Reversing Global Warming through Material Specification
February 11 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Ever wonder if your new building is going to be doing enough to combat clima
Besides reducing your building's operational emissions, why not reduce the building's carbon footprint before it's even built!
That's where Material Specification comes in. Learn from Joey Shea of Interface and Stacy Smedley of Skanska USA Building what specific and practical strategies you and your business can use for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the building industry toward making buildings part of the solution, instead of less of the problem. #GreenBuildingAreBetter
Embodied Carbon Emissions are locked in place as soon as a building is built. Embodied carbon refers to carbon dioxide emitted during the manufacture, transport and construction of building materials, together with end of life emissions.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 pm
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114
FREE for USGBC-MGC Members and full-time students
$20 for Non-members
THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR
2020 Education Calendar - US Green Building Council Missouri Gateway Chapter
A Just & Equitable Future. Climate Solutions: Addressing Urgency & Taking Action. Resilience & Innovative Recovery. Our 2020 Education Calendar themes this year will bring you up to speed with the current solutions to the climate crisis and connect you to your green building community. From evening programs to in-depth seminars USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has what you and your company need to make a positive impact. We provide Green Professional Building Skills (GPRO) Training, connect and provide you with LEED specific credit hour opportunities as well as exam prep to become LEED accredited.
In the News
If you live in the City of St. Louis, you have most likely seen an abandoned
building or a vacant lot.
It's an issue the City of St. Louis is addressing and it's helping reduce our negative impact on the environment!
Salvaging materials from vacant buildings could save tons of materials from being thrown away. Useful building materials that end up in the landfill contribute to climate change when the landfill produces methane and carbon dioxide. Not to mention the wasted energy and resources that went into originally making the materials. According to a 2017 Environmental Protection Agency report debris from construction and demolition (C&D) accounted for nearly twice the amount of municipal solid waste.
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's goal is to help companies and communities drawdown that carbon footprint. REUSING building materials such as the beautiful St. Louis red brick or longleaf yellow pine keeps C&D materials out of the landfill and avoids the need to mine and process more natural resources in the first place. It also cuts down on the release of toxic materials, such as lead dust during demolition. This effort to reclaim old building materials from the 7,000 vacant structures in St. Louis provides new jobs and as more buildings come down using sustainable practices; greener communities can be rebuilt.
Thank you & Congratulations to the Organizations Involved!
Conserving resources is directly related to living a #zerowaste lifestyle.
lifestyle is how we
build green communities, and green communities are how we make a positive impact.
Instead of #
we commit to #
. Investing in reusable containers, (industrially) compostable materials (bio-plastics),
We use compostable material, 'bio-degradable plastic' made from plant starch material instead of fossil fuels. This investment is only worth while if disposed of properly for appropriate processing. If appropriate processing does not happen, the material is not composted and returned to earth through proper decomposition (ensuring sufficient moisture, air, and heat for soil microbes
to feast on organic mate
rial), it's wasted.
This is why disposing of material to the correct facilities (uncontaminated
!) is so important, whether composting or
"Stick with the Six!"
Household recycling is ranked as the 55
most effective way to reverse climate change
recyclable items clean (dump out all liquids,
, & dry
!) and dispose of only the six recyclable items in St. Louis:
paper, 2) flattened cardboard, 3) plastic bottles & containers, 4) glass bottles & jars, 5) metal food & beverage cans, and 6) food & beverage cartons (keep the lids on everything!
With these best practices, y
ou can take an effective approach to managing waste while addressing emissions. Recycling reduces resource extraction, minimizes other pollutants, and creates jobs. How cool! How are you reducing your waste this 2020? Click on the image above and comment on our Instagram!
Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Trainings
ooking to save money? Save ENERGY.
Whether you're in a single family home or a building over 50,000 sq. feet, the first step in determining how to reduce operating costs, conserve resources, and reduce environmental impacts is to benchmark.
BENCHMARKING is the process of tracking your building's energy and/or water use and comparing your performance to similar buildings and to past performance.
The City of St. Louis's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance requires
municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City's Building Division. May 01, 2020 is the deadline to submit for your 2019 data.
February 7, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
The Ulitmate Guide to Understanding Scoring in Arc.
Login online to receive 1 hour LEED specific O+M, LEED Green Associate, or 1 AIA LU credit. Arc uses a unique method of scoring using multiple dimensions to enable you to determine how your project is performing in sustainability, health, and finance, finding ways to improve.
February 11, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn what specific and practical strategies you and your business can use for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the building industry toward making buildings part of the solution, instead of less of the problem.
February 12, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
An overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis.
February 15, 11:59 pm DEADLINE
Apply to be a MENTOR
for our Green Shadow Program! Participating companies get access to local students interested in their industry without the financial commitment of an internship.
February 20, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Attendees will receive hands-on help to benchmark their energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report data to the City of St. Louis.
|Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
February 20, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
February 21, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!
Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.
|Jumping in to JUST
February 26, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Learn about the benefits of social equity and its relation to people, planet, profit; the
International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
; the JUST program, LEED Social Equity Credits; workshop the applicability of the JUST label and LEED Social Equity Credits; and discuss the successes and challenges of the program.
March 2-4 in Portland, OR
Three days of programming will offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country. Learn from and network with educational leaders, green building professionals, nonprofit partners, and others who are passionate about the future of green schools.
March 6, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
LEED and Human Health.
Login online to receive 1 hour LEED specific for BD+C, ID+C, O+M, the LEED Green Associate, and 1 AIA LU credit. LEED affects our everyday lives and improves health and wellness, featuring excerpts from a session at Greenbuild 2018, learn how LEED incorporates strategies targeted at improving the health specifically of the occupants in the building.
