|From left are Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the RCGA; Brandon Verhoff, project analyst for Facilities Services; David Webb, program manager for the Center for Sustainability; and Glenda Abney, director of the Earthways Center. Photo by Bueltmann Photography|
The Center for Sustainability received a Star Circle of Excellence award at the 2012 St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association Green Business Challenge awards ceremony Dec. 18. The RCGA honored 84 companies, institutions and governments for their achievements in adopting sustainable business practices that can help grow the St. Louis region's green economy, reduce environmental impact and help their bottom lines. The Star Circle of Excellence is the highest achievement award category in the challenge.
About the Green Business Challenge
The St. Louis Green Challenge inspires businesses to form green teams and implement strategies to reduce energy and waste, expand sustainability programs and reduce the company's environmental impact.
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 2012, 285 points are possible with extra credit points given for innovative activities.
The Center for Sustainability earned an impressive 218 points this year — an 86 point increase over 2011 — thanks in part to its strong partnership with the Department of Facilities Services.