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OneSTL Regional Plan for Sustainable Development

Watkins CreekFaculty: Dr. Sarah Coffin and Dr. John Woolschlager

Two Center for Sustainability faculty members were involved in a major project to help lay the groundwork for sustainability St. Louis.

In 2011, the Center received $669,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help develop a regional plan for sustainable development. Sarah L. Coffin served as managing PI and the Center's Director, John Woolschlager, was one of two additional co-PIs from the university.

The SLU team, along with five graduate students, developed a data portal, online toolkit, and series of scenario models to help regional stakeholders understand how sustainability can influence planning and development in the region. Researchers from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville developed an evaluation protocol to report outcomes back to the funding agency.

The university partners were one of 11 subawardees on a larger $4.7 million grant. The larger OneSTL project engaged many aspects of sustainability planning, drawing on a wide range of stakeholders from across the region.

To learn more about the sustainability plan and explore the resulting toolkit, please visit To explore the data portal please visit

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