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.

GBN Projects

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 our member spotlight. This month, we're talking with Colleen Gerke, co-owner of Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery. Located just north of KC in Platte City, it's Missouri's first green winery!

Read about Jowler Creek

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

Meet a Member: Jowler Creek Vineyard & Wine

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery is our newest member to the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Colleen Gerke, co-owner, to find out more about Missouri’s first green winery, what inspires her and what’s next for their sustainability efforts.     Located just 30 minutes north of … Continued

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BTG Tool Lending Shed

Planning a neighborhood clean-up? Bridging The Gap has tools and other supplies! Is your neighborhood looking a little rough in late-winter with litter, leaves, and brush piling up? Late-winter/early-spring, while the weather is mild and before new growth gets going, is the perfect time to organize a volunteer clean-up with your neighborhood group or homeowners … Continued

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Help BTG Prevent Litter

How Is Litter Still a Thing? You Can Help Bridging The Gap Prevent Litter and Get It Out of Area Creeks and Rivers! Still in the midst of a winter that’s been colder and icier in metro-Kansas City than it’s been in several years, it may seem like spring will never come. Looking at the … Continued

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Blood Drive in partnership with the Community Bl

Bridging The Gap is concerned about the “emergency blood shortage” and has teamed up with the Community Blood Center to promote a blood drive. Donate at any CBC Donor Site and use the code: EF8A (if you use the code we can track how many BTG supporters contributed to this effort)! Monday, January 22, 2018 – Friday, … 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

Green Business Network Staff

  • Leslie Barland

    Green Business Network Program Manager

GBN sponsors + partners

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