The Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) has recognized Novus International, Inc. with a Circle of Excellence award as part of the organization’s Green Business Challenge. The St. Louis Green Business Challenge is a program organized by the St. Louis RCGA to help area companies take the first steps toward sustainable business practices.

"It’s an honor for Novus, and our commitment to sustainable actions and culture, to be recognized with this award,” said Ellen Dierenfeld, Novus executive manager, corporate sustainability, who accepted the award on the company’s behalf. “The RCGA, by highlighting such activities of our many strong local business partners, does an excellent job in promoting the Saint Louis region as one of the top four ‘green’ areas in the nation.”

More than 60 companies and institutions completed the Challenge in 2011; this is up nearly 20 percent from 2010.

“The Novus’ sustainability program demonstrates how companies can meet economic, environmental and social needs successfully,” said Joyce Cacho, Novus chief sustainability officer. “We’re proud to be among the agribusiness leaders incorporating sustainability into our business model and aligning with our suppliers and customers to strengthen our local communities.”

RCGA cited a number of Novus’s sustainable achievements in 2011 including:

  • A level B-check rating by the Global Reporting Initiative for the company’s sustainability report
  • Recognition by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) as one of the first landscapes to participate in a new program testing the first international rating system for sustainable landscape design
  • Campus improvements such as the installation of wind spire and three electric car chargers

Cacho acknowledged that this recognition reflects the leadership of the individuals who make up Novus’s Green Team, a group of employees dedicated to incorporating environmentally sound practices into day-to-day company activities.

Source: Novus International