with Craig Jung • StLouisGreen.com
Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

The St. Louis Green Business Challenge began in February and runs through October 2011. The Business Challenge is a program organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) to help area companies adopt more sustainable practices. On June 8 the RCGA is hosting the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Products and Services Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Commerce Bank Education Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com

Now that most of the planting is finished for the spring- Don’t pitch those pots! Help reduce the amount of horticultural waste by recycling your plastic garden pots, polystyrene cell packs and plant trays at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Since the inception of the program 980,000 lbs of horticultural plastic has been diverted from the landfills. The program kicks off April 2nd and runs through Sept. 30th. Visit the website for a location nearest you.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have saved all that rain water from this past spring and used it for something useful instead of letting it run down into the sewer systems. There will be a Rain Barrel Demonstration at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on June 22nd from 6pm-7pm free of charge. Learn how to make a rain barrel and start collecting and using water from your down spout. Pre-made or special-order rain barrels will also be available for sale. RSVP to restore@habitatstl.org or check out www.habitatstl.org

PK through 12 grade Educators, this event is for you- Education for Sustainability: Midwest Summer Institute which is sponsored by Webster University, Saint Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The three day event is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 29- Friday, July1. There are exciting keynote speakers, workshops with curriculum ideas, and information sessions to establish an understanding of education for sustainability for PK through 12 grade. Also included are field trips to local schools and nonprofit institutions, discussions with providers of sustainability curriculum, and resource exhibitors.

The St. Louis Cardinals need your help with their 4 a Greener Game program. Come down to Busch Stadium and help collect recycling between innings and see the game for free. Great for groups large and small, business community outreach, or individuals who want to help out and catch a game. Be sure to sign up to reserve your spot.

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