Green Resources Info Service and FAQs
Green Resources Info Service

Green Jean Ponzi is ready to answer your questions
The EarthWays Center's 'Green Jean' Ponzi is at your service with the answers to your sustainable-living questions.
What's "green" about it?
Where can I find it?
What's the most sustainable choice?

Whatever your question, the Garden's sustainable-living experts are at your service!

We can help you:

  • find green products and services
  • evaluate green claims
  • plan your green home or lifestyle project

Contact us today at or (314) 577-0246.

Green Resources FAQs

How can I reduce my water bill?

  • Try a short shower instead of a bath. Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. In fact, a shower only uses 10 to 25 gallons of water, while a bath uses up to 70 gallons! To save even more water and energy, keep your shower under five minutes long — try timing yourself next time you hop in!

  • Wash laundry in cold water – you’ll save up to 90% of the energy your washer uses, just to heat the water. For super-savings, wash only full loads and use the ‘Free Dry” options of a drying rack or fresh-air clothesline.

  • Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets and your shower. Today’s high-quality aerators mix air pressure into the flow, so you get the pressure to clean using up to 50% less water. Air and water power combined – how refreshing!

  • Do use your dishwasher, especially for family kitchen clean-up – you’ll use less water compared to hand-washing IF you wash only full loads. And DO turn off the drying cycle – let each load air dry.

Answers provided by:

Jean Ponzi
Green Resources Manager, EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  Marcus G. Rivas
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Green To Go: Public Talks

EarthWays Center offers inspiring, interactive one-hour adult-audience virtual presentations. 

Schedule by calling (314) 577-0246 or email

2020 Virtual Topics

  • The Power of Plants: Natives!
  • Energy in Buildings: Clean, Green, Economical
  • Recycle Responsibly
  • The Dirt on Compost
  • Invasive? Native? Exotic: an Eco-Logical View of Plants
  • Smarter—Greener—Cleaner
  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes
  • Good Green News: Food!
  • Earth's Climate: Facts, Myths, Opportunities
  • Green Means Business!
  • Where is "Away"?
  • Being a Green-savvy Consumer

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