Sustaining the Environment
- Bike, Walk & Wheel Week
This weeklong spring program is designed to encourage all Columbians to use active modes of transportation as a viable alternative to using a car.
- Columbia Earth Day
An annual festival in downtown Columbia, including educational booths, entertainment and more.
- Missouri Earth Day Celebration
Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, this event at the Capitol. The website also includes links to other earth day events across Missouri.
- Sustainable Living Fair - Columbia
Annual fall fair with workshops, displays and speakers.
Environmental Issues & Conservation
- City of Columbia Solid Waste Services
Also includes hazardous waste disposal, batteries recycling and more.
- Columbia Water & Light Conservation
Provides information about free energy audits, solar systems, water-efficient landscaping, Super Saver Loans, Conservation Tips Videos and much more.
- Columbia / Boone County Rain Garden Program
Program designed to improve water quality of nearby creeks and streams by preventing polluted rainwater from getting there.
Native plant information and landscape guide from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and Dept. of Agriculture.
- University of Missouri Extension – Environmental Quality
Find a wide variety of publications on the topics of drinking water, domestic and animal waste, pesticides and more.
- Earth Easy
Shop for environmentally-friendly products for almost everything inside and outside your house.
- The Green Guide
Tips for green living from National Geographic.
- Greener Choices for a Better Planet
Resources and tips from Consumer Reports.
- Homemade and Natural Cleaning Products
Make your own cleaning products from lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda.
- “How sustainable are you?”
Article from the Columbia Missourian about Columbia residents learning to make environmentally sustainable choices.
- Mother Nature Network
News and tips for a more Earth-friendly lifestyle.
- Planet Green
Provides tips, information, buying guides and more from Discovery Channel.
Prominent sustainability website dedicated to sustainable living.
Community Groups & Organizations
- Chouteau Grotto
The group’s mission is to “promote the preservation of caves, watershed areas, conservation of caves and their natural content.”
- City of Columbia Sustainability Office
- Columbia Audubon Society
- Columbia Earth Day Coalition
Coalition of city and other organizations who sponsor Columbia’s annual Earth Day Festival.
- Friends of Rock Bridge State Park
- Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri
Started as an advocacy program for a greenbelt around Columbia, it now accepts donations of land and conservation easements and functions as a Land Trust.
- Missouri Parks Association
Non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and interpretation of Missouri State Parks.
- Missouri Prairie Foundation
Works to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities./li>
- Missouri River Communities Network
Non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and restore the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Missouri river.
- Missouri Sierra Club
- Missouri Stream Team
Working partnership of citizens concerned about Missouri Streams.
- Sustain Mizzou
Non-profit organization run by student volunteers to promote a sustainable way of life at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
- University Of Missouri Extension
Assists residents with a variety of questions, including plant diseases, infestation, soil testing and more.
- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Leading national non-profit organization that strives to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.
- Institute for Local Self-Reliance
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop strategies and projects that enable local self-reliance
- Missouri Department of Conservation
Maintains Missouri’s conservation areas, trails, state parks and forests and provides educational opportunities for individuals, teachers and students to learn more about conservation.
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources - Soil and Water Conservation
- Environmental Protection Agency
Information on protecting our environment through federal laws and regulations and updates on the latest in science and technology related to environmental issues.
Full text periodicals database and encyclopedia. Recommended search terms: Sustainable Living, Environmentalism, Green Movement.
- Science Reference Center
Full-text content from encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources on topics including environmental and earth science.
- SIRS Researcher
General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Search under leading issues: Conservation of Natural Resources, Environmentalism, Global Warming