BULLET Read About Our Air – a partnership of the St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis Community Air Project (CAP)
The St. Louis Public Library in partnership with the St. Louis Community Air Project developed a list of books, videos and other library materials to help people learn more about environmental issues.
Organizations | Websites | Videos | Books for Adults | Books for Youth | Teacher's Corner


The following organizations are active in pro-moting cleaner and healthier air in St. Louis.

American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri
Fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health.

Choose Environmental Excellence – Gateway Region
Promotes environmental excellence in Greater St. Louis through partnerships with individuals, organizations, businesses, and government.
Website recommends simple steps to take towards environmental excellence and features a local recycling/pollution prevention database. e-mail:

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Gateway Center for Resource Efficiency
"In the Air: Tools for Learning About Airborne Toxics Across the Curriculum" consists of five educational modules from kindergarten through adults. Contact: Glenda Abney

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri Coalition for the Environment

St. Louis Community Air Project (CAP)
St. Louis CAP is a broad-based collaborative effort, which seeks to improve residents’ health by identifying and reducing air pollutants in St. Louis urban areas. Our Goal is Healthier Air! e-mail:
314-533-9104 x 205

St. Louis Earth Day
Coordinates Annual Earth Day Festival (on the Muny Grounds at Forest Park on Sunday, April 27, 2003) and Earth Day Around Town activities. Visit this website to get your Earth Day passport! e-mail:

St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership
Responsible for air quality forecasting during summer months and the voluntary efforts to reduce of ground-level ozone (smog) in the region.

Sierra Club of Eastern Missouri

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7

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The following websites and books are helpful sources to learn more about air pollution, other environment issues, and what we can all do for a cleaner and healthier planet.

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Ever wonder what’s floating around in the air? Here’s the place to learn!

Clean Air Counts
Highlights air quality improvement campaigns that can be carried out by households, communi- ties, governments, developers, and businesses.

Easy Breathers
Investigates the causes and impacts of air pollution (especially related to transportation) and introduces old and new technologies that can help solve the problem.

How Ozone Pollution Works
Learn what ground-level ozone is, how it’s produced, what health hazards it poses, and what you can do to reduce it.

Kids For Saving the Earth
Conservation, endangered species, rainforests, forests, toxic waste sites, health issues, and many more ecological concerns are covered on this website.

Smog City
An interactive game that shows how your choices, environmental factors, and land use contribute to air pollution.

U.S. EPA Environmental Explorer’s Club
Games, pictures, and stories that explore our environment and what we can do to protect it.

U.S. EPA Environmental Explorer’s Club – Air Page

U.S. EPA, Region 7, Charlie’s Corner
Activities and information about environmental issues in our EPA region.

U.S. EPA Student Center – Air Page
Links to over a dozen websites where you can learn more about air pollution and its causes.

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Easy Breathers. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The Importance of Clean Air. Roosevelt High School and St. Louis CAP.

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Books for Adults

capcolor.gif (3531 bytes)Air Pollution Control Program Report 2000. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 2001.

Bell, Nigel. Air Pollution and Plant Life. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2002.

Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1991.   (non-circulating)

Clean Air Program: Design Guidelines for Bus Transit Systems Using Alcohol Fuel (Methanol and Ethanol) as an Alternative Fuel. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1996.

Community-Based Environmental Protection: A Resource Book for Protecting Ecosystems and Communities. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1997.

Council on Environmental Quality. President Clinton and Vice President Gore: A Healthy Environment for the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000.

Dadd, Debra Lynn. Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Everyday Toxins and Harmful Household Products . New York, N.Y: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1997.

Environmental Trends. Washington, D.C.: Council on Environmental Quality, 1989.

EPA’s State and Local Climate Change Outreach Kit. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2000. (CD-ROM)

Federal Air Quality Research 1998-2000. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1999.

Godish, Thad. Air Quality. Boca Raton, FL.: CRC/Lewis Publishers, 1997.

Goldstein, Inge F. and Martin Goldstein. How Much Risk? A Guide to Understanding Environmental Health Hazards. New York, N.Y: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Harris, Marjorie. The Green Book of Household Hints: Keeping an Efficient and Ecologically Sound Home. Buffalo, N.Y: Firefly Books, 2001.

Hoffmann, Peter. Tomorrow’s Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001.

Inventory of Missouri’s Estimated Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 1990. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 1996.   (non-circulating)

McNeill, J.R. Something New Under the Sun: an Environmental History of the Twentieth Century. New York: Norton, 2000.

Miller, E. Willard. Environmental Hazards: Air Pollution, A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1989.

Missouri’s Natural Resources: A 1999 Progress Report on Our Water, Air and Land. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 1999.

Moore, Gary S. Living with the Earth: Concepts in Environmental Health Science. Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers, 1999.

An Organizational Guide to Pollution Prevention. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2001.

Pearce, Fred. Global Warming. New York: DK Publishing, 2002.

Rifkin, Jeremy. The Hydrogen Economy: the Creation of the Worldwide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth. New York, N.Y: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002.

Siegel-Maier, Karyn. The Naturally Clean Home: Over 100 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Nontoxic Cleansers. North Adams, MA: Storey Books, 1999.

The State of Garbage in Missouri, 1999. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 1999.  (non-circulating)

Steinman, David and Samuel S. Epstein. The Safe Shopper’s Bible: A Consumer’s Guide to Nontoxic Household Products,Cosmetics, and Food. New York, N.Y: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 1995.

Sustainable America: A New Consensus for Prosperity, Opportunity, and a Healthy Environment for the Future. Washington, D.C.: The President’s Council on Sustainable Development, 1996.

Taking Toxics Out of the Air. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2000. EP 4.52:T 66

Turco, Richard P. Earth Under Siege: From Air Pollution to Global Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Turner, Martyn. The Whole World’s Watching: Decarbonizing the Economy and Saving the World. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2001.

U.S. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment. Changing by Degrees: Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gases. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1991.

Urban Atmosphere and Its Effects. River Edge, N.J. : World Scientific Publishing, Inc., 1999.

Wolverton, B.C. How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify your Home or Office. New York, N.Y: Penguin Books, 1997.

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Books for Youth

cleanair2.gif (1680 bytes)Air Pollution by Rhonda Lucas Donald (Children’s Press, 2001).
One of the True Books on the Environment Series, this is an excellent introduction to air pollution issues.

Cleaning the Air by Sharon Dalgleish (Chelsea House Publishers, 2003).
An entertaining introduction to air pollution that explains the problem and offers practical ways that teens can solve it in their community.

Earth Under Siege: From Air Pollution to Global Change by Richard P. Turco (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Provides a basic understanding of how our physical environment functions and how human activities affect it.

State of the World 2003 by Worldwatch Institute
(W. Norton & Company, 2003). A comprehensive analysis of the global environmental problems we face, together with detailed descriptions of practical, innovative solutions.

Whether young or old, these picture books remind us how precious the environment is.

Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
The Story of the Three Kingdoms by Walter Dean Meyers.
A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry.
Wilson’s World by Edith Thacher Hurd.

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Teacher's Corner

Easy Breathers’ Classroom
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Gateway Center for Resource Efficiency
Developing educational modules on air pollution for K-12 and adults that will be available in summer 2003. Contact Emily Andrews at 314-533-9104 or with the St. Louis CAP to request a copy of the modules.

Tools for Schools
An easy-to-implement, low cost program designed to improve indoor air quality in schools. Download it from EPA’s website, or Call the American Lung Association for more information.
(314) 645-5505

U.S. EPA Environmental Education Center

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