Mohammad H. Abbasi is a Building Performance Analyst at WSP USA, a leading global sustainability and engineering services company with offices worldwide. Specializing in design assistance, LEED, and WELL coordination, energy, daylight modeling, and material consultancy at WSP allows Mohammad to suggest a different approach to green building certifications, GREEN GLOBES.

Join us, THIS Friday, July 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am as Mohammad leads this Green Buildings Are Better community conversation on Green Globes, a science-based building rating system.
Tour Washington University's East End Transformation on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM, virtually! Review the structures involved in the transformation with speakers Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability and Railesha Tiwari, Sustainable Design and Construction Project Manager, both at Washington University in St. Louis.

FREE for USGBC-MGC Members
FREE for Full-Time Students
$10.00 for Non-Members

Submitted for AIA CES credit approval and eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hour. View learning objectives here!
Join Senator Dick Durbin for A National Priority: Investing in Public School Infrastructure, hosted by the Healthy Schools Campaign and the Center for Green Schools, THIS Friday, July 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am.

the country can no longer delay investing in infrastructure, and the status of legislative initiatives to boost school infrastructure funding

This forum will spotlight Space to Grow, Healthy Schools Campaign’s successful partnership to bring green schoolyards to Chicago schools, and Preparation in the Pandemic, the Center for Green Schools’ recent national report on school indoor air quality.
Do you or a business you know need energy efficiency updates or renewable energy?

Financial incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency – designed primarily for businesses – are available NOW through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of Energy! View all funding opportunities here.

Is your local public school, education institution, hospital, local governments, museums, or zoo in need of energy efficiency updates?

Examples of eligible Energy Loan Program projects include:
  • High efficiency lighting fixtures and lamps
  • High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Combined heat and power systems
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Waste heat recovery
  • Energy efficient fine bubble diffusers and high efficiency pumps
  • Building shell improvements such as insulation and other infiltration measures
  • Other measures that reduce energy use and cost
"Isn’t picking a favorite LEED project like picking a favorite child?"
Lisa J. Reed, PE, IALD, MIES, LEED BD+C, Founding Principal of Envision Lighting Design, LLC
USGBC-MGC Member since 2013
Active member of the Membership & Marketing Committee
Sustainability passion: My sustainability passion – same as my “everything” passion – is lighting! I look at everything through a lighting lens. Light creates clarity. It elevates the way we experience space. It gives life. Light also plays a significant role in sustainability, whether we conserve energy by using only the light that we need (don’t overlight spaces) or by being intentional about where we put light (eliminate light pollution) or by using lighting controls to only use light when we need it (turn ‘em off!) Additionally, I’m interested in equity and lighting equity issues. If it has anything to do with light, then it’s my passion!

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: Tough question – there have been many. This is an organization filled with sincere people who truly care about our planet and the people who inhabit it. Nearly every encounter with this organization, its members, leaders, and staff has been meaningful. One highlight has been participating in the Green Shadow Mentor program. I also want to mention the Membership and Marketing Committee. By volunteering on this committee, I have been able to get to know a small group of fantastic people.

What will most impact the future of green building: Communication. If we can rethink how we talk about green building and communicate the importance of it in an inclusive, non-partisan, apolitical way to get everyone rowing in the same direction, that will be pivotal. When people come together, we are unstoppable. As the mother of two young adults, I see the priorities of the next generation and I do have hope that the future is in good hands.

Favorite LEED Project: Isn’t picking a favorite LEED project like picking a favorite child? I don’t think I can do that! That said, the 4220 Duncan building in the Cortex District was special because that was the first time I was able to achieve the Light Pollution Reduction Credit, and the Envision Lighting Design team, alongside HOK and the HOK Lighting Group, worked really hard on the lighting selections, placements, and calculations to get it. Now we attempt and achieve Light Pollution Reduction regularly.

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: Have you seen The Awakening II near Chesterfield Central Park? This giant man (a 70’ aluminum sculpture) appears to be partially underground as he emerges from a long slumber. This has become my favorite outdoor meeting spot. The giant is whimsical and a little terrifying, and along with the Central Park Trail, it is a nice little nature/art combo that’s worth a visit. Tell the giant hello for me when you go. Better yet, let me know you’re going, and I’ll meet you there!

  • September, TBA - All Schools Can Be Green Schools (info session)

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks qualifications for an individual to serve as the Director of the Building Energy Exchange-St. Louis. The Director will lead the design, development and operation of the Building Energy Exchange – St. Louis (BEEx-STL, formerly referred to as the St. Louis Regional Energy Hub) in order to build a transformational entity to accelerate innovation, create jobs, strengthen the economy and lead an equitable transition to a clean energy future.

The Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) is a center of excellence dedicated to reducing the effects of climate change by improving the built environment. BE-Ex accelerates the transition to healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient buildings by serving as a resource and trusted expert to the building industry.

Think your the right fit for the job? Know someone who is? LEARN MORE HERE:

How to Apply:
Please submit your qualifications, including
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Two references
as a single, electronic PDF to Emily Andrews at by midnight on July 30, 2021.
GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials provides building professionals with strategies to reduce energy use while improving tenant comfort and health. Participants leave with at least three immediately actionable measures and the next steps needed to achieve them.

2021 Course Dates:

Industry experts will provide critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable operations at this Green Professional Building Skills certificate course.

Efficient operations & smart maintenance in buildings can help reduce operating costs by 5-20%.

This course is ideal for property managers and building staff in both residential and high-rise commercial buildings, including: building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, operating engineers and stationary engineers.
Tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Stacey “Parker” Parker, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA - Bringing a Vision to Life: Serving as a Missouri Green Schools Support VISTA!

Read the latest issue of the Healthy Planet! Subscribe and enter the drawing for a Missouri Botanical Garden Ticket. Sign up here!
JULY 13-14 - AEESP Conference (Association of Environmental Engineers and Science Professors)
JULY 16 - Field Day Fridays: Uncovering Nature at the Audubon Center at Riverlands - Alton, Missouri
AUGUST 12-13 - Midwest Policy Series on Energy Efficiency USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Executive Director, Emily Andrews is speaking on Building Efficiency Policies & Energy Resource Hubs!
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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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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!

Faith Group, LLC - NEW Green

Integrated Facility Services, Inc. - renewing Bronze

KAI - NEW Green

McCarthy - Renewing Gold

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



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.