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 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 Joan Leavens with the Shawnee Mission School District. Read about her role in the district's sustainability efforts, her current projects and her interests in GBN.

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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: Joan Leavens

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet Joan Leavens, Coordinator of Sustainability and Community Engagement for the Shawnee Mission School District and member of the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Joan to learn more about her role in leading the district’s sustainability efforts, her current projects and her interest in the GBN. … Continued

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Meet A Member: Joe Ward

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Meet the man behind Go Green Recycled Granite in Olathe, Kan., and a new member to the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Joseph Ward, who co-owns the business with his wife, Mary Jo, to find out how their unique company began, how they use creativity to … Continued

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Special Discount for Zero Waste Training

The Green Business Network is excited to announce a special opportunity for businesses to attend the first day of Missouri Recycling Association’s  (MORA) annual conference, which is taking place in Independence, Missouri, this year, at a significantly discounted rate! Missouri Recycling Association 2018 Annual Conference Tuesday, September 11 8 AM – 6:30 PM Stoney Creek Hotel … Continued

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MEC launches Energy Solutions Hub for businesses

For businesses who don’t want to see their energy bills skyrocket with this summer’s high temperatures, now is the time to implement energy efficiency measures to lower your building’s energy use. Metropolitan Energy Center is launching its Energy Solutions Hub this month – a resource for small business owners, manufacturers, schools, municipalities and multi-family homes … Continued

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Green Event Volunteers: KC Convention Center

Flexible Dates: Wed, June 20 – Sun, June 24 Green Event Volunteer Kansas City Convention Center 301 W 13th Street Kansas City, MO 64105 Volunteer alongside Bridging The Gap staff to help make the Unitarian Universalist Convention a Green Event!  Special events, like concerts and conventions, generate on average one pound of waste per person … 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

Emily Sullivan

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  • Leslie Barland

    Green Business Network Program Manager

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