Sunday, June 22, 2008
ONSL has been getting quite a bit of attention lately. As noted in our previous post of June 16, Kaid Benfield of the Natural Resources Defense Council has shared his positive reviews of ONSL’s rebirth on his blog (Of the community, by the Community, and for the community). That commentary attracted the notice of Eddie Roth, an editorial writer for the Post-Dispatch, who reported about us on his blog (Plaudits for Northside Neighborhood,which begins with the assertion that “the Old North St. Louis neighborhood is really gaining traction as a community on the rise”) and has also been posted to the blog for the Greening the Heartland Conference (Old North: national press).
The Greening the Heartland Conference starts today and continues through Tuesday at America’s Center in Downtown St. Louis. The fifth annual conference on green building and sustainability is sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. On June 13, the GTH blog put its spotlight on ONSLRG’s past-president and current vice president, John Burse. John will be presenting a workshop at the conference along with ONSLRG executive director Sean Thomas and RHCDA’s deputy director David Dodson. Click HERE to see the text of the interview with John and his thoughts about the revitalization of Old North.
John’s answers to the interview questions provide a good preview of what will be discussed at the workshop on Tuesday: “The work that has gone on in Old North is at a tremendous variety of scales done by a small and committed group of individuals. The driving force in Old North is grass roots based energy which is palpable and I can’t say enough about the level of determination. The principles which have fueled the work are at the heart of what it means to be socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable community.”
For more details about the workshop on Old North’s transformation or other events at the conference, visit the Greening the Heartland Conference website. Online registration for the conference is closed; however, the website notes that “there is still plenty of room at the conference.” If you want to attend, they advise you to “just come and register on-site” (at America’s Center).