November 2017 E-Newsletter
Save the Date: January State of the Chapter
Climate Change Theater Action
Fall 2017 Energy Benchmarking Training
New Member Welcome Social
Welcome to our New Chapter Members!
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Bethel Lutheran Church to become 1st ENERGY STAR Certified House of Worship in MO
City of St. Louis Aldermen Pass Resolution for STL to Pursue 100% Clean Energy by 2035
OneSTL Request Input on Regional Sustainability Goals
Zero Waste Design Guidelines Address Crucial Role of Design in Waste Reduction
USGBC-MGC Speakers to Present at St. Louis County Library
2017 Whitney and Ana Harris Conservation Forum: Environmental Justice
2017 Tap Root Speaker Series
OneSTL Sustainability Lab
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.



Save the Date! January State of the Chapter
January 9, 2018

Save the date and plan to join us for our annual State of the Chapter and Social! This event is one of the highlights of the year and is free for both members and non-members. 

We will kick off programming for the 2018 year, highlight what we accomplished in 2017, and celebrate the volunteers who helped make it possible. Stay tuned for further details!
Climate Change Theatre Action
In Partnership With:
TONIGHT, November 6th, 7:00-9:30 PM

That Uppity Theatre Company in conjunction with US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light present "Playhouse Emissions: A Climate Change Theatre Action."  
Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays that will be presented between October 1 - November 18, 2017 to coincide with the United Nations COP 23 meeting. 
The readings are compiled from fifty different playwrights and intended to highlight the wide array of challenges and threats that climate change brings. 
Produced by Joan Lipkin and Pamela Reckamp, "Playhouse Emissions: A Climate Change Theatre Action" will feature a sampling of the CCTA international collection of short plays inspired by climate change and prevailing attitudes towards science.

A community tabling event will follow the performance.  Online registration has closed, but in-person registration will be available at the door. 

Fall 2017 Energy Benchmarking Trainings 
Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter.

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that 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 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners to learn how to comply.

Bring your energy and water use data and get hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 
November 14, 4:00 - 6:00 pm 
Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Education Center
Free to all, registration is required

Introduction to the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, Step-by-step overview of how to benchmark energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and compliance instructions. 
November 30, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Free to all with lunch provided, but registration is required

The City of St. Louis recently launched Visit the site to learn more about the ordinance, how to comply, and access benchmarking resources.  

New Member Welcome Social
Exclusive event for members who have joined in the last six months!
Tuesday, November 7, 4:30-6:00 pm

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come and socialize, learn about the chapter, and meet other new members!

Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers as you connect with new members, chapter leaders, and learn how your membership can help you  build your knowledge, build your networks, and build your community
 over the coming year. 

Welcome to our New Chapter Members!
Thanks to the following Contributor Members!
The Contributor level of membership allows individuals to provide additional support for our mission.

Manisha Patel, WSP

And a big welcome to all of our members who joined between April 2017 and November 2017!

Khalid Alqmaize, Saint Louis University
Bryan Anderson, Arcturis
Nicole Azmanov, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Jenny Baca, JIPSI reclaim & dwell
Brianne Bannon, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter
Matthew Beard, Brewer Science, Inc.
Jon Bell, Trane
Andrea Berry, SLHN
Kenneth Blair, Ameren Missouri
Erika Boeing, Accelerate Wind
David Bogler, Harris-Stowe State University
Arthur Bottorff, Integrated Facility Services
Linda Chisholm, Bell Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Shaylyn Dean, Laclede Gas
Jennifer DeRose, Green Dining Alliance
Lucas DeWulf, Villa Lighting
Bryan Diaz, Bluegreen
Douglas Fritz, Saint Louis University
Paula Gaertner, Thomas Dunn Learning Center
James Gianopulos, Integrated Facility Services, Inc.
Pat Grosch, Arcana LLC
Emily Hahn, Missouri Botanical Garden
Nicholas Hardy, Ranken Technical College
Bonnie Harper, East-West Gateway Council of Governments
Lucy Herleth, Gateway Greening
Hussein Hodeib, Washington University in St. Louis
Jenna Jarvis, MSD
Allison Johnson, HOK
Courtnie Kidd, Sustainability Student
Lisa Kramer, Prairie Engineers, P.C.
Molly Laycob, Saint Louis University
Caroline Lesch, University of Missouri - Columbia
Joseph Levy, Prairie Engineers, P.C.
Cammie Lewis, Holiday Killeen Studio Architects
Lawrence Lile, Lile Engineering
Rachel Madryga, Washington University in St. Louis
Taylor March, Trailnet
Melissa Miller, Independent
Angela Moore, Missouri History Museum
Erin Noble, StraightUp Solar
Jim Pajares, ACES
Joseph Panhorst, Panhorst Educational Consulting
Jason Pierce, Jacobs
Kenyon Reed, Spire Energy
Segolene Renaze, Schultz & Associates LLP
Erin Riley, Bard, Rao + Athanas (BR+A) Consulting Engineers
Sondra Rotty, Tarlton Corporation
Spencer Ruggles, Saint Louis University
Nancy Schick, Cohen Hilberry Architects
David Schneider, Interior Design Associates
Besa Schweitzer
Janet Smith, Cushman & Wakefield
Michael Sorth, Great Rivers Greenway
Marco Tipton , Ameren Missouri
Railesha Tiwari, Washington University in Saint Louis
Chris Walker, Guarantee Electrical Company
Simon Warren, EarthWays Center, Missouri Botanical Garden
Craig Webster, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers
Jennifer Wendt, City of University City

