St. Louis Sustainability News - August 2019

St. Louis Sustainability News for August 2019

Publication Date: 08/02/2019
Document Type: Informational Pages
Sponsor: Office of Sustainability

City of St. Louis Sustainability News August 2, 2019

In This Edition:

STL Solar Expo & Symposium ­ August 3
Urban Biodiversity Inventory Update
Chouteau Greenway & Hodiamont Track Projects

Dear Sustainability Subscriber,

I hope you will join us on Saturday, August 3rd for the STL Solar Expo & Symposium! Did you know that the IKEA St. Louis store on Forest Park Parkway sports the largest solar rooftop array in the State of Missouri? On Saturday, August 3rd, you are invited to take a closer look during a free tour of the IKEA rooftop solar array in conjunction with the STL Solar Expo & Symposium. For the tour, meet at 9:30am at the IKEA cafe on the 2nd floor.

Head to Cortex Commons for the STL Solar Expo, which will feature 20 solar energy exhibits & demonstrations. The STL Solar Expo will be held outside the @4240

Duncan building between 9am and 1pm.There will be guided viewing opportunities of solar panels at 4240 Duncan at 10am and 11am. Between 10am and 12:30 pm there will be several short presentations from solar experts inside the @4240 Duncan building at Cortex.

Check out this terrific STL Solar Symposium Agenda

10:00 am ­ Solar 101: What you need to know about solar energy
10:30 am ­ Financing Residential/Small Business Solar PV
11:00 am ­ Keeping Solar Cost­Effective: Group Purchase, Rebates, Tax Credits 11:30 am ­ Supporting Solar Energy Without Installing PV Panels
12:00 pm ­ Solar PV Training Opportunities in St. Louis

We think solar energy is hot hot hot, so we are offering free Ted Drewes frozen custard from 10am (while they last) at the STL Solar Expo. Also, three Food Trucks will be on site at Cortex Commons from 11am­1pm. Bring the family and join us!

City of St. Louis Urban Biodiversity Inventory Update

The City has been a core partner of two national grant projects working to establish the methodology and create the tools needed to help cities develop an urban biodiversity inventory. The second of the Urban Biodiversity Inventory grant projects recently concluded, and the California Academy of Sciences developed this helpful summary of the urban biodiversity inventory phase 2 grant work.

In conjunction with the objective of conducting an urban biodiversity inventory, the Office of Sustainability led an effort to identify a set of surrogate species that would help to indicate high­quality urban biodiversity. We also established six long term urban biodiversity monitoring locations across the City.

During the April 2019 City Nature Challenge competition, we encouraged citizen scientists to gather data on species at these particular locations. The overlap of where species were observed during the City Nature Challenge and the long term monitoring sites is reflected in the map, right.

If you would like to be involved in the urban biodiversity monitoring, please let me know which site is the best fit for your interests.


Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG), is advancing plans for two significant greenway projects in the City of St. Louis: Chouteau

Greenway and the Hodiamont Tracks. A design team led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism is in the final stages of completing the Framework Plan for Chouteau Greenway, such as identifying alignments and features, equitable development strategies, economic development strategies and an overall governance structure for the greenway’s implementation and ongoing operations and maintenance. GRG held several “Feedback and Fun” events to allow residents to learn about Chouteau Greenway and provide feedback on the plan. Bruce Mau Design is working with GRG and numerous stakeholders on a branding strategy for the project. Great Rivers Greenway is asking the region's residents to weigh in on the project's design by taking a brief online survey that seeks feedback on things such as arts and events programming, economic opportunities and equity considerations.

On the Hodiamont Tracks corridor project, GRG completed an extensive round of public engagement in early 2019, and has engaged EDSI, Inc. to conduct a full property survey of the 3.5 mile corridor, in order to position the project for conceptual design and begin to identify possible early stages of development. The North Central Special Business District is seeking volunteers to help with a clean­up of the Hodiamont Tracks on August 10.

Get Involved & Engage In Sustainability

The International Monarch Monitoring Blitz will be going on through August 4th. Anyone can sign up to participate.
The St. Louis
Bee Blitz 2019 is August 17 from 10:00am­12:00pm. Registration is required.

USGBC’s Green School Quest is looking for volunteers to become a Green Schools Quest Mentor. Registration deadline: August 31st.
Brightside is looking for volunteers for upcoming Blitz projects in August.
WWF and Natural Habitat Adventures invites environmental educators to apply for a
Monarch Butterfly Travel Scholarship to go on their Kingdom of the Monarchs January 2020 adventure in Mexico. Deadline: September 3.

Lindsay Obermeyer's "Glass Prairie" is on exhibit at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Her delicate glass beaded prairie flowers and imaginative bug­like creatures celebrate the native plants and biodiversity of Missouri.

Attend A Sustainability Event: (All events are free)

The inaugural STL Solar Expo & Symposium will be held on August 3 in the Cortex Commons and @4240 Duncan Building between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Details above and on the sustainability website.
Compton Heights Musical Mondays concert series will be in Tower Grove Park on August 5 from 7:30­9:30pm.

Great Rivers Greenway is having a Clean up and Green Up event for the Hodiamont Tracks on August 10 from 9:00am­12:00pm.
Middle and high school students are welcome to attend the
2019 Back to School Youth Summit on August 11 from 1:00pm­5:00pm at Harris Stowe State University. South Grand Movie Night is on August 16th at 7:30pm and will feature the film Sustainable.

The 6th Annual Saint Louis African American Artifacts Festival and Bazaar (Saint LAAA FaB) will be held on August 17 from 1:00pm­7:00pm in Crown Square Plaza. Louisa Chawla will give a talk on Living Landscapes for Human Health and Well­ being on August 20 from 7:00pm­8:30pm at the St. Louis Zoo.

Pints n’ Plants: Insects as Food and Feed will be at Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery on August 21 from 6:30pm­7:30pm.
USGBC will hold a
Drop In Benchmarking Help Session on August 28 from 3:00­ 5:00 pm at MBG’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education.

The Academy of Science’s Space on Tap will have science talks and trivia on August 29 from 7:00pm­8:30pm. Students encouraged to attend. Registration required.
The Closing Day: Science at Sunset at the St. Louis Science Center is on August 29 from 5:00pm­8:30pm.

The Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series at the Zoo, presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers is every Friday 5:00­8:00pm through August 30.

Save the Date:

September 24 ­ USGBC Energy Benchmarking Help Session
September 28 ­ The Great MonArch Migration Event at the Gateway Arch October 5­6 ­ WOW Outdoor Conservation School in Forest Park

I hope you are having a great summer. The September Sustainability eNews will be sent before Labor Day. As always, thank you for all you to do advance sustainability in the City of St. Louis.

With kind regards,

Catherine Werner
Sustainability Director
City of St. Louis Office of Sustainability WernerC@stlouis­

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