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Energy and Emissions

Target: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline.

Background: Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are compounds that prevent heat from escaping the earth’s atmosphere and are recognized as a contributor to global climate change. Working to bring levels down can have other benefits such as cleaner air and water, cost savings through more efficient transportation and buildings, job creation through entrepreneurship and technological innovation, and other economic development opportunities.

Structure: The Energy and Emissions Working Group is led by individuals from the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter and Washington University Office of Sustainability. 

Activities: Short-term goals for the Working Group include:

  • Collecting data and creating a regional greenhouse gas inventory.
  • Assist City of St. Louis with technical items relative to activities for implementation of the American Cities Climate Challenge program funded by the Bloomberg Foundation.
  • Developing a regional climate collaborative committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

What you can do:


  • Install a programmable thermostat and create a schedule that automatically adjusts temperatures during the day and at night
  • Replace all showerheads with low-flow units (1.8 gpm or less) and replace all lights with LEDs
  • Ensure all doors and windows have good weather-stripping and storm windows/doors
  • Get an energy audit to identify more opportunities for energy conservation
  • Walk, bike, carpool, or take transit


  • Adopt, publish, and work to achieve an organizational carbon reduction goal
  • Use utility incentives to implement energy efficiency measures, starting with:
  • Retro-commission large and high-use building – retro-commissioning is the process of fine-tuning existing buildings
  • Replace all lights with LEDs
  • Benchmark and analyze the energy use of buildings in your portfolio to prioritize buildings for energy efficiency measures. Sign on to the regional voluntary energy benchmarking campaign to connect with resources and compare your buildings with others in the region –
  • Install solar on your buildings and pursue off-site renewable energy through utility green tariffs or power purchase agreements
  • Provide support and incentives for employees to walk, bike, carpool, or take transit to work
  • If you implemented an energy saving project, let us know about it here.

The following organizations Support* or Commit** to assisting with this Target.
The organizations identified with *** signed the Washington University Emissions Reduction Commitment.

Ameren Missouri***
Bi-State Development*    
Citizens for Modern Transit*    
City of Clayton, MO***
City of St. Louis***
Commerce Bancshares***
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center***
Global Products, Inc**
Green Dining Alliance / St. Louis Earth Day**
Harris-Stowe State University***
Heartlands Conservancy*
Illinois Green Economy Network***
International Society of Sustainability Professionals StL Chapter*
Lewis and Clark Community College***
Linda Goldstein Consulting*    
MBS Urban Initiaves CDE, LLC**    
Missouri Coalition for the Environment***
Missouri Energy Initiatve***
Missouri Foundation for Health***
Nine Network of Public Media**
Renew Missouri***
Sitton Energy Solutions**
St. Louis Community College***
The Nature Conservancy in Missouri*    
Univeristy of Missouri - St. Louis***
University City, MO*    
US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter***
Washington University in St. Louis***