December 2017 E-Newsletter
2018 State of the Chapter
In Memory of Tim Montgomery
Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter to Build your Knowledge, Network, and Community
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
City Energy Project Wins EWG Award
2018 Benchmark Trainings Announced
Thank you for your Giving Tuesday Support!
Emerging Professionals Continue Holiday Tradition - Weatherization with EnergyCare
Greenbuild 2018 Call for Proposals
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.



2018 State of the Chapter

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm

Join us at the 2018 State of the Chapter & Social on January 9th as we kick off programming for the year!  This FREE event - open to members and non-members - is one of the highlights of our year.
  • Meet Chapter members and connect with representatives from the board of directors and committees.
  • Learn about highlights from the past year and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers.
  • Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers. 
  • Participate in the silent auction.
  • Find out how you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.
This year's event will be held in Saint Louis University's newest residence hall, Grand Hall, located on the corner of Grand and Laclede. The building has various sustainable features, including a white roof to combat Urban Heat Island Effect, LED lighting for all major areas, low VOC products for paints, sealants, adhsives, and flooring systems, and a food pulper to increase the density of food waste that can be composted! 

In Memory of Tim Montgomery 

It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Timothy



Tim was a longtime advocate for green building. He designed many sustainable buildings, including the LEED Platinum home of the William A. Kerr Foundation. He was active with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors, Technical Committee, and Speakers Bureau. 


Tim will be missed by the green building community, and our thoughts are with his family. An obituary is available online here

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter to Build Your Knowledge, Network, and Community!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is filled with members who are passionate about green buildings and changing the built environment through public advocacy, education, research, and engagement with decision-makers throughout the region. Being a chapter member allows you to be part of this vibrant, driven group and build your knowledge, network, and community!

Build your knowledge... through free monthly educational programs, discounts on in-depth seminars and workshops, and access to LEED exam prep courses.

Build your network... through access to member-only networking events, like the New Member Social, listing in the Chapter's online Member Directory, and eligibility to be recognized through our Green Building Experts program.

Build your community... through volunteering as a mentor for our Green Schools Quest or other community projects, and serve on the Chapter's Board of Directors, standing committees, community projects, or speakers bureau. 

Friday, December 8, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
A LEED Green Associate credential is a great way for you to distinguish yourself from other professionals! 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 to becoming a LEED professional. 

This all-day exam prep course will cover LEED v4 Core Concepts, as well as each of the main categories for building accreditation. In addition, the prep course will include test taking tips and a practice exam. After completion, participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation. 

This is a great certification 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. 

City Energy Project wins 2017 East-West Gateway Oustanding Local Government Achievement Award

The City of St. Louis and City Energy Project have been awarded a 2017 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award for Exemplary Public/Private or Public/Non-Profit Collaboration from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. 

Read on for full award language, and check out East-West Gateway's video highlighting the project! The achievement was highlighted on the Institute for Market Transformation's blog. 
City Energy Project - City of St. Louis  
In January 2017, the City of St. Louis passed a Building Energy Awareness ordinance that required municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings that met specific requirements to track and report their energy and water usage on an annual basis. To implement this policy, the City of St. Louis secured funding from the City Energy Project, a national initiative to promote energy efficiency in buildings, and hired a technical advisor to assist the city's building division with enforcing the ordinance. 

Working closely with the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the city has also formed a benchmarking implementation advisory group that brings together stakeholders from the major utilities, trade groups, real estate professionals, nonprofits, unions and energy efficiency firms. This collaborative approach is key to the City Energy Project's success in maintaining and improving St. Louis' historic housing stock while pursuing energy and cost savings for the city and other building owners. In addition, the City Energy Project has kept equity and public health benefits at the forefront and is dedicated to making decisions that ensure minority- and women-owned firms and residents benefit from this energy efficiency initiative. The City Energy Project is set to have a lasting impact by making St. Louis a better place for generations to  come while setting a standard for sustainability that can be a model for other cities in the region. 

