2014 ECO AVENUE:
Eco Avenue is the block of Elm St. between 7th and 8th where booths of organizations working to promote a sustainable future can be accessed. Eco Ave. will be filled with information to empower you to make lifestyle changes that reduce your environmental impact. Find sustainable living tips and ideas for every aspect of your life.
Below is a listing of the organizations, agencies and businesses that are participating in 2014. For almost all of these, we have embedded links to their websites.
If you have questions about Eco Ave. or would like to have a booth on Eco Ave. in the future, please contact the Earth Day Coalition.
Eco Avenue Booths:
This booth provides info on how one can gain access to high quality natural and organic foods at a lower cost by pre-ordering through this local non-profit buying club. Volunteering is not required, but those who do, save even more. Contact Blue Planet via the Peace Nook at 804-C East Broadway, Columbia 65201 or 573-875-0539. http://blog.midmopeaceworks.org/p/blue-planet.html
This Department of Conservation program focuses on natural resources, illustrating the impact that we as humans can have on the natural eco-system. They offer the Master Naturalist Training featuring natural resource experts and hands on volunteering opportunities. http://extension.missouri.edu/boone/masternaturalist.aspx
Part of the Public Works Department of the City of Columbia, this office focuses on waste reduction, reuse and recycling education. Check out their informational brochures and volunteer opportunities. http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/PublicWorks/
This local non-profit organization supports the development of Urban Agriculture in Columbia, Contact them if you would like to help with community Ag projects, want help at your garden, or want to learn about gardening and small scale production. Talk with them about workshops and other opportunities they offer at their urban farm location. http://www.columbiaurbanag.org/
This farmers market is a local producer-only market. Our mission is to provide safe reliable, high quality food to consumers in a regulated, public marketplace. It’s a great place to find organic produce, pastured meats and value added products such as home baked breads and canned goods. At Columbia Farmers Market you can get to know the people who produce your food. For information contact Corrina Smith at 573-823-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.columbiafarmersmarket.org/
Freegan food and peace organization serving food in Columbia on Mondays. Contact Molly at email@example.com or visit www.foodnotbombs.net
Quakers have a long tradition of simple living for sustainability. Locally they focus on recycling, organic gardening, and other means of sustainability that everyone can practice to help reduce waste, reuse and recycle anything that can be recycled. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://missouriquakers.org/
This is the City of Columbia’s Energy Services office. This booth will focus on solar power. Talk with them about PV power and solar water heating. Their booth will focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Contact them at 573-877-7325 or email@example.com or visit www.gocolumbiamo.com/WaterandLight/
Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage and intentional community of about 70 people set amid the hills and prairies of rural northeastern Missouri. Their goal is to live ecologically sustainable and socially rewarding lives, and to share the skills and ideas behind this lifestyle. They offer courses on Permaculture and other hands-on skills. Contact via: 1 Dancing Rabbit Lane, Rutledge, MO 63563, 660-883-5511 or firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.dancingrabbit.org
This local business believes in making a commitment to help protect our environment and increase our financial legacy in the name of the present and the future by educating and helping the public in ways to reduce dependence on carbon-based fuels when possible. Their booth will feature a display on Solar Water Heating. Contact Dan via: 1001 Fay Street Ste. 101, Columbia 65201 or 573-424-2011. http://www.dogwoodsolar.com/
Holistic family medicine and Acupuncture. Home healing remedies. Contact at email@example.com
Past winner of the Earth Day Environmental Education Contest. They will be demonstrating their energy audit equipment, and they’ll have a computer presentation on common home improvements to help reduce one’s home energy consumption.
The Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State park was founded in 1992 to promote understanding, appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of the park and to aid in the protection of the park. http://www.friendsofrockbridgemsp.org
This program is part of the Department of Architectural Studies at the University of Missouri. They specialize in environmental design, housing, healthy indoor air, and community revitalization & sustainability. http://extension.missouri.edu/hes/architectural.htm
This group is an important subcommittee of the Columbia/Boone County League of Women Voters. They provide info on sources for alternative energy and programs that help support green energy use as well as renewable energy for Columbia’s electricity. http://lwvcbc.org/
Lucky’s seeks the freshest local, organic, sustainable and traditionally crafted foods made with purpose and pride to sell in their stores. They also passionately support local farmers and organic foods. At Lucky’s, food is the connection that ties us all together. ”Speaking directly to our beliefs, our character and our purpose, it not only fuels our body, it gives us amazing opportunities to gather and connect with each other.”
