October 2016 E-Newsletter
October 18 Evening Program - Perennial Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes
October 27 In-Depth Seminar - Evaluating Healthy Building Design
November 1 CEU Blitz: Energy in Buildings
Get Hands-On Help Benchmarking Your Energy Use!
Heading to Greenbuild? Let us know!
Three Mid-Missouri LEED Project Profiles
LEED: 2009 Registration to Close on October 31, 2016
Design Week S.W.A.P. Meet
2016 Webster Sustainability Conference
Missouri Prairie Festival
Green Business Engagement National Network
The Air We Breathe, the Food We Eat Fall Forum
Large Scale Rainscaping Grants Application Deadline October 31, 2016
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Registration Opens October 6
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.



October 18 Evening Program
Presented in partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science St. Louis
Tuesday, October 18th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Join us for a discussion on efforts underway to increase biodiversity and stewardship of natural resources within Midwestern building, agricultural, and native landscapes! Featuring speakers Carol Davit, Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Scott Allegrucci of the Land Institute, and Dr. Claudia Ciotir of Saint Louis University. 

From the irreplaceable complexities of native prairie ecosystems, to benefits offered by prairie plantings in designed landscapes, to new innovations aimed at creating ecologically sound and resilient agricultural practices, our speakers will share their wealth of knowledge.

October 27 In-Depth Seminar
Thursday, October 27th, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Washington University in St. Louis's LEED Platinum certified Hillman Hall was designed to be a healthy building, with features that include  abundant stairs, standing desks, and natural lighting.  Presenter Amy Eyler and her colleagues used accelerometry, observations, and surveys to study the effect of these healthy features o n the people who regularly work there . Effective strategies for creating healthy workspaces and how to evaluate and improve your own buildings will be discussed. 

CEU Blitz: Energy in Buildings
Tuesday, November 1st, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz, and earn  7 continuing education units for LEED or AIA professional credentials. From global to building specific, educational content will examine energy policies, usage, systems, and financing. Attendees will: 
  • Recognize global trends and the overall climate of energy; specifically, how the energy sector is evolving to include more clean energy and implications of this shift.
  • Examine the development of the Missouri State Energy Plan and the current steps being taken to implement and amend the document.
  • Describe the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, which improves upon the efficiency of previous energy codes.
  • Explore the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey to find trends in commercial building energy use.
  • Illustrate the importance of proper energy benchmarking and discuss energy analysis.
  • Determine current trends in building energy systems via a panel discussion on the topic.
  • Discover financing and incentives available to support energy efficiency in buildings.
Speakers recently announced!
Benchmarking Jam
Wednesday, November 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool at the November 30 Benchmarking Jam!

Energy Benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy your building consumes, and comparing your performance to past performance and to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step toward saving energy and money!

The U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free, 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-proftis and local governments are encouraged to attend.

Learn more and register online here
Heading to Greenbuild? Let us know!
Are you headed to Los Angeles this week for Greenbuild?  Let us know! The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be gathering Greenbuild attendees later this year for an informal discussion on favorite Greenbuild take-aways and hot green building topics. 

Three Mid-Missouri LEED Project Profiles 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED project profiles showcase the sustainable features of local LEED certified buildings. Three buildings in Mid-Missouri - LEED certified Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, LEED Silver certified Columbia Fire Station #7, and LEED Gold certified Columbia Fire Station #9 - are now featured in project profiles!

Visit our website to learn more about these buildings' sustainable features. Interested in having your LEED building featured in a project profile? Let us know!

Explore Our Collection of LEED Project Profiles
 LEED 2009 Registration to Close on October 31
LEED 2009 registration will close on October 31, 2016. After this date, teams will no longer be able to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system. Existing LEED 2009 projects have until June 30, 2021 to complete certification.

USGBC has already delayed the registration deadline; the originally scheduled date was June 27, 2015. After October 31, projects will register under LEED v4. Launched in late 2013, USGBC introduced LEED v4 to ensure that LEED continues to set the bar for green construction.

