Green Team

Green Team Members

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 Litzsinger Road Ecology Center). Meeting monthly, the Green Team works collectively to implement sustainable office operations throughout the Garden. The Green 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 team's Green Today Greener Tomorrow campaign encouraged all employees to participate in waste reduction and energy saving practices. Then the Green Team assisted in rolling out the Garden's single stream recycling program, designing employee communications and signage and redistributing recycling and waste collection containers. The Turn it Off! campaign is advancing the Gardenwide goal of reducing our overall energy demand by 10 percent during 2011. Energy efficiency strategies include new signage to remind employees to turn off lights and equipment that are not in use. These efforts are engaging all staff and volunteers.

Green To Go: Public Talks

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

Schedule by calling (314) 577-0246 or email

2024 Topics

  • Homegrown National Park
  • My Week in Plastic
  • Recycle Responsibly
  • Biophilia: Nature Spaces for our Human Places
  • Invasive? Native? Exotic? An Eco-Logical View of Plants
  • A Brief (quirky) hiSTORY of Ecology
  • Climate Change – Culture Change
  • Monarchs and Mosquitos
  • The Dirt on Compost
  • How Does Nature Do It? Zero Waste, Permaculture, Keystone Species, Biomimicy and more.
  • Stick a Fork in Food Waste!

Download additional information and topic descriptions


Green That Works—Profitably!

The Garden's partnerships across our region's business community are cultivating sustainable thinking and action in the workplace. Through workplace talks, participating in Green Business events and ongoing consulting relationships, we provide practical Green resources structured for use in large and small business environments.

St. Louis Green Business Challenge logoEarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden staff serve as Resource Advisors to the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, an initiative of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association. Over 100 RCGA-member businesses—from corporations to non-profits—have implemented internal policies and practices since the Challenge began in 2010. Download case studies of participating company accomplishments share strategies to save energy, materials and money—in healthier working environments.

St. Louis County Economic Council logoWe recently partnered with the St. Louis County Economic Council to cultivate sustainable awareness and practice in the small business sector.


Small Business Goes Green

Learn about local business success stories of energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, green purchasing and more—plus resources to help small business owners and employees work more sustainably.


Sustainable Business Resources

Green to Go Public Talks
inspiring, interactive one-hour adult-audience virtual and in-person presentations

Rainscaping Guide
a guide to incorporate sustainable landscaping that reduces stormwater runoff and improves local water quality

Lungs at Work
a toolkit for workplace indoor air quality

Less Is More
a guide to reducing waste and improving profit

10 Ways to Go Green at Work
a guide to reducing waste and improving profit
from the Sierra Club


BiodiverseCity St. Louis logo
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