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Step out in support of sustainability and help celebrate a special milestone at the sixth annual Green Ball!

Friday, November 6, 2015
7 to 11 p.m.
The Moonrise Hotel, 6177 Delmar (in the Loop)

A Green Ball entertainer

Join our city's most influential eco-advocates for an evening of live music and dancing, unique cocktails, artisanal beer and wine, locally-sourced cuisine and desserts, hip styles, and sleek entertainment, and the ever popular creative "green" fashion contest. 

Proceeds benefit the EarthWays Center and support our efforts to activate environmental stewardship in the community through a variety of educational programs and services. EarthWays is excited to celebrate a significant milestone at the Green Ball this year--15 years as a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden!

For more information on the 2015 Green Ball, including sponsorship and raffle opportunities, click here. Ticket sales coming soon! Presented by the Moonrise Hotel.

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.

 2015 Sustainability Institute for pK-12 Educators - a success!

The 5th annual Sustainability Institute for Educators was held on June 23-25. The partnership with community partners including Webster University, the St. Louis Zoo, U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, Madison County Illinois, and MICDS provided teachers with the framework and tools they need to generate sustainable changes in schools across the region.

2015 Sustainability Institute participants

This year, participants traveled from as far as Kansas City for the three day Institute. They explored what it meant to be a citizen in today’s global world, how to connect global issues to the local community, and how to organize for positive change.

Guest speakers from National Geographic, the Zoo, and the Watershed Nature Center helped teachers focus on empowering students to become actively engaged citizens working towards building sustainable communities. For more information about the 2015 Sustainability Institute and updates on future events click here

 LEAPing into Action!

Student participating in LEAP activityEarthWays is currently recruiting educators looking to get their class, group or eco-club involved in solving real-world environmental issues.

Our Leadership in Environmental Action Project program is open for educators looking for On-Demand lessons on solid waste, recycling, composting topics and more as well as two Special Project groups to participate in a semester or year-long LEAP Project for the 2015-16 school year.

To find out more information click here or contact LEAP Coordinator, Katherine Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org.

Don’t hesitate! Book today – the calendar fills up quickly!

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. 

Be a Smart and Engaged Homeowner - Follow a Whole-House Approach!

Laclede gas logoHome Performance with Energy Star logo

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.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR can help improve your home's comfort, indoor air quality, and safety, while lowering your utility bills. The national program connects you to the EarthWays Center. We will put you in touch with participating contractors who are specially trained to understand how your home operates, identify health and safety issues, and give you personalized recommendations for increasing your home's energy efficiency. And don’t forget, Laclede Gas Company, our local program sponsor, has rebates and financing options to help manage the financial impact of your project.

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.

Efficient Events: Aiming Towards Zero Waste

EarthWays Center helps vendors employ cutting edge composting techniques.Dr. Wyse Jackson and EWC’s Green Jean honor the efforts of Mr. Naomi Hamamura, a key Japanese Festival contributor, with an MBG Green Team thank-you card

The Garden's popular Japanese Festival and Best of Missouri Market have gone compostable! EWC helps longtime and new food vendors support a Zero Waste goal at the Garden’s signature events by utilizing compostable disposables.

In 2014, Green Resources Manager, Jean Ponzi, assisted fall event food and beverage vendors – 69 total! –efficiently and cost-effectively source compostable products to comply with the Garden’s waste minimization policies.

EWC staff works with local suppliers of cups, plates and other wares to source and provide compostable items; track down online sources for compostable versions of specialty items like Sushi trays, Bubble Tea straws and Bento boxes; and educate vendors and festival participants through these efforts.

And, in 2014, the Garden averaged just over an 80% rate of waste diversion for the two big signature events over 5.5 festival days with over 56,800 visitors! To learn more about the Garden's  guest services click here

Upcoming Programs

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

2015 Classes and Educational Opportunities

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

Tour: Making Earth-Friendly, Sustainable, and Delicious Beer
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
 7 to 8:30 p.m.
$20 members; $25 nonmembers

Join Florian Kuplent, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, as he describes the sustainable and environmentally friendly brewing process at their LEED Certified Grove Brewery & Bierhall. The class will also include free samples of their beers! Registrations are limited at 30 and all attendees must be 21 or older. Click here to learn more and register. 

