• 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 Style: Recapping the Connect at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Event

    Apr 27, 2017

    To celebrate the rebirth of St. Louis’ fashion scene, the St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted its Connect at event at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. Located in the historic Garment District on Washington Avenue, the Fashion Fund is revitalizing the local fashion scene and helping designers launch successful careers with its signature program, the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator.

    Attendees from all walks of life strutted down the red carpet, perused racks of clothing, and sipped on “the Zipper,” the event’s signature drink named for the iconic zipper design built into the Washington Avenue corridor.

    Guests also had the opportunity to meet the Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s Executive Director, Eric Johnson, a few of the Incubator’s inaugural class of designers, and models wearing pieces from the designers’ collections. Reuben Reuel, one of the six designers, told the crowd that St. Louis is a perfect fit for his label and the larger fashion community.

    Not to ignore the existing fashionistas in St. Louis, the Chamber held a fashion contest amongst the guests. Winners received a bag filled with items from the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

    Overall, the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator is a prime example of the creativity and energy in our city’s innovation ecosystem.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber is thrilled to be able to show people through its Connect at event the cataclysmic work the Fashion Fund is creating in St. Louis.

    Saint Louis Fashion Fund red carpet
     Eric Johnson
     Pieces from the inaugural class of designers' collections were on display. Guests strike a pose on the red carpet outside of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund on historic Washington Avenue.  Eric Johnson, Executive Director of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund (right), speaks with a guest.

    Check out the rest of the night's photos on the Chamber's Flickr page.