EXPERT AUTHORS AT SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE
Three local experts on today’s environmental and sustainability issues will sign and sell books at the Webster University Sustainability Conference on Saturday, March 28, during lunch 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Kathleen Henry of Great Rivers Environmental Law Center will be present with the book, “A Force For Nature,” which covers the environmental work of her late father, attorney Lewis Green of St. Louis. Bill Ruppert of "Grow Native!", a program of Missouri Prairie Foundation, will offer a new work by horticulturalist Cindy Gilberg, titled, “Gardening is a Verb: Cultivating Spaces That Nourish Heart and Soul.” The book of essays on native landscaping is a tribute book as Gilberg passed away this past summer. Journalist and Professor Don Corrigan will sign and sell his three books, “Show Me… Natural Wonders,” “Show Me… Nature’s Wrath” and his latest, “Environmental Missouri.” The book event and conference activities will take place in the university’s East Academic Building on Garden Avenue in Webster Groves. Parking is available in the garage on the south side of Garden Avenue across from the East Academic Building.
January 29, 2010
Back in the fall, St. Louis County Council voted to rezone land near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers for yet another Taj Mahal casino development.
Councilmen representing Times readers divided on the project. Steve Stenger voted for it. Barbara Fraser voted against it. Rezoning literally paves the way for 8,000 parking spots, a golf course; oh yeah, and a towering temple for black jack anchored on 400 acres of elevated floodplain.
Attorney Lew Green would have had a thing or two to say about this, if he were alive today. Green, often cited as the St. Louis region's first public interest lawyer for the environment, waged many battles on behalf of nature – and people. After all, human beings are a part of nature.
Green didn't always win his fights, such as keeping development out of Earth City and the Chesterfield floodplains. Of course, he was vindicated by Mother Nature when she decided to break a few levees and cause billions of dollars in damage – much of it recovered thanks to taxpayers and higher insurance premiums.
If Green were here now, he'd advise those opposing the latest gamble for gaming on a floodplain to mount a public relations campaign, to vote out of office those council members who voted for the rezoning, to litigate the project on every possible grounds through the highest level of court.
During his own life, Green did all those things on behalf of clean air, clean water, and unspoiled land for the citizenry to enjoy. A new book by authors Florence Shinkle and Patricia Tummons details his now historic fights to save our environment. It's titled, "A Force For Nature."
Green, who raised his family in Kirkwood from 1961-1976, caught the attention of Gov. Warren Hearnes in 1965 and was named the first chairman of the Missouri Air Conservation Commission. This agency adopted clean air regulations for St. Louis, once known for its fog of coal smoke.
After leaving government, Green battled over sulfur emissions from power plants and destruction of state wilderness areas. If you like Queeny Park, you'll like the new book's chapter on his long fight to save that land for public use. If you are still laughing at the idea of building a publicly-funded stadium for Bill Bidwill in Missouri Bottoms' mud, you'll like the chapter on that political football.
Tributes at the end of "A Force For Nature" will attest to Green's love for law that can make life better. One colleague from the Harvard Law Review days of the 1940s points out that features for the publication, which Green developed, are still in existence. Green's lasting legacy is Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, directed by his daughter and Webster Groves resident Kathleen Henry. Read more:
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HORTICULTURIST CINDY GILBERG TRIBUTE BOOK OF NATIVE PLANT WRITINGS TO BE RELEASED IN MARCH (ST. LOUIS):
The Missouri Botanical Garden announces the publication of horticulturist Cindy Gilberg’s writings to educate gardeners about using native plants to conserve land, attract wildlife and regenerate ecosystems. The book, entitled, “Gardening is a Verb: Cultivating Spaces That Nourish Heart and Soul, Essays on Native Landscaping,” will be released in late February 2015. The project shares Gilberg’s broad knowledge of ecologically-based landscaping and strives to inspire both long-standing as well as new audiences and features a broad selection of her native plant articles illustrated with full-color photographs and examples of her landscape design drawings. “Gardening is a Verb” will be sold through the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Gate Shop, the Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve as well as other partnering organizations in St. Louis and across Missouri. The soft bound, full color book will retail for $12. Publication is scheduled to coincide with the area’s annual native plant workshops and sales.
The book includes a list of over 150 native plants noted in the essays, including Shaw Nature Reserve’s “Top Performing Natives.” Plants noted for all types of light and soil conditions include grasses and sedges, flowering perennials and annuals, vines, shrubs and trees. A full-color table spotlights popular characteristics such as attractiveness to birds and butterflies, use in rain gardens, deer resistance and winter interest; and notes bloom time and both flower and fall colors.
Sale proceeds will benefit native plant research, conservation, and education efforts at Shaw Nature Reserve, where Gilberg worked, taught and cultivated exceptional native plant landscape designs.St. Louis native Cindy Gilberg, who passed away last summer, was an expert horticulturist who taught numerous gardeners how to create beautiful landscapes that have served to benefit the environment by using our region’s native plants. In addition to operating the successful Gilberg Perennial Farms, a destination for novice and seasoned gardeners alike, Cindy taught horticulture classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and many other locations throughout the region for both the residential and commercial gardening community for 30 years. She was also a talented writer, contributing a wealth of articles to publications statewide. The collection of writings share her personal reflections along with the practice of using native plants to conserve water, support biodiversity, building healthy soils and reducing the use of chemicals.Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free.The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842).
Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/missouribotanicalgarden and http://twitter.com/mobotgarden.More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at www.mobot.org/membership.
ENVIRONMENTAL MISSOURI: Issues And Sustainability What You Should Know
Environmental Missouri is the first comprehensive guide to local and state environmental issues involving the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we inhabit in the Show-Me State. This collection of green issues is very serious, and yet intensely readable, as it examines such issues as urban sprawl, polluted streams, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, ozone and smog, noise and light pollution. The book raises questions about wildlife issues: What’s with the Asian Carp taking over our rivers? Why are the bees disappearing? When will the Ozark Hellbender revive and thrive? Environmental Missouri is not all bad news and pessimistic prose. A final chapter on sustainability looks at how Missourians are going green, whether it’s with cloth diaper parties, raising backyard chickens, farming responsibly or hosting green burials at trail’s end. Each chapter includes a Q&A with a habitat expert or environmental activist to give a unique perspective on the issue at hand. Environmental Missouri argues that we should teach our children well; instead of trying to sweep problems under the rug, it’s time to tackle them head on and guide the way to a more sustainable future.
Don Corrigan is a long-time journalism educator at Webster University in St. Louis and well-known weekly newspaper editor and writer. In addition to his extensive international travels, he has produced award-winning outdoor and environmental books and articles, as well as garnered Messing, Kemper and College Media Association excellence in teaching awards. He directs the Outdoor/Environmental Journalism Certificate at Webster University, which has brought him recognition from the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and a distinguished achievement award from the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.