What's New
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!

Festival guests enjoying the day

  • Meet more than 70 green product and service exhibitors
  • Check out presentations and demos with local experts
  • Enjoy Children's Activities: solar car races, recycled art, and more  
  • Enjoy local foods, spirits and live music
  • Shop the sustainable and handmade shopping at the Home Grown Green Marketplace of local crafters and farmers
  • Make it and take it in the DIY Activities Area 

Visit the 2014 Festival event page for updates. Coming soon: schedules, presenter bios, menus and other resources.

For information on 2014 Sponsorship, Exhibitor and Vendor opportunities, please email greenhomesfest@mobot.org or call (314) 577-0220.

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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.

Leadership in Environmental Action Projects (LEAP)

Students participating in LEAP Program

Two local schools are heading to make big differences by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Marian Middle (St. Louis city) and Westchester Elementary (Kirkwood), are participating in the EarthWays Center’s LEAP program and learning about local solid waste issues. Halfway through the year-long program, these students are taking small steps that make a big impression. Students have participated in classroom visits on waste-related topics, visited a local landfill and recycling center and conducted a waste audit of the school’s trash.

This January, students will use the information they gained to implement an action project targeting waste at their school. It may be hard work but these students are up for the challenge. Marian students have their eyes on eliminating non-recyclable packaging from the school cafeteria and Westchester Elementary students are taking the charge to introduce composting to their peers. These students will continue to prove that they can and do make a difference in the world!

Learn more about the LEAP Program and EWC’s recycling education offerings.

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. 

Improving Comfort, Health and Energy Performance

Please check out this video on improving comfort, health and energy performance at home. Saving money, energy and the environment can go hand in hand when you work with a good contractor and execute a home performance plan based on real information about your specific home. Please click here for more information or call our Energy Manager at 314-577-0228

RainScape Rebates
Rain garden symbol

For homeowners living within the Deer Creek Watershed, funds are available to rainscape your property. Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Rainscaping is a great way to improve property values, aesthetics, biodiversity and water quality.

Go to the Garden's RainScaping Guide
Go to RainScape Rebates program information

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.

Hydration StationAlternatives to Bottled Water
The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to report the installation of another hydration station, a water bottle refilling station, inside the Kemper Center for Home Gardening.

Additional hydration stations, all which provide filtered tap water, are available in the following locations:
  • Ridgway Visitor Center
  • Brookings Interpretative Center
  • Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Spink Pavilion
  • Commerce Bank Center for Science Education

On your next visit to the Garden, be sure to bring along your refillable water bottle! Learn more about sustainable guest services at the Garden.

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.

Be sure not to miss:

Where is Away?
Thursday, April 17, 2014
3:30–6 p.m.
Learn more
A Local landfill

Composting Completely
Thursday, May 8, 2014
7–8:30 p.m.
Learn more
Compost garden

6th Annual Growing Green Awards 
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is proud to celebrate and recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices. Join EWC staff at this wonderful event as we cheer on all of the nominees! 2013 Growing Green Awards

 WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2014; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mad Art Gallery in Soulard
ADMISSION: Tickets are $75 and include cocktails, dinner, dessert, on-site parking and keynote address by Katie Swenson, VP of Design at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Ticket prices increase to $85 per ticket beginning Wednesday, March 19. Learn more and purchase tickets now.



Featured Organization

BiodiverseCity St. Louis – Featured Initiative

A Community Initiative to Promote, Protect and Plan for Biodiversity Throughout the Greater St. Louis Region
BiodiverseCity St. Louis logo

Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth and includes interactions among all species, and between species and their environments. In St. Louis, we can find biodiversity in native prairies of Forest Park, the crops grown in the city's thriving urban farm scene, and even the wildflowers growing on roadway medians.

Biodiversity is both increasingly important and increasingly threatened due to human activity. The BiodiverseCity St. Louis initiative is currently led by the Garden. Learn more

Volunteer Opportunities

The EarthWays Center seeks volunteers to learn and teach about sustainability

Volunteer for Earth Day!

EarthWays Center volunteersJoin us Sunday, April 27, 2014 as we celebrate Earth Day at the Saint Louis Earth Day Festival in Forest Park. We are looking for volunteers to help out at the festival. Morning shifts are available from 9 a.m.–noon, and afternoon shifts will be from noon–4 p.m. Volunteers will be greeting visitors to the EarthWays Center table at the Festival as well as helping conduct the fun “This or That” green living activity. To sign up, or for more information, e-mail katherine.golden@mobot.org.

Take action to bring more significance to your daily life. Become a part of a vital volunteer community. Sign up to volunteer with your school or community organization—volunteering together is a great way to build a team!

News Rewind

EarthWays Center People & Programs in the Media

Awards and Recognitions:

Award Acceptance Photo

2013 Mayor's Sustainability Award
Six individuals and organizations were honored for their outstanding contributions to advancing sustainability in the city of St. LouisMissouri Botanical Garden was recognized for its long history of demonstrating leadership in sustainability through a variety of programs, such as the EarthWays Center and the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

Who’s Who In Energy 2013
In November eight American City Business Journals newspapers published a joint Who's Who in Energy 2013 supplement that included the movers and shakers in the energy industry from Austin, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio and St. Louis. Colleagues Glenda Abney, Director EarthWays Center and Emily Andrews, Executive Director U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter were both recognized to represent St. Louis!

Population Institute Honors 34th Annual Global Media Award Winners
Jean Ponzi, known as “Green Jean”, of the EarthWays Center,  received the award for Best Radio Show. She has been an environmental force around St. Louis for over 25 years, and has produced and hosted the weekly environmental radio talk show, “Earthworms,” on FM-88 KDHX for over 20 years.

2013 Missouri Coalition for the Environment Award
Each year the Coalition presents awards to individuals and organizations deserving recognition for environmental achievements.  The honorees, including Jean Ponzi of the EarthWays Center, have distinguished themselves by informing, empowering, educating and mobilizing others about critically important environmental issues.

January 13, 2014:
St. Louis Municipalities Look To 'RainScaping' To Prevent Runoff, a discussion with Garden staff explaining landscaping strategies which can make residential lawns more sustainable, hosted by St. Louis Public Radio.

February 14, 2014:
Brightergy Introduces Solar Education Program to Kirkwood Students, article touches on BrighterClassroom™, program components developed in conjunction with EarthWays Center, posted by the Kirkwood Patch.

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