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Acting and Recycling Responsibly in a COVID-19 World

With the recent increase in your trips to the grocery store, curbside food pick-up, and home delivery you are likely ending up with more and more items that need to be recycled. In particular, plastic bags. To prevent introducing outside contaminants, many retailers are not allowing customers to bring reuseable bags into stores. The good news is you still have environmentally friendly options during these times. 

Here are some ways you can make a difference as you navigate COVID-19

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar (details coming soon)

3:45 - 4:45: Dance a Catalyst for Social ChangeConsuming Kinetics Dance Company (CKDC)

CKDC will be presenting via a webinar on Zoom with presenting partner T-Rex.

CKDC hopes to model how every single person has the power to create change, and how they are using dance and performance arts as a vehicle for community organizing, culture-shifting, and public activism. CKDC will be exploring the interweaving of dance, performance art, and sustainability. They will discuss their season concerts (including the postponed Human Disturbance show), the organization's journey to achieving zero waste, and the community initiative, Kinetic Community Connections. 

The Spring 2021, performance Human Disturbance is an interrogation, through contemporary dance, of humankind's impact on the Earth. The choreographers will explore how the performance pieces address many challenges we face including climate change, over consumption, conservation, and natural disasters and approaches to addressing these concerns. 

Presenters include:

Arica Brown CKDC Founder/ Artistic and Executive Director, Amanda Hoyt, Compant Educator and Dancer, Ashreale McDowell, Assistant Artisitc Director and Resident Choreographer, Kat Nortin, Associate Director and Resident Choreographer, Cyrus Coble, Company Educator, Dancer and Video Artist, Katrin Allen, Junior Company Dancer, Quinn Dorsey, Junior Company Dancer, and Rachel Strader, Company Educator and Dancer, and Co-Founder of a nre nonprofit whose mission is to keep textiles out of landfills.

Zoom webinar details https://zoom.us/j/95584467265 meeting ID: 955 8446 7265 or call in at 1(929)436-2866, 9558446726#

Building Resilient Food Systems More Info and Resources

Did you miss the April Sustainability Lab?

No worries you can watch it by clicking the image below, or check out this great blog post Hungry for Change written by Jenn DeRose.

Are you interested in a more reslient food system?

Known & Grown STL is a great resource on how to get local, sustainably-raised food from environmentally-responsible farmers

Do you want to buy local food via curbside and delivery services?

Click here to see what farmers offer online ordering, deliveries, and pickups, and where to get local products during the pandemic.
This resource also includes information about CSAs, farmers markets, and restaurants that source locally who are offering curbside
and delivery services. It is updated regularly to stay as accurate as possible.

Slow Food STL offers this guide to farmers markets in the region.

How can you avoid "greenwashing" at the grocery store? 

Here is a great guide from Consumer Reports

Do you want to keep up to date with local food news? 

Of course you do! Sign up for the Known & Grown STL newsletter and follow them on Facebook!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar (details below description)

3:45 - 4:30: Building Food System Resilience During and After Covid presented by Known & Grown STL

Jenn DeRose, Known & Grown STL Manager and Rae Miller Local Food Coordinator for Missouri Coalition for the Environment will be presenting via a webinar on Zoom with presenting partner T-Rex.

Join Known & Grown STL for a discussion about how local food has pivoted during the pandemic and how to help build a more resilient food system in the future.

The webinar will be best via a computer or tablet and can be accessed by clicking this link https://zoom.us/j/94604236504

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the zoom webinar (details below description)

3:45 - 4:30: iNaturalist Home Explorers Training Edition

Michael Dawson, Conservation Education Liaison for the St. Louis Zoo will be presenting an Training Edition session via a webinar on zoom with presenting partner Ecochallenge.org.

iNaturalist is an online and mobile platform to identify, collect, record, and share nature findings in your area and to meet other nature enthusiasts virtually. He will walk us through iNaturalist observations and how to get involved in a few local projects so that you can to be a citizen scientist and contribute to sharing knowledge on biodiversity in the region.

The webinar will be best via a computer or tablet and can be accessed by clicking this link https://zoom.us/j/861699977

You may also dial into the meeting at +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799 and enter the webinar ID: 861 699 977.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Sustainability Lab Agenda

The Lab will be held in two locations Alton and St. Louis.


St. Louis Location

(T-Rex, 911 Washington Ave, 5th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101)

Open networking will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the T-Rex common area on the 5th floor.

3:30 - 3:45: Check-in
3:45 - 5:15: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure - two presentations

Drive Clean. Drive Electric.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are getting increasing attention in the automotive world and from consumers. Bryan Shannon, will speak on the benefits of EVs. Come to learn how Ameren Missouri is working to enable and accelerate electrification of transportation and why it is such a win for everyone. Hear about Ameren Missouri's new incentive program for busiesses to install EV charging as well as efforts to develop statewide fast charging for long distance travel.

Presented by: Bryan Shannon, Business Development Manager, On-Road Electrification, Ameren Missouri 

EV Charge-sharing in Downtown STL

SoLis Mobility will open the first of its EV "charge-sharing" locations near the intersection of Market Street and Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis in May 2020. Luke Schuette will share how the new EV charging infrastructure integrates with sustainable design and development through materials, renewable solar energy, car sharing, healthy grab-and-go food, and more. 

Presented by: Luke Schuette, President and Founder, SoLis Mobility, LLC  

5:30 - 7:00: OneSTL 2020 Sustainability Summit Planning Committees Meeting

 

Alton Location

(The Old Bakery Beer Company 400 Landmarks Blvd, Alton, IL 62002)

5:00 - 5:30: Check-in and Networking
5:30 - 6:45: Known & Grown STL: Farming in America - Improving Our Food Systems

Farming in America has become dominated by corporate, factory farming and concentrated animal feeding operations, impacting our planet and human health. Join a discussion about Known & Grown STL, a program of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment promoting local, environmentally responsible farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis. Attendees will learn how to take action to improve our food system, including learning to decipher misleading labels, vetting Community Supported Agriculture programs and farmers markets, and encouraging restaurants and institutions to increase their local sourcing.

Presented by: Jenn DeRose, Known & Grown Manager, Missouri Coalition for the Environment

As always, you can expect lively discussions, refreshments available courtesy of Old Bakery Beer Co., and free giveaways just for attending!

St. Peters Location 

There will be no Lab in St. Peters this month. Go Green St. Charles County will stream the EV infrastructure presentations from the Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Sustainability Lab Agenda

The Lab will be held in three locations including St. Louis, Alton, and St. Peters. 

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