Background on the OLGAs
East-West Gateway Council of Governments' Outstanding Local Government Achievement awards honor the extraordinary work of individuals, municipal and county governments/departments, special purpose districts and public educational institutions in the city of St. Louis and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri and Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois. The awards seek to recognize individuals, projects, partnerships and jurisdictions that embody the best in local government. East-West Gateway solicits nominations from the community and winners are selected by a panel of experts from the public, private and academic sectors.

2018 Benchmark Trainings Announced
Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial, and multifamily residential buildings who square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City's Building Division. Full details of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at .

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manger.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis to learn how to comply.

Introduction to the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, Step-by-step overview of how to benchmark energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and compliance instructions. 
January 24, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Free to all with lunch provided, but space is limited and registration is required

Benchmarking Jam
Bring your energy and water use data and get hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 
February 1, 3:00 - 5:00 pm 
Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Education Center
Free to all, registration is required

Introduction to the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, Step-by-step overview of how to benchmark energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and compliance instructions. 
February 8, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Free to all with lunch provided, but space is limited and registration is required
Thank you for your Giving Tuesday Support!
We are on a mission - a missions to make every building a green building- and we cannot get there without your help. For over 15 years, we have been part of your community; advocating and educating for better, greener buildings. 

Thank you to the following for their generous donations on Giving Tuesday!  
  • Jeff Bogard, R.E.A. Homes, LLC
  • Christy Cunningham
  • Deborah Frank, Deer Creek Watershed Alliance
  • Hope Gribble, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter
  • Cindy Gross, Bethel Lutheran Church - Green Team
  • Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco
  • Admo Ogun, Atelier3 Design
  • Nancy Rodney, Rosemann & Associates, PC
  • Richard Schuessler, HM Risk
  • Laurie Sperling, HERA laboratory planners
We appreciate your support! Consider making a donation today.
Emerging Professionals Continue Holiday Tradition - Weatherization with EnergyCare!
Saturday, December 16, 9 am - 12 pm
For the past several years, Emerging Professionals have spent a Saturday in December weatherizing homes with  EnergyCare

This St. Louis area non profit works to protect low-income, homebound people- especially the elderly, and seriously ill or physically disabled adults and children - from illness, hospitalization or death from summer heat or winter cold. 

During the winter season, EnergyCare service providers weatherize homes, and instruct residents about how to conserve both their financial resources and energy. Weatherization improves comfort, and reduces energy consumption and the associated energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Volunteer will meet at EnergyCare's office for a brief training, then proceed to the weatherization site. 

Greenbuild 2018 Call for Proposals  
Planning for Greenbuild 2018 is already underway! Greenbuild 2018 will be held in Chicago November 14-16, 2018. 

The Call for Session Proposals is now open! Greenbuild educational sessions will cover all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment and the economy. 

Priorities for Greenbuild 2018 include:
  • Expert-level sessions: These sessions focus on detailed reviews of specific topics or work on cutting-edge issues.
  • Immersive and experiential learning: Greenbuild aims to provide a breadth of educational opportunities for all learning styles and is seeking proposals that offer immersive learning experiences, including elements such as technology, deep reflection, play-based learning and active participation.
  • Inspirational content: These sessions don't just provide information, they aim to inspire action and proposals will be reviewed based on whether or not they offer innovative or inspirational content to green building professionals
  • Rating system-specific sessions: These sessions teach attendees about the current versions of the rating systems by providing specific, detailed information and guidance about the credit intents and requirements, supplemented with real-world experiences with the LEED, WELL, and SITES rating systems.
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 2018 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.



Thanks to our GOLD SPONSORS



Solutions AEC




Madison County Planning & Development

Innovative Technology Education Fund

Thanks to our BRONZE   SPONSORS
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems

Bell Electrical Contractors
Christner, Inc. 
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling, Inc.
Enterprise Holdings
Express Scripts
Guarantee Electrical Company 
Johnson Controls
PayneCrest Electric
Wells Fargo Advisors 

Thanks to our  GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy

HBD Construction
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri

Schaeffer Marketing Group
Trivers Associates

Villa Lighting