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August 27, 2024 Sustainability Lab @ T-REX

Sustainability Lab @ T-REX
Healthy & Climate-Resilient Homes

Tuesday, August 27, 2024
3:45pm-5:00pm Presentation & Discussion (join in person or on Zoom)
5:00pm-6:00pm Networking (in person only)

Join in Person:
T-REX (911 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis)
Sharptooth Boardroom (5th Floor)
Plan your trip using public transit here.

Register and Join on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUld-6grD8iEtC6y0UDiSHjGg2OMXQNPNpx#/registration

At this Lab, Sunni Hutton from Tenants Transforming Greater St. Louis (formerly Homes for All) will be sharing about their Home is Where our Health Is report. This report was intended to develop a comprehensive understanding of the code enforcement process in hopes of preventing displacement and getting buildings in compliance to reduce negative health outcomes. More information will be posted here soon.

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EWG is committed to ensuring that all meetings are both ADA and LEP accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation for this meeting please contact EWG's Title VI Coordinator at least 48 business hours prior to the meeting at (314) 421-4220 or (618) 274-2750 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

July 30, 2024 Sustainability Lab @ T-REX

Sustainability Lab @ T-REX
Insurance and Climate Change

Tuesday, July 30, 2024
3:45pm-5:00pm Presentation & Discussion (join in person or on Zoom)
5:00pm-6:00pm Networking (in person only)

Join in Person:
T-REX (911 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis)
Sharptooth Boardroom (5th Floor)
Plan your trip using public transit here.

Register and Join on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83489595787?pwd=OvrjiRxjMaLM0buggDahgovfcMmNjk.1

Climate change is having an undeniable and drastic impact on the insurance industry. People and businesses in communities across the country are finding it difficult if not impossible to get insurance because of recurring severe weather events such as hail, tornadoes, floods and wildfires. And those who can get insurance are seeing dramatic increases in premiums.

Join us as we hear a presentation from Daniel Pribe, Chief Actuary at Lumeris and discuss implications of climate change to our region, how insurance companies are reacting, and possible mitigation techniques.

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EWG is committed to ensuring that all meetings are both ADA and LEP accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation for this meeting please contact EWG's Title VI Coordinator at least 48 business hours prior to the meeting at (314) 421-4220 or (618) 274-2750 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

July 17 Climate Fresk

Climate Fresk: Public Climate Change Education Gameplay

A Climate Fresk is an orientation of sorts to the global realities of climate change through a structured event which has been happening all over the world since 2018. Climate Fresk gets its name from the fresco, or picture, created while placing and literally drawing connections between cards labeled with cause and effects across fifty relevant topics. Created by a French nonprofit which grew from an educator’s passion project to help make vital scientific data understood, this event is a gamification of the recurring United Nation’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report contents to make that often dry data accessible to the broadest possible audience. The shared act of defining the connections establishes an awareness of the complications, and then the event moves to facilitated exploration about what to do with this new knowledge. The point of a Climate Fresk is to reinforce the importance of participation and reconsidering our assumptions. No previous knowledge is required; only a willingness to learn through participation.

This free Climate Fresk will take place on Sunday, July 21st from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the University City Public Library for a limited sized public audience. Minimum age for this event is 15.
Click this link to sign up: July 21st - Climate Fresk Workshop - UCCPL

June 25, 2024 Sustainability Lab @ T-REX

Sustainability Lab @ T-REX
New Options for Reuse & Reducing Single-Use Waste 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
3:45pm-5:00pm Presentation & Discussion (join in person or on Zoom)
5:00pm-6:00pm Networking (in person only)

Join in Person:
T-REX (911 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis)
Sharptooth Boardroom (5th Floor)
Plan your trip using public transit here.

