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Tuesday May 29, 2018 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.

To help us prepare for the Lab, please fill out this Google form and let us know which sessions you plan on attending.


3:30-4:45 Session A: Electric Transportation in the St. Louis Region*

Pioneers providing electric vehicle (EV) transportation and infrastructure will discuss current projects, trends and the future of EV in the St. Louis region. Electric Cab North America provides last mile services and event mobility via microtransit. Regent Power is a St. Louis-based start-up providing Smart-city technology, microgrids and EV charging stations. Find out what's going on, where we are headed, and what hurdles we need to overcome.

Presenters: Gene Foster, VP of Business Development and Project Manager, Regent Power
                    Mark Minden, National Account Manager, Electric Cab of North America

3:30-4:45 Session B: NAACP Energy Justice Roundtable

Energy and climate change are civil rights issues.  The NAACP Energy Justice Roundtable   seeks to further the NAACP's policy objectives with regard to net metering, renewable portfolio, and energy efficiency standards along with local hire and disadvantaged business enterprise targets.
This month's session will focus upon renewable energy and, in particular, solar power. Please join us to become involved in one or both of the following NAACP projects:

  1. NAACP's Solar Equity Initiative - An initiative to provide solar job skills training, install solar power at households and community centers, and strengthen equity in solar access policies;
  2. NAACP's anticipated partnership with Ameren Missouri to locate clean, affordable, renewable energy in low income communities and communities of color within Ameren Missouri's service territory.

During this session there also will be a call for subgroups and subgroup leaders to advance the five NAACP policy objectives (listed in 1. above), as well other environmental justice subgroups which should be formed.

Moderated by: Bruce Morrison, Attorney, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

5:15-6:30 Session A: ISSP Sustainability Drivers - Sustainability Literacy - Arming professionals with the right information to make sustainable decisions*

There is a need for society to understand the significance and cause of human interaction on the degradation of the environment.  To ensure people are armed with the right information to make the best possible decisions in their professions, we must educate our society on sound environmental, social, and financial reasoning.  As education plays a crucial role in the adoption of sustainable development in society, we need to ensure people are sustainability literate.  Sustainability literacy not only encompasses people’s knowledge of sustainability aspects, but their willingness to act on these issues.    If we are expecting our world to change and incorporate sustainable development principles in their professional roles and personal lives, we must understand their level of knowledge and their willingness to act.

In this session attendees will learn how to discuss sustainability literacy, methods currently in use to assess literacy levels, and results from an international assessment on student sustainability literacy.  In addition, we will discuss possibilities to assess sustainability literacy in your workplace and different educational sources available to develop sustainability literacy.

Presenter: Brandon Verhoff, Ph.D, Sr. Specialist, Budgets & Reporting, Caleres Inc

5:15-6:30 Session B: Living a Post Global Warming Lifestyle - How to Build a Drawdown Community

Living a Post Global Warming Lifestyle: How to Build a Drawdown Community. We will review several ways to leave global warming, social fragmentation and lots of other seemingly endemic challenges behind. Using the list of already demonstrated and documented ways from Drawdown, we will illustrate how they are expanded exponentially in an ecovillage setting. Participants will leave empowered to take action to address global warming and other challenges by creating community.

Presenters: Tom Braford, Co-Owner, Irresistible Community Builders, LLC
                    Lindsey Buening, Remiger Design
                    James Forbes, Good Life Growing

*Approved for AICP CM credits.