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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Sustainability Lab Agenda

The Lab will be held in three locations including St. Louis, Alton, and St. Peters. The St. Peter's Sustainability Sense Series will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, more details below.


St. Louis Location

(T-Rex, 911 Washington Ave, 5th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101)

Open networking will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the T-Rex common area on the 5th floor.

3:30 - 3:45: Check-in
3:45 - 5:00: Ameren's Smart Energy Plan

Ameren Missouri's Smart Energy Plan is designed to invest in more than 2,000 electric projects over the next five years that will create a stronger, more secure energy backbone and introduce new sources of renewable energy, all while keeping rates stable and predictable. James will be presenting on this plan and what investing in Ameren's infrastructure will deliver for customers as well as for sustainability.

Presented by James Huss, Director Operations Excellence, Ameren Missouri

5:00 - 5:30: Break and Networking

5:30 - 7:00 Session A: Go Solar with Grow Solar STL 

Grow Solar STL is an education and group purchasing program for residential solar. Offered by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), homeowners thoughout the City of St. Louis, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, and University City may participate in this pilot program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable. In this presentation, you'll learn more about the pilot program, and get to hear from the competitively-selected solar installer about whether solar might be right for your home.

Presented by Lisa Cagle, Consulting Program Manager at BlackRock Consulting

5:30 - 7:00 Session B: The Toughest Questions (on Climate Change)

Join Pat Kelly, Patent Lawyer, Engineer, Entrepreneur, and concerned citizen for a discussion on how climate change skepticism is a critical barrier to action on reducing greenhouse gases in the United States. Pat will discuss his ideas on overcoming this barrier. In turn, Pat will engage the audience for their input on what we need to ask of business leaders, elected officials and other "influencers' regarding climate action -and- what the audience thinks could be the most clearly stated point to help climate change skeptics reconsider their position.

Presented by Pat Kelly, Patent Lawyer, Tetraheed LLC  

Alton Location

(The Old Bakery Beer Co. 400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, IL 62002)

5:00 - 5:30: Check-in and Network
5:30 - 6:45: BiodiverseCity St. Louis

BiodiversCity St. Louis is a growing network of organizations and individuals thoughout the greater St. Louis region who share a stake in improving quality of life for all through actions that welcome nature into our urban, suburban and rural communities. We depend on biodiversity, not only for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, but also for the basic health, liveability and economic prosperity of our region. Voss will discuss our region's reliance on biodiversity, the variety of life and natural systems, and how the Biodiversity Working Group is planning to meet their OneSTL target.   

Presented by Sheila Voss, Vice President, Education at Missouri Botanical Gardens

St. Peters Location - Tuesday, August 6, 2019

(St. Charles City-County Library-Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376)

7:00 - 7:15: Check-in and Networking
7:15 - 8:30: Sustainability Sense Series: Zero Waste

The average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash each day. In Missouri, there are 22.3 tons of waste in the landfill per person. If we're not careful our trash will take over the planet (it's already covering much of our oceans). in this program, Leslie and Debra will be discussing how to reduce your trash to 4.4 pounds a month, instead of 4.4 pounds a day.

Presented by Leslie Gittermier, Program Coordinator, St. Louis Zoo and Debra Knoble, Senior Certified Sustainability Professional