Sustainable St. Louis was formed to serve as a resource and facilitator in the development of a more robust and holistic approach to the region's environmental sustainability - uniting businesses, advocates and local governments to build a more sustainable future for the entire St. Louis metropolitan area.
Sustainable St. Louis believes that the interaction and cooperative efforts of regional stakeholders will: a) result in the improved success of existing sustainability efforts; and b) provide the foundation for new sustainability initiatives.
Sustainable St. Louis is aimed at serving three target groups - businesses, communities, and nonprofits.
The sustainability focus areas include:
1) Energy - Funding for low-income home weatherization, energy efficiency enhancements, alternative energy research projects, superfund clean-up, and clean water and drinking water-related improvements;
2) Weatherization - Provide free home weatherizing for low-income families. Improvements will reduce utility costs for residents by sealing leaks and boosting the efficiency of furnaces and hot water tanks;
3) Brownfields Grant for Contaminated Land Clean Up and Local Job Creation - Support cleanup activities at several of the 12 shovel-ready projects that have been identified as being contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum;
4) Green Job Training through EPA Brownfields Grants - Ensures recruitment of individuals from disadvantaged communities and allows local residents to qualify for green jobs developed as a result of Brownfields efforts. Funding will train 120 students, graduate 102 students, and place at least 77 students in environmental technician and other green jobs;
5) Solid Waste Management Funds - Operate and grant funds to cities, counties and businesses for solid waste management, waste reduction, recycling and related services which create and retain jobs;
6) Air Monitoring - Help the City protect citizens and the environment by continuing to collect air samples in the St. Louis metropolitan area; and
7) Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements.