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STLCC to Participate in Green Home Festival

September 20, 2009

St. Louis Community College will showcase sustainability successes from its green building projects to green job training at the Eighth Annual Earthways Green Home Festival Saturday, Sept. 26.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Earthways Center in the 3600 block of Grandel Square near Saint Louis University. It is presented by the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Earthways Center and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.  Activities include free demonstrations, information booths and experts in greening the home. 

STLCC representatives will be on hand to discuss sustainability successes from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building projects to green job training. The college’s environmentally friendly “green” campus in Wildwood, which opened in August 2007, is the largest community college facility in the United States to receive a U.S. Green Building Council LEED gold certification. The college’s newest construction project, the Harrison Education Center in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood, will be the first “green” higher education facility of its kind in St. Louis City. It also has been designed to achieve LEED gold certification. Certification is based on the number of points the design attains in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Hourly workshops from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will cover 28 topics ranging from beekeeping to composting, green party planning to electric cars, solar power to backyard chickens, rain barrels to native plant landscaping. Purchase of a $10 wristband will allow participant to attend any combination of workshops throughout the day, or a $5 single-session ticket may be purchased. Workshops will be held at Cardinal Ritter College Prep, 701 N. Spring Avenue, on the western end of the festival block.

In addition, Dancing in the Street at Grand Center will overlap from 1-9 p.m.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.greenhomesstl.org/.