Environmental impact

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What’s the most eco-friendly Christmas tree?

It’s time to choose the perfect Christmas tree, but which one has the smallest environmental impact — cutting down a real tree or reusing an artificial one? Or is there a zero-waste option?

Most experts say a real Christmas tree is more eco-friendly than artificial, but both come with environmental impacts.

Choose zero-waste

For a truly zero-waste option, you […]

Skip big-box Black Friday & shop locally

As the holiday season kicks into full gear, here’s how you can skip the big-box frenzy on Black Friday and share a more eco-friendly day at local holiday events and shops with makers, artists, fair-trade vendors.

Across the country, local retailers will be celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 27. Shoppers can find local stores near […]

Cook up a locally grown Thanksgiving feast

Kick off the holiday season with a celebration that puts locally grown food at the center of your table. Here are quick resources for finding local farmers, markets, wineries and more near you.

Bringing locally raised or grown food to the table during the season is not only healthier for you, but also supports local farmers, […]

Pick up trash on Make a Difference Mondays

Volunteer with the Kansas City Parks Ambassadors, and help clean up litter at Make a Difference Mondays events in city parks and along boulevards.

KC Parks Ambassadors help with cleanup throughout the 221 Kansas City parks. The initiative helps tackle the litter problem on boulevards and in city parks. Volunteers will work from 9:30 – 11 […]

Volunteer to plant trees on city streets

Join a group of volunteers this fall to plant street trees in neighborhoods throughout the Kansas City, MO area.

Heartland Tree Alliance will be planting free trees along the right-of-way of city streets. To volunteer, register at the links connected to each date below. No prior tree planting experience is necessary. Tools and equipment will be provided, but […]