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We Are OneSTL Kicks off with Lacy Cagle

OneSTL is proud to present our first "We Are OneSTL" spotlight, featuring Lacy Cagle! We Are OneSTL (WAO) is a series of stories about the many community members collaborating to make the St. Louis region more sustainable. By telling inspirational stories about the people who live and work here, we hope to show what OneSTL is, how everyday people are making a difference, and why working together is essential for increasing regional sustainability.

We spoke with Lacy Cagle about how she became interested in sustainability, her dreams for a brighter future for St. Louis, and how she strives each day to live more sustainably. Of course, we also asked her what OneSTL means to her and why she thinks regional sustainability is essential. Lacy is one of the many volunteers who has been instrumental in planning and promoting the monthly OneSTL Sustainability Lab and is a member of the OneSTL communications strategists team. We are grateful that Lacy spared some of her precious time since she recently welcomes a new baby girl, Ursula Jubilee, to her family.

Here is a sneak peek from our chat with Lacy. 

Photo credit: Jenn DeRose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo credit: Jenn DeRose

"I grew up in southern Illinois near the Shawnee National Forest and spent lots of time hiking and exploring. My father was a coal miner, and even if professionally he was not an environmentalist, he cared about conserving energy and water in our home. Both of my parents cared about not wasting resources, and conservation values were part of growing up. My whole life, I saw that things were connected..." read more and follow #WAO on instagram @onestl_sustainability.

 
 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom - 

Clean Energy Updates and Opportunities

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar

3:45 - 4:45: Program

"We are squarely in the middle of the greatest energy transition in history. The era of fossil fuels is over, and the only question now is when the new era will be fully upon us." - excerpt from Project Drawdown

Join us as we explore this energy transition in the St. Louis region. Members of the OneSTL Energy and Emissions Working Group plus a couple of guests will discuss what's going on locally around clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency and how you can get involved.

Emily Andrews, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and co-chair of the OneSTL Energy and Emissions Working Group will highlight recent successes including Building Energy Performance Standards, Grow Solar STL statistics and more.

Sal Martinez, from Employment Connections will talk about their partnership with the City of St. Louis on a Solar Workforce Development program.

Tori Cheatham of Renew Missouri, will give a state of Clean Energy Report in our region (beyond renewables).

Rex Jenkins from Ameren Missouri will discuss their current renewable energy projects as well as a forecast on what's next related to their recently released "Committed to Clean" Integrated Resource Plan.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94947602435

Presenters: Emily Andrews, Executive Director of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, Sal Martinez, CEO of Employment Connections, Tori Cheatham, Policy and Outreach Coordinator for Renew Missouri, and Rex Jenkins, Lead Analyst Corporate Planning from Ameren MIssouri

 

 
 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom - 

BiodiversCity St. Louis Progress Report:

Education, Projects, Metrics for the Birds & Bees & More

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar

3:45 - 4:45: Program

BiodiverseCity St. Louis is a growing network of organizations and individuals throughout the greater St. Louis region who share a stake in improving quality of life for all through actions that welcome nature into our urban, suburban and rural communities. Leaders from the BiodiverseCity network are working to create a Regional Biodiversity Atlas to guide planning, policies, and development practices in ways that increase habitat connectivity, ecological functionality, and quality of life for all.

In this month's Lab they will update us on initiatives from the regional biodiversity network, including COVID-related adaptations and progress toward the OneSTL Biodiversity target. Questions welcome!

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/99679926941

Presenters: Louise Bradshaw, St. Louis Zoo, Allison Brown and Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Garden

 
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom - 

The State of Recycling in the St. Louis Region

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar

3:45 - 4:45: Program

Recycling is a valuable and dynamic economic driver that creates jobs, saves resources, and prevents pollution. The dynamics of recycling, however, contribute to a market for recyclable materials that is affected by local as well as global demand... demand that is constantly changing. Join us for this month's Sustainability Lab for a discussion with Brent Batliner, General Manager for Republic Services, and Sarah Staebell, Environmental Specialist with St. Louis County Department of Health. Brent and Sarah will discuss the state of the recycling economy in the St. Louis region, the effects COVID-19 has had on recycling, and what the OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group has been doing to make recycling more successful.

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/99184206326

Presenters: Brent Batliner, General Manager for Republic Services, and Sarah Staebell, Environmental Specialist with St. Louis County Department of Health 
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab (2)

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom - 

The State of Recycling in the St. Louis Region

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar

3:45 - 4:45: Program

Recycling is a valuable and dynamic economic driver that creates jobs, saves resources, and prevents pollution. The dynamics of recycling, however, contribute to a market for recyclable materials that is affected by local as well as global demand... demand that is constantly changing. Join us for this month's Sustainability Lab for a discussion with Brent Batliner, General Manager for Republic Services, and Sarah Staebell, Environmental Specialist with St. Louis County Department of Health. Brent and Sarah will discuss the state of the recycling economy in the St. Louis region, the effects COVID-19 has had on recycling, and what the OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group has been doing to make recycling more successful.

