February 2017 E-Newsletter
Historic Preservation & Sustainability
How Does Your [Rain] Garden Flow?
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Two Events Featuring Barbra Batshalom
Becoming a Performance Driven Firm
Project Delivery Mapping Workshop
St. Louis City Board of Alderman Approves Building Energy Awareness Ordinance
Benchmarking Jam
Green Shadow Mentorship Program
Explore the USGBC-MGC's Podcast Courses on Education@USGBC
Go Behind the Green Scenes at MoBot Sustainability Open House
2017 OneSTL Sustainbility Summit
Partners for Native Landscaping Reception & Workshop
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.



Historic Preservation & Sustainability 
Tuesday, February 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Presented in partnership with Landmarks Association of St. Louis

Master speaker and sustainable preservation expert, Walter Sedovic, FAIA, LEED AP, will explore the intersection of bias, modernism, heritage, memory, and preservation in this evening lecture presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc.

Through a lens of the symbiotic relationship between historic preservation and sustainability, the speaker will discuss:
  • Resolving the applicability of preservation standards to our modernist heritage buildings.
  • Exposure to methods of enhancing performance (energy, durability, adaptability) of heritage buildings.
  • Understanding the inherent paradox of applying National Register standards to modernist buildings.
  • Viewing architectural sustainability through a global lens involving community, culture & memory.
How Does Your [Rain] Garden Flow?
Ownership Responsibilities and Maintenance Needs for Stormwater Treatment Best Management Practices
photo by Peter Baechle

Wednesday, February 22, 3:00 - 5:00 pm 
This seminar will take an in-depth look at the obligations and responsibilities of property owners for operation and maintenance of Stormwater Treatment System Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.  Presenters will provide an overview of the history and regulations leading to utilization of Stormwater Treatment Systems in the area, diving into more detail on what Stormwater Treatment BMPs are, how they are constructed, how they work, how they can fail, and why maintenance is critical to extending their useful life. Additional information will be provided on what BMP owners can begin to expect on the cost of providing routine maintenance, non-routine maintenance, or the repairs that stem from providing no maintenance at all. 

Click here for more information and to register
green associate logo
Thursday, March 9, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
D istinguish 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.

Click here for more information and to register
Two Events featuring Barbra Batshalom

Tuesday, March 14 & Wednesday, March 15
Barbra Batshalom  is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute (SPI) and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts. She is an industry leader whose vision drives the organization's programs to transform the market from public policy to professional practice. SPI's Green Firm Certification is the first industry program to provide a framework for evaluating the capability of design and construction firms to deliver a consistent, high quality sustainability service and was adopted by HUD in 2012. SPI's Green Firm Boot Camp workshop program has been delivered to hundreds of firms nationwide to help raise the bar on professional practice in the industry. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work.  Her recent presentations include Greenbuild 2015 (in US, Brazil and Italy), Living Future 2014, NESEA 2015, 2016, and AIA National Convention, 2014.

March Evening Program featuring Barbra Batshalom
Tuesday, March 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Presented in partnership with AIA-St. Louis

Being a top firm is about much more than getting design awards. The design community is recognizing that excellence is about design AND performance. This is reflected in the recently revised AIA Committee on the Environment's Top Ten awards, which now emphasizes the importance of actual building performance in addition to project's design intent.

Is your firm consistently delivering high performance buildings? Whether or not projects are LEED certified, you can develop internal systems and processes to ensure high performance projects across your portfolio. Successful companies realize improved project performance, increased profits and happier clients through performance-driven design.

This session will share frameworks, road maps and proven methodologies from successful firms to help attendees assess their current situation, identify strategic areas for improvement, and develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies for continuous improvement.

Learn more & register online here
Half Day Workshop featuring Barbra Batshalom
Wednesday, March 15, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Join leading expert in institutionalizing sustainability and improving firm performance and profitability Barbra Batshalom to examine your firm's current processes and methodologies, identify barriers to success, and formulate strategies to raise the bar and provide consistent, high quality performing projects.

How does your firm achieve excellence? Do you have a methodology to achieve consistent, high quality performance? Is sustainable, high performance design or LEED baked into your process? Is integrative design a myth or a reality for your teams? Have you signed the AIA 2030 Commitment and hit a wall - or just want to ensure success? This workshop will help you deconstruct your current project delivery process to identify barriers and formulate strategies to raise the bar and be on a path of continuous improvement. This is a fun, highly interactive way to have valuable dialogue within the firm while charting a course for the future that improves client services, business development and internal efficiencies.

Because this workshop is about how the firm operates, firms will benefit more if more representatives attend. A mix of principal, project manager and marketing or staff from across different business units yields an even richer output from the workshop, which can inform discussions and actions back at the office afterwards.  Firms sending 3 or more attendees will receive a 20% discount on registration. 

