Is your company interested in sharing its sustainability story through a Green Business Network event? Our events are a great way to showcase your efforts, make connections and support shared learning among our region’s business community. Our events include corporate presentations & facility tours, lunch & learns, and networking socials. For more information on hosting an event, please contact the Green Business Network Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-612-8710.
Here’s a look at our past events:
April 4 | Posty Cards
Green Team Event Series Part 3: How to Effectively Tell Your Sustainability Story
This 3-part conversation brought together area green teams to build a network of peers outside of your company who can inspire you with ideas and help keep you on track with your goals. Attendees learned about how to successfully tell their company’s sustainability story and heard from Posty Cards, City of Kansas City, Missouri, and Westar Energy on their experiences telling their story.
March 12 | Ripple Glass
Members Only Tour
Attendees toured Ripple Glass’ glass processing facility in Kansas City, MO to see how all of the glass collected at the purple bins metro wide gets processed into glass cullet for use in making new glass bottles and insulation.
January 15 | Shawnee Mission School District Center for Academic Achievement
Green Team Event Series Part 2: Implementing Ideas and Keeping Enthusiasm
This 3-part conversation brought together area green teams to build a network of peers outside of your company who can inspire you with ideas and help keep you on track with your goals. Attendees learned about the steps to becoming a sustainable brand, how a sustainability action plan can help you organize and quantify your goals, the value of utilizing external resources to achieve your goals, and how to make the financial case for implementation of sustainable initiatives.
November 12, 2018 | Boulevard Brewery
Fall Member Social
Everyone’s fall favorite returned for another year as members enjoyed tasty Boulevard brews (and wine!) and delicious Waldo Pizza while connecting with other professionals who share a passion for sustainability in Kansas City. This year shined the spotlight on the sustainability efforts of our members and other businesses across the metro. Sponsored by KCP&L and Boulevard Brewing Company.
September 18, 2018 | Bayer CropScience
Members Only Tour
Attendees visited Bayer CropScience to learn about its site sustainability efforts, challenges, and successes and also toured its new formulation packaging hub to see an automated product filling and packaging operation. Guests learned how better production scheduling, re-purposing of plant operations, installation of polished tanks and pipelines constructed of sanitary tubing, and pigging technology within the formulation operations has led to significant and continued reductions in water consumption and wastewater generation for Bayer CropScience’s Kansas City plant.
August 29, 2018 | Faultless Starch Event Space
Green Team Event Series Part 1: Getting Started – How to Set Your Green Team Up for Success
This 3-part conversation brought together area green teams to build a network of peers outside of your company who can inspire you with ideas and help keep you on track with your goals. Attendees learned about the five ingredients to create a successful green team and heard from panelists about their experiences leading green teams.
June 28, 2018 | Project Living Proof
GBN Summer Social + MEC’s Energy Solutions Hub
A summer social to learn more about Metropolitan Energy Center’s newly launched Energy Solutions Hub. Attendees met at Project Living Proof for beer, wine, and light snacks and heard from MEC staff about how the Energy Solutions Hub can help businesses become more energy efficient. The Hub, which is focused on helping municipal buildings, schools, industrial facilities, and multi-family residential properties, can provide the tools, materials, and individual support facility managers need to achieve deep energy and cost savings in their owned and leased building space.
May 8, 2018 | Hallmark Visitors Center
Wasted: The Story of Food Waste – Documentary Viewing + Panel Discussion
A viewing of the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste followed by a panel discussion highlighting what businesses are doing to curb food waste at all points along the food “chain” in KC. Panelists included Jeanne Johnson, Johnson Farms; Christine Rankin, Hallmark Crown Room; Stan Slaughter, Missouri Organic Recycling; Mariah Friend, After the Harvest, and Cassandra Ford, Bridging The Gap’s Business Recycling Program Manager.
April 10, 2018 | Faultless Starch Event Space
T.R.U.E. (Total Resource Use Efficiency) Webinar – Presented by USGBC Central Plains
A look at USGBC’s newly launched TRUE Zero Waste certification system that enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, while cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health.
December 12, 2017 | Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Urban Wood Seminar & Workshop to Reclaim KC’s Fallen Trees
A 2-part event on how to successfully incorporate “urban” wood into a design project for designers and architects and a closer look at how area municipalities currently process their urban wood. Breakout sessions addressed what an effective local urban wood network might look like for Kansas City.
November 13, 2017 | Boulevard Brewery
Fall Social at Boulevard
Members enjoyed tasty Boulevard brews (and wine!) and delicious Waldo Pizza while connecting with new and old friends who share a passion for sustainability in Kansas City. Members learned how Bridging The Gap’s programs can help them and their company on their path to sustainability. Sponsored by KCP&L and Boulevard Brewing Company.
