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McCormack Baron Salazar Wins Top Prize In Green Business Challenge

Urban developer wins Top Award of Merit and Circle of Excellence for sustainability on the corporate level

MBS wins sustainability prizeDecember 8, 2011 – McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., and its subsidiaries McCormack Baron Ragan Management Services, McCormack Baron Asset Management and Sunwheel Energy Partners along with the nonprofit, Urban Strategies, earned the Top Award of Merit and Circle of Excellence in the 2011 St. Louis Green Business Challenge sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and the Missouri Botanical Garden.  The Award was conferred at a breakfast ceremony held on December 6, 2011.

The McCormack Baron Salazar team was recognized for its significantly increased improvement in sustainability at their corporate offices and as well as for sustainable actions within the St. Louis community.  McCormack Baron Salazar began the six-month Challenge with a baseline score of only 29 of 215 possible points, but finished with 135 points, achieving the greatest gain among the 69 regional companies competing. 

The McCormack Baron Salazar team’s most notable accomplishments are:

  • Leading the corporate neighbors of its headquarters at the Laclede Gas Building (owned and managed by Hertz Investment Group) to become the first Class-A office tower in St. Louis with comprehensive waste management, recycling and composting;
  • Initiating a comprehensive employee transportation survey to identify commuting habits and recommend transit, carpooling and biking alternatives;
  • Becoming the first corporate member of the St. Louis Downtown Bike Commuter Station, established by Trailnet and the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis;
  • Reducing non-recyclable office waste by more than 30% and switching towards office supplies that are reusable, recyclable, or contain recycled content.


“We made significant reductions in our environmental impact during the six-month St. Louis Green Business Challenge, and we appreciate the recognition from the RCGA and Missouri Botanical Garden,” said McCormack Baron Salazar Vice President and Director of Sustainability William Carson, LEED AP, BD+C.  “Our company’s Green Team led our colleagues to make more sustainable business and personal choices, and we improved our office and downtown community while saving substantial material and financial resources.”

About McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.: McCormack Baron Salazar (www.mccormackbaron.com) is a nationally-acclaimed leader of sustainable, affordable urban housing development. Since its inception in 1973, the firm has developed over 16,000 units of housing in 36 urban markets totaling more than $2.4 billion in development investment. The firm’s mission is to rebuild neighborhoods in central cities across the United States.  Headquartered in downtown St. Louis, MO, McCormack Baron Salazar has developed more than 4,700 units of sustainably designed apartments and townhouses in cities coast-to-coast.  Its green accomplishments include developing the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum Certified School in the Midwest (Crossroads College Prep, St. Louis, MO) and becoming the first developer worldwide to have completed two LEED-Certified Neighborhood Developments (Renaissance Place, St. Louis, MO and University Place, Memphis TN).  The company’s affiliate, Sunwheel Energy Partners, has placed more than 2.5 Megawatts of solar power generation capacity at affordable housing sites California, Missouri, Tennessee, and Florida.

About the St. Louis Green Business Challenge: The St. Louis Green Business Challenge (www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com) is a program organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and the Earthways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden to help St. Louis area companies take the first steps toward sustainable business practices.  The Challenge inspires businesses to form green teams and implement strategies to reduce energy and waste, expand sustainability programs and reduce a company's environmental impact.  Companies are scored in the areas of Outreach, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste, Water and Transportation.