St. Louis Sustainability News - May 2018

With the help of STL Audubon, I spotted this Summer Tanager at Tower Grove Park during the STL City Nature Challenge.

May 25, 2018 | 8 min reading time
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Photo by City of St. Louis Staff Title: With the help of STL Audubon, I spotted this Summer Tanager at Tower Grove Park during the STL City Nature Challenge.
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Did you take part in the inaugural STL City Nature Challenge? From April 27-30, St. Louis City joined with 16 counties in the Region as one St. Louis metropolitan area competing in the global effort to observe as many wild species as possible.

The STL City Nature Challenge results were impressive. Of the 68 cities participating in the event around the world, the STL region did exceedingly well: 12th in the number of species observations, 17th in the number of species found, and 10th in the number of participants.

Additionally, the STL City Nature Challenge resulted in 428 new species observations and 507 new observers using the free iNaturalist app! The STL effort resulted in more than 10,000 observations, 1100 species, and involved 642 participating individuals and groups, including a number of schools. This citizen science effort was an excellent way to engage students and citizens, and the data will be used to help establish an urban biodiversity inventory for the City of St. Louis. Please keep those observations coming!

Above are the results for the Top 25 Cities in 2018 City Nature Challenge 

Other highlights from April/May include two successful community tree planting events at Minnie Wood and Barrett Brothers Parks, resulting in 150 new park trees planted by residents and volunteers working in partnership with the Fire Department, Forest ReLeaf and the Forestry Division as part of a Partners for Places sustainability grant. Thank you! During the next phase of that grant project, 6 youth hired as Tree Tenders through STL Youth Jobs will learn urban forestry skills. We also launched the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Equitably planning grant effort with an official site visit by the National League of Cities.
 

Office of Sustainability Volunteer Needed for Creating Sustainability eNews:
I have had the good fortune to have Matthew Rauschenbach help me in creating and sending these monthly Sustainability eNews. (Thank you, Matthew!) As he is graduating and heading on to his next adventure, I am seeking a new eNews assistant. This individual should be able to work well with Google Docs, be comfortable with using MailChimp, and have an interest in a wide range of sustainability topics.  It typically requires 5-10 hours a month, and I’m hoping for a commitment of at least 6 months. Please send me an email if you are interested: wernerc@stlouis-mo.gov

Summer is here and that means Brightside St. Louis will again offer an Urban Gardening Symposium and kick off of its annual Neighbors Naturescaping grant opportunity. Please take advantage of these terrific programs and materials to beautify places in your community.

Air Quality Forecasts Return to STL:  Thanks to the Clean Air Partnership, daily air quality forecasts have resumed. You can receive daily air quality notifications by signing uphere

South Grand has been named the first Green Dining District in the City. To achieve this certification, at least 25% of the district’s restaurants meet the standards of the Green Dining Alliance (e.g., these restaurants recycle, do not use Styrofoam, reduce water and energy consumption, and try to source locally to reduce their environmental impact).

Dockless Bike Share STL: During the first month of Lime Bike and ofo dockless bike sharing, the program has experienced tremendous success: 27,000+ riders, 48,000+ rides, and 50,000+ miles ridden. Racial equity via targeted distribution of bikes is an important component of this initiative: 20% of bikes are located in the Social Equity and Inclusion Target Neighborhoods, and designated targeted neighborhood associations have a discount code for low income membership.

Opportunities to Learn, Provide Input or Volunteer:

  • East-West Gateway is updating its Long-Range Transportation Planningdocument and is accepting input. This plan, updated every four years, offers EWG’s vision and priorities for the St. Louis transportation system including highways, bridges, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian routes. Take the surveyhere.

  • Volunteers are needed to help with the “cyclavia” STL Open Streets event onJune 2. For more information on getting involved with the event, visit here.

  • Brightside St. Louis is accepting volunteers; apply using this form

  • The Community Development Administration will hold training for local non-profits, developers, and contractors. More here.

