Your local US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter welcomes you to May! In May, St. Louisans and beyond show their generosity, give back, and celebrate Give STL Day.

Give STL Day is a 24-hour, online giving event to engage, support and lift our region's nonprofits. Give Thursday, May 6, 2021 at givestlday.org.

Support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter as your local nonprofit. Support a nonprofit that believes Green Buildings Are Better - better for people, better for the environment, and better for the bottom line. We live, work, learn, and play better in green and healthy spaces! Learn more.

Show your generosity, visit givestlday.org/USGBC-MOGateway to give, today!
Explore the designs and sustainable attributes of four various green building types making positive impact in our communities Tuesday, May 11 at 5:30 pm.

The 16th Annual Green Building Showcase is FREE to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and Full-Time Students; $10.00 for Non-Members. Earn 1 LU|HSW AIA continuing education credit and 1 GBCI CE self-reported hour.

Keep an eye out on our YouTube channel live streaming the event Tuesday, May 11th! @usgbcmogateway. Learn more and register at bit.ly/greenbuildingshowcase or visit www.usgbc-mogateway.org.  
Brentwood Bound - Building a Bright Future, storm water management and community green space presented by Eric Gruenenfelder, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Brentwood
Net Zero - Kept Simple, creating a net zero commercial headquarters in Brentwood presented by Todd Sweeney, Co-Founder, NAVIGATE Building Solutions
Creating Connections - Blending an Owner’s Core Philosophy and LEED Principles, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building at Saint Louis University presented by Peter Steuterman, Contract/Construction Administrator, Hastings+Chivetta Architects
Mass Timber meets WELL Design, City Foundry STL Phase 2 development presented by Tim Robottom, Principal & Chief Operating Officer and Lisa Morrison, Associate Principal, the Lawrence Group
Members only, celebrate and honor the work of our membership community catalyzing green and healthy places for 20 years Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm with a virtual happy hour!

We will welcome new USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members, connect and honor those who paved the way for this Green Buildings Are Better community, our Chapter Founders.

You're invited!

We could not be successful in catalyzing green and healthy places for the past 20 years without your membership, time, expertise and leadership. Thank you!
  • developing and launching Missouri Green Schools with our partnering organization Missouri Environmental Education Association;
  • supporting Green Schools for all within this generation with our Green Schools Quest program;
  • engaging our Better Buildings Through Benchmarking campaign supporting the City of St Louis passing a Benchmarking Ordinance in 2017, Solar-Ready Ordinance in 2019, a Building Energy Performance Standard in 2020 and an Electric Vehicle Ready Ordinance in 2021;
  • organizing and connecting our volunteers with non-profits to implement green building practices, develop green operational plans, or pursue green building certification with Building Success: Greening the Places we Love, and lastly
  • Green Building Leaders of the Future engaging young professionals in the green building movement through days of service, happy hours, and our Green Shadow mentor program.

Celebrate together, Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Meet new members and connect with some of the original catalysts of green building in our region! Plus, enjoy a quick solar demo from StraightUp Solar, exclusively for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and win prizes while enjoying a relaxed and engaging happy hour, especially for you, a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member! Learn more.
This year’s Quest incorporated sustainability into students learning, as its primary focus. Monthly themes were applied to existing curriculum or facilitated new project designs, with the support of a mentor who interacted with their assigned school through virtual opportunities.

The 2020-21 GSQ Project Showcase video celebrates the incredible efforts of the schools, mentors and educators in our area who surpassed the constraints of this school year, like no other, to share and create initiatives that foster a more thriving, equitable and sustainable future for us all.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 and the U.S. Department of Energy are honoring four Missouri ENERGY STAR partners for their outstanding leadership in reducing American energy bills and tackling climate change.

City of Columbia Water and Light, Emerson Sensi in St. Louis, Parkway Schools in St. Louis County, and True Manufacturing in O’Fallon have been selected for 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year program awards.

“These four diverse partners highlight the range of companies and school districts that can truly make a difference in energy efficiency and community service,” said Acting EPA Region 7 Administrator Ed Chu. “We look forward to their continued partnership and hope others in the St. Louis metropolitan community and beyond will participate in the future.”

Flance Early Learning Center in St. Louis, MO has been recognized as a 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honoree for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

Nominated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with Missouri Green Schools, Flance ELC serves a racially, culturally, developmentally, and socioeconomically diverse population of children between ages 6 weeks and 6 years. The school was founded with a desire to give all children the best possible start in life, regardless of their families’ socioeconomic status. Indeed, 86% of the school population qualifies for free and reduced-priced lunch.

Flance demonstrates that centering health--of the students, the community, and the natural environment--can catalyze tremendous results.

Learn more about Flance's sustainability efforts in their Nomination Package.

Join your Green Building Are Better community for a morning with Ty Newell, co-founder of Build Equinox and Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois, to talk about the importance of ventilation in our buildings, Friday, May 14, 2021 from 10:00 - 10:30 am.

