The Center for Sustainability develops and executes community engagement initiatives, which steward the earth's resources and build external partnerships across businesses, governmental agencies, communities, and academic institutions.
The Center establishes ongoing methods of communication that mobilize individuals and groups to take action that positively impacts sustainability issues. Recent events include:
St. Patrick's Day Parade Recycle Drive
The Center for Sustainability is partnering with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the organizers of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. This year the Center has designed a recycling plan for the 2011 St. Patrick's Day parade and will be responsible for managing the collection process.
The parade takes place in the St. Louis City neighborhood of Dogtown. Businesses in the Dogtown area have come to rely on the surge in revenues generated during, and after the parade. In years past, the event relied on St. Louis City services to clean the significant additional waste left behind after the revelers had gone home. Typically that meant the City's contract haulers spent extra time picking up the cans, cups and bottles that littered the streets of Dogtown.
Besides the additional costs to the City, recyclable containers and trash from the event ended up in the waste stream, exacerbating the environmental challenges that some of the younger Parade-goers will face for years to come. The event is supported by a host of volunteers including Master of Sustainability students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Center for Sustainability. Waste Management generously donated the recycling bins and open-top dumpster used to collect recyclable material from the parade.
The St. Louis Green Confluence
The St. Louis Green Confluence was a two-day conference that focused on the future of the green economy. The conference featured numerous expert speakers, a showcase of local green employers, and the launch of a new web portal for green jobs. Attendees had many opportunities for networking and informal conversations that lay groundwork for future collaborations to expand St. Louis's green economy and workforce.
This event was held on January 26 and 27 in 2011 on the Saint Louis University Campus.
Sustainability Matters, held on October 13th through November 17 in 2011, was intended to help St. Louis-area businesses explore sustainability from a personal to organizational level. The six-week seminar series discussed topics from the ethics of sustainability to the role of public policy.
Attendees explored how to build a better environment for their businesses as well as our region.
Unite for Sight
The Center for Sustainability partnered with the SLU Unite for Sight chapter during their Spring 2011 fundraising campaign. The organizations collected used and empty printer ink cartridges which were exchanged for funds through the Cartridge for Kids program.
Funds will be used to finance cataract surgeries for people in Honduras, Ghana, and India who would otherwise go without treatment. Unite for Sight is a non-profit global health delivery organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. The mission of the Saint Louis University chapter is to increase awareness about eye diseases, dispense important information related to eye health, and connect individuals to free eye health programs.