Join us for our last evening program of 2021 to learn about tools and resources you can use to advance equity in your professional and personal life. We are excited to feature a great panel of experts who can share how local green building professionals are fostering inclusion, building strong partnership and increasing diverse participation in the communities they work with.


  • Equity, Inclusion & Diversity in the Workforce
  • Richard Reilly, LEED AP, BPI BA, EP & HHE, BOC, HES Assessor, Energy Program Manager at Missouri Botanical Garden EarthWays Center

  • Fostering Inclusion for Future Clean & Renewable Energy Infrastructure
  • Sylvester Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection Partnership

  • What Happens When Diversity Equity & Inclusion Strategies Work?
  • Kristol W. Simms, Senior Director of Energy Efficiency and Regulatory Policy Implementation, Ameren Illinois

Tuesday, November 9
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Need assistance to more efficiently manage the benchmarking process for your building? Ameren Missouri's BEEP helps building owners and managers obtain aggregated data and benchmark their buildings.

Thursday, November 4
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Earn 12 GBCI CE Hours, AIA | LU, & PDH Credits. Leave with 3 immediately actionable measures to improve health, comfort, energy or water efficiency in your existing building.

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, November 10
1:00 - 5:00 PM, all days
Featuring: How to become part of the nationally recognized St. Louis Native Landscaping Movement with the St. Louis Audubon Society and Wild Ones St. Louis Chapter!

WIN PRIZES, meet new members, connect with different committee members, and expand your ecological abundance!

Thursday, December 2
5:00 - 6:00 PM
After more than a year of research, the St. Louis REALTORS issued a report on building codes in St. Louis County titled: Inconsistent Regulations: Building Codes in St. Louis County. Did you know that there are 42 codebooks used by the 89 governing authorities in St. Louis County? This adds up to 809 chapters and 16,786 pages of building codes - and that doesn't even include fire code or energy conservation code!

You can read the full report along with a shorter version at

Do building codes, inspections and permitting
impact your work?
St. Louis REALTORS is looking for YOUR INPUT! Now is the time to share your experience with building codes, inspection, or permitting within St. Louis County. As part of their efforts to develop a possible policy proposal impacting the 16,786 pages of building codes, inspections and permitting, St. Louis REALTORS® is hosting six, 90-minute town halls in November & December 2021 and need your input.
The Nature Conservancy in Missouri and the partners involved in developing the St. Louis EcoUrban Assessment tool understand there is power in building cross-sector partnerships and re-imagining ways to integrate nature back into the built environment, solving our region’s most pressing environmental challenges.

We can experience equitable nature-based solutions that improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for both people and nature in the St. Louis region when we

prioritize action, provide support to community-based groups, and co-create solutions in partnership with broad stakeholder support.

INTERACT with the St. Louis EcoUrban Assessment Tool, an ArcGIS online mapping tool with data layers related to flood risk, park access and quality, air quality, food access, vacancy, schools, community asset information and more.

Scroll through the story map to find the work of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Green Schools Quest (map screenshot above)!
Do you or your organization want to be represented at the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter's annual State of the Chapter event?

Email Executive Director, Emily Andrews about your silent auction donation!

Save the date, Tuesday, January 11, 2022 for the State of the Chapter!

The Center for Green Schools released a unique series of fact sheets about indoor air quality (IAQ), designed to help people without a technical background understand some of the more complicated details about common strategies. Developed by dozens of experts, the series presents simple, straightforward evidence about the most pressing topics in school IAQ.
The series includes an overview, which gives a foundation on school IAQ strategies and measures, as well as four fact sheets on:

·      Ventilation
·      HVAC Filtration
·      In-room air cleaners
·      Germicidal UV

Share this resource with friends, neighbors, coworkers, and clients so that everyone has a better grasp of how to protect students at school this year.
Missouri Green Schools is excited to welcome new and returning AmeriCorps VISTAs and team members who will support low-income schools' participation in the statewide recognition program. Parker and Sister Sharon will focus on providing one-on-one support to assist with action planning and progress tracking as well as outreach to expand program reach, and Ben will manage the development of a statewide network of organizations that desire to help schools lower their environmental impact, improve health, and shift to a culture of sustainability.
Stacey "Parker" Parker

"I am excited to be returning as a VISTA for Missouri Green Schools! The program has explored intersections of health and wellness and environmental justice--two issues that originally led me to this wonderful opportunity. I am looking forward to growing along with the program in the upcoming year."
Ben Freiman

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to join MGS for my first VISTA term. I'll be working as the Partner Network Coordinator, and I'm looking forward to helping deepen connections and create new pathways for the many entities working so hard to help Missouri schools go green!"
Sister Sharon Horace

"Hello! I am Sister Sharon, a Daughter of Charity. I love being outdoors and in nature, and am always looking for ways to share that with others. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from working with Missouri Green Schools and sharing what I have learned in working with community-based organizations over the last 20 years."
Join the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) in their joint virtual conference for educations on November 3-6, 2021!

The theme is “EE for Everyone, Everywhere.” Keynote speakers Kathy Ambrosini and CJ Goulding will challenge and inspire us to live out our values as environmental educators. From the opening keynote to the closing plenary, MEEA and KACEE can't wait for you to join them on the journey to create a more inclusive and equitable field.

