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See you there! Green Homes Festival - Saturday, June 3, 2017
Are you looking for green living ideas?  Do you want to learn how to live more sustainably? Are you planning to build a new house? Have comfort issues and want to make improvements to where you live now?  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 a...
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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: (320)
Healthy Cleaners and Happy Soil - Spring Classes Await You
Spring is a time for cleaning: getting rid of the dust bunnies, washing away the winter blues, making the floors shine and the windows sparkle. It’s also a time to clean up your flower beds, and fill them with nutrients for new plantings. Forget those toxic chemicals and commercial soil amendments. Learn how to spruce up your world in an inexpensive, sustainable way with our spring classes. Kitchen Composting Thursday, May 25 7 to 8:30 p.m. Education PlantLab at MBG Composting doesn...
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Posted in: EarthWays Center Classes | Tags: bokashi , vermicomposting , green classes , kitchen waste , homemade cleaners , green laundry detergent , composting , green cleaners | Comments (0) | View Count: (293)

Ants in the Kitchen? We Can Help!

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Ants in the Kitchen? We Can Help!
When you see little black dots marching across your kitchen wall (or windowsill, sink or floor), reach for the magnifying glass, not the can of bug spray. Ants come inside our houses when their colonies wake up in spring. As they clean out winter flotsam from their home, they seek the nearest source of water and food, inside the structure they inhabit (house walls) – and usually, if not intentionally, provided by us. The tiny “sugar ants” we meet as weather warms may nest in w...
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Posted in: Built Environment | Tags: ants , bug spray , green pest products , carpenter ants , sugar ants , borax , natural pesticides , spices that detract bugs | Comments (0) | View Count: (486)
Plastic Pot Recycling - Help Reduce Horticultural Waste in Landfills
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: (3100)

EarthWays Sustainability Network

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EarthWays Sustainability Network
Children understand sustainability as a natural part of the preservation of our planet. All it takes is a little nudge from their teachers, and they enthusiastically embrace sustainability practices in their schools. This year, EarthWays Sustainability Network (ESN) was launched to develop a network of educators who could teach their students about waste, waste reduction, and recycling.  ESN teachers train with EarthWays Center staff for one year - learning about solid waste issues, di...
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Posted in: Sustainable Education | Tags: St. Louis County Department of Public Health , Sustainable Education , Earthways Sustainability Network , Schol Programs , Waste Audits , Teacher Training , Green Team | Comments (0) | View Count: (148)
2017 Give STL Day - Join Us for the Celebration on May 11!
What can you do in a day to improve your community? People striving for a sustainable lifestyle “live” that question every day. The answer: you can engage in composting food waste, recycling or repurposing items, planting gardens with native plants, conserving energy and water, using alternative transportation – so many things that help preserve our ecosystem so that plants and people can thrive. But, where can you find the support to meet your green living goals? That’s ...
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Posted in: EarthWays Center Events | Tags: Give STL Day , waste free picnic , nonprofits | Comments (0) | View Count: (183)

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: (728)

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: (257)
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: (366)

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: (1464)
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