2020 Virtual Green Living Festival Sponsors and Exhibitors
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Green Living Exhibitors (June 6)

Lung education conference
 
American Lung Association – Health Promotion

lung.org
7745 Carondelet, Suite 305
Clayton, MO 63105
Laura Turner
(314) 645-5505
laura.turner@lung.org
Lung Health Education

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization with local chapters throughout the United States. We are a public health leader and trusted lung health champion, dedicated to improving the lung health status of St. Louis residents. Founded in 1904, the ALA is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States. The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Our work is focused in the areas of tobacco control, healthy air and lung disease. In order to make measurable impact in these areas, the Lung Association employs three approaches: education, research and advocacy, to focus our efforts and accomplish our mission.

The Lung Association has a rich history of providing services and interventions to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. As such, the Lung Association operates several community programs and outreach activities. We serve any person who has an interest in lung disease such as patients and caregivers of lung disease, healthcare providers, pregnant women who smoke, teenagers, seniors, children, and adults.

One major focus area for us is asthma. Our asthma programs include: Asthma Basics, Asthma Educator Institute, Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative, Breathe Well, Live Well, Kickin’ Asthma, and Open Airways for Schools. Many of these programs are web-based, and some (such as the Asthma Educator Institute) have been adapted to be offered virtually on a temporary basis due to COVID-19.

The American Lung Association has a robust section of our website devoted to up-to-date, research based COVID-19 information. We have also launched a $25M initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics.


flowers in grave
 
Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum

bellefontainecemetery.org
4947 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63115
Richard Lay
(314) 381-0750
rlay@bcastl.org
Green Burial and Flameless Cremation

Did you know there is no state law requiring the use of a casket or coffin for burial? Every cemetery has its own specific requirements for burial. Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum does not require traditional coffins or outer burial containers–often called vaults–which surround the casket for green burials. Old-fashioned pine, wicker, or other bio-degradable materials including burial shrouds are perfectly acceptable. Also known as natural burial, this option is free of both conventional chemicals and non-renewable resources. Green burial is often a more affordable funeral option compared to conventional burial, as it forgoes embalming and the outer burial container.

You may already know that “green burial” is an eco-friendly burial option. The body is buried in a biodegradable container like a wicker casket or a simple shroud. There is no concrete vault. There is also no embalming, which releases toxic chemicals into the ground. But along with being more environmentally friendly, did you also know that green burials are also a more family-involved burial option? In most cases, the deceased’s loved ones blanket the body with greens and flowers picked for them at the cemetery, before lowering–and sometimes burying–the body themselves.

“It is sort of a nice way to tuck that person in and gently place that first layer on top of them. It helps families with the closure on the physical aspect of death,” says Gracie Griffin, Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum’s Green Burial expert. To learn more about Green Burial, you may contact Gracie or Rick at 314) 381-0750, or visit http://bellefontainecemetery.org/ecoburial-soc/.


clear sky
 
Clean Air Partnership an Initiative of the American Lung Association

cleanair-stlouis.com | lung.org
7745 Carondelet, Suite 305
Clayton, MO 63105
Susannah Fuchs
(314) 449-9149
susannah.fuchs@lung.org
Clean Air Education Campaign

Since the Clean Air Partnership launched in 1995, its focus has been to increase awareness of regional air quality issues and to encourage activities to reduce air pollution emissions. Operating as a public-private partnership, the Clean Air Partnership is comprised of area businesses, organizations, schools, hospitals and government agencies which all work in various ways to reduce air pollution, especially as it relates to emissions from transportation.

Year-round, the Partnership is focused on inspiring area residents and businesses to take voluntary steps to help clear the air. With transportation being one of the biggest contributors to air pollution, the clean air partnership educates commuters and business owners about the air quality benefits of alternative transportation options such as transit use and carpooling, while also highlighting the many other steps individuals, businesses and municipalities can take to improve air quality.

