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We invite you to join us and learn more about this exciting opportunity to join the Green Schools movement and positively impact our community!

A brief overview of the Green Schools Quest program and mentor responsibilities will be presented, followed by the opportunity to hear directly from past mentors as they share their experiences.

Virtually, Thursday, August 26, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 pm learn how YOU can help a local school go green.

Visit to learn more about this USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter annual project-based challenge to K-12 schools to implement student-driven, no/low-cost sustainability projects with the help of a Green Mentor and REGISTER to become a 2021-2022 GSQ Mentor, today!
Join K-12 green school advocates from West and East North Central to discuss barriers and solutions moving forward with green schools goals when faced with time management, staffing, and funding needs on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, virtually, 4:00 - 6:00 pm CST.

Featuring real-world leadership examples from communities in the Midwest and how American Rescue Plan dollars can be used to advance green and healthy schools!
Thank you for the 32 opinions we have received thus far. It is YOU who makes this Chapter so unique and successful in our efforts to make every building a green building - your feedback makes a difference!

We appreciate the time and consideration you have put in to enhance the growth and development of your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter experience, needs, and programs. Thank you!

During our annual joint Board and Committee Chair meeting in September 2021 we will review the results of the 2021 Membership Survey and how we can incorporate your opinions and suggestion into:
What do I think will most impact the future of green building?
"Collaboration amongst people from many demographics ... realizing our responsibility to be global citizens."
David Charles, Resource Center Manager, American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter
USGBC-MGC Member since 2020
Active member of the Education Committee
Sustainability passion: My dual passion is infrastructure and the building materials used to execute it. Over the past couple years, I’ve really become interested in Green Building practices – including LEED and Passive House – that help improve quality of life for its users throughout the built environment. I'm equally fascinated by how rapidly new sustainable building products (from its envelope to interior finishes) enter the market every day! What I find inspirational about sustainability is a universal goal of improving how we interact with each other, our communities, and the greater planet.

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: While first acquainted years ago during my time at the Missouri History Museum, my most meaningful is as a current active member of the Education Committee. As now Resource Center Manager for AIA (American Institute of Architects) St. Louis, I am proud to exchange ideas and collaborate with dynamic people on educating the community on Green Building. Some meetings have gone past time due to our collaborative efforts – the knowledge I come away with is always worth the extra time!

What will most impact the future of green building: Accessibility (world-wide). While long-term global plans are in place, more consideration is needed for exactly where these changes will occur. New advances usually require ample research, technology, and (quite frankly) plenty of money. Most underserved demographics worldwide (some St. Louis neighborhoods included) benefit much later – if at all – from these life-improving advances. Collaboration amongst people from many demographics will hopefully shed light on these inequities and we can best improve the planet at once, realizing our responsibility to be global citizens.

Favorite LEED Project: What a hard choice – especially from the array in the St. Louis region. My top has to be the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum located in Downtown St. Louis. As part of the Missouri Historical Society’s long-term project to gain LEED status for each building (Missouri History Museum, Library & Research Center, & Soldiers Memorial), I was proud to see the MHS team (including Facilities & Sustainability Coordinator, Angela Moore) earn LEED Gold certification for Soldiers! *shout-out* to the architecture firm Mackey Mitchell for earning a 2019 AIA Design Distinguished Award on their work for Soldiers!

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: Forest Park! Without a doubt!! Especially in the last year, its vast space and beauty helped center me during an unsettling period. Prior, I worked in Forest Park almost half my life and allowed the unique opportunity to form my own special relationship with the gem! It was an honor to be profiled as a “Human of St. Louis”, in partnership with Forest Park Forever, to further share what it means to me. I advise to click HERE because rewriting my whole story may take up more space than this profile allows.
The STL Construction Forum returns to in-person programming with "Designing a Welcoming Workforce" on August 31, 2021, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM CST as part of their program series, Building Tomorrow's Construction Workforce. These programs will introduce and discuss a systemic change approach to workforce development, running until December 2022.

A presentation by Dr. Roberta Hunte, producer of the nationally-acclaimed short film, Sista in the Brotherhood, and assistant professor at Portland State University will follow outtakes of the film which examines the path of a young black woman construction apprentice's barriers as she struggles to join the industry and improve life for her and her family.

