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 Aaron Itczak, a senior learning designer at Cerner. We recently chatted with Aaron to learn more about how he’s inspiring sustainability efforts in the workplace.

Meet Aaron

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

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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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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GBN Steering Committee

Wyeth Atchison

PlanIT Impact

Kalenna Coleman

Johnson County, Kansas

Kerry Herndon

Retired, US EPA Region VII

Donna Grime

ATC Associates

Ed Hubert

Solar Side Up

Anne Melia

Blackstone Environmental

Gerald Shechter

City of Kansas City, Missouri

Emily Sullivan

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  • Leslie Barland

    Green Business Network Program Manager

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