Be part of St. Louis' amazing philanthropic community and support your favorite non-profits on GiveSTL Day May 5, 2022. Or now - early giving is open!

You can find USGBC-Missouri Gateway's page at
Make your donation special this year and 'Give STL' in honor of someone.
May 5, 2022
@ 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Urban Chestnut - The Grove
Celebrate Give STL Day with our Engagement & Marketing Committee and the Missouri Botanical Garden EarthWays Center!

All are welcome.

May 6, 2022
@ 10:00 - 10:30 am CT
International Living Future Institute
Coffee Break Series

Join in discussion, virtually on Declare - a Nutrition Label for Products, program of the International Living Future Institute to share and find healthy building products.

Learn how a local manufacturer - Golterman & Sabo - got the Declare label for two of their acoustic products!

May 10, 2022
@ 5:30 - 7:30 pm

This virtual educational program could be our final online-only evening!
Submitted for 1.5 LU|HSWs AIA CES credit approval we are excited to showcase local green building and sustainability projects; and climate and racial equity actions presented by an array of St. Louis area green building professionals and leaders.


  • Evaluate the inherent complexities of large-scale historic renovation projects by examining the requirements of Historic Tax Credits compared to sustainability and affordability, including the embodied carbon of materials and the integration of community and occupant health and well-being

  • Assess how pursuing and achieving LEED v4 Operations & Maintenance Platinum and LEED Zero supports sustainability goals and a commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 at the large-scale, global corporate level.

  • Investigate the necessary connections between creating healthy, eco-friendly and highly empowered students; continuous improvement of school building environmental quality (air, light, ventilation, classroom environments, green space, etc.); and addressing racial inequity, resource disparities and social emotional health.
Dr. Sharonica
Superintendent at University School District

A Call to Action - Promoting Inclusive Sustainability, Environmental Equity & Eco-Action in our Schools
Lindsey LaGesse Environmental Sustainability Manager at Mastercard

Mastercard's Path to Zero - LEED v4 Operations + Maintenance: Existing Buildings PLATINUM LEED Zero Certification
Gary Prosterman
President & CEO, Development Services Group, Inc.

Adaptive Reuse - The Butler Brothers Building Historic Renovation for Sustainable and Affordable Redevelopment
Daffney Moore
Chief of Staff / Director of Equity & Inclusion at St. Louis Development Corporation
Neal Richardson
Chairman and Executive Director at St. Louis Development Corporation
Roadmap to Economic Justice - St. Louis Development Corporation
Accelerate your company, your profession, and your networks in the transition to green buildings, cities and communities at the must-attend green building event for the Midwest is here!

When: May 12, 2022 from 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Cost: $199 for USGBC members | $99 for emerging professionals!

Experience, in-person networking, 6.5 CE hours, green building sessions for real world issues, the future of LEED, and amazing keynote speakers, such as Winona LaDuke (Honor the Earth), Channon Lemon (Intent Energy, LLC), Monte Hillman (St. Paul Port Authority), and

Natalie Self, Senior Vice President of Equitable Economic Impact at Cortex Innovation Community!
This Saturday, May 7, 2022 starting at 12:00 pm meetup with your community at St. Vincent Greenway in Ruth Porter Mall Park and take on the Life Outside Challenge - 2022 Spring edition!

20 Challenges. 128 Miles of Greenway. 1 You. One Community.

Complete at least 10 of the 20 Great Rivers Greenway Life Outside challenges until May 15, 2022 and win an outdoor adventure prize! Then, get back outside Fall 2022, starting September 1st.

We're looking for local expertise in green building:

  • design
  • strategy
  • equipment specifications
  • green infrastructure
  • construction and
  • project management

and any knowledge of the Materials and Water Petals of the Living Building Challenge to help push this EarthDance Organic Farm School project of a new waterwise restroom facility to be net positive energy, water, and waste!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 4:00 - 6:00 pm - we will tour the farm in Ferguson Missouri and project site, hear from EarthDance about goals for the project and begin discussing the waterwise restroom facility.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 4:00 - 6:00 pm - at Clayco Inc. we will apply sustainability and Living Building Challenge best practices and develop the building and infrastructure design for the waterwise restroom facility.
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC) is soliciting a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for website design and brand refresh services.

To effectively and dynamically support the Missouri Gateway region in making every building a green building - we need a new website equipped to make that happen for our members and the broader community with direct brand recognition of who we are and what we do.

Please consider sharing this RFQ opportunity with your networks and organization.
Qualifications are due next week, Thursday, May 12, 2022 by 5:00 pm CT and can include both qualifications, or be submitted separately, one for Website Design and one for Brand Refresh.

Including the RFQ: Website Design & Brand Refresh Services is our project timeline, draft website table of contents, specific website needs for a CRM system, and our current Missouri Gateway Green Building Council brand components.
"In a world where sustainable solutions feel like an additional weight on the shoulders of teachers like me, this Quest puts the solutions and research on students and gives them a chance to show off the amazing changes that are capable of demanding for their future. I love what I/we fight for, and I love who we are fighting for even more."
- Britt Tate, Columbia Elementary and Bryan Hill Elementary
Thank you GSQ Mentors!

