December 2011

St. Louis Metro “Greenprint” 2012 Launched

St. Louis, MO– This month, America’s Central Port, along with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and 80 other stakeholder organizations, participated in the roll-out of the St. Louis Greenprint 2012. The St. Louis Greenprint 2012 (Greenprint) is a plan to help grow the St. Louis regional green economy.

Throughout 2011, the RCGA gathered with working teams comprised of businesses, civic, and institutional leaders, including input and representation from America’s Central Port, to plot a path toward green economic growth. Through meetings and workshops, the RCGA and its working teams developed a set of long-term objectives and a series of near-term initiatives with concrete action steps to help development of the region’s green economy.

The Greenprint’s objectives all advance the overarching vision in the recently adopted Regional Economic Development Strategy for the region to be consistently ranked among the top 10 of the 20 largest U.S. metropolitan areas on indicators of regional vitality, economic health, and the creation of community wealth.

This Greenprint represents the first steps in an ongoing process for developing the St. Louis region as a national and global leader of sustainable companies, products and services, and workforce. As these initiatives and action steps are implemented in 2012, Greenprint contributors will also work on establishing baseline metrics and measurements to evaluate the success of the Greenprint initiatives. As the Greenprint moves beyond 2012, the project’s focus will expand to pursue additional long-term activities that build on the framework developed in the plan’s first year. The Greenprint is expected to be an evolving process that continues to shape the region’s green economic growth well into the future.

For more information on the St. Louis Greenprint 2012 and to view the Greenprint report, visit the Greenprint website at www.stlrcga.org/greenprint.xml.

 

America’s Central Port Receives Green Business Challenge Award

ACP Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer accepts the Green Challenge Award

St. Louis, MO- December 6 -During ceremonies held earlier today, the St Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA) presented their annual 2011 Green Challenge Awards to area businesses, institutions and organizations. Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port was present to accept the award on behalf of the Port’s participation in this year’s program.

Sixty nine business participants compiled a scorecard of requirements to form “green” teams, reduce waste, conserve water and energy, improve indoor air quality, and provide clean transportation options. 75% of these teams completed a written set of sustainability guidelines and nearly two-thirds adopted a green purchasing policy during the Challenge term.  In addition, 35 companies pledged to reduce their energy consumption by 25%.

In the two years of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge program, 85 companies have participated, impacting more than 100,000 employees across the region. RCGA member companies aggressively took up the Challenge and proved that these business strategies can provide “green savings,” by helping grow their bottom lines through sustainable practices. This year, America’s Central Port undertook a program to develop a Sustainable Port operation and became a partner in the Green Business Challenge. Case Studies illustrating the wide range of achievements during this year’s Challenge can be reviewed at www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com. Enrollment for the third year of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge will begin next month.

America’s Central Port was recognized by the Green Business Challenge for forming the Port’s Green Team, creating Sustainability policies, committing to environmentally conscious purchasing guidelines, developing a renewable energy program through solar and wind projects, establishing No-Idle zones throughout the Port and establishing a port-wide recycling program. The Port’s Green efforts were also recognized for their paperless commitment and a solar and LED retrofit project for the Port’s main conference room.

Port operators and local governments across the country are embracing sustainability and are implementing sustainability programs or initiatives at their facilities. Along with benefiting their communities and the environment, ports are finding that sustainability makes good business sense.

Ports play a vital role in the movement of goods and commodities around the world, but the future growth of ports and the transportation impacts associated with it has the potential to adversely affect the environment and surrounding community. Barge and water borne transportation is one of the “greenest” options for transport and has the least impact on the environment. Wilmsmeyer said that “the Port’s Green Team is already working towards next year’s participation in the Challenge and we are looking forward to the development of even more sustainable operating programs”.