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Regional Sustainability Summit, April 5, 2017

The St. Louis region has, in general, a robust foundation for sustainability: a collectively developed regional sustainability plan (OneSTL), a thorough City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan, and a multitude of initiatives dedicated to making St. Louis a more sustainable and resilient place.

The OneSTL Sustainabilty Summit: “Setting Targets for our Shared Future”,  to be hosted on April 5, 2017, seeks to move these frameworks forward by identifying specific targets and goals that lead to strategies to achieve a sustainable, equitable future. This effort builds on the OneSTL sustainability plan and other plans and studies conducted across the region.

Summit topics include:

  • Buildings, Land Use, & Community Development
  • Water & Green Infrastructure
  • Materials & Recycling
  • Energy & Emissions
  • Transportation
  • Biodiversity
  • Food

The OneSTL Sustainability Summit is a regional collaboration by 11 St. Louis area higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and regional government partners. The outcome of the conference will be to identify specific targets and goals that lead to strategies to achieve a sustainable, equitable future. At the 2017 Sustainability Summit, attendees will learn and apply innovative approaches to:

  • Build regional momentum and solidarity
  • Identify metrics/goals and set targets
  • Identify strategies to achieve targets
  • Kick-off a forum for ongoing conversation

The event will take place April 5, 2016, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on Washington University’s School of Medicine Campus.  Registration ends March 31. General admission is $85, student tickets are $30.

Participation in the Summit is open to the public,  but requires registration. Register HERE.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote for the conference is Dr. Antwi Akom, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental DesigUn (I-SEEED). I-SEEED focuses on building sustainable cities and schools. Professor Akom has collaborated with schools, community groups, policy makers, and researchers to improve the lives and living conditions of poor people of color around the world. He is also associate professor of Africana Studies and Urban Sociology at San Francisco State University, where he specializes in climate justice, participatory technology, community-generated data, and social innovation.

​Summit Agenda

12:00p // Welcome Lunch and Opening Speaker
1:00p // Regional Panel
2:15p // Concurrent sessions

3:30p // Concurrent sessions

4:30p // Light Reception & Sponsor Hall Open

5:00p // Keynote Address by Dr. Akom

6:30p // Networking reception & Sponsor Hall Open

8:00p // Summit Concludes




Additional Opportunities

Apply to Participate in Workshops on April 6:

Conference organizers will convene a select group of stakeholders for each of the summit themes on April 6. Each group will meet at a day-long working session following the summit to develop time bound, measurable goals and strategies. CMT will help lead the session on Transportation. Those interested in an unparalleled opportunity to influence sustainability in the region and work in collaboration with practitioners who are experts in their field may apply here by March 10. Space is limited.


The OneSTL Sustainability Summit is seeking both general volunteers and volunteers to serve as note-takers for the workshops. This opportunity provides excellent exposure to experts and area leaders as they work through a process of setting sustainability targets for the region. Individuals interested in being a general volunteer should contact Cassandra Hage at




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