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St. Louis' first "Sustainability Summit" begins Tues.

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A view of St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch.

Tomorrow Mayor Francis Slay will kick off St. Louis' first "Sustainability Summit." The goal of the summit is to get public input on how to boost the economy, improve quality of life, and protect the environment.

St. Louis sustainability director Catherine Werner says the summit will include an invitation-only technical session, but evening sessions will be open to the public.

That includes tomorrow's kick-off and a working session on Wednesday led by environmental justice advocate Majora Carter.

Werner says the next step will be to draft a sustainability plan for the city, to be made available at a second summit next spring.

"And at that time we will invite public comments on the draft sustainability plan, and by the fall of 2012 we hope to have a final sustainability plan for the city of St. Louis," Werner said.

Werner says the city currently has no funding dedicated to its sustainability project, so part of the process will need to be figuring out how to get the money implement it.

You can find out more about this week's sustainability summit here.

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