Paper Making (Putting Junk Mail to Good Use)
Saturday, September 26
10 am. to noon
$28 member; $34 non-members

Junk Mail for paper makingTransform your junk mail to something beautiful that you would be happy to use. Bring in your junk mail and learn how to recycle it to make your own paper. Jenny Murphy, founder and executive director of Perennial, will take you step by step through the process of creating something beautiful out of your old junk mail. Designed for adults only. Click here to learn more and register. 

To see a complete listing of classes offered by EWC this fall and winter at www.mobot.org/classes or if you have a copy of the hard copy class catalog - a directory of classes offered by EarthWays will be on page 52. We hope to see you there!

Featured Organization

A group devoted to environmental conservation that will help your spirit take wing!

Many of us have watched one of the fantastic Wings Over Water programs featuring hawks, owls, eagles, and other magnificent birds of prey as they soared over our heads, grabbed dollars for "payment", and taught us about their wonderful world. That entertaining show is put on by World Bird Sanctuary whose mission is to preserve the earth's biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments. They work to fulfill this mission through education, propagation, field studies and rehabilitation.

Walter Crawford of World Bird SanctuaryWorld Bird Sanctuary was founded in 1977 by Ornithologist Walter C. Crawford, Jr. who began his career at the St. Louis Zoo. Recognizing a need for an organization dedicated to birds of prey, Crawford began his life's work. Sadly, the Sanctuary's much loved Founder and later on Executive Director passed away recently. He will be greatly missed by his family, staff, volunteers, and friends. EWC would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere condolences and also celebrate his amazing achievements and this wonderful organization!

To learn more about the World Bird Sanctuary's many events, exhibits, programs, and volunteer opportunities click here

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Margi

EarthWays Volunteer Whether she is helping with a spreadsheet project and data entry or greeting at the Green Ball with smiles for every guest, our steadfast volunteer Margi has been there for us! Margi discovered the EarthWays Center in 2010 when she was looking for a rewarding way to give back to the community and volunteer with an organization she could believe in. We were fortunate from day one as she jumped right in on a Green Homes Festival making signs for the event and shortly thereafter pitched in to help us move our offices! 

It was a match made in volunteer "heaven" and she has been a key volunteer, guide and helper for both EWC and Missouri Botanical Garden. We look forward to many more years together!

Get involved and find your match today!  

Volunteer help is welcome year round for both Garden and EarthWays Center programs and projects. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities click here. Questions? Email EWC's Volunteer Coordinator at katherine.golden@mobot.org or call 314-577-0207. 

News Rewind

EarthWays Center People & Programs in the Media

In Memoriam 

In addition to recognizing our colleague at the World Bird Sanctuary we would like to recognize friends and partners of EarthWays Center who have passed away recently. Their tireless efforts in the realm of sustainability and their huge personalities will live on for many years to come through their legacies and continuing projects. 

  • Leo Drey, pioneer in preserving natural areas and Chairman and Founder of the L-A-D Foundation. Learn more about his life here
  • Jordan Heiman, friend to EWC and tireless advocate for green building and sustainability. Learn more about his life here.
  • Jim Lubbers, early adopter and supporter for environmental education efforts in the state of Missouri. Learn more about his life here.

This Just In!
Listen up: Green Homes resources were shared by EWC’s Richard Reilly and Jean Ponzi in a recent edition of St. Louis On The Air on KWMU St. Louis Public Radio.

A good read: As a spokesperson for the Garden’s BiodiverseCity St. Louis initiative, Jean Ponzi was quoted in a St. Louis Review article about local faith-based ecological efforts.

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

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

Behind the News: Meet 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