Environmental initiatives in Central Missouri have been launched to connect people to urban natural resources in ways that maximize ecological and economic impact and generate social benefits. The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers. The Missouri Environmental Coalition (MCE) was founded in 1969 from a convention at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This organization works to ensure environmental justice, which is the fair treatment and meaningful participation of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Green spaces can contribute to the social, economic and environmental well-being of people who live, work, learn and play in cities. The MCE was able to avoid construction and pave the way for the construction of a new stadium in the city with a much lower environmental impact. In 1976, MCE launched a campaign to prohibit Union Electric rate increases that would force customers to pay for construction works in progress (CWIP). This was followed by the St.
Louis Conference on the Environment, held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on June 5, 1971. The Coalition filed a historic lawsuit against the development of a major floodplain, and obtained a fundamental ruling that prohibited urbanization below the maximum limit without a federal permit and a decree that preserved the land between the Earth City Dam and the Missouri River as open space. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been involved in the Environmental Justice Movement since its inception. The Missouri Environmental Coalition (MCE) is Missouri's independent citizen environmental organization that promotes clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment. This nonprofit 501(c) conservation organization campaigns for clean air, clean water, and clean energy in Missouri. The Louis Urban Vitality & Ecology (UVE) initiative is led by the City Sustainability Office of the City of St.
Louis Urban Design Agency. This initiative seeks to promote aspects of environmental protection within the city. The EPA has also established a new standard for the amount of toxic metallic lead allowed to enter the air. This standard is designed to protect public health by reducing exposure to lead pollution. Central Missouri is taking important steps towards protecting its environment through various initiatives. The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers.
The Missouri Environmental Coalition (MCE) works to ensure environmental justice for all people regardless of race or income. The Louis Urban Vitality & Ecology (UVE) initiative seeks to promote aspects of environmental protection within St. Louis city limits. Additionally, the EPA has established a new standard for lead pollution that will help protect public health.
These initiatives are helping Central Missouri become more sustainable by connecting people with urban natural resources in ways that maximize ecological and economic impact while generating social benefits. Through these efforts, Central Missouri is making strides towards protecting its environment for future generations. The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Missouri Environmental Coalition (MCE), Louis Urban Vitality & Ecology (UVE), and EPA are all working together to ensure Central Missouri's environment is protected for years to come. By providing financial assistance, promoting environmental justice, encouraging sustainability initiatives within St.
Louis city limits, and setting standards for lead pollution levels, these organizations are helping Central Missouri become more sustainable while protecting its environment.