Attend a Sustainability Event in the City of St. Louis:

  • Final Twilight Tuesday Concert: A Tribute to Beyonce by Tanyka at the North Lawn at the Missouri History Museum. To learn more, visit here.

  • Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, including May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27,  5-9:00 pm at the Cohen Amphitheater. Learn more here.

  • On May 31 from 4-7:30 pm, Project Connect Open House will feature education and career opportunities. Young adults between the ages of 16-24 are encouraged to attend the open house to learn more as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency relocates to North St. Louis City.

  • Forest Park Forever and St. Louis Audobon will host Beginner Bird Walk in Forest Park on June 2, 8:15-10:30 am. Additional birding information available here.

  • St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium on June 2, 9 am-12 pm at the Demonstration Garden at Brightside St. Louis. 

  • Cycle the Streets with Open Streets STL on June 2, 11 am-2 pm on Compton from Cherokee to Meramac. More info on the route and planned activities here.

  • Green HELP Energy Efficiency Loan Program Seminars will be held at 1520 Market Suite 3005 on June 5 from 2:15 pm-3:15 pm and June 20 from 5:15-6:15 pm. The seminars that will cover eligible improvements, qualifications and the application process. Read more here.

  • The 2018 Sustainable Backyard Tour will be held on June 10, 11 am-4 pm.This self-guided tour will take you to private backyards and gardens in the St. Louis region. Learn more and sign up here.

  • Gateway Greening Pints ‘n’ Plants: Plant Healthcare: How to Care for Tree Pests Sustainably on June 20, 6-7:30 pm at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. 

  • Daylight Hour 2018 will be June 22. Learn about the initiative and  ways to implement Daylight Hour at your business here.

  • Whitaker Concert Series at St. Louis Place Park will be held on Thursdays, June 7-July 19, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. For more info about these concerts, visit here.

  • Clean Sweep Event with Better Family Life on June 30, 10 am-3 pm at St. Teresa and Bridget’s Catholic Church. To register and learn more about other events, visit here.

  • Save the date for the Grand Opening of the New Museum at the Gateway Arch on July 3 at 10 am. For more information, visit  here.

  • Movies on Art Hill return this summer on July 13 with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Take the kids and enjoy a night outside. More information about other films showing here.

Wishing you a safe and pleasant Memorial Day Weekend. And, as always, thank you for all that you do to advance sustainability in the City. 
With kind regards,

Catherine L. Werner
Sustainability Director
City of St. Louis Office of the Mayor
WernerC@stlouis-mo.gov
Twitter: @GreeninSTL
www.stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability

Above are the results for the Top 25 Cities in 2018 City Nature Challenge 

Other highlights from April/May include two successful community tree planting events at Minnie Wood and Barrett Brothers Parks, resulting in 150 new park trees planted by residents and volunteers working in partnership with the Fire Department, Forest ReLeaf and the Forestry Division as part of a Partners for Places sustainability grant. Thank you! During the next phase of that grant project, 6 youth hired as Tree Tenders through STL Youth Jobs will learn urban forestry skills. We also launched the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Equitably planning grant effort with an official site visit by the National League of Cities.
 

Office of Sustainability Volunteer Needed for Creating Sustainability eNews:
I have had the good fortune to have Matthew Rauschenbach help me in creating and sending these monthly Sustainability eNews. (Thank you, Matthew!) As he is graduating and heading on to his next adventure, I am seeking a new eNews assistant. This individual should be able to work well with Google Docs, be comfortable with using MailChimp, and have an interest in a wide range of sustainability topics.  It typically requires 5-10 hours a month, and I’m hoping for a commitment of at least 6 months. Please send me an email if you are interested: wernerc@stlouis-mo.gov

Summer is here and that means Brightside St. Louis will again offer an Urban Gardening Symposium and kick off of its annual Neighbors Naturescaping grant opportunity. Please take advantage of these terrific programs and materials to beautify places in your community.

