The Missouri Botanical Garden invests significant resources in developing and sharing new discoveries in plant science and using that knowledge to help manage those ecosystems here and around the world. The Garden is equally committed to inspiring and educating all members of our local region about the benefits of being good environmental stewards and establishing sustainable communities through conservation, ecological restoration and responsible use of natural resources.

From our Zero Waste Ambassador service at Garden festivals and events to our use of renewable energy to our improved storm water management, we strive to make the most sustainable choices throughout all our facilities and at all our sites.

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Plastic Pot Recycling (currently inactive)




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The Garden’s Green Team includes representatives from all Garden buildings and from our off-site locations: the Shaw Nature Reserve, the Butterfly House and the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. Meeting bi-monthly, the Green Team works collectively to implement sustainable office operations throughout the Garden. The team also hosts periodic lunch-and-learn and field trip opportunities, cultivating a broad sustainability knowledge base that Garden employees can apply in all working areas.

In 2010, the Green team launched the Green Today Greener Tomorrow campaign which celebrates successes in sustainable operations while at the same time promotes ways to improve.

From single stream recycling, food waste composting and energy reduction strategies, the Green Team strives to engage employees and volunteers in continually advancing the Garden's green practices.

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BiodiverseCity St. Louis is a community initiative to promote, protect and plan for biodiversity throughout the Greater St. Louis Region, recognizing our region’s reliance on biodiversity, the variety of life and natural systems. Learn more