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St. Louis Area 'Green' Efforts

(via Flickr/Missouri Botanical Garden)

Campaigns to protect our environment and improve sustainability efforts are numerous and ongoing in the St. Louis area.  Host Don Marsh talks with environmental experts about what has been done, what is being done, and what still needs to be done to further protect our planet.  Our guests include representatives from the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the Green Building Council, and StLouisGreen.com.

This weekend the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden presents the Green Homes and Great Health Festival.  The goal of the event is to celebrate sustainable living and explore ways to maintain a healthy you and a healthy plant.


Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

Emily Andrews, Executive Director, Missouri Gateway Chapter, Green Building Council

Craig Jung, Founder and CEO, StLouisGreen.com

Show Highlights

Our guests explained that “green” issues are gaining more attention throughout the country.  “When we first had these conversations five to six years ago it was very fringe,” said Jean Ponzi.  She added, “There are still a lot of people learning the language and figuring out why sustainability is important to them but there is a lot of integration going on and that is a big change.”

When it comes to “green” building practices Emily Andrews said, “We see more and more people who are interested incorporating green building practices into their design construction and maintenance and the interest in that is growing.” 

Local governments have an important role in protecting the environment.  Andrews said, “Everyone must be responsible for this but I do think that local governments have created a real movement around combating climate change and addressing greenhouse gas emissions.  That has been through the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement which is a national effort for cities to address this.”

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Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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