July 2017 E-Newsletter
LEED Building Tour: Spire Building at 700 Market Registration Closes Today!
Luminaires and Lighting Controls: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Call for Proposals: 2018 Educational Sessions
Join the Green Schools Movement!
USGBC-MGC Recognized by Construction Specification Institute
Watch 2017 Green Ribbon Schools Ceremony Live
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Follow Missouri Solar Decathlon Teams on Social Media
Dutchtown South Community Corporation Green Festival
Learn More About Ameren Missouri's BizSavers Pilow Energy Management System Program
Missouri Energy Loan Program, FY2018 Applications due July 31
MORA Conference August 9-11
Save the Date: Public Interest Design Workshop October 6-7
Save the Date: Water Justice Continuing Education Blitz October 17
2017 Missouri State APA Conference Call for Sessions
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
Tuesday, July 11, 5:30-7:30 pm
*Pre-registration is required to attend*
*Registration must be received by end of day TODAY, July 6*

Our Annual Green Building Tour will feature Spire's new office space at 700 Market. The repurposed Postmodern building is on the National Register of Historic Places and received LEED Gold certification in summer 2016.
Green design and construction features at Spire include: use of materials with low-volatile organic compounds and recycled building materials, energy-saving LED lighting throughout the building, an automated window shade system that adjusts based on light, season and room usage, water conservation efforts such as water bottle filling stations and water efficient faucets, water purification system, lighting that maximizes daylight and adjusts based on room usage, diversion of more than half of the construction waste from landfills, and strong internal recycling protocols.

In-depth Seminar
Luminaires and Lighting Controls: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 
Thursday, July 27

In this two hour interactive course, we'll explore why traditional lighting control strategies are underutilized today and how technology and lighting codes are reversing this trend. We'll also explore how control technologies have advanced to deliver a better user and economic experience today. Additionally, presenters will discuss how IoT (Internet of Things) and PoE (Power over Ethernet) are impacting this space and how the luminaire is evolving from a product that produces functional light to a truly intelligent device.

  • Discuss traditional control strategies and their limitations
  • Identify energy codes and recommended practices that make controls increasingly unavoidable
  • Examine current control strategies that are being employed today
  • Explore the impact Internet of Things and Power over Ethernet will have on the lighting world
Don Hirsh, LC, Senior Manager Training & Education - Lighting, Cree
Kris Steiger, Schaeffer Marketing Group

Call for Proposals: 2018 Educational Sessions
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.

Call for Proposals Issued June 28, 2017.
Proposals due by Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 8, 2017.

Preferred topics include:
  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • LEED v4
  • WELL, SITES, PEER, Edge, GRESB, Parksmart
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Costs & Benefits
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!

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!

Join us at one of the events below to learn more and hear directly from past mentors as they share their experiences!

5:30 pm

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
at Schlafly Bottleworks
Light appetizers will be served.

Advocating for ENERGY STAR
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Leadership met recently with the staff of Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt to emphasize the importance of the energy efficiency programs threatened by the proposed federal budget. 

ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency, with a brand awareness of about 90%. In 2015 alone, American consumers and businesses saved over $34 billion with the help of ENERGY STAR, and since 1992, ENERGY STAR has assisted companies and consumers save $430 billion on utility bills. 

Meeting participants included Emily Andrews, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Executive Director; Bryan Howard, USGBC Legislative Director; Erik Lueders, Sustainability & Purchasing Manager for Parkway School District; Richard Schuessler, Account Executive at Huntleigh McGehee; Nick Bristow, Associate, Sustainability Manager at Clayco/Forum Studio; Paul Todd Merrill, Director of Electrical Preconstruction  and Sustainable Construction at Clayco;  and Barbara Anderson-Kerlin, Sr. Associate and Project Manager at HOK. 

We encourage you to express your support of ENERGY STAR.  Find your elected officials contact information below:
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Recognized by Construction Specification Institute
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is the recipient of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) North Central Region Cooperation Award.  This award recognizes USGBC-MGC and CSI-Greater St. Louis' ongoing partnership to provide an annual joint program exploring sustainability in the construction process.

Education Committee Co-Chair Abigail Adams accepted the award at a CSI St. Louis Chapter Awards Dinner in June. Many thanks to CSI St. Louis Chapter for this honor!
Watch the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Ceremony Live
U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary of Management Holly Ham, Acting Chief of Staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration George Kelly, Director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy James L. Elder, Jr., and Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council Anisa Heming will honor the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees in a private ceremony at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 19, in Washington, D.C.  

Forty-five schools, nine districts, and nine colleges and universities will be recognized for their commitment to reducing environmental impact and utility costs, promoting better health, and providing environmental education.  The festivities will also recognize a state official for advancing sustainable schools in Georgia.

Three Missouri Schools were selected by the Department of Education as 2017 Green Ribbon Schools and will be honored at this ceremony. 

