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GREEN HOMES FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHTS PLANT-BASED GREEN LIVING IDEAS
Visit the 14th Annual Event at its New Location

WHAT: Green Homes Festival
WHEN: Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield MO 63017
COST: Free
SPONSORS: Presenting sponsorship from Ameren Missouri. Additional sponsorship support from Graybar Foundation, Laclede Gas, Missouri American Water, MSD Project Clear and UMB Bank. Media sponsors include Chesterfield Lifestyle, The Healthy Planet and St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles.
INFO: www.mobot.org/greenhomesfest; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

(ST. LOUIS):  The 14th annual Green Homes Festival returns on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the first time, the event will be held at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park. The festival showcases affordable, practical options for sustainable living combined with positive ways to maintain the health of people and the planet. The Butterfly House location will highlight the connections between plant-based green-living ideas and solutions to energy, water and waste issues. Admission for this family-friendly festival is free. Festival attendees completing an event “passport” will get a free gift.

Presented by Ameren Missouri and sponsored by many local partners, this year’s festival features over 70 exhibits and demonstrations by the region’s leading sustainability focused businesses and organizations. Attendees can talk one-on-one with a wide range of experts about their specific interests and project ideas, and learn more about home improvement and healthy homes. Experts will also share a variety of plant-based ideas and resources that will demonstrate ways to save water, be healthier, and protect the environment while conserving household budgets. This event is hosted by the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Ameren Missouri will showcase a variety of energy efficiency programs that help homeowners and businesses reduce their energy costs and get cash back. Ameren Missouri also invites festival visitors of all ages to help paint a Metro bus with an eco-mural designed by local artists Robert A. Ketchens and William Burton Jr. from noon to 2 p.m.

Children and families can have fun building a sun-powered miniature roadster to compete in the popular solar car races. Sample treats cooked in solar ovens, and snap photos with costumed recycling characters. Win prizes in fun games, make and take custom jump ropes plus other recycled art activities, enjoy face painting and meet a Canine Good Citizen from the Humane Society of Missouri.

More than 70 sustainability-themed displays and exhibits by local businesses and non-profit organizations will offer information about solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy systems; energy efficient lighting and appliances; cool roof retro-fits; efficient windows, insulation and weatherization. Explore ways to protect your budget and the planet with experts in heating and cooling systems; green home building materials and methods; home energy auditing; non-toxic home cleaning and decorating products; reducing waste by recycling, composting and creatively “UpCycling.”

Watch the World Bird Sanctuary’s Wings Over Water program from 11 a.m. to noon. This fun educational program features birds of prey up close and in flight. Bring your camera and enjoy the show as some of the hawks and owls soar right over your head!

Discover new ways to “Get Around Green” with bicycle transportation, safety and maintenance tips, public transit resources and alternative vehicle and fuel options. Cycle to the festival and take advantage of convenient free bicycle parking. The Missouri S&T Solar Car Team will display their current solar electric vehicle and share knowledge and stories of competing in national road races. The team will also coach and cheer on children who want to buy, build and race a miniature solar car at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Explore the NatureScaping area to learn ways to grow a livelier, healthier environment in your own backyard using native plants. Exhibits in this area will feature water-saving RainScaping options, backyard biodiversity resources to restore wildlife habitat, invasive bush honeysuckle transformed into handsome tables, and more.

A roster of interactive “Presentations to the People” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will cover useful topics such as keeping backyard chickens and bees; solar electricity and solar technology; home energy efficiency and sustainability of natural gas; talking “green” with your home builder and sustainable investing; gardening with good bugs; native plant Rainscaping, and composting with worms. Join a free all levels yoga class provided by Yoga Buzz from 9-10 a.m.; yoga mats suggested, but not required.

Shop the “HOME Made - HOME Grown” Marketplace, featuring home décor and gifts made by area crafters and edibles grown by local farmers. Take home local honey and jams, salsa and pickles, organic tea, and hand knitted wool wearables.

Enjoy local music by Eco Elvis (10 a.m. and noon), Wack-A-Doo (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Cree Rider Family Band (2 to 4 p.m.) on the bandwagon stage as you stroll the “Eat Well Local” food vendors, featuring healthy treats and beverages from Edg-Clif Winery, Pie Oh My, My Big Fat Greek Truck, and more. The Butterfly House Gift Shop, located indoors, will offer some snacks and drinks in addition to butterfly, insect and nature-inspired gifts. Bring your reusable bottle and get free water refills. Recycling and composting will reduce the festival’s “waste-line.”

Festival visitors can also enjoy the year-round attractions of this site. A $4 Fun Pass will be available for entry to the Butterfly House’s Tropical Conservatory and unlimited rides on the St. Louis Carousel. Docents will be on hand to share stories of the Faust Historic Village as visitors take self-guided tours.

Volunteer help is welcome for festival preparation and operation. Email volunteer coordinator Kat Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org  or find volunteering details online at www.mobot.org/greenhomesfest.

For general information, visit www.mobot.org/greenhomesfest , or call (314) 577 5100 (toll-free, 1 800 642 8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/missouribotanicalgarden and http://twitter.com/mobotgarden.

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield MO 63017.

The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden promotes sustainability through environmental education and improving the built environment, providing green resources for homeowners, businesses, the green building industry, kindergarten through 12th grade schools, colleges, universities and other audiences. Learn more about the Garden’s sustainability efforts at www.mobot.org/ewc or call the EarthWays Center at (314) 577-0220.

More than 43,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at www.mobot.org/membership.

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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 156 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon. Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus (www.metrostlouis.org). For general information, log on to www.mobot.org or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit www.mobot.org/membership call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit www.mobot.org/volunteer or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.