As a driving force in the fight for cleaner air in the St. Louis region, the Partnership is best known for dissemination of the daily air quality forecasting, which is based on the Air Quality Index or AQI. The forecasts take place over the summer months and utilize a color-coded system designed to keep area residents informed about ozone pollution levels in the region, and how those levels can affect their health.

The Clean Air Partnership’s website at www.cleanair-stlouis.com offers many other tips to help clear the air, a wealth of information on the health effects of poor air quality and easy access to sign up to receive the daily forecast via email. Check out the Clean Air Partnership on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @gatewaycleanair. Also, check out the American Lung Association’s website at www.lung.org especially to see the annual State of the Air Report, which has county by county data on air pollution and its health effects and what you can do to reduce air pollution and improve air quality.


runners running along greenway
 
Great Rivers Greenway

greatriversgreenway.org
6174A Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
Sheryll J. Williams
(314) 436-7009
swilliams@grgstl.org
Connecting the Region with a Network of Greenways

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 125 miles (and counting!) built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets with a network of greenways, making it a more vibrant place to live, work and play. A vote of the people in the year 2000 created a sales tax that allows us, with partner and citizen input, to build, care for and bring to life the network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way.

There are 45 greenways identified in the overall “River Ring” concept plan for a total of 600 miles. We’re actively working on 17 of those 45. A few current projects include the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail Connection to the River des Peres Greenway and the Katherine Ward Burg Garden between Laclede’s Landing and the Mississippi Greenway. We are also working with the community to plan new greenway connections–the St. Vincent Greenway through Wellston and Pagedale, the next phase of the Maline Greenway through Ferguson, the Centennial Greenway in Olivette and St. Charles County and the Deer Creek Greenway connection to River des Peres Greenway. We’ll also be working with neighbors and stakeholders to plan the next two segments of the Brickline Greenway—a major public-private partnership that aims to connect the Gateway Arch and Forest Park with connections North to Fairground Park and South to Tower Grove Park.

And while volunteer work days are temporarily on hold, our team continues to work with partners to remove invasive species and restore native habitat along the greenways. Learn more about what we do and how to get involved at www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.


market with tomatoes
 
Known & Grown STL

knownandgrownstl.org
3115 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Jenn DeRose
(314) 780-6082
jderose@moenviron.org
Sustainable Food Choices

Known & Grown STL is a nonprofit program of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment that vets, promotes, and supports environmentally-responsible farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis. Our farmers don’t use synthetic chemicals on their crops, they raise their animals on pasture, and they are good stewards of our environment.

The industrialization of farming, including pesticide overuse and factory-farmed animals, has taken a toll on human health and the environment, harming pollinator populations, endangering workers, and polluting our waterways with toxic waste. Globally, agricultural practices account for 24 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions.

Luckily, other options exist. Our farmers are dedicated to growing their crops and raising their animals with practices that sequester carbon and protect our region’s air, soil, and water resources. They care about the environment, their animals, the land, and the communities they feed.

Learn all about each of our 40+ farmers and find out where to get their products on our website: www.knownandgrownstl.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about our local food system and the farmers who help make it more resilient.

During the duration of the pandemic, Known & Grown STL is offering a public resource to help people find farmers that offer online ordering, deliveries, and pickups, as well as an updated list about where to get products from Known & Grown farmers.


chickens
 

Manna Pro City Yolks

 

www.facebook.com/cityyolks/
707 Spirit 40 Park Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Amanda Terbrock
aterbrock@mannapro.com
Suburban/Urban Backyard Chickens

Welcome to City Yolks! If you’re curious or crazy about raising backyard chickens, you’ve found your home. This city loving, chicken raising community is managed by the Manna Pro Poultry team, and we’re thrilled you found our flock! We’re using our years of homestead expertise to bring the barnyard to the backyard. Happy, healthy flocks are our priority. So look no further for your trusted resource for feed and treats, poultry care, and coop essentials.


