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Holiday Light Drive in Full Swing!

Posted Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Andrea

Check out Program Director Ian Schlake on Fox2 morning news!

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Nov 13: StL Rams & AB Team Up for a Recycling Drive!

Posted Monday, November 10th, 2014 by Andrea

The St Louis Rams and Anheuser-Busch are teaming up to bring you a recycling extravaganza this Thursday, November 13! The Bud Light Recycling Drive at the Budweiser Tour Center is a great annual way to get rid of all sorts of big items that may accumulate during the year. Don’t miss this chance to help make our planet a little greener, while making your garage a little emptier! Details are below.


  • ·         Date:  Thursday, November 13
  • ·         Time:  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • ·         Location:  Budweiser Tour Center
  • ·         Recycling:  Electronics (limit one TV per car), Christmas lights, bicycles, clothing, onsite paper shredding


It’s also the first stop in the 2014 Holiday Lights Recycling Drive. Would love to see you all there!


-St Louis Green Team

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2014 Holiday Light Drive Kicks Off!

Posted Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Andrea

St. Louis Green’s 2014 Holiday Light Recycling Drive is right around the corner!

We need your help to make this year another great success. Our 2013-14 drive diverted over 104,000lbs (approximately 52 tons) of holiday lights from landfills. But we’re not stopping there, we decided to set the 2014-15 goal to collect an ambitious 134,000lbs of holiday lights!!!  With your help we can make that happen!

Here’s how easy it is to participate:

  1. Send an email to to register for the 2013 light drive. Please include your company/organization/school name and address and a contact name, email and phone number.
  2. Beginning the weeks of November 3rd and 10th, we will begin delivering collection containers to all participating locations.
  3. We provide a tool-kit on our website to help you promote your drive. We will be publicizing the drive on local media as well.
  4. When the containers are full, call or email us and we will switch them out for a new one.
  5. The drive will be completed January 18th and all containers will be removed after that time.

 To keep our holiday light recycling program successful for years to come, we would greatly appreciate any donation your location can provide to assist with the costs of this drive. All money received will go directly into this and other St. Louis Green recycling programs (Furniture to Food, website, etc). 
100% of holiday lights we collect will be recycled so make sure you help us get the word out! We will be updating our Holiday Light Recycling Page on our website as we finalize our location listings and more details.

Send us an email to to reserve your Holiday Light Recycling Drive containers… they go quickly!!

Thanks again for your support of this program and for St. Louis Green.

The St. Louis Green Team

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2014 Holiday Light Drive Kicks Off Soon!

Posted Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Andrea

STL Recycle LOGO 2014

We are excited to announce that our Holiday Light Recycling Drive starting will start on Saturday November 15th!   You can help us achieve our goal of diverting over 136,000lbs of holiday lights from our local landfills this year!  Just watch this space for a comprehensive list of drop-off points – there will be one near you!

We will have participating drop-off locations and more details about this year’s drive listed on our website very soon!

Thinkin’ Green,
The St. Louis Holiday Lights Recycling Drive Team

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Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri Provides Customers with New Ways to Manage Energy Usage

​Ameren Missouri asked customers what types of information they wanted to receive to help them better manage their energy usage. Customers responded, and the company has taken that input to create a new monthly energy statement.  In late October, Ameren Missouri customers will begin receiving their new full-page energy statement. The format will replace the old postcard bill. Through conversations, surveys, and focus groups, customers told Ameren Missouri how much they like the program details and resources on the company’s annual Personal Energy Report that comes out each spring. Ameren Missouri used the best of that report to create an easy-to-read monthly billing statement, which provides more of what customers want:

  • A variety of energy-saving options in a full-page format;
  • Personal usage data laid out in graphs and charts;
  • Easy-to-read payment and billing information;
  • ActOnEnergy® energy efficiency program information and energy-saving tips to meet customer needs;
  •  And a secure, sealed envelope to keep personal information private.

Customers with questions regarding these new energy statements can go to for more details on special features and to see a sample of the new statement, or they can call 1.800.552.7583.

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Posted Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Andrea


Today is givestlday  

Give to St. Louis Green today to help us continue our growth in:

  • Sustainability education in the local community,
  • Outreach programs in area K-12 schools
  • Diverting Millions of pounds of recyclable materials through our recycling programs like Pots to Planks, Furniture to Food, Holiday Light Recycling, and Mattress Recycling
  • Providing and connecting people to jobs,
  • Our website and mobile app St. Louis Green updates

Check out our program video HERE

Participate in supporting our efforts by donating today, Tuesday May 6th!


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Sustainable Backyard Tour Seeks Yard Hosts

Posted Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Andrea

Sustainable Backyard Tour Seeks Yard Hosts

Fourth-annual area-wide event welcomes new participants


WHAT: The St. Louis Sustainable Backyard Tour

WHEN: Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Private yards and gardens throughout St. Louis City and County.

COST: Free

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Slow Food St. Louis, St. Louis Audubon Society

MEDIA PARTNERS: Gateway Gardener, R3 St. Louis, Healthy Planet magazines.


