October 2017 E-Newsletter
October Evening Program: Sustainable Risk Management and Disaster Response
Explore Tax Benefits of Green Building in Green ($) Behind Going Green
Continuing Education Blitz: Water Justice
Building Optimization: From Tactical to Strategic, From Sporadic to Continuous
Vote for the Green Schools Quest!
Membership Contest: Build Your Knowledge, Build Your Network, Build Your Community
Fall 2017 Energy Benchmarking Training
2016 Annual Report
Public Interest Design Institute Offers Chapter Member Discount
MO APA Conference
Support the Green Dining Alliance at Taste of Green
Deer Creek Speakers Series featuring Dr. Elaine Ingham
Communities and Affordable Homes Summit
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.



Evening Program 
October 10, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Free for all USGBC-MGC and full-time students; $20 for non-members

As recent events have demonstrated, natural disasters have the potential to level towns and destroy communities. Each year, US Insurers, Federal and State Governments, and citizens spend close to $50 billion to recover from disasters like Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

But is the built environment made any more sustainable after this money is spent? We will explore this question as well as the connection between risk management, green buildings, and sustainable business practices, and offer ideas about how to better manage the disaster risks we face.

Stephen Bushnell, President of Stephen Bushnell + Associates and a widely recognized risk-focused expert on green buildings, sustainable manufacturing and operations, will come to St. Louis October 10 as the featured presenter on Sustainable Risk Management and Disaster Response. With him, he'll bring over 40 years of insurance and risk management experience. 

Richard Schuessler is an Account Executive at HM Risk, and a life-long St. Louis resident. Originally with Fireman's Fund, the first insurance company to provide specific insurance coverage and discounts for green buildings, and Richard quickly became involved with green insurance and the local USGBC Chapter. He has focused his volunteer efforts on government advocacy at the State and Federal level. 

In-depth Seminar
Explore the tax benefits of residential & commercial green building in the Green ($) Behind Going Green
Thursday, October 5,  3:00-5:00 pm

This seminar will examine how the benefits of green building extend far beyond energy efficiency and increased occupant comfort. We will be identifying tax incentives of green building in both a commercial and residential context, as well as discuss how to claim available incentives. 

Speaker Teri Samples, Partner and Director of Real Estate Services, Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisers  will be share how to better understand the current landscape of tax incentives for green buildings, and calculate and claim available incentives.  

Continuing Education Blitz: Water Justice 
October 17, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Submitted for approval of 7 GBCI CE Hours and 7 AIA/CES LU
From the Philosophical to the Spigot . . 

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz focused on water policies, use, access, and quality in the Mississippi River Basin.

Who owns water in the United States? Who determines its use? Who protects it? The answers to these questions are, in some ways, both everyone and no one.
And yet in a time of increased demand and growing climate instability, not just in the United States, but around the world, the answers-and the questions-are more important all the time.

On October 17, join us for a full-day exploration of water justice through the perspective of river systems - from local to global, urban to agricultural, individual to corporate - trying along the way to determine a better future for our most valuable resource. 

The all-day event will feature our keynote speaker, Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari presenting on water security as a national priority. Ms. Campbell-Ferrari is the Executive Director of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC) in Washington, D.C.

In addition to our keynote speaker, we will have numerous presenters, like Janet Buchanan of the HeartLands Conservancy, Derek Hoerlin of [dhd] derek hoerlin design, and Bath Martin, Community Engagement Faculty Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. 

In-depth Seminar
Thursday, October 26, 
3:00-5:00 pm
Owners often take a project-by-project approach to optimizing the performance of the buildings. This session will share how some Owners have taken a more proactive approach, one that is based on an overall energy strategy that becomes a continuous process for optimizing the performance of their buildings. The results are maximum savings, optimum comfort and health, and minimized carbon emissions.

Speakers Eric Merker, Director of Energy Services at Sitton Energy Solutions, and James Dice, Director of Energy Analytics at Sitton Energy Solutions, will lead this in-depth seminar and examine the components and design of an energy strategy that optimized building performance as well as discuss how to implement said strategy

Biggest Year Yet for Green Schools Quest:
57 school participants and Volunteer Impact Award Nomination
Our 5th year of the Green Schools Quest is officially underway! This year we have a total of 57 schools participating, and 58 mentors. We're excited to see what projects this year's Green Teams and mentors come up with!
This year, the Green Schools Quest has been nominated for USGBC's Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award. The award was created to honor the legacy of Dr. Malcolm Lewis, who spent over 30 years advancing the green building industry, market, and movement, and recognizes volunteer teams across the U.S. who have had a profound impact in advancing green communities. Vote for the Green Schools Quest to receive this
People's choice voting is open now. We encourage you to vote for the Green Schools Quest by visiting USGBC's album of nominees on Facebook and liking the Green Schools Quest entry! Voting is open until October 13.  

Membership Contest: Build Your Knowledge, Build Your Network, Build Your Community
Contest Closes October 9, 11:59 pm
Winners Drawn October 10 at Evening Program

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. Build your knowledge, build your network, and build your community by becoming a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member!

From August 8 to October 9, new and renewing members will be entered into a drawing for:
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  Forest Park Forever membership!

Winners will be drawn on October 10 at our monthly evening program  Sustainable Risk Management and Disaster Response.

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. 

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners are co-hosting three opportunities to learn how to comply.

