September 2018
Monthly Evening Program 
Holistic Sustainable Operations & Beyond Program
Wednesday, September 19
4:00 - 4:45 - Registration & Networking
4:45 - 6:00 pm - Opening Remarks & Formal Presentation
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Tour (Optional)
*Due to security measures, all attendees must pre-register by September 17. Please note date and time differ from our typical monthly program schedule. 
Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and IFMA - St. Louis Chapter
as we dive into why sustainability in facility operations is crucial and how it is possible. The Mastercard Environmental Sustainability team as well as its Facilities team will be leading us through their journey to LEED certification and re-certification. They will also highlight the expansion of solar panels and their carbon-reduction targets.

The event will be held at Mastercard's LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (LEED EBOM) Platinum building - the only LEED EBOM Platinum-certified building in the state. After the event, there will be a guided tour of the building led by the Global Sustainability Manager. Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the program.


LEEDv4.1: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers
Tuesday, September 11, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Join us for a deeper dive into LEED v4.1 and how Arc helps meet your sustainability and certification goals. Offering 1 GBCI LEED Specific (O+M) CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW.

This educational offering is a webinar which can be viewed from your desk. Webex login information will be sent in a confirmation email after you register.

Hands-On Help Session
Drop-In Benchmarking Help Session
Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking. This event is free, but registration is requested. 

Continuing Education Blitz  
Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00 am-4:30 pm

This full-day program will use case studies to highlight new advancements in strategies and innovative techniques to address water use, management, and quality in a variety of settings. Featuring an amazing line-up of speakers, this event, held at the Missouri History Museum, offers 7 CE Hours.

Monthly Evening Program
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm
Join us on September 19th as we dive into why sustainability in facility operations is crucial and how it is possible. The Mastercard Environmental Sustainability team as well as its Facilities team will be leading us through their journey to LEED certification and recertification. They will also highlight the expansion of solar panels and their carbon-reduction targets.
Monthly Evening Program
From ENERGY STAR to EcoDistricts: Evolution of Sustainable Affordable Housing

Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Since 2006, several sustainable communities have been planned and/or developed in St. Louis' challenged Near North Side. This program will examine three living examples of the evolution of approaches to sustainable affordable housing: Renaissance Place at Grand, North Sarah Apartments, and The Near North Side.



In-depth Seminar
Electric Vehicles: Marketplace, Infrastructure, and Best Practices
Wednesday, October 24

Gain an overview of the growing EV marketplace, including EV history, car manufacturers and models, environmental benefits, state and national charging infrastructure, and Electrify America.

Continuing Education Blitz
Exploring Current Advances and Innovation in Water Management and Quality
Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
7 GBCI CE Hours and 7 AIA/CES LU

This full-day program will use case studies to highlight new advancements in strategies and innovative techniques to address water use, management, and quality in a variety of settings.

Bringing together expertise from across the nation and throughout the St. Louis Region, the event will feature national and local success stories and partnerships, infrastructure challenges, considerations for water reuse, and corporate and institutional environmental stewardship efforts.

Keynote Pete A. Munoz will present cutting edge design and engineering for Hassalo on Eighth, a large multi-use residential urban redevelopment project in Portland, Oregon that treats its wastewater for reuse onsite (60,000 gallons per day), redirecting it away from stressed city sewer infrastructure. In addition to exploring real-life innovative solutions, Pete will discuss regulatory barriers and future possibilities for the industry.
Morning Presentations:
  • KEYNOTE: What's Next: Precedent Projects in Urban Settings, Regulatory Roadblocks, and Futurecasting (Pete Muñoz)
  • Transforming Wastewater Treatment Facilities into Neighborhood Amenities (Michael Willis, FAIA)
  • St. Louis Region's Aging Infrastructure (Curtis Skouby)
  • Collaborating on Water Quality (Traci Lichtenberg & Donald R. Summers, Jr.)
Afternoon Presentations: 
  • Plumbing for Reclaimed Water (Jeff Gilmore)
  • Rehabilitation of Existing Sewer Lines (Charlie Kuhnmuench)
  • Case Studies:
    • Getting to Net Zero Water: Code Challenges & Successes (Dan Hellmuth)
    • Corporate Environmental Stewardship and Water Reduction (Mike Carlson)
    • Water Efficiency in the Most Water Intensive Facilities (Lois Sechrist)
  • Panel Discussion
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor!

Thanks to our Exhibiting Sponsor!

School Registration Deadline: September 15, 2018
Mentor Registration is still open!  
Green Schools Quest

Since the launch of the Green Schools Quest more than 5 years ago, over 100 schools have participated. School-driven projects have impacted over 100,000 students, teachers, and community members.

As we gear up for the 2018/2019 school year, we are looking for schools and mentors to work with local schools!

Each school will form a Green Team which may be a single classroom, a grade level, an entire school or a student club (Districts are encouraged to register individual schools separately).  Each Green Team will select a low or no cost ($250 or less) project to begin October 2018 and conclude on March 10, 2019. 

Participating schools will have the opportunity and flexibility to  engage in projects fitting their schools' unique needs and resources. Projects must be NEW or MAJOR EXTENSIONS of existing initiatives. Schools may not submit the same project multiple years.
U.S. Department of Education 2018 Green Strides Tour to Feature 9 Green Ribbon Schools in St. Louis Missouri GreenStrides
October 24 and 25

Join the U.S. Department of Education on the 2018 Green Strides Tour, October 24-25th, in Missouri, with the theme Living School Grounds. 

