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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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Drawdown

By Kristin Riott Executive Director, Bridging The Gap   If you, like me, have been worried about climate change for a long time, the publication of the book Drawdown is a deep draught of water during a long walk through the desert:  you can go on with renewed hope and vigor.  Drawdown, edited by leading … Continued

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Meet A Member: Aaron Itczak

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Aaron Itczak, a senior learning designer at Cerner and member of the Green Business Network. We recently chatted with Aaron to learn more about how he’s inspiring sustainability efforts in the workplace.    A teacher by trade, educating and inspiring others comes naturally to Aaron Itczak. He currently works as a senior learning designer at Cerner and … Continued

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Get the latest update on LEEDv4.1

USGBC-Central Plains, a Green Business Network partner, is hosting USGBC’s LEEDv4.1 Roadshow in Kansas City on August 6, and GBN members are invited to register with a 30% discount. Last year USGBC celebrated their 25th anniversary, and this year LEED Technical Staff are hitting the road in a tour of the country by recapping progress … Continued

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Meet A Member: Boehringer Ingelheim

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know Green Business Network member Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, part of a global, family-owned pharmaceutical company with facilities in St. Joseph, Missouri.  We recently visited their production facility in St. Joe to talk with members of their engineering, facilities and environmental health and safety groups – … Continued

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Green Event: Loud & Local Festival

Green Event Recycling Volunteer Loud and Local Festival Saturday, June 15, afternoon and evening shifts Riverside, Missouri Help us make the Loud and Local Festival a zero waste event by engaging attendees at waste stations with recycle and compost bins! The festival will include music, creativity, dance, food, drink and fun! More more info about … Continued

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Meet A Member: Dave Wowak

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Get to know Green Business Network member Dave Wowak, a sales executive with Pratt Industries. We recently sat down and talked with Dave about what makes Pratt Industries stand out above other cardboard box and display manufacturers and why helping the environment and his clients is important to … Continued

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Volunteer: Green Event at KC Convention Center

Green Event Recycling Volunteer Destination Imagination Global Finals Shifts Available Wednesday, May 22 – Saturday, May 25 KC Convention Center   The convention takes place Wednesday, May 22 through Saturday, May 25; choose a shift below that works for you (you do not need to volunteer all four days).   Volunteer alongside Bridging The Gap … Continued

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Meet A Member: Niki McDowell

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Niki McDowell, owner of Green Clean Designs located in Grandview, Mo. We recently talked with Niki to learn more about how her business is working to keep materials out of the landfill while bringing her clients one-of-a-kind, high design, yet affordable office furniture and decor.    In … Continued

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Jowler Creek receives international sustainabili

Jowler Creek Winery Awarded Top International Honors for Taste and Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Jowler Creek Winery, a Green Business Network member, earned a gold medal from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) 2019 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition this month. The recognition program was created to applaud wineries that are taking … Continued

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Meet A Member: KU Edwards Campus

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet the KU Edwards Campus’ sustainability committee. We sat down with three of its committee members – Mark Jakubauskas, Mary Bujnak, and Tony Nubile – in December to learn how the campus is working to put sustainability at the forefront of student education and building operations.   The … Continued

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Connecting Businesses For Material Reuse

At the Green Business Network, we love it when we can connect businesses to find creative solutions for material reuse. Earlier this winter, Sow Wild Natives reached out to us in search of an industrial-sized bag to store their soil. Rather than purchasing new, they were looking for reuse options from a business who might … Continued

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Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Lunch

On January 17, Bridging The Gap honored our volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon held at the Kauffman Conference Center. This event was a rare and unique opportunity to gather BTG volunteers across all programs into one room, thanks to a volunteer appreciation grant from Cargill Cares!  The lunch was sold-out, with more than 60 … Continued

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Meet Our New Associate Executive Director

James Joerke recently joined Bridging The Gap in a newly created position as associate executive director. Keep reading to learn more about James, his new responsibilities and his hopes for Kansas City’s environmental progress.   An Interview With James: Primary responsibilities in your new job:  Proposal-writing, fee-for-service program development, human resources management and strategic planning, to … Continued

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Meet A Member: Bruce Frederick

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Bruce Frederick, a professional geologist who joined the Green Business Network in August. We recently chatted with Bruce to learn more about his business, Frederick Geosciences, LLC, his ongoing research on sedimentary basins, and what spurred his interest in the environment.   With more than 23 years … Continued

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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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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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