What's Happening Now?
 
 
2016 Challenge Registration is now open through May 2nd
 
 
You may register as a:
 
Click here to learn more about the 2016 Challenge program offering including:
  • Sponsorship Opportunities (Page 3)
  • Various Challenge Tracks (Page 2)
  • What's New for 2016 (Page 2)
    • Luncheon Series
    • Green Entrepreneurship

 

You may also scroll down and review the respective categories in "Four Tracks to Suit your Company." If you have any questions or are unsure as to what category would best fit your organization, contact Jean Ponzi at jean.ponzi@mobot.org or (314) 577 0246.
 
For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, hosting a meeting, or presenting at an event contact Eric Schneider at eschneider@stlregionalchamber.com or (314) 444-1148
 
 
Important Dates
Registration is open through May 2nd.
Leader Baseline Scorecards & Champion Innovation Project Proposals due May 2nd. - Email Baseline Scorecards to rob.kennedy@mobot.org.
 
 
May Seminar
Wednesday, May 11th - 7:30 - 9:30am
at the EarthWay's Center, Missouri Botanical Garden
Commerce Bank Education Center - West,
4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110

 
Select the Following Link to Register:
 

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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. 
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.


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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