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The Sustainability Labs are hubs of collaboration for people working on, learning about, and advocating for sustainability. The Sustainability Lab was initially established in partnership with T-Rex to give the many organizations working on projects related to OneSTL the opportunity to meet regularly and share their successes, lessons and challenges. By forming a ‘sustainability lab' we have provided space for innovation, creativity, and collaboration; merging the often independent efforts of public and private sectors; and strive to achieve shared goals for the region, for organizations, for our communities and for ourselves on positively impacting equity, the environment and the economy. The Sustainability Lab has been expanded to Alton and St. Peters to make it accessible for more community members in the region.

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Sustainability Lab on Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Building Circularity

3:30pm-5:00pm Presentations/discussion
5:00-6:00pm Networking (in-person only)

Join on Zoom: 
Join in person: (Please note the Lab this month will be in a different space)
T-REX (911 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO)
Geosuraus South Classroom (4th Floor)

The November Sustainability Lab will focus on circularity and local actions taking place to realize an economic system that eliminates waste. The Lab will be moderated by CircularSTL, a collaborative group founded in 2022 that works to develop a circular economy by engaging businesses, government, community groups, nonprofits, academia, and individuals to highlight innovative initiatives that work toward the goal of eliminating waste. Similar coalitions in other cities have been successful in sharing innovative business ideas and promoting local policies that reduce waste. To learn more about CircularSTL, visit

Presentations will be given from four local organizations that use innovative ways to eliminate waste in the St. Louis bi-state area. Dr. Jess Watson from earthday365 will discuss the launch of the Kind Box program, the region's first reusable To Go container program in Green Dining Alliance restaurants. Jordan Blackhurst from Dharma+Dwell refill shop will discuss the refill model and how to encourage the behavior change needed to reduce waste. Katie Carpenter from Perennial will discuss projects including Perennial's popular "Community Clothing Swap" and Repair Fair. Finally, Kurt Dreiser from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company will discuss how they have designed circular processes into their operations, such as diverting spent grain and yeast to be utilized for animal feed and ethanol. CircularSTL hopes that by sharing these ideas, these types of projects can be replicated and grow in popularity across the region. Attendees will be invited to give input on other ideas to promote circularity and what other projects they would like to see from CircularSTL.

This Sustainability Lab will be hybrid, so you have the option to come to T-REX or log in on Zoom. To reduce carbon emissions, you can plan your trip using public transit here

Zoom Info: 

Meeting ID: 844 6967 2587
Passcode: 226558

Click here to download a calendar invite for this event.

(As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we ask that all attendees take appropriate precautions such as getting vaccinated, maintaining social distance, wearing a mask when in proximity to more than three people, and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer frequently.)


Past Labs

October 25, 2022 - Agenda, session notes
September 27, 2022 - Agenda, session notes
August 30, 2022 - Agenda
June 28, 2022 - Agenda
May 31, 2022 -  Agenda
March 29, 2022 - Agenda
November 30, 2021 - Agenda
October 23, 2021 - Agenda, Recording
September 29, 2021 - Agenda, Recording
August 31, 2021 - Agenda
July 27, 2021 - Agenda
June 29, 2021 - Agenda
May 25, 2021 - Agenda, Recording
April 27, 2021 - Agenda, Video available via Facebook
March 30, 2021 - Agenda, Video of the presentation available via Facebook
February 23, 2021 - Agenda, MRCTI Plastic Pollution Reduction Initiative Presentation
January 26, 2021 - Agenda
October 27, 2020 - Agenda
September 29, 2020 - Agenda
August 25, 2020 - Agenda
July 28, 2020 - Agenda
June 30, 2020 - Agenda
May 26, 2020 - Agenda
April 28, 2020 - Agenda
March 31, 2020 - Agenda
February 25, 2020 - Agenda
January 28, 2020 - Agenda
October 29, 2019 - Agenda
September 24, 2019 - Agenda
August 27, 2019 - Agenda
July 30, 2019 - Agenda, Zero Waste presentation, Recycle Responsibly presentation
June 25, 2019 - Agenda
May 28, 2019 - Agenda
April 30, 2019 - Agenda, Climate Change in the Midwest presentation
March 26, 2019 - Agenda
February 26, 2019 - Agenda, Energy 101 presentation, Clean Energy survey
January 29, 2019 - Agenda
November 27, 2018 - Agenda, Stormwater presentation and video
October 30, 2018 - Agenda
September 25, 2018 - Agenda, Sustainability Drivers video,
August 28, 2018 - Agenda, notes
July 31, 2018 - Agenda, Boards presentation
June 26, 2018 - Agenda
May 29, 2018 - Agenda, E-Cab presentation, Regent Power info
April 24, 2018 - Agenda
March 27, 2018 - Agenda
February 27, 2018 - Agenda, presentation, notes
January 31, 2018 - Agenda, Community Health presentation, NAACP, Dutchtown, Food, ISSP, EcoBlock
November 28, 2017 - Agenda, Food Access, Restorative Design, Energy, GHG Inventory, ISSP
October 31, 2017 - Agenda, MODOT Consent Decree, EcoBlock
September 26, 2017 - Agenda, Sustainability for Startups, CBAs, Ecovillage, Food Transportation
August 29, 2017 - Agenda, Biodiversity, Green Schools Quest, Media Literacy
July 25, 2017 - Agenda, Food session notes, Green Infrastructure session notes, New Market notes, Green Dining Alliance notes
June 28, 2017 - Agenda, Waste session notes, Greenhouse gas notes, Communications notes, Tom Blair presentation.
May 31, 2017 - Opening presentation, Discussion group notes.