August 2018
Monthly Evening Program 
Case Studies in Distributed Energy Systems Program
Tuesday, August 14
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm - Formal Presentation 
Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter this August to learn from Graham Morin about Distributed Energy Systems!    
Become knowledgeable about Distributed Energy Systems which encompasses a diverse array of generation, storage, energy monitoring and control solutions. DES technologies represent a paradigm shift and offer building owners and energy consumers significant opportunities to reduce cost, improve reliability and secure additional revenue through on-site generation and dynamic load management.
Graham Morin, Distributed Energy Specialist for Siemens. 
Graham has over 20 years of experience delivering energy management and efficiency solutions to industrial, institutional and utility clients.  Most recently he has been involved in the commercialization of battery energy storage technologies for use by utilities and large end-users of electricity to stabilize the electric grid, improve the economics of power delivery and/or improve power quality across the grid.  Graham is experienced in many different forms of distributed generation and the economic drivers that lead to their deployment.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors! 
CxE Group
Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.

August 8, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking. This event is free, but registration is requested.   

Monthly Evening Program
Tuesday, August 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Distributed Energy Systems (DES) is a term which encompasses a diverse array of generation, storage, energy monitoring and control solutions. DES technologies represent a paradigm shift and offer building owners and energy consumers significant opportunities to reduce cost, improve reliability and secure additional revenue through on-site generation and dynamic load management. 
Green Schools Quest Mentor Info Session
Wednesday, August 22, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn how you can join the Green Schools Movement as a Green Schools Quest mentor. A brief overview of the Green Schools Quest program and mentor responsibilities will be presented, followed by the opportunity to hear directly from past mentors as they share their experiences. Light lunch will be served
Thursday, August 23, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool at the upcoming Benchmarking Jam! All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, institutions, congregations, non-profits and governments are encouraged to attend. This event is free to all, however space is limited and registration is required.

Friday, August 24, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. USGBC-Missouri Gateway's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses
Wednesday, August 29, 9:00 - 10:30 am 

Looking to improve your energy performance and cut energy costs? 
Attend this educational session to learn about energy efficiency resources and financing opportunities available to small businesses. The session will highlight how small businesses in the City of St. Louis can apply for free energy audits, Ameren & Spire incentives, and clean energy options.  

Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00 am-4:30 pm

This full-day program will use case studies to highlight new advancements in strategies and innovative techniques to address water use, management, and quality in a variety of settings. Featuring an amazing line-up of speakers, this event, held at the Missouri History Museum, offers 7 CE Hours.

Monthly Evening Program
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm
Join us on September 19th as we dive into why sustainability in facility operations is crucial and how it is possible. The Mastercard Environmental Sustainability team as well as its Facilities team will be leading us through their journey to LEED certification and re-certification. They will also highlight the expansion of solar panels and their carbon-reduction targets.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Green Schools Quest

Considering becoming a mentor?

This unique opportunity allows you to apply your knowledge about sustainability in a creative and purposeful way. Learn more about this exciting chance to join the Green Schools Movement and give back to your community!

Since the launch of the Green Schools Quest more than 5 years ago, over 100 schools have participated. School-driven projects have impacted over 100,000 students, teachers, and community members.

As we gear up for the 2018/2019 school year, we are looking for Green Mentors to work with local schools!

We invite you to join us and learn more about this exciting opportunity at our mentor info session! A brief overview of the Green Schools Quest program and mentor responsibilities will be presented, followed by the opportunity to hear directly from past mentors as they share their experiences. We will meet at the Saint Louis Lighting Group on 7414 Manchester Rd.
Light lunch  will be served. We hope to see you there!

We are excited to announce that USGBC-MGC is now home to the St. Louis Region Collaborative of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) . 58 people attended the ILFI-St. Louis Launch Event on August 2nd. 
By combining resources, USGBC-MGC and ILFI will collaborate to continue promoting green building design, construction and operations - and to fortify consideration for not just our buildings, but also the people inside them and the surrounding communities. 
As an affiliate of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), all members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter receive a FREE Basic Living Future Institute Membership.
Basic Membership with the International Living Future Institute offers valuable benefits, including complimentary online education about the Living Building Challenge, ability to become a Living Future Ambassador, and discounts on workshops, books, and more. Current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members can log in here to access instructions on how to redeem their complimentary Living Future Institute membership.  
A new ILFI Committee will meet for the first time on August 21, 2018 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter office. If you're interested in getting involved with our new ILFI committee, please contact 
Seeking Nominations for 2019 USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors  Two

Be a part of the green building movement & help us make every building a green building!

USGBC-Miss ouri Gateway is currently seeking nominations for At-Large board directors. All terms begin in 2019. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Monday, August 20, 2018. 
Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer.  The online nomination form, can be found here.

For more information, please see:  
In 2015, USGBC-Missouri Gateway shifted our board nomination and election process, and no longer holds elections. Nominations are still accepted from the membership. The Governance Committee collects nominations and ensures eligibility of nominees. The committee then consults a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board for approval. The committee expects to present a slate to the board for discussion at the September 2018 board meeting.


