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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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Celebrating Halloween Sustainably

Written by: Cecilia Wilborn, Recycling Program Manager   In a year when time has seemed to go incredibly fast while simultaneously creeping along slowly, it is hard to believe that autumn is in full swing and Halloween is just around the corner. Celebrations will likely look a bit different in 2020 due to COVID-19, but … Continued

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Meet A Member: William Neds

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know fellow Green Business Network member William Neds. We recently spoke with Neds to learn more about his work to integrate holistic thinking into every aspect of his life – from his career and serving on his company’s green team to being a dad.   Green … Continued

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Meet A Member: Jennifer Gunby

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Jennifer Gunby, a state and local advocacy manager with the U.S. Green Building Council. We recently talked with Jennifer to learn more about her role in bringing green building policies to communities across the country, what she loves about her job, and the green practice at home … Continued

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Meet A Member: Kansas City Zoo

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know a fellow Green Business Network member – the Kansas City Zoo. Last month, we visited with Stacia Pieroni, Conservation Manager, to learn more about the zoo’s sustainability efforts and her own passion for inspiring change.   Averaging nearly one million visitors a year and with … Continued

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Safe Return KC

As the Greater Kansas City business community adjusts day-to-day operations in response to COVID-19, we must balance the need to maintain our region’s economy with the protection of our community’s health.The KC Chamber, KC Area Development Council, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and Mid-America Regional Council have created the Safe Return KC Guide for responsible re-entry … Continued

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When Green Means Curbside Pickup: Supporting Kan

  By Ben Carpenter, HTA Program Associate   My little brother is getting married in July. I know, poor timing. If only he had considered the possibility of a global pandemic upsetting his years-long engagement. However, the show must go on, albeit from a distance. This is a situation in which a thoughtful gift from … Continued

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Meet A Member: KC Can Compost

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   We recently chatted with KC Can Compost’s Executive Director, Kristan Chamberlain, to learn more about this new company helping commercial clients compost. Keep reading to learn more about the unique way it’s combining environmental stewardship with social enterprise and how it’s tackling the barriers to composting.   Since fully launching KC … Continued

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COMPOSTING FOR OUR FUTURE

By Ami Freeberg, Volunteer Program Manager This week, May 3-9, 2020, we celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, a global initiative to educate and inspire people about composting. I grew up composting in a big pile at the back of our large backyard garden – piling food scraps and grass clippings together to break down and … 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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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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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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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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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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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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