Interested in joining the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter? Learn more and get started online   here  
Friday, December 8, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
A LEED Green Associate credential is a great way for you to distinguish yourself from other professionals! 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 to becoming a LEED professional. 

This all-day exam prep course will cover LEED v4 Core Concepts, as well as each of the main categories for building accreditation. In addition, the prep course will include test taking tips and a practice exam. After completion, participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation. 

This is a great certification 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-MGC Volunteers assist Bethel Lutheran Church to become First ENERGY STAR Certified House of Worship in Missouri

Bethel Lutheran Church, located in University City, is the first worship facility to earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri. ENERGY STAR Certification recognizes efficient energy use in buildings. With an ENERGY STAR score of 81, Bethel Lutheran Church outperforms 81 percent of worship facilities nationwide. Their energy achievements are due to many years of work by the church's Green Team, which has spearheaded their environmental ministry of caring for creation.

In 2010, Bethel became a Green Congregation working with the national Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) program. Since 2013, Bethel has been working to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, and save money through the LRC's Energy Stewards initiative. As a participating congregation, they began to measure their energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool that allows buildings to benchmark their energy use. Their initial results left plenty of room for improvement; they found that their baseline ENERGY STAR score was 36, well below average.  Bethel Lutheran Church conducted an energy audit in September 2013, and since that time their Board of Property and Maintenance has been working faithfully to implement big and small building improvements.

Volunteers with U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter verified Bethel Lutheran's ENERGY STAR application. Licensed architect Linda Daniel, with the assistance of volunteers Martha Martinko and Taylor Sizemore, confirmed that Bethel Lutheran's energy and building data was correct and that the building meets EPA's Indoor Environmental Quality and Thermal Comfort standards. Linda stated "As a volunteer, it is exciting to work with building owners as their facility begins to perform better, their energy costs go down, and they reduce their carbon footprint. It was an honor to work with this congregation. Bethel Lutheran has diligently worked over several years to earn this certification, and it's my understanding that they intend to continue working to reduce their energy use." 

Congratulations to the Bethel Lutheran Church community for their inspiring work!

Aldermen Pass Resolution for STL to Pursue 100% Clean Energy by 2035
On October 27, 2017, the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen unanimously passed Resolution 124, calling for the City to commit to transition to 100 percent clean energy in the form of wind and solar and energy efficiency measures within the electricity sector by 2035. 

In addition to the obvious positive environmental impacts, supporters also believe this shift will be a smart economic decision for the city moving forward. Resolution 124 is just a starting point to open the discussion about concrete steps the city can take to achieve this goal. Starting soon, city officials will begin convening outsider groups in "a transparent and inclusive stakeholder process" in an aim to develop a plan of action by December 2018.

Regionally, many cities have also expressed support for renewable energy. Mayors of Wentzville, St. Peters, Chesterfield, Florissant, Dellwood, University City, Maplewood, Alton, Granite City, and Edwardsville have all pledged their support for a community-wide transition to 100% renewable energy through the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 initiative

Read Coverage of Resolution 124 in St. Louis Post Dispatch
At the 2017 OneSTL Regional Sustainability Summit, workshops were held to discuss setting targets for several sustainability indicators to better understand how the region performs when it comes to sustainability. Seven different sustainability topics were discussed and preliminary targets were set in order to prioritize efforts, policies and funding towards making real progress in moving the needle in these areas.

