October 2020 E-Newsletter
  • October 14th - Women in Green & Project Drawdown

  • Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day!

  • Spotlight: Advancing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Policy in the St. Louis Region

  • October 8th - Coffee Break: Politics & the Environment with the Missouri Sierra Club

  • VOTE: Are You Prepared to Vote & How You Can Help

  • Continue the Quest! A Green Schools Quest Update

  • October 21st - Benchmarking 101

  • Upcoming Events

  • Community Calendar

  • New and Renewing Members

  • Thank you to our Annual Sponsors
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Monthly Evening Program
To honor the "Sheroes" in our community, hosted in partnership by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, AIA Women in Architecture, and 500 Women Scientists - St. Louis Pod, join us virtually next Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm.

The 2020 Women in Green theme is “Sheroes,” which represents the female hero who excels under pressure and overcomes adversity. In this year of COVID-19, females in green industries are being asked to persevere, lead, and advocate for health and well-being in ways not previously encountered. To honor the Sheroes in our community, we bring together women who continually make a difference in green building, architecture, sustainability, and science, with a panel of our own Women in Green. Each organization will provide one panelist to give insight on the female perspective of the sustainability industry and real-life examples of sustainability solutions.

The unifying theme for the Women in Green panel discussion October 14th is Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Project Drawdown provides a framework that outlines solutions and three connected areas of action to prevent catastrophic climate change; drawdown human carbon emissions to zero, support carbon sinks to improve nature’s carbon cycle, and improve society by promoting equality, health and education to foster global change.
Representing 500 Women Scientists - St. Louis Pod
DR. VICTORIA HERRMANN, President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute.
Victoria was named one of the most 100 influential people in climate policy worldwide in 2019 by Apolitical. She has published in many peer-review journals and her expert opinion has appeared on CNN, BBC, and NPR among others.
Representing the American Institute of Architects-St. Louis Chapter Women in Architecture
MARY ANN LAZARUS, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Architect and Consultant at Cameron MacAllister Group, Adjunct Faculty and Sustainability Program Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis.
Representing the US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter
ANGELA MOORE, MPPA, LEED AP O+M, TRUE Advisor, Facilities and Sustainability Coordinator for the Missouri Historical Society.
Representing CREW St. Louis
MADELINE SMITH, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, LFA, Fitwel Ambassador, Sustainable Development Manager, Clayco enterprise.
ABIGAIL SIEREVAAG, LEED AP ID+C, Project Coordinator, Edward Jones and Adjunct Professor at Maryville University of St. Louis.
Virtual In-Depth Seminar
October 7th is Energy Efficiency Day! #eeday2020 Jenny Carney, LEED Fellow, Vice President of Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change at WSP USA and co-founder of the BIT Building framework presented, BIT Building Case Studies this morning for our FREE in-depth seminar. Another "SHEROE" in our green building community.

We learned 16 sustainable operations best practices that can be achieved "bit by bit" with a more inclusive and more accessible program for all buildings.

Energy efficiency opportunities are out there! See if BIT Building is the right journey for your facility by visiting www.bitbuilding.org.

Cities around the world have stepped up to set aggressive climate goals. Over 289 cities and counties have signed on to We Are Still In, an effort to support climate action at the local level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions 28% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, relative to a 2005 baseline. Locally, the City of St. Louis, Maplewood, and University City are signatories to We Are Still In. In October 2019, the City of St. Louis adopted an even more aggressive commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050. But we still have a lot of work to do to meet these goals – so let’s get to work!

Use our Advancing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Policy in St. Louis toolkit and help us work towards a healthier, more equitable, more sustainable and more resilient region for all of us who live, work, learn and play here. #greenbuildingsarebetter
Network, Learn & Discuss
Who's ready to vote for the climate? Featured guest, Ross Hunt, chair of the Political Committee with the Missouri Sierra Club, leads our community discussion this Thursday (not Friday), October 8th at 10 am. Ross will discuss recent activities of the Political and Legislative Committees of the Missouri Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club addresses democracy issues, voter access, environmental racism, differential impacts of pollution on minority communities, and more! The Missouri Sierra Club tracks legislative records of state level legislators on scorecards (simply search, "MO Sierra Club legislative scorecard"). Register: bit.ly/coffeebreak08

This Coffee Break is free, but space is limited.  
What's New in the Community?
Policy is a significant part of our green building community. Who or what we vote for has an impact on the environment, our health, and the community - just like how we design, build, and operate buildings has an impact on the environment, our health, and the community. Make your vote count this 2020 election.

TODAY, October 7, 2020 is Missouri's voter registration deadline to be eligible to vote in the November 3rd election. Are you registered to vote? Is your address up to date? Have you requested your ballot? What's your plan?
Here are some tips we found from the St. Louis Area Voter Protection Coalition.