Our volunteer Green Mentors play a huge role in this program – supporting schools in a variety of ways, from helping with project ideas, providing technical expertise, connecting schools with community resources, or simply lending an ear and helping with timeline reminders.

We cannot wait to honor 3 elementary, 2 middle, and 1 high school projects as division winners each with a trophy and $300 prize and the spotlight award winners with $100 each, learn more by reading the 2021-22 Green Schools Quest Winners & Projects article!
Celebrated at last weekend's St. Louis Earth Day Festival and honored by Congresswoman Cori Bush, two Missouri schools were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for exemplifying what it means to be a green school with:

  • Reducing Environmental Impacts
  • Improving Health & Wellness
  • Environmental & Sustainability Education

CONGRATULATIONS ED-Green Ribbon Schools:
School District of University City - Whole School & Whole Community Health, Hand in Hand
- UN Sustainable Development Goals as Tools for Schools
USGBC Chapter Members are
LEADERS at the local level - ADVOCATES in the community - PROVIDERS of green building knowledge - VOICES in the conversation.
Listen or watch Coffee Break ILFI Series: Living Building Challenge - Water & Materials Petals with featured guest Madeline Smith!
Madeline Smith, Senior Associate, Sustainable Development Manger, Clayco enterprise
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member since 2018
Lead for International Living Future Institute St. Louis Collaborative
The following article was written by Dan Rafter, March 9, 2022, posted on for Women in Construction Week 2022: Clayco's Madeline Smith.

How did you get into the construction industry?
As an environmental studies major, I was looking for a role where I had the greatest potential for influence in improving the environment. Construction has significant impact on the environment and many avenues for mitigating its impact. Sustainability consulting for buildings seemed like a perfect fit for my career goals.

Describe a typical day on the job.
A quality I love about my job is the wide diversity of jobs and tasks. Depending on the enterprise needs, I may be assisting an owner on sustainability goals for a project, educating a subcontractor on the sustainable requirements of a job, brainstorming internal enterprise sustainability goals, working with estimating on accounting for all costs related to sustainability, or interviewing for a project pursuit. The variety of tasks keeps me engaged and excited about the job.

What have been some of the biggest obstacles you’ve faced in your current position?
The largest obstacle has been costs related to sustainable design and construction. Generally, we all are motivated to “do the right thing,” but willingness to pay varies substantially. Acceptable payback periods are typically short and anything without a tangible payback can be an uphill battle.

What was your favorite construction project and why?
My favorite construction project to date is the Centene North Carolina headquarters. It is our largest WELL project, and the design integrates nature throughout the space. The team is motivated, communicative and engaged, which makes the work enjoyable.

What do you like most about your job?
Other than the diversity of work, the most redeeming part of my job is the change it is making in the industry. I am very proud to support project teams that want to make their buildings more sustainable. Despite the challenges, it is rewarding knowing that this work is improving the environment.

How has the participation of women in construction changed over the years, and where do you see it heading?
Women’s participation in construction has drastically increased over my time in the industry. I expect this to continue until the gender ratios are equivalent to the population.

What is your advice to women wanting to get into construction?
Seek out other women in the industry to have as mentors and collaborators. Construction is a fast-paced job and having women peers to learn from and consult with will help your career immensely.

The above text was written by Dan Rafter, March 9, 2022, posted on for Women in Construction Week 2022: Clayco's Madeline Smith.
Tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Ben Freiman, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA:


Thursday, May 5
all day
Equitable, Healthy Zero Carbon Building (E.H.Zero) virtual series: Compliance Pathways for Carbon Neutral Buildings - Zero Code

Thursday, May 5
10:00 am CT | online

Friday, May 6
7:30 pm | in-person
Marriott St. Louis Airport
10700 Pear Tree Lane 63134

Saturday, May 7
11:00 am | in-person
Cherokee Street St. Louis, 63118

Saturday, May 7
6:00 pm | in-person
St. John The Baptist Catholic Church
4200 Delor St. 63116

Tuesday, May 10
12:00 pm CT | online

Wednesday May 11
6:00 pm | in-person
O'Fallon Park Rec Complex
4343 West Florissant Ave. 63115

Saturday, May 14
8:00 am | in-person
2027 Salisbury St. 63107

Tuesday, May 17
6:00 pm | in-person
Meramec Elementary School
2745 Meramec St. 63118

Wednesday May 25
5:30 pm | in-person
World's Fair Pavilion
1904 Concourse Dr. 63110
May 2022
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
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The financial support of our sponsors is integral to ensuring that everyone can live, work, learn, and play in smart and healthy buildings. Learn more about 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities.
What Your Company Gains as a USGBC - Missouri Gateway Sponsor: 
EXPAND: Grow the knowledge of green building and sustainability in our community & contribute to a more equitable future by gifting a Green Sponsorship for a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise or community group.
PARTICIPATE: Get involved in educational programs, special events and community projects to showcase your company's leadership.
ADVERTISE: 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.
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 2022 Sponsorship Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854. 
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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!
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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.