March 2019
Monthly Evening Program
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 (positive impacts outside the scope of our own footprints.)
This talk with explain handprints, and give you practical ideas for creating handprints at home, at work, and in our communities. We'll include a look at footprints and handprints of the built environment.  
Norris is co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net-Positive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School for Public Health, and chief scientist at the International Living Future Institute. His concept of 'Handprints' was featured on the front page of Time Magazine in 2012.
Gregory A. Norris, PhD
Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health 
Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute



Fox Architects

Gregory Norris will also be presenting an in-depth seminar on 'Life Cycle Assessment Demystified' immediately prior to this event, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Click here for more details.  
Exam Prep Course - Online
March 6, 13, 20, and 27
(This webinar course occurs over 4 consecutive Wednesday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm Central Time)

The LEED Green Associate is a foundational credential signifying core competency in green building principles.Whether you are just starting your career, or are a seasoned building professional, the LEED Green Associate Credential is the perfect place to start to advance your career.

In-Depth Seminar
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
3:00-5:00 pm 
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) expert Gregory Norris will provide a general introduction to LCA - including history, essential concepts, and development process - then dig into how to apply LCA to attendees' work in an impactful way.
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU (Seeking approval of LEED Specific BD+C, O+M) 

Monthly Evening Program
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.

Drop-In Benchmarking Help Session
Wednesday, March 19, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners for a Benchmarking Help Session. 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.  

Free for all attendees 

Benchmarking and Energy Efficiency Carousel
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.  
Monthly Evening Program
12th Annual Green Schools Event
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Join us at the 12th Annual Green Schools Event to celebrate student-driven sustainability projects in local schools! 
This free event, which is open to the public, is the culmination of the 2018-19 Green Schools Quest - a project-based challenge to K-12 schools to implement a sustainability project over 6 months with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor.

Turn Inspiration into Action Online

Climate change can f eel overwhelming, but we have the knowledge and technology needed to address this urgent challenge.
Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter this spring to be inspired by those making a difference locally, regionally and globally.  
Gain momentum and inspiration while accessing tools and programs that you can use to drive positive change in your personal life, your professional life, and in your community. 

Handprints and Footprints 

March 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Reach beyond a focus on negative environmental impacts to explore "handprints," an optimistic philosophy for addressing the challenge of sustainability. 

May 21, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
The United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 to "promote prosperity while protecting the planet." The 17 Goals are wide-ranging, challenging humanity to decouple economic growth from climate change, poverty, and inequality.

Green building supports many of the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing waste and contributing to healthier physical environments, but also by educating, creating jobs, reducing inequalities, and strengthening communities. At this in-depth session, learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their relevance to the St. Louis-area green building industry, and how to use them to better communicate and advance partnerships.

Benchmarking and Energy Efficiency Carousel Story
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. Full presentation lineup to be announced.  

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's Net-Zero Energy Buildings Grant Program  has increased to up to $2,000,000 per grant award. The program is designed for governments and non-profit organizations and provides up to $2,000,000 in funds for new construction and retrofit projects that obtain PHIUS+ or Living Building Challenge certification and maintain site net-zero energy performance.
The next deadline for the submission of Request for Ideas (RFI) is May 15, 2019 to be considered in the July 2019 competitive cycle. For inquiries, please contact Gabriela Martin, Energy Programs Director at or (312)372-5191.

The St. Louis Green Business Challenge delivers triple-bottom line results (financial, social and environmental) to businesses of all types and sizes across the St. Louis region. The Challenge supports integration of sustainability measures into the kinds of everyday operational practices common to every business.  Participants identify and adapt the strategies that improve financial performance and engage employees in voluntary measures to reduce environmental impacts.

Registration for 2019, the tenth year of the Challenge, will open on March 1. This year will be filled with sustainable business learning and leadership resources, professional networking, b-to-b marketing opportunities, and recognition for your company's Green achievements! Process is as important as product, and products of Green Challenge work are efficient, cost-effective ways to achieve the Triple Bottom Line goals of your business.
Key Challenge Launch Dates:
March 1 - Registration for the 2019 Green Business Challenge Opens
March 13 - Kickoff Seminar
March 29 - Challenge Leader Baseline Scores due
April 2 - Apprentice Training Seminar
April 3 - Green Cities Training Seminar

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.  

Seattle, WA | April 30-May 3, 2019
The Living Future unConference is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement to make strides toward a healthy future for all. The International Living Future Institute's focus this year on Collaboration + Abundance will allow the green community to bring unique backgrounds, experiences, and personalities together to celebrate successes, brainstorm solutions, and work toward a living future.  
Celebrate 13 years of innovation and partake in out-of-the-ordinary sessions, listen to inspiring keynote speakers, and join the movement that starts at the unConference.

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. IMPACT will be co-located with USGBC's Green Schools Conference & Expo 2019 (GSCE).

Artist Zaria Forman will be delivering the opening plenary for IMPACT + GSCE 2019. Zaria Forman documents climate change with powerful pastel drawings. She travels to remote regions of the world to collect images and inspiration for her work, which is exhibited in venues around the world. She has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland and Arctic Canada, inspiring her art.
"Zaria brings a unique expertise in science, sustainability and art to this year's IMPACT and Green Schools Conference & Expo," said Sheri Brezinka, regional director at USGBC. "She offers an up-close perspective of the environment in remote places and will underscore the importance of addressing the impacts of climate change, which can be seen in all corners of the world, through the practice of green building."



Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Cannon Design - RENEWING Gold
Cushman & Wakefield - RENEWING Bronze
Dynamic Controls - RENEWING Bronze
Mohawk - NEW Bronze 
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

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Healthy Planet


Solutions AEC



Innovative Technology Education Fund


Christner, Inc.

Cushman & Wakefield
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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