At Work
EarthWays Center Sustainable Business Resources

Green That Works—Profitably!

The Garden's partnerships across our region's business community are cultivating sustainable thinking and action in the workplace. Through workplace talks, participating in Green Business events and ongoing consulting relationships, we provide practical Green resources structured for use in large and small business environments.

St. Louis Green Business Challenge logoEarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden staff serve as Resource Advisors to the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, an initiative of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association. Over 100 RCGA-member businesses—from corporations to non-profits—have implemented internal policies and practices since the Challenge began in 2010. Download case studies of participating company accomplishments share strategies to save energy, materials and money—in healthier working environments.

St. Louis County Economic Council logo We recently partnered with the St. Louis County Economic Council to cultivate sustainable awareness and practice in the small business sector.


Small Business Goes Green
Learn about local business success stories of energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, green purchasing and more—plus resources to help small business owners and employees work more sustainably.
 
Green To Go: Public Talks

For workplace lunch-and-learns, club meetings or public events, EarthWays Center offers inspiring, interactive one-hour adult-audience presentations including Q&A and handouts. The fee is $100 for 30 or fewer attendees, or $200 for more than 30 attendees.

Schedule by calling (314) 577-0246 or email greenresources@mobot.org. Choose from the following topics—or request a Green topic to meet your needs!

  • Sustainability 101: Your Efforts Matter!
  • Greening Your Business 101: Cost-effective Strategies
  • Sustainability 101: The Power of Plants!
  • Detox Your Domicile
  • Sustainability 101: Focus on Energy
  • Where is "Away"
  • Biodiversity: Rethinking Urban Life
  • Being a Green-savvy Consumer

Download topic details

Walking Our Talk

The Garden's Green Team includes representatives from all Garden buildings and from our off-site locations (the Shaw Nature Reserve, the Butterfly House and Litzsinger Road Ecology Center). Meeting monthly, the Green Team works collectively to implement sustainable office operations throughout the Garden. The Green Team also hosts periodic lunch-and-learn and field trip opportunities, cultivating a broad sustainability knowledge base that Garden employees can apply in all working areas.

In 2010 the team's Green Today Greener Tomorrow campaign encouraged all employees to participate in waste reduction and energy saving practices. Then the Green Team assisted in rolling out the Garden's single stream recycling program, designing employee communications and signage and redistributing recycling and waste collection containers. The Turn it Off! campaign is advancing the Gardenwide goal of reducing our overall energy demand by 10 percent during 2011. Energy efficiency strategies include new signage to remind employees to turn off lights and equipment that are not in use. These efforts are engaging all staff and volunteers.


 
Sustainable Business Resources

Lungs at Work
a toolkit for workplace indoor air quality

Less Is More
a guide to reducing waste and improving profit

Sassafras
Missouri's first Certified Green Restaurant

10 Ways to Go Green at Work
from the Sierra Club