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NOW with an introduction to BE-Ex STL from Cara Spencer, newest team member of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter! (read below for an introduction from Cara)

Wednesday, October 6
8:00 - 10:00 AM

  • City of St. Louis Building Division
  • Guarantee Electric
  • Energy Resources Group Inc.
  • Ameren Missouri BizSavers
  • Spire Energy
  • Building Energy Exchange - St. Louis
Tuesday, October 12
5:30 - 7:30 PM

The LEED Tour of WashU's five new buildings is HERE! Learn rating system specifics, the strategy for master site credits, and about the challenges & opportunities balancing collegiate gothic buildings with modern architecture - achieving four LEED Platinum and one LEED v4 Gold certifications.
The Ameren Missouri Residential Code Support Program is hosting an interactive virtual training led by experts from Southface Energy Institute.

Earn AIA-HSW, BPI, & ICC continuing education credits.
Thursday, October 14
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
We're hoping you can help us mix-it-up and improve the Green Shadow program to better suite your career passions and curiosities... in the mean time, join us for two 30-minute coffee breaks featuring local Green Shadow Mentors sharing insight into their careers and how and why they got there!
Friday, October 15
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Rebecca Hankins, Partnership Coordinator, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri

Maggie McCoy, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden
Friday, October 29
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Ralph Bicknese, LEED Fellow, Principal & Co-Founder of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

Chad D. Coker, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Operations St. Louis Higher Education & Research at Ross & Baruzzini
Please help us welcome Cara Spencer to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter! Cara is the Director of the new Building Energy Exchange STL (BE-Ex STL) which will expand existing local resources for energy efficiency and building performance resources and services; a force multiplier for climate action and local economic development.

Cara Spencer is a native St. Louisan who studied math at Truman State University. She loves hiking, cycling and as of late - paddle boarding on MO rivers. She has a 10 year old son who loves drawing and Legos. Together they love eating breakfast outside and bike commuting most days to school and work. Cara is looking forward to helping reduce our community’s carbon footprint. Being a resource to our developer community in achieving energy efficiency goals and helping make St. Louis a climate ready city with a global sustainable reputation that can attract new residents and new employers.
Sustainability passion: I love growing my own food. Right now our figs are producing nicely and we eat them right off the bush. Nothing beats home grown tomatoes and basil in the summer and I’m a year round micro-green enthusiast.

Most meaningful built environment experience: I'd have to say the O’Fallon Commerce Bank. Its just a regular, everyday bank building but its the first LEED certified banking facility in MO. What’s most meaningful about it is just its everyday-ness. That a bank made the community conscious decision to lead with LEED certification is incredibly inspiring.

What will most impact the future of green building: Financing and Affordable housing. Giving property owners access to the capital they need to improve efficiency is key to making retrofit projects happen. This is especially important in the affordable housing space where energy savings are not experienced by the property owners but by tenants for whom energy savings greatly impacts quality of life.

Favorite Sustainability Project: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. People often (erroneously) confuse sustainability with boring. But the Crystal Bridges building is absolutely stunning and architect Moshe Sadie’s attention to detail is impeccable. It incorporates so much of its natural environment in its construction materials and in its landscape design. Walking through it, the visitor gets the sense of being in and outside all at once - a truly magical experience.

Favorite place in the Gateway region: The arch. It just never gets old. I am there most mornings on a run or bike ride and I never tire of seeing it. The museum renovation is phenomenal and I love the native plantings on the north side, the trails throughout and the energy pulsing through the many daily visitors.
Did you know that the average American throws away $1,300 worth of food each year? Food waste is a major issue, and that’s why earthday365 is launching a new campaign to talk about it, right here in STL. Food waste hurts more than our bank accounts – it also harms the planet. Uneaten food puts an unnecessary strain on the environment by wasting valuable resources like water and farmland.

Join the earthday365 campaign to find simple and innovative ways to help everyone in our region cut down on waste! Because food really is, #TooGoodToWaste and we should #SaveOurScraps to help save our planet.
Missouri Green Schools (MGS) just completed its inaugural year as a state level support and recognition program and selected its first round of honorees.

The following schools achieved Sprout Level by involving school administration, beginning to benchmark and track improvement, and setting goals towards further advancement of green and healthy practices:

  • Central High School, Springfield Public School District, Springfield
  • Central Primary School, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Ferguson
  • Forsyth School, Independent, St. Louis
  • Hixson Middle School, Webster Groves School District, Webster Groves
  • Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, St. Louis Public School District, St. Louis
  • St. Francis of Assisi School, Independent, St. Louis

The program is co-managed by the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Missouri Environmental Education Association.

The 2021-22 Green Schools Quest kicked off this week, and we’re thrilled to have more than 30 schools, each paired with an amazing Green Mentor, participating! Each school/mentor team will work over the next six months to implement student-driven, no or low-cost sustainability projects and many will win cash prizes and awards for their accomplishments. We look forward to seeing the creative solutions they devise and implement!
Flance Early Learning Center was celebrated at a ceremony in Washington DC last week in recognition of their 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award for excellence in sustainable operations, health and environmental learning.

Flance is one of only 40 honorees nationally, and the only school in Missouri to receive this honor in 2021.
Flance Board President, Evan Fowler, shared “It's an honor to be one of only three early education centers in the country to receive this distinction. We're striving to be a beacon in North St. Louis, not just for quality early childhood education, but also sustainability, community, and equity. The US Department of Education's Green Ribbon Award serves as an inspiring indication that, while our work is not done, we're making great strides towards becoming that beacon.”
A series of virtual events to advance research and education in indigenous knowledge and sustainability in the region.
Wednesday October 6 - Sunday October 10
times vary
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday, October 11
Activities for young adults and youth highlighting St. Louis as a Geospatial Hub.
Thursday & Friday,
October 7 & 8
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
IN-PERSON at the T-REX Building
911 Washington Ave.
Women in Sustainability present a conversation with Shiela DeForest & Ngozi Chukwueke.
October 13
6:30 PM
The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability feature the film, "Compassion is Natural When You See the All in All," followed by discussion with the director
Wednesday, October 20
7:00 - 9:00 PM
IN-PERSON at SIUE campus, Buckminster Fuller Dome 81 Circle Dr.
Panelists will discuss the importance and need to break generational debt and how to establish generational wealth for Black Men and their community.
Wednesday, October 20
6:00 - 7:30 PM
HYBRID at O'Fallon Park Rec YMCA 4343 West Florissant Ave.
A Starlit Cocktail Party in Support of LaunchCode
Thursday, October 21
6:00 - 10:00 PM
IN-PERSON at World's Fair Pavilion
1904 Concourse Drive
Collaborate with MO municipalities, economic development professionals, commercial real estate developers, attorneys, elected officials, finance professionals, and community leaders.
Thursday & Friday,
October 28 & 29
IN-PERSON at Live! by Lowes,
799 Clark Ave.
From rural downtowns to urban neighborhood corridors, revitalization is powered by dedicated professionals, volunteers, and civic leaders - learn from experts and each other.
Wednesday - Friday,
November 3, 4, & 5
IN-PERSON downtown Jacksonville IL
310 E State St. Jacksonville, IL
Tell us what you think about this month's USGBC-MGC article written by Emily Andrews, LEED AP O+M, GPRO O+M, Executive Director, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter - Happy Energy Efficiency Day October 6 & Energy Efficiency Month!

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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!

Custom Engineering - Renewing Bronze

Reliable Controls - NEW Platinum

Spire - 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. 
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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