Autumn is one of my favorite times of year here in St. Louis. It’s been unseasonably cool the last few days after a blistering hot summer. Of course, you forget about summer in St. Louis until the next one arrives. Here it is the humidity that gets you, not the heat.
When it’s really hot outside all you want to do is to sit on the porch or inside next to the air conditioner with a cold drink in hand. But when fall finally arrives, it seems like everyone gets out of the summer doldrums and enjoys one of the many fall time activities.
I like to keep up with the “green scene” here in St. Louis. There’s always something happening, but in the fall it just seems like the pace is picked up. Here are a few things that are happening in the green scene in the city this fall acc0ording to the Healthy Planet Magazine: “St. Louis Green Drinks meets monthly, last month they visited Space Architecture & Design building. If you are new to the community or just want to meet some new faces, come out and see what is happening around town in the green community.” For more information, just go to your environmentally friendly computer and dial up www.stlgreendrinks.org.
More and more home builders and professional people are looking into building green. The local St. Louis Green Builder’s Association has monthly meetings that you can attend. To qualify as being listed as a certified green building you have to qualify for a LEED certification. The inspection isn’t easy to pass and you will probably need help. The association can provide it for you. Their website is at www.usgbc-stl.org.
Fall is planting season. Be sure to recycle all of your plastic pots and plant trays. The Missouri Botanical Garden is collecting used plastic pots through October 31st. The plastic pots are recycled into plastic lumber which is really a neat thing to do. The lumber not only recycles plastic but you never have to paint it, it comes in a variety of colors and lasts practically forever.
And fall is the time to make your home energy efficient for the winter. Be sure to check your insulation and make sure that your doors and windows fit tightly. If your furnace and air conditioner are a few years old, you might want to think about investing a new more energy efficient model. Your energy bill will thank you for it.