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Green Business Challenge Award Celebration

Friday, December 2 - 7:30 - 9:30 am

St. Louis Lambert-International Airport - Concourse B


Keynote address: Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director, St. Louis-Lambert International Airport
Agenda:
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. - Registration Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address
Recognition of Green Apprentice and Green Cities
Presentation of Awards of Merits for Leaders and Champions Level

Tickets $40/$320 for table of 8.  Includes breakfast and complimentary parking in airport garage.
 
To purchase your tickets go to www.stlregionalchamberevents.com/greenawards
The 2016 Green Business Challenge Awards Celebration is sponsored by Spire Energy
2016 Year End Scorecard & Case Study Submission
 

Challenge Materials due Wednesday, October 26th


Please upload your completed Scorecards (Baseline and Final scores for Leader Level, Final scores for Champion level) to your Company Challenge Google Drive Folder (a link will be sent shortly) or send them to rob.kennedy@mobot.org by End of Business Wednesday, October 26th.

Challenge Case Studies (2015 example/2014 example) will be published in a print and electronic 2016 accomplishments booklet. Your company's Case Study in this booklet provides a significant marketing/communications resource for the Challenge as a whole, and for your company. FIVE bonus points will be awarded this year for contributing this one-page Case Study! 

2016 Case Study Submissions will be collected via Google Form, similar to 2015. A link to a company specific Google Drive Folder for high resolution images and your scorecard will be emailed directly to each company along with the link to the form. A survey will be sent next week to Challenge Contacts to collect any email addresses associated with contributing to this folder so they can be given access/permission to edit the folder. (This is how we will know if there is an account associated with your Google Drive other than your Challenge contact email).

These 2 emails will be delivered to your primary and secondary contacts from Rob Kennedy with a recap of directions as well as examples of items to submit.

For Case Study submission, you may prepare:
  • Bullet list of 3 or more achievements (150 word or 900 character limit) 
  • Bullet list of 3 or more innovations (150 word or 900 character limit) 
  • 1 to 3 high resolution photos
  • your high resolution company logo
  • the square footage of your facility
  • A quote from someone in your company highlighting on Challenge Participation, or the value in sustainable business practices
Champion Innovation Project Submissions may prepare:
This material will go into the accomplishment booklet 
  • Project title
  • Project description (50 words or 300 characters)
  • Location of project if applicable
  • Who or what does this project impact?
  • Measurable metrics
  • Qualitative metrics
This information will go into the narrative element and be published online
  • Project time frame
  • Describe how this project advances sustainability:What cost(s) are associated with this project?
    • Within your company's operations
    • Within your company culture
    • In the mix of your services to clients/customers
  • What kinds of savings are generated?
  • What are your company's next steps for this project?

If you are blocked from Google Drive for IT security purposes, or if you would prefer, you may send all materials via email to rob.kennedy@mobot.org. NOTE: zipping files is preferred to separate emails!
 
There will be bonus points for submitting materials before the deadline! We have a tightened window with the program year being shifted. Please help us hit our deadlines and get all of your innovations, accomplishments and successes from 2016 into the booklet. 


 

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About the Challenge
 
 
The St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Botanical Gardendelivers "triple-bottom" line results (financial, social, and environmental) to businesses of all types and sizes across the St. Louis region. The Challenge supports integration of sustainability measures into the kinds of everyday operational practices common to every business.  Participants identify and adapt the strategies that improve financial performance and engage employees in voluntary measures to reduce environmental impacts.
 
Since its inception in 2010, 152 companies representing more than 130,000 employees, have completed the Challenge for three or more years, with 21 companies engaged through all six program years. 

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.


Four Challenge Tracks Suited to Your Company

1. The Challenge Apprentice Track: A three month program beginning in May to July 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 - 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 April to December 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 - 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 The enrollment fee is per company so that all members of your green team and staff can attend at no additional charge.

 

 

4. The Challenge Green Cities Track: The Challenge launched a new program to address sustainability within the range of operational requirements unique to local governments. A pilot class of five Missouri and Illinois municipalities learned to incorporate sustainability policy and practice fundamentals, guided by a fusion of the Challenge Apprentice menu with metrics from OneSTL, the regional plan for sustainable development - A three month program beginning in May to July 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 - The enrollment fee is per company so that all members of your green team and staff can attend at no additional charge.

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