A panel interview and discussion of issues and strategies for creating a welcoming construction workforce include local professionals such as:
  • Nicole Adewale, Principal, ABNA Engineering (and a USGBC-MGC member active on the Education Committee!)
  • Ronny Griffin, Business Manager, Laborers Local 110
  • Joylynn L Pruitt-Adams, retired EdD educator, University City
  • Gabriel Cardenas, board member, Construction Forum and VP of Operations, Missouri Constructors
Time is running out to join Grow Solar St. Louis. Attend one of our FREE virtual Solar Power Hours to learn how you can ditch that monthly utility bill and gain energy independence, all while making the world a better place.

Follow up this informational session with a FREE site assessment from our partner, solar installer experts, StraightUp SolarLearn more at:
Tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Marion Smith, AIA, LEED AP, Engine House No. 1
and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Founder - A Green Building Game Changer!

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since June 2021
Jeff Bradley, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
David Charles, American Institute of Architects St. Louis Chapter
Jon Havlak, PGAV Destinations - currently on Furlough status
Joel Kerschen, KAI
Deniz Piskin, Missouri Botanical Garden
Chad Schrand, Horner & Shifrin
Todd Turner, SBR of St. Louis
David Alberson, Drury Southwest, Inc.
Stephen Anton, Anton Architecture, Inc.
Cindy Bambini, CannonDesign
Christopher J. Bedell, Polsinelli
John Biggs, Ross & Baruzzini
David Bogler, Harris-Stowe State University
Jessica Bruce, Mercy Health
Brad Davis, Musick Construction
Olivia Freese, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
John Guenther, John C. Guenther Architect LLC
Colin Hale, CannonDesign
Daniel Hellmuth, Daniel Hellmuth
Bill Hudgins, Lighting Associates, INC
Punit Jain, Cannon Design
Wanda Kolo, Saint Louis Zoo
Donald Koster, Washington University in St. Louis
Patrick Ladendecker, HOK
David Lowell, Kozeny Wagner
Amanda McAllister, Trivers Associates
Bruce McCoy, Lighting Associates
David McGuire, Saint Louis Zoo
Elise Novak, CannonDesign
Yvette Paris, Louer Facility Planning
Andrew Petty, Cannon Design
James Roseberry, Trivers Assoc.
Deann Schoen, NewGround
Dale Seidenstricker, Gray Design Group
Halima Shehu, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Annie Smith, Ross & Baruzzini
Laura Vierrether, Jacobs
Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member. Join the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter today!

Curious about your membership standing or ready to renew your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership online? Check your membership status.

We also have a Membership Directory! Check to see who's a member, find a member in your green building industry, or view the chapter leadership and expertise of our Missouri Gateway community. View the membership directory.
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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!

Rise Community Development - NEW Green

Siemens - Renewing Green

William A Kerr Foundation - Renewing Platinum

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. 
Thanks to Our RESTORATIVE Sponsor!
Thanks to Our PLATINUM Sponsors!
Thanks to Our GOLD Sponsors!
Healthy Planet
Thanks to Our SILVER Sponsors!
Thanks to Our GREEN SCHOOLS Sponsors!
THE GREEN SCHOOLS QUEST is also SUPPORTED in part by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Thanks to Our BRONZE Sponsors!

ECO Recycling

Guarantee Electrical Company


icon Mechanical

Integrated Facility Services, Inc.

Johnson Controls

Navigate Building Solutions

Rosemann and Associates 

Villa Lighting

Thanks to Our GREEN Sponsors!
Advanced Green Consulting 

Azimuth Energy

Custom Engineering

Growing Green, Inc. 

Faith Group, LLC

Horner & Shifrin, Inc.

Ittner Architects


Rise Community Development

Schaeffer Marketing Group


S.M. Wilson 

St. Louis Composting-Total Organics Recycling
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To initiate, develop and accelerate the implementation of green building concepts, technologies and principles that promote environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to live, work, learn, and play.

We recognize that we are a predominately white organization – our staff, our leadership, and our membership. As an organization, we recognize that we have unintentionally contributed to the status quo of injustice and systems that are racist. We know that environmental degradation and climate change disproportionately affect communities of color. We are working to do our part to address and breakdown systemic and institutional racism while understanding our own implicit biases. Learn more about our Equity and Inclusion Initiatives.