October 19, 2017 | Second and Delaware Leasing Office
Tour of (World’s Largest) Passive House Development @ 2nd & Delaware
Due to multiple reasons, construction on the 2nd and Delaware project stopped and its completion was delayed in time for this event. This meant our tour of this project is postponed until probably sometime in 2019. We are of course disappointed, but we want to schedule the tour when there is more to see and it would be beneficial to our members, particularly the Passive House components.
August 23, 2017 | Harvesters
Sustainability & Giving Back
A tour of Harvesters’ main facility located at 3801 Topping Avenue with a look through a sustainability lens at how Harvesters helps eliminate food waste and reallocates it to others in need through their food acquisition, storage, re-packaging, and distribution processes as well as energy efficiency improvements made to their facility. After the tour, event attendees spent an hour giving back by volunteering as a group at Harvesters’ facility.
July 19, 2017 | Goodwill Outlet
Finding Opportunities in Waste Management for Your Business
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? Members explored these questions and more as we heard from local experts on sustainable waste management best practices for businesses. We toured the Goodwill Outlet facility in Kansas City, MO, to learn how they process all of the waste and unsold goods from all of the metro Goodwill locations.
May 10, 2017 | Bowersock Mills & Power Company
Tour of Bowersock Mills Hydroelectric Dam
Members stepped out of KC for the afternoon for a field trip to Lawrence, Kansas, for a tour of the Bowersock Mills & Power Company – the only operating hydroelectric power plant in Kansas. Located on the Kaw River in downtown Lawrence, the plant is capable of producing 7 megawatts of environmentally friendly energy. After the tour, members gathered at Johnny’s Tavern just north of the river for drinks and appetizers.
March 10, 2017 | Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Erasing E-Waste: How Eliminating Environmental Harm and Benefiting the Community
Recycling electronics has can help businesses address risk and liability while having the ability to quickly affect the quality of life for disadvantaged members of our community. Bob Akers, new Enterprise Director with the Basel Action Network, presented about the current global electronic waste crisis and how the Basil Action Network (BAN) and e Stewards are working to not only protect the environment but attack problems like digital inclusion, education, job creation and training.
January 19, 2017 | Pratt Industries Converting Facility
Tour of Pratt Industries
Members toured Pratt Industries’ KCMO converting facility, where the company’s 100% recycled corrugated cardboard sheets are converted and bundled into boxes for its clients, including Boulevard Brewing Company. Company representatives shared about their commitment to recycling and caring for the environment – including a free waste assessment and recycling service offered to their clients through Pratt’s national Close The Loop Recycling Team.
November 14, 2016 | Boulevard Brewery
Fall Social at Boulevard
Members celebrated the fall season and a year of Green Business Network events with the ever-popular fall social at Boulevard Brewery, which featured tasty local brew and Waldo Pizza while networking with like-minded business professionals with a passion for sustainability.
September 7, 2016 | Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Advancing Technologies for Building Management
At this lunch & learn sponsored by KCP&L, energy experts presented on the newest smart building technologies, which not only allow businesses to “talk” with their facility managers about energy use, but also with their occupants, utilities, and even the buildings around them.
August 16, 2016 | KC Water
Swope Campus Parking Lot Sustainable Stormwater Project
Members toured the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Water Services Swope Campus Parking lot to view several different experimental applications of stormwater management best practices in action – ideas they could take back to their own facility. Applications included pervious concrete, porous asphalt, grasscrete, permeable pavers, and large scale rain gardens.
July 15, 2016 | Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Climate Change & Resiliency: Risks and Opportunities for KC Businesses
During this lunch & learn event, Bridging The Gap’s Executive Director, Kristin Riott, examined a recent study published by Iowa State University on the projected impacts to the KC area of extreme weather attributed to climate change. Kristin related these projections to the potential risks and opportunities that businesses should consider as they plan for the future.
May 24, 2016 | Hamm Material Recovery Facility
Tour of Hamm’s Material Recovery Facility
Members toured Hamm’s state-of-the-art single-stream material recovery facility located in Lawrence, KS.
April 28, 2016 | Cinderblock Brewery
Spring Member Social
Members mingled in Cinder Block’s all-new Reclamation Room event space and enjoy hand crafted local beer and light hors d’oeuvres. The brewery’s founder, Bryce Schaffter, talked about their brewing process and sustainability efforts (They divert spent grain and any leftover organic brewing additives to a local animal farmer.) Bridging The Gap’s Business Recycling Manager Cassandra Ford talked about waste reduction and diversion opportunities for local businesses.