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Green Ball: Important Event Update

2015 Was Our Last Green Ball!Green Ball Logo

Thanks to everyone who joined us or supported the Green Ball over the last six successful years. We have decided to say goodbye to the Ball and hello to new opportunities to help more people learn about what we do, as we have seen a need for that kind of outreach. We want to share our deep appreciation for our sponsors, donors, and partners, especially our host – Moonrise Hotel- and the guests who danced the night away in celebration of all things green. For more details on this update and access to previous Green Ball images click here.

We hope to see you at future EarthWays events including a new Open House in spring of 2017 (details below).    

Save the Date! EarthWays is Having an Open House!

The Energy WallCome learn how you can benefit from what the Garden does for Community Sustainability at our first Open House since 2010! Meet the EarthWays team, learn about the 20+ programs we coordinate in the community and how together we can make choices that improve ecosystems and help maintain plant conservation at home, work, school, or around the world.

School waste audit

Join EWC sustainability experts in our green building located just a few blocks from the Garden.  You can visit us for hands-on activities and meet our experts in energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, rainscaping and native plants, and green business. Check out our environmental education classes and programs for schools, individuals, families and more!

Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis

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.

Congratulations Kat!Katherine Golden

EarthWays is pleased to introduce our new Sustainability Education Manager, Kat Golden. Kat joined the EarthWays Center team in 2012, and has worked with many educators, students, and community partners as our Education and Volunteer Coordinator for the last four years. Please join us in congratulating her new role. Kat can be reached at (314) 577-0207 or katherine.golden@mobot.org for any sustainability education programming needs.

Students Conduct Waste Audits

Students sorting trashStudents got “hands on” experience doing waste audits at their schools this fall. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders collected school trash for a day and EarthWays staff helped them sort it into recycling, compost and landfill trash. The schools will use the results of the waste audits to establish a Green Team and learn about waste reduction through special projects and classroom activities. 

Halls Ferry Elementary, Griffith School, St. Francis of Assisi and Gotsch Elementary are participating in the pilot year of the EarthWays Sustainability Network, a teacher Professional Development network dedicated to supporting teachers in efforts to increase the topic of sustainability in their curriculum and on school campuses.

This program is funded from a grant from Saint Louis County Department of Public Health utilizing County landfill surcharge. For more information, contact Kat Golden at (314) 577-0207 or  katherine.golden@mobot.org.

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. 

The Honeysuckle Sweep: Join Forces Against Bush HoneysuckleHoneysuckle sweep flyer

This one invasive plant is taking over everything in our yards, along roads and streams, and in our parks. Bush Honeysuckle has no natural competitors – but you can help eradicate this pernicious plant. Spring and fall are especially good times to remove honeysuckle, so join volunteers from 20+ local groups for The Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitat - October 29 through November 6. Learn more and sign up. For more information on honeysuckle eradication, contact 'green Jean' Ponzi at (314) 577-0246 or greenresources@mobot.org

Winter Preparedness Can Save You Money

Energy pie graphThe Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program is a holistic approach to residential energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and health. Look for utility rebates for energy efficient upgrades in your home as you get ready for winter. You can lower first time costs while saving energy and money and increasing comfort in your home. Laclede Gas has rebate and financing options and Ameren Missouri has rebates as well. 

For more information on how Missouri/Illinois St. Louis Regional Home Performance with ENERGY STAR can help you improve your home, or if you’re a contractor interested in joining the program, please contact us at (314) 577-0228 or energymanager@mobot.org.
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!

Demolition projects always result in large amounts of construction waste, and the Garden works to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill. In the recent demolition of the structures at the site of the new Oertli Family Hardy Plant Nursery, the Garden was able to divert 80% of the debris generated by the demolition.Oertli Greenhouse demo

Trash is often filled with “raw materials” and as a result, the Garden was able to recycle over 8,400 tons of the construction material. This included 7,950 tons of concrete (that will be crushed and used as road base or aggregate), 486 tons of steel , 1,000 pounds of copper wiring and 200 wood timbers that will be reused or recycled by various businesses.

Of the 10,584 tons of material, only 2,147 tons were actual waste. A s we move forward, we look for even more ways to develop sustainable practices at the Garden to help create an environment to support our mission of plant conservation. 

See the new video that 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 Classes and Educational Opportunities

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

Homemade Cleaners to Go! Homemade cleaners
Join us in making cleaning products you can make at home –save money, use less hazardous materials, and know the ingredients. Great for all, especially those wanting to remove certain products from their homes and anyone with sensitive skin, allergies, or health needs. You’ll go home with two products: liquid laundry detergent and all-purpose spray cleaner. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden Education Plant Lab
Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers

Behind the Brew: Classes for Beer Lovers

Behind the BeerLearn about sustainable beer brewing at Urban Chestnut, one of the leading LEED and sustainable brewing companies in the St. Louis region. Co-founder Florian Kuplent will take you on a tour into the history of brewing of German beers from hops to the brewing process. Register for classes separately. Must be 21 and older to register.

Behind the Brew: Hops and Brewing
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
Urban Chestnut Brewing, 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis
Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers

Behind the Brew: A Look Into German Beer Styles
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
Urban Chestnut Brewing, 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis
Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers

For more information on classes, contact katherine.golden@mobot.org

Featured Organization

TerraCycle Recycles...Almost Everything!

TerraCycleHave you ever wondered what to do with an energy bar wrapper or drink pouch after the last bite and sip? TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company, started considering options to keep hard-to-recycle waste out of the landfill in 2001.

Cigarette TerraCyclingThey offer a wide range of free programs funded by conscientious companies and provide recycling solutions for almost every form of waste from hand warmers to toothbrushes to cigarettes!
St. Louis is participating in the cigarette waste recycling, so look for the receptacles around the city.

‘To date, over 60 million people in 20 countries have helped to collect and recycle enough waste to raise over 15 million dollars for charities around the world.’ To learn more about TerraCycle and how to send your waste click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Thanks to Our Volunteers

RCL volunteerOur volunteers play a key role in the success of EarthWays. From providing education to helping keep Garden events "waste free," our volunteers make it all happen. Through spring and summer events, our "Zero-Waste Ambassadors" helped thousands of visitors to the Garden sort their own waste into recycling, composting and landfill at our "RCL" tents.

EarthWays staff and Garden visitors all appreciate the efforts of our volunteers and the hours spent helping everyone live more sustainable lives.

EarthWays has a number of internships and volunteer opportunities in various areas of sustainability throughout the year. For additional questions or inquiries related to volunteer opportunities contact  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:

EarthWays Director, Glenda Abney, serves on the board of the Missouri Energy Initiative, focus of a recent Earthworms Podcast conversation titled 'ENERGY: Efficiency, Policy, Finance and How Relationships Power It All'.

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