Design + Plan + Build S.W.A.P. Meet 
Thursday, October 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Join the St. Louis Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Planning Association (APA), and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) during St. Louis Design Week and Socialize With Allied Professionals. Meet, greet and swap ideas with other local design, engineering and building professionals, while enjoying a drink. It's a great opportunity to network and connect.

Open to architects, landscape architects, interior designers, lighting designers, planners, engineers and contractors who design and/or build indoor and outdoor spaces.


Learn more & RSVP online here  

2016 Webster Sustainability Conference 
Saturday, October 8, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 
The theme of Webster's 5th Annual Sustainability Conference is Demystifying Sustainability: the Impact of the Individual. The conference will address the variety of ways the term "sustainability" has been adopted by different organizations, businesses and individuals throughout our community.
Speakers, panelists and presentations will range from local restaurants exploring local and sustainable food sourcing, to the intersection of faith and the environment, to how artistic expressions can help create sustainable communities and many more.
Missouri Prairie Festival
Saturday, October 8, 4:00 - 11:00 pm 
On October 8th, 2016, eMAP (Environmental Music & Arts Project) and Hellhound Booking will be hosting the Missouri Prairie Festival at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center in St. Louis, Missouri. All funds raised during the event will go towards the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary year, the Missouri Prairie Foundation is the only organization in the state whose land conservation work is dedicated exclusively to protecting and maintaining original Missouri prairie land and prairie restoration.
Sit back, relax, and listen to bands on a bike-powered electric stage and an energy-saving acoustic stage, enjoy free Schlafly beer with admission, and a food and cooking class by Subterranean Homemade Foods.   
The Green Business Engagement National Network 2016 Summit
Wednesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 20
Join leaders of green business, green government, and green engagement programs from around the country for the Green Business Engagement National network (GBENN)'s second national summit, taking place in St. Louis at the Missouri Botanical Garden. 

Speakers include representatives of: the Vancouver Economic Commissions's Green Economy Innovations; the Illinois Green Business Association; the City & County of Denver; the State of Hawaii; Sustain Dane's Sustainable Business Initiative of Madison, WI; King County, Washington's Department of Natural Resources; our very own Green Business Challenge and Green Dining Alliance; and more!  Don't miss this opportunity to connect with green leaders from throughout the country. 

The Air We Breathe, the Food We Eat Fall Forum 
Friday, October 21, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm 
 Join regional organizations for a free sustainability-themed dialogue focusing on how the food we eat impacts not only our health, but also regional air quality.

This event will cover a variety of topics, including: connecting the dots between food, health, and air quality; food waste, environment and food insecurity; engaging the community in local & healthy food options; sustainable food options for businesses and organizations; a food access panel discussion; snapshots of local food programs; and more!

Participation in the Forum is free, however registration is required. Lunch is provided for attendees.

Large Scale Rainscaping Grants Application Deadline October 31, 2016

The Rainscaping program of MSD Project Clear has announced  the fifth round of a rainscaping cost-sharing opportunity. MSD seeks to continue to build partnerships with municipalities, local government agencies, schools, community development organizations, and private developers through  the Rainscaping Large Scale Grants Program.

Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Below ground level, improved soils store and filter stormwater, allowing the surrounding area to slowly absorb it over time. Above ground level, native plants, basins, and water features create public green spaces that also help store water. Used effectively, rainscaping can reclaim stormwater naturally, reduce sewer overflows, and minimize basement backups.

Visit the  Project Clear Website for the rules and requirements for partnering with MSD Project Clear, an application form, and a map showing the program area for the Rainscaping projects.  Please note that the application deadline for the 2016 round of Rainscaping Large Scale Grants is 5:00pm on October 31, 2016.

Visit the Project Clear Website to learn more & apply
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Registration Opens October 6
Registration opens on October 6th for the 2017 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, taking place on February 2-4, 2017 in St. Louis. The nation's largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2017 conference is "Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities."

There will be something for everybody, from veteran experts to smart-growth novices, with over 75 sessions and workshops to choose from. Learn from hundreds of speakers who cross disciplines to share insights, valuable tools and strategies for making smart growth a success in your community. The program will be infused with sessions and case studies focusing on important social equity and environmental justice issues.

Learn more about the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference here

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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 Sponsorships 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 2016 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.


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