Bus
 
Metro Transit

metrostlouis.org
211 N. Broadway Street, Suite 700
St. Louis, MO 63102
Matthew Fernandes
(314) 982-1455
mjfernandes@bistatedev.org
St. Louis Regions's Public Transportation Agency

Metro Transit is proud to serve the St. Louis region by providing clean, convenient and efficient public transportation. The Metro system includes MetroLink, MetroBus and Call-A-Ride paratransit service.

We like playing an important role in making our part of the world more sustainable. As one of the most environmentally friendly transportation options, Metro helps take about 45,000 cars off area roadways on an average weekday. Fewer cars on the roads mean less pollution, less fossil fuels and better air quality.

We try to maximize the environmental benefits of our region’s public transit system by planning for and investing in cleaner, green technology. When you think green, most people think of the MetroLink light rail system which is powered by electricity. But did you know that our MetroBus fleet consists of 400 low-emission, clean-burning diesel buses? With our industry-leading maintenance team, we have been able to significantly reduce emissions and the environmental impact of our vehicles.

As we move forward, our focus includes all-electric technology. You will see the first battery-electric buses joining the Metro Transit fleet later this year or early next year.

We work hard to reach transit’s full potential as a key sustainability solution. That means making transit a more convenient and attractive option within an integrated network of mobility options. We have developed partnerships with scooter-share, ride-sharing services and on-demand personal transportation options, to solve the first-mile/last-mile of a trip. We are working with developers and regional leaders on transit-oriented developments that combine transit with pedestrian friendly areas, bike lanes and other mobility options.

If you haven’t hopped on board lately, we hope you’ll give it a try. We can help you plan a trip at metrostlouis.org or you can do it yourself by downloading the Transit app to see real time schedules and get service updates.


MRC trucks
 
Midwest Recycling Center

mrcrecycling.net
3751 Old State Road M
Imperial, MO 63052
Greg Cooksey
(314) 602-0079
greg@midwrc.net
R2 Certified Electronics Recycling, Data Destruction, and ITAD Services

MRC Recycling, a R2/RIOS Certified recycler, provides to its clients electronics recycling services, Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD), Medical and Lab Asset Disposition, Data Destruction Services, and E-Waste Collection Events with the goal of properly diverting electronic waste from the landfill while offering convenient solutions to the ongoing issues of identity theft and environmental liability.

Since our inception, MRC has been focused on Sustainability while providing reliable electronics recycling services for the communities we serve. As a recycler with core competencies in both end-of-life electronics recycling and logistics management, MRC provides an intelligent solution for area businesses throughout the region.

MRC operates facilities in St. Louis, Imperial, Park Hills, Jefferson City, and Kansas City. E-Waste can be dropped off Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Since MRC has a zero landfill policy, none of your material will end up in the landfill. We provide documentation to show proper data destruction and/or recycling.

For additional information or to host an event, contact MRC today.


Distributing recycle bins
 
St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District
RecycleRespsonsibly.org
7525 Sussex Ave.
St. Louis, MO
Linda Adams
linda@swmd.net
Regional Recycling Campaign

Saint Louis City Recycles
STLCityRecycles.com
4646 Shenandoah Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Samantha Villaire
(314) 772-4646
Samantha@BrightsideSTL.org
City of St. Louis Education and Outreach Program

The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) is dedicated to increasing recycling and reducing waste as one of 20 districts across the state created to assist the public, private, individual and non-profit sectors in achieving these goals. In the St. Louis area, SWMD supports upwards of 60 recycling projects in the region through grants.

OneSTL, the St. Louis region’s sustainability collaborative, has been a recipient of SWMD grants to support a regional recycling educational campaign known as Recycle Responsibly. The materials and recycling working group of OneSTL created the Recycle Responsibly campaign. This region-wide educational campaign emphasizes a unified recycling message, "Stick with the Six," which encourages recyclers to recycle plastic bags and films properly and reduce contamination. This regional recycling collaboration is the first of its kind in the area bringing together municipalities, sustainability organizations, institutions and more to provide a strong recycling message to the region.

