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Whenever I have an important test that I need to study for or a major paper that I need to write, I go to the Mercantile Library. Underneath the library's iconic pyramid is a nice study area with long tables and fairly comfortable chairs. This is the place where I get most of my work done. This study area does not need any additional lighting during the day because the pyramid allows the perfect amount of natural light into the room. At night, when natural lighting is no longer a viable option, this study area utilizes smaller and less powerful lamps to conserve energy. This serves to both create a calming study environment and cut back on the university's electricity use.
As a student at UMSL, the cost of a semester's MetroLink pass is given to me for free, provided that I am enrolled in at least nine credit hours that semester. With this pass, I can ride the MetroLink and any of the Bi-State buses in the Saint Louis area. This past semester at UMSL, I have saved a lot of money on gas by riding the Metrolink whenever possible. The Metrolink has convenient stops at the Delmar Loop, Forest Park, Union Station, and many other points of interest in the Saint Louis area. I enjoy having this form of public transportation close to my dormitory because I can save money on gas and cut back on my carbon footprint at the same time.
UMSL's Res Life has also added a battery recycling to Oak Hall. The bucket for batteries is located in the lobby of Oak Hall and has a sign indicating that it is for batteries only.
For all of those who are wondering what will become/ is becoming of this "overgrown" garden, a current team of students enrolled in the honors Urban Ecology class is working to replant and redesign the courtyard. The goal of the team is to renovate the space so it will be a nice place to work and have class. The team is currently planning to plant native Missouri plants that will grow very well in the area between the buildings. As a result, the soil and plants will help to hold rainwater runoff, and prevent erosion of the stream and other watershed areas. Not only will it help to slow runoff, it will also help to clean the water that may have toxins. In the long run this will help UMSL work to make university campuses more green.
This bike rack is located to the left of the main doors into UMSL's Provencial House. As a current student at UMSL I personally get a lot of use out of the various bike racks arounds campus.
By placing the bike rack at the Pierre Laclede Honors College, UMSL encourages students to find alternative transportation, other than personal vehicles. UMSL is known as a commuter school and many students will simply get in thier car and drive the 1 mile to the other side of campus. Due to the high amout of commuting students there are constantly cars releasing toxins that harm our invironment, and also create potential danger for pedistrians and bikers. By encouraging biking, UMSL not only helps to reduce toxins, but also lets students become healthier from exercise. This bike rack does more than meets the eye.
The lake is also excellent place for paddlers without a lot of time. Whenever I don't have a weekend - or even a day - to spare, Creve Coeur Lake is a nice little place to get out and paddle. There are always some egrets and blue heron to be seen and there is almost always a breeze to keep you cool while you paddle. So get over there and keep loose!
Bowood Farms is an excellent place for information. I recently attended their "Know Maintenance Natives" workshop. They provided a lot of useful information on native plant gardening along with some Q&A. The staff there is very friendly and helpful, they didn't mind taking the time to answer the abundant questions I had. I would highly recommend them for their service and top quality products.
On campus there are some items that you can and can’t throw into the recycling bins.
Paper items go into the blue bins near buildings around campus. This items include:
-Any type of light-weight paper
-staples, paper clips, rubber bands, tape
However, does not include:
-large metal clips
-metal three-ring binders
-brown packing paper
As for plastic items they go into the large white plastic bins around campus.
Plastics that can go into the bins:
Plastic #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and clean plastic grocery and shopping bags (Most plastic items will say if they are#1-7 plastic)
However you can throw in:
Plastic # 6 (Beware: some of the to-go containers in the Nosh are #6)
Aluminum and Glass can be placed in the large white bins.
Items that can go into the bins:
Any aluminum cans, aluminum foil, or aluminum packaging, and glass containers.
Items that cannot go into the bins:
Tin or steel, so for example any soup cans or tuna cans.
Please note: Containers to be recycled need to be relatively clean. No food waste PLEASE! For bottles, please leave the cap on if the bottle has not been rinsed out.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is host to a number of cultural and ecological events, while also functioning as a research facility.
Overpriced, but has a good reputation of being a green establishment.
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