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 60 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 the team at Diastole Scholars' Center. We recently chatted with their 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

Meet Diastole

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

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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Seeking photography bids for spring workdays

Are you a photographer in Kansas City? Bridging The Gap is seeking bids from local photographers to take photos of up to five spring workdays. Our volunteers plant trees, remove invasive species from prairies, help sort recycling at the city’s recycling centers, pick up litter, and more. The photographer must be able to attend up … Continued

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2020 Gala – Climate & Cuisine

Our daily food choices are so important, they can actually reverse climate change! Join us as we explore regenerative farming practices, eating lower on the food chain, and other culinary habits to improve climate outcomes with every bite we take. Bridging The Gap’s Climate & Cuisine event will take you and your guest(s) on a … 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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GBN Steering Committee

Wyeth Atchison

PlanIT Impact

Trent Thompson

Johnson County, Kansas

Kerry Herndon

Retired, US EPA Region VII

Donna Grime

ATC Associates

Matt Riggs

MARC Solid Waste Management District

Anne Melia

Blackstone Environmental

Gerald Shechter

City of Kansas City, Missouri

Emily Sullivan

Hallmark Cards

Cassandra Ford

The Recycling Partnership


  • Leslie Barland

    Green Business Network Program Manager

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