In the face of climate change where does the health and well-being of our communities stand? Join us Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for a unique continuing education program. As an attendee, you will have the floor. Our expert speakers will present briefly on the program learning objectives but we are mainly interested in, what do you want to know about the impact climate change has on health?**

**Provide your question for our speakers when you register!

  • Lois Sechrist, LEED AP, Manager Environmental Stewardship, Medxcel - Ascension
  • Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager, EarthWays Center, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mary Foshage, Air Pollution Inspector, City of St. Louis, Department of Health
  • Tom Brooks-Pilling, Vice President, WSP USA and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member + Education Committee Leader

Submitted for AIA CES credit approval
Eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hours

Free for USGBC-MGC Members
$10.00 for Non-members
Join USGBC-MGC for a Coffee Break - a quick, lively conversation on a timely green building topic on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 10:00 - 10:30 am!

Often when we design, or even discuss, sustainable and affordable housing we get caught up in the technical aspects and forget that these are spaces where people live, grow, laugh, eat, lay sick in bed, cry, and celebrate life’s accomplishments. Through the example of a competition winning multi-family home built in Boston, Massachusetts Wyly Brown, Founding Partner of Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten, will emphasize quality of living space and a home’s long-term adaptability as the foundation of energy efficient and cost effective design.

Brown hopes to spark a lively conversation about living and how quality of space can help us live more harmoniously.
Listen to the LIVE recording of the previous USGBC-MGC Coffee Break while you work, or watch the video during lunch!

An EV Ready STL for our Seniors in North and South City with guest Maurice Muia, Decarbonization Climate Advisor, City of St. Louis and your Green Buildings Are Better community.
The 2020-21 Green Schools Quest challenged school and mentor teams to integrate sustainability into students’ learning through the lens of seven sustainability principles: Importance of Place, Interconnectedness, Respect for Limits, Systems Thinking & Cycles, Social Justice, and Global Citizenship.

Join us on April 29 from 4:30-5:15 pm as we celebrate the culmination of this year's Quest! During the event, we will:
  • Celebrate participants
  • Preview a sampling of 2020-21 GSQ projects
  • Hear from keynote speaker, Maurice Muia, past GSQ Mentor and current Climate Advisor - City of St. Louis American Cities Climate Challenge, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Gain insight on plans for the 2021-22 Green Schools Quest
  • Learn about Missouri Green Schools, a new state-wide recognition program

If you've ever considered participating in the Green Schools Quest - as a Green Mentor or school - this event will be a great introduction to the program and its reach.

April 7 - 8 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Preparing students and young professionals for sustainability careers with information on the latest EcoCareer trends from leading analysts and employers, clarifying career enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the green sector.

REGISTER as a 'Campus Sponsor Student' and select, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter as your 'Campus Sponsor College or University'!

April 8 | 8:30 - 10:00 am

Get an overview of the City of St. Louis Building Energy Awareness Ordinance along with instructions and hands-on help with data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data.

April 16 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
April 29 | 8:30 - 9:30 am

The City of St. Louis is the first city in the Midwest and the fourth jurisdiction in the country to pass a Building Energy Performance Standard. Attend a session to learn more – including Site EUI targets for buildings that must comply.

April 20 - April 23 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

"Where Climate, Health, and Equity in the Built Environment Meet"

Tues. April 20 - Living Product Expo
Wed. April 21 - JUST. building resilience & justice in community
Thurs. April 22 - Earth Day, decarbonization & healthy materials
Fri. April 23 - Policy, finance, & case studies of regenerative projects
+ Book appointments & set times to meet fellow attendees and network!
Ameren Missouri is seeking key partners in our region to participate in a limited number of free fleet operation studies
  • Establish your organization as a leader in innovation.
  • Realize your commitment to sustainability.
  • Foster employee satisfaction and pride.
  • Electrified fleets SAVE MONEY!

Contracting with the leading national fleet solutions provider eIQ Mobility, Ameren Missouri's free fleet analysis will provide cost data and sustainability impact information to help you meet your goals.

Schedule your consultation today! Call: 314-330-1216 or Email: and learn more at
Grow Solar St. Louis is back! Grow Solar's free virtual information sessions teach you the basics of solar, its financial implications for your property, and how the Grow Solar St. Louis program works. After attending a virtual Solar Power Hour, get a free, no obligation site assessment from their competitively-selected installer, StraightUp Solar!

