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Green Homes Festival

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Green Homes Festival logoWHERE: The Missouri Botanical Garden
ADMISSION: Included with Garden admission. St. Louis City/County residents enjoy FREE Garden admission before noon. FREE for Garden members.

Celebrate sustainable living with the whole family! Join us for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles

For the first time, the event will be held in the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, Cohen Amphitheater, and its surrounding gardens and grounds. Bike, walk or take public transit and don't forget to bring your home improvement ideas!

*New*   Passport to Green Learning! Visit each Festival area and take home a terrific green living gift and enter to win prizes donated by our exhibitors.

Visit the 2014 Festival event page for updates.

For information on 2015 Sponsorship, Exhibitor and Vendor opportunities, please email greenhomesfest@mobot.org or call (314) 577-0220.

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Electronics & Appliances Recycling Event:

Bring your large and small items, and we'll take care of the rest!
Hosted by Midwest Recycling Center

Saturday, June 7, 2014; 9 a.m. to noon
Drop off at Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd., west of the Garden (at Kingshighway)

For a list of accepted items and directions click here.

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.

Camp EarthWays: Young Green Builders 

Campers enjoying public transportationThis July campers ages 10-13 will gather to explore green building, practice the 3-Rs and learn about sustainability during Camp EarthWays. During the week-long summer camp, campers meet with green building professionals, explore St. Louis and get inspired by nature as they design and create their dream green home.  

Registration for Camp EarthWays ends June 30th. To learn more and find out how to register, click here

 Green Schools Quest

MRH Middle School students competing in an Energy CompetitionEarthWays staff member, Katherine Golden, mentored Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) Middle School as students competed in the first inaugural Green Schools Quest. The Green Schools Quest is a challenge issued by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter calling upon public and private schools to take action and implement no or low cost sustainability projects at their school. As part of this quest, Katherine met with students from the MRH Middle School’s sustainability club and helped them research, plan and implement an Energy Competition. MRH Middle School tied with The Governor French Academy for 3rd place in the middle school division.

To find out more about the Green Schools Quest winner’s and their projects, 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. 

Energy Star Picture

Energy Star is about much more than appliances!

Discover Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

Is your home cold, drafty, or uncomfortably hot? Do you have high energy bills, ice dams on your roof, peeling paint or excessive dust?

These are common problems found in homes that may not be as energy efficient as they could be and can benefit from a whole-house energy improvement. Investing in home performance work can make your home more comfortable, and at the same time improve its energy efficiency – saving you money on utility bills and helping to protect the environment, too.

Come to the Green Homes Festival to talk to companies that provide audit and improvement services in line with this program. To see more about this and find a local participating contractor to work with, click here. 

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 front of house guest services. Learn more about our accomplishments.

Hitting a Green Note! At Whitaker 2014

Recycling collection has held a prominent place throughout the Whitaker concert grounds.  However, the volume of trash collected each Wednesday night is significant.  The Garden’s Green Team will continue to challenge concert goers to pack a waste-free picnic using reusable plates, cups, utensils, napkins and storage containers.  Check out the Waste-free Whitaker display in Ridgway Visitor Center and register for fun prizes.

Other green “high” notes at Whitaker include:

  • New ways to refill water bottles. Check out the hydration station inside the Kemper Center and modular bottle filling stations on the grounds.
  • Recycling collection now includes wine bottle corks and beer bottle caps.  Look for MBG staff and volunteers with collection containers.
  • Expanded bike parking thanks to our partnership with Trailnet.
  • Free use of EV charging stations with all energy offset with Ameren Pure Power renewable energy credits.

A waste free picnic basketHelp us keep the Whitaker Music Festival "green" as you enjoy your visit with a few simple sustainability tips.

Upcoming Programs

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

2014 Classes and Educational Opportunities
The Garden continues its sustainability efforts by going GREEN with paperless registration for all of our classes! View green living classes and other class listings. 

Professional Development for Educators: Be sure not to miss...

3-R’s Workshop
June 17 - June 19

Explore ways to deepen your understanding of solid waste issues while learning about reducing, reusing and recycling in the 3-R’s Workshop. During this three-day investigation educators will experience behind the scenes field trips which may include site visits to a landfill, material recovery facility, transfer station, and other facilities engaged in innovative ways to reuse materials, compost and recycle. Click here to learn more.

