Novus International is one-of-a-kind

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By Heidi Glaus

St. Charles, Mo (KSDK) -- As soon as you pull up to Novus International you know it's unique. Step inside and it gets even cooler with art from around the world, a café where lunch is served to employees free of charge and a fitness facility with free classes.

But what really makes the property special is the landscape.

"This will be no irrigation area," explains David Dowell with Novus International.

You see, the company participated in a pilot project with SITES, something that is similar to LEED, which is leadership in energy and environmental design.

"The idea is you have certain critical elements of the sustainable landscape you meet," Dowell adds.

So there's a butterfly garden.

"We have a variety of different native plants," Dowell points out.

They also have bee hives. Of course, both of those are important for pollinators, but something else they checked off the criteria list is water management.

"So we want to manage the water on our property, capture it, use it for watering plants on our site or push it back into the aquifer," Dowell explains.

Look closely and you'll notice a lawn mower isn't actually needed.

"Some of it has to do with the maintenance and creation of vegetation that doesn't require a lot of mowing, chemicals and fertilizers," Dowell says.

Most of it doesn't require watering. Plus, the property is conducive for wildlife.  All of this, puts the Novus campus in a category all by itself.

"150 companies participated, three received a star rating. We're the only company that received a three star or higher in the world," Dowell adds.

It's an impressive honor and just think most people don't even realize it's tucked away off of Interstate 64.

By the way, Novus International provides solutions for animal nutrition.  You can learn more about the company, on its website

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