Green Works Kansas City was founded in 2007 as a non-profit dedicated to educating urban youth on sustainability and the green economy through paid internships and experiential learning. Green Works provides experience and skills for careers in sustainability. In 2011, Green Works students began the first phase of a two-year habitat restoration project in Brush Creek as an $80,000-budget project. This project yielded over 3,500 native plants, 35 trees, and 100 shrubs including bird and bat houses. Green Works' Environmental Connection Opportunities for Students (ECOS) project is a year-long after school program that provides an environmental curriculum focused on Kansas City's environmental issues. At the programs end, students are assisted in the placement of summer internships to help continue their career path.