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CES News and Events

  • Our Climate Science and Stewardship Field Labs with the Missouri Botanical Garden wrapped up in April 2017. These were nine field trips for fifth grade through high school made possible by the CES and Missouri Botanical Garden's EPA Environmental Education grant. Activity topics included climate change, micro-climates, rain water run-off, and ozone bioindicator plants.

Climate Science and Stewardship Field LabsStudents from St. Louis area schools learn how to recognize ozone damage on bioindicator plants in the Plant Lab at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

  • The St. Louis Area East-West Gateway Council of Governments awarded the "Cleaner, Greener Granite City" project an Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award at their annual meeting in November 2016.  "A Visual Approach to Educating the Community on Air Quality" was a winner in the Exemplary Public/Non-profit Collaboration category.

EW-Gateway AwardAccepting the award, from left: Kim Petzing, Madison County Green Schools Program; Jeff Rains, representing the City of Granite City; Linda Aud, United Congregations of Metro-East; Tina Hubert, Six Mile Regional Library District; Kelley Belina, Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University.  Also pictured: Gary Gruenert, SWIC Granite City, Tallin Curran, Six Mile Library District; Linda McDonnell, Six Mile Library District.

  • Read the September 2016 article Clearing the Air on the Cleaner, Greener Granite City initiative, including the Granite City Ozone Garden.

  • The "Climate Science and Stewardship" educator workshop was held at the Missouri Botanical Garden from July 20-22, 2016.  Teachers from across the St. Louis Metro Area learned about climate and global change issues.  Ozone bioindicator plants were highlighted, as well as other projects and activities such as MO Dirt.

MBG teacher workshopA few images from the Missouri Botanical Garden's Climate Science and Stewardship educator workshop.

  • In May 2016 USDA-ARS engineer Sam Ray traveled from Raleigh, NC to Saint Louis University to work on building our prototype educational Ozone Chamber.  Dubbed the first "On-the-Go Ozone Chamber" it was installed in the Missouri Botanical Garden's new Plant Lab classroom.  It will be used to expose bioindicator plants to elevated ozone concentrations for use in teacher workshops and student field trips.

Sam and chamberSam and the ozone chamber.

  • On April 1st, 2016 Kelley Belina of SLU's CES helped kick-off of the new "Cleaner, Greener Granite City Air Quality Program."  Funded by an EPA grant award to the United Congregations of the Metro-East, the project features a new Ozone Garden located in Granite City, IL.

  • January 2016: We are pleased to announce SLU's CES has received an EPA Environmental Education grant award!  We will be partnering with the Missouri Botanical Garden to design teaching chambers for exposing plants to ozone indoors, and create related educational content.  Look for more on this project throughout the year.

USDA-ARS chambers 2016Kent Burkey, Jack Fishman, and Sam Ray inspect USDA-ARS research chambers that will be repurposed for education.

  •  Saint Louis University hosted the 9th NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team (AQAST) meeting, June 2-4, 2015.

AQAST at SLSC Ozone Garden June 2015Jack Fishman and Kelley Belina answer questions from the AQAST team at the Saint Louis Science Center Ozone Garden.

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