A green and sustainable city is a community of residents, neighbors, workers and visitors who strive together to balance ecological, economic and social needs to ensure a clean, healthy and safe environment for all members of society and for generations to come.
Bring Conservation Home
How the Program Works
- Advice provided to landowner through “house calls” made by Habitat Advisors.
- Habitat Advisors are trained in a variety of conservation practices for suburban landscapes.
- House Calls are made by Habitat Advisors who come by appointment to your home after landowner submits an online application.
- The house call includes a review of the landowner’s goals for their landscape, an interactive walk-through of their space and recommendations in a written report.
- The written report provides a menu of recommendations on how to improve the landscape as bird and butterfly habitat.
- Program Pay Off – when a certain level of conservation is achieved, the owner is awarded one of three levels of certification – silver, gold or platinum.
- The Real Pay Off – regular nature encounters with birds, butterflies, perhaps even Monarchs with an attractive native landscape that produces less storm runoff, lower water bills and more.
- Homeowner Cost - 50% off regular program fee (currently $50). The minimum fee is $25. Upon reaching a particular level of certification the landowner may choose to purchase a program yard sign. Current cost of the sign is $20.
- Non-Residential Properties – program is not restricted to residential properties. The fee schedule may vary for larger institutional/commercial properties.
Green Dining Alliance
The Green Dining Alliance (GDA) is a restaurant sustainability certification program of St. Louis Earth Day, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The GDA works with restaurants to reduce their environmental impact by completing an on-site audit that evaluates all areas of operations, and setting personalized goals with each Member. They define a “green” restaurant by emphasizing: reducing, recycling, and composting restaurant waste; operating facilities with efficiency; and sourcing sustainable food, to-go ware, and cleaning supplies. The GDA operates throughout the St. Louis region with an emphasis on the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
Clayton's Current List of Green Dining Alliance Restaurants
Milkweeds For Monarchs
Monarchs play an important role in our ecosystem as they make their annual migration from Canada to Mexico and back. They are pollinators. These migrations are now threatened as monarch populations have declined 90 percent over the past two decades. Much of their habitat has been destroyed through the misuse of herbicides and insecticides. Female monarchs depend on milkweed to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillar larvae, so without milkweed we would have no monarch butterflies.
We can help restore their habitat with plantings in our yards and gardens or at school or work. All it takes is to plant a square yard of a milkweed mix (hardy non-invasive weeds). By planting milkweeds and a variety of nectar plants, you can help the monarch butterfly as well as other pollinators
Monarch Butterflies need our help
Well-known for their incredible annual migrations between Canada and Mexico, monarch butterflies are vital participants in pollination of the plants in our local eco-systems. Given the great numbers of Monarchs (up to 100 million) that gather to migrate each fall, it is hard to imagine them facing any threat of extinction. But Monarchs and their amazing annual migration are seriously threatened by human activities, in both their summer and overwintering sites. Their populations have declined 90 percent over the last twenty years. Many of the threatening activities are the cause of the destruction of good Monarch habitats. In the north (the United States and Canada), Monarchs face direct habitat destruction caused by humans. New roads, housing developments, and agricultural expansion - all transform a natural landscape in ways that make it impossible for Monarchs to live there. Monarchs in the north also face more subtle habitat destruction in the loss of their host plants. Milkweed, the plant larvae (caterpillars) feed on exclusively, is considered a noxious weed by some people and is often destroyed. In some areas across North America, milkweed plants are also being severely damaged by ozone. Both milkweed and plants that adult butterflies feed on are also vulnerable to the herbicides used by many landscapers, farmers and gardeners. Adult Monarchs themselves are being killed outright by many pesticides. Help bring back the Monarchs! To offset the loss of milkweeds and nectar sources we need to create, conserve, and protect milkweed/monarch habitats. We need you to help us and help monarchs by creating "Monarch Waystations" (monarch habitats) in home gardens, at schools, businesses, parks, zoos, nature centers, along roadsides, and on other unused plots of land. Without a major effort to restore milkweeds to as many locations as possible, the monarch population is certain to continue to decline to extremely low levels. The City of Clayton Parks Department maintains MonarchWaystations in Shaw, Oak Knoll, Wydown Parks, along the GRG Trail and at The Center of Clayton. Plans for more Monarch Waystations in other parks are in the works. The City of St Louis has launched a citywide initiative, The STL Milkweeds for Monarchs.
For more information on helping to save the monarch butterfly populations visit links: