In this Issue

Monthly Evening Program
 Sustainable Lighting
February 13, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Hosted in partnership with Illuminating Engineering Society - St. Louis Section

Explore lighting and its role in sustainability-focused building design and operations, specifically in relation to LEED v4 with an emphasis on materials credits.

This seminar, intended for both building design and lighting professionals, will introduce attendees to the various material transparency disclosures and optimizations currently available, using lighting as a framework of understanding. Additionally, participants will explore the importance of lighting in 'whole building" lifecycle impacts management, predominant lamp technologies and energy related life cycle impacts, and lighting considerations for human health and thriving.

A general summary of terminology will be included during this course hour, so that attendees feel confident in asking for, and using the information within the available transparency material disclosures. We will underscore the basics, such as life cycle analyses, environmental impact categories of EPD, "Red Listed Ingredients of Concern," responsible sourcing and supply chain, and third party verified platforms. 

Speaker Michael Johnson serves as Director of Sustainability at 3form, providing direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility policies and initiatives. 


LightArt | a 3form company

February 14, 8:30 - 10:00 am

Explore materials transparency and how it relates to green building as well as socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing, then identify ways transparency documents can be used when determining appropriate material choices in designing for a healthier built environment. 

Full Day Workshop
Sustainable SITES Initiative Workshop
February 22, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This full-day workshop will examine the concepts and goals of sustainable and regenerative land design via the Sustainable SITES Initiative. The SITES Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance-based metrics that align land development and management with innovative sustainable design. 

March 6, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Evaluate an elementary school's design through a shocks and stresses assessment and resilient design analysis. Participate in an interactive design exercise to incorporate resilient design elements for site and building design solutions. 

Learn the basics of energy and water benchmaking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and how to comply with the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance at a Benchmarking 101 session. Get hands on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager at a Benchmarking Jam

Exam Prep Course
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
March 9, 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. 


Monthly Evening Program
March 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Explore the mission and metrics behind Paul Hawkin's Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, including practical, local solutions in action.

Announcing the 2018 LEED Community Project

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's LEED Community Project aims to assist other non-profits interested in greening their buildings by seeking certification using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:O&M) or another appropriate LEED Green Building Rating System. The non-profit participant gets a healthier, more environmentally and fiscally responsible building while volunteers gain experience working on a LEED project.

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the Missouri Botanical Garden to re-certify the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, where the Chapter's offices are housed, under LEED version 4 for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. We are currently accepting volunteer applications - apply online here.

The Commerce Bank Center for Science Education earn LEED Silver certification in 2012, under LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. 

Volunteers will gain hands-on experience with a LEED project, may report participation for GBCI CE hours, and will help a treasured cultural institution earn one of the first LEED v4 EB:O&M certifications in our region! Volunteers must hold an active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership. 

Green Shadow is a mentorship program developed by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education committee to expose students and emerging professionals to green jobs within the Missouri Gateway territory through an informational interview, half day shadow, or one day shadow of local business people.  Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship. 

We are looking for Mentors and Shadows to participate in the Green Shadow program. Apply by February 9th, 2018 at 11:59 pm to be matched in the Spring 2018 semester.


LEED Fellow
USGBC's call for nomination of qualified applicants is now open for the 2018 class of LEED Fellows. To be eligible, nominees must show at least 10 years of exemplary impact with LEED in each of their selected mastery element and demonstrate significant contributions to LEED, be a LEED AP with specialty credential in good standing, and have held a LEED professional credential for eight years.

Nominators must have a LEED AP with specialty credential in good standing, and 10 years of professional LEED experience. In addition, nominees will need to compile a team of endorsers to write statements attesting to the nominee's exceptional impact in key areas. 

Those interested can access an overview of the mastery elements and general program policies in the LEED Fellow Handbook, and attend an introductory webinar on Tuesday, February 13, 1-2 pm Central time to gain valuable information for both returning and new nominees. 

On March 3 and 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., two of the Garden's rarely seen behind the scenes areas will be open to the public. 

Meet Missouri Botanical Garden scientists at the Monsanto Research Center and learn how they collect, study, and conserve plants. Tour our 7 million-specimen herbarium and visit the Peter H. Raven Library, one of the most comprehensive libraries of botanical literature in the world, including more than 6,500 rare books.

You can also learn about the Garden's community sustainability programs by joining the EarthWays Center staff at the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education. Meet the team that educates and connects people to 20+ programs in the community. Discover how the Garden is making Saint Louis greener, with environmental classes and programs for schools, businesses, individuals, and families.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.mobot.org/openhouse.

EPA Region 7 is accepting applications from b usinesses, industry, tribes and nonprofits from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska for the EPA Region 7 2018 Pollution Prevention Awards Program. These non-monetary awards recognize environmental excellence.

Pollution prevention (P2) is a successful, non-regulatory approach to energy conservation, water conservation, reduction of toxic materials used, and money savings. This awards program is designed to further recognize P2 successes and encourage other entities to consider a P2 approach.

P2 includes practices that reduce environmental releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants prior to entering a waste stream for recycling, treatment, or disposal. In other words, P2 is source reduction, the prevention of generating waste and environmental releases at the source. P2 is not treatment, minimization, or diversion of wastes. P2 conserves natural resources, including water and energy.

Awards will be presented at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The deadline for submitting applications for awards is March 2, 2018.
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

Alberici - RENEWING Restorative

William A. Kerr Foundation - RENEWING Platinum

BSI Constructors - RENEWING Silver

Enterprise Holdings - RENEWING Silver

HM Risk - RENEWING Silver

Dynamic Controls - RENEWING Bronze

Metro Lighting - RENEWING Bronze

Electro Plasitcs/STEP Warm Floor - NEW Green

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

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

Guarantee Electrical Company
Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting

PayneCrest Electric

Wells Fargo Advisors


Azimuth Energy

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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