March 2017 E-Newsletter
Two Events Featuring Barbra Batshalom
Becoming a Performance Driven Firm
Project Delivery Mapping Workshop
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Mayor Francis Slay Signs Building Energy Awareness Ordinance
Benchmarking Jam
2017 OneSTL Sustainbility Summit
10th Annual Green Schools Event
Sign Up for Advocacy Updates from USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter
Nominations Now Open for 2017 Class of LEED Fellows
SIUE Center for Spirituality and Sustainability Awards Dinner
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.




Tuesday, March 14 & Wednesday, March 15
Speaker Barbra Batshalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute and is a leading expert in institutionalizing sustainability and improving firm performance and profitability.

March Evening Program featuring Barbra Batshalom
Tuesday, March 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Presented in partnership with AIA-St. Louis

This session will share frameworks, roadmaps and proven methodologies from successful performance-driven building design firms to help attendees assess their current situation, identify strategic areas for improvement, and develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies for continuous improvement. This presentation is applicable to anyone championing sustainability in their organization.

Learn more and register online here
Half Day Workshop featuring Barbra Batshalom
Wednesday, March 15, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

This workshop will help you deconstruct your current project delivery process to identify barriers and formulate strategies to raise the bar and be on a path of continuous improvement. This is a fun, highly interactive way to have valuable dialogue within the firm while charting a course for the future that improves client services, business development and internal efficiencies.

Because this workshop is about how the firm operates, firms will benefit more if more representatives attend. A mix of principal, project manager and marketing or staff from across different business units yields an even richer output from the workshop, which can inform discussions and actions back at the office afterwards. Firms sending 3 or more attendees will receive a 20% discount on registration. 

Learn more and register online here
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Thursday, March 9, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
D istinguish 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.  Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course.

Click here for more information and to register
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay Signs Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, Hiring Technical Advisor
The City of St. Louis Mayor Francis  Slay  recently  signed th e Building Energy Awareness bill, which requires existing municipal, commercial,  and residential buildings 50,000 square feet or larger to bench mark and report to the City and utilities their energy and water usage an nually The ordinance covers approximately 900 existing buildings . Benchmarking will allow building owners to see how their properties are using resources and will encourage owners to implement energy-efficiency measures.
With technical support and funding from the City Energy Project, the City of St. Louis is also now accepting applications for a new Technical Energy Advisor, who will assist building owners with their benchmarking efforts. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on March 24, 2017. 

Benchmarking Jam
Wednesday, March 22, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
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!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building's energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. All buildings benefit from benchmarking; businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits and local governments are encouraged to attend.

Municipal, commercial and eesidential buildings over 50,000 square feet in the City of St. Louis will be required to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to report the energy and water use data beginning in 2018.

Interested attendees should review the event website to ensure they bring the information needed to start benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members are invited to volunteer at the Benchmarking Jam. Experience with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is required. Volunteers may self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category. Interested volunteers should register online. 

Wednesday, April 5

Dr. Antwi Akom is a co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), which focuses on building sustainable cities and schools. Professor Akom has collaborated with schools, community groups, policymakers and researchers to improve the lives and living conditions of poor people of color around the world. He is also associate professor of Africana studies and urban sociology at San Francisco State University where he specializes in climate justice, participatory technology, community-generated data, and social innovation.

At the 2017 Sustainability Summit, attendees will learn and apply innovative approaches to setting and achieving sustainability targets for the St. Louis region through knowledge sharing and networking. The St. Louis region has a robust foundation for sustainability efforts: a strong, collectively developed regional sustainability plan (OneSTL), a thorough City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan, and a multitude of efforts, individuals, and initiatives dedicated to making our region a more sustainable and resilient place.

The summit will address 7 themes:  biodiversity, buildings/land use, energy/emissions, food, materials, transportation, and water/green infrastructure. Local governments, non-profits, elected officials, infrastructure providers, community leaders, academics, students, and other attendees will learn from regional and national leaders striving to set and achieve sustainability goals. Together, we will grow our capacity to advance the St. Louis region towards a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future.

The early bird registration deadline has been extended to Friday, March 10. Register now to take advantage of the discount!  

Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Advocacy Updates
Are you interested in receiving email updates from the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter with opportunities to contact your national, state and local representatives about green building and sustainability issues? Sign up online here.

Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow or do you know someone who would make a great candidate? Nominations of qualified applications are now open for the 2017 Class of LEED Fellows!

Nominees must be a LEED AP with specialty credential in good standing, have 10 years of professional green building experience, have held a LEED professional credential for eight years, and demonstrate significant contributions to advancing the movement. Nominators must have a LEED AP with specialty credential in good standing and 10 years of professional green building experience. Nominations are due by 8 am on Monday, April 3.

SIUE Center for Spirituality and Sustainability Awards Dinner

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Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Thank you to our new & renewing sponsors!
FGM Architects - RENEWING Silver

HM Risk - RENEWING Silver

Solutions AEC - RENEWING Silver

Siemens - RENEWING Silver

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


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
Farnsworth Group

Hastings & Chivetta
Heideman Associates, Inc

Wm. B. Ittner, Inc

Johnson Controls
Metro Lighting


Oates Associates

PayneCrest Electric

Parsons Brinckerhoff


Thompson Coburn, LLC
Thanks to our  GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy

HBD Construction
Schaeffer Marketing Group

Trivers Associates