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Tuesday March 26, 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.

Leaders and organizers of the six OneSTL Working Groups will give overviews and lead discussions on their activities and related topics.

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 - Food Access

The Food Access Working Group set out to define and identify areas in the region where access to fresh, healthy food is low.  Over the past year, they have been engaged with community organizations to educate residents on the best ways for neighborhoods to address food access.  Over the coming year they will conduct a pilot food access study to explore all facets of food access including affordability, quality, and consumer behavior.

Presented by: Tosha Phonix, St. Louis Food Policy Coalition
                     Leslie Bertsch, University of Missouri Extension

3:45-5:00 Session B - Energy and Emissions

The Energy and Emissions Working Group has been working to compile a regional greenhouse gas inventory in partnership with the Washington University Sustainability Exchange.  The presentation will include findings from the inventory as well as a discussion on what can be done to reduce emissions.

Presented by: Phil Valko, Washington University in St. Louis

3:45-5:00 Session C - Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth including interactions among species.  The Working Group is assembling an Atlas of Biodiversity for the St. Louis region and will be encouraging use of the Atlas in planning and decision-making.

Presented by: Sheila Voss, Missouri Botanical Garden
                     Louise Bradshaw, St. Louis Zoo
                     Donna Coble, Missouri Forest Releaf

5:30-6:45 Session A -Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a neighborhood where you can live, shop and work within walking distance of a transit stop.  There remains much potential for TOD in the St. Louis region.  The Working Group developed a scorecard to evaluate proposed developments on their merits as a TOD and will be building support and encouraging use of the scorecard.

Presented by: Lisa Cagle, Working Group Co-Chair
                     Liza Farr, Working Group Co-Chair

5:30-6:45 Session B - Materials and Recycling

The international market for recyclable materials has been in upheaval over the last several months.  Although the landscape of recycling collection and sorting is changing, what can be recycled has not.  The Working Group is in the middle of a wide-spread education campaign to tell residents to Stick with the Six (paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass bottles, cans, and cartons) and to keep them empty, clean and dry.

Presented by: Jennifer Wendt, City of University City
                    Sarah Staebell, St. Louis County

5:30-6:45 Session C - Water and Green Infrastructure

Healthy watersheds improve the quality of water in our lakes, creeks and rivers thus improving out health, wildlife habitat as well as recreational and economic opportunties.  The Group will be discussing watershed planning in the region and what various communities are doing.  Presentation will include a panel of local experts from the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance, City of Wentzville, US Geological Survey, and Project Clear Small Grants.

Presented by: Janet Buchanan, Heartlands Conservancy
                   Rebecca Weaver, The Nature Conservancy