• St. Louis Green Business Challenge Returns For Its 8th Annual Sustainability Program

    Apr 27, 2017

    St. Louis Green Business Challenge logoUpdate: We are pleased to offer a limited-time 50% discount to first-time participants entering on the Leader or Champion levels using the code gchnew2017. Register today!

    If your company is interested in the Challenge, attend a FREE informational meeting at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park on May 10, 7:30 - 9:30 am. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The St. Louis Green Business Challenge is recruiting companies to join its 8th annual sustainability program through May 12, 2017.  Powered by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge introduces companies of all sizes and industries to the world of sustainable business practices.

    Since the program’s inception in 2010, 176 companies have participated in the Challenge, representing over 150,000 employees engaged in sustainable business practices. By leveraging the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s broad business network and the Missouri Botanical Garden’s sustainability resources, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge influences the business, education, government and nonprofit sectors of the St. Louis regional economy. Companies benefit from customized coaching and site visits provided by the EarthWays Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s sustainability division.

    Participants choose one of four tracks to measures their progress based on their company’s culture and goals: the Apprentice Track, Leaders Track, Champions Track or Green Cities Track. A point-based scorecard tracks each company’s progress based on six sustainability measures: Outreach, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste, Water and Transportation. These measures guide participants to conserve energy, improve indoor environmental quality, reduce waste, promote clean transportation alternatives and educate fellow organizations.

    Companies can register for the 2017 Challenge through May 12. Program details and registration links are available at www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com

    For more information about joining the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, contact Jean Ponzi at jean.ponzi@mobot.org or 314–577–0246.

    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. Our aspiration is for St. Louis to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work, and invest. We will win on today’s regional strengths in focused economic clusters: financial services, health, multimodal logistics, and biosciences. We will champion a better tomorrow through greater educational attainment, inclusion and talent attraction, entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit www.stlregionalchamber.com.

    About the Missouri Botanical Garden and Earthways Center
    The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 158 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display. EarthWays Center, the sustainability division of the Garden, engages tens of thousands of adults and youth, businesses and municipalities with green living ideas and practices through tours, classes, summer camp, partnerships with many other organizations and events. For more information, visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 14, 2017
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    Missouri added 3,200 tech jobs last year
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/7/17)
    More than 3,200 new technology jobs were added in Missouri in 2016, up 3 percent from the number of jobs added in 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The 2017 Creative City Index
    (Visual Capitalist, 4/8/17)
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    St. Charles Bank president meets with Pres. Trump, offers insight
    (KMOV, 4/11/17)
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    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/14/17)
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    (Crain's St. Louis, 4/5/17)
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    (Inc.com, 4/12/17)
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    (KMOX, 4/11/17)
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    A dozen St. Louis area hospitals score A's in safety ranking
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/13/17)
    Missouri’s statewide ranking for hospital safety rose this year to 20th in the nation from 26th last fall, while neighboring Illinois’ dipped to 23rd this year from 15th last fall, according to a new report by an independent nonprofit group focused on health care. >> CLICK FOR MORE
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    (EQ, 4/14/17)
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    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/10/17)
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    (Midwest Real Estate News, 4/13/17)
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    (The Atlantic, 4/11/17)
    A decade ago, Saint Louis University found itself in a precarious situation. About half of the university’s 8,600 undergraduates were from Missouri and Illinois, and the demographic forecast for the Midwest looked bleak: the number of high-school graduates from the region was projected to drop by nearly a third by 2028. >> CLICK FOR MORE
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    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/7/17)
    Though enrollment at accredited law schools in the U.S. declined for the sixth consecutive year, enrollment at St. Louis law schools increased. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maryville University to open center to aid low-income students with STEM programs
    (KTVI, 4/12/17)
    Helping students find STEM success in the classroom and in the workforce. Maryville University is launching an aggressive effort designed to do just that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
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    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/13/17)
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    What are the plans for a recently-awarded $29.5 million HUD grant in the Near North Side?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/12/17)
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    (Riverbender.com, 4/13/17)
    Alton Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Steve Gibson delivered a presentation during the Wednesday April 12, 2017, meeting of the Alton City Council, which may change the future of Alton entirely. >> CLICK FOR MORE
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    (EQ, 4/11/17)
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    Newly renovated Kiener Plaza to open May 19
    (KMOV, 4/12/17)
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    Crevo Capital to Develop $35M Apartment Property in Shiloh, Illinois
    (Real Estate Business, 4/12/17)
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    100 List out in the Missouri Times Magazine
    (The Missouri Times, 4/7/17)
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    (CNN, 4/13/17)
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    STL Church Wins ‘Most Beautiful Catholic Church in America’
    (KMOX, 4/7/17)
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