APRIL 2018
In this Issue

Project Drawdown EcoChallenge

ENERGY STAR Score Updates

Saint Louis Climate Summit     
                                                        Welcome New Members 

                                                        Community Calendar                                                                
Monthly Evening Program
GreenSchools11th Annual Green Schools Event
Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 - 7:30pm 
57 school/mentor teams are participating in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest. At each school, Green Teams are hard at work devising and implementing - 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 11th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we'll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2017-18 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 2018-19 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.



Drop in Benchmarking Help Sessions
Multiple April dates

Get hands on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager at a Drop-In Benchmarking Help Session. 

Monthly Evening Program 
 Tuesday, May 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Featured projects include a commercial interiors pursuing WELL and LEED certification; an historic school building turned apartments that utilized PACE financing; and Missouri's first Passive House Institute US Certified building (also LEED Platinum)

M onthly Evening Program
Tuesday, June 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tour this LEED v4 project and gain insight from the project team about maintaining sustainability standards throughout the design and construction of a mission critical headquarters.

Exam Prep Course
WELL AP Exam Prep Course
Thursday, June 28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the WELL Building Standard.


Drawdown2Take Action with the Drawdown EcoChallenge

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's team in the Drawdown EcoChallenge to take action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming!

Paul Hawken's  Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming  mapped, measured, and modeled 80 research-based actions that, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, offer humans the means to transform our climate crisis into just, livable world conditions. Project Drawdown's research shows that rather than stopping global warming at 1.5-2 degrees Celsius, we can actually begin to reverse global warming by 2050, using technologies and practices that already exist and are scaling today.

That is why Project Drawdown and EcoChallenge are coming together to offer the Drawdown EcoChallenge from April 4 - April 25, 2018 (you can join at any point during the challenge.) Drawdown EcoChallenge is focused on carbon reduction and is a fun and social way to learn about and take action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming.
St. Louis is lucky that the Northwest Earth Institute collected an extensive list of resources specific to our region!


ScoreUpdatesENERGY STAR Score Updates Coming in 2018
If you benchmark one or more properties in ENERGY STAR Portfolio ManagerĀ®, you'll likely see a change in your buildings' 1-100 ENERGY STAR scores and other source energy metrics after August 26, 2018. That's because EPA is updating performance metrics in Portfolio Manager based on the most recent market data available. This update is part of EPA's standard process to keep ENERGY STAR metrics as current as possible, and reflective of current market performance.
Your individual building's ENERGY STAR score may increase or decrease, depending on your energy use, fuel mix, business activity, property type, and other variables.
Users will see the updated metrics when they login to the tool on Monday, August 27.

Buildings are encouraged to apply early for 2018 ENERGY STAR certification. All buildings are encouraged to apply before July 26, 2018 to be approved and awarded certification using the existing score models. ENERGY STAR is also introducing a one time rule:  If you earned 2017 ENERGY STAR certification for your building, you may apply for 2018 certification using a period ending date of April 30, 2018, or earlier.
 SummitSaint Louis Climate Summit

April 22 - 23, 2018

In May of 2014, Pope Francis called leading experts in climate science and environmental stewardship to the Vatican, initiating a global conversation about the plight of the planet. From that convocation came Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si', in 2015. Nearly every country on the planet signed the Paris Agreement later that year. 
Saint Louis University is proudly hosting The Saint Louis Climate Summit as part of its bicentennial anniversary celebration and to honor Pope Francis' call to unite leaders in defense of the health of the planet. 

The 2018 Saint Louis Climate Summit brings together some of the most authoritative minds in climate science, ecology, sustainable development, and related disciplines for three days of discussion on climate change. The Climate Summit will highlight key issues, celebrate notable achievements, and elucidate a path forward.

MembBuild Your Knowledge, Network & Community as a Member 
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter believes that everyone deserves to live, work and learn in green and healthy buildings. For over 15 years, we have been educating and advocating on behalf of green buildings and sustainability.

Our members work together across disciplines to green the places they love, making a real difference in our community through programs like our Green Schools Quest. The support and efforts of members makes this work possible!

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter as a member to build your knowledge, build your network, and build your community!

NewMembWelcome to New Members
Welcome to all of the members who joined between November 2017 and April 2018!

Michael Barkoviak, JEMA
Austin Blau, Foam Engineers
Alexander Bley, Verve Design Studio
Emily Brunette, ICF
Lacy Cagle, Northwest Earth Institute
Jeehyun Choi, JEMA
Betsy Crites, Missouri Botanical Garden
Sarah Drayton, Southwest Foodservice Excellence
Matthew Femmer
Mary Fitzgerald, Keysor school parent volunteer
Brian Hauff, Evangel University
Tim Hightower, Deconstruction Development Partners
Ken Jackson, True Manufacturing
Eugenia Jain, Sitton Energy Solutions
Ann Kelley
David Keusenkothen, Herman Miller
Michelle Lebbing, E.J. Welch
Devina Lee Sheng Tin, Little Green Goddess
Steve Ludwigs, PrintOnUs Digital
Alexander Pape, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Lisa Powell, EJ Welch Co.
Ray Reasons, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
Jeff Rooks, Parkway School District
Madeline Smith, Forum Studio
David Sullivan, City of University City
Brandon Walker, Positive & Productive Innovations
Michael Wyland, Horner & Shifrin

IMPACT is the premier Midwest conference and expo for green building professionals and will take place April 30-May 1 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

This year's conference will feature 20 educational sessions and five tracks that cover a variety of green construction topics, including LEED, zero net energy, daylighting and building performance. IMPACT attendees can earn up to nine continuing education hours, including GBCI LEED-specific hours and AIA hours.
Set your sustainable strategy for your next building project with confidence, using proven methods and best practices from leading regional architects, engineers and contractors at IMPACT.

Wondering what's the best session for you? USGBC has created a short quiz to get a customized recommendation.



Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Ameren - RENEWING Green Schools and Platinum


Express Scripts -RENEWING Silver

Green Street - RENEWING Silver

Ross & Baruzzini - RENEWING Silver

Tarlton - RENEWING Silver

St. Louis County Department of Health - RENEWING Green Schools

Automatic Controls Equipment Systems - RENEWING Bronze

EcoRecycling - RENEWING Bronze

EJ Welch - NEW Bronze

Guarantee Electric - 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  2018 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


Solutions AEC



Madison County Planning & Development

Innovative Technology Education Fund


Automatic Controls Equipment Systems

Bell Electrical Contractors

Christner, Inc.

Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling

EJ Welch

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting


Wells Fargo Advisors


Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

HBD Construction
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri
Schaeffer Marketing Group 
Trivers Association

Villa Lighting

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.
U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter
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