Challenge 2019 - Celebrating Ten Years of Making Green Work for St. Louis Businesses

    Registration for Challenge 2019 is closed, but to check out the Challenge for your company:

        Green Biz Briefings Sustainable Leadership Luncheon Series

        Mississippi River Business Benefits

        Thursday, September 26, 2019
        from 11:30am - 1:30pm
        $30 includes networking, program, lunch 
        at Bunge North America Headquarters
        1391 Timberlake Manor Parkway
        Chesterfield, MO 63017
        - click here to register

        Who should attend? Sustainability leaders and advocates from companies,municipalities, non-profits of any size interested in better valuing one of our region's most important resources, the Mississippi River.


        Business and the Mississippi River: Global Impacts of the Key to St. Louis Future

        - Collin Wellenkamp - Executive Director, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

        Watershed Cairns: How Art Supports Both Nature and Business

        - Libby Reuter - Artist, Watershed Cairns

        St. Louis does business at the confluence of the 4th largest watershed on Earth. Global impacts of the Mississippi River are strategically crucial, but local understanding of “America’s Waterway” remains at a low ebb. Mayors of the 124 cities along the Mississippi are turning this awareness tide, in collaborative efforts to address river issues that promote river commerce, conservation and culture, for benefits at a watershed scale.

        Exhibitions of the visual art project Watershed Cairns along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers show how the arts can state the case for sustainable practice, to benefit both business and nature.  Compelling presentations by Colin Wellenkamp, Executive Director of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, and Watershed Cairns co-creator Libby Reuter will show how their work can bring value to your business.

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        About the Challenge

        The St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a program of 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 the program launched in 2010, 216 companies - representing more than 150,000 employees - have joined the Challenge. Ongoing sustainability commitment is strong: 47% of these companies have participated in the Challenge for three or more years, with 12 companies engaged through all nine 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