Green Cities Challenge

Author: Aaron Young, Sustainability Planning Manager at East-West Gateway Council of Governments


Did you know cities and counties can participate in the Green Business Challenge? The challenge, managed by the Earthways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, helps businesses integrate sustainable practices into their daily operations. In 2015, organizers added a Green Cities category to the challenge and created a scorecard designed specifically to address the issues local governments face and opportunities to increase their sustainability. 

Nineteen cities in the St. Louis region have participated in the challenge over the past eight years. Local governments have implemented various sustainability projects, including recycling drives, rain gardens, LED street lighting, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and sustainability plans. 

The 2022 Accomplishments and Innovations Book highlights activities from last year’s challenge.

Interested in joining the challenge in 2023 as a business or local government? Find out more at