JULY 2018
Two Events Featuring Josh Jacobs of UL Environment JOSH

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter to welcome Josh Jacobs, Director of Environmental Codes & Standards for UL Environment to St. Louis! Josh will present two events on Tuesday, July 10th: SPOT - Sustainable Product Database and Health and Wellbeing in Green Building.   
Josh Jacobs, Director of Environmental Codes & Standards for UL Environment. 
As director of Environmental Codes and Standards for UL Environment, Josh helps develop and track the environmental and codes, rating systems, and purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. As a LEED AP+ BD&C, he has been able to assist architects, designers, specifiers, and builders understand how to utilize products to build a more sustainable project. Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to ASHRAE 189.1, 2012 & 2015 NAHB National Green Building Standard, ANSI/BIFMA E3 joint committee, USGBC's Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
In-depth Seminar  
Tuesday, July 10, 4:00 - 5:30 pm  
Streamline and simplify the product selection process for your green building projects. USGBC and UL (Underwriters Laboratory) recently announced a collaboration to develop digital tools that help  architects, designers and buyers identify products in UL's  SPOT™ database that contribute to LEED v4 requirements. Learn about this new free tool to find sustainable products! Please note that this presentation does not offer Continuing Education Hours.  
$20 for USGBC-MGC Members
$30 for Non-Members (includes complimentary attendance to evening program that follows seminar, a $20 value.)
Monthly Evening Program 
Tuesday, July 10
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm - Formal Presentation 
Enjoy beer and light appetizers while earning coveted LEED Specifc CE Hours! 
Explore the importance of wellness in buildings and look at wellness criteria in building programs including LEED and Fitwel. Attendees will learn strategies for incorporating wellness into their green building projects.  The speaker will touch upon ASHRAE 189.1, IgCC, and CALGreen in terms of where health and wellbeing is integrated into these sustainable building codes.
1 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M) GBCI CE Hour
1 WELL CE Hour
Free for USGBC-MGC Members & Full-Time Students
$20 for Non-Members
Fox Architects
hellmuth + bicknese architects
Negwer Materials  

In-Depth Seminar
SPOT - Sustainable Product Database
Tuesday, July 10, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

USGBC and Underwriters Laboratory recently announced a collaboration to develop digital tools that help architects, designers and buyers identify products in UL's SPOT TM database that contribute to LEEDv4 requirements. Learn about this new free tool to find sustainable products! Please note this seminar does NOT offer CE Hours.

Monthly Evening Program
Health and Wellbeing in Green Building
Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Explore the importance of wellness in buildings and look at wellness criteria in building programs including LEED and Fitwel. Attendees will learn strategies for incorporating wellness into their green building projects. The speakers will touch upon ASHRAE 189.1, IgCC and CALGreen in terms of where health and wellbeing is integrated into these sustainable building codes.

In-Depth Seminar
Thursday, August 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Visit this building pursuing Living Building Challenge certification. Experience how the Jan Phillips Learning Center is connecting people with nature through hands-on, inquiry-based learning; pairing deep sustainability with The College School's long held values of conservation and sustainability.

ILFI - St. Louis Collaborative Launch Event
Thursday, August 2, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) - St. Louis Region Collaborative is now a part of USGBC-Missouri Gateway! Join us to celebrate this exciting partnership and the launch of our new ILFI committee on August 2nd at the area's newest building pursuing Living Building Certification, the Jan Phillips Learning Center!

Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via link below). This event is free, but registration is requested.   

Monthly Evening Programs 
Tuesday, August 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Distributed Energy Systems (DES) is a term which encompasses a diverse array of generation, storage, energy monitoring and control solutions. DES technologies represent a paradigm shift and offer building owners and energy consumers significant opportunities to reduce cost, improve reliability and secure additional revenue through on-site generation and dynamic load management. 
Thursday, August 23, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool at the upcoming Benchmarking Jam! All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, institutions, congregations, non-profits and governments are encouraged to attend. This event is free to all, however space is limited and registration is required.


LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Friday, August 24, 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. USGBC-Missouri Gateway's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.


We are excited to announce that USGBC-MGC will now house the St. Louis Region Collaborative of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). We hope you'll join us at the ILFI- St. Louis Launch Event on August 2nd and get involved with our new ILFI committee!
The International Living Future Institute, based out of the Pacific Northwest, is the creator of a number of forward-thinking certifications and initiatives related to the built environment - including the Living Building ChallengeDeclare Label, and JUST program.  All of these programs are rooted in ILFI's mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.
By combining resources, USGBC-MGC and ILFI will collaborate to continue promoting green building design, construction and operations - and to fortify consideration for not just our buildings, but also the people inside them and the surrounding communities.
Click here for information on the JPLC  Living Building Seminar and ILFI-St. Louis Launch Event. If you're interested in getting involved with our new ILFI committee, please contact  hope.gribble@mobot.org.