The topics include:
  • Community development & land use
  • Water and green infrastructure
  • Biodiversity
  • Food access
  • Transportation
  • Energy and emissions
  • Materials and recycling
OneSTL working groups that formed out of those workshops have met to further refine the targets. Input and comments are now being sought about each goal. Please provide feedback by taking the OneSTL Goals survey below. You can take the survey for as many topics as you like. The survey closes on November 17, 2017. Final versions of the goals will be released for formal adoption in early 2018.

New York City's OneNYC plan includes a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by the year 2030. Read on for an excerpt from Designing for a Zero-Waste City, a post by Clare Miflin on Urban Green Council website about the development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. 

Every day, about 24,000 tons of waste leave NYC. Around 20 percent of it is recycled, and a portion goes to waste-to-energy incinerators, but the majority is transported-an average of 300 miles-to landfills. Organic waste, which makes up over a third of the refuse, decomposes anaerobically in the landfills, generating methane-a greenhouse gas thirty times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Instead, that waste could create energy and compost locally. But that depends on our ability to easily separate and manage it.

In 2015, as the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) was increasing organics collection from both residential and commercial buildings, Urban Green Council held a panel entitled Zero Waste: The Organics Factor.

As the panel moderator, I asked what a multifamily building designed ideally for separating organics would look like, but the panelists had no clear answer. The need for these design guidelines led me to put together a group to develop them.

After receiving support from The Rockefeller Foundation through The Center for Architecture, our team visited over 40 buildings and followed the path of their waste. To evaluate our findings and develop best practice strategies, we held workshops with various stakeholders, including building supers, developers, city agency staff, architects, environmental psychologists and planners.

The result was the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, best practices to design for better waste management in buildings and public spaces. 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Speakers Bureau Presents St. Louis County Library Series
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is partnering with St. Louis County Library to present Green Building 101 at three library branches. 

Attendees will learn about how the buildings where we live, work, learn and play can be a force for good by conserving natural resources and improving human health, and get tips to implement at home, work or school.

Register to join us using the links below.

Oak Bend Branch, Monday, November 6, 7:00 pm


Grant's View Branch, Thursday, November 9, 7:00 pm


Daniel Boone Branch, Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 pm


2017 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum: Environmental Justice
Thursday, November 9, 5:30-9:00 pm

Organized by the Academy of Science-St. Louis, the Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum provides a great opportunity for interaction between conservation groups and the general public, all while focusing on environmental justice. There will be four speakers, each bringing their unique understanding of different aspects of environmental justice, followed by a panel. Participants will be able to view exhibits at the Living World Center at the Saint Louis Zoo, attend speakers, and be served a light dinner.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Learn more about the forum and how to register here
2017 Tap Root Speaker Series
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 pm

The Missouri Community Forestry Council present the 2017 Tap Root Speaker Series at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood! On November 15, Mitch Leachman, Executive Director of the St. Louis Audubon Society presents The Songbird-Tree Connection: Did you know baby birds require native trees? 

Learn more about the Tap Root Speaker Series and the Missouri Community Forestry Council here
OneSTL Sustainability Lab
Tuesday, November 28
Colin Rohlfing, Director of Sustainable Development for HDR,  will present  Sustainable Urban Development and High Performance Buildings that utilize Restorative Design Principles and Biomimetic responses from 3:30 - 4:45 pm. This session will revolve around architectural and engineering solutions, and will include national and local examples including the NGA development.

Stick around for a discussion on conducting a Regional Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. 

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

NewGround - 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



Solutions AEC




Madison County Planning & Development

Innovative Technology Education Fund

Thanks to our BRONZE   SPONSORS
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems

Bell Electrical Contractors
Christner, Inc. 
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling, Inc.
Enterprise Holdings
Express Scripts
Guarantee Electrical Company 
Johnson Controls
PayneCrest Electric
Wells Fargo Advisors 

Thanks to our  GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy

HBD Construction
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri

Schaeffer Marketing Group
Trivers Associates

Villa Lighting