Sustainable Projects by Issue

Education

  • Green Cities Challenge

    The Earthways Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden launched the Green Cities Challenge in 2015 This challenge uses the same structure and approach as the Green Business Challenge.

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  • Green Spiral Tours

    Green Spiral Tours is a social enterprise designed to connect families and nature, primarily through “flash-mob field trips” to interesting nature places in the Saint Louis area.  We are seeking donations to develop an environmentally-based game and tour map.

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  • The College School - Jan Phillips Learning Center

    The Jan Phillips Learning Center is designed to connect people with nature and advocate a sustainability ethic for our region.  Upon completion, this 6,550 square foot complex will not only promote The College School’s long held values of conservation and sustainability but will serve as a regional headquarters for sustainable conversations, learning and inspiration.

    The learning center will be one of eight Living Building Challenge structures in the world, widely considered to represent the highest level of achievement in a green building rating system even above the better-known LEED certification.  A 501c3 non-profit organization, The College School is seeking direct donations to assist with construction costs and support staffing to design and implement visitor and community events.

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  • The Green House Venture

    The Green House Venture is a project proposed by St. Louis University, the Shaw neighborhood, and the Urban Education Alliance District.  The Venture will be an 8,000 square foot science education and outreach facility, to be located at the corner of Lawrence and DeTony Street in the Shaw neighborhood of south St. Louis.  The Venture is seeking to raise $4,000,000 for the construction of the facility.

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  • The Sweet Potato Project

    The Sweet Potato Project is a program offered by the North Area Community Development Corporation (NACDC).The project was designed to promote urban farming, basic business skills, healthy behaviors, and healthy choices among youth in low-income communities. The Sweet Potato Project needs assistance through donations, volunteers, mentors, and buy purchasing goods the students produce.

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Energy Efficiency

Housing

  • Invest STL

    Invest STL is a community economic development system  established with a focus on revitalization in distressed places and "middle market" neighborhoods.  The founders of the system are seeking to create: 1) a $5 million loan pool, 2) a $1.5 - 5.5 million philanthrop pool, and 3) a $1.25 million loan loss reserve fund.

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Job Creation

  • EarthDance Farms – Farm School Youth Jobs

    EarthDance is a 501c3 non-profit organization that operates an Organic Farm School on the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi. Located in a peri-urban neighborhood of North St. Louis County, the historic Mueller Farm was established in 1883, before the City of Ferguson (in which the farm is located) was founded.  Earthdance is seeking donations to expand their youth work programs.

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  • Invest STL

    Invest STL is a community economic development system  established with a focus on revitalization in distressed places and "middle market" neighborhoods.  The founders of the system are seeking to create: 1) a $5 million loan pool, 2) a $1.5 - 5.5 million philanthrop pool, and 3) a $1.25 million loan loss reserve fund.

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Local Food/Urban Agriculture

  • FOOD ROOF Farm

    Urban Harvest STL grows healthy food and a healthy community on the FOOD ROOF Farm in downtown St Louis. We engage and educate the community in the local food system and donate food to people who need it the most.

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  • Make Health Happen

    The East St. Louis Make Health Happen partnership consists of local community organizations working together to improve food access in East St. Louis, Illinois.   The Corner store initiative works to increase access to healthy food while building demand in the community through education and promotion of healthy food options.   We are working with corner stores to promote healthy items in their stores while working to increase the number of healthful options offered throughout the community.   Additionally, our community partners are currently working to improve access to nutrition information by providing healthy cooking demonstrations and direct and series based nutrition education.  We continue to look for opportunities to collaborate with community partners that can provide their time, talents and resources to this initiative.  We are seeking direct donations in the form of monetary donations or equipment donations such as baskets, racks, and small grocery display coolers.  Additionally, we are in need of technical assistance related to food procurement and small business expertise that might serve as mentors to local corner stores.

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  • The Green House Venture

    The Green House Venture is a project proposed by St. Louis University, the Shaw neighborhood, and the Urban Education Alliance District.  The Venture will be an 8,000 square foot science education and outreach facility, to be located at the corner of Lawrence and DeTony Street in the Shaw neighborhood of south St. Louis.  The Venture is seeking to raise $4,000,000 for the construction of the facility.

    Read more...

  • The Sweet Potato Project

    The Sweet Potato Project is a program offered by the North Area Community Development Corporation (NACDC).The project was designed to promote urban farming, basic business skills, healthy behaviors, and healthy choices among youth in low-income communities. The Sweet Potato Project needs assistance through donations, volunteers, mentors, and buy purchasing goods the students produce.

    Read more...

Native Plants/Trees

  • Metro East ReLeaf Project

    The Metro East ReLeaf Project is an initiative proposed by Hearthlands Conservancy to reforest the urbanized areas of the St. Louis Metro East region to improve air quality, enhance community health, and promote economic development. The goal is to plan for, plant, and manage 21,000+ new trees in the metro east. This project involves creating a regional urban forestry program, which will provide a tree inventory, maintenance plan, planting plans, ordinance development, and tree acquisition for 64 metro east communities. The project requires an investment of $100,000 per year for 15 years, or $1.5 million total.

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Stormwater/Flooding

Transportation

Research

  • The College School - Jan Phillips Learning Center

    The Jan Phillips Learning Center is designed to connect people with nature and advocate a sustainability ethic for our region.  Upon completion, this 6,550 square foot complex will not only promote The College School’s long held values of conservation and sustainability but will serve as a regional headquarters for sustainable conversations, learning and inspiration.

    The learning center will be one of eight Living Building Challenge structures in the world, widely considered to represent the highest level of achievement in a green building rating system even above the better-known LEED certification.  A 501c3 non-profit organization, The College School is seeking direct donations to assist with construction costs and support staffing to design and implement visitor and community events.

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Other

  • Granite City Art and Design District

    The Granite City Art and Design District (GCADD) is a consortium of creative project spaces in downtown Granite City, Illinois. Members and residents of the district are working to clear lots and rehab historic buildings. GCADD is continuously looking for financing opportunities for their next project.

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  • Green Cities Challenge

    The Earthways Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden launched the Green Cities Challenge in 2015 This challenge uses the same structure and approach as the Green Business Challenge.

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  • St. Louis Earth Day

    St. Louis Earth Day (SLED) has built its reputation on its annual Festival, which is now recognized at the 2nd largest Earth Day celebration in the country, but touches over a million individuals through its year-round programming like Recycling On the Go and Green Dining Alliance.  SLED has ongoing efforts to raise donations, sponsorships, and volunteers. http://www.stlouisearthday.org/

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  • The Mounds Initiative

    The Mounds – America’s First Cities initiative is in the process elevating the national designation of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and thematically-connected mound complexes deemed significant and in public ownership as a non-contiguous National Monument/Historical Park in a collaborative partnership with IHPA.

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  • Upper Mississippi River Basin Sustainability Report

    Publish, promote, and distribute a Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) report titled Our Future? A Vision for a Land, Water, and Economic Ethic in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The report, originally prepared in early 2012, provides a truly sustainable approach to managing our natural resources and economy that can be replicated across the country. MCE is seeking $7,000 to cover a gap in printing and promotional costs.

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Art

  • Granite City Art and Design District

    The Granite City Art and Design District (GCADD) is a consortium of creative project spaces in downtown Granite City, Illinois. Members and residents of the district are working to clear lots and rehab historic buildings. GCADD is continuously looking for financing opportunities for their next project.

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