2022 Green Living Festival - July 30 at Saint Louis Zoo

This event takes place Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Saint Louis Zoo (One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110).

Entrance to the Green Living Festival is included with regular entry to the Saint Louis Zoo where general admission is FREE.
Directions and parking
Jump to July 30 Exhibitors and Vendors


Workshops (Sponsored by Spire)

Located in the Bayer Lecture Theater (lower level of the Living World, north side of compus)
Workshops are approximately 30 minutes.

Noon   calculator and money Energy Efficiency for Your Home – Simple Fixes to Save You Money and Ways We Can Help
Paul Englert, Weatherization Specialist, Spire
Be more energy efficient by changing everyday things you might not know are costing you money!
1 p.m.   DandelionsReconsidering Pesky Weeds as Useful Allies
Amanda Jokerst, Owner, Forest & Meadow
Many of the commonly occurring plants that show up in our greenspaces, backyards, and even some sidewalk cracks may be seen as a nuisance by some due to their persistence and prolificacy. In this class, we hope to shift that perspective by highlighting the many virtues, benefits, and applications of our local weeds. As they say, when life gives you Dandelions…make roasted Dandelion Root tea!
2 p.m.   Monarch Greening the Zoo
Wanda Kolo, Director of Sustainable Operations & Construction Management, Saint Louis Zoo
Learn about the Zoo’s sustainability initiatives and programs, and how we operationalize green practices throughout the organization! Additionally, you can learn about tips and programs available to homeowners and businesses within our region that will help you reduce your environmental footprint.
3 p.m.   GridDecentralized and Local Energy Systems
Paul Mcknight, EFS Energy
These days, everyone is talking local—eating local, buying local—but what about local energy? Increasingly, solar has presented opportunities for localized energy grids, where a significant portion of energy is produced in the same neighborhoods where it is used. Join EFS Energy, a St. Louis-based solar installer, for a look into what localized energy grids are and what they have to offer for our communities and our clean energy future.


Guided Walking Tour (Sponsored by Spire)

Meet in the lower level of the Living World.
Limit 20 people with sign-up ahead of time.
Tour is approximately 45 minutes.

11 a.m.   PenguinLife Support Systems (Water Filtration/Reclamation) at the Zoo
Dave Jarvis, LSS Supervisor, Saint Louis Zoo
Water reduction has been an intensive focus at the Zoo for almost twenty years! In that time, water consumption across the campus has been reduced by over 70 percent and Life Support Systems are a crucial strategy to be water wise. Receive a tour of these systems and the animals that are impacted!


Family-Friendly Activities

Exhibitor Area: Living World, lower level (Missouri Botanical Garden booth)

10:30 to
5 p.m.
  Child with modelBackyard Ecosystem
Come explore our table top stream ecosystem to get a closer look at life under the water that can be impacted by what we do in our yards. Plus get information on funds for rainscaping that improves water quality and benefits aquatic life in your own yard. Rainscaping is sustainable landscaping that supports local wildlife and restores urban stream health by increasing water infiltration rates and reducing runoff.

Historic Hill, outside Primate House, near Primate Canopy Trails

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Group art projectPledges for Primates
Continuous forest canopies are important for all primates. Stop by to contribute to our group art project and add your pledge to protect forests.


Lakeside Crossing, under the Caribbean Cove Stingray and Sharks Pavilion

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   benchBags 2 Bench
Check out a traveling bench made of recycled materials. The bench, produced by Ranken Technical Institute and made of Trex® materials, serves as a visual reminder that responsible recycling of plastic bags and wraps—the number one contaminant in the single-stream recycling process—matters. The first 300 guests will receive a colorful reusable bag.


Exhibitors and Vendors

Exhibitors will be located in the Living World, lower level.

  • Ameren Missouri: Energy efficiency programs
  • Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum: Green burial and flameless cremation
  • Davey Tree Expert Co.: Tree work, plant healthcare, landscape and lawncare
  • EFS Energy: Solar energy design and installation
  • Forrest Keeling Nursery: Native plants and specialty crops
  • Metro Transit: St. Louis region's public transportation agency
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Backyard ecosystem and rainscaping rebates
  • MSD Project Clear: Wastewater and stormwater utility
  • Missouri Department of Conservation: Protecting and managing the fish, forest and wildlife of the state
  • Saint Louis Zoo: #byetobags Switch to reusable bags to help save wildlife
  • Spire – Energy saving rebates
  • St. Louis Composting: landfill reduction through high-quality compost production
  • Traveling Tea: Loose-leaf tea and accessories

Go to Exhibitor/Vendor contact information

This event is NOT taking place at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Green Living Festival Passport
Pick up a Passport at a Festival Welcome Table. Receive a stamp at THREE of the FIVE Green Living Festival events to be eligible to win prizes including memberships to the host organizations and items donated by our exhibitors!