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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.

EarthWays Kicks Off New Educational Program

This fall, EarthWays is excited to roll out the Healthy Hallways Green School Program, a brand-new educational program for K-12 schools within the St. Louis County area. 

Healthy Hallways StudentsThe Healthy Hallways program will encourage student participants to learn the basics of household hazardous waste and the impacts on the environment.  As part of the new program, three classrooms will participate in a series of educational programs and a field trip to the St. Louis Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. 

EarthWays will also host a community workshop for educators, administrators, and concerned parents to explore similar topics. To learn more or find out how to get your school involved contact Katherine Golden at Katherine.golden@mobot.org.
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. 

Green Resources Answer Service – new FAQ quick-facts are at your service!

Love plants? You have probably used the Garden’s Horticulture Answer Service or visited the Plant Doctor. 

Love the Earth? Bring your questions to the EarthWays Center Planet Doctor

And now we bring our most popular answers to you – with new sustainability-minded Frequently Asked Questions

EWC’s own Jean Ponzi and our longtime colleague Marcus Rivas, with US EPA Region VII, pool their knowledge to make living green sensible, factual and convenient.

A Flooding St. Louis?

‚ÄčA practical conversation about water, our built environment and the future of our region

WHEN: November 11, 2014
7:30 to 8:00 a.m. - Registration and Networking
8:00 to 9:00 a.m. - Program

WHERE: Centene Arts Building in Grand Center 3547 Olive St. 4th Floor

FEE: Free; registration is required because space is limited. Click here to register and visit our event page.

Join in a conversation with a diverse group of panelists who will discuss water, the built environment and the future of the St. Louis region in the midst of change.  Topics will cover flood-plain development, changes in insurance and government regulation as they relate to water and how it reacts with our the regions many environments.      

Co-sponsored by the American Planning Association - Missouri Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Urban Land Institute - St. Louis.

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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.

Get Around Greener - Two great fall options!

Shift Your Commute

Trailnet is calliStaff member bikes to workng all drivers to Shift Your Commute! This regional challenge encourages commuters to think outside the car, by tracking trips on the easy and informative online trip log. When you bike, walk or take public transit to work, your calories burned and carbon emissions saved are automatically calculated to help you stay motivated. Every trip makes a difference - for your health, the environment, and the economy.

The Garden participated during this past month in the September Shift Your Commute Challenge with other local individuals and teams. Team MOBOT had 23 very enthusiastic participants and an overall alternative commute rate of 64.8%.The Garden received an Honorable Mention from Trailnet! 


Try & Ride Commuter Incentives

What a great idea In the coming months Garden staff will also reduce their carbon footprint with a new program to encourage transit use.  

Citizens for Modern Transit has just launched Try & Ride, a program adapted from European green-savvy cities, to support area residents in making a change in our commuter patterns. 

Participants sign up for a two-month transit-trying hitch, for a minimum of two days (averaged) per week. You receive a personalized transit route, tips for using transit, and one month’s worth of free Metro transit passes.  The second month you are committed to using transit at your expense. 

Grab a book to read and ride the bus.  Transit can be habit-forming!  

 History of the EarthWays Center

Operating as the Garden’s sustainability division, for almost 14 years, the EarthWays Center has quite an interesting back story but until recently it wasn't available online to the general public. 

Thanks to our wonderful staff for putting this information together. Click here to learn more about our fantastic organization!  

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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. 

Recovering Recyclables 
November 18, 2014
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
$25 members; $30 nonmembers 

Ever wondered where trash goes when its thrown “away”?  Join us at one of our fun, field trips this fall! As part of the “Where is Away?” field trip series, EarthWays staff and class participants will explore this topic with a field trip in November. 

Join staff as we celebrate America Recycles Day and tour a Material Recover Facility to find out what really happens to materials when they get recycled.  Learn more.

Composting Expanded:  Bokashi Buckets
February 12, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
$45 members; $54 nonmembers

Tired of just throwing out all those food scraps? Considering composting but don’t have a lot of space? Consider composting in a more creative way with bokashi buckets! 

Bokashi bucket

In this space-saving system, effective microorganisms transform kitchen waste into nutrient-rich soil amendments. Learn the importance of the 3B’s and discover what it takes to make and maintain a bokashi system.

 Each participant will prepare their own unique bokashi bucket to take home during this informative hands-on workshop. This program is supported by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District. Designed for adults only.  Learn more.

Featured Organization

EarthDance FARMS

Organic farmers feeding the world. Communities caring for the land. Farms inspiring creativity.

EarthDance operates an organic farm and the Organic Farm School at the Mueller Farm in North St. Louis County. Established in 1883, the Mueller farm was located on what is now the City of Ferguson.

Today, EarthDance is engaging and helping to heal Ferguson through new community efforts:  
Help Us Feed Ferguson Now! aims to get fresh, locally grown veggies to Ferguson families in need, EarthDance is accepting donations to cover the costs of additional produce that will be given to the Food Pantry at St. Stephens in Ferguson. 

Free Community Yoga brings people together to deepen connections with one another, ourselves, and the landscape. The on-farm, restorative workshops are held Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

And continuing this fall, EarthDance organic veggies will be on sale at The Ferguson Farmers Market, St. Stephens, Schlafly Farmers Market and the EarthDance Farmstand. 

Lastly, EarthDance has operated a season-long educational apprenticeship program which trains participants in sustainable agriculture from seed to market. Applications are now open for the 2015 year.  View complete details here and get out to support EarthDance!

Volunteer Opportunities

The EarthWays Center seeks volunteers to make our eco-friendly fundraiser a success!

Volunteer at our Green Ball!

Have you been working on a fun and exciting costume since last year’s ball? Want to see who wins the Green Fashion Contest?  Well you’re in luck! EarthWays is in need of a few more volunteers to help out during the night of the 2014 Green Ball. 

If you've never attended the Green Ball, you are in for a Green fun time!

 Volunteers are needed to help check in guests, sell raffle tickets for great prizes, and assist in making the event a wild success.  Contact Katherine Golden at Katherine.golden@mobot.org to volunteer.  This is a popular event with guests and volunteers, so contact her soon.

This year’s Green Ball will be held on Friday, November 14th from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Moonrise Hotel, a local example of sustainable business practices.  Find out more information about the Green Ball.

News Rewind

EarthWays Center People & Programs in the Media

Awards and Recognitions:

Congratulations to Glenda Abney, Director of the EarthWays center for her support of the Missouri Energy Initiative – She is on the Board and Executive Committee of this organization, and was chosen for the Board Spotlight in the Summer 2014 edition of their newsletter.

MEI's Board of Directors is made up of Missouri's energy thought leaders from the major energy stakeholders in our state.  

She brings her expertise on the topics of energy education and energy efficiency and conservation and she looks forward to an effective long-term future for MEI as a well-rounded and coordinated organization to advance energy-related activities and policy for a prosperous and stable energy future in Missouri.

Good Job Glenda!

August 19, 2014
The former home of EWC in a 121 year-old Victorian house on Grand, is in the news.  EarthWays Center now the Creative Arts Building, StlToday

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 Saturdays 8-9 p.m. CST on Big 550 KTRS-AM.

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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