February 17 | DEADLINE
This annual program honors individuals and organizations whose exemplary work has been influential in the expansion of sustainable, higher-performing buildings and projects throughout USGBC's West North Central (WNC) Region's local communities: Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska Flatwater, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Nominees will be showcased at USGBC WNC's Regional Conference - IMPACT May 06, 2020 and formal announcements and celebrations of award recipients begins June 11, 2020.
Click on the categories for nominations below to nominate now
Building & Project
Individual, Team & Organizational Categories
IMPACT 2020, Ed Begley Jr. to Keynote! Registration Now Open!
May 5-6 | Saint Paul, MN
"We have the technology and know-how to make our buildings work with us, and I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with the green building community," says actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. about the IMPACT 2020 Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota May 5-6th where he will be the keynote speaker. This IMPACT Conference draws hundreds of building professionals, features the latest updates for
, green business programs, new technology platforms like
, and provides robust educational sessions and networking opportunities. If you're in the industry of #greenbuilding or just sparking interest in the field this is a conference you
want to miss!
Women in Green: Stand Up SHEROES!
remind us that each of us is a person of great influence. Standing up for what we believe in, standing up for others, standing up for speaking our minds, and standing up for paving the way for future generations of strong women, will you stand up this IMPACT 2020?
Get exposure to over 350 of the Midwest's green building professionals, including engineers, architects, interior designers, corporate real estate, construction, LEED professionals and corporate sustainability professionals from a variety of industries.
May 5-8 | Seattle, WA
A compelling, hopeful vision for the future is what the
International Living Future Institute
was founded on. Join the
Living Future 20
unConference this May 5-8th in Seattle, Washington and share what sustains your hope for our future. Experience the game-changing platform for the green building movement's most innovative leaders, YOU! Come together to ideate and exchange expertise at this year's LF20 Sustaining Hope Within Crisis.
Green Shadow Mentoring Program
- become a mentor for a day or half day! Fill out our
MENTOR application here
to start sharing your knowledge in the green industry without the financial commitment of providing an internship. It can be as simple as an informational interview or as broad as your typical workday. Help young professionals and students learn what green building and building green communities is all about. Thank you!
Deadline is February 15th, 2020.
New to the green community? We'd love to meet you!
Come join our
Higher Education & Emerging Professional Committee
FIRST HAPPY HOUR
of the year. We would be happy to introduce you to everyone and get to know your interests and (potential) involvement with green building and sustainability. Held at a Green Dining Alliance restaurant
The Post, in Maplewood, MO Thursday, February 20, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.
See you soon, we can't wait to meet you.
Community Garden Work Day!
Let's help out our neighbors with the
North Newstead Association
and get their outdoor garden ready for spring plantings. Growing food is important to living healthy and building greener communities. Join the Higher Education & Emerging Professionals Committee
March 21, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
for some fresh air and volunteer your time, no gardening experience necessary!
Have great ideas? Looking for a time and a place to share with others?
BECOME A SPEAKER!
We are seeking professionals, or young business owners with insight into sustainability - whatever that may mean to you! Share your knowledge and expertise. The green community needs you to
and communicate your successes and challenges with sustainability, where we are now, and the hope or plan for the future.
with your presentation title and a short description of the topic, then let's discuss dates to get your voice heard. Thank you in advance.
Thanks To Our Members!
Welcome New Members
Sarah Aman, PGAV Destinations
Chris Laughman, Greystar Real Estate Partners
Emily Schell, G&W Engineering
Thanks to our Renewing Members
Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Ryan Corrigan, Bernhard TME
John Godar, W.W. Grainger Inc.
, Grice Group Architects
, Lawrence Group
Ken Jackson, True Manufacturing
, EarthWays Center
Kyle Knudten, McClure Engineering
Bruce Kothe, St. Louis Co.
, John Kreidich AIA
Steve Liescheidt, SPPECSS Consulting LLC
, Parkway School District
Lance McOlgan, Bates Forum
Jim Melchers, Cambridge Engineering
, StraightUp Solar
, M + H Architects
, Real Estate
, Commercial Building Services
, Insight Design Architects, LLC
Patrick Shaw, Cushman & Wakefield
Johanna Schweiss, Cushman & Wakefield,
, Sitton Energy Solutions
Katy Mike Smaistrla
, University of Missouri
Lisa Sombart, Mazzetti, Inc.
Leo Tevlin, GoGreen Solar Lighting & St. Louis Sleds
, HeartLands Conservancy
Eric Vavere, Green Life Carpet Cleaning,
, Ittner Architects
, City of University City
Karla Wilson, EcoWorks Unlimited
|THANKS TO OUR ANNUAL SPONSORS
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors!
Azimuth Energy - renewing GREEN
Bernhard Energy Solutions - renewing SILVER
Energy Resources Group - renewing SILVER
Straight Up Solar - renewing SILVER
SWT Design - renewing SILVER
Willam A. Kerr Foundation - renewing PLATINUM
Learn about Sponsorship Opportunities!
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 - Misssouri Gateway Chapter Sponsor:
: Grow the knowledge of green building and sustainability in our community.
: Get involved in educational programs, special events and community projects to showcase your company's leadership.
: 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.
: Keep up with the latest green building trends and technologies and earn continuing education hours.
: 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.
GREEN SCHOOL CHAMPIONS
GREEN SCHOOLS SUPPORTERS
Innovative Technology Education Fund
THE GREEN SCHOOLS QUEST is also
also supported in part by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Cushman & Wakefield
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
Guarantee Electrical Company
Mackey Mitchell Architects
Missouri American Water
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562
Rosemann and Associates
Advanced Green Consulting
Hastings + Chivetta
Integrated Facility Services
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, work, and learn.