Resources

We hope you’ll find this list of resources useful as you explore and implement sustainability initiatives in the workplace. Can’t find something you need? Contact us at leslieATbridgingthegap.org, and we’ll see if we can help!

GREEN BUSINESS NETWORK WEBINAR RECORDINGS

From Gray to Green: A Look at KCMO’s Green Infrastructure Project in the West Bottoms – May 4, 2021

KC’s Regional Climate Action Plan & Your Business – April 1, 2021

Discovering Energy Savings: Conducting an Energy Treasure Hunt at Your Facility – February 21, 2021

Achieving Zero Waste: A Case Study of Posty Cards’ Zero Waste Program – December 10, 2020

Green Team Power: Strategies for Jumpstarting Energy Efficiency at Work – August 27, 2020

Emptier Buildings Eat Energy, Too – July 30, 2020

Office In Nature: The Benefits of Biophilic Design at Work – June 25, 2020

Waste Education Series: The State of Recycling – May 19, 2020

WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING

Bridging The Gap’s Business Recycling Consultations offers businesses free recycling consultations with tips and guidance on how to improve waste reduction efforts, expand recycling of materials, educate employees and establish an effective sorting/collection system with free bins and signage. Funded by Mid-America Regional Council’s Solid Waste Management District.

Johnson County Green Business Program A voluntary and non-regulatory program that provides free education and technical assistance on a variety of environmental issues to businesses, schools, and places of worship in Johnson County.

Mid America Regional Council’s Recycle More At Work  A recognition program that offers tips and resources to strengthen your organization’s recycling and waste reduction effort.

Missouri Recycling Association (MORA) Provides resources on office recycling, materials markets, and waste audits.

Basel Action Network Search for certified e-Stewards electronic waste recyclers in your area that can take your company’s outdated equipment and recycle it responsibly. 

The US Environmental Protection Agency has multiple resources:

Waste Reduction Guide for Commercial Buildings 

WasteWise 

Sustainable Management of Industrial Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials

Recycling Program Start Guide (pdf) 

Waste Minimization Guide (pdf) 

Food Recovery Challenge

Sustainable Management of Food

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Other helpful sites:

Biodegradable Products Institute

Responsible Purchasing Network

Green Seal

Green Products

Plastic Film Recycling


ENERGY 
EFFICIENCY

US EPA ENERGY STAR/Green Business Network Action Workbook for Small Businesses

Other US EPA ENERGY STAR Resources:

Portfolio Manager – tracking and benchmarking tool for building energy use

ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt – includes how-to guide and treasure maps specific to building type

Business Improvement

Certified Appliance and Equipment List

Guide to Energy Management

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs
Lighting Information 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Heat Island Effect

Other helpful sites:

DoE Cost Calculators

DoE Energy Savers Website 

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)

POLLUTION PREVENTION

EPA Hazardous Waste Materials Guide (pdf) 

GreenSeal Certified Products  

San Francisco Pollution Prevention 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Green Vehicle Guide

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Department of Energy (DOE), United States

WATER CONSERVATION

Alliance for Water Efficiency: Water Efficiency Business Guide An annual guide to water efficient products and services. Helpful for businesses looking for product manufacturers and audit providers.  

Water Conservation Guide from San Francisco (pdf) 

Water Efficiency Resources for Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Water Users  

Water: Use It Wisely Program 

US EPA’s Water Sense