News & Events

Tuesday April 30, 2019 Sustainability Lab @ Cortex




3:30 Check-In

3:30 - 6:00 Interactive session on Climate Change with Washington University Students (gallery showing)

The interactive gallery showing will include student work focused on mitigation and adaptation strategies. Students will be sharing their research and proposals to curb greenhouse gas emissions to 45% of 2010 levels by 2030. Proposals investigate a variety of topics including transportation, coastal development, and urban forests.

Presented by: Social Ecological Systems for Spatial Design, Washington University Students

4:00 - 4:45 Prospects for Citizen Watershed Modeling and Green Infrastructure Siting in the St. Louis Region

Watershed planning is a critical element of the OneSTL Water and Green Infrastructure Working Group's goals and unlocks EPA and other funding streams. Students from Washington University have explored the feasibility of a simple tool that allows communities to estimate pollutant loads and assess the effectiveness of green infrastructure, a key element of the planning process, and piloted it on a watershed in North County. The session will discuss the process of watershed modeling, how it fits within the EPA-mandated watershed planning process, and the feasibility of using a STEPL model to further advance green infrastructure efforts in the St. Louis region.

Presented by: Seth Blum, Zachary Leonard, Yi Liu, and Sydney Welter, Washington University Students

5:00 - 5:45 Climate Change in the Midwest - Challenges and Responses

Setting the stage for the climate change dialog session, the presentation provides an overview of the impacts of climate change, both in the Midwest and at a global scale. Focused on responses to climate change and its effects on ecosystems, human health, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, and biodiversity, as identified in the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Highlights good work accomplished in the Midwest such as integrating climate adaptation into planning processes to better manage climate risks.

Presented by: John Posey, Director of Research Services for the East-West Gateway Council of Govenments                      

6:00 - 7:00 Talanoa Dialogue on Climate Change

Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialog. The purpose is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good by sharing of ideas, skills, and experience through storytelling.

The Talanoa Dialogue was launched at the 2017 UN COP23 to help communities implement the Paris Agreement by asking these questions:

Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

Join the conversation so we may all learn faster together to increase action on climate change.

Moderated by: Andrea Godshalk, doctoral candidate in Sustainable Urbanism at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University