JUNE 2018
TOUR Monthly Evening Program
LEED Tour: Maplewood Fire Station
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Our Annual Green Building Tour will feature the new Maplewood Fire Station which is seeking LEED certification under the v4 rating system.

The former Maplewood Fire Station was embedded within the existing City Hall and Police Station municipal complex located along Manchester Road. The decades-old station no longer met the needs of a modern fire-fighting force, so Maplewood recognized that a new energy efficient building was needed to properly serve the community.

The new 20,500 sq. ft. facility is located on a prominent corner site at the intersection of Manchester Road and Bredell Avenue. Integrating the building into the steep grade while providing a drive-through apparatus bay and maintaining strict sustainability standards presented a significant design challenge. The mission critical headquarters is structurally hardened to better withstand natural disasters like tornadoes and seismic events, all while seeking LEED certification.

Approved for 1 LEED Specific BD+C GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW



S.M. Wilson 

June 19 - June 21
The 7th Annual Sustainability Institute for Educators will  focus on exploring the connections between sustainability and curriculum, uncovering the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability education, and providing resources, tools, and insight into how we as educators can help support students that are sustainability literate, active stewards of the planet. 


Wednesday, June 20, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

The U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come socialize and get acquainted! Chapter officers, past and present, will discuss the chapter's history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.Join us on the beautiful rooftop deck at Everly on the Loop, LEED Certified student apartments. Not yet a member? Join today! 

  Exam Prep Course 
WELL AP Exam Prep Course
Thursday, June 28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the WELL Building Standard.

Emerging Professionals 
Recycling at Cardinals Game
Friday, June 29, 6:15 pm

Join the USGBC-MGC Emerging Professionals as they volunteer with the St. Louis Cardinals Green Team. Volunteers will walk down the aisles of the seating bowl in-between innings collecting recyclables from fans and promoting recycling at Busch Stadium.

In-Depth Seminar
Tuesday, July 10, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
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 this seminar does NOT offer CE Hours.
Monthly Evening Programs 
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.
In-Depth Seminar
Jan Phillips Learning Center
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!


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.

Now Accepting Proposals for 2019 Educational Programs  CALLFOR

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.

Call for Proposals Issued May 24, 2018.
Proposals due by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by October 8, 2018.

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!  
Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign BETTERBUILDINGS

We are excited to welcome two new participants to our Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, Better Building Through Benchmarking!  
  • City of Maplewood
  • Bethel Lutheran Church
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!

NEW: Two Events Featuring Josh Jacobs of UL Environment JOSHJ

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 2.0 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 this seminar does NOT offer CE Hours.
Please note this presentation does NOT offer Continuing Education Hours.
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114
$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 - 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 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
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114
Free for USGBC-MGC Members & Full-Time Students
$20 for Non-Members
Keysor Elementary Green Ribbon School Announcement
photo by Kirkwood School District 
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awardees, including four schools in the state of Missouri:
  • Bellerive Elementary School, Creve Coeur, MO
  • Green Trails Elementary School, Chesterfield, MO
  • W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Kirkwood, MO
  • St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, MO
Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found  here. A report with highlights on the 58 honorees can be found  here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found  here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found  here.
Congratulations to the 2018 Honorees!
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School Wins International "Best of Green Schools" Award
Congratulations to Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School - Winner of the "
Best of Green Schools " class of 2018 - an award presented by the  Center for Green Schools  and the  Green Schools National Network .
Recipients are chosen by a jury of green school leaders and advocates from around the country, and selected based on their demonstration of real change in our schools.
In the words of Jennifer Seydel, head of the Green Schools National Network, "Every movement needs leaders, and this year's Best of Green Schools honorees reflect the transformative leadership that is needed to move the green schools movement from niche to mainstream."
MRHMS believes that sustainable schools provide all community members with the greatest opportunities for success. It has integrated sustainability and green practices into its curriculum, including lessons in gardening, aquaponics, urban chickens, beehives, composting and rain gardens.
Maplewood Richmond Heights was also recognized as 2nd Place Winner in the 2017-18  Green Schools Quest Middle School Category!  This is the third time that MRH middle school has been acknowledged as a winner during the five years of the Green Schools Quest - clearly demonstrating leadership and creativity in response to the challenge to imagine and implement a new sustainability project for their school.
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Education and Green Schools Manager Hope Gribble attended a MRH Middle School Town Hall on Tuesday, May 8th to present students with both awards. At the ceremony, she stated "It's not only what you learn, but also where you learn that matters! You have contributed to making where you learn an institution that represents the best environmental efforts in schools across the country. You truly are national leaders and innovators in school sustainability!"
Local governments, public and private higher education institutions and public and private not-for-profit hospitals will be able to apply to receive low interest energy loans from May 15 through July 15, 2018.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development - Division of Energy has $2.5 million in financing available to help these borrowers fund projects to reduce energy costs. Of the funding available, 50 percent of the funds are set aside to help fund combined heat and power projects. These systems allow facilities to produce both heat and electricity on-site, and can cut utility costs by 20 to 25 percent. The remaining 50 percent of the funds available will help fund energy efficiency projects at public and private not-for-profit hospitals.
Loans are repaid through the savings achieved from installed efficiency measures. Funds may be used for various energy-saving investments such as insulation, lighting systems, heating and cooling systems, combined heat and power systems, pumps, motors, aerators, renewable energy systems, and other measures that reduce energy use and cost.
East-West Gateway is updating the  long-range transportation plan for the St. Louis region. Take their survey to provide input about your needs and priorities for the region's transportation system and how you see technology changing the way we travel.  
Completing the survey is easy and should take about 5-10 minutes.
GreenFaith is an interfaith coalition for the environment that works with houses of worship, religious schools and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.

Since 2008, the GreenFaith  Fellowship Program has trained 180  Fellows from more than 25 states and 4 countries for religious-environmental leadership. From diverse clergy bringing a stronger environmental message back to their congregations, to members of religious and spiritual communities leading local and regional efforts, the program's impact has been far reaching.
After a one-year hiatus and based on input from partners and an analysis of the needs of the religious-environmental movement, GreenFaith is re-launching the Fellowship Program in 2018. The program will run from September 2018 - June 2019, and will include two  retreats, a series of webinars and writing assignments, and an Action Plan in which  Fellows will lead or engage with local multi-faith environmental work in their community or region.
Interested candidates are encouraged to register for a webinar on June 11, 8:00 pm ET to learn more about the program. Application forms should be requested from Stacey Kennealy. Completed forms are due July 15th, 2018. 
DSCC Seeks Proposals for Waste Diversion Social Enterprise  DSCC     
Dutchtown South Community Corporation (DSCC) in southeast St. Louis City has made plans to bring a Waste Diversion Social Enterprise to their community as a part of their So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative initiative. Waste issues are a prevalent problem in the neighborhoods they serve (Marine Villa, Mt. Pleasant, Gravois Park, and Dutchtown).
DSCC is seeking consultants to conduct market research and develop a business plan that they can implement in their community. See the RFP and FAQ below for details. Responses are due June 22, 2018.
June 9
Life Outside Festival

June 10
Sustainable Backyard Tour

June 16
Native Plant Garden Tour

June 26
OneSTL Sustainability Lab

July 11 - 15
July 31

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  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


Wells Fargo Advisors


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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