Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex

Desired Trend

Up

Current Trend

Up
Baseline (2017): 44
Current (2019): 47

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). In 2019, the sustainability lab expanded and began hosting labs in Alton and St. Peters as well.

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 2020, due to the pandemic, the format of the Sustainability Labs differed from other years. The labs were held virtually and typically only covered one topic as opposed to covering multiple topics at most in-person labs. Additionally, a key element of the labs that usually draws attendance is the opportunity to network. Therefore, attendance was not tracked for most of the labs in 2020 and any attendance data would not be comparable to other years. However, the labs did continue to provide a space for organizations to come together to share successes and ideas on topics important to the sustainability of the region, including biodiversity, recycling, and food system resilience.

In 2019, an average of 47 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:

  • Global change at a human scale - The People’s Ecochallenge
  • Environmental racism in St. Louis
  • Measuring the impact of dollar stores in food deserts
  • The business of upcycling
  • Grow Solar Metro East
  • EcoPark and iNaturalist
  • BiodiverseCity St. Louis
  • Stormwater management and watershed planning

Geographic Level

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

Notes

Not Applicable

Data Sources

OneSTL