This eco-community is a demonstration and education site near Fulton which holds tours and provides space for workshops on sustainability related skills as well as classes on self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Their goals are to develop a lifestyle in harmony with the environment that can continue for indefinite generations, and be a resource for those wishing to change their lifestyles. Contact via P.O. Box 876, Fulton, MO 65251. www.mayacreek.org
This association helps educators inspire Missourians to care about, understand and act for their environment by providing networking and high quality environmental education resources. http://www.meea.org
A locally owned, year round delivery service of local organic and chemical-free produce and other edibles and farm products. They provide an outlet for mid-Missouri farms practicing sustainable farming through their convenient website or phone-in shopping and delivery to homes or offices. Visit them at www.missourihearlandharvest.com or call Aurora Dawn-Rose at 573-228-0830.
This non-profit organization’s mission is to preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River. Their booth focuses on helping homeowners minimize the impact that they have on our streams by encouraging rain gardens, rain barrels, safe disposal of wastes and water quality monitoring. They will have a rain barrel display. http://www.moriver.org/
This business offers solar energy engineering from consultation and design to installation for commercial and residential use. Applications include solar electric and solar hot water, as well as energy efficiency and energy efficient lighting upgrades. Contact via 877-257-4396. http://mosolarapps.com
This office coordinates sustainability efforts all over the Mizzou Campus. They will offer general info sheets on topics such as recycling, bicycle repair and resource costs. Booth visitors can test their knowledge of storm water with a short quiz. http://sustainability.missouri.edu/
Peaceworks’ Center for Sustainable Living has worked since 1993 to promote lifestyles that foster simple living and a more sustainable future. Their scope includes everything from energy use to food and water, transportation to consumerism and voluntary simplicity. CSL volunteers touch the lives of hundreds of Mid-Missourians through classes, programs, and their annual Sustainable Living Fair. Their booth will feature info on the upcoming May 19 Edible Columbia Garden Tour. CSL is seeking more volunteers in order to reach more of our neighbors. Contact Laura via 573-875-0539. http://blog.midmopeaceworks.org/p/center-for-sustainable-living.html http://www.slfcolumbia.org/
A non-profit organization that promotes active transportation through advocacy and educational programming. They work to make it easier for people to walk, bike, use wheelchairs and public transportaion. www.pednet.org 573-999-9894
A community collaboration of organizations taking deep swings at moving our community and others to sustainability via efficiency and renewable energy, local decentralized generation with a Renewable Energy Plan for All (REPA). Talk with them about their Net Zero Energy home design. All three organizations work together to tackle climate change issues directly in our community. Contact Monta Welch at 573-443-4717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renew Missouri’s mission is to transform Missouri into a leading state in both efficiency and renewable energy by the year 2016. Renew Missouri’s approach to advancing policy is to bring stakeholders for energy issues together to educate and facilitate productive dialogue. They educate legislators and other policy makers while also promoting renewables and energy efficiency to the public. They evaluate what energy policies Missouri could implement and guide stakeholders as they use the policies that are put in place. Contact Paul via 910 East Broadway Ste 205 Columbia, 65201, 816-519-5047 or email@example.com http://renewmo.org
Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park contains some of the most popular hiking trails in the state, a wild cave experience and also offers solitude while hiking in the Gans Creek Wild Area. http://mostateparks.com/park/rock-bridge-memorial-state-park
This non-profit student group promotes sustainability to the UMC campus and to students living in the community. They work on a broad variety of issues and provide hours of volunteer service for the environment. http://sustainmizzou.students.missouri.edu/
The Wild Wonder Project is a social venture functioning as a subsidiary of the not-for-profit The Panya Project. Wild Wonder is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth through a deepening connection with the natural world. Our goal is to offer accessible, affordable youth-oriented nature immersion programs for children in grades K – 8th, including transportation via a “Mobile Nature Classroom” 15 passenger van to diverse natural landscapes within a 25 mile radius of Columbia’s city center. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org