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Tuesday January 29, 2019 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.


3:30-3:45 Registration

3:45-5:00 Session A: ISSP Sustainability Drivers - How Edible Insects Can Sustain the World

In this session, Sarah Schlafly will discuss the environmental (and health) benefits of crickets compared to other protein sources and how edible insects can sustain the world's population. Join the conversation and help start a grassroots movement for sustainable edible insect protein to gain momentum for the Midwest.

Presented by: Sarah Schlafly, Founder and CEO of Mighty Cricket

3:45-5:00 Session B: Recycling Works - Let's Keep it Working 

This lively talk will detail HOW recycling works (it still is working), WHAT you are SUPPOSED to put in your blue bin, WHERE to go beyond your blue bin, and how your efforts to recycle correctly generate economic, environmental and community benefits. Bob Henkel is the Program Director for the St. Louis Earth Day Recycling On the Go event recycling program. Bring your questions and engage in this dialogue which will give you information to share beyond the Sustainabilit Lab.

Presented by: Bob Henkel, Program Director, St. Louis Earth Day

5:00 - 8:00 Special Event: City Speaker Series w/ De Nichols
     5:00 - 6:00 Open House and Networking
     6:00 - 7:30 Presentation
     7:30 - 8:00 Networking

We are excited to announce and hope that you join us for the next City Speaker Series presentation on equity in design featuring De Nichols. De will share her current projects and the roles and relationships of equity and design in her work.

De serves as the Social Impact Design Principal of Civic Creatives, a design strategy agency that develops interactive experiences, tools, and initiatives to help communities engage issues of civic disengagement, youth development, social inclusion, food access and security, and arts & cultural policy. She is also the youngest member of the Board of Directors


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 with this month's volunteer mentor, 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 Steve.

Steve O'Rourke – available from 3:30-5:00pm

Steve is a principal with EnerGuidance, a consulting firm dedicated to sustainable energy management. He has worked with commercial, industrial and nonprofit organizations to better manage their energy use, and offset reduced demand with clean, renewable solar photovoltaic energy.  As a NABCEP-certified PV Technical Sales Specialist, he works as an independent project developer for StraightUp Solar, while providing energy management services to a select group of clients. In addition, he continues to do large project development and provide consulting services to Pivot Energy, (formerly Microgrid Energy) where he most recently served as Vice President of Business Development.