St. Louis Earth Day

In a Nutshell

St. Louis Earth Day (SLED) has built its reputation on its annual Festival, which is now recognized at the 2nd largest Earth Day celebration in the country, but touches over a million individuals through its year-round programming like Recycling On the Go and Green Dining Alliance.  SLED has ongoing efforts to raise donations, sponsorships, and volunteers. http://www.stlouisearthday.org/


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BackgroundBackground

In 1989, teacher and rain forest advocate Matt Diller led a small group that organized the first St. Louis Earth Day Festival. The popularity and success of local and national events in 1990 for the 20th Earth Day, prompted organizers to find ways to educate St. Louisans about Earth Day, every day. In 1994, the renovated EarthWays Home opened for this purpose, later becoming Missouri Botanical Garden‘s environmental education center.

In the meantime, the St. Louis Earth Day Festival continued to grow until St. Louis Earth Day (the organization) was incorporated as its own non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status in 2002. With independent status, the organization grew to include year-round programming, so that the mission of making Every Day earth day continues in new, innovative ways, like through our award-winning Recycling On the Go event-greening program.

This widely celebrated community event has grown in leaps and bounds since its conception over 26 years ago.  In addition to the Festival, now held on the Muny Theater grounds in Forest Park, stewardship projects and activities at cultural and educational institutions have all become part of the annual Earth Day celebration in Forest Park and beyond. An annual Earth Day Symposium, attended by government representatives, professionals, and interested citizens, brings fresh ideas to the area on the latest concepts in sustainable restoration and development.  Numerous events in communities and schools across the region makes observance of the Earth Day holiday accessible to all.

ProposalProposal

VOLUNTEER

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SLED! See below for for a brief description of areas in which we could use your help. Go to www.stlouisearthday.org/volunteer/ for more information.

     ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE: St. Louis Earth Day is a small non-profit that operates on a small budget. We can use help in a variety of administrative tasks for day-to-day operations.

     GOVERNANCE: If you are interested in joining our governing Board of Directors, please contact our President for more information. Email Traci Lichtenberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     PLANNING COMMITTEES: As a convener of several environmental events throughout the year, we are always searching for passionate individuals to help in our event planning process.

     PROGRAMS: Volunteer with Recycling On the Go or the Green Dining Alliance.

     DIGITAL: As the algorithms of social media change over time, we find that our messages do not reach even a fraction of those who “like” us on Facebook or “follow” us on Twitter. Facebook and others would like for us to pay to have our posts appear more often on peoples’ timelines. You can help spread our messages by engaging with them: “liking,” “sharing,” “commenting on,” or “re-tweeting” our posts will allow our message to be seen by more people. We would encourage you to “tag” us in photos and posts relevant to our mission, as well. Learn more about digital volunteerism.

     ST. LOUIS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL: Plenty of opportunities exist for volunteering at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Volunteer registration opens each year in February.

SPONSOR

St. Louis Earth Day reaches thousands of people every year with a message of celebration and respect for our environment, thanks to the support of businesses and environmental leaders throughout our community. Partnerships with sponsors and the generosity of donors enables our year-round mission: to make every day Earth Day.  Go to www.stlouisearthday.org/support/sponsorship/ to learn more about sponsorships.

DONATE

Are you a regular at the Earth Day Festival in Forest Park? Do you love being able to recycle at your favorite area festivals? Do you want more green dining options in St. Louis? Of course you do! And now you can make a direct impact by supporting St. Louis Earth Day here:  www.stlouisearthday.org/support/donate/

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Annual Report: FY 2014
Annual Report: FY 2013
Annual Report: FY 2012
Annual Report: FY 2011

OutcomesOutcomes

Contributing to St. Louis Earth will help continue and grow their programs in addition to the Festival.  Below are listed SLED's programs and the associated OneSTL goals they help acheive.

Recycling On the Go

St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling On the Go is the region’s first large-scale event recycling program. It reduces the negative environmental impact of events and festivals by reducing and recycling a portion of the waste they generate. In the seven-year history of the program, we have diverted approximately 241 tons of materials from area landfills, enhanced the waste management of 337 events, and exposed approximately 4.9 million people to recycling when away from home.

OneSTL Theme: Green
Goal 1: Protect the quality of our natural resources and environment.
     Objective: Develop a culture that understands and values regional and local sustainability.

OneSTL Theme: Efficient
Goal 1: Increase conservation efforts.
     Objective: Maximize participation in local recycling programs and waste minimization programs.

Green Dining Alliance

The mission of this new, innovative program is to reduce the environmental impact of restaurants in St. Louis. We place strong emphasis on reducing, recycling and composting restaurant waste as well as sourcing sustainable food, to-go ware and cleaning supplies. Since the beginning of 2012, GDA has helped 55 local restaurants green their practices and diverted approximately 800 tons of restaurant waste.

OneSTL Theme: Prosperous
Goal 3: Promote resource-efficient business practices.
     Objective: Encourage businesses to employ sustainable business practices that protect the natural resources of the region and promote livable communities.
Goal 4: Build the regional economy.
     Objective: Encourage the production, marketing, and consumption of locally produced food, goods, and services.

OneSTL Theme: Green
Goal 1: Protect the quality of our natural resources and environment.
     Objective: Develop a culture that understands and values regional and local sustainability.

OneSTL Theme: Efficient
Goal 1: Increase conservation efforts.
     Objective: Maximize participation in local recycling programs and waste minimization programs.

ST. LOUIS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

Learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations, meet area non-profits that share Earth Day values, catch local musical acts and performance art, participate in a number of hands-on educational activities, and enjoy diverse cuisine featuring local, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options.

OneSTL Theme: Educated
Goal 3: Increase citizen participation.
     Objective: Educate youth, adults and community leaders about the importance of civic engagement and community service.
Goal 5: Increase opportunities for life-long learning for all citizens.
     Objective: Broaden public involvement in cultural and arts institutions, which provide informal education related to arts, culture, heritage, sustainability and the environment.
Goal 6: Increase public understanding of sustainability and healthy lifestyle choices.
     Objective: Provide information on sustainability and climate change.
     Objective: Provide information on the importance of food choices, physical activity, alternative transportation choices and other lifestyle choices.
 

ContactsContacts

Cassandra P. Hage
Executive Director
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Phone: 314.616.7354

Jen Myerscough
Communications & Marketing Manager
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Phone: 314.458.5367

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