Missouri 2017 Green Ribbon Schools
  • McKelvey Elementary School, Maryland Heights, MO
  • Parkway North High School,  St. Louis, MO
  • Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, Maplewood, MO
Tune in to the  livestream of the ceremony on the U.S. Department of Education's Facebook Page at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 19 to see these schools receive this recognition!
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course - Summer 2017
green associate logo
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.

TWO of the 12 teams participating in the 2017 Solar Decathlon are from Missouri. Stay up to date on the teams from Washington University in St. Louis and Missouri S&T as they prepare for the competition in Denver this October!  You can follow their work via Facebook here and here.

Dutchtown South Community Corporation Green Festival
July 7, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Join the  Dutchtown South Community Corporation for an evening of fun, food, and education on Friday, July 7th at the  Thomas Dunn Learning Center.

Learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and reclaim waste as part of DSCC's  So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative Southside initiative.
The event is free and open to all and takes place from 6:00-9:00 on Friday, July 7th. 

Learn more about Ameren Missouri's BizSavers┬« Pilot Energy Management System Program
August 3, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
The Ameren Missouri BizSavers┬« Program will be hosting a lunch and learn to educate eligible participants about the new   Energy Management System Pilot Program.  Energy Management Systems monitor, control and optimize the performance of equipment and resources in a facility, reducing energy while providing real-time monitoring of energy consumption for the entire building or on specific equipment.  Eligible public and private schools, as well as tax-exempt organizations can receive incentives for 50% of the total EMS project costs and can receive up to $35,000 per building.

Representatives from K-12 schools, non-profits and other tax-exempt organizations are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how they can receive cash incentives from Ameren Missouri and lower their energy costs by installing or improving their building's energy management systems. The Lunch and Learn will take place on August 3rd at the Drury Inn and Suites Brentwood. If you are interested in attending, please contact Natalie Kirst for more  information.

Missouri Energy Loan Program
FY2018 Applications due July 31
The Missouri Department of Economic Development is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public schools, public/private colleges and universities, local governments, local government/public owned airport facilities (municipal, county, regional, and international), public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals. In total, the Department is making $5 million available for these entities to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.

The department's Division of Energy is accepting loan applications from May 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 for loans between $10,000 and $1 million. Loan applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. If money remains after applications have been reviewed and prioritized, consideration will be given to loans in excess of $1 million.

Missouri Recycling Association Conference
August 9-11, Tan-Tar-A Resort
Join the Missouri Recycling Association for a three-day conference in Osage Beach, MO. Topics discussed will include the global recycling industry, sound agricultural practices, and managing greenhouse gas emissions, among others. 

Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet.
Adam Minter is an American writer who serves as an Asia-based columnist at Bloomberg View. In addition to his work with Bloomberg, Adam covers a range of topics for publications that have include Bloomberg Business Week, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy,  The National Interest, Mother Jones, Scientific American, ARTN news, Sierra, and many others.

Save the Date: Public Interest Design Workshop
October 6-7
This two-day course is presented by  Design Corps , the  SEED Network , and the  Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Washington University in St. Louis . Participants will learn skills and methods to effectively engage in community-based design through professional fee-based projects. The Public Interest Design Institute curriculum is structured around the  Social Economic Environmental Design  (SEED) process and metric, which provides a guide for practice, documentation, and showcasing of public interest design projects. Successful participants will earn professional continuing education credits (13 AIA HSW CEUs or ASLA HSW PDHs) and certification as a SEED Professional.

Save the Date: Water Justice Continuing Education Blitz
October 17, 2017
From the Philosophical to the Spigot: A forum discussing 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.

Join us for a full day of presentations about what's happening in the Mississippi River Basin, from the headwaters to the delta, as we discuss water from a global to a local perspective --trying, along the way, to determine a better future for our most valuable resource.
2017 Missouri State APA Conference Call for Sessions
Sessions Proposals Due July 14
Conference Wednesday, October 18 - Friday, October 20
The 2017 Missouri State Planning Conference's theme is Planning in Reality. The Conference will examine the skills, tools and programs planning practitioners find particularly useful, including those outside the profession's normal skill set or comfort zone.

The St. Louis Metro Section of the American Planning Association, in partnership with the Missouri State Chapter, is accepting session proposals until Friday, July 14, 2017.  Session proposals on any  to pic are welcome. For the 2017 conference, the Conference Committee is espec ially  interested in sessions that meet the theme of
Planning in Reality.  Rather than addressing  what  planners should be doing,  speakers are invited to show  how  planners can bring practical results to communities across Missouri.  Ideally, the conference program will include sessions which appeal to plann ers at all stages of their career,  from entry-level to late career professionals. 

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

McCarthy  - RENEWING Gold

Christner - RENEWING Bronze

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




Madison County Planning & Development

Innovative Technology Education Fund

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
Guarantee Electrical Company 
Heideman Associates, Inc
Johnson Controls
Metro Lighting

Oates Associates

PayneCrest Electric

Parsons Brinckerhoff
Thompson Coburn, LLC
Wells Fargo Advisors 
Thanks to our  GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy

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