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Activism in Kansas City!

Activism in Kansas City!

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Alexandra Magaard // 05 November 2014 // #Experts #GoingGreen 

Shari Wilson


Shari Wilson

Hi everyone!

I hope that you are having a lovely week. I thought I would spice things up in the blog.  Since this week’s expert, Shari Wilson, has already been introduced, I would like to provide a bit of information about some great environmental activism taking place in Shari’s home base of Kansas City!

One of the most prominent environmental organizations in Kansas City is called, “Bridging the Gap”.

Photo Source: www.bridgingthegap.org

Bridging the Gap works to connect the “environment, economy and community” of Kansas City. Since the organization’s beginning in 1992, it has established 20 recycling centers, won the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Air Excellence Award for Give Green Things” (for sustainable education and outreach) and planted thousands of trees throughout the Kansas City area.  Bridging the Gap also carries out specific programs like, “Green business Network KC” (a network for sustainability in the workplace), “Keep KansasCity Beautiful” and a water conservation program called, “WaterWorks!”

Here is a link to Bridging the Gap’s website:


I think that Bridging the Gap is a great example of grassroots environmentalism, and I hope that Shari will echo my thoughts that that sustainability should always start local.

Have a great week, everyone! Viel Erfolg :)

When the going gets tough, the tough go green.

Alexandra Magaard is a native of Wayzata, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German Language from James Madison University. In 2014-15, Alex served as a virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy and the Teach About US blog’s first author. A passionate supporter of environmentalism and green topics, Alex says that her activism began when she built a replica of the Cathedral of Notre Dame out of re-used egg cartons for her art class at age eight. She is now working for a German company based in Washington D.C.