September 2017 E-Newsletter
September Evening Program and In-depth Seminar: Landscape Performance Series
Join the Green Schools Movement!
USGBC-MGC Responds to St. Louis Business Journal
Membership Contest: Build Your Knowledge, Build Your Network, Build Your Community
Fall 2017 Energy Benchmarking Training
Continuing Education Blitz: Water Justice
Pullitzer Arts Foundation Presents Lecture on Environment & Mental Health
Missouri Energy Policy Conference Offers Chapter Member Discount
Public Interest Design Institute Offers Chapter Member Discount
Greenbuild Announces Neil deGrasse Tyson will present Closing Plenary
Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer Training
Zero Waste Rating System Relaunches as TRUE
Washington University Competes in 2017 Solar Decathlon
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.
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September Evening Program & In-depth Seminar

Understanding the environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable landscapes is essential for designers, developers, investors, and policymakers who influence land development and want better results.

Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation based out of Washington, DC, will visit St. Louis September 12 & 13 as featured presenter on the  Landscape Performance Series , an interactive tool designed to show value, quantify benefits, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Free for all attendees!

8:00 - 10:00 am 

Hosted in Partnership By

Join the Green Schools Movement!
Mentor Deadline Extended to September 8
School Deadline September 15

More than 100 local schools have participated in the Green Schools Quest and implemented sustainability projects at their schools since the program launched four years ago. Student-driven projects at these schools have impacted nearly 100,000 students, teachers, and community members.

Join us in our quest to create a sustainable future, one project at at time! 

Participating schools and mentors can't say enough about the positive impact this program is having in advancing their schools' sustainability initiatives. 

As we gear up for the 2017-18 school year, we are seeking both Green Mentors and Schools! 
The deadline for mentor registration has been extended to September 15. Mentors can register online here

The deadline for school registration is September 15. Schools can register online here. 

USGBC-MGC Responds to St. Louis Business Journal 
Emily Andrews, Executive Director of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, and Nick Bristow, Senior Associate and Sustainability Manager at Forum Studio and Board Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, responded to the St. Louis Business Journal's August 18 cover story on the LEED green building rating system in a commentary piece titled LEED gets it right

Visit our website to read their full response. 
Membership Contest: Build Your Knowledge, Build Your Network, Build Your Community
Contest Closes October 9, 11:59 pm 

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

October 17, 2017
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, 2017, 8:00AM-5:00PM, join us for an 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. 

Pullitzer Arts Foundation Presents Lecture by Dr. Mindy Fullilove on Environment and Mental Health  

Professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School in New York, Dr. Mindy Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist who explores the ties between environment and mental health. She is known for her work on the concept of "root shock,"the traumatic stress reaction to the loss of some or all of one's emotional ecosystem. Root shock can result from events such as natural disaster, development-induced displacement, or war, as well as changes that play out more slowly such as those that accompany gentrification. At the community level, root shock is defined by the loss of interpersonal ties and the "capital"-social, cultural, political, and emotional-that is vested in collective connections.
Dr. Fullilove will give a lecture at the Pulitzer on public health and the built environment, addressing the ways in which serial forced displacement, deindustrialization, and environmental degradation have undermined American society. Her lecture will explore how building solidarity across lines of race, class, religion, and gender is essential to solving the problems these harmful practices have created.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.  

Full details online here
Missouri Energy Policy Conference Offers Chapter Member Discount
October 3 & 4, 2017

With the theme Energy Driving the Economy, MEPC 2017 sessions include:
  • Health of Utilities in Age of Distributed Generation 
  • Grid Modernization - Where, How and Why 
  • The Economics of Energy Efficiency 
  • Economic Impact of Federal Policy and Research 
  • Microgrids in Action - Midwest Case Studies 
  • Infrastructure - The Bottom Dollar - Need and Impact 
  • Missouri Regulatory & Legislative Happenings 

NEW THIS YEAR: Attendees are encouraged to participate in structured discussion groups on Infrastructure and Grids, Energy Efficiency and Microgrids. Help move energy policy discussions forward so Missouri and the Midwest can benefit from policies leading to economic growth.  


MEI has offered USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members a 30% discount. Contact us to receive the discount code. 


Register online here

Public Interest Design Institute Offers Chapter Member Discount
October 6 & 7, 2017
Early Bird Registration Rates End September 8

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
Greenbuild Closing Plenary Speaker Announced:
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Conference: November 8 - 10, 2017
Early Registration Discount ends September 7

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, bringing together  industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.  Greenbuild recently announced that  Neil deGrasse Tyson  will present the conference's Closing Plenary. 

The 2017 conference will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibit Center. An early registration discount ends on September 7th

Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer Training
September 18 - September 22, 2017
Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA

Are you looking for a way to diversify your green building design & delivery skills? Interested in learning about an incredibly rigorous, science-based building method that is all over Europe and gaining traction in the U.S.? Are you familiar with the PassivHaus design method and always wondered how it could be applied to commercial buildings? Then you might be interested in an intensive 5-day course on September 18th-22nd in Pittsburgh that will prepare professionals for becoming either a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) or Consultant (CPHC). You'll learn from trainers certified by Germany's PassivHaus Institute - and be eligible to take the exam yourself!  Plus you can explore the variety of green buildings (LEED, Living Building Challenge, Passive House, & a 2030 District!) that make Pittsburgh the nation's most livable (and affordable) city. 

Zero Waste Rating System Relaunches as TRUE

Today, Green Business Certification, Inc (GBCI) unveiled Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE). TRUE is the new brand identity for the Zero Waste Rating System. 

The TRUE Zero Waste certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health.

According to the EPA, the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash each day. TRUE is a whole systems approach that helps organizations understand how materials flow through their facilities and identify redesign opportunities so that all products are reused. TRUE-certified projects meet a minimum of 90 percent waste diversion for 12 months from landfills, incinerators (waste-to-energy) or the environment. 

Currently, there are 88 TRUE-certified facilities around the world. TRUE focuses on helping businesses, industrial sectors and schools quantify their performance and find additional ways to move toward zero waste. Microsoft, Tesla, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Nature's Path, Earth Friendly Products, Raytheon, Cintas and Northrop Grumman, among others, have facilities certified under the program. The TRUE Zero Waste certification, previously administered by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, was acquired by GBCI in 2016.

Washington University Competes in the 2017 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Preparation for the 2017 Solar Decathlon is underway! T he U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.

Washington University's solar decathlon team contributed an article about their CRETE house to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's blog. Construction of CRETE House is currently taking place on the North campus of Washington University, it will be disassembled and shipped to Denver, Colorado where the team will put it back together in time for the Solar Decathlon competition in October. 

This year, two Missouri schools--Missouri S&T and Washington University--are competing in the Solar Decathlon. You can follow their progress on their respective Facebook pages here and here. 
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

Villa Lighting - 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.



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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
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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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