January 2019
2019 State of the Chapter & Social PROGRAM
Join us at the 2019 State of the Chapter & Social on January 24th at the Missouri History Museum as we kick off programming for the year!  This FREE event - open to members and non-members - is one of the highlights of our year.
  • Meet Chapter members and connect with representatives from the board of directors and committees.
  • Learn about highlights from the past year and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers.
  • Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers.
  • Find out how you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.
  • Participate in the silent auction, including the following items
    • Sustainable Landscape Design & Native Plants, Gift card for a Sustainable Landscape Design by Quiet Village Landscaping, valued at $500, plus $100 gift certificate to Greenscape Gardens. Donated by: Quiet Village Landscaping & Greenscape Gardens ($600 value)
    • Home Energy Audit, a detailed inspection and testing of your home in order to determine causes and recommended improvements to solve comfort and efficiency issues related to energy loss. Donated by: SmartHouse Heating and Cooling ($200 value)
    • Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Four (4) Cardinals Baseball Tickets in the Red Bird Club Section 248 for a mutually agreeable game. Donated by: Midwest Block & Brick ($250 value)
    • Weekend Getaway in Elsah, IL Cottage (two-nights) Donated by Mary Ann Lazarus at Cameron MacAllister Group & Dan Jay at Christner, Inc. ($300 Value)
    • Wireless Sports Headphones, BackBeat Fit by Plantronics allows you to keep moving while you control your music or calls. Flexible, durable and waterproof, these wireless sport headphones are your perfect workout partner. Donated by: Lighting Associates, Inc ($130 value)
    • Red Wine + Carpet = No Problem! $200 gift certificate for Woodard rug/carpet cleaning services, two bottles of wine and assorted sweets and snacks. Donated by: Woodard Cleaning and Restoration ($250 value)
    • Weekend Getaway in Missouri Ozarks, two night Stay at RiverWood Resort Luxury Lodging in Lebanon, MO near Bennett Spring State Park, in the Heart of the Ozarks (Valid only February, November or December 2019) Donated by: RiverWood Resort Owners Dee Ann & Stan Wilson ($500 value)
    • More auction items to be announced!
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm - Complimentary Wine/Beer, Appetizers, Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm - Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm - Additional Networking

Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112

ENTER the building via the South Entrance.

PARKING is available in lots on the east and west of the building, and on the streets throughout the park.

Free event for all attendees.

Thanks to our Event Hosts and Sponsors!
BSI Constructors

Ecotec Surfaces

Roof Top Sedums, L.L.C.

2019 State of the Chapter & Social
Thursday, January 24, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at the Missouri History Museum to kick off programming for the new year! This FREE event - open to members and non-members - is one of the highlights of our year. 

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners for an overview of the City of St. Louis's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. This event is free to all, but registration is required.  
Indepth Seminar
Key Changes to City Building Codes: 2018 IBC, IEBC, IECC & IRC
Thursday, February 7, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

In August of 2018 the City of St. Louis became the first municipality in the region to adopt the International Code Council's suite of 2018 building codes. In this in-depth seminar, we'll review the key changes to the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), International Existing Building Code (IEBC), International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and International Residential Code (IRC), with an emphasis on energy efficiency.

Getting LEED Specific: Materials Transparency & LEED
Tuesday, February 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

1 LEED Specific (BD+C and ID+C) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Nadav Malin, President, BuildingGreen, Inc. will lead participants through this deep dive into the nitty gritty of the three Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits in LEED version 4 BD+C and ID+C, providing the rationale for why product choices are so important, and the details on how to achieve points within the three credits.


Monthly Evening Program
Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

We know trees can provide significant ecosystem services on a project but these benefits are often overlooked. Now, with tools in the iTree suite of software from the USDA Forest Service planners and designers can easily calculate the air, water, and energy impacts of existing landscape trees, and project the future performance of proposed and newly planted trees. This session will cover the available iTree tools and showcase examples of how this data can be used to support sustainable projects and public engagement.

