Next meeting: July 8, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Graybar Centerpoint

11885 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146

Register here for the July 8 meeting.

For questions about this year's Challenge program, please contact Jean Ponzi
at or (314) 577-0246

Ready to take the Challenge for 2015?

Click here for the enrollment form. If you have questions on the appropriate Challenge level, please contact the Challenge Resource Advisor by clicking here.
View the 2015 St. Louis Green Business Challenge Scorecards:

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Check out our Sustainable Success Reports each month in St. Louis Small Business Monthly!
February 2015 : Midwest Recycling Center
January 2015:  Russo's Catering
December 2014: Office Essentials Inc.
November 2014: The Advertisers Printing Company

Congratulations to the 2014 St. Louis Green Business Challenge Class of 2014!
63 companies, institutions, and governmental bodies completed the Challenge (click here for list)

To view the Accomplishments and Innovations of the
Class of 2014 click on the image to the right.
More than 250 St. Louis Green Business Challenge participants attended our Award Celebration on January 20, 2015 at the Saint Louis Zoo Lakeside Cafe. The Challenge teams were welcomed by Jason Hall, Vice President - Entrepreneurship and Innovation, St. Louis Regional Chamber. Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, Dana Brown President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo, and Bob Herleth, Executive Vice President and COO, Missouri Botanical Garden provided the luncheon addresses regarding sustainability practices of their institutions.

Congratulations to the Awards of Merit winners who received recognition at the Awards Celebration. These awards were presented by  Bob Herleth (pictured left below), and Joe Reagan, President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber (pictured right below).

Awards of Merit - Leaders Level: Tenants: Bryan Cave LLP, EPC Inc., Farnsworth Group, Jacobs, Microgrid Solar and Office Essentials.
Awards of Merit - Leaders Level: Owners: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Maritz, Missouri History Museum, Monsanto,  Saint Louis Zoo, UniGroup.
Awards of Merit  - Champions Level: Christner, Inc., Lawrence Group, and SWT Design.
2014 St. Louis Green Business Challenge By the Numbers

  • 84% provide their employees education on how to "green" their home and workplace.
  • 79% have a corporate sustainability policy.
  • 61% use green-certified cleaning products.
  • 53% implemented a green purchasing policy.
  • 45% calculated their company's greenhouse gas or carbon footprint.
  • 41% committed to reduce their energy consumption by 10%.
  • 33% committed to reduce their waste by 25%.
  • 22 companies benchmarked their building's energy consumption.
  • 23 companies completed a biodiversity survey of their property.

Presented by the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge delivers "triple-bottom" line results (financial, social, and environmental) to companies and organizations across the St. Louis region.
The Challenge supports integration of sustainability measures into the kinds of everyday operational practices common to every business - including assisting in the adoption of strategies that can improve financial performance engaging employees and reducing environmental impact of their operations. Since 2010, 150 companies representing more than 125,000 employees, have completed the Challenge. 
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.

Why Should Your Company Join the Challenge?
1. Incorporate sustainability strategies that will assist staff with practices to reduce environmental impact.
2. Establish and energize your company's green team to continue implementing and enhancing sustainability initiatives.
3. Receive sustainability consulting services from the  EarthWays Center staff of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
4. Join a network of local companies making sustainability a priority 
5. Special events, workshops and seminars to keep participating teams engaged and motivated.

Three Challenge Tracks Suited to Your Company
1. The Challenge Apprentice Track: A three month program beginning in April to June will provide 2 seminars to learn simple policies and actions to get your green team started, learn about energy and waste reduction strategies and energy efficiency incentives. Participants receive consulting support from the sustainability staff of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Download the menu of options here. Participants who complete item on this menu receive an award upon completion of the track.

Fee = $195 for Chamber members; $300 for non-members. The enrollment fee is per company so that all members of your green team and staff can attend at no additional charge.

2. The Challenge Leaders Track: An eighth-month program from March to November with monthly seminars to exchange best practices. Topics include sustainability policies internally and for vendors and supply chain, energy efficiency incentives, green cleaning, green purchasing/office products, renewable energy, and alternative fuel and transportation. Participants work through a scorecard of strategies (download here) and receive awards based on points achieved. The Missouri Botanical Garden sustainability staff meets your company green team on-site to facilitate adoption of strategies.
Fee= $495 for Chamber; $750 for non-members. The enrollment fee is per company so that all members of your green team and staff can attend at no additional charge.

3. The Challenge Champions Track: Designed for companies who have participated in the Challenge and looking to maintain the green momentum. A special scorecard (download here) encourages companies to reach measurable reductions in energy, waste, and greenhouse gas reductions, along with high performance building strategies and biodiversity accomplishments. Champions are encouraged to attend the Leaders Track meetings and become a mentor to new Challenge participants. Separate seminars that go deeper into sustainable business topics will be help. The Missouri Botanical Garden sustainability staff meets your company green team on-site to facilitate adoption of strategies.
Fee= $495 for Chamber; $750 for non-members. The enrollment fee is per company so that all members of your green team and staff can attend at no additional charge.