Upcoming April 2021 Solar Power Hours:
  • Thursday, April 8, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - REGISTER
  • Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - REGISTER
  • Thursday, April 22, 10:00 - 11:00 am - REGISTER

Live across the River? Check out Grow Solar Metro East!
Exclusive events curated for the USGBC community, by the USGBC community.
USGBC Live combines the expertise of the largest community of green building leaders with the thousands of LEED and green building projects from around the globe, producing engaging conversations about the future of buildings, cities, and communities.

USGBC Live is an event to be held virtually from June 8 - June 10, 2021. Sign up for USGBC Live event updates here.

But first, showcase your leadership through a regional lens by either:
  • Celebrating your LEED success stories - how are you driving meaningful change regionally and locally through your work and projects?
  • Sharing your personal stories and experiences.
  • Showcasing strategies, outcomes and lessons learned from an impactful project.
Call for Proposal resources:

Contact if you have any questions. USGBC Live proposals are due Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EDT).
Resilience and the Power of Community

Celebrate Earth Month on April 23, 2021 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm with fellow USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member, board member, and green building leader, Mary Ann Lazarus! Register.

Earthday365 is taking on Earth Month with Days of Resilience and showcasing ways you can take action! Join in the celebration and learn more.

Earth Month Keynote Speaker Mary Ann Lazarus: Resilience and the Power of Community. Resilience can mean a lot of different things, from one person’s ability to withstand adversity to overcoming a major region-wide disaster like the 1993 flood or even addressing the long term impacts of climate change. The current pandemic is a test case of resilience at all of those levels, and one that exposes the vast inequities of impacts on the most vulnerable populations. This talk will focus on the wonderful power of community to strengthen resilience so that the St. Louis region can survive, adapt and thrive in the face of a changing future.
 The Color of Change featuring Adrienne Bain

How are we doing and where do we go from here? Why is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion important? In the wake of tragic events in 2020 that sparked a national reckoning on race and systemic inequalities in the U.S., various industries took steps to improve diversity, equity and inclusion. 

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm join CREW St. Louis and CREW Kansas City with featured speaker, Adrienne Bain to discuss the color of change and address issues of access and awareness in the commercial real estate industry. Let’s keep the conversation going.

Adrienne Bain is a CREW Charlotte past president and current CREW Network board member and was selected as one of the region's top 25 Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal and is a co-founder and principal of B Squared Group, a commercial real estate investment, development and management firm based in St. Louis. CREW stands for Commercial Real Estate Woman and is a network dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally.
 Did you know USGBC partners with higher education institutions to integrate sustainability into curriculum, policies, buildings, and overall master planning?
Please join USGBC for two Higher Education collaborative leadership events this spring. Topics covered at each event will include:
  • Curricular Resources
  • Existing Campus Buildings and Infrastructure
  • Performance Management

Wednesday, April 28 from 2:00 - 3:15 pm (CST) the USGBC + Higher Education: Strategies for Transformation virtual event will provide tools and resources to help transform existing campus buildings and infrastructure, to prepare students for careers in green building and LEED and will give an overview of all the sustainability solutions USGBC offers Higher Ed institutions. REGISTER.

Wednesday, May 25 from 8:00 - 9:30 am (CST) the USGBC + Higher Education: WNC Regional Leadership Forum virtual event will take an even deeper dive and feature leadership examples from Higher Ed institutions in the Midwest! Each speaker will highlight a successful strategy they have implemented to weave sustainability into their overall campus goal. REGISTER.
Join the Missouri Climate Dialogues TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 7 at 5:00 pm (CST) as they discuss the next important steps for Missouri with keynote speaker, The Honorable Congresswoman Cori Bush.

Yesterday, April 6, 2021 across the world and in every US State, over 125 universities are hosting Solve Climate by 2030 webinars on a Green Recovery, Climate Solutions, and a Just Transition to hear from local experts about concrete steps that can really move the needle on climate change. Tonight's Missouri Climate Dialogues webinar will be followed by a panel discussion with Ashlen Busick – Sr. Regional Rep., Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, Sal Martinez – Chief Executive Officer, Employment Connection, and Rachel K Owen, PhD – Executive Director, MOST Policy Initiative.

The Missouri Climate Dialogues are hosted by the WUCCP (Washington University Climate Change Program) in partnership with UMSL (University of Missouri St. Louis). Learn more.
Public comment remains open on the City of St. Louis Building Energy Performance Standard Targets. View the The City's Building Division recently released the BEPS targets here.

