May 2017 E-Newsletter
Growing Green: A Green Building Showcase
Support the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on Give STL Day
BIT Building Best Practice Boot Camp
WELL AP Exam Prep Course
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest!
Registration Now Open for 2017-18 Green Schools Quest
Spring Into Membership: Join or Refer a Member to Win!
New Member Welcome Social
St. Louis Envision Workshop
Landmarks Association of St. Louis 21st Annual Most Enhanced Awards
OneSTL Sustainability Summit Follow Up
Join the Missouri Botanical Garden for the 2017 Green Homes Festival
Sustainable Backyard Tour
Alternative Building and Sustainable Living Farm Tour
Sustainability Institute for Educators
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.



Growing Green: A Green Building Showcase
Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The 2017 Green Building Showcase will feature buildings from several different green building rating systems.

HOK will share insight from a gap analysis they have recently performed on their St. Louis office space, currently pursuing LEED v4 for Commercial Interiors. The analysis details measures needed to take the building from where it currently stands to achieve the preconditions and optimizations needed for WELL Building Certification.

UNIGROUP will detail the progress they have made throughout their participation in the 25x20 Energy Benchmarking Challenge, including an exploration of how their building earned Energy Star Certification.

Green Street St. Louis will share details about the progress being made on a major renovation for the LEED certification of The Armory District.


Sitton Energy Solutions

Thursday, May 11
Buildings account for more than 25% of all global greenhouse gas emissions ( source), and in the City of St. Louis, the energy used in buildings accounts for almost 80% of greenhouse gas emissions ( 2015 GHG Inventory). 
Green building design and operation strategies are keys to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting climate goals. The U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter believes that everyone deserves to live, work and learn in a green and healthy building. Through education and outreach, we engage our members and our community to support buildings of all kinds to reduce their environmental impacts, providing environmental, health and economic benefits in our region. 

Green Buildings Are Better for Learning
The Green Schools Quest challenges K-12 schools to implement low and no cost sustainable projects with a volunteer green mentor. Since the Quest launched in 2013, 104 unique schools have participated. In the first three years of the Quest, schools reported that their sustainability projects impacted almost 70,000 students, teachers and community members!
Greening the Places We Love 
We connect our volunteers with non-profits to implement green building practices, develop green operational plans, or pursue LEED certification. Greener, more efficient buildings are more cost-effective to operate, allowing our non-profit partners to reinvest those funds into their missions! 
Green Building Leaders of the Future 
We engage young professionals in the green building movement through days of service, happy hours, and our Green Shadow mentor program. 
Better Buildings Through Benchmarking
We work with diverse partners to encourage buildings in our region to benchmark their energy use and reduce building energy consumption - because "you can't manage what you don't measure!" Over 80 organizations have signed on to the 25x20 Voluntary Benchmarking Campaign, and over 50 organizations have received one-on-one benchmarking assistance at our regularly scheduled "Benchmarking Jams." In 2016 and early 2017, we worked with the City of St. Louis, as part of their participation in the national City Energy Project, to develop and pass legislation requiring energy and water benchmarking for large buildings. 
Support this work on Give STL Day!
Give STL Day is a 24 hour online giving event organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation. So make a note to head to the Give STL Website on May 11 to make a donation, or preschedule your donation now!
Tuesday, May 16, 3 - 5 pm

BIT Building is a simple sustainable building operations program for all building types, currently in beta phase. This training provides sustainability professionals, real estate professionals, and O&M personnel with detailed information about this new framework for advancing basic sustainability best practices across all building sectors.

The BIT Building Best Practice Boot Camp is designed to help current and prospective BIT users be successful in optimizing the performance of the buildings they touch.

Jenny Carney, LEED Fellow, President, BIT Building

WELL AP Exam Prep Course
Tuesday, May 23, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam. 

This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of WELL, including the seven concepts that provide the framework for the building standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Green Schools Quest
Elementary School Category
1st Place  - Westchester Elementary (Kirkwoood School District)
2nd Place  - Christ Community Lutheran School
3rd Place  - Christ, Prince of Peace
3rd Place  - Sunrise R-IX Elementary (Desoto, MO)
Middle School Category
1st Place  - Rogers Middle School (Affton School District)
2nd Place  - Forsyth School
2nd Place  - Marian Middle School
3rd Place  - Thomas Jefferson Middle School (Jefferson City School District)
Honorable Mention  - North Kirkwood Middle School
High School Category
1st Place  - Kirkwood High School
2nd Place  - Jennings Senior High School
2nd Place  - Principia Upper School
3rd Place  - Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (SLPS)
Honorable Mention  - Soldan International Studies (SLPS)
Kudos to all 47 participating school and mentor teams! Visit our website to learn about the amazing projects that took place at each school this year.
Registration Now Open for 2017-18 Green Schools Quest
Green Schools Quest
With the Green Schools Quest (GSQ), the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter  challenges public and private schools with the Chapter's territory to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective, and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools - because
WHERE we learn matters!

Each school forms a Green Team, which may be a single classroom, a grade level, the entire school, or a student club. Each team then selects a low or no cost ($250 or less) project to begin October 2017 and conclude on March 11, 2018. The USGBC-Missouri Gateway hopes to create a lasting awareness of the importance of green schools, as well as catalyze a movement that fosters an attitude among youth and future generations to appreciate and model sustainable practices.

