Congratualtions to the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Class of 2015!
Congratulations to the Awards of Merit winners who received recognition at the Awards Celebration for achieving the highest point totals in their respective Challenge participation groups. Award of Merit winners are listed below.
61 companies, non-profits and governmental bodies completed the Challenge (click here for a list)
Select the Accomplishments & Innovations Award image or click here to view the Accomplishments and Innovations Challenge Companies made in 2015. If you would like a copy of your company's page email
More than 250 St. Louis Green Business Challenge participants attended our Award Celebration on January 22, 2016 at the Saint Louis Zoo Lakeside Cafe. The Challenge teams were welcomed by Joe Reagan, President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, who highlighted the importance of sustainability in our community’s culture of business innovation. Glenda Abney, Director of Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center, and Eric Schneider, Director of Business Solutions for the St. Louis Regional Chamber, also spoke and introduced guest award presenters from Challenge sponsor companies Graybar,Tarleton and Waste Management.
Awards of Merit were presented by Glenda Abney (pictured left below), and Joe Reagan, President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber (pictured right below).
Awards of Merit - Leaders Level: Tenants:
  • Microgrid Energy
  • Trane
  • U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
  • Sitton Energy Solutions
Awards of Merit - Leaders Level: Owners (Acorn):
  • Edward Jones
  • Missouri American Water
  • RBO PrintLogistix
  • Safety National
Awards of Merit - Leaders Level: Owners (Oak):
  • Monsanto
  • Missouri History Museum
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • JLL

Awards of Merit - Champions Level:
  • Arcturis
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • UniGroup, Inc.
  • Ameren


Candid and group photos are available at: - The password to access the photos is "challenge".
2015 St. Louis Green Business Challenge
By the Numbers


  • 6 completed the Apprentice Level
  • 28 completed the Leader Level
  • 22 completed the Champion Level
  • 5 municipalities participated in the program's inaugural Green Cities Challenge
  • 100% of Challenge companies have formed a Green Team to lead sustainability efforts
  • 100% of Challenge companies participate in workplace recycling
  • 92% established a corporate sustainability policy
  • 94% provided employees with education toward greening both home and workplace
  • 96% promoted and support alternative transportation for employee commuting
  • 73% have implemented a green purchasing policy
  • 52% use green-certified cleaning products
  • 48% benchmarked and tracking company energy usage to facilitate increased efficiency
  • 40% calculated their company's greenhouse gas or carbon footprint
  • 35 companies participated in activities related to the High Performance Building Initiative
  • 27 companies participated in activities related to the Biodiversity Initiative


The St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Botanical Garden, 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.
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. 
View the 2015 St. Louis Green Business Challenge Scorecards:

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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.

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