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Sustainable Education Update

EarthWays Center education programs for youth and adults explore sustainability topics. Join us to investigate energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy sources, solid waste reduction and recycling, green building, water conservation and air quality.

Kudos to Our Education Team

The EarthWays Center has a busy education team that is actively promoting sustainability in a wide variety of ways to students, teachers, schools and the community. In schools students learn about waste reduction, recycling and composting. Teachers LearningSchool staff are trained on how to develop student-led “green teams” to improve the school’s sustainability efforts. We also provide teacher workshops on energy education and waste reduction.

Camp EarthWays in July was a week long opportunity for children ages 11-13 to learn to live green and even design their very own "Dream Green Home". Biodiversity cart

Our education staff also gives school tours detailing the sustainability efforts at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Recently these “Green is Here for Good!” tours have been expanded to include a new tour, “Science and Sustainability: Green Science is Here for Good.” On this tour students get to meet with and talk to a scientist on the tour.

Papermaking classIn addition, EWC provides adult public programs at the Garden in a wide range of topics such as vermicomposting, eco-friendly furniture refinishing and field trips to recycling centers and local breweries. This fall and winter alone, EarthWays will host 20 sustainability classes through the Garden’s public programs. The education efforts at EarthWays are constantly expanding as more people embrace all areas of Green Living. For information on classes, contact Jim Biggs at jim.biggs@mobot.org. Registration opens in August.

Sustainability Institute Review

Sustainability InstituteThis year's Sustainability Institute for Educators was held on June 21-23 at MICDS and featured hands-on activities, special guest lecturers, and opportunities for educators to earn Green Classroom Professional certification. Individual educators and whole school teams joined us to learn how to create sustainable schools in organizational culture, physical place, and through the educational curriculum and activities of the school.

Participants left with tools, resources, and new perspectives about the world and our collective school community. What wonders will our educators make happen for the 2016-17 school year? 

For more information, contact Katherine Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org or call (314) 577-0207.

Green Homes Festival

A Festival Thank You!
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The EarthWays Center marked another year of celebrating sustainability in our community! 

The 15th annual Green Homes Festival treated 3,000 visitors to a showcase of green living best practices at the Missouri Botanical Garden on June 4. Presented by Ameren Missouri, the event celebrated the Garden's dedication to sustainability and advances EarthWays work promoting environmentally friendly lifestyles.

GHF ParticipantsTHANK YOU to our attendees, exhibitors and vendors, presenters, volunteers, and sponsors for your support! 

Visit the Festival event page year-round to get details on presentations, and download the program book, including contact information for all exhibitors and vendors. 

Built Environment Update

EarthWays Center programs focus on improving all aspects of our living and working environments. The EarthWays Center is home to the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter. 

New! Green Home Profiles

Super energy efficiency is highlighted in three reports from a professional St. Louis rehabber and two homeowners. These green living champions are deeply invested in renovating, innovating and living Green. Their utility bills prove that sustainable rehabbing choices work to save energy.

Victorian BeforeVictorian AfterThe first, an historic French Victorian home, now functions as an Earth Home Above Ground. In another project, work on urban townhomes, using ENERGY STAR standards, is a job-generator and energy bill cutter. 

A typical suburban home, updated with energy-smart systems, incentives and solar power, operates at Net-Zero energy use, and even includes an electric car that “runs on sunshine.”

Can these stories spark Green into your home improvement plan? For more ideas, visit the Garden's Green Resources Answer Service.

A Greener Garden

At the Garden we strive to put Conservation in Action: from the built environment and employee engagement, to behind-the-scenes operations and guest services. Learn more about our accomplishments.

Sustainability at the Garden - Meeting the Challenge!

Learn some of the sustainable practices that the Garden employs in horticulture, construction, and public engagement, including rainwater collection for irrigation, the use of natural biological predators in lieu of chemical pesticides, and compost collection at our public facilities and events.What makes the Garden green?

Input from the many groups we serve – members, visitors, donors, community and school groups – reinforces the importance of “walking our Green talk.” Led by our internal Green Team, this work engages every Garden staffer and volunteer. We’re also guided by our involvement, since 2010, in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. This is a program delivered by our EarthWays Center team, in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, so we’re able to influence the green operations of many area businesses, while we continually improve our own daily actions. A new video shows the many ways the Garden strives to Grow Green – Build Green – Share Green.

Upcoming Programs

Take a Class – Build Something – Learn Green to Live Green with the EarthWays Center!

