January 2020


City of St. Louis Passes Solar Ready Ordinance

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Planned

Monthly Program
January 23 | 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Save the date and join us at the State of the Chapter & Social on January 23rd as we kick off our 2020 programming!  This FREE event - open to members and non-members - is one of the highlights of our year.
  • Meet Chapter members and connect with representatives from the board of directors and committees.
  • Learn about highlights from the past year and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers.
  • Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers.
  • Find out how you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.
  • Participate in the silent auction.
This year's event will be hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 where recent renovations to their building and parking lot boast substantial sustainable features. The 40,000 square foot building was built in 1960 and is on the National Register of Historic Places for its  modernist design. Renovations include a solar canopy on their parking lot that provides 160 kWh annually (enough to power 15 average sized homes) and electric vehicle charging stations; new HVAC system projected to save $22,000 annually; added insulation, a white roof, new windows, updated LED lighting, and water efficient fixtures.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming the New Year and contributing to our goal of making every building a green building!

Thursday, January 23, 2020
5:30 - 8:00 pm (note extended timing)

IBEW Local 1 Union Hall, 5850 Elizabeth Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110


Integrated Facility Services


Roof Top Sedums, LLC
upcomingeventsUPCOMING EVENTS
Stay Tuned for our 2020 Education Calendar to debut at the January 23 State of the Chapter! 

January 23, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the State of the Chapter & Social on January 23rd as we kick off our 2020 programming! This FREE event - open to members and non-members - is one of the highlights of our year.

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 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. 

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.

WelcomeOurNewVolunteerOutreachCoordinatorWelcome our New Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator!

We are so excited to welcome our new team member!  Fredericka Brandt (Freddie) is kicking off the new year as our new Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. She is an innovative efficiency-driven sustainability enthusiast coming to us from the St. Louis Public School District and as Dogtown Ecovillage's Sustainability Outreach Coordinator. Freddie was born in St. Louis, MO in Tower Grove South but grew up living in Texas, California, and even abroad in Romania and Belgium. She studied International Business at Webster University, played soccer, and graduated with International Distinction. With the intention to make a positive impact in her community, Freddie has been a member of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter since 2018; was a Green Schools Quest mentor for Mason School of Academic and Cultural Literacy, SLPS; co-started the Energy Footprint Program with Dogtown Ecovillage; facilitated an environmental leadership program, ECO-ACT, with the Missouri Botanical Garden; was a vegetable gardener for Bowood Farms; and started her career in sustainability with the EarthWays Center as an events and marketing intern. 

Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
We are excited that she will be continuing her sustainability career with a focus on green building! Be sure to welcome Freddie Brandt as the newest member to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter team when you attend one of our upcoming events and ask her about her personal commitment to live a zero-waste lifestyle. 
BenchmarkingEnergyEfficiencyTrainingCalendar2020 Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Training Calendar

Looking 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. According to the City of St. Louis, "Improving building performance across the city could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 11% and save at least $61.5 million in annual energy costs." 

Take the first step to improving your buildings'  performance and join us for Benchmarking Help Sessions or Benchmarking 101 and learn how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager  and leave equipped with next 
step actions  to save energy. Check out our spring training schedule:

  CityofStLouisPassesSolarReadyOrdinance City of St. Louis Passes Solar Ready Ordinance

"As Mayor, I want people to know that this Administration is taking the climate crisis seriously and meeting its challenges head-on, especially at the local level," said City of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson upon signing important green building legislation in December of 2019. The City of St. Louis is the first in the Midwest and second in the country to require new construction to be "solar ready."

STL Mayor Krewson signing solar readiness legislation

Thinking of going solar? St. Louis is thinking ahead thanks to 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro who sponsored Board Bill 146 , which received unanimous approval by the full Board of Aldermen on December 13, 2019. This "solar ready" bill requires that new residential, multifamily or commercial construction in the City be designed in a way that can facilitate the installation of rooftop solar panels, in compliance with the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (baseline for energy efficiency). Rooftop solar panels are a great way to go green and save money on electric bills, reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by generating electricity for buildings. Thanks to this new ordinance a typical homeowner could save $4,000 on solar installation costs and a commercial building owner could save $25,000 instead of retrofitting an existing building.

