Board Member Chris Ruth Named Emerging Environmental Leader – Honorable Mention at 2024 Earth Day Festival

May 15, 2024 | Member Network, Members Making an Impact

Congratulations to our board member Chris Ruth of Integrated Facility Services on being recognized at the 2024 Earth Day Festival’s Sustainability Awards ceremony as an Honorable Mention in the Emerging Environmental Leader category!

Chris Ruth’s Environmental Leadership
As an environmental leader in the St. Louis region and across Missouri, Chris Ruth has demonstrated impactful leadership as both a professional and deeply engaged volunteer. Chris has actively promoted and advanced sustainability as a board member for Missouri Gateway Green Building Council and through Integrated Facility Services’ participation in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. He has expanded the impact of green building through vital collaborations, such as with Building Energy Exchange St. Louis (BE-Ex STL) for initiatives like the Remote Energy Audit, and through outreach and engagement with other professional organizations in the region such as AIA and ASHRAE, to name a few. Inspiring action, Chris initiated the Green Team at IFS, mentored numerous schools through the Green Schools Quest, and regularly contributes to articles and podcasts on green building topics. Innovative solutions include implementing energy-saving measures in challenging building automation projects and spearheading the rebranding of USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter to Missouri Gateway Green Building Council, reflecting his commitment to advancing environmental initiatives.

About the Award
The Emerging Environmental Leader Award recognizes a leader whose professional or volunteer activities inspire action, promote collaboration, and spread awareness for sustainable change in the St. Louis area. In the 365 days since the last Earth Day, this individual has sparked positive change as an emerging leader or young professional. Join us in celebrating these awesome achievements!

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