June 2017 E-Newsletter
Disinvestment & Reinvestment in Midwestern Cities
ENERGY STAR & Historic Preservation: Satisfying Both Standards in Residential Applications
Urgency & Resolve In the Face of the US Exit from the Paris Agreement
Sustainability Institute for Educators
Benchmarking Jam
Thanks to our Give STL Day Donors!
Register to serve as a Green Schools Quest Mentor
Join, Renew, or Refer a Member to Win!
Save the Date: Water Justice Continuing Education Blitz October 17
Shaw Salon Series: Forest Park Stormwater Salon
St. Louis Envision Workshop
Missouri Energy Loan Program, FY2018 Applications due July 31
Daylight Hour 2017, Friday, June 16
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
Presented in partnership with St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO)
Tuesday, June 13, 5:30 - 7:30

Sustainability in the built environment is typically associated with reducing the environmental impact and increasing the resilience of materials and systems. However, there is additionally a social dimension to sustainability in the built environment, one that considers the impact that architecture, urban design, and development patterns can have in reinforcing segregation, disinvestment, and impoverishment.

Professor Olon Dotson will discuss the social dimension of sustainability, examining from an architectural perspective the extent of the distress and abandonment commonly found in the cores of American cities.  
He will share how reflecting directly on these "fourth world conditions" as a product of the racialization of place can help the architecture and other development professions begin to tackle them productively. 

Olon Dotson is the Associate Professor of Architecture at the Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning. His  primary research interest and focus has been in the health, vitality, and quality of life in inner-city communities.

Professor Olon Doton will be joined by Sal Martinez, the current board president of the Community Builders Network and the executive director of North Newstead Association.  Mr. Martinez will present some of the latest development initiatives underway in the Near North neighborhoods of St. Louis , including the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility and the implementation of the Near North Side Master Plan through a HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant.

Mr. Martinez has established himself as a force in the comprehensive revitalization of the St. Louis region from his work in the Vashon/Jeff-Vander-Lou Initiative  and the St. Louis Housing Authority.  Martinez has been recognized for his work and service by the St. Louis Argus Newspaper, Better Family Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri just to name a few.

In-depth Seminar
ENERGY STAR & Historic Preservation:
Satisfying Both Standards in Residential Applications
Thursday, June 8th, 3 - 5 pm

This seminar will explore a number of residential gut rehabs completed in St. Louis since 2007 that have achieved both ENERGY STAR certification and met Missouri Historic Preservation Standards.
The projects featured average a HERS rating of 50. The presenter will examine the elements that contribute to energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and human health in these projects, including geo-thermal systems and Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems. Additionally discussed will be the materials contributing to these projects' high performance and the consideration taken when selecting building elements such as windows, insulation, fans, fixtures, venting, and more. 
Patty Maher, Tiger Lily Development LLC
Patty Maher has been doing total rehabs in south St. Louis since 1983. After a BA in philosophy from MU, she attended Ranken Technical Institute for a 2 year carpentry program in the mid-70's. She was part of the St. Louis Solar Greenhouse group in the 70's in St. Louis. She later earned a Master's Degree in Religious Studies with an emphasis on feminist theology from Washington University. After years of cabinetry, carpentry, decks, and additions, her business evolved into total rehabs. She now incorporates green efficiency into historical preservation and has won several awards, including a 2014 St. Louis Landmarks Award 2013 Growing Green Award for renovation from the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter. Patty runs Tiger Lily Development LLC, Clover Leaf Properties LLC - General Contractor, and Mermaid Properties.
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU/HSW 
Learn more and register online here
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is deeply disappointed in the administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

This decision makes our regional green building work even more urgent. For over 15 years, we've been educating on the importance of climate action and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, supporting building designers, building operators, and local governments to reduce their environmental impacts. We've been advocating for green building policies that conserve natural resources, reduce costs, and improve human health.

Our   Regional Environmental Internship Program   has supported six local governments to complete greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans. Our  25x20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign  has engaged over 80 building owners and operators to commit to benchmark their building energy use, the first step toward energy and emissions reduction. And our leadership were instrumental in the passage of the City of St. Louis'   Building Energy Awareness Ordinance.

With urgency and resolve, we will continue this important work. As the national USGBC says in  their statement, "Today, our efforts continue unabated and with commitment and hope that's stronger than ever."  We hope you join us in our work to transform the built environment and speed our transition to a low carbon economy. Become a member, sign on to the 25×20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign, and start making a difference!
June 20 - 22

Join us for the 7th Annual Sustainability Institute for Educators as we focus the conversation on food and our schools.

The Institute is designed for all members of the educational community, including teachers, informal educators, and administration. The Institute will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, and hands-on workshops.

Topics include:
  • Changing the Cafeteria Landscape
  • Food Waste and Sustainable Disposal
  • Childhood Wellness & Nutrition
  • Schoolyard Gardens
  • Food Policy & Laws
  • and so much more!
Hosted at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis MO. A limited number of scholarships are available. 

