St. Louis, Missouri
City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan
In 2013, The City of St. Louis adopted its first Sustainability Plan. The City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan was developed and refined from two previous city-wide studies: the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and the Triple Bottom Line Climate Action Plan. The plan is comprehensive and measurable: it recommends and tracks the long and short term actions to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Extensive case studies from comparable cities were researched to frame the possibilities for sustainability planning in St. Louis. The structure was developed by comparing the best of these case studies with the unique issues, assets, and characteristics of St. Louis. The plan includes 7 goals, 50 objectives, 317 strategies, assessments, and potential funding tools all aligned with the overall vision for sustainability in the City. The plan was designed and vetted through the Mayor’s Inaugural Sustainability Summit held in December, 2011 and Mayor’s Sustainability Summit II: Innovate in May of 2012. Since its adoption, the Sustainability Plan has guided nearly 30 ongoing initiatives, programs, and projects led by the Mayor and countless private projects, competitions, and forums that advanced the goals of the plan.
The Sustainable Neighborhood toolkit is a living document created for the City of St. Louis as part of the Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative. The Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative was launched to build on the City’s greatest assets – its people and its neighborhoods – as identified by the City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan and the Mayors Sustainability Action Agenda. Two of the key elements of this new initiative are holding a Sustainable Neighborhood Small Grant Competition, and creating a Sustainable Neighborhood Toolkit. The Sustainable Neighborhood Toolkit is an important step in the implementation of the City Sustainability Plan and Mayor’s Sustainability Action Agenda. The toolkit is a resource specific to the City of St. Louis; it is designed, to empower our neighborhoods’ residents, neighborhood organizations, schools, religious organizations, community groups, and others. They will use this toolkit to glean inspiration, obtain ideas, learn about potential resources, and become familiar with how to partner with the City in order to make neighborhoods more sustainable.
The Toolkit exists as a printed document and as living online resource that can be continually updated with the most current information, resources, and local examples of sustainable projects. The initial publication of the toolkit includes 27 tools organized under the Functional Categories of the City Sustainability Plan. The process for each tool was researched and detailed to give readers specific instructions for how to pursue their projects in collaboration with the City and other local organizations supporting similar goals. Online, users can submit their own local examples of projects and success stories to continually grow the resources available to other users. Tools range from physical projects such as rain barrels and community gardens to sustainability programs and initiatives such as a recycling challenge and neighborhood fitness programs.