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Hazelwood, MO and Habitat for Humanity Partnership

The City of Hazelwood, Missouri is a suburb located in the north St. Louis County region. The City is partnering with Habitat for Humanity St. Louis to rejuvenate the housing stock in Burke City, a low-to-moderate income neighborhood. The partnership will construct 12 new houses throughout the next year.

Burke City is an approximately 0.2 square mile residential area located near South New Florissant Road and I-270. This neighborhood is close to public transit, several employment centers and the St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus. Many homes in this area are in a substandard condition and the neighborhood has a large rental population. In 2016 the Burke City area had an estimated 107 vacant properties, of which 39 were considered problem properties. The City determined that it was necessary to reinvest in the neighborhood to increase home values, decrease taxpayers’ costs for maintenance and repair, help decrease crime and to encourage homeowners’ to invest in their property.


For the Sake of All

Intervening on social determinants of health to address health disparities at the regional level requires commitment from a broad set of institutions and stakeholders across sectors. Fostering this cross-sector collaboration to improve health and well-being is one of the primary goals of For the Sake of All, a community-academic partnership in St. Louis, MO. Since 2013, the initiative has engaged in data presentation, research translation, strategic communication, and extensive engagement with community members, policymakers, and other key stakeholders around six recommendation areas. These recommendations were made in the For the Sake of All report released in May 2014 and include increasing investment and policy attention in the areas of early childhood development; school-based health and health care; economic opportunity; mental health; safe, inclusive neighborhoods; and chronic and infectious disease prevention and management. In the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, For the Sake of All emerged as a key resource for understanding and addressing the underlying regional inequities that have resulted in long-standing disparities in health and other life course outcomes.


Call for accomplishments for 2017 Report to the Region

OneSTL is a unique opportunity to foster collaboration in the St. Louis region.  The OneSTL plan outlines 50 goals, 102 objectives and 333 strategies that cover a wide range of issues and activities.  It also lists more than 50 organizations that are working on those strategies.  It provides a collection of efforts from individuals and organizations across the region and each year we like to spotlight those efforts in the annual Report to the Region as a way to help measure our progress towards implementing the strategies and achieving the goals.  We would like to hear from you about a particular project, program, collaboration, plan or strategy that helps us tell the story of the St. Louis region’s efforts to become a more prosperous, healthy and vibrant region.  Please email any stories you have to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 15, 2016.

A local ISSP Chapter is forming

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is a world-wide association of professionals working to make sustainability standard practice by empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. As a professional association, ISSP works to improve the skills of sustainability practitioners through education, knowledge sharing, research, and professional credentials.


New Partners for Smart Growth Conference coming to St. Louis

The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is coming to St. Louis February 2-4, 2017 at the Mariott St. Louis Grand Hotel. This year the conference organizers have made a strong commitment to ensure that New Partners 2017 is significantly connected to the city and region in which the event is being held. Furthermore, the conference wants to provide some level of focused technical assistance and tangible leave-behinds that will continue to have a positive, lasting impact after the conference leaves St. Louis.  There are several events planned before the conference begins on tactical urbanism installments, youth engagement and the Regional Arts Commission Neighborhood Place Challenge that provide hands on learning opportunities out in St. Louis.


2016 OLGA Award recipients

Each year, East-West Gateway Council of Governments presents its Outstanding Local Government Achievement (OLGA) Awards recognizing the extraordinary work of municipal, county, special purpose and school district officials in the St. Louis region. The award is given to individuals who provide the highest level of leadership; for projects and partnerships that raise the bar; and for jurisdictions that provide a level of excellence, expertise and service in local government for all to emulate.  This year, three recipients of the OLGA Awards also play an important role in helping to implement the OneSTL plan strategies and achieve OneSTL goals and objectives.  The Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Coalition, winner of the Exemplary Intergovernmental Collaboration award, Emerald Ridge Homes, and A Visual Approach to Educating the Community on Air Quality, both winners of the Exemplary Public/Non-profit Collaboration award, provide an example of work happening on the ground to advance the goals and objectives of OneSTL and make our region a more sustainable, equitable and resilient place.


2017 Sustainability Summit - Call for Sponsorship

The planning committee is seeking sponsorship for the 2017 Sustainability Summit: Setting Targets for our Shared Future.  This will be a precedent-setting event you won’t want to miss out on.  As a region, we have a robust foundation for sustainability: a strong, collectively developed regional sustainability plan (OneSTL), a thorough City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan, and a multitude of initiatives dedicated to making the St. Louis region a more sustainable and resilient place. This conference seeks to move these frameworks forward by identifying specific targets and goals that lead to strategies to achieve a sustainable, equitable future. This effort builds on OneSTL, and other plans and studies conducted across the region. Your financial support will help to bring everyone together to define regional goals for the future.