April 2017 E-Newsletter
10th Annual Green Schools Event
In Depth Seminar: Sustainability in Construction Administration
Green Schools Quest Featured at National Green Schools Conference & Expo
Spring Into Membership: Join or Refer a Member to Win!
ADVOCACY ALERT: #DefendClimate and Act to Preserve EPA Programs
WELL AP Exam Prep Course
USGBC-MGC Online Course highlighted as favorite in Education@USGBC Platform
Welcome New USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members!
Join the Missouri Botanical Garden for the 2017 Green Homes Festival
Sustainable Backyard Tour Call for Yards!
Sustainable Backyard Tour Call for Yards!
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors!


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.



10th Annual Green Schools Event
Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Green Schools Quest47 schools are participating in the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest. At each school, Green Teams devised and implemented - with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor - creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their school.

Join us at the 10th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we'll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest!

Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Additionally, attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.

In Depth Seminar
Wednesday, April 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Lunch included from 11:00 - 11:30 am, presentation from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join USGBC-MGC and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) - Greater St. Louis for a lunchtime program on sustainability in construction administration! The presentation will kick off with a discussion on creating construction administration documentation that incorporates both sustainability and LEED requirements as well as successful document submission. Attendees will then examine best practices for educating the construction team, site procedure impact, and record keeping from a contractor's perspective. Presenters will use the LEED Gold Washington University Olin Business School expansion as a reference point throughout the presentation. The expansion was completed in spring 2014 under an aggressive 20-month schedule for which Tarlton served as construction manager and William Tao & Associates as mechanical engineer.

Lisa Sombart, President & CEO, William Tao & Associates, Inc.
Sondra Rotty, Senior Project Manager, Tarlton Corporation

Learn more and register online here
Green Schools Quest featured at National Green Schools Conference & Expo

Education and Green Schools Manager Hope Gribble and Bill Henske, Middle School Science Teacher at Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, presented "Green Schools Quest: Creating a Sustainable Future, One Project at a Time" at the 2017 National Green Schools Conference & Expo. 

Their presentation reflected on the impact of the Green Schools Quest. Since the Quest launched in 2013, 104 unique schools have participated, and participants have reported impacting a total of 68,753 students, teachers and community members!  

Join us at the 10th Annual Green Schools Event on April 11 to hear directly from participants in the 2016 - 2017 Green Schools Quest, and learn how you can participate during the 2017 - 2018 school year!

Register for the 10th Annual Green Schools Event

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Membership & Marketing Committee is excited to announce a membership contest!

From March 14 to May 8, new members that join the Chapter will be entered into a drawing for:
  • $50 Big Shark Bicycle Company gift card 
  • $50 gift card donated by GoGreenSolarLighting/ STLOUISLEDs
  • $50 gift card to Lulu's Local Eatery, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant.

If you're a current member and you encourage a friend or colleague to join, you'll also be entered into the raffle - once for each new member you refer. The member making the most referrals will win a Missouri Botanical Garden membership! Winners will be drawn on May 9 at the Green Building Showcase.

Membership makes the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's work to support buildings of all kinds to green their design and operations possible. Join to show your support of our efforts to green the places we all love!

And membership benefits you as well; join to receive free or reduced entry to all of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's educational events, access to opportunities to build relationships with our community of almost 500 members, and eligibility to serve on Chapter committees, community projects, and board of directors.

ADVOCAVY ALERT: #DefendClimate and Act to Preserve  EPA Programs, including ENERGY STAR
The United States Office of Management and Budget released its plan for the proposed 2018 budget, which includes elimination of or deep cuts to vital programs.  The Environmental Protection Agency's  Energy Star WaterSense  and  Safer Choice  programs are all in jeopardy. 

USGBC and many others in the building industry rely on these tools from EPA to create and sustain high performing green buildings! Our 20 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign uses ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to help building owners track and improve their energy performance. Portfolio Manager is also the basis for earning energy performance credits in LEED Building Operations + Maintenance. It is free tool with a proven track record that helps reduce energy use, lower energy costs, and protect the health of humans and the environment. Win-win-win! 

Additionally, in recent days President Trump signed an executive order rolling back the Clean Power plan. This threatens our ability to limit and deal with climate change. 

WELL AP Exam Prep Course
Tuesday, May 23, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam. This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of WELL, including the seven concepts that provide the framework for the building standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.

Don't Throw Out the Baby OR the Bathwater 
USGBC-MGC course highlighted as favorite Education @USGBC offering 
In Don't Throw out the Baby OR the Bathwater: Young Children as a Key Piece of the Sustainable Building, Speaker Adrian Cerezo,  PhD, MESc, Chief Constructive Innovation Officer at CRIAStudio, addresses sustainable design as a technological challenge in designing for sustainable development. Current research illustrates why young children are fundamentally important in achieving global sustainable development.

