GCG Corporate Members Take the First Steps Towards Sustainable Business Practices

Thirteen Gateway Center for Giving Corporate Members have signed up to be a part of the 2011 St. Louis Green Business Challenge. The Challenge is organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and is in its second year.  The Challenge inspires businesses to form green teams and implement strategies to reduce energy and waste, expand sustainability programs and reduce your company’s environmental impact.

How the Challenge Works
The Challenge requires participants to complete sustainability strategies from a scorecard that contains categories of outreach, energy reduction, indoor environmental quality, waste reduction, and clean transportation options. Each sustainability strategy is worth a specific number of points. In 2010, 150 points were possible with extra credit points given for innovative activities.

The first step for a participating company will be to complete the scorecard to establish a baseline score of current sustainability activities. Each new sustainability strategy completed by the company or organization receives points off the scorecard.  Participating companies will receive awards based on their growth from their original baseline score. To view the 2010 St. Louis Green Challenge Scorecard questions, click here.  Extra credit is available for innovations like measuring a company’s carbon footprint, using renewable energy on-site, or pervious surface installation.

During the year, seminars and events will be held at the RCGA to help the company’s green teams on their sustainability strategies. Staff from the EarthWays Center, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, serve as consultants to the St. Louis Green Business Challenge and provide advice to the green teams.

A recognition event will be held in December 2011 to honor participating companies in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

To enroll in the RCGA’s Green Business Challenge, contact Eric Schneider, RCGA Senior Director for Energy and Environment at eschneider@stlrcga.org or (314) 444-1148.

Congrats to the 13 Gateway Center for Giving members that have stepped up to the challenge in 2011!  These members include:

  • Ameren
  • AT&T
  • Boeing
  • Citi
  • Commerce Bank
  • Express Scripts
  • Laclede Gas Company
  • Maritz
  • Monsanto
  • Schnucks
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • UMB Bank
  • Wells Fargo Advisors
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