Green Cities Challenge

In a Nutshell

Sustainable St. Louis, Earthways Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Regional Chamber have joined forces to launch a Green Cities Challenge. This challenge uses the same structure and approach as the Green Business Challenge, and is currently in pilot phase with five municipalities. Sutainable St. Louis seek to raise up to $10,000 to support the work required to format, mentor and advocate for the challenge.

Project Information


The Green Cities Challenge began on August 27, 2015 as an extension of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. The program addresses the unique needs of municipalities to help implement sustainability strategies in everyday operations and engage constituents, both residents and businesses. Two 3-hour seminars provide in-depth training using a menu of policies and actions, peer-to-peer problem solving, and best practice sharing – with emphasis on measurable strategies defined by ONE STL. Our Resource Advisor, Jean Ponzi of the Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center, visits municipal facilities and meets with Green Teams, as well as provides ongoing email and phone consultations.


In it's pilot phase, the Green Cities Challenge cost approximately $6,500 to administer.  The funds were raised through donations from Sustainable St. Louis and Madison County, IL and from small fees paid by the participating communities.  Sustainable St. Louis is seeking to raise $10,000 to increase the size of the program in 2016.



The programs offered by The Green Cities Challenge align with the following goals and objectives in OneSTL:

     OneSTL Theme: Collaborative
     Goal 4: Improve access to information for local government officials and citizens.
          Objective: Provide access to data that is needed to make informed, sustainable decisions.

     OneSTL Theme: Prosperous
     Goal 2: Incorporation sustainable practices into government economic development strategies and decisions.
          Objective: Encourage local governments to implement sustainable development practices such as bike, walk and transit facilities that have low impact on the environment.

     OneSTL Theme: Green
     Goal 6: Promote municipal sustainability planning.
          Objective: Educate community leaders about the benefits of implementing environmental best practices, sustainability plans, and other tools.

     OneSTL Theme: Educated
     Goal 4: Expand education to improve effectiveness of government operations and services.
          Objective: Provide capacity building opportunities for local government officials.


Dan Jay
President, Sustainable St. Louis

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