Challenge 2018 - Welcome to the EIGHTH Year of Making Green Work for St. Louis Businesses


Register Now: July Monthly Seminar


2018 St. Louis Green Business Challenge June Seminar

Tuesday July 11 - 7:30-9:30 a.m.
at CI Select


Challenge 2018 Registration is OPEN for All Participation Levels


  • Leader and Champion - $595
    • Activity and services run through early November

  • Green Cities - $295
    • Second group registration to be announced for early summer date, TBD

  • Challenge Apprentice - $195
    • Second group registration to be announced for early summer date, TBD

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for all Challenge levels

Questions about which Challenge level is right for your business? Email Jean Ponzi, Challenge Program Manager



Changes as the Challenge Grows


St. Louis Regional Chamber is now a Challenge Sponsor


The St. Louis Green Business Challenge was launched in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, working with sustainability experts from the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden. In 2014, leveraging the power of both their brands, these two organizations formalized a partnership to deliver the Challenge. As the program begins this ninth year of engagement with our region's business sector, Andrew Smith, Chamber Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, states: “The St. Louis Regional Chamber has chosen to change its association with the Green Business Challenge from a partner to a sponsor. This will allow us to continue supporting the program without having staff and resources dedicated to the effort.

"The Chamber values the Green Business Challenge and wants to encourage all businesses to engage with this worthwhile and effective program. Changes occurring at the Chamber that have directed us to change our support to a sponsor from a partner does in no way reflect concerns with the program or the staff of Missouri Botanical Garden, in fact, quite the opposite. We feel the program is in great shape and making significant impact on the region. We could not be happier with the Garden staff managing this program. We’ll be a sponsor of this great program and look forward to its continued success.”
 
Welcome Bi-State Research Institute


We are thrilled to welcome Bi-State Development Research Institute in a new support capacity, as Research Partner for the Challenge. John Wagner, Lisa Cagle and their colleagues will be working alongside the Garden's Challenge leadership team to identify opportunities for community benefits as well as increased impacts and efficiencies for participating companies.

NEW! Green Biz Briefings Luncheons 

Two special presentations, on June 20 and October 17, will feature St. Louis business leaders addressing issues of Sustainability Reporting and Water. These events will be an opportunity for the Challenge to spotlight the work of companies beyond our program's network, and to increase capacity for business discussion and resource exchange around these topics. Challenge companies will be invited to sponsor these events - details coming soon.

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About the Challenge
 
 
The St. Louis Green Business Challenge was launched in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce working with the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden continues to deliver the program today with the Chamber's continued support as a sponsor.

The Challenge delivers "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.

To date, 194 companies representing more than 150,000 employees have "taken the Challenge." Ongoing evolution of program tools and services meet the needs of long time as long as new participants, contributing to a strong continuity in the professional network the Challenge has established. We are proud that over 40% of companies have participated in the Challenge for three or more years, with 13 companies engaged through all eight 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. 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 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= $595 - 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 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= $595 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. Participants who complete item on this menu receive an award upon completion of the track.

 

Fee = $295 - 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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