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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 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 - 4:30: Presentation

Intro presentation by Aaron Young, Sustainability Planning Manager for East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Keynote by Gabriela Burian, Senior Director of Sustainable Food Systems, Bayer

4:30 - 5:30: Project and Product Pitches

This event was organized by OneSTL, T-Rex and Singularity University. In a fast-paced, pitch format, three St. Louis startups and three OneSTL Working Groups will present their ideas to reduce waste, increase biodiversity, and curb emissions.

The "pitch" format is intended 1.) for the tech and start-up community to use their expertise to offer solutions to problems and issues being encountered by the OneSTL Working Groups and 2.) for the OneSTL sustainability community to use their expertise to offer ideas and inspiration to the tech start-ups to make their products more successful and impactful.

The pitches will be made to a panel of experts, but the audience will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters in networking time following the presentations.

OneSTL Working Group (WG) Presenters:

Biodiversity WG: Mike Dawson, Conservation Education Liaison at St. Louis Zoo

Energy and Emissions WG: Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Sustainability at Washington University

Materials and Recycling WG: Sarah Staebell, Environmental Specialist for the Waste Management Program at St. Louis County 

Tech Start-up Presenters:

Biodiversity: Odean Serrano with Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute

Energy: Michael Hundelt with Terralock 

Materials and Recycling: Matt Kamp with Yucky

5:30 - 7:00: Exhibits and Networking

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity to talk with all the presenters about their tech solutions. 

Alton Location

(The Old Bakery Beer Company 400 Landmarks Blvd, Alton, IL 62002)

4:00 - 4:30: Check-in and Networking
4:30 - 5:45: SIUE’s Successful Communities Collaborative - Connecting Classes to Communities

SIUE's Successful Communities Collaborative (SSCC) is a sustainability-focused initiative based on the EPIC model that connects university resources to meaningful community-initiated projects. Both municipalities and community organizations often have a goal of being more sustainable but lack the political space, knowledge, capacity, or time that is needed to make innovative changes. In this session, we will outline the EPIC model, highlight outcomes and ongoing partnership projects, and collect feedback from Lab attendees on how SSCC can connect with new municipalities and community organizations.

Presented by Connie Frey Spurlock, SSCC Director, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

St. Peters Location 

There will be no Lab in St. Peters this month. Go Green St. Charles County will stream the presentations from the Sustainability Lab @ T-Rex.