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Articles in Environment

Residents who live in Springfield now have the option of receiving a tree in exchange for allowing sidewalks to be built in their neighborhoods. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.

Mayor Bob Stephens Collaborates With Community/ Photo Credit: Shannon Bowers

The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services is exploring the possibility of a $2.5 million community greenhouse. This greenhouse would be unique to Missouri because it would be kept warm in the winter from renewable energy provided by trash. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has this report.

Bicycle Wheel

It’s time to get out your trusty, rusty bike or lace up your walking shoes:  next week is Springfield’s annual “Bike to Work Week.”  The event is hosted by Ozark Greenways, and the idea is to leave the car behind at least one day and instead use a bike, bus, or your legs to get to your destination.   As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, organizers want the public to learn what’s available to them.

Sierra Club Asks Empire Electric Shareholders to Adopt a More Energy Efficient Plan

A grassroots environmental group, the Missouri Sierra Club, is asking the Empire District Electric Company, based in Joplin, to adopt a new plan that is more energy efficient. Last week, investors took a vote on the proposed changes at the company’s annual stockholder meeting. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.

When you think of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield you probably think of the Civil War, or battle reenactments. But each Saturday night in May, visitors won’t hear gunshots--instead, they’ll hear music. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.

One Way to Gauge the Health of Local Waterways? Check the Ozark Hellbender Population

The Ozark Hellbender--that's a salamandar, by the way--resides in the White River system that flows along the Missouri-Arkansas border. Hellbenders have been on the Endangered Species list for decades, a fact some blame on the low water quality of Ozarks waterways. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.


Many people across the Ozarks like to know the source of the food they’re putting in their mouths; for example, were pesticides used on these bell peppers? Or, did this milk come from cows that were given growth hormones?  In Peace Valley, Missouri – that’s in south-central Missouri—KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson traces the food source of chickens that will soon be appearing in some health food stores across the Ozarks.

YMCA campers last summer at Camp Wakonda swimming pool.

For those parents with young, active children, summer can be tricky to find activities to burn off that energy. To help out working parents, a few organizations around Springfield offer a variety of kids’ programs all summer long. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

Running shoes

For most of us, the thought of running a marathon seems grueling enough. But there are runners who compete in so-called ultra-marathons: at 50 miles, that’s nearly twice the length of a traditional marathon course. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the Frisco Railroad Run is not for the faint of heart, and it’s taking place in our area this weekend.