A message from Mayor Slay and a new poll


Do you celebrate Earth Day?


Yes:
 55%
No:
 42%
I'm from another planet and I celebrate its day instead:
 3%

 


How often do you try to be "green" in your habits and choices?


0-20% of the time:
 8%
21-40% of the time:
 13%
41-60% of the time:
 25%
61-80% of the time:
 24%
More than 80% of the time:
 30%

 


Do you think that the scale in the question just before this question gave too little credit to people who try to be "green" some of the time?


Yes:
 25%
No, 40 – 60% of the time belongs in the middle of the scale. People doing less than that aren't doing their fair share:
 75%

 


How do you think St. Louis City ranks on the "green" scale?


Very green:
 1%
Sort of green:
 20%
OK:
 43%
Sort of whatever the oppposite of green is:
 30%
The opposite of green:
 6%

 


How do you think St. Louis City compares on the "green" scale to the rest of the metropolitan region?


The City does better:
 19%
The City does about average:
 55%
The City does worse:
 26%

 


Are the lights off in the last room you were in?


Yes:
 80%
No:
 20%

 


If your grocery store charged 25 cents for each plastic carrying bag, which of the following would you be most likely to do?


Pay the money:
 2%
Choose free paper bags instead:
 12%
Bring my own bags:
 80%
Shopt at a store that did not charge for plastic bags:
 6%

 


Do you plan on participating in National Bike to Work Week?


Yes, my company is involved:
 2%
Yes, I will bike to work on my own:
 17%
No, I can't bike to work -- but I wish I could:
 52%
No:
 29%

 


Do you plan to participate in one of the Open Streets events?


Yes:
 25%
No:
 18%
No, because I have not heard of them:
 58%

 


Do you use a recycling service at home or take your recycling to a recycling center yourself?


Yes, I have recycling pick-up:
 43%
Yes, I take my recyclables to a recycling center:
 42%
No:
 5%
No, but I would if the pick-up fees were free/nominal or if the recycling centers were closer:
 10%

 


Which of the following directions of public policy would you most strongly support?


Set higher charges and increased fees on un-green practices:
 31%
Increase incentives for green practices:
 56%
Let people and businesses choose, without penalty or incentive, how green the City of St. Louis will be:
 13%

 


Which THREE of the following environmental issues do you think should be top priorities for the City of St. Louis?


Address air quality issues to reduce ozone and irritating pollutants:
 23%
Focus on safe removal of asbestos and lead from our buildings:
 9%
Clean up contaminants from former industrial sites:
 11%
Enable residential chicken coops and bee keeping:
 4%
Restrict automobile traffic in pedestrian areas and major city parks:
 6%
Crack down on pollutants added to the Mississippi River:
 26%
Address water quality/quantity issues through stormwater measures and conservation:
 14%
Enhance recycling services with curbside collection or increased pickup locations:
 40%
Have City fleet use cleaner fuels and more efficient practices:
 9%
Plant more trees and natural vegetation in City streets and parks:
 10%
Address urban heat island with vegetated roofs or painting roof tops white:
 11%
Impose and collect fees on plastic bottles or bags:
 10%
Incentivize construction of green/high performance buildings and homes:
 12%
Rehabilitate existing historic housing stock to be energy and water efficient:
 15%
Promote urban agricultural practices such as community gardens and local farms:
 14%
Institute environmentally preferable purchasing practices by City government:
 8%
Enforce anti-litter and anti-dumping laws:
 22%
Enhance landscaping and beautification efforts:
 5%
Provide greater alternative transportation options, including mass transit, car pooling, bicycling:
 33%
Encourage use of renewable energy or have City purchase renewable energy credits:
 11%
Something else:
 4%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.