Program Mission

Bridging The Gap’s Green Business Network is a network of environmental professionals and business people who all share a common goal: making sustainable business decisions that protect our natural resources AND make good business sense.

Basically, we’re a group of people who share a passion for all things sustainable in the workplace. For some of us, sustainability is our job. We’re sustainability coordinators, company green team leaders, environmental consultants or offer a green service or product. Others of us want to see our workplace become more sustainable or have a personal passion for going green.

Since 1999, the Green Business Network has educated, connected and inspired hundreds of metro area businesses to implement sustainable initiatives in the workplace.

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Learn more about the Green Business Network, and how YOU can get involved!


An annual membership helps you capitalize on the experiences of your peers who are ready to help facilitate your journey toward responsible business decisions.

Do good work. Support good work.

Join a group of Kansas City area businesses who share their environmental successes and challenges, exchange ideas, and encourage one another to make sound operational decisions that not only save resources but often save money. Events highlight sustainability efforts taking place in businesses across the region, and members receive free or reduced admission to events.

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The passion and expertise of our members make us who we are – a great network of sustainably-minded businesses

The Green Business Network has more than 50 member organizations and individuals from all different sectors, large and small. Collectively, members bring years of experience in energy efficiency management, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, green team leadership, native landscaping, green office cleaning, green purchasing and more for businesses.

Meet A Member

Get to know your fellow network members with our member spotlight. Meet 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 him.

Meet Dave Wowak

Past Events

Curious about what events we've already done? Go back and see the places we've visited and the topics we've covered through the Green Business Network's past program offerings.

What's happening now

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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GBN Steering Committee

Brian Alferman

Johnson County, KS Department of Health & Environment

Wyeth Atchison


Deana Barger

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Kerry Herndon

Retired, US EPA Region VII

Donna Grime

ATC Associates

Ed Hubert

Olsson Associates

Anne Melia

Blackstone Environmental

Gerald Shechter

City of Kansas City, Missouri

Jesse Scott

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Emily Sullivan

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  • Leslie Barland

    Green Business Network Program Manager

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