About the Challenge
The St. Louis Green Business Challenge allows companies of all types to engage in advancing sustainable business strategies by following the Challenge Scorecard. It is open to owners and tenants of buildings; those new to the concept of sustainable business operations; and those who have integrated these concepts or are ready to fully integrate.
Unique to the St. Louis effort is the cooperation between the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden. This partnership of the Chamber's broad business network and the Garden's sustainability knowledge has enabled the Challenge to spread across the business, educational, governmental, and non-profit sectors of the St. Louis regional economy. Challenge companies benefit from customized coaching, including site visits and ongoing phone and email support, provided by the expert staff of the EarthWays Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden's sustainability division. This unique program element supports Challenge participants in evaluating and implementing Scorecard options in ways that optimize performance, cost-benefits, and engagement in accord with each company's goals and culture.
Monthly seminars are held for companies to share best practices processes and outcomes and learn new strategies. There are also green business tours, an annual Green Products and Services EXPO, specialized presentations and mentoring relationships to assist participating companies. An online resource bank with examples of policies, surveys, communications tools and best practices are generously shared by Challenge participants. These frequent Challenge activities and regular communications foster a regional professional network of sustainability leaders.