Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex

Desired Trend

Up

Current Trend

Up
Baseline (2017): 44
Current (2018): 50

Theme Collaborative

Definition

Average number of people in attendance per month at the Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex

Why is it Important?

The Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex (the Lab) provides a collaborative meeting and working space for people working on OneSTL plan implementation. The Lab is a regularly scheduled monthly opportunity to share successes, discuss lessons learned, and confer on solutions to challenges related to advancing sustainability in the St. Louis region. On the last Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 7:00 PM, the Lab is hosted at T-Rex (5th Floor, 911 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101).

Each Lab includes multiple sessions that cover different topics through group discussions, information/learning sessions, problem solving, and panel discussions; social space for networking; one-on-one mentoring for youth and young professionals; physical space for collaboration; and opportunities for businesses to get involved. The goals of the Lab are to facilitate greater regional collaboration by bringing people together from different cities, counties, sectors, specialties, and ideologies; better use of academic, research, public, and private resources; opening up new lines of communication; sharing plans and ideas; and partnering on grant opportunities.

Information on upcoming Labs, as well as past Labs, can be found at http://www.onestl.org/get-involved/regional-initiatives/sustainability-lab.

How are we Doing?

In 2018, an average of 50 people attended the 11 sustainability labs. This is greater average attendance than was seen at the six labs that were held in 2017. The kickoff event on May 31, 2017 hosted over 100 attendees. The labs covered a variety of topics important to furthering sustainability in the region, including the following:

  • Linking community health planning and sustainability
  • Food access: creating a brand for the region’s environmentally friendly farmers
  • EcoBlock – designing ownership models for inclusion, equity, & democracy
  • Making green work: sustainability for startups
  • Community benefit agreements
  • Exploring transportation and distribution operations for small, local farms
  • Energy and climate change are civil rights issues
  • Discussion on conducting a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emission Inventory

Geographic Level

St. Louis eight county bi-state region, including Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties and city of St. Louis in Missouri and Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois. View map.

Notes

Not Applicable

Data Sources

OneSTL