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Jun 2015


St. Louis University, 1 North Grand Boulevard,
St. Louis, Missouri,
Tel: (800) 758-3678

2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium Livable Communities






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Jun 03   

8:00 – 8:30                         Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00                       Opening Plenary Session  (St. Louise Room)

  • Welcome – Traci Lichtenberg, St. Louis Earth Day Board President
  • 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. Don Roe, Director of Planning & Urban Design Agency, City of St. Louis
  • Livable Communities: The Intersection of Health, Economics, Environment and Civil Rights. Robert Garcia, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project

10:00 – 10:15  Break/Transition

10:15 – 11:30  Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Biodiversity & Community (St. Cabrini Room)

The crucial significance of green infrastructure and its benefits to human beings is systematically outlined in this session, which begins with basic residential applications, advances to neighborhood program projects, then leads up to community programs and involvement in urban areas.

  • Lessons Learned about Homeowner Maintenance of Rain Gardens. Susan Morgan, Associate Dean, SIUE
  • Neighbors Naturescaping: Engaging Citizens to Grow Native Community Gardens. Elizabeth MacKenzie, Sustainability & Outreach Coordinator, Brightside St. Louis
  • Neighborhood-scale Rain Gardens. Susan McCrary, Principal Engineer & Matthew Koester, Civil Engineer, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
  • Moderator:  Gene Rovak, American Society of Civil Engineers – Environmental & Water Resources Institute

Session 2: Biodiversity (St. Louise Room)

Pollinator experts will share their extensive research and findings, which have begun to shape the region’s planning decisions, mindset and overall awareness of pollinators’ significance to biodiversity in our city and metro area.

  • Pollinator Projects, locally, regionally and state-wide. Ed Spevak, Curator of Invertebrates, Saint Louis Zoo
  • Bee Diversity Across a Range of Socio-economic Neighborhoods in St. Louis. Gerardo Camilo, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University
  • Impact of Urbanization on Wildlife Habitats, Populations and Communities. Charles Nilon, Ph.D., Professor, University of Missouri.
  • Moderator:  Colin Wellenkamp, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, Northeast-Midwest Institute

Session 3: Transportation & Community (St. Madeline Room)

By studying the Midtown Greenway projects and the City of Alton’s transit development model as  examples, attendees will learn how to incorporate sustainable design elements into master plans, gain insights into developing a robust engagement process in developing a new zoning district and learn about the broader benefits of the high speed rail station in Illinois.

  • Sustainable Transit – The Development of the Alton High Speed Rail Station: from Master Planning to Reality. Stephen Ibendahl, Principal, The i5Group and Matt Asselmeier, Deputy Director of Development and Housing for the City of Alton
  • Livable Community Development – Chouteau Greenway, Mark Vogl, Great Rivers Greenway
  • Moderator: Aaron Young, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

11:30 – 12:15   Lunch and Networking, Poster Viewing (St. Louise Room)

12:15 – 1:30  Lunch Plenary (St. Louise Room)
The lunch plenary will provide food for thought about the plight of food deserts that inflict the urban community at large. The fresh entrepreneurial efforts that are addressing this growing problem will be presented from the perspectives of both an established program and a local start-up.

  • Introduction –  Marcia Whelan, Marketing & Community Relations Specialist, Whole Foods Market – Town & Country
  • Food is Community: The Purpose and Practice of Food Access. Amelia Pape, My Street Grocery Founder & Whole Foods Market Food Access Coordinator
  • Food Insecurity and the Urban Underserved of St. Louis. Jeremy Goss, Founder, St. Louis MetroMarket

1:30 – 1:45  Break/Transition

1:45 – 3:00  Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Community (St. Cabrini Room)

Attendees will learn about opportunities and pilot programs across the City that are designed to better link people, nature, and health while fostering collaboration between partner organizations. The innovative initiatives being featured create green jobs, ignite a dynamic economy, and foster community development.

  • Growing a Green Economy in the Gateway. Marcia Lochmann, Director of College Partnerships, Illinois Green Economy Network
  • The City of St. Louis Urban Vitality & Ecology Initiative: Baden Pilot Project Development. Miriam Keller, Sustainability Assistant and Natural Resources Coordinator, City of St. Louis Mayor’s Office
  • Growing Sustainable Food Systems.  Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman PhD, RD, LD, Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Saint Louis University
  • Moderator: Tracy Boaz, Missouri Department of Conservation

Session 2: Transportation & Community (St. Louise Room)

The livable community planning concepts and process, particularly as they relate to developing and planning public space, transportation, and creating a sense of “place”, will be explored in depth. The session will include examples from around the country and feature a local project that demonstrates many of these concepts.

  • Beyond Complete Streets: Designing Streets for Sustainable Economics. Marielle Brown, AICP Planning Manager, Trailnet  and Bob Lewis, Principal, Development Strategies
  • Beyond Complete Streets – Complete Blocks. Craig Lewis, AICP, LEED AP, CNU-A, Principal, Urban Places Group, Stantec
  • Innovations within the CORTEX District. Karin Hagaman, Director of Project Development, CORTEX
  • Moderator: Scott Ogilvie, 24th Ward Alderman, City of St. Louis

3:00 – 3:15  Break/Transition

3:15 – 4:00  Plenary Afternoon Session – Synergies and Opportunities within Livable Communities (St. Louise Room)

This session will feature moderated discussion about how interdisciplinary, cross-sector stakeholders are/could work together to reach goals of sustainability and enhance “livability” factors within St. Louis regional communities. What are key components that can work together? What are the leverage points? The panel will open with a Pecha Kucha-style format for a fast-paced introduction to the work of each panelist (20 slides in 20 seconds), followed by discussion.

  • Jake Barnett, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Sheila Voss, Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity
  • Molly Rockamann, EarthDance
  • Kim Cella, Citizens for Modern Transit
  • Moderator: Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Garden – EarthWays Center

4:00 – 5:30  Poster Display and Networking Reception (St. Louise Room)

Presented by MSD Project Clear and Missouri American Water

Poster Presentation Exhibitors

  • Creating a Thriving Healthy Local Food System around St. Louis – Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • Learning The Basics of Sustainable Investing – Morgan Stanley
  • The St. Louis Ozone Gardens: Promoting Clean Air Stewardship – St. Louis University
  • Yes! In My Backyard (aka) The Sustainable Backyard – Sustainable Backyard Tour
  • UCBC Grove Brewery & Bierhall- A Lesson in LEED – Green Street St. Louis
  • Faith Voices: The Missing Piece For Creating Livable Communities – Missouri Interfaith Power & Light
  • Gamification & Sustainability – Saint Louis Forward
  • 50 Shades of Green Burial – Bellefontaine Cemetery Association
  • MSD Project Clear – MSD Project Clear
  • Sustainable Projects Marketplace – East-West Gateway
  • How To Create A Livable Community From Scratch – Maryland Heights Residents for Responsible Growth
  • Energy Efficiency for All – Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation

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