The 4th Annual Sustainability Institute for P12 Educators
June 24 - 26

The 4th annual Sustainability Institute, in partnership with Webster University, Green Schools Council of Madison County, Illinois, US Green Building Council–Missouri Gateway Chapter, Saint Louis Zoo - Education Division, Mary Institute, and St. Louis Country Day School will feature speakers and hands-on activities exploring water issues. This workshop will help bring educators awareness to youth, consider their responsibilities and take action for a safer and more sustainable future. Click here to learn more.

Regional Community Garden Tour
June 7
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Before coming to the Green Homes Festival, join Gateway Greening for a community garden walking tour through the Tower Grove South and Shaw neighborhoods! The tour will feature 6 gardens of various varieties like youth , neighborhood, vegetable producing, ornamental, and a space that demonstrates that you can put a garden in a parking lot, if you want! The tour will be around 2 miles in distance, so get your walking shoes, roller blades, or bike gear on! 

Tour to be listed on their website.

Featured Organization

Native Plant NatureScaping - Green Homes Festival Featured Organizations!

A new “Naturescaping Nexus” in the Green Homes Festival will spotlight the power of native plants to save water, boost backyard biodiversity, and cut your yard-work chore list – beautifully!

Exhibitors will showcase local programs like St. Louis Audubon’s “Bring Conservation Home” backyard audit and improvement recommendation program; Forest ReLEAF of Missouri’s “Tree Keepers” training and Urban Tree Canopy data supporting investment in municipal tree care; and Eastern Missouri Beekeepers’ network for training and mentoring hive-tending pollinator friends. Literature from Grow Native! – Missouri’s outstanding native plant program – will include planting plans and purchasing guides.

RainScaping strategies, presented by the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance, offer options from barrels to bioswales to capture and use rain where it falls, instead of overwhelming sewer systems.

Scott Woodbury, the Garden’s Curator of Native Plants, will present his “Top Ten Home Garden Performers” in a talk at 10 a.m., with expert advice available from Shaw Nature Reserve all day. Local artist Dale Dufer will demonstrate simple construction to make “Think About Tables,” transforming invasive bush honeysuckle into handsome, durable furniture.

And the Kemper Center’s blooming building and grounds will showcase green options from a raingarden to houseplants, composting to cold frame vegetable growing – including Master Garden-guided tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities

The EarthWays Center seeks volunteers to learn and teach about sustainability

Festival Update! We need your help

WE NEED YOUR HELP! In order to make the Green Homes Festival a success we need a little from our fantastic volunteers! Whether you are a returning Festival volunteer or new to the volunteer scene we've got something for you to do! Volunteer to welcome visitors to the Festival, help out with Children's Area activites, be a costumed character, roam Festival areas answering questions, directing visitors to the fabulous Presentations to the People and so much more! In exchange for a 4-hour shift, volunteers will receive: complimentary parking, a funky event T-shirt, and complimentary beverages and snacks.

Click here to sign-up to be a 2014 Green Homes Festival Volunteer.

News Rewind

EarthWays Center People & Programs in the Media

Awards and Recognitions:
Community Champion: Deb Frank

Congratulations to the Community Champion - 2014 Growing Green Awardee Deb Frank!

The 6th Annual Growing Green Awards recognized individuals and organizations in our community that share a mission and vision to make every building a green building and every community a green community! Deb is the Vice President for Sustainability for the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Congratulations to all of the 2014 Awardees! Learn more about their accomplishments.

April 22, 2014:
EWC’s Green Jean Ponzi celebrated Earth Day with a live musical variety show, the Worm-O-Rama on The Stage At KDHX. A full house enjoyed the fun!

April 9, 2014
Katherine Golden, EWC's Education and Volunteer Coordinator, is interviewed about her background and the current environmental movement in HECTV’s Explore! Living Green.

February 14, 2014:
Don't know what to do with your food scraps? In this video, Katherine Golden demonstrates how to build a simple "worm bin" for composting all your food scraps! 

Tune in to Earthworms — environmental talk radio, hosted by the EarthWays Center’s own “Green Jean” Ponzi, Mondays 7–8 p.m. and archived online at KDHX 88.1 FM.

Growing Green St. Louis — Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager, EarthWays Center, hosts this engaging radio talk show focused on regional "green" endeavors with a changing line up of guests. Airs Sundays 1 to 2 p.m. CST on Big 550 KTRS.

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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 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