I was totally surprised the other day when i found out that the Greening the Heartland Green building and Sustainability conference was going to be in St Louis this year on June 22-24. Had I known earlier, I would’ve considered taking Mon-Tues off to check out some of the speakers or trying to sneak into some of the break-out sessions. Just a few of the more interesting sessions are Renovating at Existing LEED Platinum, Green Communities Design Approaches, Sustainable Landscape Standards, though almost all look intriguing.
With this year’s conference being held in St Louis, I truly hope our government, educational institutions, corporations and builders really do take this stuff seriously.
There’s also a Greening 2008 blog if you want to follow some commentary before the conference. I was reading it this morning and uncovered a link to the Great Rivers Greenway District site and the current projects underway. Looking at the map of projects is pretty impressive and hopefully the progress continues with more and more greenspace in the metro. As I’ve heard other people suggest, St Louis is a great place for green space development within the city because of our excess land and vacant neighborhoods.