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Green Homes Festival

Green Homes Festival: Save the Date - Saturday, June 4

The EarthWays Center marks another year of planning and action towards green living.

Energy efficiency, sustainability, NatureScaping and more! Bring your questions, share your plans, and learn about all things Green at the 15th annual Green Homes Festival. Experts from all areas of sustainability will gather together to share their ideas and resources. Enjoy great demonstrations and presentations and visit with eco-friendly vendors at this fun family event.

The Green Homes Festival is a celebration of sustainability in St. Louis and we invite you to join us at the Missouri Botanical Garden on June 4.  Save the date!

You can visit the Festival resources year-round, access the program book with exhibitor and vendor contact information, see presentation details, photos and more at mobot.org/greenhomesfest. If you would like to learn about 2016 sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the Festival, please email Joyce Gorrell or call (314) 577-0220.

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.

Thinking Beyond the 3 R's: A Free Teacher WorkshopLandfill trip

The EarthWays Center will be holding a free professional development workshop on Saturday, February 27 dedicated to effectively implementing waste reduction programs at schools and integrating waste reduction into lessons of almost any subject. Teachers will take a field trip to a landfill and have the opportunity for continued project mentoring by the education staff of EWC. To register click here

To find out how to schedule a tour for your class or organization, contact Manager of Sustainability Education, Jim Biggs.


LEAP On-Demand

Classrooms from across the region can now take advantage of Earthways Center's new educational programming without having to leave school. EWC is proud to pilot a series of online learning opportunities for middle and high school students. These programs create independent, online learning experiences that engage students in exploring real-world applications of sustainability education. The two modules focus on unraveling the concept of "designed for the dump" and understanding the science of garbology (like the vermicomposting lesson shown here). 

Both lessons include a teacher guide, student worksheet and  online learning activity.

Leadership in Environmental Action Projects (LEAP) is a student action program that reduces, reuses and recycles trash from schools and communities and informs people about local solid waste and resource issues.  Contact Katherine Golden or call (314) 577-0207 to learn more or click here.

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. 

Dept of Energy

Keep up with what the Missouri Division of Energy is promoting and offering in the realm of Energy Efficiency at Home!

Start by reviewing the Comprehensive State Energy Plan and check out the recommendations found in chapter seven of the document. Here is a link to their webpage from which you may view or download a copy of the plan. 

Also consider a Home Energy Audit that can come with a Missouri state tax deduction and/or the Missouri Home Energy Certification program, which can provide valuable recognition for the energy efficiency improvements you make to your home.

Connect locally with Certified Home Energy Auditors and Home Performance Contractors through the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden by sending an email to: 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.

Green Business Leadership

Businesses of all types and sizes, in all parts of our region, are incorporating sustainability into everyday operations. The Missouri Botanical Garden is helping to grow these efforts. In partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Garden’s EarthWays Center leads the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. The program supports each participant’s efforts to reduce waste, conserve energy and water, promote transportation alternatives and engage employees in green thinking and practice. Since 2010, 152 businesses, representing over 130,000 employees, have “taken the Challenge,” voluntarily implementing green measures that work for each participant’s strategies and culture. Challenge activities support a robust professional network of sustainability champions, including peer-to-peer mentoring and B-to-B marketing advantages. 

The Garden’s own achievements, including  Champion Level Challenge status in 2015, and problem-solving skills have helped many companies reach their green goals – for example Better Business Through Biodiversity! Recruitment begins in March for the 2016 Challenge; contact us for details.

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!

Shopping Resale for Sustainability-Fashion-Savings-FUN!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
5 to 7:30 p.m.
$20 members; $25 nonmembers
Meet at the ScholarShop


Go behind the scenes at ScholarShop - St. Louis' premiere upscale resale store - to learn how selling donated apparel achieves many goals, including waste reduction, care for customer budgets and philanthropy for The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. Your guides to this sustainable shopping adventure are Dana McBride, Associate Manager at ScholarShop-Webster Groves and "Green Jean" Ponzi, Green Resources Manager at the EarthWays Center and expert resale shopper.  Sustainable snacks provided. Come prepared to make some fun fashion finds!

Technology of Single Stream Recycling 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
6:30 to 8 p.m.
$10 members; $15 nonmembers
Meet at Republic Services Recycling Center

Recycling CenterHave you ever wondered just how your recycling is separated or how a recycling center operates? Take this tour of the Republic Services state-of-the-art recycling and materials recovery facility in Hazelwood, MO and see just how amazing the process can be! The tour will include a full tutorial by Republic staff on how the machines operate and an up-close look at the whole process of receiving, separation, and preparation of recyclables.

Registration for Spring/Summer classes begins February 1, 2016. Check back for complete class descriptions and dates by clicking here. 

Featured Organization

EnergyCare Fights Energy Poverty

EnergyCare has been helping low-income St. Louis families to stay safe from the extremes of temperature and conserve energy since 1983. People living in "energy poverty," with no money for heat or cooling, often live in the least energy efficient housing. Indeed, families living in low-income rental apartments pay 76 percent more per square foot for energy than owner-occupied single-family homes. High energy costs lead to impossible choices: pay for heating or buy food; fill prescriptions or use the air conditioner.

With their partners, including the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Laclede Gas, EnergyCare is working to extend the range of energy efficiency services available for low-income families. These services keep clients safe, reduce energy costs and prevent disconnections. Ultimately EnergyCare prevents hospitalizations, promotes independence, and saves lives. To learn  more about this vital organization, click here.

Give STL Day: Help Us Meet Our Goal!

Save the Date: to help EarthWays Center give back to the Community!

The Garden is proud to join more than 750 other nonprofits across our community for Give STL Day on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. We are asking our wonderful friends and supporters to consider making a donation to the Missouri Botanical Garden during this 24-hour online giving event. EarthWays Center will be the beneficiary of your donation! 

Donations will help support our programs and projects like: The Sunflower Project, Green Schools, Energy Efficient Affordable Housing, Green Resources Answer Service, and Green Homes Festival. And an online giving campaign is one of the most sustainable ways to make a gift!

For more information, to learn what EWC can do in a day with your donation, and other fun details please visit the Garden's Give STL Day page.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

EarthWays is excited to offer unpaid internships designed in a variety of fields. Internships are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters and present a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience working with sustainability professionals across the field. Current offerings include internships in sustainability education and events planning. For more information click here

VolunteersGet involved and find your match today!  

Volunteer help is welcome year round for both Garden and EarthWays programs and projects. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities click here

For additional questions or inquiries related to volunteer or internship opportunities contact Katherine Golden or call 314-577-0207. 

News Rewind

EarthWays Center People & Programs in the Media

This Just In!

EarthWays Staff in 2010

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary as the Sustainability Division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, this past November, meant putting together a FANTASTIC SLIDESHOW! The slide show debuted at our 2015 Green Ball and highlights many wonderful years of programs, projects, the EarthWays Home (pictured left), great friends, family, events, and FUN. Please take a few minutes to sit back, look for your smiling face, and enjoy it by clicking here.

Listen up: December 2015 - Richard Reilly discussed the fields of sunflowers in Old North St. Louis + Delmar Blvd. and the movement behind them. St. Louis Public Radio 
Watch now: Get a visual on the sunflowers with some digital story telling. Nine Network of Public Media 

Watch now: December 2015 - Jean Ponzi is interviewed along with digital storytelling to highlight "Greening Public Events" and how to meet small or large scale goals. Nine Network of Public 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.

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