2016-17 Classes and Educational Opportunities

Join us at one of these fun, educational, and sustainable Green Living classes and tours happening soon!

Fall/Winter Classes Coming Soon!

Eco-friendly FurnitureWatch for the new listing of fall/winter classes coming soon. New classes include a sustainability tour of the Garden, a mid-winter tour of the Climatron, a visit to the landfill, a family-friendly sustainability scavenger hunt and more!  Soldered glass jewelry

Past favorites will also return, including “Behind the Brew,” making homemade cleaners, artistic reuse projects, and refinishing furniture.

Mark your calendar, class registration begins in August. For more information contact Jim Biggs jim.biggs@mobot.org

Featured Organization

Refab Reclaims and Reuses...Almost Everything!Decontructing

Refab is a local non-profit that deconstructs buildings that are  slated for demolition and reuses or resales the materials recovered. They create training and employment opportunities by using person-power rather than machines. Salvaged architectural materials, fixtures and appliances can be repurposed rather than landfilled. 

Refab Warehouse

Refab sells the reclaimed, reusable items to the public at very competitive prices at their south St. Louis warehouse. The Garden hired Refab’s sustainable deconstruction team for two recent projects, the Oertli Family Nursery and the Herring House. Visit Refab to learn more about donating unwanted building materials and check their inventory for your existing project needs. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The EarthWays Center seeks volunteers year round for events and other sustainability projects!

Zero-Waste Ambassador

Do you want to become a Zero-Waste Ambassador and teach others about recycling, composting and "where is away?"Waste station

Join staff from St. Louis Earth Day's Recycling on the Go! and the EarthWays Center to learn how to be a Zero-Waste Ambassador. Get a basic understanding of waste - including an overview of landfills, recycling centers, and composting operations, gain experience talking to others about waste, and so much more.

Monday, August 15, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Commerce Bank Center for Science and Education, Room 125

To register, contact Katherine Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org.

Hitting a High Note With Waste-Free Whitaker

This summer our volunteers are promoting waste-free picnicking at the Wednesday Whitaker concert series. Young Friends of the Garden stood alongside volunteers to have conversations with guests about easy ways to reduce waste at their summer gatherings. Click here to get tips and learn more about waste-free picnics.

Three Cheers for our Green Homes Festival Volunteers! Volunteers

The 2016 Green Homes Festival was a huge success, but it would not have been possible without the wonderful help of our dedicated volunteers. We want to thank each and every one of them for supporting the event. 54 volunteers contributed over 300 hours of their time to help make the Festival run smoothly. From stamping passports and greeting guests, to dressing as a costumed character and assisting presenters- they did it all!

Our fearless Zero-Waste Ambassadors even dug in to solve a composting problem – sneaky non-compostable forks that don’t stand a chance with our knowledgeable volunteers around!

So from the EarthWays Center team to each volunteer - THANK YOU!

We are always looking for volunteers to promote sustainability at Garden events throughout the year. For additional questions or inquiries related to volunteer opportunities contact Katherine Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org or call (314) 577-0207.

News Rewind

EarthWays Center People & Programs in the Media


Listen upGrowing Green St. Louis — Jean Ponzi hosts this engaging radio talk show focused on regional "green" endeavors with a changing line up of guests. Airing Saturdays 3-4 pm on the Big 550 KTRS-AM.

Listen up: Jean Ponzi presents “Green Views You Can Use” in her Earthworms Podcasts, available at Earthworms.kdhXtra.org or through iTunes – and catch Earthworms Segments throughout the broadcast week on 88.1 KDHX-FM.

In the News:

Fox2 News featured Richard Reilly and the Sunflower + Project to highlight their joint effort with the Sweet Potato Project on planting day.

Behind the News: Contacting Our Staff
Don't just read about EarthWays Center staff in the news-- feel free to contact us directly! We are happy to answer your sustainability and green living questions.

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Everyday Green

Ventilation demo

Plastic Pot Recycling
Help reduce the amount of horticultural waste in landfills

Green Resources Answer Service
Call (314) 577-0246 or email with questions related to green products, services and claims

Rainscaping Guide
Learn how to incorporate sustainable landscaping that reduces stormwater runoff and improves local water quality

Growing Green St. Louis
Listen to the Garden's weekly radio show hosted by our Green Resources Manager, Jean Ponzi, on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. on The Big 550 KTRS

Volunteer for the EarthWays Center
A great way to get introduced to the “green scene” here in St. Louis

Special Events
At the Garden and events presented by our partners