City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan and Mayor's Sustainability Action Agenda
The first City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan was formally adopted by the City's Planning Commission in January 2013. In February 2013, Mayor Slay announced his Mayor's Sustainability Action Agenda of 29 priority initiatives for Sustainability Plan implementation by 2018. There have been three community-wide Mayor's Sustainability Summits since 2011. (View the program for Summit III :: implement). The next Mayor's Sustainability Summit is expected to be held in 2015. Sign up below to receive sustainability updates.
NEW: Sustainability Positions and Internships
The Office of the Mayor is seeking summer interns with experience in sustainability who are willing to invest time in learning how to support the City's sustainability programs. For details check the Sustainability Internship tab to the left.
In addition, an internship with stipend and 2 paid contractor positions will be posted shortly. Please check back for job descriptions.
Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative
The City's award-winning Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative was launched in 2013. Two initial efforts were creating version 1.0 of a Sustainable Neighborhood Toolkit and holding a Sustainable Neighborhood Small Grant Competition. Learn more about the Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative.
Awards and Recognition
Mayor Slay named by OurGreenCities as one of eight 2014-2015 Top Mayors for Sustainability
2014 Outstanding Public Outreach and Community Initiative Award for the City's Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative by the American Planning Association Missouri Chapter.
2013 Outstanding Public Outreach and Community Initiative Award for the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan by the American Planning Association Missouri Chapter.
2013 Outstanding Plan for the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Planning Association;
The City's Cycling Initiative earned it the U.S. Conference of Mayors Livability Award honorable mention (2012);
The City was the Municipal recipient of Trailnet's Active Living Awards (2012);
The City of St. Louis was showcased as an Innovator in the Carbon Disclosure Project's CDP 2012 Global Report (Page 80)
NEW: Earth Day Executive Order No. 52
Mayor Slay signed Executive Order No. 52 to promote numerous sustainability practices in the City. https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/mayor/initiatives/sustainability/documents/upload/Executive-Order-52.pdf
Milkweeds for Monarchs Project and the Urban Vitality & Ecology Initiative
FREE TALK on Monarch Butterfly Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally. Tuesday, April 28th 7-8:30 pm at the Missouri Botanical Garden. http://www.brightsidestl.org/2885/biodiversecity-st-louis-speaker-series-wild-ideas-worth-sharing-global-voices/
Learn how to create your own Monarch garden and where to find plants. Milkweeds for Monarchs yard signs are free when you register your monarch garden with the City. Once reserved, signs can be picked up in the Mayor's Office at City Hall. Just send an email with the garden's address to email@example.com. Butterfly gardens have been planted throughout the City: view a map of registered monarch gardens.
Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project will expand in 2015. Both Milkweeds for Monarchs and the City of St. Louis Urban Vitality &Ecology Initiative help advance the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan and the Mayor's Sustainability Action Agenda priorities to better connect people to urban natural resources in ways that promote ecological significance, provide social benefits and maximize economic opportunities. Learn more using the left menu.
Energy Efficiency Financing
In July 2013, the City of St. Louis launched the first phase of its Set The PACE St. Louis Program to provide affordable financing to private building owners in the City of St. Louis who want to do energy efficiency, water efficiency, or renewable energy improvements on their buildings. For more information visit http://www.SetThePaceStLouis.com
Sustainable Land Lab - Encouraging Solutions for Vacant Lot Reuse
In 2012, the City partnered with Washington University in St. Louis on this innovative competition designed to generate sustainable solutions to the challenge of having too many vacant lots in the City. Forty-eight teams submitted creative entries, and five winning teams received $5,000 and the chance to implement their sustainability idea on four vacant lots in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. For more information and to follow progress during the second year of project implementation visit http://landlab.wustl.edu/
Sustainability Media Galleries
City Corner: "Milkweed for Monarchs" - The St. Louis Butterfly Project
Interview on the Milkweeds for Monarchs Initiative
OneSTL - Community Highlight - St. Louis
OneSTL Video - Community Highlight - St. Louis
Sustainable Land Lab update -- Sunflower + Project
The Sunflower + Project, featured here, is one of five projects aimed at rethinking vacant land in St. Louis as part of the inaugural Sustainable Land Lab, a partnership between Washington University and the City of St. Louis.
Sustainability Best Practices Videos
Video vignettes encouraging sustainability best practices for people who live, work or play in the urban environment
Sustainable Lab Winners Progress Gallery
Photos of the project progress of the Sustainable Lab Winners
Solar Impulse - St. Louis Sustainability Report
Across America 2013 - St. Louis
City of St Louis: Historically & Dynamically Sustainable
Mayor Slay introduces the City's new sustainabiltiy motto: "City of St Louis: Historically & Dynamically Sustainable" and talks about some of the city's initiatives and programs.
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.