February 2019
Monthly Evening Program
(Date Correction!) Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Presented in partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science-St. Louis.

We know trees provide significant ecosystem services on a project, but these benefits are often overlooked. Now, using tools in the iTree suite of software from the USDA Forest Service, planners and designers can easily calculate the air, water, and energy impacts of existing, proposed, and newly planted trees on a project. Additionally, growing scientific research demonstrates the positive impact of trees on public health and well-being.

Using this data, we can show how trees improve key community challenges like air and water quality, crime, residential home values, youth education, and local economies. As the St. Louis region continues to invest in strategic community planning, we can leverage the quantitative and qualitative benefits of trees as a tool to improve environmental conditions and overall well-being of vulnerable communities in low canopy areas - elevating trees from a nicety to a necessity.

Meridith Perkins, Senior Urban Forestry Consultant, Davey Resource Group
Tom Ebeling, Community Forester, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri



Bowood Farms

The Davey Tree Expert Company

Great Rivers Greenway
Getting LEED Specific: Materials Transparency & LEED
Tuesday, February 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

1 LEED Specific (BD+C and ID+C) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Nadav Malin, President, BuildingGreen, Inc. will lead participants through this deep dive into the nitty gritty of the three Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits in LEED version 4 BD+C and ID+C, providing the rationale for why product choices are so important, and the details on how to achieve points within the three credits.

Monthly Evening Program
Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

We know trees can provide significant ecosystem services on a project but these benefits are often overlooked. Now, with tools in the iTree suite of software from the USDA Forest Service planners and designers can easily calculate the air, water, and energy impacts of existing landscape trees, and project the future performance of proposed and newly planted trees. This session will cover the available iTree tools and showcase examples of how this data can be used to support sustainable projects and public engagement. 
Free for all attendees 

Drop-In Benchmarking Help Session
Wednesday, February 20, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Stop by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via link below)

 GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials
Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28
8:30 am - 4:30 pm both days

GPRO O+M Essentials provides building professionals with strategies to improve efficiency, comfort, and health in our existing buildings. Participants leave with at least three immediately actionable measures and the next steps needed to achieve them.


WELL AP Exam Prep
Friday, March 1, 2019

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the WELL Building Standard.
Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Visionary Gregory Norris will share his concept of "handprints," an optimistic philosophy for addressing the challenge of sustainability. The approach aims to engage people not only in reducing their footprints (negative environmental impacts), but also in creating a net-positive impact on the environment through their handprints. 

New Online Educational Offerings in 2019 Online

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is committed to providing cutting edge educational content for our Chapter Territory.

In addition to our in-person monthly evening programs, in-depth seminars and exam prep courses, we are excited to introduce several new online opportunities.  

Getting LEED Specific Webinar Series
Getting LEED Specific is USGBC Midwest Communities' new webinar series offering LEED Specific credits.  Each session in the series is $10 for USGBC-MGC members and $30 for non-members.
February 12, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
1 LEED Specific (BD+C and ID+C) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU
 May 14, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
1 LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Homes) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU
September 10, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
1 LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C, O+M) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU
December 10, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
1 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hour 

This webinar course occurs over 4 consecutive Wednesday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm Central Time (March 6, 13, 20, and 27).

This webinar course occurs over 4 consecutive Thursday Afternoons from 2pm - 4pm Central Time (September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10)

What's Your Green Building Story? Story
Bi-monthly spotlights on individuals in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter community. See previous features here: Energy Benchmarking,
Attending in person events is a great catalyst for developing your network and knowledge. See what some of our long time program attendees have to say about the benefits they see in attending programs.  

"Our local USGBC Chapter has always been one of the most valuable organizations in advancing sustainability in our region. Their educational programs are helpful for digging deeper on so many topics - with content that is relevant and experiences that are meaningful. Even when time is tight, I honestly can say that attending USGBC programs is always worthwhile."
- Katy Mike Smaistrla, Sustainable Energy & Environmental Coordinator, University of Missouri-St. Louis

"I see sustainable building concepts being incorporated into projects as standard practice more consistently.  Utilizing USGBC-MGC as my resource allows me to continually learn how others across the country are achieving their sustainable goals.  At each event, I always leave with at least one new friend, contact or resource."

- Tim Williams, Partner, BEX Construction Services

"Attending USGBC-MGC programs is an effective way to keep up on changes and trends, and mingle with the people who are at the forefront of creating and implementing solutions for our built environment locally. I have made and maintained numerous meaningful connections through this organization. These relationships and the knowledge I gain help me connect with the building community."

