Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas in July : Donate Here : The Gap

Yes, I am asking you to read the below and donate because Bridging the Gap is way better than an pair of new jeans

Connecting Environment, Economy, and Community
Bridging The Gap (BTG) works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by “connecting environment, economy and community”, and the premier organization in the area providing environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,000 volunteers annually. BTG’s program array, one of the most diverse in the U.S., includes Heartland Tree Alliance, which planted more than 4,000 trees in greater Kansas City last year; Kansas City WildLands, restoring 14 local urban prairies; Keep Kansas City Beautiful, the local chapter of Keep America Beautiful, focused on litter abatement and sustainable beautification; the Green Business Network, educating more than 400 businesspeople a year on “green” practices since 1999; and the Kansas City, MO drop-off recycling centers, managed by BTG . Bridging The Gap is the 2009 winner of the EPA’s national Clean Air Excellence Award for education for our educational campaign, Five Green Things, and is listed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s best practices for its water conservation efforts in low-income Kansas City neighborhoods.

Bridging The Gap (BTG) fulfills its mission through our extensive program array, one of the most diverse of any environmental organization in the U.S. Our programs include:
Managing and educating at three Kansas City, Missouri Community Recycling Centers
Conducting door-to-door recycling engagement in the urban core
Picking up litter and installing sustainable gardens through Keep Kansas City Beautiful
Planting more than 3,000 trees since 2005 through Heartland Tree Alliance
Conserving ecosystems on 400 acres of Kansas City WildLands
Maintaining the lively involvement of more than 75 corporations in sustainability and waste-sharing through the Green Business Network
Helping to place 500+ rain barrels at homes each year
Presenting environmental principles to thousands with Five Green Things
Engaging more than 2,700 volunteers annually at more than 100 events, doing the hard, physical work it takes to really improve our environment.

Since 1992, BTG has been a major force in educating Kansas Citians about the environment and establishing recycling and other sound behaviors in our region. We led the campaign to bring curbside recycling to Kansas City in the early 1990s, establishing some 20 area recycling centers, some still operating and serving as community focal points.

We created or helped to create several long-standing programs including EarthWalk (1996), the Environmental Excellence Business Network (1999), Keep Kansas City Beautiful (2000), By-Product Synergy (2004), Clean Commute (2008), Walking School Bus (2008) and Five Green Things (2008). KKCB’s Litter Index has been used by Keep America Beautiful as a national model, winning first place in the nation for Litter Prevention in 2003; and our volunteers have quantitatively reduced city litter levels over the past 10 years.

In the early 2000s, BTG absorbed two citizen-created initiatives: Heartland Tree Alliance, which received the 2008 Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence, and Kansas City WildLands, which received the 2007 Missouri Environmental Education Association Award for Outstanding Service to a Community Organization. BTG created an industrial waste-sharing program called By-Product Synergy, helping to lead the nation on this initiative.

In 2009 we spun off an ongoing biking program at UMKC and several ongoing Walking School Bus programs in area elementary schools. In 2009 we also won the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence Award for Five Green Things, one of two organizations in the nation to receive the award for education and outreach.

However, we think the greatest testimony to our excellence in our field is the thousands of trees we have planted, the millions of pounds of emissions we have helped to avert, the native ecosystems we have protected, our litter-free neighborhoods, and the competitiveness of our businesses through energy efficiency and reduced waste.
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