Register and Join on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcequqz0iE9aKO7K_OvioTSLaOqSEd3dN

At this Lab, earthday365 will be sharing about the environmental benefits of reuse and the effort to build a 'wash hub' in St. Louis, to expand the availability of reusable cups and serviceware. According to a life-cycle analysis of reusable and single-use cups, reusable options outperformed single-use cups across all environmental metrics. This includes single-use aluminum cups, which used more energy and created more carbon dioxide than single-use plastic options. 

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EWG is committed to ensuring that all meetings are both ADA and LEP accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation for this meeting please contact EWG's Title VI Coordinator at least 48 business hours prior to the meeting at (314) 421-4220 or (618) 274-2750 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Food Waste Reduction Strategy Community Meeting

On Thursday, June 20 from 6-7:30pm, join a community conversation led by representatives from earthday365 and the Missouri Botanical Garden about your ideas for a Food Waste Reduction Strategy. As a result of local efforts to measure and reduce food waste, the City of St. Louis committed to develop a strategy by December 2024 to prevent food from going to waste, rescue surplus food, and recycle food scraps. Local efforts have been regional in nature, so the strategy partners are working on will likely extend beyond the borders of the City of St. Louis into surrounding areas.

Join in Person:
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd.
Plan your trip using public transit here.

Join on Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/98519327933?pwd=R2ZTMmlyaFNSaitUK2ZDMThQdWZmdz09

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Take Transit & Advocate for Transit June 20

Author: Anna Chott, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Join others across our bi-state region in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by taking transit on “Dump the Pump” Day on June 20. Transit riders can save more than $13,000 per year by using public transit instead of driving. Commuters who are new to transit may register for one of 100 free monthly transit passes for the month of July. This event is coordinated by Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), St. Clair County Transit District, and Metro Transit, in conjunction with National “Dump the Pump” Day.

Do you think transit where you live is too slow? Many planning processes underway present an opportunity to voice support for public transit improvements in your community. These improvements can include aspects of Bus Rapid Transit or more mixed-use, compact development to make transit, walking, and biking easier. Current plans underway include the City of St. Louis's Transportation & Mobility Plan and Strategic Land Use Plan, St. Louis County's Comprehensive Plan, and Jefferson County's Master Plan and Walk Bike Plan. See if your local government has a planning process coming up where you can give input.

 

Beyond Litter Cleanups: Reducing Plastic Waste

Author: Anna Chott, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Efforts around the St. Louis region, such as those led by earthday365, unite local volunteers to clean up litter and illegal dump sites. However, as communities struggle with constantly recurring litter and dumping, they have begun advancing efforts for policy change and elimination of single-use products, starting our region on a path toward a vision where we might no longer need to pick up litter.

According to a 2021 study, the two most-littered items along the Mississippi River in the St. Louis Region are cigarette butts and beverage bottles. Through EPA grant funding, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative is leading efforts throughout St. Louis, in collaboration with the community members, City of St. Louis, the Redbud Foundation, and earthday365, reducing the use of disposable beverage bottles by installing water filling stations around town. Marquette Park in the City of St. Louis, for example, currently has no water filling stations or drinking fountains, so people need to bring cases of single use plastic water bottles for their events. So far, the group has identified locations for 5 new filling stations, which could result in preventing 200,000 beverage bottles from littering our waterways annually!

Refilling reusable bottles and containers is gaining popularity as a way to reduce litter, reduce waste sent to landfills, and reduce energy associated with the production and end-of-life processing of single-use products, whether that is by recycling or landfilling. Many storesin the St. Louis area offer an opportunity to eliminate disposable containers by refilling personal containers with everything from personal hygiene products, to cleaning products, to flour and spices, to olive oil and vinegar (as well as a favorite in St. Louis: refillable growlers of beer!). June 16 is World Refill Day, a great opportunity to explore these options.

One of the policy changes proposed due to local cleanup efforts includes Metropolitan Congregations United's call for scrap tire procedure reform, in order to address major issues with illegal dumping of tires. All of these efforts contribute to the collaborative work of organizations to reduce litter in our neighborhoods and waterways.