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Tuesday August 28, 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.


3:30-5:30 OneSTL Working Groups Session

Each of the six OneSTL working groups have embarked on or are close to starting some sort of outreach in relation to their regional target. The purpose of this Sustainability Lab session is to bring the OneSTL working group members together to discuss pending activities particularly as they relate to outreach for public education, policy-making or obtaining grant funding for their projects.  By having this discussion between the groups, we want to give all of the group participants the opportunity to hear what the other groups are doing, find and capitalize on collaboration opportunities regarding this outreach, and use the collective knowledge of the individuals on OneSTL working groups to create more effective outreach campaigns.

5:40-7:00 OneSTL Working Groups Open House

OneSTL working groups each meet on a regular basis to implement strategies that help achieve OneSTL targets for six priority areas – Food Access, Biodiversity, Water and Green Infrastructure, Transit Oriented Development, Materials and Recycling and Energy and Emsisions.  Each working group will provide an update on their activities so everyone can stay informed about these activities and achievements to date. 

Each working group will then station themselves around the room so Lab attendees can visit with representatives to learn more about a specific project or to offer their ideas and feedback on what the working group has planned.  Working groups have some specific challenges with implementing their projects, and would be interested to hear attendees’ suggestions for moving forward.


Experienced sustainability and planning professionals will be available on-site for one-on-one discussions to share their knowledge and experience.  If you would like to talk to one of the volunteer mentors, please fill in the Lab google form.  There will be a sign-in sheet at the Lab registration table to pick a time to speak with the mentors.

Bruce Morrison, Adjunct Assistant Professor at SLU School of Law – available from 3:30-4:45pm

Bruce Morrison currently serves as chair of the Environmental Justice Committee for the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. Louis University School of Law where he teaches Land Use Control (Fall 2018) and Environmental Law (Spring 2019) with his Great Rivers colleague, Bob Menees.

Bruce is also General Counsel with Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, a public interest nonprofit organization in St. Louis dedicated to protecting and preserving Missouri's environment. Bruce works on environmental justice matters, protecting parks and wilderness areas, improving air quality and public health, and protecting and preserving our Region’s rivers, wetlands and floodplains.

Bruce graduated from Purdue University in 1981 and Washington University School of Law in 1988. From 1996 - 2006, Bruce served on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee and was the Region 7 Representative to EPA's Small Business National Compliance Advisory Panel.

Bruce has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating. He was included in Missouri Super Lawyers listings in 2006 and 2010, and since 2012 has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for environmental litigation. Bruce also was named the St. Louis Litigation - Environmental "Lawyer of the Year" in 2012 and again in 2018 by The Best Lawyers in America.

His most questionable lifetime decision to date was taking a two weeks leave of absence during his second year of law school to race in the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii which, in part, has led to his having two titanium replacement knee joints today. He still enjoys the outside and commutes to the office on his mountain bike throughout the year (as long as the temperature is no colder than 10 degrees).

Karla Wilson, Sustainability Consultant and Manager of Deer Creek Watershed Alliance - available from 3:30-6:30pm

Karla Wilson is a Sustainability Consultant who for the last ten years has managed the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance on behalf of Missouri Botanical Garden. Karla has over 35 years of experience in the environmental field. Her primary focus areas are restoring urban stream health and non-profit development. Karla has shared her expertise in watershed planning, stormwater best management practices, conference development, fundraising, social marketing, public speaking and organizational transformation with more than twenty non-profit organizations.

In addition to her consulting work, Karla has served as Executive Director of St. Louis Earth Day, Curriculum Specialist for Washington University Science Outreach, and Education Manager for Missouri Botanical Garden's Eco-Act Environmental Leadership Program. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Grinnell College.