This video course was created by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, is available on the Education @USGBC platform, and was recently highlighted it as one of three courses not to miss! The course is available for individual purchase for $45 or through the Education @USGBC subscription

As a USGBC Education Partner, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter produces several online courses each year for the Education @USGBC platform. Preview our full array of courses on our website here

Welcome New USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members!
Thanks to the following Contributor Members!
The Contributor level of membership allows individuals to provide additional support for our mission.
Cathy Evans, Ygrene Energy Fund
Drew Hane, Stormwater Pro-tect STL
Justin Vogt, Automatic Controls Equipment Systems
Lee Wilson, R.F. Meeh Family of Companies
And a big welcome to all of our members who joined between November 2016 and April 2017!

Bob Ackerman, Lockheed Martin
Lun Ai, Washington University in St. Louis
Shelly Beckemeier, HOK
Kathleen Beebe
David Bertorelli, Mastercard
Evan Bronstein, Kuhlmann Design Group
Lalima Chemjong, McMillan CannonDesign
Mackenzie Conley, Lockheed Martin
Michael Costello, ASPE
Maya DeHart, CRB Consulting
Rebecca Done, BSI Constructors, Inc.
Kate Ewing, Mueller Prost
Shawn Fluckey, Washington University in St. Louis
Gene Foster, Regent Power
Christopher Kamman, In-Lightning LLC
Michael D. Kelly, P.E., City of St. Louis - Water Division
Eva Klein, Missouri State University
Yu Kuwahara, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Breana Lamb, Madison County Planning & Development
Paul Langenfeld, Jacobs
Steve Lawler, Walker Leadership Institute
Sean Madden, St. Louis YouthBuild
Kellie Mandry, Washington University in St. Louis
Amanda McAllister, Trivers Associates
Jim Melchers, Cambridge Engineering, Inc.
Kimberly Meyer, Carpenter's Joint apprenticeship Program
Steven Mueller, Chiodini Architects
Sean Naeger, M+H Architects
Angela Pandorf, Nolan Office Interiors
Taylor Sizemore, Lockheed Martin
Lauren Talley, Cushman & Wakefield
Jordan Thompson, Ameren Missouri BizSavers
Russell Thompson, Negwer Materials
Jamie Vergano, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Greg Williams, Siemens
Athanasia Xeros, Cushman and Wakefield

Interested in joining the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter? Learn more and get started online  here

June 3, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn to grow green and build green with the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden at this day-long celebration of sustainability. Visit more than 30 exhibitors and experts to help you with home improvement ideas and plant based options that will connect you to what you can do to protect and restore air, water, and soil so that plants and people can thrive. Plus enjoy family activities, presentations, hands-on DIY demos, and local foods. Included with Garden Admission; free for Garden members. 

 Call for Yards! 2017 Sustainable Backyard Tour
Host Registration Due: April 29
Tour: Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Sustainable Backyard Tour, held each year in June, is a unique opportunity to see firsthand how homeowners in St. Louis City and County are living greener lives and utilizing their yards and rooftops in more environmentally sensitive ways. 

More than 200 families have welcomed tour goers into their yards since the first tour in 2011, demonstrating such practices as composting, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, native plant landscaping, rainwater conservation, renewable energy production, and backyard habitat creation. Attendees design their own routes, choosing from locations and descriptions written by the homeowners. 

While many host sites are the traditional backyards of single family homes, tour organizers welcome hosts who garden from apartment buildings, rooftops, and front yards. Institutions are also encouraged to apply. The deadline to register is April 29. 

Greater St. Louis CSI New Products Show
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Thank you to our new & renewing sponsors!
Ameren - RENEWING Platinum + Green Schools Champion 
Laclede - RENEWING Platinum
Green Street -  RENEWING  Silver
Hastings & Chivetta - RENEWING Silver

HM Risk - 
Ittner -  RENEWING  Silver
MSD - NEW Silver
Tarlton -  RENEWING  Silver
Solutions AEC -  RENEWING  Silver

Eco Recycling - RENEWING Bronze

Enterprise Holdings - RENEWING Bronze

Express Scripts - 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 - 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 2017 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.


Thanks to our GOLD SPONSORS


Thanks to our BRONZE   SPONSORS
8760 Engineering

Ameren Missouri Pure Power
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems
Christner, Inc. 
Custom Engineering
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling, Inc.
Electrical Connection
Enterprise Holdings
Express Scripts
Farnsworth Group
Heideman Associates, Inc
Johnson Controls
Metro Lighting

Oates Associates

PayneCrest Electric

Parsons Brinckerhoff
Thompson Coburn, LLC
Wells Fargo Advisors 
Thanks to our  GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy

HBD Construction
Schaeffer Marketing Group

Trivers Associates