Sustainability Office

Mission, Contacts, Documents, Awards, Policies

City Sustainability Mission

City of St. Louis sustainability initiative logo The City of St. Louis harnesses the strength and spirit of its diverse community to create an economically, socially and ecologically vibrant City for present and future generations -- one that dynamically serves those who live, work and play in the City's rich and celebrated historic landscape.

Sustainability Plan and Mayor's Action Agenda

Sustainability and the City

The City of St. Louis promotes sustainability in several ways, but is perhaps most visible in its efforts to capitalize on its dense area, existing infrastructure and rich heritage to preserve and restore buildings, many of which possess impressive historic features. Bicycle-friendly streets and widely available public transportation help decrease car usage, thereby reducing emissions and improving air quality. Sustainable practices such as low impact development and residential recycling are encouraged. The City also requires all new municipal buildings to meet energy efficiency and green building standards. With its Habitat for Humanity developments, St. Louis has one of the highest levels of LEED Platinum Homes in the country. St. Louis also ranks among the highest for historic building rehabilitations. The City has been successful in growing its population by revitalizing its downtown and diverse neighborhoods.

The City is moving forward with many important sustainability initiatives. Developing an overarching sustainability framework and climate action plan for the City are two examples of short-term efforts designed to have lasting, measurable impact. Increased emphasis is being placed on celebrating and communicating the sustainability successes of the City and its many partners, as well as expanding upon both current and prior successes in order for the City to become even more vibrant, sustainable and competitive in the years ahead.

The City developed an award-winning Sustainability Plan. The City started a robust public engagement effort in 2011, and issued a Draft For Public Review of its Sustainability Plan in October of 2012.  The City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan is both comprehensive and triple bottom line (economy, ecology, equity) in orientation. More information about the Plan and planning process can be found on the Sustainability Plan tab of this website.


Awards, Grants & Recognition
Sustainability Office List of Awards, Grants & Recognition

Energy Efficiency Financing
Learn about the PACE St. Louis Program and affordable financing to private building owners in the City.

Get Involved
Ways for St. Louis citizens to get involved.

Sustainability Policies & Ordinances
Sustainability executive orders and ordinances in the City of St. Louis

We Are Working On ...

Climate & Air, Land, Water
Sustainability initiatives relating to climate change & air quality, land and/or water in the City of St. Louis.

Milkweeds for Monarchs
Milkweeds For Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project is an effort to create pollinator habitat in ways that foster the connection between people and nature

Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative
An initiative to inspire, empower and position neighborhood groups and residents to make sustainability changes in their own community.

Urban Vitality & Ecology
An initiative to connect people to urban natural resources in ways that maximize ecological and economic impact and realizes social benefits to people.

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