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Plastic Pot Recycling

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Plastic Pot Recycling
Spring planting = lots of plastic pots. Every April, as your tulips come up and your flowers go in, the Garden opens its Plastic Pot Recycling Program. Plastic pots cannot go in single stream recycling and over 350,000 pounds of horticultural plastic gets added to the waste stream each year. Since 1998, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s plastic pot recycling program has prevented over one million pounds of horticultural waste from reaching the landfill. In 2017, the Garden is excited to pro...
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Posted in: A Greener Garden | Tags: plastic pot recycling , Central Paper Stock , spring planting , horticultural pots , Garden containers , container plants | Comments (0) | View Count: (21)
Save the Date! Green Homes Festival - Saturday, June 3, 2017
Join us for the Green Homes Festival on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is the 16th year of our signature Garden event. The Festival is a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds who share an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles that protect and restore clean air, water, and soil that plants need to thrive.  More than 40 green-themed exhibits and demonstrations, great food from local restaura...
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Posted in: EarthWays Center Events | Tags: green homes , green homes festival , green events , sustainability , earthways center , summer events | Comments (0) | View Count: (138)

Investigating Energy at Pattonville Schools

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Investigating Energy at Pattonville Schools
Students in the Pattonville School District are becoming “energy investigators” with the help of EarthWays Centers education team. As part of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, Pattonville invited EarthWays staff to work with students to develop a comprehensive curriculum that includes mapping out an energy lesson plan and teaching the students about energy: where it comes from, how it fits into our everyday lives, and how it impacts the environment. ...
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Posted in: Sustainable Education | Tags: Pattonville , STEM , energy curriculum , alternative energy , energy , energy education , kat golden , sustainability schools , simon warren | Comments (0) | View Count: (535)

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

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Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
New Volunteer Opportunities: Green Living Class Assistants: Love our classes? We need assistants to monitor our spring and summer green education classes. Class assistants stay for the entire class and help presenters set-up their materials, greet and check-in registered participants, collect evaluation surveys and assist with clean up. Did we mention that you get to attend the class for free? Topics of classes and experiences vary, but all focus on green living and sustainability concepts. S...
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Posted in: Volunteer Opportunities | Tags: internship , intern , jobs , sunflower project , education , marketing , green interns , green volunteer , volunteer , sustainability , TerraCycle | Comments (0) | View Count: (178)
Science and EarthWays Center Open House - Science and Sustainability in Action!
Go behind the science with Missouri Botanical Garden botanists at the Monsanto Center and meet the Garden’s sustainability experts on their home turf in the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education by attending our upcoming "Science and Sustainability" Open House Weekend on February 25-26. Did you know that the Garden is one of the most active and productive botanical research institutions in the world? Researchers from our Science and Conservation Division are dedicated to studying pl...
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Posted in: EarthWays Center Events | Tags: science , sustainability , earthways , botanists , plant research , plant collections , herbariam , peter h. raven library , green schools , green education , energy efficienty , natural resources , ecosystems , conservation | Comments (0) | View Count: (275)

Shout it from the (Solar) Rooftop

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Shout it from the (Solar) Rooftop
The Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, home of the EarthWays Center staff and offices, has once again earned the ENERGY STAR rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. This is the fifth year the Missouri Botanical Garden has received the award, which ranks the building within the top 10 percent of energy efficiency for comparable building types. When the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC), located at the corner of Shaw Ave. and Kingshighway was designed and constru...
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Posted in: A Greener Garden | Tags: LEED , EPA , solar energy , solar panels , money savings , cbec , commerce bank center for science education , green building , ENERGY STAR | Comments (0) | View Count: (1330)

Mentors Help Schools Go Green

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Mentors Help Schools Go Green
EarthWays Center staffers serve as program mentors for schools participating in the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s 2016-17 Green Schools Quest. This is a challenge based opportunity for schools to implement low to no-cost sustainable solutions at their school. Children of all ages jump into the “greening” projects with our staff.   Elementary school students at Christ Community Lutheran School worked with Kat Golden, Sustainability Education Manage...
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Posted in: Sustainable Education | Tags: elementary school programs , waste audit , school green team , Earthways staff , USGBC , school sustainability , Green Schools Quest | Comments (0) | View Count: (155)
Spring and Summer 2017 Classes - Registration Is Now Open!
Discover our great upcoming classes for spring and summer! We have over 20 classes from DIY projects to sustainable brewing for beer lovers and tea drinkers.  Come for some great adult classes on trash talk (recycling and composting) or a foodie field trip around St. Louis. Plus we have games and summer camp for kids. Registration opened February 1. Sign up early, our popular classes fill up fast! Check out this list of great classes: Home-Made Cleaners - To Go! Creating a Heal...
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Posted in: EarthWays Center Classes | Tags: DIY , tea , game night , foodies , poetry , green cleaners , composting , green burial , education , beer , photography , recycling , classes | Comments (0) | View Count: (242)

Welcome to the team, Simon!

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Welcome to the team, Simon!
Look for a new face at EarthWays: We recently welcomed Simon Warren as our new Education and Volunteer Coordinator. Simon brings great experience to our team: He helped to prepare the City of New Orleans’ greenhouse gas inventory and worked with biogas projects in Yunnan province in the People’s Republic of China; conducted research to identify risks to the use and supply of metals, and was an 8th grade science teacher and science content facilitator in Memphis, Tennessee. A native N...
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Posted in: Sustainable Education | Tags: Simon Warren , education , volunteer , EWC Staff | Comments (0) | View Count: (138)

Illinois Home Performance Certificate of Completion

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Illinois Home Performance Certificate of Completion
For our friends on the Illinois side of the river: check out the Illinois Home Performance Certificate of Completion and get your Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Project certified. This will have advantages should you need to sell your home and it will provide you with the knowledge that your home improvements have significantly improved you home’s energy efficiency performance. Click here to learn how to earn a Silver or Gold Certificate of Completion. The contractors working in th...
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Posted in: Built Environment | Tags: Illinois , home performance , energy star , energy | Comments (0) | View Count: (113)
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