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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)

Green Ball couple dancingJoin our city's most influential eco-advocates for the greenest party in town! It's an evening packed with fun – live music featuring The Trip Daddys playing rockabilly-roots rock n roll blues, dancing, strolling Vivant Entertainers, an interactive Photomaton photo booth, and the ever popular creative "green" fashion contest.

Sip and sample unique cocktails, artisanal beer and wine, locally-sourced cuisine and desserts. Try your luck and win great raffle and silent auction prizes donated by eco-friendly local businesses. 

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 also 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. Tickets on sale now!  Presented by the Moonrise Hotel and Eclipse Restaurant.

“The King” of Green to Guest Star at 2015 Green Ball

Eco Elvis – tEco Elvishat towering tuneful enviro-icon – will celebrate EarthWays 15 Garden years, with a special Green Ball guest performance. With two albums and dozens of pop-hit song parodies to his credit, Eco Elvis thrills and educates his fans of all ages. 

Hits include: “I Re-Duce, I Re-Use, I Re-Cycle (with all my heart!)” , "Let’s Go Organic", "Viva Las Vegans", "Sustainable Girl" – and more!  Capture a memorable photo with Eco Elvis at the event (photo ops are included with your Green Ball admission) and enjoy the show.

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.

 "Green is Home for Good" Sustainability Tour

This month, EarthWays staff hosted the 6th and 7th graders from the newly chartered Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. The girls learned from EWC staff and Garden graduate research students how to answer the question, “what is sustainability?” During the field trip, they learned key sustainability concepts while discovering the sights and sounds of the beautiful Garden grounds. A PhD biology student talked about life as a women scientist.

Students got a chance to be a “scientist for the day” and conducted experiments throughout the Garden to better understand key sustainability concepts. They used infrared heat guns to capture temperature of different surfaces in order to better understand the Urban Heat Island Effect, performed a waste audit, and studied how greenhouses work to use energy from the sun for human needs.

After one enthusiastic student spent the field trip observing the many different birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife that make the Garden their home, she commented: You really give a home to a lot of life here.”

To find out how to schedule a tour for your class or organization, contact Manager of Sustainability Education, Jim Biggs at jim.biggs@mobot.org

 LEAPing into Action!

Student participating in LEAP activityEarthWays is still 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. 

Plan a New Winter Wardrobe for Your Home

Winter is coming. Time to put away those sandals and shorts and review your winter clothes to see if you are prepared for the cold weather. You can also prepare your house for winter by checking to see what you need to make your home more energy efficient.

Visit Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to find resources and learn what is needed to prepare for a comfortable and more energy efficient winter. Learn about strategies and projects to reduce air leakage, increase insulation and upgrade equipment that will put long term saving in focus. Even small changes can make a difference in your heating costs.  

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.

Where Did All of the Lanterns Go?

In keeping with the Garden’s commitment to sustainability, the 2015 Lantern Festival was a great example of reuse and recycle. A number of the exhibits were carefully designed in advance to be dismantled so that many of the components of the structures could be sold as-is. However, the majority of lantern components were carefully deconstructed so the individual materials could be recycled. 

Garden staff and volunteers worked for hours to separate silk from the metal, unscrew light bulbs, pull electrical wiring, pick out plastic ties and staples, divide painted and unpainted wood, and sort it all into different piles.

The silk scraps were donated to Remains, Inc. for use as stuffing for archery target bags or made into Fuel Cubes by Materials Lifecycle Management Company. Silk was also made available to staff for their personal use and crafts. The metal was recycled by Triple H Recycling, and the wires and electronic components were sent to Midwest Recycling Center. This beautiful exhibit brought joy to many this past summer. In its different parts and pieces, it keeps on giving!

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!

Increasing Home Comfort, Health and Safety While Saving
Energy and Money

Monday, November 16, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$20 members; $24 nonmembers

Discover the relationship between indoor health and energy consumption. Learn how to analyze how your home performs and map out an effective plan to improve comfort and save money. You’ll walk away with at least three new ideas on making smart decisions about healthy energy efficiency improvements and how to track your successes in the future. Instructor is Richard Reilly, Residential Energy Programs Manager at EWC. Click here to learn more and register. 

Green Furniture Refinishing and Upholstery
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7 to 9 p.m.
$30 members; $36 nonmembers

Learn how to refinish and upholster a chair using sustainable, natural strippers and finishes (and how to make your own stains). Get away from harsh chemicals and learn how to refinish in a more natural way. Instructor is Jenny Murphy, founder and executive director of Perennial. Click here to learn more and register. 

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

Featured Organization

We are happy to celebrate our 15th year as a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden!

In 2000, the EarthWays Center was based in a “green living” demonstration house on Grandel Square in mid-town St. Louis. Thousands of people visited the house and learned about sustainability through education programs, summer camps, our annual Green Homes Festival, and tours.

In 2010, EarthWays Center moved into the Garden’s Commerce Bank Education Center, supporting stronger integration of sustainability practices within Garden operations and events. Visitors to the Garden, coming from every part of the world, experience many examples of green practices: composting, recycling, parking lot Rainscaping, water bottle filling stations, electric vehicle charging stations, “Toward Zero Waste” event management, and educational programs.

EarthWays Center’s service has continued to expand over the years providing sustainability programs and education in all areas of the community. Our leadership has helped establish the highly successful U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, local Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Rainscaping programs, Schools Going Solar, and multiple Green Schools education programs. We work with homeowners, k-12 schools and universities, municipalities, professionals in the building industry, and businesses of all kinds.

We provide Sustainable Solutions to grow greener communities in every way. Come to the 2015 Green Ball and help us celebrate an amazing anniversary! To learn more about our interesting history click here

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Bull

Whether he is helping with a Festival or diving into bags of TerraCycling for Garden staff, Bull is an enthusiastic and dedicated EarthWays volunteer.  Bull's interest in the garden was nurtured by his parents, who were instrumental in the development of the Japanese garden. He graduated from Mizzou in 1971, and spent 40 years as a municipal arborist with the city of Clayton.

Dabbling in horticulture and volunteering at Garden events now fills his time, and he focuses his recycling passion on the EWC TerraCycling program. His positive attitude and willingness to get his hands dirty and help out with projects- from digging in the soil to digging through trash- makes him a welcome addition to our EWC volunteer staff. To learn more about how we TerraCycle for Garden staff visit our News Rewind section. 

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

This Just In!

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.

September 23, 2015 Jean interviewed Joyce Gorrell, EWC Sustainability Projects Coordinator, about the TerraCycling program she coordinates for staff at the Garden. And, listen to the interview with TerraCycle Founder Tom Szaky, recorded on the same date, for an even bigger green scoop. 


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: 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