With Craig Jung • StLouisGreen.com

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor


St. Louis County has named a new Director of Energy Sustainability, Anne Klein, formerly with St. Charles County as the Director of Policy.  In her new role, she will be promoting energy efficiency and energy sustainability policies.  The program is funded by an $8.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.  She will serve as a liaison with local, regional and state jurisdictions, utilities, agencies, and the public at large.  We in the Green Community welcome her with open arms!  www.green.stlouisco.com


The 4th Annual Midwest Energy and Climate Policy Conference will be held on June 8-10 at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Union Station.  This event brings in experts from across the region and country to discuss federal and state energy priorities, proposed legislative and regulatory actions, emerging national security issues, corporate response to carbon management, the future of coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, private sustainability initiatives, the prospect and analysis of new “green” projects and jobs, and the outlook for alternative energy research and initiatives.  www.reform.org


As we all have begun planting our beautiful gardens, remember to recycle those plastic garden pots, trays and polystyrene cell packs.  You can do this at the Missouri Botanical Garden Monsanto Center parking lot or at several area garden centers around town.  The program has developed into a premiere recycling program, thanks to Dr. Steve Cline, manager of the William T. Kemper Center of Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  I had the privilege of working on the program years ago, stuffing containers into 40 yard roll-offs for transport.  Now the plastic is ground on site and shipped to Plastic Lumber of America to make new plastic lumber. This is a great use of plastic pots to create a closed loop.     www.plasticpotrecycling.org


Food 4 a Greener Game update: The St. Louis Cardinals, Delaware North Sportservice, StLouisGreen.com, and Operation Food Search all recently teamed up for the 2010 season to distribute the remaining food from game day preparations to feed people at The Bridge.  Through May 13th, 10,760  lbs of food have been donated!  www.bridgestl.org