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What A Home Energy Score Measures and Why You Should Care
October was “Energy Action Month” and we want to make sure you kicked it off with a good start in your own home. First of all, get your furnace ready for winter with these tips. Then, consider a Home Energy Assessment with a Home Energy Score.
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Posted in: Sustainable Solutions Highlights | Tags: energy assessment , home energy score , home performance with energy star , better buildings , homebuyers , energy efficiency | Comments (0) | View Count: (8)
Control pests AND protect pollinators? Apply a splash of Bug Ecology - healthy for people too!
Gardening to support butterflies and bees has adults and kids all over St. Louis in a nature-happy buzz. What fun to grow native plants and attract cool pollinators! But nature brings mosquitoes too. How can we control the insect pests without harming beneficial bugs? Take three key steps.
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Posted in: Sustainable Solutions Highlights | Tags: pollinators , mosquitoes , pests , home , health , zika , west nile , beneficial insects | Comments (0) | View Count: (1315)

2017 Sustainability Institute for Educators

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2017 Sustainability Institute for Educators
On June 20-22 an annual institute was held that allowed educators to explore sustainability in the context of their schools.
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Posted in: Sustainable Solutions Highlights | Tags: sustainability , schools , micds , earthways center , environmental education , educators , teacher training | Comments (0) | View Count: (171)
Home Energy Score and how they can Make Your Home More Efficient!
The Home Energy Score is a rating that can provide you with valuable information about your home and can even save you money!
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Posted in: Sustainable Solutions Highlights | Tags: energy efficiency , saving money , utilities , sustainability at home , home performance | Comments (0) | View Count: (225)

Sunflower+ Project: STL Enters Fifth Year

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Sunflower+ Project: STL Enters Fifth Year
The Sunflower+ Project: STL is in its fifth year. We began as a winning entry in the St. Louis Land Lab Design Competition – a way to re-think vacant, urban land as an asset rather than a liability. Fruitful collaboration is a large part of what keeps us going long after our two year project was scheduled to conclude. Working with Ames VPA School and the Sweet Potato Project keeps our energy level high. Read more to learn how we turned a vacant urban lot into a productive asset to the community!
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Posted in: Sustainable Solutions Highlights | Tags: sweet potato project , vacant lots , urban planning , north st. louis , sustainability , earthways center , sunflower project , biodiversity , pollinators | Comments (0) | View Count: (206)

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: Sustainable Solutions Highlights | Tags: ants , bug spray , green pest products , carpenter ants , sugar ants , borax , natural pesticides , spices that detract bugs | Comments (0) | View Count: (1493)

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 Solutions Highlights | 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: (308)

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 Solutions Highlights | Tags: Pattonville , STEM , energy curriculum , alternative energy , energy , energy education , kat golden , sustainability schools , simon warren | Comments (0) | View Count: (885)

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 Solutions Highlights | Tags: elementary school programs , waste audit , school green team , Earthways staff , USGBC , school sustainability , Green Schools Quest | Comments (0) | View Count: (355)

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 Solutions Highlights | Tags: Simon Warren , education , volunteer , EWC Staff | Comments (0) | View Count: (377)
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