(ST. LOUIS): The Sustainable Backyard Tour, held each year in June, is a unique opportunity to see firsthand how homeowners in St. Louis City and County are transforming their yards in a range of environmentally sensitive ways.   

More than 80 families have welcomed tour goers into their yards over the past three years, demonstrating such practices as composting, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, native plant landscaping, rainwater conservation, renewable energy production and backyard habitat creation. Attendees design their own routes, choosing from addresses and descriptions in a map booklet, available around town and online beginning mid-June.  

As the tour grows, more hosts are needed to keep things interesting as well as to give past hosts a break. “We have a few charter hosts, who’ve been generous enough to be on tour every year, but we always want new yards to show that these things can be done anywhere,” says tour founder Terry Winkelmann. “Practices like homesteading and edible landscaping are spreading into every neighborhood and municipality—we want to find the trailblazers so we can shine a light on their efforts.”

While many host sites are traditional backyards of single family residences, apartment buildings, rooftops, frontyards, and school gardens are particularly encouraged. The deadline to register or suggest a potential host is May 1st. Visit for details and a link to the online registry.

 Saint Louis Beekeepers, Grow Native!

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EarthDance receives ,000 from Godiva Chocolate!

Posted Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Andrea

EarthDance Organic Farm School Receives ,000 from GODIVA  

St. Louis, MO - The Lady GODIVA Program has recognized local lady Molly Rockamann, Founding Director of EarthDance, as a 2014 Lady Godiva Honoree.  The Lady Godiva Program supports extraordinary women who embody the spirit of Lady Godiva through their attributes of selflessness, generosity, and leadership.  Molly Rockamann is the first of these women to receive recognition for work on behalf of the environment.   

Rockamann founded EarthDance in order to preserve Missouri’s oldest organic farm, the Mueller Farm in Ferguson, MO. When the last farming member of the Mueller family passed, there was a significant risk that this historic property would be forgotten and lost to urban blight and decay. Ms. Rockamann recognized the need to preserve the site as a productive farm and a center for agricultural education. In 2008, Molly founded EarthDance and launched the organization’s flagship program, a part-time organic farming apprenticeship, designed to be accessible to urban dwellers from all walks of life.  In addition to the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program, EarthDance now offers fresh produce, a Community Supported Agriculture Program, farm tours, classes, youth programs.  In 2012, Rockamann realized her goal of preserving the Mueller Farm when EarthDance purchased the 14-acre site. Currently, the organization is working to place a conservation easement on the property to ensure that it will remain farmland for perpetuity.   

Along with her award, Rockamann is the recipient of a ,000 award from Godiva Chocolate. Rockamann says, “I was honored to be chosen as a local Lady Godiva.  I accept the award on behalf of everyone who has contributed to the making of EarthDance. Preserving healthy, bountiful farms takes many hands. I hope that EarthDance can serve as a model to others who want to preserve farmland and educate the next generation of organic farmers.”   

To watch the video that Lady Godiva filmed of Molly in action, click here. 

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Sun Ministries Opens in Hyde Park Neighborhood

Posted Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Andrea

Public Service Announcement

For Immediate Release

St. Louis, Missouri

Sun Ministries announces the opening of the Sun Cafe in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis. The cafe opened after an extensive rehab of one of the most prominent and historic buildings in Hyde Park. Sun Ministries is a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Hyde Park neighborhood.The cafe will serve as a resource for their work in helping to feed, employ, train and empower local residents.

The cafe features extensive use of re-purposed and up-cycled materials. The main coffee bar and bakery case are made from re-purposed shipping pallets. Many of the decorative items are salvaged from the neighborhood. The cafe also features locally made hand crafted re-purposed products. These items include wood items and items made from burlap coffee bean bags.

The Sun Cafe serves a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as a full coffee and ice cream menu. The cafe is located at 1435 Salisbury Street St. Louis Missouri 63107. The hours are Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 3:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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Green Seal Launches New Sustainability Standard

Posted Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Andrea

Green Seal, In Conjunction with The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and The Rosenthal Group, Launches New National Sustainability Standard For Restaurants and Food Services   

GS-55 Minimizes Restaurant Environmental Impact By Addressing

Food Sourcing, Waste Management, Energy and Water Use  

Eight Chicago Area Restaurants Are First To Receive Certification


Chicago, March 12, 2014 — Green Seal, the nation’s oldest independent non-profit providing sustainability certification for products and services, today launched a new sustainability standard for restaurants and food services in conjunction with The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition and The Rosenthal Group.   

The standard, GS-55, covers retail restaurants and institutional food service operations through rigorous criteria that minimize environmental impact in several categories.  These include food sourcing through use of foods produced in a sustainable manner; waste management, including food waste, compostable waste, recycling and water quality management; energy use; water consumption and the use of other environmentally-preferable products and services.

 GS-55 is the result of a pilot program conducted in partnership with The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition (GCRC), an organization dedicated to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources by helping the Chicago foodservice industry reduce its collective environmental footprint.  The pilot was conducted with Chicago restaurants using criteria developed on the basis of a study by the Green Restaurant Research Team at the University of Chicago in cooperation with GCRC. 