Please review the following documents in order to provide thoughtful and helpful comments for the Building Division to review:
  1. What general thoughts/reactions/concerns do you have on the BEPS targets themselves?
  2. Are you comfortable with the methods used to set the BEPS targets and group property types? Is there additional information you would like to see from the City of St. Louis to help you better understand the methods?
  3. If you are a building owner or representative of a building owner, do you think the proposed BEPS target for your BEPS Property Type Group is achievable over a 4-year (or 6-year, if applicable) timeframe? Why or why not? 
  4. Are you are comfortable with the transparency and equity of the approach used to set the Building Energy Performance Standards? 
  5. The Building Division is currently formulating additional compliance pathways for buildings that may not reach their respective BEPS target by the end of a compliance cycle. One approach is to allow buildings to "narrow the gap" (e.g. by half) between their current performance and the BEPS target. Is this kind of compliance pathway something the Building Division should develop and enact? Do you have a different recommendation? 
Victoria Coleman, Sustainability Education & Communications Intern, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter - Sustainability Intern, Missouri Historical Society
USGBC-MGC Member since 2020
Sustainability passion: Just creating a healthier and more sustainable future for all! As a recent graduate and emerging professional, I am exploring different focuses of sustainability. I am really interested in creating equitable and sustainable spaces, particularly in the context of cities, and understanding how these different systems work together. We spend so much of our time indoors, I believe they should be safe and sustainable (and efficient) for everyone. 

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: Working as an intern with USGBC for the past six months has been such an enriching experience. I have learned so much in this time and have had opportunities to sit in on committee meetings and help spearhead our exciting, new program: Green & Efficient Buildings Are Better! It has been amazing to interact with so many diverse professionals around the St. Louis region, all united by a common goal, and to work for such an impactful organization.  

What will most impact the future of green building: In terms of new construction, I think implementing TRUE Zero Waste policies or looking to reduce waste at the earliest stage possible will have a great impact on green building in the future. I also believe implementing this framework will lead to more emphasis on building with more sustainable materials and moving away from less sustainable materials like concrete.  

Favorite LEED Project: The Missouri History Museum! Call me biased, but the Missouri History Museum (and our Library and Research Center) recently received LEED v4.1 O+M certification! Being able to see some of this process firsthand, working under Angela Moore, has been such an invaluable experience. It is also just really neat to walk into work, knowing that I work in the only LEED v4.1 O+M certified museum in the WHOLE state of Missouri! 

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: I would have to say, Forest Park. It has always been a staple location in my life—from playing tennis with my dad and brother to going on walks with my mom to visiting the lovely museums with friends. It’s such a gem and you never run out of things to do and see there!  
Read the latest issue of the Healthy Planet! Subscribe and enter the drawing for a Missouri Botanical Garden Ticket. Sign up here!

And tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Lois Sechrist, LEED AP, Manager of Environmental Stewardship at Ascension and a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member - The Intersection of Health & Climate Change!

April 2021 - Join the St. Louis Goes Green! Team

April 2021 - Learn, participate, engage

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April 18 2:30 - 4:30 pm
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Welcome New Members!
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Byron DeLear, Ygrene Energy Fund
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Brian Nolan, Carmody MacDonald P.C.
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Eric Ren, Alberici
Brent Richter, Alberici
Dena Schmid, Guarantee Electrical Company
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Madeline Smith, Clayco / Lamar Johnson Collaborative
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New this year - a 20 Green Years Special Sponsorship and new benefits to support a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise's or community organization's participation!
Thanks to recent new and renewing sponsors!

Edward Jones- Renewing Platinum

Enterprise Holdings - Renewing Silver

Innovative Technology Education Fund - Renewing Green Schools Champion

St. Louis County Department of Public Health - Renewing Green Schools Champion

The financial support of our sponsors is integral to ensuring that everyone can live, work and learn in smart and healthy buildings.
What Your Company Gains as a USGBC - Missouri Gateway Sponsor: 
EXPAND: Grow the knowledge of green building and sustainability in our community.
PARTICIPATE: Get involved in educational programs, special events and community projects to showcase your company's leadership.
EXPOSURE: As a Chapter Sponsor, your company will be:
  • Listed on our website which receives 6,500 visitors and 60,000 page views per month.
  • Included in our monthly e-newsletter with over 5,000 subscribers.
  • Recognized at monthly programs, with an average attendance of 100.
LEARN: Keep up with the latest green building trends and technologies and earn continuing education hours.
ALIGN: Differentiate your company as a leader in the sustainability movement in your community.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Sponsorship includes numerous benefits - from complimentary Chapter memberships and monthly program passes to exposure on the Chapter website, e-news and at events.    
You can learn more by downloading our 2021 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854. 
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