Air Quality Forecasts Return to STL:  Thanks to the Clean Air Partnership, daily air quality forecasts have resumed. You can receive daily air quality notifications by signing uphere

South Grand has been named the first Green Dining District in the City. To achieve this certification, at least 25% of the district’s restaurants meet the standards of the Green Dining Alliance (e.g., these restaurants recycle, do not use Styrofoam, reduce water and energy consumption, and try to source locally to reduce their environmental impact).

Dockless Bike Share STL: During the first month of Lime Bike and ofo dockless bike sharing, the program has experienced tremendous success: 27,000+ riders, 48,000+ rides, and 50,000+ miles ridden. Racial equity via targeted distribution of bikes is an important component of this initiative: 20% of bikes are located in the Social Equity and Inclusion Target Neighborhoods, and designated targeted neighborhood associations have a discount code for low income membership.

Opportunities to Learn, Provide Input or Volunteer:

  • East-West Gateway is updating its Long-Range Transportation Planningdocument and is accepting input. This plan, updated every four years, offers EWG’s vision and priorities for the St. Louis transportation system including highways, bridges, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian routes. Take the surveyhere.

  • Volunteers are needed to help with the “cyclavia” STL Open Streets event onJune 2. For more information on getting involved with the event, visit here.

  • Brightside St. Louis is accepting volunteers; apply using this form

  • The Community Development Administration will hold training for local non-profits, developers, and contractors. More here.

Attend a Sustainability Event in the City of St. Louis:

  • Final Twilight Tuesday Concert: A Tribute to Beyonce by Tanyka at the North Lawn at the Missouri History Museum. To learn more, visit here.

  • Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, including May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27,  5-9:00 pm at the Cohen Amphitheater. Learn more here.

  • On May 31 from 4-7:30 pm, Project Connect Open House will feature education and career opportunities. Young adults between the ages of 16-24 are encouraged to attend the open house to learn more as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency relocates to North St. Louis City.

  • Forest Park Forever and St. Louis Audobon will host Beginner Bird Walk in Forest Park on June 2, 8:15-10:30 am. Additional birding information available here.

  • St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium on June 2, 9 am-12 pm at the Demonstration Garden at Brightside St. Louis. 

  • Cycle the Streets with Open Streets STL on June 2, 11 am-2 pm on Compton from Cherokee to Meramac. More info on the route and planned activities here.

  • Green HELP Energy Efficiency Loan Program Seminars will be held at 1520 Market Suite 3005 on June 5 from 2:15 pm-3:15 pm and June 20 from 5:15-6:15 pm. The seminars that will cover eligible improvements, qualifications and the application process. Read more here.

  • The 2018 Sustainable Backyard Tour will be held on June 10, 11 am-4 pm.This self-guided tour will take you to private backyards and gardens in the St. Louis region. Learn more and sign up here.

  • Gateway Greening Pints ‘n’ Plants: Plant Healthcare: How to Care for Tree Pests Sustainably on June 20, 6-7:30 pm at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. 

  • Daylight Hour 2018 will be June 22. Learn about the initiative and  ways to implement Daylight Hour at your business here.

  • Whitaker Concert Series at St. Louis Place Park will be held on Thursdays, June 7-July 19, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. For more info about these concerts, visit here.

  • Clean Sweep Event with Better Family Life on June 30, 10 am-3 pm at St. Teresa and Bridget’s Catholic Church. To register and learn more about other events, visit here.

  • Save the date for the Grand Opening of the New Museum at the Gateway Arch on July 3 at 10 am. For more information, visit  here.

  • Movies on Art Hill return this summer on July 13 with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Take the kids and enjoy a night outside. More information about other films showing here.

Wishing you a safe and pleasant Memorial Day Weekend. And, as always, thank you for all that you do to advance sustainability in the City. 
With kind regards,

Catherine L. Werner
Sustainability Director
City of St. Louis Office of the Mayor
WernerC@stlouis-mo.gov
Twitter: @GreeninSTL
www.stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability

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