Small Business Goes Green
Big Ideas to Benefit Your Small Business

Explore a wide variety of ideas for making your small business more sustainable in these case studies.
Architectural Design Guild

Architect Barry Greenberg has been investing since 1980 in the energy efficiency of his early 1900s office buildings. Applying Green knowledge before the now-thriving Green Building industry evolved, this firm offers clients a deep-Green base of project experience, demonstrated in their working space. ADG anticipates 40-50% energy savings from most recent lighting and HVAC efficiency upgrades. Learn more

Extra Thyme Café and Catering

Kim Cuddebank’s investments in sustainable practices and national Green Restaurant certification give her workplace and special event catering business a competitive edge with the corporate clients she tastefully serves. Learn more

Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The Tau Center in Kirkwood is the administrative office of this religious order, housing programming including Franciscans for Earth. As Catholic sisters serving God’s people since 1901, this order has adopted care of the earth as a modern core function of their ministry, working through education, collaboration and advocacy. Learn more

Home Eco – St. Louis’ Green General Store

Owner Terry Winklemann and partner Phil Judd retrofitted lighting and air conditioning in their City of St. Louis specialty store, in a building they converted for retail sales in 2005. Their energy-saving measures improved display space while cutting utility costs – and demonstrating the Green thinking embodied in their diverse product lines. Learn more

Kakao Chocolate
Owner Brian Pelletier has been sustainably producing all-natural, hand-made chocolate confections since 2008. Now operating from two urban locations, this small business has earned a broad-based measure of sweet success, built on strong Green values. Learn more

Lighting Service Incorporated

Energy efficiency is a thriving percentage of this business, founded in Overland, Missouri in 1946. Current owner George Irwin leverages his staff’s bi-state electrical contractor licensing and local utility Trade Ally registration to provide customers – including many small businesses – with energy product market-savvy, energy efficiency expertise, and skilled electrical contracting and sign maintenance. A business investing in this company’s services can see paybacks quickly exceed service costs. Learn more

Lulu’s Local Eatery

Loren Loomis and her fiancée Robert Tucker’s Food Truck business serves Green perspectives along with locally sourced, all-natural lunch and dinner specialties. Learn more

Marietta Parking Lot - Maplewood Business District

Free parking is a valued asset to the special business district in this St. Louis County municipality – even more so now that trash dumpster space and hauling impacts have been reduced by making recycling available to all business owners and tenants adjoining this centrally-located lot. Learn more

Silly Jilly the Clown

Jill Schmidt’s home-office business has entertained children for over 17 years. Performances take place in clients’ homes and party venues, featuring clowning, balloon artistry and face painting. Her home energy-efficiency investments are keeping bills low. Learn more

Verde Kids

Former teacher Jessica Kester opened her specialty retail business in 2010. Verde Kids features 100% eco-friendly clothing and toys for kids age newborn to 8. “Friends and my students’ moms showed me,” says Kester, “a huge demand for healthy, creative children’s products – especially in a local shop where you can actually touch the wonderful lines of gifts and goods often only sold online.” Learn more
Small Business Greening Conversations

From Growing Green St. Louis, the Garden’s weekly radio talk show, hosted by Green Jean Ponzi
Tune in and learn more Sundays 1-2 p.m. on the Big 550 KTRS.

These three interviews spotlight practical resources for saving energy, reducing waste and marketing your business — green ideas worth hearing!

St. Louis County SAVES
Low-interest loan resources to help home-based businesses boost energy efficiency and cut operating costs
Guests: Ann Klein – manager, St. Louis County SAVES
Richard Reilly – manager, home energy programs for the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

Small Business Greening Part 1
Local examples, options, problem-solving
Guests: Craig Jung – owner,
Barry Greenberg – owner, Architectural Design Guild and member of Maplewood City Council

Small Business Greening Part 2
Local examples, options, problem-solving
Guests: Craig Jung – owner,
Terry Winkleman – owner, Home Eco – St. Louis’ Green General Store
Greening Conversations

These interviews spotlight practice resources for saving energy, reducing waste and marketing your business — green ideas worth hearing!

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Green Resources for Small Businesses

Take advantage of these free online sustainable business resources