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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Sustainability Lab Agenda

The Lab will be held in three locations including St. Louis, Alton, and St. Peters. 


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: Global Change at a Human Scale - The People's Ecochallenge

The annual October Ecochallenge is back, and with a new name - The People's Ecochallenge.'s social change platform and curriculum connect a global community of advocates and changemakers, each doing what we can, in ways that are most relevant to us, to make this great spinning dot we call home a healthier, more equitable, more sustainable place. Last year, 16,615 people from 78 countries connected the dots between their values and the impact of their actions during The People's Ecochallenge, resulting in:

  • more than 87,843 miles not traveled by car.
  • 264,425 gallons of water saved.
  • more than 110,000 pieces of plastic not sent to the landfill.
  • and much more!

The People's Ecochallenge is a free online program that takes place October 2-23. In this interactive session, learn more about The People's Ecochallenge, how it can help you meet your sustainability engagement goals, and how we can all work together for environmental and social good.

Presented by Lacy Cagle, Director of Learning at (formerly Northwest Earth Institute) 

5:00 - 5:30: Break and Networking

5:30 - 7:00: Youth Climate Change Panel

Many people and organizations are working on addressing sustainability, climate change, and other environmental issues so that future generations can enjoy healthy and productive lives. Join us for a panel discussion and listening session on the concerns and aspirations of the next generation of environmental change makers. In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter and their Green Schools Quest initiative, a panel of passionate and enthusiastic students was recruited from local high schools to discuss what inspires them, the actions they have taken, what they would like to see happen next, and more. 

Panelists inlcude students from Parkway West, Principia, and St. Louis University High and Moderated by a student from Parkway West 

Alton Location

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

5:00 - 5:30: Check-in and Networking

5:30 - 6:45: OneSTL Update

The OneSTL regional plan for sustainability was completed in 2013. A lot has happened since then and more is on the horizon. Aaron will give an overview of the full OneSTL collaboration and activities of the working groups, and discuss options for individuals and organizations to contribute to the regional effort.

Presented by Aaron Young, Sustainability Planning Manager, East-West Gateway Council of Governments 

St. Peters Location 

(Beer Sauce Shop 318 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Suite C, St. Peters, MO 63376)

5:00 - 5:30: Check-in and Networking
5:30 - 5:45: Beer Sauce Shop

Andrew will share the philosophy and unique business that is the Beer Sauce Shop as well as discuss some of the ways, the host of St. Peters Sustainability Lab, is doing their part to be more sustainable. 

Presented by Andrew Tessmer, Owner of Beer Sauce Shop

5:45 - 6:45: Green Dining Alliance

Victoria will be talking about the GDA - Green Dining Alliance, a third-party certification program of St. Louis Earth Day that works with restaurants and stakeholders to increase environmental sustainability and has inspired Green Dining Districts in the area. Join us as we dive into the world of green dining and what that has meant for St. Louis and what is could mean for St. Charles.

Presented by Victoria Donaldson Green Dining Alliance Program Manager at St. Louis Earth Day