Articles from ‘May 2014’ Issue

2014 Earth Day Action Grants Announced

By Cassandra Hage
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day

Competition among proposals was tough this year! In addition to having many qualified and exciting proposals, St. Louis Earth Day experienced a dip in funding that decreased the amount of available grant funds. Many thanks to the William A. Kerr Foundation; with the Foundations assistance, St. Louis […]

2014 Green Homes Festival Set for June 7 at Missouri Botanical Garden

By Jean Ponzi

This 13th annual celebration of sustainable living spotlights our region’s top options for Greening up your home and lifestyle – in one resource-packed day of family fun!
New features for this year’s event start with our new spring date and inspiring new location: the beautiful grounds and building of the Garden’s William T. Kemper […]

An Inspiration for Urban Gardeners Garden Heights Nursery

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Lou D’Agrosa’s love of the outdoors and plants lead him to a horticulture degree from Mizzou and the opening in 1996 of Garden Heights Nursery in Richmond Heights. Lou’s passion, and his staff’s, is to help every homeowner bring beauty to the outdoor spaces of their home. A love for creating beautiful […]



Through May 29
50 multi-media works by 49 artists; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, call 241-4810 or visit

May1-June 29
Opening reception May 9, 5-9 p.m.; Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore; for info, call 314-402-1959 or visit www.greendoorartgallery.com.

May 2-June 8

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Any Info on B-12 and Remedies For Leg Cramps

Q: Can you tell me why there is such a price difference in purchasing B12? It seems to come in many different forms also. I was told I was low in B12 but I’m not even sure what it can do for me.

A: Did you […]

Coalition Report

by Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Unprecedented Problems Requires New Leadership at West Lake Landfill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found two new areas of previously unidentified radio-active material located at the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill near Bridgeton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The discovery occurred during work to build […]

Dreary News Regarding Worldwide Air Pollution Highlights Critical Need for Individuals to do Their Share for Cleaner Air

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 7 million people across the globe are currently dying each year from air pollution. This startling news comes as the Clean Air Partnership prepares to kick off the start of air quality forecasting for 2014, and serves as yet another important […]

Enjoy The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden This Spring

Spring into another season of activities at the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden inside Missouri Botanical Garden. Families can explore the great outdoors and experience all the Children’s Garden has to offer: a waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and more!

Opened in April 2006, the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden: A Missouri Adventure introduces […]

EPA Recognizes Metro Lighting with 2014 Excellence in Retailing Award

Local lighting company, Metro Lighting, was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the national 2014 Excellence in Retailing Award for Lighting. The award is given to organizations for their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in significant cost savings.

Award winners like Metro Lighting, Sears, Lowes and other […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

May 3 & 5
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 5/03 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 5/05 at 8:00 p.m. Is it fair to call coal ash “dangerous?” John Hickey, Patricia Schuba and Gary Kappler discuss coal ash dumps in Crystal City MO and North Carolina, problems with […]

Healthy Planet Summer Camp Guide

Camp F.R.E.S.H.
CampF.R.E.S.H.® is a summer day camp at Fontbonne University that takes kids on an interactive, hands-on journey toward better health. The camp, which emphasizes nutrition, wellness, physical exercise and creativity, is open to 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders and is hosted by Fontbonne University’s Human Environmental Sciences department. For questions, please call Mary […]

Landscaping For Life

Start Your Own Habitat Garden To Attract more Birds and Butterflies

by Mitch Leachman
Executive Director
St. Louis Audubon Society

It all began almost 10 years ago, after I had moved into this my first house. A friend suggested a few plants, all Missouri natives, for a bed along the driveway. When complete, we had installed aster, coneflower, coreopsis, […]

Llywelyn’s Pubs Take Step Forward To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Llywelyn’s Pub is proud to announce the addition of 107 kilowatts of solar energy capacity at six locations across the St Louis area. Patrons to its locations in O’Fallon, Webster Groves, St Charles, Soulard, and Central West End will have the satisfaction of knowing that some of the energy used to prepare their meals and […]

Lose Weight For Summer With Hypnosis

by William Mitchell, CI

Hypnotism can be applied successfully as a tool in psychotherapy, medical and dental pain management, to enhance academic achievement, to overcome fears and stage fright, to improve sleep, to increase athletic performance and other applications, however most people think of Habit Control, smoking cessation, weight loss, nail biting etc.

