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HOlli n slay

Yesterday, I had the chance to hear Mayor Francis Slay and Charlie Dooley speak about the future for St. Louis and found it so inspiring. Overall I just wanted to let every St. Louisian out there know that if they ever get a chance to hear them speak, you should go without questioning it and listen to the bright future St. Louis has coming its way. It will inspire you to be involved with your community!

The Mayor’s Personal Action Agenda

Urban Character, Vitality & Ecology

  1. Create a sustainability resource toolkit for neighborhoods
  2. Make LRA land available at no cost for smart, productive, creative re-use of the land
  3. Provide easy access to greenspace, trails or parks within a half mile or 10 minute walk
  4. Increase number of trees planted by 16,000, or 15%

Arts, Culture & Innovation

  1. Promote sustainability practices at all public arts and cultural events
  2. Build Phase II of CORTEX bioscience and technology research hub
  3. Advance use of public transit, trolleys and streetcars to connect arts, culture and innovation hubs

Empowerment, Diversity & Equity

  1. Employ 500 youth in annual summer job program
  2. Form a Mayor’s Community Council for Sustainability Implementation
  3. Implement Board Bill 297 pertaining to workforce inclusion
  4. Maintain our premier Municipal Equality Index rating for LGBTQ

Health, Well-Being & Safety

  1. Decrease obesity by 5% by expanding our Small Changes for Health, Let’s Move STL and Good 4 U! Programs
  2. Reduce crime by 25%
  3. End chronic homelessness

Infrastructure, Facilities & Transportation

  1. Advocate for transportation plans and funding that allow more people to be less car dependent
  2. Support Citywide greenhouse gas emission reductions of 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050
  3. Achieve a 6% reduction in fuel use in City fleet and expand use of alternative fuels to 85% of Airport’s fleet
  4. Increase number of dedicated bicycle lanes by 150% and shared road facilities by 35%
  5. Increase bike racks by 150%
  6. Have single stream recycling facilities for 100% of City government buildings and double residential recycling to 20% participation
  7. Reduce City government use of water by 10%
  8. Use green custodial cleaning supplies in 100% of City government facilities

Education, Training & Leadership

  1. Create an Office of Sustainability in which the City’s Sustainability Director works with a City Green Team to implement and track the City’s sustainability initiatives
  2. Open 20 additional quality public charter schools
  3. Double the current eco-literacy rate by launching a program to foster an enhanced connection between people and urban natural resources

Prosperity, Opportunity & Employment

  1. Require a sustainability impact statement for all new City development
  2. Create at least 8,500 new jobs at Ballpark Village, CORTEX, Carondelet Coke, St. Louis Army Ammunition Plant, and North Riverfront
  3. Remediate and prepare at least 40 vacant properties for redevelopment
  4. Create an urban forestry employment training program for high school students

To see the Sustainability Plan for St. Louis visit http://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/planning/documents/city-of-st-louis-sustainability-plan.cfm and download it (its your future).

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