Cash awards ($600 for first place, $400 for second place, and $200 for third place) and trophies will be presented to three participants in each category: elementary school, middle/junior high school (6-8 grade), and high school. Additionally, five NEW awards will be presented across the following categories:
  • Rookie of the Year (new participating school to the GSQ)
  • Sustainability Champion (3 or more years of GSQ participation)
  • Focus of the Year (the 2017-18 focus is Community Engagement)
  • Judges' Choice
  • Innovation

Winners of these five new awards will receive $100. A school team may be awarded up to two awards per cycle.


Green Mentors: Submit your online registration form by August 15.

Schools: Submit your online registration form by September 15.


Learn more about the Green Schools Quest and view projects submitted by participating schools in the past

You have a few more days to participate in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Membership & Marketing Committee's membership contest!

From March 14 to May 8, new members that join the Chapter will be entered into a drawing for:
  • $50 Big Shark Bicycle Company gift card 
  • $50 gift card donated by GoGreenSolarLighting/ STLOUISLEDs
  • $50 gift card to Lulu's Local Eatery, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant.

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 Missouri Botanical Garden membership! Winners will be drawn on May 9 at the Green Building Showcase.

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.

New Member Welcome Social
Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 - 6 pm

An exclusive event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!

The U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come socialize and get acquainted! Chapter officers, both past and present, will discuss the chapter's history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions. 

Join us at Green Dining Alliance Certified Ferguson Brewing Company to learn how your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership can help you build connections, build your knowledge, and build your community! 

Not yet a member? Click here to join!

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.

Thursday, May 25, 5:45 - 8:00 pm

Join the Landmarks Association of St. Louis at the 21st Annual Most Enhanced Awards to celebrate the outstanding work that St. Louis rehabbers and developers have been doing to rehabilitate the city's architectural heritage. Attendees will enjoy drinks and light appetizers and the great views of the city at sunset from the upper level ballroom space at the former Cadillac Building in Midtown, then honor the best of the best historic rehabilitation projects completed over the past year. 

Wednesday, May 31
The 2017 Sustainability Summit partners are proud to announce a successful inaugural St. Louis region-wide sustainability conference that took place on April 5, 2017 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center located on the Washington University campus.  
The 2017 Sustainability Summit covered seven different sustainability topics: Buildings, land use & community development; water & green infrastructure; materials & recycling; energy & emissions; transportation; biodiversity; and food. Summit presentations are available online here.

Following the Summit, a series of working groups discussed goals and strategies related to these topics that organizations across the region could work on. A report is being compiled that summarizes these discussions, and a follow-up meeting will take place on May 31 at 3:30 at TREX Downtown. More details will be coming soon, and will be posted online here.
Applications due June 2

GBCI is recruiting volunteer subject matter experts to assist with the annual exam update activities of the following credentials:
  • LEED Green Associate
  • LEED AP Homes
Examples of subject matter expert test development activities include
  • Problem item notification: reviewing flagged questions based on performance statistics.
  • Writing new test questions.
  • Reviewing accuracy and validity of test questions.
  • Form review: reviewing a collection of questions slated to appear on the exam to ensure there is no overlap between questions.
Subject matter experts must:
  • Be a credential holder in the specific credentialing program in which they are volunteering to assist.
  • Be able and willing to follow guidelines and be trained in exam development techniques.
  • Be knowledgeable on the appropriate rating system or standard content, including, but not limited to, the exam references.
  • Be unassociated with any test preparatory development and/or delivery.
  • Sign the GBCI Volunteer Code of Professional Conduct.
Click here to read more and apply.

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn to grow green and build green with the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden at this day-long celebration of sustainability. Visit more than 30 exhibitors and experts to help you with home improvement ideas and plant based options that will connect you to what you can do to protect and restore air, water, and soil so that plants and people can thrive. Plus enjoy family activities, presentations, hands-on DIY demos, and local foods. Included with Garden Admission; free for Garden members. 

Sustainable Backyard Tour
Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Sustainable Backyard Tour, a free educational and inspirational event held each year in June, is a unique opportunity to see firsthand how homeowners in St. Louis City and County are living greener lives and utilizing their yards and rooftops in more environmentally sensitive ways. 

More than 200 families have welcomed tour goers into their yards since the first tour in 2011, demonstrating such practices as composting, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, native plant landscaping, rainwater conservation, renewable energy production, and backyard habitat creation. Attendees design their own routes, choosing from locations and descriptions written by the homeowners.

Saturday, June 10, 11 am - 8 pm

Bring the whole family for a memorable day at three farms! The 1st Annual Alternative Building and Sustainable Living Farm Tour is being held in conjunction with  Solis Farm (Bourbon, MO), Farwig Farm (Union, MO), and Silver Seed Farms (Leasburg, MO). Attendees will enjoy live music, activities for kids, guest speakers, crafts, farm-fresh food, alternative building tours, demonstrations (such as Solis Farm's solar box heaters), raffles, and the rock the bike - pedal-powered peanut butter challenge. Pasture-raised poultry, pork, organically-grown produce, and other farm items will be available for sale. 

Reservations Requested and Admission is FREE, however please bring non-perishable food/items that can be donated to the local food pantry!

Sustainability Institute for Educators: Change is on the Menu
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. 

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

Learn more and register online here

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Thank you to our new & renewing sponsors!
Vertegy - RENEWING Platinum

Guarantee Electrical Company - NEW Bronze

Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri - NEW Green
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