Stay tuned for more legislation coming to the City of St. Louis, tackling the climate crisis and promoting a more sustainable future for City residents. Want to be involved in the movement? Become a member and join our Advocacy Committee!

NewElectricVehicleChargingStationPlanned New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Planned

SoLiS Mobility, headquartered in St. Louis, will open its very first vehicle charging station in May 2020 right here in St. Louis. Partnering with Green Street St. Louis and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, SoLiS Mobility, an electric vehicle charging infrastructure provider, toured proposed project sites around the city of St. Louis, got introduced to food and beverage providers, university planning departments, and local commercial developers before deciding on the 2340 Market Street location, near the intersection of Jefferson & Market

SoLiS Mobility STL EV Charging Station

Not only will electric cars be able to recharge but this new holistic fueling station will serve as a ride finding and sharing hub, equipped with a lounge, business center space, Kaldi's Coffee, and healthy grab-and-go food. According to STL Partnership, "This $3.2 million economic development project evokes the innovative spirit that is synonymous with St. Louis and moves us further towards a path of sustainability." 

Having an EV charging hub will hopefully entice more electric cars to get on the road in 2020 and will provide the opportunity for St. Louis visitors and residents to ride share from a central location.

March 2-4 in Portland, OR

The Green Schools Conference & Expo is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. 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. L earn from and network with educational leaders, green building professionals, nonprofit partners, and others who are passionate about the future of green schools.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear from the 2020 keynote speaker, Danni Washington. As the first African-American/woman of color to host her own science television series, Danni Washington is deeply passionate about our oceans and science communications. At age 21, she and her mom Michelle Swaby-Smith co-founded the Big Blue & You - a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media. Danni is the host of a STEM educational TV series which features the latest advancements in bio-inspired technology and design called XPLORATION NATURE KNOWS BEST which is nationally syndicated on FOX & available on HULU, Amazon Prime and throughout the world.

StLouisCountyUpdatesBuildingCodesSt. Louis County Updates Building Code

On December 17, the St. Louis County Council voted unanimously to pass an updated building code for new residential and commercial buildings in St. Louis County. The bill was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Dunaway and Harder and included a lot of  compromise between the County, the local Home Builders Association and energy efficiency advocates.  USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter was part of the coalition advocating for more energy efficiency measures in the code - thanks to members who reached out to St. Louis County elected officials! Thanks to the County Council for their leadership, and thanks to the Sierra Club for leading the charge. 

The new code is 15% more energy efficient than what is currently in place. It will save the average new homeowner $250 per year in utility bills through energy efficiency improvements like: increased wall and ceiling insulation, better windows, and new testing requirements to ensure homes perform properly.
The new code, based off the 2015 International Codes, is set to go into effect in Spring 2020.

County updates building Code

Thanks To Our Members! Members 
Welcome New Members
January 2020 

Daniel Uhle, The Up Companies

Frank Rosario, Trivers

Jennifer Chiodini, Chiodini Realty

Phillip Jones , Oates Associates, Inc.
Thanks to our Renewing Members
January 2019
James Huang, Vestal Corporation

Hannah Roth, Washington University

Mike Everhardt, Holophane

Christopher Kamman, In-Lightning LLC

Roger Denny, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP

Jeffrey Yates, Cummins, Inc.

Ted Bergen, EDM Incorporated

Katherine Bozoian, Bozoian Group Architects, LLC
Scott Steffens, CRB Engineering

Richard Schuessler, HM Risk

Christopher Ruth, Integrated Facility Services

Mary Peterein , McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Rebecca Rook , Haskell

John May

Iris Diane Rosen, Diane Rosen Interiors LLC
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

Advanced Green Consulting - renewing Green

Alberici - renewing Restorative

Edward Jones - new Platinum

Guarantee Electric Company - renewing Bronze

Ittner - renewing Green

Missouri Historical Society - renewing Platinum

Sheet Metal Workers - renewing Platinum

Tarlton - renewing Silver

Ross & Baruzzini - renewing Silver

Siemens - 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  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

Cushman & Wakefield
Custom Engineering

DJM Ecological 
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling
Energy Resources Group  
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 


Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

Ittner Architects   

Hastings + Chivetta 

Integrated Facility Services 
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri

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.