In the pilot program, one participating restaurant achieved 96% diversion of its waste, while another was able to limit waste to just a few gallons per year.  These gains came about through compliance with the standard’s criteria for composting, food donation, recycling of solid waste and grease and limiting disposable packaging.

Eight Chicago restaurants and food services, including two in McCormick Place, have achieved certification so far. These include: 

  • ·         Autre Monde Café & Spirits
  • ·         FIG Catering
  • ·         Food For Thought
  • ·         Sandwich Me In
  • ·         La Brea Bakery Café
  • ·         West Hall Food Court at McCormick Place
  • ·         Cicchetti
  • ·         The Soprafina Marketcaffé 

An additional 12 Chicago area restaurants are in the process of being evaluated for certification. Unlike other green programs, Green Seal verifies, monitors, and holds each restaurant accountable for meeting requirements. Green Seal conducts a complete review of purchasing records, processes and communications, as well as on-site audits. 

“According to the EPA, more than 36 million tons of food waste were generated in 2011, 96% of which was thrown away into landfills,” says Arthur B. Weissman, Ph.D., President and CEO of Green Seal. “With our new standard, nearly 100% of waste can be diverted from the landfill. With nearly 1 million restaurants in the U.S., adoption of our standard would have a significant impact on the environment.”   

“It is always encouraging when pointed research yields such tangible results. The launch of GS-55 answers the call of a defined market need for options in independent foodservice sustainability certification,” says Eloise Karlatiras, President& CEO, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition. “This standard provides food service businesses nationwide with a comprehensive, third party option to measure, track, verify, and improve upon operational sustainability. As these efforts serve to reduce the food service industry’s environmental impact, we are delighted to have been a part of such important work.”   

“Environmentally friendly practices and good business practices should go hand in hand,” says Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago. “These actions will help establish Chicago’s long-term livability as we secure a more sustainable future. We congratulate Green Seal, the team and local participating restaurants on launching a national standard based on pilot work done in Chicago.”   

“We’ve been involved in the creation of this standard from the outset and are thrilled that it will now be available on a national scale,” says Dan Rosenthal, President of the Rosenthal Group.  “There is no other sustainability standard for restaurants out there that can rival GS-55 for its thoroughness or scientific basis. It is truly the gold standard for any restaurant that wants to validate its sustainability efforts.” 

The Rosenthal Group’s Sopraffina and CICCHETTI restaurants participated in the Green Seal pilot and are among the eight local restaurants to receive the initial certification. 

For more information about GS-55, including certification tools, application information, and to obtain a download of the standard, visit   

About Green Seal  

The original “Green Seal of Approval” was founded in 1989 to help safeguard the health of people and the planet. As an independent, science-based standards developer and certification body, Green Seal identifies products and services that are environmentally responsible, and provides public education for creating a more sustainable world. Call (202)872-6400 for more information, or visit for links to all Green Seal standards and certified products and services.   

About Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition  

Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition is an organization dedicated to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources by helping the Chicago foodservice industry reduce its collective environmental footprint.  

The GCRC provides educational resources to Chicago foodservice outlets, increases the availability and accessibility of sustainable goods and services in Chicago’s foodservice industry, and educates consumers about environmentally sustainable dining options. The GCRC also provides members with cost savings, personalized sustainability assistance, and access to a comprehensive online database of sustainable goods and services.


About The Rosenthal Group  

The Rosenthal Group, Inc. has been developing and managing high quality restaurant concepts in Chicago since 1988.  Founder and owner Dan Rosenthal has also been a leader in Chicago’s environmental and sustainability arena for the last 8 years, devoting much of his time to correcting the huge negative impact that his and other Chicago restaurants have on the environment. His 2 newest restaurants, Sopraffina and CICCHETTI, have just been certified as sustainable by Green Seal, the nation’s preeminent certifying body for environmentally friendly products and services, and his 7 other restaurants are awaiting final Green Seal approval.   

In 2007 he founded the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, an organization whose mission is to educate Chicago restaurant chefs and owners about sustainability and to bring products and services to Chicago area foodservice operations that are both sustainable and affordable. That organization now has nearly 200 active members.   

Rosenthal has also been a passionate advocate for eliminating the non therapeutic use of antibiotics in the raising of animals for food, and has spoken widely on the issue. His restaurants serve over 30,000 meals a week, and purchase over 700,000 pounds of animal proteins a year, every ounce of which has been certifiably raised without antibiotics.

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Final Light Sorting With St. Louis Green!

Posted Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Andrea



….Okay, luckily we don’t have THIS many lights left in our warehouse, but we do have enough that we are seeking volunteers to help us this Saturday February 15th from 9am – Noon. We are looking for at least a dozen volunteers to help us with our final push to turn in the lights we have remaining at our warehouse in Maryland Heights. Gather some family, coworkers and friends and help us keep these lights out of our local landfills!

St. Louis Green’s Warehouse
11721 Dunlap Industrial Drive
Maryland Heights MO 63043

We ask that you bring work gloves with you if you have them.

Please join us, this is a great volunteer opportunity that helps the environment and St. Louis Green in the process (which is greatly greatly appreciated!).

Call (314) 222-8004 or email us at for more information.

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