Better Buildings Through Benchmarking is a voluntary energy benchmarking campaign for the St. Louis Region. It recognizes buildings that have committed to this best practice, and provides support as they use the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
New to the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign are opportunities for buildings to receive recognition for their energy conservation achievements! Buildings that choose to share their performance data will be able to receive recognition for significant improvements in energy efficiency. 

30% of energy used in buildings is wasted through inefficiencies, and half of all energy savings are possible through low-cost or no-cost operational improvements (U.S. EPA). The first step to identifying these improvements and reducing the environmental impacts of our buildings is energy benchmarking!

Continuing Education Blitz
Exploring Current Advances and Innovation in Water Management and Quality
Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
7 GBCI CE Hours and 7 AIA/CES LU

This full-day program will use case studies to highlight new advancements in strategies and innovative techniques to address water use, management, and quality in a variety of settings.
Keynote Pete A. Munoz of Biohabitats will present cutting edge design and engineering for Hassalo on Eighth, a large multi-use residential urban redevelopment project in Portland, Oregon that treats its wastewater for reuse onsite (60,000 gallons per day), redirecting it away from stressed city sewer infrastructure.
A large health care network will discuss the special requirements of hospitals including: health considerations, the necessity of water conservation in different geographic locations, and the network's environmentally sustainable energy and water benchmarking goals.
Water quality is a multifaceted discussion. While the water leaving a municipal water treatment facility may be excellent, the water coming out of a building's faucet within that water district may not be of excellent quality. What happened? Detailed conversations regarding new water quality testing and the dilemmas of why and how contaminants lodge in piping are also covered in the day's agenda.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor!

Thanks to our Exhibiting Sponsor!


An internship with the USGBC provides hands on experience for those wishing to become involved in the world of green building, solidify administrative, organizational, and technical skills, and develop professionally.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain practical knowledge and to connect with sustainable professionals in St. Louis!
Contracted through the Missouri Botanical Gardens, unpaid interns receive free admission to the Garden and discounts at the retail shop and Sassafras CafĂ© during the internship period. Interns also receive free membership with the US Green Building Council.  

Email a cover letter and resume, with references to: Hope Gribble, Education and Green Schools Manager, .

In early July, the Board of Aldermen unanimously adopted new building codes. New codes took effect on August 1, making the City of St. Louis the first in the region, and one of the first nationwide - to adopt the 2018 suite of codes from the International Code Council. These codes make residential and commercial new construction and and major renovations significantly more energy efficient.

St. Louis Building Commissioner Frank Oswald announced his intention to introduce the 2018 codes with the energy codes unamended to the board of alderman at the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's State of the Chapter and Social in January of 2018. Kudos to the City of St. Louis for their ongoing commitment to energy efficiency and climate action.

Curious what this means? USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member Jessica Deem wrote a comprehensive piece for NextSTL detailing key changes to the new code. Read her full piece here.

If you benchmark one or more properties in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, 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. 
When ENERGY STAR metrics are updated on August 26, 2018, the new calculations will be applied across all time periods, which means your scores and metrics for all historical benchmarking data will change. By applying this update across all time periods, you'll continue to be able to analyze changes that are a result of your own activities, rather than changes in underlying market data.

After the metric updates are implemented, EPA will not be able to provide "before and after" score changes for individual buildings or portfolios.  
All buildings are encouraged to document their current scores and download historic data before August 26, 2018. Head to the link below for instructions.   
September 11-13, Pittsburgh, PA

The International Living Future Institute is hosting the Living Product Expo. Living Products are healthy, inspirational, and give back to the environment. ILFI's Living Product Challenge offers a framework of thinking about products that create "more good" instead of "less bad".

At the Expo, educational sessions will help you up the sustainability of your business, while industry focused presentations will spark your creativity. This years topics include:
* Net Positive Products + Enterprise
* Creating Healthy Buildings
* Social Equity + Supply Chain
* Green Chemistry + Health
* Biomimicry + Biophilic Design 


Tuesday, September 18, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Columbia, MO

Learn how marketing energy measures to property owners benefits all involved
Using multiple tracks, the conference is designed for realtors, appraisers, mortgage bankers and energy contractors. Continuing education credits will be offered.

Realtors will learn how promoting energy efficiency of their properties can increase their sales.  Appraisers will learn values of energy measures to include in their property appraisals.  Mortgage bankers will learn how energy measures can make their properties more valuable.  Contractors will learn how to market energy measures to property owners, with a focus on lower utility bills. Attendees will learn about utility incentive and rebate programs, and network with potential business partners.

The Missouri Energy Initiative presents the Midwest Energy Policy Series on Energy Efficiency event in collaboration with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), Missouri Division of Energy and Columbia Water and Light.

November 14-16, Chicago, IL

Greenbuild is the face-to-face experience for sustainability in the built environment. It features inspiring education, plus the products and technology you need. After attending Greenbuild, you can return to the field or office armed with inspiring education and powerful discoveries. And the Expo Hall is where inspiration meets action. Combine what you've learned in the field and from the education sessions in the exhibit, then find the solutions and resources to bring your ideas to life.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members
have an exclusive discount code to explore the Expo Hall at Greenbuild 2018, happening November 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois. Contact to receive the discount code.  

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Mueller Prost - RENEWING Silver
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

Villa Lighting 

Wells Fargo Advisors


Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

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

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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