The 2018 tour will showcase work in all three Pillars of our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award, and, this year, highlight how schools can use their schoolyards that include gardens, habitats, nature trails, and wetlands to engage with not only science, math, nutrition, and agriculture, but also art, literature, and social studies.  Through their hands-on, project-based learning, and citizen science on school grounds, students discover the joys of physical activity in the outdoors, as well as the benefits of nutritious, school-garden grown produce.  The use of schoolyards, along with other sustainable infrastructure and practices, help students deepen their understanding of the natural world and their connection to it, fostering stewardship values that will permit them to preserve our nation's most precious resources for years to come.

Spire offers 50% Rebate for Building Operator Certification training BOC
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Division of Energy   of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, in cooperation with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is providing Building Operator Certification (BOC) training in Missouri with the generous support of Spire Inc.  BOC training includes nearly 74 hours of classroom and project work (7.4 CEUs) in building systems operation and maintenance. Each course in the series is completed in a one day training session. To earn a certificate of completion, participants must pass an exam at the end of each training day and complete five assigned projects. Early registration is encouraged.

REBATE: Upon completion of BOC Level I, students who are customers of Spire will be eligible for a reimbursement of $575.  
Tuesday, September 18, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Columbia, MO

Learn how marketing energy measures to property owners benefits all involved
Using multiple tracks, the conference is designed for realtors, appraisers, mortgage bankers and energy contractors. Continuing education credits will be offered.
Realtors will learn how promoting energy efficiency of their properties can increase their sales.  Appraisers will learn values of energy measures to include in their property appraisals.  Mortgage bankers will learn how energy measures can make their properties more valuable.  Contractors will learn how to market energy measures to property owners, with a focus on lower utility bills. Attendees will learn about utility incentive and rebate programs, and network with potential business partners.

The Missouri Energy Initiative presents the Midwest Energy Policy Series on Energy Efficiency event in collaboration with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), Missouri Division of Energy and Columbia Water and Light.

Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference MEEAConf
November 28 - 29, 2018

The Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference brings together stakeholders from across the Midwest to discuss how best to promote the adoption and raise compliance with building energy codes across the region. This FREE annual conference provides an opportunity to network, engage in building science and policy discussions, and learn from leading experts about current and future trends.


As part of MSD Project Clear, MSD's Consent Decree with the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA), and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, MSD is committed to spending $100 million in rainscaping investments, with an overall goal of reducing combined sewer overflows to the Mississippi River. 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.

The application period is from August 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018.

An internship with the USGBC provides hands on experience for those wishing to become involved in the world of green building, solidify administrative, organizational, and technical skills, and develop professionally.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain practical knowledge and to connect with sustainable professionals in St. Louis!
Contracted through the Missouri Botanical Gardens, unpaid interns receive free admission to the Garden and discounts at the retail shop and Sassafras Café during the internship period. Interns also receive free membership with the US Green Building Council.  

Email a cover letter and resume, with references to: Hope Gribble, Education and Green Schools Manager, .
September 11-13, Pittsburgh, PA

The International Living Future Institute is hosting the Living Product Expo. Living Products are healthy, inspirational, and give back to the environment. ILFI's Living Product Challenge offers a framework of thinking about products that create "more good" instead of "less bad".

At the Expo, educational sessions will help you up the sustainability of your business, while industry focused presentations will spark your creativity. This years topics include:
* Net Positive Products + Enterprise
* Creating Healthy Buildings
* Social Equity + Supply Chain
* Green Chemistry + Health
* Biomimicry + Biophilic Design 


November 14-16, Chicago, IL

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the face to face experience for sustainability in the built environment. It's for professionals in architecture, construction, engineering, planning, and interior design who depend on thoughtful and ethical solutions which promote wellness and resiliency in construction and urban development.
Discover three days of sessions - strategically planned to educate, motivate, and inspire you. When you return to the field or office, you'll have the latest resources and knowledge about sustainability in the built environment.    
Learn more about why you should attend , and then register for a four-day or three-day conference pass. Education tracks include Built to Perform, Community and Social Equity, and Materials.
Or, explore the floor, courtesy of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter! Contact to receive the discount code.  
Communities & Affordable Homes Summit at Greenbuild

USGBC's commitment to "all people in, all buildings in" reinforces resilient, healthy, and flourishing communities. Join us at Greenbuild's Communities & Affordable Homes Summit, where professionals in sustainability, community development, environmental justice, affordable housing, public health, and more will come together to explore and define what lies ahead at the nexus of sustainable development and social equity. The summit is on Tuesday, November 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Admittance is included with a four-day conference pass. 


Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Custom Engineering - RENEWING Silver 
McCormack Baron - RENEWING  Silver 
Schaeffer Marketing Group - RENEWING 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  2018 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.
Learn about Sponsorship Opportunities! 
Thanks to our RESTORATIVE sponsor

Logo MO Botanical


Clayco Logo

Healthy Planet


Solutions AEC



Madison County Planning & Development

Innovative Technology Education Fund



Automatic Controls Equipment Systems

Bell Electrical Contractors

Christner, Inc.

Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling

EJ Welch

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting

Villa Lighting 

Wells Fargo Advisors


Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

HBD Construction
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri
Schaeffer Marketing Group 
Trivers Association

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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