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. Monthly 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 this new monthly member spotlight. This month, we're talking with Jamie Arnold, owner of GlassBandit, a glass recycling pickup service for homes and businesses operating in parts of KCMO, KCK and Northeast Johnson County.

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Missouri Recycled Products Directory

Does your business make products from recycled materials?

This free resource was created by BTG's Green Business Network for EIERA (Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority) to promote Missouri's vendors of recycled products.

List your product for free on the Missouri Recycled Product Directory.

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What's happening now

Tour the Goodwill Outlet Facility with GBN

Is your business maximizing its waste stream for resource recovery and cost savings? What recyclables are yielding the highest return on the materials market? How does process efficiency play a vital role in sustainable materials management? Explore these questions and more as we hear from local experts on sustainable waste management best practices for your … Continued

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Honoring Fred W. Hoffower

Honoring Fred W. Hoffower   Today we are honoring a member of our ‘tribe’ who has passed on.  Fred Hoffower was a longtime patron at our old Bannister Recycle Center, a volunteer and eventually a Bridging The Gap employee as a part-time fill in Recycling Center Manager. Fred’s infectious spirit and dedication to the environment … Continued

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The Natural Solution

Written by Matthew Vander Molen, BTG Staff Pucallpa. Peru. Catch a bus in Lima. 14 hours to Pucallpa; up, over, and down the 14er Andes. Off the bus into the fray of the urban Amazon. A moto-taxi to the port of the muddy river highway of Ucayali. Hop on the river boat for five hours … Continued

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KCMO Fire Stations Accept Energy Challenge

  When it comes to saving energy, Fire Station No. 35 doused the four other Kansas City, Missouri, fire houses participating in the national Battle of the Buildings competition to reduce energy usage last fall. Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program compared data collected during September, October and December of 2015 and … Continued

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In Memory of Judy Widener

Yesterday we received word that a member of our BTG tribe has passed. We honor Judy Widener, who worked with us from 2003 – 2004. If you are a resident of KCMO and use curbside recycling service, you have benefited from Judy’s contribution to our community. She enthusiastically managed Bridging The Gap’s public education campaign, … Continued

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GBN Steering Committee

Wyeth Atchison


Deana Barger

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Kerry Herndon

Retired, US EPA Region VII

Donna Grime

ATC Associates

Ed Hubert

Olsson Associates

Gary Kannenberg

The Tellus Group

Anne Melia

Blackstone Environmental

Gerald Shechter

City of Kansas City, Missouri

Craig Wood

Johnson County, KS Department of Health & Environment

Green Business Network Staff

  • Leslie Barland

    Green Business Network Program Manager

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