Marney Coleman, Sustainability Coordinator for the Academy of Global Citizenship (AGC)

Marney Coleman  serves as AGC's Sustainability Coordinator and aims to foster a culture of stewardship at the school. She has worked in schools and environmental education organizations in Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; and Chicago. Some of her favorite work with students has been piloting a student-run farmers market, designing and building solar ovens, and creating garden smoothies with a bicycle-powered blender! Marney is inspired by witnessing young students' wonder and excitement about the natural world and observing older students thinking critically about how they can be problem solvers in the environment.

Presented By:
In Partnership With:

Promotional Partners:
Academy of Science - St. Louis
Environmental Education Association of Illinois
Experiential Education Exchange
Forest Park Forever
Gateway Greening
Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association
Missouri Environmental Education Association

Benchmarking Jam
Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Green Business Challenge
Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

We are excited to partner with the St. Louis Green Business Challenge to present a Benchmarking Jam!  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. 

Volunteers will be on hand to help attendees use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building's energy, water, and waste consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. All building types benefit from benchmarking and are encouraged to attend. 

Building representatives should bring a laptop or tablet, some basic details about their building (see our website for the full list), and 12 months of energy usage and cost data. Buildings interested in benchmarking water and waste performance should bring 12 months of water and waste data. 

Thanks to Our Give STL Day Donors!
We are so grateful for our generous donors. The support of donors makes our work to transform the built environment possible. W e offer heartfelt thanks to the following:
  • Glenda Abney, donating in honor of the phenomenal USGBC-MGC team!
  • Emily Andrews
  • Kathleen Beebe
  • Margaret Bermingham
  • Jeffrey Bogard 
  • William Carson, donating in honor of Cady Seabaugh
  • Christy Cunningham
  • Kimberly Eilerts
  • Deborah Frank
  • Joyce Gorrell
  • Tracey Howe-Koch
  • Patrick Justis
  • Mary Ann Lazarus, donating in honor of Emily Andrews
  • Erik Lueders
  • Paul Todd Merrill
  • Steve O'Rourke
  • Jean Ponzi
  • Richard Schuessler
  • Johanna Schweiss
  • Kathryn Smaistrla Lampe
  • James Thomas
  • Pam Wennerberg
Thank you again to each of our donors!
Green Schools Quest Mentor Recruitment
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is looking for individuals to mentor the Green Schools Quest! The mentor registration deadline is August 15, 2017. 

Through the Green Schools Quest, we hope to empower students and communities to be good stewards of their own environments, while facilitating a connection between the green building/sustainability professional community and younger generations. 

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. 
You can learn more about the Green Schools Quest  here!

Membership Contest: Join, Renew, or Refer a Friend to Win! 
You have a few more days to participate in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Membership & Marketing Committee's membership contest!

From May 9 to June 12, new and renewing members will be entered into a drawing for:
  • $50 gift card to Three Kings Public House, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant
  • $50 American Express gift card donated by St. Louis Lighting Group
  • A free tour for 12 of EarthDance Farms.
If you're a current member and you encourage a friend or colleague to join, you'll also be entered into the raffle - once for each new member you refer. The member making the most referrals will win a membership to the St. Louis Zoo! Winners will be drawn on June 13 at the Monthly Evening Program, Disinvestment & Reinvestment in Midwestern Cities

Membership makes the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's work to support buildings of all kinds to green their design and operations possible. Join to show your support of our efforts to green the places we all love!

And membership benefits you as well; join to receive free or reduced entry to all of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's educational events, access to opportunities to build relationships with our community of almost 500 members, and eligibility to serve on Chapter committees, community projects, and board of directors.  Build your knowledge, build your network, and build your community by becoming a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member!

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.
Shaw Salon Series:  Forest Park Stormwater Salon
Tuesday, June 27, 2:30 - 6:30 pm
  This salon will be exploring various stormwater installations around the park grounds, including:
  • the recently renovated Festival and Parking Plaza
  • bioretention areas in the south east corner of the park around Jefferson Lake
  • newly installed erosion control measures and stormwater inlets throughout Kennedy Forest and Government Drive
Transportation will be available to shuttle the group around to see the various sites. The event will convene with a panel discussion about the areas visited and other relevant stormwater management topics in Forest Park.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The St. Louis ASCE Chapter's Sustainability Committee is sponsoring a full day Institute for Sustainability Envision Workshop at the Engineer's Club. Envision is a sustainability rating system and planning guide for introducing sustainable considerations into infrastructure projects. The purpose of Envision is to foster a dramatic and necessary improvement in the sustainability performance and resiliency of physical infrastructure. The rating system is being used on many projects in Missouri and across the nation.

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.

Daylight Hour 2017 - Easy as Flipping a Switch
Friday, June 16, 2017, 12PM-1PM EDT

Daylight Hour is an annual social media campaign organized by the Building Energy Exchange to raise awareness about using natural daylight in lieu of electric lighting in offices. Launched in 2014, this simple and engaging campaign asks participating offices to turn off their lights in day-lit spaces for one hour on the Friday before the summer solstice.

Leading up to and during this hour, offices around the world share their involvement on social media, engaging their communities and showcasing their environmental commitment.

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 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