Founder of Greenability Weekly
Julie Koppen, owner of Greenability Weekly, first began publishing the paper version of Greenability in 2007. The bi-monthly magazine featured in-depth stories about the sustainability efforts of individuals and organizations in the Kansas City metro area. Topics ranged from organic and local food to renewable energy projects and one-of-a-kind stories — like green burials.
The magazine won numerous awards for content and sustainability efforts, including second place in the national Green America’s Better Paper Project, which considers 17,000 magazines annually for sustainability efforts. In 2015, Julie transitioned Greenability from a paper to digital format and began publishing Greenability Weekly, a free online alternative to the paid subscription and newsstand options.
Julie also serves on the Kansas City, MO Environmental Management Commission.
“At the time, I took a chance that a free, digital Greenability could reach more people. It worked! Subscriptions went from about 3,000 to 15,000, and we now can reach readers across the country.”
Greenability’s Awards & Honors
Greenability has won several environmental, printing, and digital publication awards, including:
Top 75 Sustainable Living Blog by FeedSpot.com, 2017
Printing and Imaging Association of Mid-America Award of Excellence, 2014
Printing and Imaging Association of Mid-America People’s Choice Award, 2014
Arctic Action Teams and Polar Bears International Award, 2013
Green America Better Paper Project, Runner-Up, 2012
Bridging the Gap Environmental Excellence Award for Business, 2011
Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers Stars of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award, 2011
Sierra Club Award for Outstanding Achievement, Kansas Chapter, 2009