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. 
October 25, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Education Center
Free to all with lunch provided, but registration is required

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

2016 Annual Report 
Our 2016 Annual Report is finally here! Each year, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter makes progress towards our goal of transforming the built environment. We are proud of all the things that we have accomplished over the past 15 years and are dedicated to making every building a green building because we know that GREEN BUILDINGS ARE BETTER... better for people, better for the environment, and better for the bottom line.

Click here to learn more about our progress and download our 2016 Annual Report
Public Interest Design Institute Offers Chapter Member Discount
October 6 & 7, 2017

This two-day course is presented by Design Corps, the SEED Network, and the  Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Washington University in St. Louis.

Participants will learn skills and methods to effectively engage in community-based design through professional fee-based projects. The Public Interest Design Institute curriculum is structured around the 
Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) process and metric, which provides a guide for practice, documentation, and showcasing of public interest design projects. Successful completion of this AIA, ASLA, & USGBC accredited program qualifies participants for 13 HSW CEUs/PDHs and certification as a SEED Professional.

Registration is discounted for members of AIA, ASLA, USGBC, & the SEED Network. 

Register online here
Missouri Planning Conference: Planning in Reality
October 18 - 20, 2017

THe 2017 MO APA conference will feature 70 speakers over 3 days including Keynote Speaker James Kunstler,  Annual Planning Awards Lunch at Ballpark Village, and a Riverboat Reception.

Register online here
Support Green Dining Alliance at Taste of Green
October 26, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Support St. Louis Earth Day and the Green Dining Alliance while enjoying food from some of St. Louis' best chefs and beer from local St. Louis breweries at the eclectic Willow!

Attendees will sample fare from Green Dining Alliance restaurants and breweries, have an opportunity to bid on an assortment of unique auction items, and take home a photo. All proceeds go toward St. Louis Earth Day's year-round programs Green Dining Alliance and Recycling On the Go! NEW this year, all Friends of Earth Day members and Green Dining Alliance members get in for a ticket price of just $25!  

Register online here
Deer Creek Speaker Series featuring Dr. Elaine Ingham
November 2-4, 2017
The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance will welcome internationally acclaimed soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham to St. Louis November 2-4 for a series of events. 

Dr. Ingham's research focuses on showing how soil organisms can be managed to improve plant production and health, reduce weed populations, increase soil infiltration rates, and minimize expensive inputs. Visit the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance website to register for one of these upcoming events! 

Using Microscopes to Explore the Soil Web of Life with Dr. Elaine Ingham

Thursday, November 2, 3-5:30 p.m.
Hands-on microscope workshop at Mary Institute Country Day School (MICDS) for teachers and educators only (all others should sign up to be added to the waitlist). Free of charge. Pre-registration is required by October 26 Space is limited. 


The Soil Web of Life
Thursday November 2, 6-8:30 p.m.
Reception and presentation by Dr. Elaine Ingham on how to grow healthy plants while improving infiltration rates in your soil at Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS). For landscaping and gardening enthusiasts, addressing scales of property from backyards to municipal holdings to corporate and institutional campuses. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required by October 26th.


Soil Health for Native Plant Landscaping, Habitat Restoration, Sustainable Agriculture, Vegetable Gardening, and Water Quality
Friday November 3, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Workshop for green professionals and other landscaping, restoration, and gardening enthusiasts at St. Louis Community College featuring Dr. Ingham, Doug Peterson with Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Dr. Alice Tipton, University of Kansas. 


Tour of EarthDance Organic Farm School
Saturday November 4, 11 a.m.-12:00 noon
Tour of EarthDance Organic Farm School for urban, suburban and rural farmers and landowners that incorporates principles taught by Elaine Ingham. Free of charge. Pre-registration required.


 Learn more and register for these events
Communities and Affordable Homes Summit
Greenbuild 2017 - Boston 
Communities & Affordable Homes Summit: November 7
Greenbuild 2017: November 8 - 10, 2017

The Summit will focus on the development of vibrant, sustainable communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic opportunity. Join the U.S. Green Building Council community of sustainability leaders, environmental justice and health advocates for information sharing and problem solving with the goal of expediting the economic, social, and ecological health and vitality of all communities.
This year, the Summit will be a call to action - and the participants will be part of creating that action plan for USGBC and its partners to advance equity in green building over the coming year. . Two separate tracks will feature some of the leaders at the forefront of community development, environmental justice and sustainability. The first track highlights successful case studies, discuss practical tools and provide application techniques for success. The second track brings people and partners together to co-create an action plan to advance equity and sustainability in our buildings and communities.
Multi-disciplinary leaders will facilitate small group dialogue, knowledge sharing and problem solving with the singular goal of expediting the economic, social, and ecological health of underserved communities locally, regionally and globally. This event will focus on the convergence of community sustainability through the lens of:
  • Resilient and healthy community design, planning & preparedness
  • Financing strategies that result in vibrant local economies
  • Affordable housing development
  • Community engagement & access to resources
  • Equitable development 
Now is the time for concerted, meaningful and immediate action to advance a green social justice agenda. Join the dialogue and register today!
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

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



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Madison County Planning & Development

Innovative Technology Education Fund

Thanks to our BRONZE   SPONSORS
8760 Engineering

Automatic Controls Equipment Systems
Christner, Inc. 
Custom Engineering
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling, Inc.
Enterprise Holdings
Express Scripts
Guarantee Electrical Company 
Johnson Controls
Oates Associates

PayneCrest Electric

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

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