May 2020 

Green Building & Community Business 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter
Green Schools Quest participants know: Where We Learn Matters! Here's a link to a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter YouTube playlist of last year's Green Schools Quest video submissions. Take a peak, get inspired, and become curious as to what our 2019-2020 GSQ participants have been up to. Since October 2019, from kindergarteners to high-school students, GSQ participants have been learning ways to devise and implement the most creative, effective and no or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. This year nearly 70 schools are participating! 

GSQ Volunteers, We Appreciate You! We would like take a moment to thank all the volunteers who make this Green Schools Quest program such a success and keep the knowledge, positivity, and sustainability solutions flowing as our future generations create project-based sustainability projects! Thank you, garden growing volunteers. Thank you, field-trip chaperones. Thank you, GSQ presenters. Thank you, school leads. Thank you, Green Schools Quest mentors. Thank you all!  

But wait there's more! The Green Ribbon Schools announcement took place on Earth Day! On April 22nd the US Department of Education unveiled the 2020 US Departments of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Post secondary Sustainability Awardees. OUR LOCAL 2020 WINNERS: 
  • Parkway School District -- Not One, but Two Sustainability Coordinators
  • Mary Institute Country Day School -- Infusing Sustainability throughout the Curriculum, Buildings, and Landscape
  • Sunrise School -- Leveraging Partnerships to Generate Momentum
What a Great Read, We Can't Wait to See - The winners and amazing sustainability success of all our GSG participants! Here's an example of the impacts putting sustainability in the hands of our future generations can hold. Read the article from the eMissourian here to find out more on how impactful participating in the Green Schools Quest project-based challenge can be! Think Truman Elementary will win one or two of the available 11 awards possible from participating in this years Green Schools Quest? Stay tuned! 
We will announce Green Schools Quest winners MAY 15, 2020. 
Make a Difference

St. Louis Goes Green! Team Page and Results 

We got 15th place out of 818 teams worldwide with 93 St. Louis Goes Green! team members. We came in just ahead of WashU Together who got 16th with 104 members. We earned 15,807 points by -- volunteering for 8 hours, spending over 12,000 minutes NOT in front of a screen, composting 108 pounds of waste, completing 3 advocacy actions, having 1,000 and 1 conversations with people, and contacting 3 public officials; saving 210 pounds of CO2, eating almost 500 meatless or vegan meals (28,000+ worldwide!), spending over 200 hours outdoors, picking up 500 pieces of litter, planting 169 trees, traveling 20 miles by foot, watching 3 documentaries, replacing up to 23 lightbulbs, preventing 37 pounds of food waste, saving almost 3,000 gallons of water, and spent over 2,000 minutes learning! You're pretty great St. Louis Goes Green!

St. Louis Virtual Earth Day Festival Content Links
Our Actions Speak. For Earth. "What a fun challenge that re-energized my green activities. I learned a lot and enjoyed watching our collective actions that help take care of the earth. I will do my best to keep going even though the challenge is over," 

said Art Lum of the St. Louis Goes Green! Earth Day Ecochallenge team on April 30, 2020. Thank you all so much for participating in this years challenge. Keep up the great work and although April 30th was the last day of the Ecochallenge, what ways will you continue to let your actions speak for Earth?
Stay in the Know

We are appreciating all that makes our US Green Building Council Chapter so unique and successful - OUR VOLUNTEERS - especially during this time!




Thank you to each and every one of our Committee Members and their Chairs for their ideas and commitment. Thank you to our Board Members providing an enhanced drive of inclusivity for the Chapter. Thank you to our Green Schools Quest Mentors for putting in the hours, making the connections, and providing support to our school participants. Thank you to the knowledgeable Benchmarking Volunteers who will now hopefully become well versed for BEPS too! And thank you to, YOU, for staying safe, engaged, and healthy! We appreciate each and every one of you and just wish to say, thank you. Thank you.

