MARCH  2018
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            Regional USGBC Impact Conference
Monthly Evening Program
Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming
March 13, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30pm 
Presented in partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, The Academy of Science - St. Louis, and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light.

Explore the mission and metrics behind Paul Hawken's Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, including practical, local solutions in action.
The 80 researched-based actions mapped, measured, and modeled by Project Drawdown, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, offer humans the means to transform our climate crisis into just, livable world conditions. Project Drawdown's research, shows that rather than stopping global warming at 1.5-2 degrees Celsius, we can actually begin to reverse global warming by 2050, using technologies and practices that already exist and are scaling today.

This program draws on Missouri efforts embodying some of the highest-impact Drawdown measures to transform our local Climate conversations into viable opportunities and optimism. Presentations will illustrate importance of Plant-Rich Diets, Green Roofs, Wind Power, Alternative Cement, Educating Girls, and Regenerative Agriculture.
Erika Boeing

Co-Founder and CEO of Accelerate Wind and Research Fellow at Project Drawdown 
Charlie Hopper Director of Hardesty Renaissance Development Corporation 
Nathan McKean
CEO of Breckenridge Material Company 
Mary Ostafi
Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL

The event will be moderated by Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager at the Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center.

Left Bank Books will be at the event with copies of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming for purchase! 

Exam Prep Course
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
March 9, 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. 


Get hands on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager at a Benchmarking Jam or at the newly announced Drop-In Benchmarking Help Sessions. 

  Monthly Evening Program
March 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Explore the mission and metrics behind Paul Hawkin's  Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming , including practical, local solutions in action.


  Emerging Professionals Event
Tour of Missouri S&T Solar Village
Saturday, April 7

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Emerging Professionals invite you to join them for a tour of Missouri University of Science and Technology's Solar Village, which features several homes designed and built for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

Monthly Evening Program
WEDNESDAY, April 11th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Join us at the 11th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we'll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest!  


Monthly Evening Program
Green Building Showcase
Tuesday, May 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Featured projects include a commercial interiors pursuing WELL and LEED certification; an historic school building turned apartments that utilized PACE financing; and Missouri's first Passive House Institute US Certified building (also LEED Platinum)

NEW: Drop-In Benchmarking Help Sessions
The City of St. Louis's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance requires requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City's Building Division. Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 (and each April 1 thereafter) using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis are holding several drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions. Attendees will receive hands-on help to benchmark their energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report data to the City of St. Louis.

All help sessions will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O'Connell's Pub, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.

These events are free to all, but registration is requested using the links below. Attendees may drop in at any point during the help session. Attendees should bring a laptop and needed building information. 
Volunteers will support building owners to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report their data to the city. Interested volunteers select "benchmarking volunteer" when registering for their desired session.  
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks a Benchmarking Intern to assist with our regional voluntary energy benchmarking efforts.

The Benchmarking Intern will assist USGBC-Missouri Gateway Staff and Advocacy Committee volunteers with outreach to local municipalities and other building owners to encourage participation in the Chapter's voluntary benchmarking campaign. Work will primarily focus on assisting building owners with the process of benchmarking buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Please review the full Benchmarking Intern Job Description here.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE by midnight on Sunday, March 18. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Include contact information for two references with resume.
Project Drawdown EcoChallenge
Project Drawdown uncovered a path forward-a plan that already exists-that can roll back global warming within thirty years. Nothing new needs to be invented. The solutions are in place and in action.

Build on the inspiration and momentum you'll gain at our upcoming Drawdown Program on March 13 with the Project Drawdown EcoChallenge - a fun and social way to learn about and take action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming.

Drawdown EcoChallenge provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and gives participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions to reverse global warming. Over eighty actions within seven Challenge categories provide participants with diverse options to reduce carbon usage. The Challenge takes place April 4-25.  

Participants track and share their progress online in a robust platform and earn points for taking action. The combination of collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition makes change a little easier - and a lot more fun.

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter invites you to join our Eco Challenge Team! Take the challenge, stretch your limits, and see how three weeks of action can add up to a lifetime of change for you and the planet. 


The Ameren Missouri BizSavers® Program has announced new lighting incentives that simplify the application process and offer enhanced value to customers. Check out the new incentives and learn how they can help you achieve maximum energy efficiency!

April 30th - May 1st, 2018 | St. Paul, MN

The 2018 IMPACT conference is a USGBC regional event hosted by local USGBC Communities: Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, Nebraska Flatwater, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

At the IMPACT Conference, you can learn about the latest updates for LEED, green business programs, and new technologies like Arc. In its 7th year, the annual IMPACT conference gathers hundreds of building professionals for robust educational sessions, networking opportunities and discussions around sustainable development in the Midwest. This year's conference theme is "The New Way Forward."
From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling their donation rate for your first purchase! Go to the USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter's Amazon Smile Page to sign up.

Conference: May 3rd - 4th, 2018 | Denver CO
Early Bird Deadline: March 16

The Green Schools Conference & Expo is the only national event to bring together all the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools.

Two days of programming offer inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and breakout sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the country. This year, GSCE will be hosted in partnership with Rocky Mountain Green, a regional sustainability conference.

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Cannon Design - Renewing Gold

Clayco - Renewing Gold 
FGM Architects - Renewing Silver 
 St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District  - Renewing Silver 
ASSA ABLOY - Renewing Bronze
Siemens - 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

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

Guarantee Electrical Company
Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting

PayneCrest Electric

Wells Fargo Advisors


Azimuth Energy

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.
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