Sessions will be recorded, so you can participate no matter your schedule and access materials after the conference concludes. 
Watch Follow daily themes of the official COP26 Presidency Programme focused on the Built Environment
November 1 - November 10
times vary
Advancing energy codes in the region and best practices for raising compliance.
November 3 - 5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Volunteer with the Open Space Council and plant trees as part of the Community Stewardship Alliance program.
Friday, November 5
8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON at Holzer Park Road St. Louis, MO 63128
Volunteer for the Forest Park Forever 5.1 acre forest restoration underway, removing honeysuckle and other invasive plant species.
Saturday, November 6
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON at Forest Park Kennedy Forest, Government Drive
Experience Art Along the Rivers at the St. Louis Art Museum October 3 - January 9, 2022.
50% OFF tickets
November 9, 10, 11
ONLINE & IN-PERSON at 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, 63110
Superior energy management creates environmental leaders. From How Schools Can Use IAQ Sensors and Energy Data to Continuously Monitor Performance to Portfolio Manager 301.
November 9, 10, 16, 17
times vary
University City Public Library presents the 2nd of 3 programs exploring Missouri's past, present, and future through an environmental justice lens.
Wednesday, November 10
7:00 - 8:00 PM
5 talks will cover several COP26 Presidency campaigns, with a focus on Cities and the Built Environment hosted by the Urban Studies Foundation.
Thursday November 11
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Watch via the public access platform live or on demand programs.
October 31 - November 12
times vary
Start recycling. Recycle at home. Educate your peers. Find all your recycling information via the links, here!
Monday, November 15
all day, across America
Celebrate & network with women who are influencing equitable, high performance buildings and communities.
Thursday November 18
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Volunteer with the Open Space Council to remove honeysuckle.
Saturday, November 20
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
IN-PERSON at 2350 Creve Coeur Mill Rd. Maryland Heights, 63043
Tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Lesli Moylan, Executive Director, Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) - Six Missouri Schools Honored in Missouri Green Schools' Initial Awards Round!

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since August 2021

Michelle Abounader, Dandelion Yoga
Erik Biggs, Verve Design Studio
Jillian Brinkman, Ameren
Hannah Carter, Parkway School District
Kimberly Chapman, ESCO Technologies Inc.
David Charles, American Institute of Architects St. Louis Chapter
Benjamin Henningsen, DIRTT
Andrew Meyerkord
Adam Phillips, Jarrell Contracting
Emily Romines, Spire Energy
Alisha Scott
Hilary Scott-Ogunrinde, NexGen Industries
Cara Spencer, Building Energy Exchange - St. Louis
since August 2021

Jake Banton, Mackey Mitchell Architects
Laura Barber, Sitton Energy Solutions
David Bogler, Harris-Stowe State University
Carol Braford, Irresistible Community Builders, LLC
Charles Dale-Derks, McClure Engineering
Joe Davis, Custom Engineering
Connor Delaney, Ryan's Contracting, LLC
Rene Dulle, STLCC
Paul Englert, Spire
Joan Featherston, Missouri Native Plant Society, Wild Ones, Shaw Nature Reserve, volunteer, & Landscape Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis
Laura Foppe, TAP Design Group
Paula Gaertner, Thomas Dunn Learning Center
Joyce Gorrell, Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center
Carolyn Green, Green Design
Diane Grimsley, Tarlton Corporation
John Hartley, TKH, Inc.
Jeff Kelley, Kelley Energy Management
James Kolker, Washington University in St. Louis
Kregg Kraus, Solutions AEC
Kurt Kreutz, US Bank
Maggie McCoy, Missouri Botanical Garden
Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco
Donald Nordenholt
Karin O'Brien, ACI Missouri
Steve O'Rourke, StraightUp Solar
Stacey Parker, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA
Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Garden
Tony Pratte, The Sound Room
Kelley Raftery, Ranken Technical College
Daniel Raftery, Enterprise rent-a-car
Richard Reilly, Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center
Jim Ridge, HDA / Greenstreet
Kyle Roth, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Sondra Rotty, Tarlton Corporation
Nancy Schick, Cohen Hilberry Architects
Eric Schneider, StraightUp Solar
Thomas Schultz, Spire
Johanna Schweiss, Verizon
Cady Scott Seabaugh, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Lois Sechrist, Ascension
Abigail Sirevaag, Edward Jones
Kristina Steiger, Schaeffer Marketing Group
Kristine Stutko Donaghey, The Boeing Company
Stacey Towell, CxE Group LLC, Commissioning & Energy Savings
Robert Towell, CxE Group LLC, Commissioning & Energy Savings
Thomas Tyler, ANSWERS, Inc.
Kim von der Heyde, SM Wilson
Ralph Wafer, City of Saint Louis
Ryan Walsh, Faith Group LLC
Dalton Webb, Gray Design Group
John Williams, Rosemann & Associates, PC
Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member. Join the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter today!

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!

Ameren Missouri - Renewing Green Schools Champion

icon Mechanical - Renewing Silver

NewGround - Renewing Silver

Rosemann & Associates - Renewing Bronze

St. Louis Composting - Total Organics Recycling - Renewing Green

Villa Lighting - Renewing Bronze

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

Custom Engineering

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

Growing Green, Inc. 

Faith Group, LLC

Horner & Shifrin, Inc.

Ittner Architects


Rise Community Development

Schaeffer Marketing Group


S.M. Wilson 

St. Louis Composting-Total Organics Recycling
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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.