Ty Newell is a manufacturer of CERV ("serve") smart ventilation technologies and has worked in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable living technologies, HVACR and building sciences for over 40 years. Ty lives in a zero plus energy home in Urbana Illinois with rainwater harvesting and two first gen EVs. Build Equinox is located in a 4500 square foot Morton building that is net zero with 8.5kW of solar PV.

Why do we place "saving" energy above health and productivity when designing buildings?

Today's refrigerator costs $40 per year for energy, while today's ventilation standards cost us a sick day ($500) and 10% cognition productivity reduction ($5000). Join the discussion!
Listen to the LIVE recording of the previous USGBC-MGC Coffee Break while you work, or watch your Green Buildings Are Better community in discussion.

Net-Energy-Positive Mixed Income Housing: Wonderful living spaces that are affordable & sustainable with featured guest, Wyly Brown, Founding Partner of Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten and Assistant Professor, Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis.

May 13 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Get an overview of the City of St. Louis Building Energy Awareness Ordinance along with instructions and hands-on help with data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data.

June 4 | 8:00 - 10:00 am

Presentations Include:
  • Updates on City of St. Louis Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) by Rajiv Ravulapati, City of St. Louis Building Division
  • Planning for BEPS Compliance in Affordable Housing by Cady Scott Seabaugh, McCormack Baron Salazar
  • Using Audits & Retrocommissioning to Prepare and Plan for Compliance by Jonathon Bell, Ross & Baruzzini
  • Hypothetical Compliance for a Typical Building Type by Steve Andert, Mazzetti
  • Utility Incentive Updates! by Maddie Emerson, Ameren Missouri BizSavers and Christopher Wright, Spire Energy
A great learning and networking opportunity to gain insights into industry trends, find solutions for integrating renewables, and explore pathways to an energy transition with national and regional leaders of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Speakers from across the country will discuss programs, projects and policies that are effectively advancing the use of renewable energy.

Sessions for the event include:
  • Maida Coleman, a commissioner on the Missouri Public Service Commission and a former Missouri State senator and Missouri State representative, Empowering Customers Through Education and Strategic Engagement
  • Russ Carnahan, senior policy advisor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and a former U.S. representative, What to Expect from the Biden Administration's Infrastructure Plan
  • And a panel discussion It's All on the Line: Getting Renewables from Here to There
A full list of speakers and topics can be found at advancingrenewables.com.
Registration for the conference is $85. A 20% discount is available for groups of five or more. Need-based scholarships for the registration fee are available.

Approved for continuing education:
  • 8 hours Continuing Education Credits (CECs) (.8 CEU)
  • 8.9 hours Missouri Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) (Other states by request)
  • 8 hours of Professional Development

The conference is scheduled to run from noon to 5 p.m. each day.
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And tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Fredericka Brandt, LEED GA, Education & Outreach Coordinator at USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter - Net Zero Energy, Flood Mitigation, STEM Education, & Mass Timber at the 2021 Annual Green Building Showcase May 11!
Stay tuned as we gather the topic details for our Green Building Certifications - Summer Coffee Break Series! We will be kicking off this summer series featuring our USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Chair, Hannah Roth, discussing her newly published 'The Green Building Materials Manual' on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 10:00 - 10:30 am, virtually.

Every other Friday join us for a quick lively discussion on green building certification this summer 2021. Feel free to bring your iced coffee too!

Green Building Certifications - Summer Coffee Break Series Line-Up: 
  1. MAY 28 - Hannah Roth - Kick off! 'The Green Building Materials Manual'
  2. JUN 11 - Madeline Smith - Living Future Accreditation
  3. JUN 25 - Abigail Sirevaag - WELL: Version 1 vs. 2 & the WELL AP Test
  4. JUL 9 - Mohammad Abbasi - Green Globes Certification
  5. JUL 23 - Johanna Schweiss - GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials (Green Professional Building Skills Training)
  6. AUG 6 - Angela Moore - TRUE Zero Waste Certification
  7. AUG 20 - Doug Pierce - RELi "follow up"
  8. SEP 3 - Brittany Kampschroeder - Enterprise Green Communities
  9. SEP 24 - Ralph Bicknese - LEED Certification is now "best practice" Where is it going next?

Stay tuned for details!
COMMUNITY CALENDAR

May 11 | 11:00 am
Explore WSP in Denmark's climate adaptation project to make the municipality of Dragør in the Øresund region climate resilient.

Last Sunday of the month, March-Oct | 12:00 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9:00 am

May 14 & 15 | 6:00 & 12:00 pm

May 14 - 16 | 10:00 am
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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!

Ameren Missouri - Renewing Platinum

Electrical Connection - Renewing Gold

Navigate Building Solutions - NEW Bronze

Straight Up Solar - Renewing Silver

Washington University in St. Louis - 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. 
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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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