Maplewood Sustainability Commission

Meetings are held the First Tuesday of the Month at Maplewood City Hall

All meetings are at 6 p.m. at Maplewood City, 7601 Manchester on the first Tuesday of the month.

Please use the rear (north) entrance of City Hall to enter the building. All meetings are open to the public.

Agenda items must be submitted 10 days in advance of the meeting.

Any questions regarding the Sustainability Commission should be addressed to Brian Herr, City of Maplewood Building Official at (314) 646-3634.

Agendas & Minutes*

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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*Please note: For a copy of previous agendas or minutes please contact Karen Scheidt at 646-3604.

Great News!  

Gardening for Birds or Butterflies: Bring Conservation Home is an on-site native plant landscaping consultation service from St. Louis Audubon. Maplewood is a partner community and city residents receive the service for the discounted member rate of just $25.

For more information about the St. Louis Audubon's program visit this link:

Maplewood is the Nation's First Green Dining District

Maplewood named as Nation's Green Power Community of the Year by the EPA

Maplewood is an EPA Green Power Community

Maplewood was recognized for meeting the Green Power Community challenge on September 19, 2015 by the EPA. The Maplewood Sustainability Commission was instrumental in moving this initiative forward.

Green Power Communities are towns, villages, cities, or counties in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green power in amounts that meet EPA purchase requirements for the Green Power Partnership program. These communities are supporting renewable energy and reducing their carbon footprints from electricity use.

• Maplewood joins 56 other communities across the country and is now the third Missouri community to become an EPA Green Power Community, joining the ranks of cities including Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

• These homeowners, businesses and local organizations are now collectively using renewable energy in amounts that make a real difference for our environment and for the health of our citizens.

• When the Challenge began, the goal was to match three percent of the city’s energy use with green energy and the residents and businesses of Maplewood showed such overwhelming support of the Green Power Challenge that they doubled the original goal and are now matching SIX PERCENT of the city’s energy use with green energy. This success couldn’t have been achieved without local government’s efforts and the help of households and local businesses throughout the community. Maplewood can proudly boast that they’re supporting more than seven million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, the equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 700 average American homes. The environmental impact of this participation is similar to taking 1,278 cars off the road for one year.

• EPA applauds the leadership and support of the many residents and organizations who have contributed to the success of Maplewood’s Green Power initiative.


• RECs

Bridges-Community Support Services
Cousin Hugo’s
Foundation Grounds Coffee House and Cafe
Gray Design Group
Great Harvest Bread Company
Hellmuth + Bicknese
Kakao Chocolate
Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios
The Book House
The City of Maplewood
The Crow’s Nest
The Post Sports Bar and Grill
The Side Project Cellar
Traveling Tea Company
Water Street Restaurant

Businesses who have installed solar

• Solar

Saint Louis Closet Company
Sutton Design Studio

Businesses who have installed solar AND are purchasing RECs

• Solar and RECs

Architectural Design Guild
Maplewood/Richmond Heights School District
Schlafly Bottleworks

• The importance of leadership cannot be stressed enough. Notably, the support of Maplewood’s City Government has been instrumental to this initiative. Through its leadership and support, Maplewood is well on its way to making a significant environmental impact through the purchase of green power.

Related links:

Visit Pure Power's website

Recycling information for Maplewood residents.

More information about recycling in the region.

Visit the EPA Green Power Challenge website

More about the EPA's Green Power Challenge:

• President Obama’s Climate Action Plan calls on agencies and departments across the federal government to work together with states, cities, industries, the public, consumers and the international community to address climate change. The Green Power Communities program is a powerful example of how cities can meet this challenge.

• Conventional electricity generation is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and the single largest industrial source of air pollution in the U.S. -- responsible for 33 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, roughly two-thirds of the nation’s sulfur dioxide emissions; one quarter of the NOx emissions; one-third of the mercury; and about 40% of our carbon dioxide emissions.

