Catherine Werner

Sustainability Director

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Catherine Werner has been the City's first Sustainability Director since 2009, and works on numerous urban sustainability initiatives for the City. From 2010-2013, Catherine spearheaded development of an award-winning and comprehensive Sustainability Plan for the City of St. Louis, and currently oversees implementation of sustainability priorities for the City. Catherine has been a champion of triple bottom line sustainability principles – balancing social, economic and environmental issues. She has been instrumental in launching several successful sustainability efforts in the City, such as its Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative, Climate Protection Initiative, Biophilic City status, Urban Vitality Ecology Initiative, Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project, and Set The PACE St. Louis energy-efficiency financing program.

Catherine oversaw the City’s $3.7 Million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and has been leading the City’s climate protection efforts, such as helping the City win the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge award, the City Energy Project award, pass an energy benchmarking ordinance, conduct five Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventories and reporting, and develop the first Climate Action & Adaptation Plan and Climate Vulnerability Assessments for the City. She also led the City in the HUD-funded Regional Sustainable Communities Planning Grant on transit-oriented development, and oversaw the City’s STAR Community Rating System efforts, in which the City earned a Three Star Rating.

Catherine has worked as an environmental attorney, sustainability consultant, natural resources specialist and environmental educator. She has extensive experience in legal, policy, ecological and sustainable design projects, and has worked on green infrastructure, urban ecology and sustainable development issues in both a planning and implementation capacity.

In the wake of the S&L crisis, Catherine served as lead Environmental Counsel for the federal Resolution Trust Corporation agency in the Washington, D.C. headquarters office. She worked on water issues for the City of Chicago Department of Environment. At The Nature Conservancy of Missouri and Chicago Wilderness biodiversity collaboration, Catherine obtained valuable experience on natural resource issues; she also founded Prairies Forever. In the private sector, Catherine was Environmental Specialist for a large-scale master planned community in northern Nevada. She also acted as Sustainability Consultant to the provost at the University of Nevada, Reno. Catherine has taught environmental courses at various institutions of higher learning, including Environmental Law: Applications Toward Sustainability, Planning Sustainable
Communities, and Urban Ecology: Principles and Practice at Washington University.

Catherine is a LEED Accredited Professional (New Construction), obtained her J.D. from Washington University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.

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Phone: (314) 657-3853

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1520 Market, Suite 2000 Planning & Urban Design Agency
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

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