St. Louis is a mid-sized city of 311,000 people on the banks of the Mississippi River. St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District is one of a handful of forward-thinking water authorities offering private landowners grants to install green infrastructure. However, mission-driven organizations often miss the chance to participate because they lack the staff capacity and upfront capital needed to complete these projects.
Driving Equitable Participation in a Green Infrastructure Grant Program
St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District offers private landowners a per-acre reimbursement for installing green infrastructure, but a variety of barriers prevent some property owners from participating. In 2017, Greenprint Partners identified and aggregated our first group of project applications on behalf of mission-driven organizations located in lower-income areas of the City. These projects will drive more equitable distribution of grant funds, and could result in 3.9 million gallons of runoff being directed into green infrastructure to help prevent combined sewer overflows. As these projects progress, Greenprint Partners will manage the full process, provide bridge financing, and build out a local green infrastructure supply chain in St. Louis.
2018 to present
Develop green infrastructure for mission-driven organizations through a municipal incentive program
Improving Vacant Properties
Greenprint Partners plans to transform a four-acre block of vacant properties into a community-hub of green infrastructure and sustainable landscape practices. By putting this vacant land back into productive use, we will develop a safer, healthier space within a low income neighborhood.
Partnering with a Faith Community
Greenprint Partners is working with Central Baptist Church, an historic African American church community dedicated to social justice to install several blocks of street tree trenches, permeable pavement, an infiltration trench, and a pollinator garden for the congregation’s children.
Supporting a Social Service Organization
Greenprint Partners is helping Catholic Charities of St. Louis improve a property that houses a residential assisted living facility, an addiction treatment and recovery center for women, and a children’s center. Plans include a permeable parking lot with swales and flowering rain gardens to enhance the beauty and function of the site.