"Our city was already committed
 to sustainability but the
St. Louis Green Business
Challenge showed us we can
do more AND provides the
resources and contacts to do it.
We love the Challenge - its
been instrumental in helping
expand St. Peters' sustainablity
- Debra Knoble, Sustainability
Specialist, City of St. Peters
The Green Business Challenge Apprentice Program assists small and medium sized enterprises with the first steps toward sustainable business practices. Participants will learn easy to implement policies and action steps that will help them achieve sustainability goals. The Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center staff will lead  seminars and advise Advantage participants throughout the program. The Apprentice teams meet twice during the four month program and work through a menu of policies and accomplishments. The companies also receive customized, electronic consulting support from the EarthWays Center staff.

The 2018 Apprentice Program has kicked off - another class will convene mid-summer!

Date: 4/10/18
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Location: EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Commerce Bank Education Center - West
4651 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Email Jean Ponzi if you are interested in participating at the Apprentice Level in 2017 .

Click Here for Directions to the EarthWays Center

Click here for Challenge Apprentice program menu of options.

Click here for the Green Cities Challenge menu of options.

For completing the menu, the Apprentice companies are recognized at the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Award Ceremony.

Challenge Apprentice Program Presentation

Green Cities Challenge Presentation

The following links are resources to help your company draft sustainability policies, survey employee behavior, manage your work site sustainability, and estimate greenhouse gases from operations and travel.


Sustainability Policies

America Central Port Sustainability Policy

Christner Sustainability Guidelines

Challenge Unlimited Operations Sustainability Initiative

Datotel Sustainability Policy and Waste Reduction Initiatives

Graybar Sustainability Policy

Holland Construction Services Sustainability Statement and Policies

Paric Sustainability Policy

SCI Engineering Sustainability Guidelines

Employee Surveys

Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality Survey

Employee Travel/Commuting Survey

Missouri Botanical Garden Employee Survey

Work Site Management

Global Products Green Purchasing Policy

Missouri Botanical Garden Green Cleaning Policy

Indoor Air Quality Management Background Information

SCI Engineering Green Team Position Descriptions

Greenhouse Gas Inventory 

Commuter/Travel Greenhouse Gas Inventory Process

Developing a Company-Wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Small Business by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency