Making Sustainability Work | The Green Business Challenge

Experts from the Garden’s EarthWays Center are cultivating a culture of sustainable thinking and practice across the St. Louis region’s business sector through its leadership of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Launched in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Challenge was delivered as a Chamber-Garden partnership through 2017, and is now managed…

Answers to Your Recycling Questions

If the approach of Earth Day has recycling on your mind, you may be pondering some common questions. What exactly can be recycled? What do I do with items that can’t be recycled? Do I need to take any steps before recycling an item? Here are a few answers from the Garden’s EarthWays Center that…

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day—And Every Day

This year, don’t just wear green; take your St. Patrick’s Day spirit a little further by being green. Being “green” means looking for ways to lessen potentially harmful effects on the environment by altering your everyday life. That may sound like a big commitment, but being green can be easy, despite what you might have…

Green Eating at the Garden

Green Dining Alliance Awards 5-Star Rating to Sassafras  The delicious lunches served daily at the Garden’s cafe are now even greener! In the Garden’s annual review as a member of the St. Louis Green Dining Alliance (GDA), the Garden’s cafe, Sassafras, rose to a 5-Star Rating, the top level of GDA certification. “This process has…

Resolution Solutions from the Garden

The new year often inspires a fresh start for many of us. Whether you want to lose weight, de-stress, or learn something new, the Missouri Botanical Garden and its campuses offer plenty of creative ways to help you tackle your new year’s resolution. Take a Hike If your ultimate goal is to shed a few…

The Past, Present, and Future of Corn

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development to guide global efforts through 2030. A large part of the agenda focuses on investment in agriculture as a key tool to end poverty and hunger, which result in sustainable development and can help address climate change. As a world-renowned botanical institution, the Missouri…

Mealworms’ Fascinating Feast

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House celebrates “all things creepy and crawly” every October as it transforms into the BOOterfly House, with a Scorpion Lair, Botanicals Gone Mad, and spectacular spiders.  One special insect introduced last year will be making a return this October; the mealworm. Mealworms are darkling beetle larvae that are widely cultivated…

Ever-greener Garden Events

In 2011, Garden events went super-green, adding food waste composting to our garden-variety recycling. This fall’s Best of Missouri Market® will mark seven years of evolving our sustainability efforts, as we host tens of thousands of guests. Recycling has long been standard practice for Garden signature events, including Chinese Culture Days, Green Homes Festival, Japanese…

Turning Water into Wonder

Urban areas cover only 3% of Missouri, but ecosystem impairment is present in 13% of rivers, 18% of lakes, and 32 estuaries throughout the state. Impervious surfaces such as rooftops and driveways have replaced healthy soils and natural plant communities that once readily absorbed rainwater. The resulting runoff contributes to water pollution, health challenges and property…

Garden Receives Prestigious Sustainability Award

The Missouri Botanical Garden was selected as the recipient for the Operational Sustainability Award by the American Public Gardens Association, recognizing the dedication and achievements in promoting sustainability. “Our motto, ‘Green Today. Greener Tomorrow!’ is not simply a tagline, but a commitment to making the most sustainable choices in all aspects of our operations,” says…

How to Keep Your Summer Picnic Sustainable

Summer would not be the same at the Garden without the Whitaker Music Festival, the outdoor concert series presented annually by the Whitaker Foundation on Wednesday evenings from May 29 through July 31, and regular festival attendees know the festival experience would not be the same without a picnic. On all Whitaker Music Festival performance…

Sustainability Spotlight: Pilot Program Pushes Students to Recycle

Students at several St. Louis County elementary schools are getting a lesson in the 3 R’s. Not only “reading, writing, arithmetic” … but also “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The Earthways Sustainability Network is a new pilot program from the Garden’s Earthways Center. The goal is to reduce the amount of waste going from a school and…