2017 St. Louis Green Business Challenge Awardees Announced

by Lori Meier | Dec 19, 2017
The St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden, has just completed an eighth year of work with companies across the bi-state region to advance sustainability as a business solution. At an awards celebration held Friday, December 8 in the Redbird Club of Busch Stadium, 63 businesses and local government entities were recognized for their work this year to integrate sustainable policies and practices into their operations. Nine of this year’s participants were honored with Awards of Merit, recognizing top performance in the 2017 Challenge. The Merit honorees are:

Challenge Leader Level – Building Tenants
· U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation – 1st place 
· Bunge North America – 2nd place
· Trane-Ingersoll Rand – 3rd place

Challenge Leader Level – Building Owners
· Monsanto – 1st place
· Hunter Engineering – 2nd place
· World Wide Technology – 3rd place

Challenge Champion Level
· Missouri History Museum – 1st place
· Webster University – 2nd place
· UniGroup, Inc. – 3rd place

The St. Louis Green Business Challenge supports companies and local government entities’ voluntary efforts to conserve energy and water, reduce waste through recycling and other practices, advance sustainable transportation options, enhance biodiversity on company property, and educate and engage employees around sustainable thinking and practice. Companies use program tools including point-based scorecards to guide strategic implementation of green measures. Customized coaching supports each participant to identify and implement measures in accord with their unique company goals and culture. Program services support participants in evaluating and acting on sustainability options in ways that optimize cost-effectiveness and efficiency in conjunction with environmental outcomes. Since its inception in 2010, nearly 200 companies have “Taken the Challenge,” representing over 150,000 employees actively engaged with sustainability information and practices. 

“The Green Business Challenge is a successful and innovative example of how we can use competition and collaboration to improve both the economic and environmental health of our region,” said Andrew Smith, Vice President Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the St. Louis Regional Chamber. “A business and civic community that embraces sustainable practices is more attractive to businesses and talented individuals looking to relocate to St. Louis.” 

Glenda Abney, Director of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Earth Ways Center adds, “Providing these services from the unique partnership of the Garden and the Chamber brings a powerful combination of business and sustainability expertise to Challenge participants. Working together with company Green Teams, our team is are able to guide strategic implementation of sustainability measures toward efficient, cost-effective results in accord with each company’s own goals and culture. The companies’ outcomes, in turn, advance our goal of making sustainability work, across our regional economy.”

The St. Louis Green Business Challenge will launch a ninth year of sustainable business services in early spring, 2018. To learn more, visitwww.stlouisgreenchallenge.com.