When I was first introduced […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Grace of the Deer

May is alive with sights, sounds and smells — the firefly, birdcall, flower bloom, the doe and fawn. Every day I thrill at nature’s displays. As weather brings you outdoors, may you be graced by the Deer. Be watchful as you drive the roads and look for them at […]

Publisher’s Corner

Dog Days of May and Other Musings

Our long awaited Spring has finally sprung. And plants and people are popping with delight. May is one of the busiest months of the year, next to October. There is so much going on but none as tail wagging as Bark in the Park, May 17 in Forest Park. […]

Spring Allergies Affect Our Pets!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Every year about this time, pet owners approach me and ask whether pets do indeed suffer spring time allergies, much as we humans do. And, my answer is an emphatic, YES!!! The pollens released from grasses, flowers and trees can impact your dogs and cats.

I often explain that allergies, or the […]

Spruce Up Your Salads

by Kari Hartel, RD, LD
Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

Eating salads can be a great way to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily servings of vegetables, but sometimes eating the same lackluster salad day in and day out can leave you feeling bored. Here are some tips to help you amp up the […]

St. Louis Composting Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week With a Heaping Helping of Compost

By Sara Ryan
St. Louis Composting

St. Louis Composting invites you to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11, 2014. This year’s theme is “Compost! The Solution to Sustainable Soil and Water”. Planned activities span the globe with celebrations scheduled across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Ireland. Composting advocates […]

St. Louis Public Library Helps You Become Heart Smart

By Kara Krekeler, Science & Technology Librarian, St. Louis Public Library

Having a healthy heart is key to living a healthy life. But how can you tell if your heart is healthy? And if it’s not, what can you do to make it healthy?

These are some of the questions the St. Louis Public Library and its […]

Structural Integration and Being Seated

By Sally and Alan Cina

One of the many things we educate our clients about is how to sit. Good posture while seated is very helpful to ones overall health.

Many of us sit too far back and are sitting on the back points of the sitting bones and the tip of the tailbone. This can feel […]

Students Rally Around a Challenge to Green Their School

By Hope Gribble, USGBC-MGC Education & Green Schools Coordinator

Students at North Kirkwood Middle School rallied around the challenge to green their school. The challenge was the Green Schools Quest, and their aim was manifold. Not only did the students want to create a learning environment that was healthier for the planet, but also one that […]

Teeth and the Focal Infection Theory

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN
(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)

Are your teeth “connected” to other parts of your body? In other words, can an abscessed or infected tooth actually cause a problem somewhere else, say your lower back, sinuses, stomach or even your heart?

Focal Infection Theory (FIT) is the idea that a local infection affecting a small area […]

The Humane Society of Missouri and Purina® Present Bark in the Park

5k Run, 1-Mile Walk and Family Festival

Saturday, May 17 from
9am to 1pm at Cricket Field
in Forest Park…

Benefits Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Fund

The Humane Society of Missouri and Purina® present Bark in the Park, the largest dog festival in the Midwest! The annual event will be held Saturday, May 17, 9am – 1pm at […]

The Living Colors of Spring

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Spring isn’t just when the weather turns warm, it is when the world bursts into color. The grays and browns of winter turn into the purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red of spring blossoms. These bursts of colors aren’t just any colors, they are living colors. Colors that have a life […]

There’s “LOTS” to See and Do in the Arts World Coming Up Soon

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Have you ever noticed that vacant lot on Washington, across the street from The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts? Rather than seeing a vacant lot, the Pulitzer staff viewed it as a blank canvas. Joining with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University for […]

What Is Permaculture?

By Crystal Moore-Stevens

I first learned the term “Permaculture” 14 years ago while a senior in high school. I was on an eco adventure in the Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica with an environmental leadership program called Eco-Act, a program founded and facilitated by The Missouri Botanical Garden in 1981 to inspire earth stewardship in youth. […]

Why is Spring Grass So Nice? It’s the Nutrients, Not Just Nitrogen!

By Randy Greene

by this time of year you’ve probably put down a dose of pre-emergent fertilizer and have already had to mow the lawn a few times. Everything looks great! Your yard looks healthy and green and it will stay that way, right?

The reason your lawn looks thick and lush in early Spring is because […]

WINDCREST DAIRY — Yummy Yogurt & Much More!

By Nancy Smith

If you’re looking for a really great outing for the whole family, you need look no further. The Windcrest Dairy Farm Store is one of the best places to get to know your farmer, enjoy a real farm experience, find lots of delicious food to take home, and even milk a cow if […]