Proposals due by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2019.

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.

Welcoming New Participants to Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign BETTERBUILDINGS

We are excited to welcome seven new participants to our Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, Better Building Through Benchmarking!  
  • Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc.
  • Castaneda at the Frisco
  • City of Clayton, Missouri
  • Gateway Science Academy of St. Louis
  • Magnolia Hotel
  • WIN Warehouse
Better Buildings Through Benchmarking is a voluntary energy benchmarking campaign for the St. Louis Region. It recognizes buildings that have committed to this best practice, and provides support as they use the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager . 
New to the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign are opportunities for buildings to receive recognition for their energy conservation achievements! Buildings that choose to share their performance data will be able to receive recognition for significant improvements in energy efficiency. 

30% of energy used in buildings is wasted through inefficiencies, and half of all energy savings are possible through low-cost or no-cost operational improvements (U.S. EPA). The first step to identifying these improvements and reducing the environmental impacts of our buildings is energy benchmarking!

Join the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners at various events to get assistance with and more information about energy benchmarking.

Event Descriptions

All events are free, but space is limited and registration is required via the links below.
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions
Hands-on Help Session
Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).
Benchmarking Jam
Brief presentation followed by hands-on help session 
Following  a brief overview of energy and water benchmarking, volunteers will provide hands-on assistance with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).
Benchmarking 101
Presentation with Q&A 
Benchmarking 101 will provide an overview of the City of St. Louis's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. Lunch is provided.

Training Schedule

All events will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, located at 4651 Shaw Blvd, 63110. Register using the links below.
Wednesday, July 18, 3-5 pm 
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session
Wednesday, August 8, 3 - 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session 
Thursday, August 23, 4 - 6 pm
Benchmarking Jam 
Wednesday, September 12, 9 - 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session 
Thursday, November 29, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101 
Tuesday, February 5, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101 
Wednesday, February 20, 3 - 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session 
Tuesday, March 19, 9 - 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session 
Thursday, April 18, 9 - 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session 
Member Spotlight: Jen ThomasJEN  

Being a member of the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter unlocks knowledge, network, and community growth. Members have access to opportunities to build their knowledge and network at free monthly events, and discounted seminars and workshops. The USGBC also facilitates application of that knowledge in the community through programs and committees. Membership impacts individual's lives differently. For Jen Thomas it has helped guide her career path and connect her with like minded professionals.
"I joined USGBC-MGC shortly after moving back to St. Louis in 2014. The initial conversations I had with Chapter staff and leaders helped me narrow my job search and discover a path at Washington University. I've appreciated the opportunity to develop a network of peers who share my commitment to engagement and education around sustainable design practices. I've grown personally and professionally as a volunteer and committee co-chair, and I am continuously inspired by the learning and resources that the Chapter provides to our broader community."  
- Jen Thomas, Marketing and Communications Manager
Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Washington University in St. Louis
The Shaw Salon Series 2018  Shaw     
Thursday & Friday, July 19 & 20. 2018; 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Greener Stormwater Solutions Training at Alberici - 10 CEUs 
Registration: $115 for two days/$70 for one day 
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.  

Exploring Current Advances and Innovation in Water Management and Quality
Friday, September 14, 2018; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
From region to region and around the world the issues surrounding water vary. Communities large and small within the Mississippi River Basin confront issues of water abundance and flooding while other parts of the U.S. face water scarcity and drought. Differing building types and locations require unique approaches to water use and wastewater management.

This full-day program will use case studies to highlight new advancements in strategies and innovative techniques to address water quality, use, and management in a variety of settings.

Keynote Pete A. Munoz of Biohabitats will present cutting edge design and engineering for Hassalo on Eighth, a large multi-use residential urban redevelopment project in Portland, Oregon that treats its wastewater for reuse onsite (60,000 gallons per day), redirecting it away from stressed city sewer infrastructure.

A large health care network will discuss the special requirements of hospitals including: health considerations, the necessity of water conservation in different geographic locations, and the network's environmentally sustainable energy and water benchmarking goals.

Water quality is a multifaceted discussion. While the water leaving a municipal water treatment facility may be excellent, the water coming out of a building's faucet within that water district may not be of excellent quality. What happened? Detailed conversations regarding new water quality testing and the dilemmas of why and how contaminants lodge in piping are also covered in the day's agenda.

July 7
July 31
July 11 - 15

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
McCarthy Building Companies - RENEWING Gold 
Villa Lighting - 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  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

EJ Welch

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting

Villa Lighting 

Wells Fargo Advisors


Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

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

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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