Saint Louis City Recycles is the City of St. Louis’ recycling education and outreach program. Their mission is to ensure every St. Louis resident has the knowledge, tools and motivation to make reducing, reusing and recycling a part of their daily routine. Saint Louis City Recycles provides in-home recycling bins and educational tools to city residents, supports recycling programs in schools and throughout City municipal departments as well as provides other “RRR” resources and knowledge to residents. In collaboration with the materials and recycling working group, Saint Louis City Recycles was able to expand their regional recycling database to include more places that accept items for recycling, reuse and donation.


 
Energy and Efficiency Exhibitors (June 9)

Mother and daughter with refrigerator
 
 
Ameren Missouri

Amerenmissourisavings.com
P.O. Box 790352
St. Louis MO 63179-0352
(877) 215-5752
savings@amerenmissouri.com
Energy Efficiency Programs

Ameren Missouri Residential Energy Efficiency Programs:
At Ameren Missouri, we’re proud to offer a variety of programs and tools to help you save energy and money—without sacrificing your comfort.

  • Online Store: Get discounts on LED bulbs, instant rebates on smart thermostats and more.
  • Efficient Products: Get cash back on pool pumps and heat pump water heaters and, at participating retailers, receive instant discounts on lighting and smart thermostats.
  • Peak Time Savings: Help contribute to a smarter energy future, keep costs down for your community, and benefit the environment! Earn a sign-up bonus and a cool incentive annually while your qualifying smart thermostat does all the work.
  • Fridge and Freezer Recycling: We’ll pick up your old working fridge or freezer outside your home at no cost to you. You will receive an incentive, plus energy-efficiency products to install in your home.
  • Heating and Cooling: Earn cash back when you purchase qualifying high-efficiency central air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, or geothermal heat pumps.
Visit AmerenMissouriSavings.com or call (877) 215-5752 to learn more.


solar panels
 
Grow Solar St. Louis

growsolarstl.org
4651 Shaw Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63110
Lisa Cagle
(314) 252-0583
lisa.cagle@blackrockconsulting.org
Residential Solar Group Buy Program

Grow Solar St. Louis is an education and group purchasing program making solar more affordable for homeowners. Offered by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, in partnership with Washington University St. Louis, this program helps property owners throughout the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable. As more people join the program and decide to go solar, the discount increases for all participants reducing the cost of installing solar.

In its inaugural year, 70 homes in the St. Louis region chose to go solar—bringing a total of 424 kilowatts of renewable energy to the St. Louis area. Solar energy also helps lower the cost of utility bills. The installations installed through the 2019 Grow Solar St. Louis program will yield an average yearly utility savings of $724 for the homeowners.

Start by attending a virtual Solar Power Hour. Our free virtual information session teaches you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your property, and how the Grow Solar St. Louis program works. Then, get a free, no obligation site assessment from our competitively-selected installer, StraightUp Solar. Learn more and sign up for a Power Hour at growsolarstl.org.

Special thanks to the City of St. Louis, Brentwood, Clayton, Creve Coeur, and University City for their promotional support of the 2020 Grow Solar St. Louis program.


house model
 
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

mobot.org/hpwes
4651 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Richard Reilly
(314) 577-0228
energymanager@mobot.org
Residential Energy Efficiency

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR offers a comprehensive approach to home improvement, remodeling, and renovation that will make your home more efficient and reduce energy costs, while improving indoor air quality and creating a more comfortable, healthier home. At the same time, you’ll be helping to protect the environment through energy conservation.
 
As we spend more and more time indoors and even more of that indoor time at home, our families can benefit from the kind of ‘whole house’ thinking that defines our approach. Details on the benefits to homeowners can be found here and can include projects and processes that minimize allergens and asthma triggers with properly managed ventilation and the careful choice of materials used at home.

The concept involves a professional assessment of your home in order to understand how it performs now and then provides a list of recommendations and priorities for improving performance in the future. The home is then re-assessed after improvements are made to ensure all systems are functioning safely and properly. This ‘before and after’ measuring is about safety and project quality.

