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UMB & utilities help on energy upgrades

By Katie Pohlman

As winter winds are blowing, homeowners are more aware than ever of leaky, uncomfortable houses and high, energy bills. But when energy upgrades are not in the budget, there are loan options and rebate assistance available.

To help homeowners afford energy upgrades, UMB Bank offers a home equity line of credit (HELOC) loan that […]

January 20th, 2016|Energy Efficiency, Green Homes, Renewable Energy|1 Comment

Posty Cards leads industry in sustainability

By Katie Pohlman

In the environmental world, it appears Posty Cards has reached the pinnacle of sustainability. But for its president, Erick Jessee, its many accomplishments are just part of the journey, and there are more milestones to achieve.

Posty Cards is a family-owned business that has been designing and printing business-to-business greeting cards and calendars since […]

October 7th, 2015|Business, Energy Efficiency, LEED, Sustainability|2 Comments

HUEE school grants promote energy efficiency

By Katie Pohlman

In middle schools throughout the Kansas City metro area, students have the opportunity to create public service announcements (PSAs) about energy efficiency and win grants for their schools.

Qualified schools can enter their PSAs into the Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency’s (HUEE) school grant contest and be judged on the energy efficiency impact the […]

September 9th, 2015|Children, Education, Energy Efficiency|0 Comments

Head to the orchard for fruit this season

By Katie Pohlman

Spend some time outside with friends and family this fall, and pick your own apples, pumpkins and chestnuts.

Visiting pick-your-own farms is a great way to ensure your food is local. Many farms make the picking more fun with hayrides and farm animals. Here are some farms to visit when you want to get […]

September 9th, 2015|Agriculture, Children, Event, Local and Organic Food|0 Comments

Historic Green restores dilapidated homes to LEED certified

By Katie Pohlman

Most people wouldn’t want to spend their Saturdays doing house renovations on a property they didn’t own, but for Historic Green members and volunteers, it’s a passion.

Recently, those volunteers and members gathered for their weekly project in front of 4331 Tracy Ave., an old, run-down looking house. They meet here every Saturday – […]

September 2nd, 2015|Energy Efficiency, LEED, Volunteer|0 Comments

Urban Provisions celebrates American-made

By Katie Pohlman

Hidden away in the East Bottoms of Kansas City, MO, is an all-American general store that showcases local artists’ handiwork and even provides customers with a chance to get crafty.

Urban Provisions General Store, which sells everything from plants and soaps to cocktail mixes and welcome mats, was a brainchild of two best friends, […]

August 26th, 2015|Business|0 Comments

Elements of Green specializes in sustainable building materials

By Katie Pohlman

Pieces of glass, cork and used drink cartons aren’t items you usually associate with countertops, flooring and ceiling tiles, but Elements of Green specializes in bringing these sustainable, recycled materials to beautifully crafted building products.

Browse the store to find samples of countertops made of out seashells and recycled glass, flooring from bamboo and […]

August 19th, 2015|Business, Recycling|0 Comments

Kansas City recycles human waste

By Katie Pohlman

That waste you flush down the toilet might just be on its way to help fertilize farmland owned by Kansas City Water Services.

But don’t worry; they aren’t applying raw sewage to crops. The Birmingham Land Application Facility, located on the north side of the Missouri River near the Ameristar Casino, processes waste […]

August 12th, 2015|Agriculture, Water|1 Comment

Teachers get free school supplies at Surplus Exchange

By Katie Pohlman

Teachers can check some items off their back-to-school shopping list by visiting Surplus Exchange and picking up free supplies for school.

From slightly used binders and binder clips to new folders, staples and packages of paper, teachers can pick up free school supplies by showing a valid school ID.

“It’s a smorgasbord,” said Ben […]

August 12th, 2015|Event, School|0 Comments

Choose non-toxic EPIC for safer cleaning, and support non-profits

By Katie Pohlman

We all clean our houses, but not always with environmentally friendly products.

Noelle Morris wants to change that. She is president and founder of Environmental Products for Important Causes, Inc. — or EPIC for short.

Morris created a line of biodegradable, cruelty- and petroleum-free cleaning products in 2005 when she was living in San Diego, […]

August 5th, 2015|Business|4 Comments