Living Future 20 - Special 10% Discount for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members

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Evening Program
ReversingGlobalWarmingReversing 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 te change?   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 

NOTE: 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

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114 

FREE for USGBC-MGC Members and full-time students
$20 for Non-members

EducationCalendar2020 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. 

Our First Friday Webinar is THIS FRIDAY, February 7th focusing on The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Scoring in Arc , attend and receive 1 credit hour for LEED specific O+M, LEED Green Associate, and 1 AIA LU. Our first In-Depth Seminar Jumping into JUST is Wednesday, February 26th where you will also be able to receive 2 LEED Specific (BD+C) credit hours and learn about the JUST label, a transparency platform that helps organizations report on social equity. Our March Monthly Evening Program is focused on climate solutions, Charlotte's Transition to a Circular Economy, where you'll be introduced to short and long-term strategies for waste streams. #greencommunity

Visit: to register for your next green building educational opportunity and learn more!
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.  #reducereuse 

Thank you & Congratulations to the Organizations Involved! 
Chapter News 

Conserving resources is directly related to living a #zerowaste lifestyle.  zero waste  lifestyle is how we 
build green communities, and green communities are how we make a positive impact.

Instead of # singleuseplastic,  we commit to # goinggreen . Investing in reusable containers, (industrially) compostable materials (bio-plastics),  eating a
plant-rich diet,  recycling, and reducing food-waste  are some of the ways we' re going green  at Missouri Gateway  today - for a greener tomorrow!
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  recycling .
"Stick with the Six!"   Household recycling is ranked as the 55 th  most effective way to reverse climate change  according to  Project Drawdown . K eep your  recyclable items clean (dump out all liquids,  rinse , & dry !) and dispose of only the six recyclable items in St. Louis:  1)  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 

L 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. 

Take the first step to improving your buildings'   performance and join us THIS FEBRUARY for our  Benchmarking 101 and   Benchmarking Help Session and learn how to use  leaving equipped with next  step actions   to save energy.

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  or SHADOW
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 

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education & Emerging Professionals for a Happy Hour at The Post in Maplewood. Come network and learn what the US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter has to offer.

REGISTER> Or simply show up!
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 
LEED , green business programs, new technology platforms like Arc , 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 
don't  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. 
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be there, will you? 

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 for our  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  speak up and communicate your successes and challenges with sustainability, where we are now, and the hope or plan for the future.  CONTACT  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! Members 
Welcome New Members
February 2020 

Sarah Aman,
PGAV Destinations

Chris Laughman, Greystar Real Estate Partners

Emily Schell, G&W Engineering

Dennis Upshaw , Interface
Thanks to our Renewing Members
February 2020

Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

Ryan Corrigan, Bernhard TME

Michael Fogarty

John Godar, W.W. Grainger Inc.

Karl Grice , Grice Group Architects

Shane Healey , Lawrence Group

Alana Heier , TRC

Ken Jackson, True Manufacturing

Rob Kennedy , EarthWays Center

Kyle Knudten, McClure Engineering

Bruce Kothe, St. Louis Co. 

J ohn Kreidich , John Kreidich AIA

Steve Liescheidt, SPPECSS Consulting LLC

Erik Lueders , Parkway School District

Lance McOlgan, Bates Forum

Jim Melchers, Cambridge Engineering

Tom Miller , StraightUp Solar
Sean Naeger , M + H Architects

Angela Pandorf

Stephen Penrose , Real Estate

Lucas Poelker , Commercial Building Services

Nathan Rapp , Insight Design Architects, LLC

Patrick Shaw, Cushman & Wakefield

Johanna Schweiss, Cushman & Wakefield,  CONTRIBUTOR 

Doug Sitton , Sitton Energy Solutions

Katy Mike Smaistrla , University of Missouri

Lisa Sombart, Mazzetti, Inc.

Leo Tevlin, GoGreen Solar Lighting & St. Louis Sleds

Mary Vandevord , HeartLands Conservancy

Eric Vavere, Green Life Carpet Cleaning,  CONTRIBUTOR

Julie Villa , Ittner Architects

Jennifer Wendt , City of University City

Karla Wilson, EcoWorks Unlimited

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
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: 
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  2020 Sponsor Package  or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.
Learn about Sponsorship Opportunities! 
Thanks to our RESTORATIVE sponsor

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Innovative Technology Education Fund

also supported in part by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Cushman & Wakefield
Custom Engineering

DJM Ecological 
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling

Guarantee Electrical Company 

Johnson Controls   
Mackey Mitchell Architects 
Metro Lighting
Missouri American Water 
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 
Rosemann and Associates 
Villa Lighting  

Advanced Green Consulting 


Azimuth Energy

Ittner Architects   

Hastings + Chivetta 

Integrated Facility Services 
PayneCrest Electric

Schaeffer Marketing Group  

S.M. Wilson   

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.