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The 2017 Sustainability Summit partners are proud to announce a successful inaugural St. Louis region-wide sustainability conference that took place on April 5, 2017 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center located on the Washington University campus.  

The 2017 Sustainability Summit covered seven different sustainability topics, listed below.  Sessions were arranged on April 5 to cover some aspect of the topics.  On April 6, a series of working groups discussed goals and strategies related to these topics that organizations across the region could work on.  Click on the Program and Workshop links to the right for more information.

Buildings, Land Use & Community Development

Preservation of our local communities, enhanced access to transportation opportunities, amenities, and community services, and provision of a variety of housing types and affordability to address the diversity of our region’s citizens.

Water & Green Infrastructure

A region with protected and enhanced natural systems will improve the performance of its water supply, flood management, and wastewater infrastructure. A healthy and well-functioning natural environment is also critical to a strong economy and citizen quality of life.

Materials & Recycling

Properly designing and managing products and processes systematically avoids and eliminates the volume and toxicity of waste and materials. Working towards Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.

Energy & Emissions

Aiming to stay below the globally agreed limit of a 2º Celsius rise in global temperatures will take every city, every region, every state and every country’s commitment. The impacts of not reaching this goal will be devastating, especially for the poor and most vulnerable. A carbon neutrality goal will contribute to a region with more efficient & resilient buildings; improved air quality; and increased job opportunities.

Transportation

For all residents in the St. Louis region to have affordable, efficient, accessible transportation options when traveling to work.

Biodiversity

A region characterized by a healthy, connected network of ecologically functional, nature-rich areas is better equipped to enable social, environmental, and economic prosperity for all communities across the urban, suburban, and rural gradient.

Food

Improve the health and well-being of area residents by combating hunger and increasing affordable and equitable access to healthy food. Additionally, promoting economic development and environmental protection through local, sustainable agriculture.