Urban EcoBlock Selected for Round 2 of the Kaplan Innovation Prize

Urban EcoBlock partnered with St. Louis community developer Rise on a grant application after submitting an initial application in April. The 2019 JMK Innovation Prize is seeking out “innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of environment, heritage conservation and social justice.” The Urban EcoBlock is well-positioned to qualify for all three … Continue reading Urban EcoBlock Selected for Round 2 of the Kaplan Innovation Prize

St. Louis EcoCode Advancing within City Planning Department

Urban EcoBlock has been working with the City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency on tailoring the Model EcoCode to the context of the city which will become the EcoCode: St. Louis.  After making suggested changes to the code, the Planning Department has provisionally approved the EcoCode: St. Louis pending a case study … Continue reading St. Louis EcoCode Advancing within City Planning Department

Developer Shows Interest in Urban EcoBlock

The St. Louis Park Place development near the future western base of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA West) broke ground earlier this year. The homes utilize structural insulated panels (SIPs) to create an extremely well-insulated building envelope, and are designed to incorporate rooftop solar to enable the all-electric buildings to be near net zero energy. … Continue reading Developer Shows Interest in Urban EcoBlock

SLU Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic Defines Ownership and Governance Options

Under the supervision of Dana Malkus, Director of St. Louis University's Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, two senior law students worked with Craig Scandrett-Leatherman to identify legal tools and ownership models by which Urban EcoBlock could perpetuate 15% affordable housing, equity for all incomes, and ecological stewardship. Students summarized the features of Community Land Trusts; Cooperatives; … Continue reading SLU Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic Defines Ownership and Governance Options

Washington University Sustainability Exchange Students Explore Community Land Trusts

Teaching and advising a section on Community Land Trusts (CLTs) with students of Washington University's Sustainability Exchange took a crash course in CLTs with Craig Scandrett-Leatherman by reading The Community Land Trust Reader and studying the missions, articles, principles of Grounded Solutions and the National Community Land Trust Network. Michael Carovillano and Rachel Burgess worked with Craig and … Continue reading Washington University Sustainability Exchange Students Explore Community Land Trusts