The United States Department of Energy has still more details and important information and resources regarding energy performance at home. The illustration on the right helps us understand pathways of common air leaks. By sealing leaks and increasing insulation, we will decrease our heating and cooling requirements and likely be able to buy smaller units when replacement time comes around.

These projects can also take advantage of rebates and on bill financing options made available by Spire, our fiscal sponsor. Please review these options as well as the other links provided here and contact our Energy Programs Manager at energymanager@mobot.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


boy looking at light display
 
Metro Lighting

www.metrolightingcenters.com
929 Hanley Industrial Court
Brentwood, MO 63144
Nick Frisella
(314) 963-8330
nickfrisella@metroelectricsupply.com
Energy Efficient Lighting and Controls

Metro Lighting was founded in 1967. As a locally owned and family run business, we believe sustainability is our responsibility. We believe this encompasses taking care of the environment, economy, and the community in a way that allows present and future generations to thrive. Sustainability is less a specific outcome than a means to an end; it involves all aspects of our company. We approach sustainability by taking the long term into account and recognizing the integrated nature of the world today and that natural resources are not infinite.

Our sustainable approach attempts to embed these concepts in our day-to-day decisions and aligns these interests and actions with our outside vendors and partners. At Metro, we strive to achieve an exceptional quality of life for all generations and leave a legacy of environmental stewardship. By working together with the community, ENERGY STAR, EarthWays Center, earthday365, vendors, Metro’s Green Team, Ameren Missouri and other partners, we can achieve a positive and lasting impact. Through education, internal environmental commitments, LED retrofits, and providing our customers ENERGY STAR products, we help to fight climate change. When we build safe, healthy and vibrant communities that are energy efficient, we minimize any negative environmental impacts in order to conserve the natural resources that sustain us all.

Metro Lighting has received 9 national awards from the DOE and the EPA. Our crown jewel is the coveted, "ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Climate Communicator award." Metro is Ameren Missouri BizSavers’s Top Performing Trade Ally. We have completed more projects and saved more kWh of energy than any other Trade Ally in the state of Missouri. Metro has been awarded the “Top Overall Performing Trade Ally” four times for our achievements. We take action through our work everyday to make Missouri a better place to live, work and play!


electric meter
 
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

energy.mo.gov
1101 Riverside Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Andy Popp
(573) 751-6981
andy.popp@dnr.mo.gov
Residential Energy Efficiency

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy is focused on affordable and reliable energy generated in Missouri. The division coordinates the state’s energy policy, houses energy-related programs, and works to support a strong, comprehensive, coordinated energy plan for Missouri.

Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to do the same task and thereby eliminating energy waste. Missouri Home Energy Certification (MHEC) encourages Missourians to reduce energy usage by making improvements or upgrades to their homes. MHEC is designed to promote energy efficient homes through clear and meaningful recognition. It is intended to help homeowners convey the invested value of the energy efficient features of their home to potential buyers. The criteria for recognition have been determined by using nationally recognized home energy assessment tools. Among these tools are the Home Energy Score™, HERS Rating, ENERGY STAR, and the International Energy Conservation Code. Applications may be submitted through the Green Building Registry™ and must be submitted by a Certified Home Energy Auditor certified by the department.

The department, in collaboration with Earth Advantage, launched the Green Building Registry™ (GBR) for Missouri. Designed to automatically pull home energy data through an application programming interface connection, the GBR is built to download data from qualified sources like the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score™, Residential Energy Services Network, and other qualified certification and energy efficiency programs. The registry also uses energy efficiency data to generate the custom-designed Missouri scorecard. This platform provides an array of services, and offers the potential to auto-populate home energy data into real estate Multiple Listing Services. The registry performs functions essential to communicate the value of accurate and verified home energy data at the time of sale.

Download our Guide to Going Solar.



