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  • Share updates on your project with fellow mentors

  • Learn about the progress additional school/mentor teams are making

  • Seek suggestions and resources from fellow mentors if needed

  • Provide general input on the program

Thursday, December 9
8:00 - 9:00 AM
  • Overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

  • Instructions on data collection

  • Benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

  • Reporting data to the City of St. Louis

  • One-on-one assistance

Tuesday, December 14
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Do you care about climate protection and our natural resources? Know someone who does? How about healthy places to live, work and learn? And a healthy economy where everyone can thrive? We have an internship fit for you starting January 2022!

Sustainability Education & Marketing Intern - USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter - JOB DESCRIPTION>
  • Assist with promoting educational events and programs; development of marketing and outreach materials, social media engagement; short-term research and data projects; and day-of event logistics.
  • Please send a cover letter and resume with references to: Emily Andrews, Executive Director, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

BE-Ex STL Intern - Building Energy Exchange St. Louis - JOB DESCRIPTION>
  • Assist with launching BE-Ex STL; organizing and categorizing local stakeholders, working with the City of St. Louis database of benchmarking data and analyze; educating property owners; social media and website maintenance; developing case studies.
  • Please send a cover letter and resume with references to Cara Spencer, Director, BE-Ex STL by December 31, 2021.

Both internships offer a monthly stipend.
The St. Louis Affordable Housing Report Card - A Brief Synopsis, conducted by the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Coalition and their partners, collected and analyzed in nine themes; affordable housing preservation, new construction of affordable housing, displacement, housing residents with special needs, housing quality, fair housing, renter mobility, affordable housing financing, and neighborhood quality of life.

"We cannot discuss affordable housing in the
St. Louis region without considering race."

Throughout the report yellow boxes call-out any racial disparities identified, which is very important to changing the fact, "St. Louis continues to be one of the most segregated metropolitan areas in our nation."

The data below show that low-income households, renters, and Black households are all more likely to be housing-cost burdened in St. Louis.
The Affordable Housing Trust Fund Coalition's goal is to increase the number of households that have affordable housing. To achieve this goal, no household will be burdened by the cost of their housing, including both rent burden and housing cost burden. A household is burdened when they pay more than 30% of their income to gross rent or housing costs, including utilities.

"Race has sculpted St. Louis’ social geography and physical infrastructure, dividing Black and white families both physically and economically, just as the Mississippi River has carved the land between Illinois
and Missouri."

To learn more, dive deeper, and share the St. Louis Affordable Housing Report Card please visit for the complete analyses, including graphs, interactive maps, tables, updates, and events!

All quotes in this section are from the AHTF Report Card pdf document. Thank you.
Building Code and Energy Code impacts all of us. Every time we are inside a building, code is all around us. And we are inside buildings a lot – the average American spends about 90% of our time indoors.

Ameren Missouri’s Residential Energy Code Support Program was designed for anyone working in single-family home construction, including home builders, code officials, city and county representatives, energy raters, utilities, manufacturers and other stakeholders.
Trainings, educational materials and resources were provided throughout the three-year long program to ensure quality, energy-efficient home design and construction. And while the Energy Code Support Program is about to wrap up at the end of 2021, we can still access the resources – including recordings of trainings on a wide variety of topics, like insulation, HVAC sizing and load calculations, indoor air quality & ventilation and more!

To access recordings of the trainings and other resources, including Energy Code Checklists, visit the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance website
U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter 2021-2022 Green Schools Quest (GSQ) school and mentor participants are invited to join our monthly virtual speaker series centered on connecting you with local organizations and resources and the opportunity to share updates on GSQ projects!

View last month's Connect on the Quest: Nurturing Or Space recording, here!

Then, join this month's Connect on the Quest: Air Quality next Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM to learn about resources to support outdoor and indoor air quality.

All are welcome! Connect on the Quest is also open to educators not yet participating but would like to learn about the program and sustainability projects taking place in area schools.

Learn more and access resources at

"I believe the Missouri Gateway Chapter is a beacon of sustainability success in St. Louis and I'm proud to be involved with the success it has created."
Brandon Verhoff, PH.D. Manager, Budgets & Reporting, Caleres, Inc.
USGBC-MGC Member since 2015
Chair of the Education Committee

Sustainability passion: Sustainability Literacy: To ensure future generations are armed with the right information to make the best possible decisions in their future professions, we must educate our society on sound environmental, social, and financial reasoning. As education plays a crucial role in the adoption of sustainable development in society, we must ensure the next generation is sustainability literate. This passion for sustainability literacy was at the core of my dissertation when completing my Ph.D.

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: Being the Chair of the Education Committee, I've been able to meet wonderful experts in their fields, learn from their expertise, and keep up with the latest trends. The reason I joined the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter was to network and provide my expertise to our community. I've gained much more by participating with amazing members of our Chapter. I believe the Missouri Gateway Chapter is a beacon of sustainability success in St. Louis and I'm proud to be involved with the success it has created. 

What will most impact the future of green building: Wellness will be a main driver for future building projects. With the on-going pandemic, companies will focus more on how to improve the mind and body when designing spaces. Providing a space that caters to wellness will give building owners a competitive advantage in the marketplace. We've already started to see big campaigns from celebrities focused on the WELL building standard, but we can expect more attention on combining energy efficiency with creating a more welcoming, safe, and just space for its occupants.

Favorite LEED Project: Edward A. Doisy Research Center at Saint Louis University. This project is close to my heart because of my involvement as the past Director of Sustainability & Benchmarking for the University. It was the University's first endeavor into LEED and is an anchor of research in the St. Louis region.  We learned a lot through the certification process and how to improve other construction projects on campus. 

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: My favorite place in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden. I love plants, so I visit the garden regularly to see the changing seasons, flowers, festivals, and events; like the Best of Missouri Market, Japanese Festival or Garden Glow. It's a wonderful place in the City that is transformative, all while still being located in the heart of St. Louis. I instantly feel relaxed and at home while visiting.
BE-Ex Ed offers AIA-accredited, on-demand classes on energy efficiency, high-performance design, and policy and codes that impact the building industry.
All courses are free, now through the end of the year.
Hosted by the Social Policy Institute at Washington University learn how to influence policy and collaborate with like-minded people to active change.
Thursday, December 9
12:30 - 3:00 PM
Hack invasive species, honeysuckle with panoramic views of the Meramec River Valley
Saturday & Sunday,
December 11 & 12
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON at Belleview Farm Park
Meramec Township, MO
receive an update on the ARPA, including grant programs outside of the Fiscal Recovery Funds received by your city.
December 15
10:00 AM
Building Energy Exchange & NYSERDA highlight firms reducing carbon and designing accessible, affordable buildings. AIA 2030 Challenge.
Wednesday, December 15
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Discover and discuss ways to improve access to affordable housing from the Affordable Housing Report Card.
December 16
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Linda Tatum, Rooftop Sedums and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Membership & Marketing Committee member, Sustainability – How can we contribute to the world wide effort?

Read the latest issue of the Healthy Planet! Subscribe and enter the drawing for a Missouri Botanical Garden Ticket. Sign up here!

Other Articles of Interest:
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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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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 & 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.
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.
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
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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.