St. Louis Sustainability News - October 2017

October 2017 - News and Updates on Sustainability events around Saint Louis

October 18, 2017 | 3 min reading time
Arch Ranger Monarch Wings

Monarch Missives:  Many thanks to the National Park Service and the many partner organizations who made The Great MonArch Migration Event at the Gateway Arch such a success.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schamber of Greenscape Gardens for providing beautiful goldenrod plants for people to plant and monarchs to enjoy. More MonArch Migration event photos are postedin an online gallery.

There are two special opportunities to share your stories and photos about monarchs:  The  2017 St. Louis Monarch Photo Contestincludes the following categories: Best Monarch with the Gateway Arch, Best Monarch on Nectar Plant Source, Best Youth Photo, Best Monarch as a Caterpillar, and Best Monarch as a Chrysalis.

Need some inspiration? Check out these Smithsonian Community of Gardens stories from St. Louis! Email me at by Thanksgiving to be eligible for photo contest prizes and  inclusion in the printed booklet/exhibit of Smithsonian Monarch Garden Stories.

Environmental Justice Forum: I hope you will join me November 9th at the 2017 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum on Environmental Justice at the Saint Louis Zoo.  The distinguished speakers include Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP, Pandora Thomas, Sacoby Wilson and Carole Gibbs. This is sure to be a terrific evening that includes a light dinner. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. See the event flyer for details.

City Energy Project/City of St. Louis is the proud recipient of the 2017 East-West Gateway Council of Governments Outstanding Local Government Achievement (OLGA) Award for Exemplary Public/Non-Profit Collaboration. The honor reflects the partnership, leadership and hard work of many, including the USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter, the NRDC, the City's Buildings and Facilities Divisions, and Alderman Coatar. For more information on the City's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, visit or contact Rajiv Ravulapati, City Energy Project Technical Advisor, at

Seeking Sustainability Interns: I am seeking interns who have experience in sustainability and would like to assist my efforts in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability on some new climate and urban ecology programs being planned for 2018. If you are interested in this unpaid learning opportunity, please send your resume in an email noting your interest and availability.

Share Your Input!

  • The OneSTL Leadership Network has developed a survey to get input on the goals that were developed at the OneSTL Sustainability Summit.

  • The Regional Arts Commission is seeking input on the “first-ever comprehensive cultural planning process for the region”? The survey is open until October 28th.

  • The Downtown St. Louis Multimodal Transportation Network is collecting input until October 31st.

Sustainability Grants and Resources 

Upcoming Sustainability Events (All events free & held in the City of St. Louis)

As always, thank you for all you do to advance sustainability in the City of St. Louis.

With kind regards,

Catherine L. Werner

Sustainability Director

City of St. Louis Office of the Mayor

Twitter: @GreeninSTL 

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