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. We recently talked with William Neds from HDR 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.

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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: 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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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

GBN sponsors + partners

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