cassandra Krul has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 for over three years. During her career there she has managed grants, led and assisted with special projects, in addition to leading … Continued

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Meet A Member: Jill Kingsbury | Redbud Refillery

Meet a member of our Green Business Network! Redbud Refillery is Kansas City’s mobile source for refillable and sustainable household cleaning products, with a mission to reduce single-use plastic by refilling already existing containers with sustainable plant-based cleaners. Currently, Redbud Refillery dispenses laundry detergent, dish soap, and all-purpose cleaner from its mobile van using a … Continued

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Meet a Member: The City of Kansas City, Missouri

We recently chatted with Andy Savastino, Chief Environmental Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, to learn more about what the city is currently working on and its goal for a resilient future. Savastino has worked for the city for 28 years and has been the Chief Environmental Officer for about 2 1/2 years. … Continued

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Meet a Member: The Resilient Activist

Meet Sami Aaron, founder of The Resilient Activist. We recently talked with Sami Aaron to learn more about the background and mission of the non-profit and how she measures success within the organization.  The Resilient Activist is a non-profit organization founded by Sami Aaron that aims to build hope and resilience in response to the impact … Continued

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Meet a Member: Ripple Glass

Meet a Green Business Network member company – Ripple Glass. We chatted with Morgan Henderson, the Metro Program Manager, to learn more about how Ripple has impacted Kansas City and its goals for expansion.   Founded in 2009, Ripple Glass is Kansas City’s glass recycling company. All the glass collected for recycling in the KC metro area makes its way to Ripple’s … Continued

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Sustainable Spotlight: Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a well-known, life science company with more than 150 years in health care and agriculture. Bayer’s research and products for agriculture help provide a reliable supply of food, feed, and plant-based raw materials to serve a growing population around the world. Sustainability is one of Bayer’s key operational priorities, with the goal of being “carbon neutral” … Continued

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Sustainable Spotlight: Metropolitan Community Co

As the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, MCC comprises five campuses on the Missouri side of the metro area and offers 125 associate degree and certification programs.  With 47 major buildings to operate, MCC made significant financial investments over the last year to update their building systems – saving energy and … Continued

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Sustainable Spotlight: KC Water

KC Water was awarded the Innovation Award presented by the Kansas City Industrial Council. The award honors a business using innovative solutions for sustainability in our Kansas City community. The award specifically recognized the innovative actions of one particular KC Water employee, Amir Kenner, whose creative thinking and willingness to go beyond normal job responsibilities, helped KC Water … Continued

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Meet a Member: Carrie Luce

Meet a member of the Green Business Network, Carrie Luce. We recently chatted with Carrie to learn more about her business, passions towards advocacy and volunteering, and the green initiatives she is taking at home. Luce is an independent contractor, working as the lead Solar Designer for Solar Design Studio, an EPC- Engineering, Procurement, Consulting, and … Continued

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Meet a Member: Karen Ramsey

Meet Karen Ramsey, co-founder of Food Cycle KC. We sat down with Karen in September to talk about her journey to launch a curbside compost collection business alongside her husband with a focus on supporting community and local agriculture. In 2019, Karen Ramsey was looking for a change after 20 years in a corporate career. “I had an … Continued

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Meet A Member: Kasey Riley

Meet Kasey Riley, co-founder and chief marketing officer of The Fat Plant Society. We recently chatted with Kasey to learn how she and her husband have turned their passion for nature into creating healthy working and living spaces for their clients through moss designs.  When The Fat Plant Society first opened its doors in 2015, owners Kasey Riley and her husband, Morten Klinte, weren’t sure what to expect. … Continued

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Meet a Member: Olivia English

Meet Green Business Network member Olivia English, founder of LiveGreenKC, a commercial and residential landscaping company focused on healing ecosystems and feeding communities through regenerative and ecological practices.  Olivia English developed a passion for the environment at a very young age — a passion to make the world a beautiful place to live. One of her earliest memories and inspiration to sustain the environment … Continued

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Vote for BTG with Target Circle!

We are honored and excited to announce that Bridging The Gap has been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have a chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us! Now through June 30, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help … Continued

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Meet A Member: Meredith McAllister

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight Get to know fellow Green Business Network member Meredith McAllister. We recently spoke with her to learn more about her successful journey to launch a curbside compost collection service three and half years ago, how the company is growing, and what it has been like to operate a small … Continued

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Meet A Member: Cassandra Ford

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know fellow Green Business Network member Cassandra Ford. We recently chatted with her to learn more about how she brings recycling to communities through her work at The Recycling Partnership and how tackling waste issues has always been her biggest environmental passion.   Green Business Network … Continued

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BTG Partner Awards Businesses For Sustainability

The Kansas City Industrial Council (KCIC), a partner of Bridging The Gap, has recently recognized 10 area businesses for their sustainability practices! KCIC presents the Sustainability Awards annually to its members and member clients across the metropolitan area, particularly those located in or near industrial areas. The awards took place virtually on October 22, 2020. … Continued

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Meet A Member: Burns & McDonnell

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know a fellow Green Business Network member company – Burns & McDonnell. This month, we visited with Andy Sauer, a green infrastructure and stormwater manager, to learn more about how Burns & McDonnell sets itself apart by focusing on its employees, sustainability and engaging the next … Continued

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