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/99184206326

Presenters: Brent Batliner, General Manager for Republic Services, and Sarah Staebell, Environmental Specialist with St. Louis County Department of Health 
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom - 

Sustainability Lab for Educators and Parents: Resources for Teaching Sustainability in the Time of COVID-19

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar

3:45 - 4:45: Program

  • Brief overview of OneSTL
    • OneSTL Regional Plan for Sustainability
    • Working Groups and Regional Targets
    • How OneSTL’s research can be useful to your students 
    • How your students can contribute to OneSTL targets 
  • Waste/Recycling activities for your students/children
    • Waste audits
    • 8 Step Action Plans
  • Biodiversity activities for your students/children
  • Overview of Missouri Green Schools and other resources
    • Missouri Green Schools
    • Green Schools Quest
    • Technology resources from last year’s Sustainability Institute
  • QuestionsJoin Zoom Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/93928748293
 
As teachers and parents scramble to figure out our children's education plans this fall, some of our priorities and values can fall off the radar in the chaos. This Sustainability Lab will focus on how OneSTL Working Groups and Regional Targets can help educators and parents connect global sustainability concepts to the local level, even through distance learning. The presentation will also demonstrate some activities using OneSTL's Wasting Less Regional Target to teach students about waste and waste reduction and OneSTL's Increasing Biodiversity Regional Target to teach students about local biodiversity research and benefits. Finally, the presenters will outline local resources for creating green schools and implementing sustainability education in any learning context.
 

Presenters: EarthWays Center Education Coordinator Maggie McCoy and Ecochallenge.org Director of Learning Lacy Cagle 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Virtual Sustainability Lab

The Lab will be held virtually this month!


Virtual Sustainability Lab via Zoom - 

Sustainability Start-Ups

3:35 - 3:45: Check-in join the Zoom webinar

3:45 - 4:45: Product Pitches and Panel

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96990741389

Join Singularity U St Louis and OneSTL for another partnered, virtual Sustainability Lab on Tuesday, June 30 focused on using technology and innovation to advance sustainability!

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.

Aya's

Aya's Market is an online marketplace of locally made ready-to-heat meals and groceries. Using a mission-driven business model, Aya's is helping end malnutrition in the Greater St. Louis Region by making healthy foods affordable, accessible, delicious, and easy to prepare. The market furthers sustainability by providing consumers a convenient way to source local foods delivered to their doorsteps.

Bio: Sarah Schlafly is the Executive Director at Aya's Market, an online market of local foods, and founder of Mighty Cricket, a clean protein manufacturing company. Sarah's work centers around food security, nutrition, and sustainability. She has 10 years experience working in the food industry as a chef, culinary instructor, and food brand marketer. One of Sarah's favorite things to do is to collaborate with St. Louisans doing inspirational work. She encourages you to connect with her anytime.

Pana Mina

Pana Mina creates sustainable, timeless clothing for women. Each piece is ethically made in Jaipur, India and has charming artisan touches like handpainted wooden buttons or traditional Indian block prints. As the world shifts away from toxic fast fashion, Pana Mina joined the growing movement of small, slow fashion brands-- encouraging "less but better" ethical and sustainable consumption. Pana Mina uses 100% eco-friendly materials, biodegradable packaging, and incorporates traditional / low impact fabric dyeing and treatment methods. Additionally, Pana Mina is growing at a steady, sustainable rate to ensure high quality garments and living wages throughout our supply chain. 

Bio: Eleanore Swanstrom was raised in Saint Louis, and received her B.S.B. in Marketing from the University of Minnesota. In the summer of 2019, she explored India solo as part of her post-college travels, and met her partner, Jay, while traveling in Goa. She and Jay set out on a journey to combine their cultures into an ethical clothing business, and relocated to the heart of India's textile and apparel manufacturing: Jaipur. Eleanore splits her time between Saint Louis and India, and focuses on Pana Mina's marketing and product development.

Accelerate Wind

Accelerate Wind creates a novel rooftop wind energy solution- one that operates quieter, cheaper, and more aesthetically pleasing than today's solutions.

Bio: Erika Boeing is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Accelerate Wind, a 2016 Arch Grants Recipient. Erika has worked previously as a Systems Engineer at DRS Technologies, studied the interrelations between technology, society, and sustainability as a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands, and worked as a Research Fellow at Project Drawdown. She holds an M.A in European Studies on Society, Science, and Technology, and a B.S. In Mechanical Engineering.