 
SmartHouse Heating & Cooling

callsmarthouse.com
6921 Olive
University City, MO 63130
Liz Bothmann
(314) 798-7857
admin@callsmarthouse.com
Heating, Cooling, Home Performance

SmartHouse Heating & Cooling is proud to work with the EarthWays Center and the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program in Missouri to apply our specialized Building Science knowledge and processes to deliver whole-house energy savings and improved year-round comfort. For most homeowners, their entry to SmartHouse begins with our Heating and Cooling services. Our team of licensed, factory trained technicians are on the front line of performing maintenance, repair and system replacement services to thousands of homes around St. Louis.

Whether you have a conventional air conditioner and gas furnace, or a boiler, mini-split system, Unico system or Geothermal system, SmartHouse is prepared to provide a full range of services with knowledge and integrity.

As a factory authorized dealer for some of the biggest names in Home Comfort, including Carrier, Daikin, Mitsubishi and WaterFurnace, we have the products, knowledge and experience to provide whatever solutions your particular home requires. Beyond heating and cooling, SmartHouse is unique in its embrace of Home Performance, which is a comprehensive whole-house approach to identifying and fixing comfort and energy efficiency problems in a home. The idea is, that for a home to be comfortable and energy efficient, all of its systems including furnaces, air conditioners, indoor air quality (IAQ) equipment, insulation and more must work together in harmony.

To that end, we perform energy audits, insulation and air sealing, and other home efficiency services to help our clients solve comfort problems (like rooms that don’t heat or cool, drafts and cold floors) or improve energy efficiency (or both!). SmartHouse is dedicated to delivering superior solutions, service, integrity and value to our customers.

Please let us know how we can help!


Spire

spireenergy.com
700 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
Belmin Salihovic
(314) 376-9420
belmin.salihovic@spireenergy.com
Natural Gas Utility

Whether you’re buying a new home, remodeling or just wanting to save on your energy bills, natural gas is the smart energy choice—providing comfort, peace of mind and savings for you and your family.

A few benefits natural gas appliances provide
  • Natural gas furnaces provide consistent warmth no matter how cold it is outside, unlike heat pumps, which require a supplemental heat source when temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Natural gas tankless water heaters are not only 34 percent more efficient than traditional tank water heaters, but they provide an abundant supply of hot water—even for the third person in line for the shower.
  • Natural gas stoves work when the power is out and provide such precise cooking control that it’s the preferred energy by most professional chefs.
  • Natural gas dryers not only cost less to operate than electric, but can also dry clothes faster.

More efficient and more savings
At Spire, providing all the benefits of natural gas safely and efficiently to our customers and communities is at the heart of what we do. And through our energy efficiency rebate program, we’re here to help make upgrading to energy-efficient natural gas appliances even more affordable and beneficial to our customers. To learn more about the benefits of natural gas, current rebates and financing options or how to upgrade, visit SpireEnegy.com/rebates.


solar roof panels
 
StraightUp Solar

straightupsolar.com
11696 Lilburn Park Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Eric Schneider
eric.schneider@straightupsolar.com
(314) 218-2663 x 208
Solar Energy Installer

StraightUp Solar is a self-performing, turn-key photovoltaic design, installation and maintenance company founded in 2006 with headquarters in the St. Louis region. Over its 14-year history, StraightUp Solar has completed more than 1,300 solar energy installations, totaling more than 21MW across the bi-state metropolitan St. Louis region, Central and Southern Illinois, and earned an A+ from the Better Business Bureau and Certified B Corporation status for its environmentally conscious operations. StraightUp Solar is a certified energy storage and capture system provider and electric charging stations installer.

Our mission is to care for others by creating a path for clean energy and a sustainable economy that honors our values and everyone’s healthy, shared future. We are proud to be selected as the solar installer for Grow Solar St. Louis and Grow Solar Metro East, a community education and group purchase program that expands access to solar through lower costs. Our presentation “Better Living Through Sunshine” at the Green Living Festival will demonstrate the personal, environmental and community benefits of going solar on your home.

Learn how you can PowerUp your life with sunshine by watching this tour of a solar home and an explanation on how panels are installed on your roof. View video.


