The purpose of Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center is to promote sustainability through environmental education and improving the built environment. The EarthWays Home, a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 was renovated in 1994 to showcase practical demonstrations of energy efficient systems, recycled products and waste reduction practices. Systems and products in the EarthWays Home offer visitors a springboard to rethink product design and building operations to achieve affordable resource efficiency. Most features of the EarthWays Home are readily available for use in general construction and renovation. EarthWays Center offers environmental education to adults, families, school children and businesses with both onsite and offsite programming, and serves as the headquarters of the U.S. Green Building Council – St. Louis Regional Chapter. The Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center also coordinates the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program for the St. Louis bi-state area for both homeowners and contractors.