"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead
Missouri’s natural resources efforts certainly looked differently than it did decades ago. In 1974, Missourians recognized how important it was to protect and preserve our great state, and that’s when the Department of Natural Resources was created. Our work to protect Missouri’s natural resources is not a task that can be completed alone. It takes all of us working together to make a difference and obtain our achievements. With your continued support, we can help make Missouri an even better place to live, work and enjoy the great outdoors. We invite you to explore a few of our many success stories.
Arcade Apartment Building entrance

Arcade Building

In 1919, the Gothic Revival skyscraper was one of the most prestigious office and retail buildings in St. Louis. While the reinforced concrete frame remained solid, structurally sound and mostly intact, 30 years of abandonment caused substantial damages throughout the structure. The department's Brownfields/ Voluntary Cleanup Program (BVCP) staff provided remediation oversight. One hundred years after it was built, a privately held St. Louis based company transformed the building back to high prestige with the new Arcade Apartments – a place where local artists can both live and work.

Mom pushes a child on a rope swing.

Hot and Cold Spots in the Home

When the Milewskys moved into their home late in 2004, they noticed hot and cold spots throughout the home. They contacted a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor. The inspection and testing found significant leakage in the ductwork and in the house itself. The results of fixing the leaks were dramatic.

A man installs weatherization caulking around a window sill.

A Case of Duct Leakage

Mike Williamson suspected the heating and cooling system in his 14-year old house needed replacement. This prompted him to call a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor for an assessment and quotation. The duct leakage was reduced 86%.

A vinyl Missouri Schools Going Solar banner on a solar grid in front of a school building.

Missouri Schools Going Solar

The Division of Energy worked with Ameren UE and Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) to bring solar power and education to K-12 schools. This program provided solar array equipment and energy education to the schools so that students, staff, and the whole community can explore the subject of energy.

The Division of Energy is no longer accepting applications for new schools. 

Air Success Story about no Idling

No Idling

Reducing idling at schools is important because air pollution affects children the most. Children’s lungs are sensitive and still developing; in fact, children breathe 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults do. Learn how students at the Center for Creative Learning in the Rockwood School District, St. Louis County, started an idling reduction program.

A subwatershed creek surrounded by rocks and vegetation. Homes are visible in the distance.

Ecological Restoration Efforts Improve Water Quality in South Creek

A Section 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation subgrant improved water quality in South Creek, Greene County.

Street view of the Better Family Life Cultural Center and Museum

Better Family Life Cultural Center and Museum

This site includes a 1904 historic landmark elementary school building and two adjacent properties in a mixed residential/ commercial neighborhood in St. Louis. The department's Brownfields/ Voluntary Cleanup Program (BVCP) staff provided remediation oversight for asbestos-containing material and lead-based paint. The building was transformed into the Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center.

Street view of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 and DYNALABS buildings

Chouteau Crossing (Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 and DYNALABS)

The site is a 6-acre area on Chouteau Ave. in St. Louis’ Lafayette Square and Gate District neighborhood. The site has been developed since 1929, but it was not until 2011 that it was awarded Development of the Year by the city of St. Louis. Chouteau Crossing is now home to two of St. Louis’ highest rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified buildings: Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 and DYNALABS.

Street view of the Roaster’s Block apartment buildings

Folgers Coffee (Roaster's Block Apartment Complex)

The property was first used in the 1890's for various retail and manufacturing businesses. It was home of the Folgers Coffee Co. for more than seven decades. The meticulously transformed heavy timber, brick and concrete structures on the property are now part of the Roaster’s Block apartment complex. The environmental issues at the site were remediated, with an emphasis on salvage and recycling rather than sending waste to landfills.

Street view of the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime laboratory

Modern Distributing (Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory)

Since 1925, International Harvester Co. used the property for various warehousing and other commercial operations. The site contained two large heating oil underground storage tanks, at least one of which caused contamination to the surrounding soil. The remediated and divided site now houses both the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s crime laboratory and the city of Springfield’s Jordan Valley Community Health Center.