Green Schools Quest
 
USGBC–Missouri Gateway Chapter

www.usgbc-mogateway.org
4651 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Emily Andrews
(314) 577-0854
usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org
Green Building Education and Outreach

U.S. Green Building Council–Missouri Gateway Chapter believes that Green Buildings Are Better—better for people, better for the environment, and better for our pocketbooks. We live, work, learn, and play better in green and healthy spaces.

Considering the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, ensuring greener and healthier buildings is a priority. Buildings are important because they affect the health and well-being of occupants. Better indoor air quality, improved energy efficiency, and natural resource protection: these are some of the benefits of green building that we champion on behalf of our community.

From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change. We address this through our Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign, which encourages buildings to track their energy use and reduce building energy consumption. Learn more at www.BetterBuildingsSTL.org.

Help us celebrate our 2019–2020 Green Schools Quest Participant this year—68 schools and mentor teams worked hard implementing no and low cost sustainability projects. We announced the winners virtually on May 15 and celebrated by releasing fun videos and testimonials the entire week of May 18. Check it out at www.GreenSchoolsQuest.org.

We look forward to virtually seeing you at our annual Green Building Showcase, which is part of this year’s Green Living Festival on June 9. To keep up to date on USGBC-Missouri Gateway activities, visit www.usgbc-mogateway.org.


 
Naturescaping Exhibitors (June 11)

Man and boy walking with tree seedling and shovel
 
Forrest Keeling Nursery

http://forrestkeeling.com
88 Forrest Keeling Lane
Elsberry, MO 63343
Kimberley Lovelace-Young
(573) 898-5571
kyoung@fknursery.com
Grower of Native Plants

Home…we’ve always known how important it is. But, its value to our quality of life increased over the past weeks of ‘sheltering-in-place’. With the return of warmer days, our yards took on the role of parks. Their importance to our family’s healthy living—and sanity—was never more clear.

No matter their size, our lands can help us see that our choices make a difference for the environment and us. When we use resilient native trees, shrubs and plants, we connect with nature. Native plants give us a sense of place and have purpose. 

Native plants improve land function and help our environment. Deep roots work to capture water and build soil. Plant resilience reduces work and resource use. And, native plants help preserve our native pollinators and other wildlife too. Edible species can even feed us.

Today, Forrest Keeling grows hundreds of native plant species with our patented RPM method. Not just healthy plants but power-packed. Able to fruit and flower earlier and survive better. And grow up to two times faster. Traditionally-produced plants aren't even close. In fact, our RPM plants are the cornerstone of conservation remediation projects. With RPM and native plants, we are helping restore the earth’s ecosystems…'one tree at a time'. Forrest Keeling Nursery is naturally different. Family-owned for over seven decades. Innovator of the patented RPM-production method for stronger, healthier, faster-growing plants. A globally-recognized leader in native plant production, conservation and sustainability. One of the first four nurseries certified for the National Plant Board’s Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC) Program. All just a short drive from St. Louis.

Visit https://forrest-keeling-nursery.myshopify.com/ for a scheduled pickup. We do everything possible to keep you (and our employees) safe and healthy. 


MSD Bissell treatment plant
 
MSD Project Clear

msdprojectclear.org
2350 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Crystal Howard
(314) 768-6260
customerservice@stlmsd.com
Stormwater and Wastewater Utility

Two Utilities in One
Created in 1954, MSD operates as two utilities in one, working every day to protect the public’s health and the natural environment through effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies. MSD is responsible for the public sewer system. Through a labyrinth of connected sewers, wastewater is transported to one of seven sewer treatment plants—nearly 7,000 miles of sewers in all. That is like going from St. Louis to New York City and back three times! MSD maintains the fourth largest sewer system in the country.

MSD Project Clear is the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region. MSD Project Clear will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping and system improvements, along with an ambitious program of maintenance and repair and the disconnection of some residential downspouts in parts of St. Louis County’s separate sewer area from the wastewater sewer line. This work is part of an agreement between MSD and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The St. Louis region’s success with MSD Project Clear will only be possible through strong partnerships and clear communications with the public.