May 05, 2020

Did you go? Which summit did you attend -- Materials, Carbon and the Circular Economy -- Our Buildings, Our Health -- Post-Occupancy: Performance Matters? We would love to hear about your IMPACT Conference and specific summit experience. Tag us @usgbcmogateway if you share, thanks! 
May 07 - 08, 2020
Did you go? What story did you tell of hope with ILFI? Are you signed-up for their 6-week series of 2-day mini-conferences -- Health and Vitality -- Resilience in Crisis -- Closing the Loop -- Biophilic Design -- Equity & Affordable Housing -- Embodied Carbon? Tag us @usgbcmogateway if you are, thanks! 
May 07, 2020

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is joining the St. Louis community again to fundraise for our non-profit. Donate TODAY ! You and your community will be helping Missouri Gateway offset the financial loss of our educational programs and events, thank you.  

Contact us!  

If you need assistance with benchmarking, we would love to help you with virtual one-on-one assistance! Please reach out!

Emily Andrews
Rajiv Ravulapati -
Fredericka Brandt - 
May 20, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Our members-only event is going virtual! Join us via Zoom for an evening to catch-up with old and new faces, learn what our Chapter Committees are up to, enjoy a DIY demo from Growing Green and sit back and relax as we cheers with other USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members! We can't wait to see you, virtually

June 05, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Approaching Net Zero: Solutions for Commercial Buildings. Login online to earn 1.0 hour LEED specific for BD+C, and LEED specific for BD+C, the LEED Green Associate, 1 AIA LU, and WELL AP. This session explores why zero energy is a solid strategy for commercial buildings by sharing the latest bet zero research and guidance, its applicability to LEED EA credits and case studies.  
June 06, 2020 

The annual Green Living Festival of the EarthWays Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden is going virtual.  Explore the links between sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation at home and a healthy environment. Talk with green product and service exhibitors and learn more about home improvement and healthy homes.

June 03, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Connect with energy savings solutions and learn more about BEPS at our now virtual carousel. J oin 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.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter
GreenBuildingGreenBIZ Green Building & Community Business

The City of St. Louis Board of Alderman unanimously passed a Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) last month. St. Louis is the just the fourth jurisdiction - and the first in the Midwest - to pass such a policy. This policy means better,  greener buildings; improved public health; increased environmental protection and climate change mitigation; and savings on energy bills for building owners and occupants. Keep reading here! 

Virtual Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousel - June 03
Connect with energy savings solutions and learn more about BEPS at our now virtual Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousel on Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 from 8:00 am - 10:00 am via Zoom! 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.

Need Benchmarking Assistance? We're here to help!
Our in-person events may be cancelled but if you need assistance with benchmarking, we would love to help you with virtual one-on-one assistance! Please reach out to either: 
Emily Andrews -
Rajiv Ravulapati - or
Fredericka Brandt -

Do You Live in Creve Coeur? Or Know a Business in Creve Coeur?
There's a Creve Coeur Green Business Program! Creve Coeur offers FREE sustainability resources for Creve Coeur businesses looking to go green. Any resident or business in Creve Coeur looking for sustainability options can feel free to reach out directly to Nicole Muschinske: or (314)872-2527. If your favorite business in Creve Coeur could use some sustainability solutions, feel free to also simply refer your favorite business to Nicole Muschinske as well!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 

May 20th  | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Via Zoom

We are moving our Members-Only, May Member Social to a virtual event and can't wait to catch-up with everyone! The U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new and existing members to come socialize and get acquainted.
Join us virtually via Zoom to learn how your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership can help you build connections, build your knowledge and build your community
Chapter officers, will briefly discuss the chapter's history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions. You will get introduced to each of our Committee Chairs and get to know a bit more on what we're currently up to and how you can get involved! 

We are also excited to welcome Growing Green for a quick DIY plant demo where one lucky winner will be able to "take home" this plant giveaway (pick-up the plant prize curbside)! Mark your calendars for May 20th, 2020 and invite your Chapter member friends to join for this physically distant social hour. Don't forget to BYOBeverage. 

We hope to see you, virtually soon. 

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

Johnson Controls - renewing 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 - 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

Logo MO Botanical


Clayco Logo

Healthy Planet





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.