About Us

Overview

What is OneSTL?

OneSTL is a collaboration of individuals and organizations from across the St. Louis region.  The intent of the effort is to build the capacity of local and regional leaders to implement sustainable practices by sharing knowledge, best practices, and resources; connecting local, regional, state and federal planning efforts; and making federal and local investments more effective and efficient.  OneSTL includes the printed planning document, the Sustainable Solutions Toolkit, a library of sustainability Resources, the St. Louis Regional Data Exchange, and the OneSTL Network.

What is “sustainable development"?

"Sustainable Development” often defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Through the planning process, the St. Louis region specified that "sustainable development” means developing and maintaining a strong economy while supporting the physical amenities of a healthy community, including clean water and air, attractive and accessible recreation, good education opportunities, safe streets and neighborhoods, and effective transportation services.

How will the plan be implemented?

Recognizing the diversity and variety of planning challenges in the region, OneSTL is a flexible guide inclusive of a variety of options to enhance sustainability. The OneSTL Network will implement the plan by pursuing relevant strategies and coordinating with on another.  The recommendations in OneSTL are not mandatory or binding, therefore, agencies throughout the region will be encouraged to endorse the plan and consider incorporating goals objectives and strategies into their planning processes.

How was OneSTL developed?

OneSTL was created through a Sustainable Communities Initiative regional planning grant.  Eleven partner organizations collaborated on the effort and employed input  from seven committees that involved over 200 members.  Additionally, seventy-five pubic meetings were held across the region to gather input from residents.  For more information, visit the project Background page.