• These emissions contribute to a number of serious environmental problems -- including acid rain, fine particulate pollution, haze, acidification of water bodies, and of course, global warming.

• Green power has become a readily-available resource that a growing number of organizations are voluntarily turning to as part of their overall electricity use and climate strategy. Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.
• In order to take advantage of the environmental opportunity of green power markets, EPA launched a voluntary program – the Green Power Partnership. The goal of EPA’s Green Power Partnership is to support the transformation of the green power market through the voluntary purchase of clean, renewable energy by leading organizations.

• Since the partnership started in 2001, thousands of organizations—including Fortune 500 companies, universities, schools, cities, states, and federal agencies—have committed to making the switch to green power. Altogether, our 1,300 Green Power Partnership members have made an annual commitment to purchase over 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of green power.

• The Green Power Community program is an EPA–designed platform within the partnership program to promote community-based support for green power. The program is intended to motivate collective action of a community’s local government, businesses, and citizens to reduce the community’s carbon footprint by procuring green power.

• Altogether, EPA’s Green Power Communities are using more than 6 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, cutting carbon emissions from the equivalent of the electricity use from more than 580,000 homes and helping to protect the health of their neighbors.
• Communities purchase or use of on-site green power is one of the easiest ways for a community to reduce its carbon footprint and support domestic energy supply. Many municipalities are on the forefront of this trend, leading the way on green power use and accounting for a large percentage of the green power industry’s growth.
• Green Power Communities like Maplewood are helping to drive additional new renewable energy generation that will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.

Maplewood's Sustainability Commission: Who We Are, What We Do and How We Can Help

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The Maplewood Sustainability Commission is devoted to making Maplewood a healthy, economically prosperous and environmentally friendly community. The Maplewood Sustainability Commission considers these three principles in everything we do. The Commission will periodically update this website with status reports on the projects we have undertaken and the progress we are making.
One of our core goals as a commission is to support our residents’ efforts to independently make their lifestyles more sustainable, healthy and connected with community. The “Sustainability Resources” section below has been created for just this purpose. Click on whatever topic you are interested in and you will find a list of relevant organizations with tips and resources which will help you save money on your energy bills, access healthy local food, get rebates for using public transportation and much more. Whenever we were able to highlight Maplewood’s many green resources we have done so.
Thanks for your interest and we look forward to working with you to make Maplewood a more sustainable and healthy community!
The Maplewood Sustainability Commission

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report Spring 2013 by Amanda La Brier

Community and Local Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for 2010, 2011 & 2012

This report represents the completion of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the City of Maplewood, Missouri. The ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Community and Local Government Operations (LGO) protocols, processes and procedures, were utilized as the standard for study. The Clean Air and Climate Protection Software (CACP 2009), designed specifically for the purpose of GHG inventory, was utilized to calculate GHG emissions. The finalization of this report is the first of five steps outlined by ICLEI to assist and guide municipalities through GHG emissions reduction action plan.

Click here to read the entire report (PDF)

Sustainability Resources

Buying Green in Maplewood and St. Louis- One of the easiest ways to becoming more sustainable is to “buy green;” find out how to do this while supporting your local Maplewood community!
Eating Healthy- Delicious, healthy and sustainable food options are right in the neighborhood!
Energy Efficiency- Find out easy ways you can make your home greener, cleaner and cheaper.
Gardening and Composting- Learn how to compost, pick native plants for your garden and grow food in your own backyard or through a community garden.
Recycling- Learn about how to do basic recycling in Maplewood and connect with resources for disposing of old electronics and hazardous materials.  Visit the Missouri Recycling Association's Web Page for recycling resources and information.
Renewable Energy- Find out more about the rebates, technology and savings associated with renewable energy.
Vehicle Usage- Learn more about the alternatives to driving a car and the unique advantages of each option.
If you have any interests or topics you are curious about that are not covered on this webpage please feel free to contact the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Green Resources Hotline at or (314) 577-0246.

Resources compiled by CORO Fellow Jake Barnett