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On a recent weeknight at Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club, several tables were lined with a host of colorful and delectable foods and beverages — Caesar salad, pesto pizza, Thai chicken lettuce wraps, basil lemonade and kale cheesecake.
These delights were part of a Spring Harvest and literally the fruits — well, veggies, to be more exact — of the labors of students participating in the Green St. Louis Machine, an area program that brings aeroponic gardening into the urban classroom.
In June, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter on the environment. I'd like to offer reflections on it.
The title of the letter -- "Laudato Si'" -- is taken from a canticle by St. Francis of Assisi. He's the patron saint not only of Pope Francis' pontificate but also of the environment and those who study the environment. "Care for our common home" is the letter's subtitle.
More than 30 species of native grasses and flowers were planted in 22 acres of the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary grounds in Shrewsbury. Common in the area are yellow and purple coneflowers, black-eyed susan, and wild begamot.
As the sun came up on a sleepy summer morning, the prairies and woodlands teamed with life.
Squirrels and rabbits scampered about, deer ambled nearby and a fox foraged for rodents. Meanwhile, hummingbirds tasted the sweet nectar of purple beebalms, honey bees pollinated prairie wild flowers, and a horse and buggy with human cargo got its kicks on the dirt trail known later as U.S. Route 66.
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Jim Struckel sat in his car -- a sharp-looking compact four-door with an aerodynamic design -- in the shade on the Missouri Botanical Garden's parking lot while reading the daily newspaper.
A closer look showed that his car was hooked up to one of the garden's four electric vehicle charging stations. There is no charge for the use of the charging stations, with a full charge taking between four and five hours.
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St. Vincent de Paul Church just south of Downtown St. Louis -- the third-oldest Catholic church in the City of St. Louis, constructed in 1844 -- is among the most modern in terms of energy conservation.
Solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and more are part of parish pastor Father Edward Murphy's vision to make the buildings more efficient and add to what Pope Francis cited in his encyclical on the environment as the need to progressively replace highly polluting fossil fuels -- especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas.