August 2017 E-Newsletter
The Value of Energy Analysis, from Design Day One
Join the Green Schools Movement!
Seeking Nominations for 2018 Board of Directors
Call for Proposals: 2018 Educational Sessions
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Join Emerging Professionals in Service
3 Missouri Schools Honored at U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Ceremony
City of Columbia seeks Climate Action & Adaptation Services
Greener Stormwater Solutions Training
Greenbuild Boston Registration Open
Guest Blog Post: MO S&T Solar House Team
Keynote Announced: Water Justice Continuing Education Blitz October 17
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.



Monthly Evening Program
The Value of Energy Analysis, from Design Day One
In partnership with ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter
Tuesday, August 8

This interactive program will provide attendees with a charrette experience for evaluating and driving building energy performance-to analyze results in real time, as early as pre-design. During this session, volunteer participants act as design team members from all disciplines, working with real building characteristics and an actual building design. Using an analysis approach that assists with a cost benefit discussion, the participants will assemble "bundles" of selected energy efficiency measures to play out what-if scenarios, discussing the merits and challenges of each bundle. This program, with live tools and facilitation, will demonstrate an effective method for guiding energy decision-making during early design, towards achieving higher efficiency goals and increasingly stringent energy codes.

  • Recognize the value early energy analysis provides to the design process and client decision-making
  • Identify a range of energy-efficiency options and their impacts on energy outcomes during various stages of design
  • Interpret building performance and financial information provided by energy analysis results, including lifecycle costs
  • Examine how decisions made very early in pre-design can increase energy savings opportunities
Dana Kose, LEED® AP BD+C, LEED Faculty

Join the Green Schools Movement!
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is looking for individuals to mentor with the Green Schools Quest! The mentor registration deadline is August 15, 2017. 

Since the Green Schools Quest launched four years ago, over 100 schools have participated - many for multiple years. Student-driven projects at these schools have impacted nearly 100,000 students, teachers, and community members.

Participating schools and mentors can't say enough about the positive impact this program is having in advancing their schools' sustainability initiatives.
As we gear up for the 2017-18 school year, we are seeking Green Mentors to work with local schools. 
Mentors should be willing and able to provide sustainability expertise and guidance to their students, and should commit to a minimum of 4-6 hours per month of personal time mentoring within assigned school beginning October 2017 and concluding mid-March 2018.

  Other mentor responsibilities include:
  • Meet with the school Green Team at least twice per month. 
  • Help students and their team Sponsor (a minimum of one faculty/staff/parent per team will assist as team Sponsor) green their schools for little or no cost. 
  • Provide guidance on project selection, execution, establishment of metrics and recording impact. 
  • Assist with documentation and preparation of final submission (such as video or PowerPoint). 
  • Help assigned school compete for special recognition in the Green Schools Quest. 
  • Attend one Green Mentor training prior to visiting your assigned school. 
As we gear up for the 2017-18 school year,  we are seeking Green Mentors to work with local schools . . . and we need your help!

Seeking Nominations for 2018 Board
Deadline F riday, August 18 at 5PM CST

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

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is currently seeking nominations for At-Large board directors. All terms begin in 2018. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Friday, August 18, 2017.  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.

Call for Proposals: 2018 Educational Sessions 
Proposals due Friday, August 25 at 11:59 PM CST

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2018.

USGBC-MGC strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.

We are particularly seeking in-depth workshops - extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals' existing knowledge.

Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices! 

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course - Summer 2017
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Friday, August 25,  9:00am-5:00pm

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

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.

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course. 

Join Emerging Professionals in Service! 
The USGBC-MGC Emerging Professionals kicked off the 4th of July holiday weekend at Busch Stadium. They volunteered with 4 A Greener Game, collecting recyclables from fans as the Cardinals brought home an 8 to 1 win against the Washington Nationals! 

Missed this opportunity? Don't worry--you can join the EPs on Saturday, August 26, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm to participate in clean-up efforts for Operation Clean Stream! 

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Operation Clean Stream! Since 1967, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region has organized Operation Clean Stream, one of the country's largest and longest running river restoration projects. The fourth weekend of every August, event volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries, working to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash.

Click here to learn about Operation Clean Stream and how you can connect with the EPs at happy hours and service projects all summer long!
Three Missouri Schools Honored at 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Ceremony
On Wednesday, July 19, three Missouri Green Ribbon Schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Education in a private ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Forty-five schools, nine districts, and nine colleges and universities were recognized for their commitment to reducing environmental impact and utility costs, promoting better health, and providing environmental education.  Hope Gribble, USGBC-MGC Education and Green Schools Manager, accompanied the Maplewood-Richmond Heights Middle School team and represented USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at the ceremony.  

Read on for brief excerpts from the U.S. Department of Education's  Highlights from the 2017 Honorees document (pdf) You can watch a live stream of the full award ceremony on the U.S. Department of Education's Facebook page.
Missouri '17 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

McKelvey Elementary School, Maryland Heights, MO
McKelvey Elementary has an active Green Team of staff and students. The club meets weekly to lead recycling efforts, encourage green living, and identify and research problems and implement and measure solutions. For example, its work includes recycling, composting, clean air, energy conservation, wind power, solar power, and solar panels. This student-led initiative has created many low-cost and easy to implement changes that result in resource conservation and utility costs savings and healthier learning environments. Read on

Parkway North High School, St. Louis, MO
Parkway North is a school that has a deep-rooted commitment to whole school sustainability. The school has worked to make its physical place, organizational culture, and educational program more sustainable. For many years, the school has been on the forefront of integrating environmentally preferable procedures into the everyday operating practices of the building. In most cases, these enhancements have been a direct response to student-driven initiatives, ranging from single-stream recycling programs, community clothing drop-off boxes, a shoe drive water project, composting for food scrap and compostable serviceware, river cleanup crews, rain gardens, and native prairie gardens.
Read on

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, Maplewood, MO
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School (MRHMS) is located in the city of Maplewood, which received the National Green City Award as the result of a large and concentrated effort from Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School and its district. It also is the very first Green Dining District in Saint Louis. MRHMS has worked hard, with support from the communities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights, to develop a green school that upholds the district cornerstones of scholarship, stewardship, leadership, and citizenship. Maplewood Richmond Heights has led the way in developing innovative programming and learning surrounding the unique sustainability needs in an urban area. MRHMS has very limited green space, but still has provided a rich curriculum that integrates gardens, aquaponics, urban chickens, beehives, composting, and a rain garden. At the core of this work is a belief that sustainable schools and communities provide all members the greatest opportunities for success. Read on
City of Columbia seeks Climate Planning Consultant
Proposals due August 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm (CT)
The City of Columbia is seeking a consultant or consultants to assist the community in the development of the City's first Climate Action and Adaptation plan (CAAP). The plan will meet the Compact of Mayors requirements and propose data-driven actions and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

Greener Stormwater Solutions Training at Alberici
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 29 & 30 2017 

This two-day workshop will highlight several case studies that integrate multiple perspectives on complex projects. Attendants will hear from the design, installation, maintenance and ownership teams. Registration is available for one or both days. 

Greenbuild Boston Registration Open
November 8-10, 2017

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.

Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will come together in Boston at Greenbuild 2017 for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars. Greenbuild education sessions are eligible for continuing education credits for a number of professional credentials and organizations.

Missouri University of Science & Technology Solar House Team's Next Innovation: SILO
Preparation for the 2017 Solar Decathlon is underway! T he U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.

Missouri S&T is constructing a new house for the seventh time. To learn more about their efforts, read their guest post on our blog here.  

This year, two Missouri schools--Missouri S&T and Washington University--are competing in the Solar Decathlon. You can follow their progress on their respective Facebook pages here and here. 
Continuing Education Blitz: Water Justice
October 17, 2017
Submitted for approval of 7 GBCI CE Hours and 7 AIA/CES LU
From the Philosophical to the Spigot . . 

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz focused on water policies, use, access, and quality in the Mississippi River Basin.

Who owns water in the United States? Who determines its use? Who protects it? The answers to these questions are, in some ways, both everyone and no one.
And yet in a time of increased demand and growing climate instability, not just in the United States, but around the world, the answers-and the questions-are more important all the time.

On October 17, 2017, 8:00AM-5:00PM, join us for an exploration of water justice through the perspective of river systems - from local to global, urban to agricultural, individual to corporate - trying along the way to determine a better future for our most valuable resource. 

Alexandra L. Campbell-Ferrari
Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari is the Executive Director of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Campbell-Ferrari was a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Spain researching European and Spanish water law and watershed management. After receiving her Juris Doctor (JD) Degree in Environmental Law from George Washington University, Ms. Campbell-Ferrari practiced with Sullivan & Worcester LLP in its Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources practice, where she co-authored an amicus curiae  brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on stormwater issues. She has also worked with the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Crimes Section; and the Department of Energy. Ms. Campbell-Ferrari's current scholarship focuses on U.S. and European water law, including interstate water compacts and river basin management. She currently teaches at American University Washington College of Law, George Washington University Law School, and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School.

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 



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.



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