Learn more & register online here
St. Louis City Board of Alderman Approves Building Energy Awareness Ordinance
The St. Louis City Board of Alderman recently approved a bill requiring municipal, institutional, commercial, and multifamily buildings over 50,000 square feet to track and report their energy and water usage annually using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 

Energy benchmarking & transparency policies harness market forces to save energy and drive investment in buildings.  With the passage of this bill, St. Louis joins cities already implementing similar policies: Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington D.C., among others.    

In 2016, St. Louis was awarded participation in the City Energy Project, a joint project of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation that works to create healthier, more prosperous American cities by making buildings more energy efficient, boosting local economies, and reducing harmful pollution. 

Benchmarking Jam
Wednesday, March 22, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy your building consumes and comparing your energy performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step toward saving energy and money!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building's energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. All buildings benefit from benchmarking; businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits and local governments are encouraged to attend.

Each building representative should review the event website to ensure they bring the information needed to start benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members are invited to volunteer at the Benchmarking Jam. Experience with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is required. Volunteers may self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category. Interested volunteers should register online. 

Registration deadline February 28

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 28, 2017 to be matched in the Spring 2017 semester.

Mentors must have an active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership and fill out an online application, detailing their interest in becoming a Mentor and providing a list of activities in their typical workday.  Click here to view the Green Shadow MENTOR application.

Shadows must fill out an online application, outlining any previous experience with green building, their interests in sustainability and the shadow program, as well as a reference. Click here to view the Green Shadow STUDENT application.

Explore USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Podcast Courses on Education@USGBC  
As a USGBC Education Partner, USGBC-Missouri Gateway produces several online courses each year hosted on the Education@USGBC platform. 

Our latest course, " The Living Building Challenge in Practice," consists of a two-part podcast in which LEED Fellow Ralph Bicknese and interviewer Jean Ponzi discuss the basic principles and criteria of the Living Building Challenge through an exploration of multiple Living Building case studies.

The course, which offers 1 GBCI CE Hour, is available within the Education@USGBC Subscription or for individual purchase. Click here to access The Living Building Challenge in Practice.  

Or check out our other online courses!

Framing the discussion with an overview of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, presenter Adrian Cerezo unpacks, explains, and elaborates upon the need to consider the larger context of sustainable development in the design process. 
In this two-part podcast, Heather Venhaus, Principal at Regenerative Environmental Design, and "Green" Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager for Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center, will discuss the interrelated nature between soils, plants, humans and ecosystem function.
Go Behind the Green Scenes at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Science & Sustainability Open House 
Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm 
Setting Targets for Our Shared Success
Wednesday, April 5
Presentation Proposals due Friday, February 17

At the 2017 Sustainability Summit, attendees will learn and apply innovative approaches to setting and achieving sustainability targets for the St. Louis region through knowledge sharing and networking. The St. Louis region has a robust foundation for sustainability efforts: a strong, collectively developed regional sustainability plan (OneSTL), a thorough City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan, and a multitude of efforts, individuals, and initiatives dedicated to making our region a more sustainable and resilient place.

The summit will address 7 themes:  biodiversity, buildings/land use, energy/emissions, food, materials, transportation, and water/green infrastructure. Local governments, non-profits, elected officials, infrastructure providers, community leaders, academics, students, and other attendees will learn from regional and national leaders striving to set and achieve sustainability goals. Together, we will grow our capacity to advance the St. Louis region towards a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future.

Summit organizers are currently seeking presenters to fill breakout sessions focused on the Summit's core themes. Interested presenters should review the Request for Proposals online here. Proposals are due by February 17, 2017.  

Reception and Talks: Friday, March 3, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Workshop: Saturday, March 4, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thank you to our new & renewing sponsors!
Dynamic Controls - RENEWING Bronze


Madison County Planning & Development - RENEWING Green Schools Supporter
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 - RENEWING Platinum
St. Louis County Department of Public Health - RENEWING Green Schools Champion

Trane - NEW Silver

William A. Kerr Foundation - RENEWING Platinum

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.


Thanks to our GOLD SPONSORS


Thanks to our SILVER  SPONSORS

Thanks to our BRONZE   SPONSORS
8760 Engineering

Ameren Missouri Pure Power
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems
Christner, Inc. 
Custom Engineering
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling, Inc. 
Electrical Connection
Enterprise Holdings
Express Scripts
Farnsworth Group

FGM Architects

Hastings & Chivetta
Heideman Associates, Inc
HM Risk
Wm. B. Ittner, Inc

Johnson Controls
Metro Lighting
M3 Engineering Group
Mueller Prost


Oates Associates

PayneCrest Electric

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Ross & Baruzzini

Solutions AEC


Thompson Coburn, LLC
Thanks to our  GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy

HBD Construction
Schaeffer Marketing Group

Trivers Associates