- Becky Finch, Director of Member Services,
American Society of Concrete Contractors

We invite you to be included in our next Green Building Story feature! In March, we will be featuring your answers to the question "Why I Volunteer."
Volunteers that are interested in being included should be active members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter. To be included, please email a one to two sentence statement, along with a headshot to usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org by COB Friday, February 22nd. 

Efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only reduce operating costs by 20-50%, but increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction.

GPRO Operations + Maintenance (O+M) Essentials is a two day course that provides building professionals with strategies to improve efficiency, comfort, and health in our existing buildings. Participants leave with at least three immediately actionable measures and the next steps needed to achieve them.

This course is ideal for property managers and building staff in multifamily residential and commercial buildings, including: building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, operating engineers and stationary engineers.

USGBC-MGC is the local delivery partner for this Green Building Professional Skills (GPRO) Training in partnership with Urban Green (NYC Chapter) who developed the training in partnership with the local building trades. We are thrilled to offer 4 GPRO Trainings in 2019: February 27 - 28, May 16-17, August 7-8, and November 14-15.

Thursday, March 28, 8:00 - 10:00 am

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis for an interactive event providing real details on how to save energy in buildings.

Participants will circulate between quick presentations, gaining insight into numerous energy efficiency projects and financing solutions.

Green Shadow is a mentorship program managed by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education & Emerging Professionals committee to expose students and emerging professionals to green jobs within the Missouri Gateway territory through an informational interview, half day shadow, or one day shadow of local business people.  Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship.

Apply by February 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm to be matched in the Spring 2019 semester.

March 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
On March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., two of the Garden's rarely seen behind the scenes areas will be open to the public.

Meet Missouri Botanical Garden scientists at the Monsanto Research Center and learn how they collect, study, and conserve plants. Tour our 7 million-specimen herbarium and visit the Peter H. Raven Library, one of the most comprehensive libraries of botanical literature in the world, including more than 6,500 rare books.

You can also learn about the Garden's community sustainability programs by joining the EarthWays Center and Education division staff at the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education. Meet the team that educates and connects people to 20+ programs in the community. Discover how the Garden is making Saint Louis greener, with environmental classes and programs for schools, businesses, individuals, and families.

Both events are free and open to the public.  

April 8-9, 2019, St. Paul Minnesota

The U.S. Green Building Council's IMPACT conference is the Midwest's green building event of the year, attracting hundreds of green building professionals from across the region, and serving as a forum for builders, developers, sustainability leaders and change makers to unite and demonstrate the many innovative ways the Midwest is raising the bar when it comes to green building.

The 2019 IMPACT conference will be held April 8-9 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and will be co-located with the   Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) , the largest annual event for green school advocates in the U.S. The event will feature two days of conference programing and tours, kicking off with a welcome reception at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The conference will also feature a keynote from Zaria Forman, a world-renowned artist known for her pastel depictions of climate change.

The IMPACT conference unites industry leaders, experts and professionals to inspire, connect and advance sustainable building across the Midwest. Industry professionals attending IMPACT have a unique opportunity to enhance their understanding of the K-12 schools sector by also attending GSCE. GSCE offers an opportunity for attendees to learn creative strategies to support healthy, sustainable schools. The co-location of the two conferences will bring together experts from diverse industries within the green building world for a unique opportunity to collaborate and share successes.

Early-bird pricing has been extended through February 22.


Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
William A Kerr Foundation - RENEWING Platinum 
Clayco - RENEWING Gold 
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems - RENEWING Silver
Johnson Controls - RENEWING Silver
Missouri American Water - NEW Bronze
Rosemann and Associates - NEW Bronze
PayneCrest Electric - RENEWING Green
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 - MGC 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  2019 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.
Learn about Sponsorship Opportunities! 
Thanks to our RESTORATIVE sponsor

Logo MO Botanical


Clayco Logo

Healthy Planet


Solutions AEC



Innovative Technology Education Fund


Christner, Inc.

Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling
EJ Welch  
Energy Resources Group 
Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting
Missouri American Water 
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 
Rosemann and Associates 
Villa Lighting 



Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

Ittner Architects  
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri
PayneCrest Electric 
Schaeffer Marketing Group  

To initiate, develop and accelerate the implementation of green building concepts, technologies and principles that promote environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to live and work.
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