A reminder: wipes clog pipes!


St. Louis Community College
 
St. Louis Community College – Horticulture

www.stlcc.edu/horticulture
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Carrie Coyne
(314) 984-7459
ccoyne@stlcc.edu
Horticulture Education: Associate Degree, Certificate.

STLCC is committed to fostering students as they discover the art and science of horticulture, learn best management practices, and utilize cutting-edge technology to shape the landscapes of today and tomorrow.

Classes are infused with the latest technology and current green industry topics. The comprehensive program includes classroom and outdoor training in plant identification, plant propagation, pest and disease management, soil science, plant physiology, landscape design, grounds management, and sustainable landscapes.

With over 160 students, STLCC has the largest horticulture program in Missouri and confers more degrees annually than all other two and four year programs.

Industry leaders and passionate staff elevate the student experience with opportunities to discover, learn and practice in the program’s ten-acre garden classroom, state of the art greenhouses and labs.

Eighty percent of all STLCC Horticulture students find a job in the green industry prior to graduation. Graduates have gone on to lead teams at the National Park Service, Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and in countless public gardens, municipalities, retail and wholesale nurseries, design-build maintenance firms, and research and production greenhouses across the region.

With day and evening classes, the program is flexible and allows students to focus on their unique interests while earning an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture or a Certificate of Horticulture.


compost
 
St. Louis Composting and Total Organics Recycling

stlcompost.com
totalorganicsrecycling.com
39 Old Elam Avenue
Valley Park, MO 63088
Rich Blosser / Rachel Greathouse
(636) 861-3344
info@stlcompost.com
STA Certified Compost, Natural and Colored Mulch, and Premium Soil Blends

Founded in 1992 by eco-enthusiast Patrick Geraty, St. Louis Composting and Total Organics Recycling are the region’s largest compost producer and hauler. We are Mother Nature’s helpers—transitioning yard trimmings from waste bin to garden in only six months. We transport and process over 500 tons of organic food waste each week through Total Organics Recycling, keeping our landfills free of this organic debris. Together, our seven St. Louis Composting facilities process over 1,000,000 cubic yards of green material annually.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Compost contains essential nutrients and moisture that help plants grow by:

  • improving the structure, drainage and water-holding capacity of soil
  • encouraging deep-rooting
  • helping to suppress plant disease and promotes healthier growth
  • reducing erosion
  • reduces waste and combats climate change through recycling outside of landfills

Landfill management practices adopted in the last 25 years are producing increasingly higher levels of carbon dioxide and methane gasses, the two main contributors to ozone depletion. Food and yard waste make up about one third of landfill volume space and will be unutilized in a landfill where they live forever. For thousands of years, ecosystems have survived and thrived by self-producing compost from spent plant material. When carefully controlled and monitored, composting is a 100 percent natural process, similar to what has occurred on forest floors forever.

Total Organics Recycling would love to serve your restaurant, business, school or event with seamless, all-encompassing composting hauling services. Whether you’re looking for a truckload or just a bag or two, St. Louis Composting offers an unsurpassed selection of premium quality certified compost, soil-compost blends and a large selection of mulches.


Landscape
 
Quiet Village Landscaping

quietvillagelandscaping.com
9810 Page Avenue
Olivette, MO 63132
Gretchen Kliewer
(314) 657-7050
gretchen@quietvillagelandscaping.com
Landscape Design Build

Artisans of the Outdoors
Modern homeowners are embracing smarter techniques when it comes to landscaping, which we love! Smarter landscaping goes hand-in-hand with sustainability and the best long-term plan for your outdoor living spaces.

For almost 20 years we’ve been fostering nature using landscape design and maintenance plans that bring sustainability to every yard we touch.

Our award-winning team brings eco-conscious living to your backyard:

Our unique process takes your yard from cookie-cutter to captivating!

Since 2001, Quiet Village Landscaping has been providing environmentally conscious landscape design and maintenance to St. Louis backyards and businesses.


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