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

Open networking will take place from 3:30 to 7:00 in the T-Rex common area on the 5th floor.

Also until 5pm,  Think-IT recycling will be accepting electronic items for recycle -AND- reuse if possible.  Visit their event page for more information.


3:30-4:45 Session A: Making Green Work: Sustainability for Startups

“Green” means business! Sustainable policy and practice are now local-to-global drivers across all business sectors. This interactive overview of Green Business Basics will give you tools you can use, introduce you to this region’s vibrant Green Business network – and will ask how sustainability solutions from the St. Louis Green Business Challenge can serve your startup. Presented by “Green Jean” Ponzi, manager of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. The Challenge, provided jointly since 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden, has supported the sustainability efforts of over 170 companies, impacting over 140,000 employees across the bi-state region.

3:30-4:45 Session B: Community Benefit Agreements

Equitable STL, a coalition of nonprofits, neighborhood associations, faith groups and others have come together around the cause of meaningful Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs). They believe CBA's are a necessary part of building a more just and equitable development paradigm for our city. Join the Equal Housing Opportunity Council and other members of Equitable STL as they discuss what is generally meant by CBA and how they work in other cities, where they have been more widely used. This presentation is meant to clear the air about what is (and isn't) considered a CBA by advocates in the equitable development sphere.

5:15-6:30 Session A: Sustainability and Ecovillages with Sim Van der Ryn

Sim, a celebrated architect and 'eco-pioneer', will share about creating sustainability plans for both California and the Netherlands. He looks forward to engaging the audience in exploring how a network of Irresistible Ecovillages could assist the St Louis region in achieving our sustainability goals. He will reference his most recent book, Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting to People, Nature, and Self and have copies available for sale.

5:15-6:30 Session B: Exploring Transportation and Distribution Options for Small, Local Farmers

Small scale farmers have products that consumers want but have difficulty reaching the necessary markets due to lack of coordinated transportation/distribution lines. We know that there are existing companies or entities that could provide services and help farmers but we need help to connect the two. In addition, there may be empty trucks traveling our roads that could easily be carrying food from nearby farms to consumer outlets. Surely, there are many entities we are not yet aware of and we would like to explore new possibilities to help create or work within existing distribution lines. Join us to discuss innovative ways to connect these resources to farmers and get more local food into our city.

To help us prepare for the event, please fill out this Google Form and let us know which Session you are thinking about attending.