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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Sustainability Lab Agenda

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


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 - 4:30: Presentation

Intro presentation by Aaron Young, Sustainability Planning Manager for East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Keynote by Gabriela Burian, Senior Director of Sustainable Food Systems, Bayer


4:30 - 5:30: Project and Product Pitches

This event was organized by OneSTL, T-Rex and Singularity University. In a fast-paced, pitch format, three St. Louis startups and three OneSTL Working Groups will present their ideas to reduce waste, increase biodiversity, and curb emissions.

The "pitch" format is intended 1.) for the tech and start-up community to use their expertise to offer solutions to problems and issues being encountered by the OneSTL Working Groups and 2.) for the OneSTL sustainability community to use their expertise to offer ideas and inspiration to the tech start-ups to make their products more successful and impactful.

The pitches will be made to a panel of experts, but the audience will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters in networking time following the presentations.

OneSTL Working Group (WG) Presenters:

Biodiversity WG: Mark Dawson, Conservation Education Liaison at St. Louis Zoo

Energy and Emissions WG: Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Sustainability at Washington University

Materials and Recycling WG: Sarah Staebell, Environmental Specialist for the Waste Management Program at St. Louis County 

Tech Start-up Presenters:

Biodiversity: Odean Serrano with Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute

Energy: Michael Hundelt with Terralock 

Materials and Recycling: Matt Kamp with Yucky


5:30 - 7:00: Exhibits and Networking

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity to talk with all the presenters about their tech solutions. 

Alton Location

(Moondrops + Wellness 223 Market St, Alton, IL 62002)

5:00 - 5:30: Check-in and Networking
5:30 - 6:45: SIUE’s Successful Communities Collaborative - Connecting Classes to Communities

SIUE's Successful Communities Collaborative (SSCC) is a sustainability-focused initiative based on the EPIC model that connects university resources to meaningful community-initiated projects. Both municipalities and community organizations often have a goal of being more sustainable but lack the political space, knowledge, capacity, or time that is needed to make innovative changes. In this session, we will outline the EPIC model, highlight outcomes and ongoing partnership projects, and collect feedback from Lab attendees on how SSCC can connect with new municipalities and community organizations.

Presented by Connie Frey Spurlock, SSCC Director, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

St. Peters Location 

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Sustainability Lab Agenda

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


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 - 5:00: Washington University Sustainability Exchange

David and Carolyn will discuss upcoming opportunities to work with student consultants on sustainability projects relevant to your organization or group.

The Sustainability Exchange at Washington University is an interdisciplinary capstone course open to seniors and graduate students in the McKelvey School of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. In the Exchange, students work in interdisciplinary teams to tackle real-world energy, environmental, and sustainability problems for real clients. The Exchange runs 4-7 project teams each semester, for a total of 51 projects for 16 off-campus and 10 on-campus clients since 2015. These projects matter to their clients, and student teams integrate their knowledge and skills to deliver an applicable end product for their client.

In this session we'll discuss:

  • The types of projects the Exchange is looking for, including their definition of a "sustainability" project
  • Examples of successful past projects
  • Timeline & process for working with the Exchange
  • Exciting changes coming next year

Presented by Carolyn Cosgrove Payne and David Webb, in-coming co-directors of the Sustainability Exchange at Washington University 

5:00 - 5:30: Break and Networking

5:30 - 7:00: Environmental Racism in St. Louis

Join us for a panel discussion on environmental disparities in our communities. "Environmental Racism in St. Louis", a recent report prepared by the Washington University School of Law Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, explores the facts that environmental hazards disproportionately impact low-income and minority residents. Environmental hazards including lead poisoning, asthma, mold, air pollution, energy costs, food access, vacant properties, and illegal dumping. The discussion will focus on how these deeply-rooted problems require solutions focused on achieving racial justice and equality. 

Panelists include: Inez Bordeaux with Arch City Defenders, Leah Clyburn with Sierra Club of Eastern Missouri, and Tosha Phonix with Missouri Coalition for the Environment 

Alton Location

(The Old Bakery Beer Co. 400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, IL 62002)

5:00 - 5:30: Check-in and Networking

5:30 - 6:45: An Oasis or a Mirage: Analyzing the impact of dollar stores in food deserts in the Metro East of St. Louis, MO-IL

TBA

Presented by Stacey Brown Amilain, PHD, Associate Professor Graduate Program DIrector, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

St. Peters Location 

(St. Peters Earth Centre 115 Ecology Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376)

3:30: Check-in, St. Peters Earth Centre Tour (Sign up required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elliot will give a guided tour of the Earth Centre. Learn all about the City of St. Peters' award-winning Organic Resource Recycling Program and how it benefits the community.

Presented by Elliot Schneider, Certified Compost Operations Manager with St. Peters Earth Centre

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