Upcoming Events

St. Louis in 2030 – Land, Cities, Climate


As part of the Marfa Diaologues, Washington University and the City of St. Louis will host a panel discussion about how cities can use their assets – particularly vacant land – to mitigate, adapt to and be resilient in the face of climate change. This event will leverage the expertise of civic leaders and researchers to develop the civic dialogue around vacant land, climate change and neighborhood sustainability. St. Louis in 2030 – Land, Cities, Climate will include Pecha Kucha-style presentations and a lively panel discussion centering around three primary questions:

1) What are the challenges and opportunities for cities to mitigate, adapt to and be resilient in the changing climate;

2) How can vacant land be an asset in reshaping cities into sustainable urban environments; and

3) What do tangible built and policy solutions look like, and how do we facilitate their implementation?

Panelists include Richard Reilly (Co-Founder of the Sunflower+ Project: STL), Don Roe(Director of Planning and Urban Design Agency, City of St. Louis), Patty Heyda (Assistant Professor in Urban Design and Architecture, Washington University), Kim Medley (Interim Director, Tyson Ecological Research Center, Washington University), and Otis Williams(Executive Director, St. Louis Development Corporation).

Register to attend on Eventbrite. This event is free and open to the public.

You can also join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

When: Wednesday, July 30th, 7-9pm
Where: Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108


Free Chess Lessons at Chess Pocket Park

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Chess Pocket Park Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Join us in Old North for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Chess Pocket Park on Thursday, August 21st at 7pm. This exciting milestone will be part of Rise’s second annual street party: The Rise UP Festival. More details coming soon.

When: Thursday, August 21st, 7pm
Where: 2713 N 14th Street, St. Louis 63106


Past Events

Summer Solstice Event

The Mississippian culture located their important civic and ceremonial functions on the top of geometric earthen forms. The Mighty Mississippians team held this public event to celebrate the solstice, marking the shadows made by the Giant Solar Calendar for the Solstice. The team also coordinated with the Craft Alliance for crafts related to the site and to the mound-builders.

When: Saturday, June 21st, 11am-1pm
Where: 1300 Montgomery St., St. Louis, MO 63106


First Fruits Ceremony and Planting Event

The First Fruits Ceremony in Mississippian culture is a celebration of fertility and revitalization.  At the event, the Mighty Mississippians team brought some new life to their site by planting young native plants utilizing a variety of Native American techniques and learned about synergistic planting strategies.

When: Saturday, May 24th, 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: 1300 Montgomery St., St. Louis, MO 63106


Sustainable Land Lab Tour

As part of its Events & Topics in Renewable Energy & the Environment series, I-CARES hosted a tour of the Sustainable Land Lab project sites. Participants saw the Sustainable Land Lab in action, had an opportunity to hear from the teams testing strategies, and learned more about the challenge and potential of vacant land in the city. See great pictures from the tour here.

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 3:45-5:00pm
Where: Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Offices, 2700 North 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106


Community Planting Day 2!

The Sunflower+ team had a wonderful day of dirt therapy as they planted the second year’s crop of sunflowers.

When: Saturday, April 12th, 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: The Sunflower+ Project site, 1318-24 Warren Street, St. Louis, MO 63106