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August 2017 Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex Agenda


Tuesday September 26, 2017 Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex Agenda


Climate Protection in the City of St. Louis

The City of St. Louis will be earning additional badges towards its pledge to uphold the Compact of Mayors. For a comprehensive look at the City’s climate protection goals and objectives, check out the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan recommendations. A Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for 2015 was recently finalized. Existing buildings still constitute the largest source of GHG emissions in the St. Louis Community - approximately 77%. As such, the City will continue to focus many climate actions on buildings, such as the Set The PACE St. Louis financing for energy improvements at residential and commercial buildings, and the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance for buildings 50,000 square feet or more. The City now has an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the Building Division, and is working with local partners at the USGBC to provide free training on energy benchmarking.

To read more, visit the city's sustainability website.


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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.