Be Registered: Confirm you are registered to VOTE at your current address, help your friends and family confirm their registration status, register to VOTE or make updates by TODAY, October 07, 2020.

Be Ready: Know your election authority, look up what's on your ballot at VOTE411.org, VOTE downballot on every candidate and issue.

Make a Plan to VOTE: VOTE absentee in person ASAP, VOTE absentee by mail and apply ASAP, VOTE mail-in ballot and apply ASAP - find ballot notarization events in the St. Louis region, or VOTE in person on election day, 11/03/2020.

If you are VOTING in person on November 03, 2020, can you answer these questions?
  • I will VOTE at address:
  • I plan to get there by:
  • I can ask for a ride from:
  • If the line is long, I can:

Register to VOTE: Online by October 18, in person by November 03, 2020.

VOTE by Absentee Ballot: request by October 29, return by mail by November 03, 2020.

Early Voting: September 24 - November 02, 2020.
Continue the Quest! has officially begun! The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Green Schools Quest is part of the collective movement towards sustainable schools.

The primary challenge this 2020-2021 school year is to integrate sustainability into students’ learning. Monthly themes challenge participants further by prompting them to examine how one of the principles outlined in the Rainbow of Sustainability relates to students’ learning.

  • October: Importance of Place
  • November: Interconnectedness
  • December: Respect for Limits
  • January: Systems Thinking & Cycles
  • February: Social Justice
  • March: Global Citizenship

The Green Schools Quest team provides project ideas and resources; schools are encouraged to share their progress with other participants to cultivate collaboration, spark new ideas, and collectively celebrate the integration of sustainability into students’ learning across our region. Continue the QUEST! #greenschoolsquest
In the City of St. Louis, buildings (residential, commercial, and industrial) are responsible for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. Policies like the City's benchmarking requirements and the new Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) make St. Louis' existing buildings heroes in the fight against wasted energy, air pollution and climate change.

Continue to help your St. Louis region reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050 and join our Benchmarking 101 virtual event Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:00 am - 9:30 am. As privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data annually by May 01 of each year using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, we encourage all buildings to gain experience benchmarking!
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all event times are in Central Standard Time
October 08, 2020
10:00 - 10:30 am

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a quick, lively conversation - this month discussing the activities of the Missouri Sierra Club Political and Legislative Committees with guest Ross Hunt!
October 14, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Celebrate your Women in Green SHEROES as they provide insight in a panel setting on the female perspective of the sustainability industry and real life examples of sustainability solutions as they relate to Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. bit.ly/womendrawdown
October 21, 2020
8:00 - 9:30 am

The An overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. 
October 21, 2020
Received by the election authority NO LATER than 5:00 pm

Once you receive your Missouri mail-in ballot it must be returned by mail in the provided envelope, with the statement on the envelope signed and witnessed by a notary. Notarization events in the St. Louis region.

Once notarized, in order to be counted, mail-in ballots MUST be received by the election authority at or before the closing of polls on November 03, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
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October 13, 2020

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Welcome New Members

Lisa Johnson, Edward Jones

Alaina Morin, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorp VISTA

Stacey Parker, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorp VISTA

Kyle Roth, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

Sierra Shields, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorp VISTA

Malaya Siy, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorp VISTA
Thank you Renewing Members
Nick Arb, Guarantee Electrical Company

Nichole Banks, Forever Green Realty LLC

Laura Barber, The Haskell Company

Shelby Barker, Mackey Mitchell Architects

Joseph Bauer, Architect

Stacey Clear, St. Louis Design Alliance

Brad Davis, Musick Contruction

Jessica Deem, Virescent

Markel Fitchpatrick, Brauer Supply Co.

Laura Foppe, TAP Design Group

Rene Freels, Ferguson Eco Team

Carolyn Green, Green Desing

Jeffrey Harris, Harris Consulting Engineering

Jim Hart, Colliers International

James Holtzman, Clean Energy Design Group

James Kolker, Washington University in St. Louis

Kurt Kreutz, US Bank

Margaret Lalor

Lawrence Lile, Lile Engineering

David Lowell, Kozeny Wagner

Donald Nordenholt

Steve O'Rouke, StraightUp Solar

Joseph Panhorst, Panhorst Educational Consulting

Michael Rodney, Oculus Inc.

Lois Sechrist, Ascension

Abigail Sirevaag, Edward Jones

Robert Towell, CxE Group LLC, Commissioning & Energy Savings

Justin Vogt, Automatic Controls Equipment Systems

Ross Watson, Jacobs Engineering

Thomas Yarbrough, Missouri S&T

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Integrated Facility Services - Renewing GREEN

NewGround - Renewing SILVER
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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.
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  • Listed on our website which receives 6,500 visitors and 60,000 page views per month.
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  • 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 2020 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854. 
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