Drop-In Benchmarking Help Session
Wednesday, February 20, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Stop by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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 (list available via link below)


 The City of St. Louis's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance requires municipal and private buildings over 50,000 square feet to track and report annual energy and water use. Private buildings are required to comply annually by April 1 of each year.

There are some exemptions to the ordinance, such as buildings with low/no occupancy, manufacturing facilities, financial duress, and state and federal buildings. Buildings that are not in compliance with the ordinance by their respective deadlines will not be eligible for issuance of new residential or commercial occupancy permits. Fines also apply. To learn more about the Ordinance, visit www.stlbenchmarking.com.

USGBC-MGC is partnering with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St. Louis, Downtown STL Inc., and IFMA St. Louis to present several opportunities to learn more about the ordinance, how to comply, and how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy and water use.

Benchmarking 101
Presentation with Q&A
Benchmarking 101 will provide an overview of the City of St. Louis's Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. Lunch is provided. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required via the link below  

WHAT: Benchmarking 101

WHEN: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

WHERE: NOTE NEW LOCATION Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, 3830 South Grand, St. Louis, MO 63118 ( map)

Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions
Hands-on Help Session
Stop by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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 (list available via event links below).

WHERE: All Drop-In Help Sessions Take Place at the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Office, 4651 Shaw Blvd, 63110 ( map), across from O'Connell's Pub

REGISTER: Click your preferred date above, or review the full list of benchmarking trainings online here.

Earn a New Credential in 2019 Credential

Whether you're just starting your career, or are a seasoned building professional, there's no time like the start of a new year to set goals aimed at enhancing your sustainability story.
Advance your career by earning a new credential in 2019, showing current and future employers your commitment to environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environments!
Hit the ground running by signing up for one of our 2019 exam prep offerings:

WELL AP Exam Prep
(NEW!) Online LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
March 6, 13, 20, and 27 - Online webinar over 4 consecutive Wednesday afternoons from 2pm - 4pm CST
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep (Live, in-person)

The OneSTL Materials and Recycling Working Group is educating the St. Louis region on how to get recycling right!

Step 1: No plastic bags in bins, please!

Did you know?
  • Plastic bags and plastic film cannot be recycled in your regular recycling bin.
  • Recycling facilities shut down for hours when plastic bags jam machinery.  Equipment malfunctions also put workers at risk for injuries.
  • To recycle plastic bags and film, bring them back to your local grocery or retail store.  Plastic bags require a different collection system and processing equipment than our regular recycling programs provide.
  • Visit PlasticFilmRecycling.org to learn more about plastic bag and film recycling and to find a drop-off location near you.
  • REMEMBER to always bring your reusable bags when shopping!
Step 2: Stick to the Six!


Even with good intentions, putting the wrong items in your recycling bin does more harm than good.

Learn where to recycle or donate unwanted items that are not shown above.  Just type in the item you're curious about or scroll through the categories.  St. Louis City Recycles hosts the database, but it contains information for the entire region.  STLCityRecycles.com/database

Step 3:  Loose, clean and dry!

To keep food waste out of recycling, please give your recyclables a good rinse and dry them whenever possible.  Keep your items loose (not bagged), and always flatten your cardboard so there is more room for recyclables.

Waste Minimization Case Studies WasteCase

Seems like waste diversion has been a hot topic these days - from local deconstruction efforts and campaigns to Recycle Responsibly to national and international stories like IKEA's plans to ban all single-use plastic in stores globally by 2020.  
Among the sayings you often hear in sustainability circles, a common one is "the greenest building is the one that's already built." And while that may be true in most circumstances, we also know that there are many opportunities for incorporating waste reduction into new construction projects as well as the day-to-day operations of your buildings. And we want to hear what you're doing to work towards net zero waste!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is seeking to feature innovative approaches to waste minimization in case studies, including the following:
  • The use of TRUE Zero Waste certification system for guidance or certification
  • Innovative Construction and Demolition waste management efforts
  • Innovative uses of Salvage on built or planned projects
  • Best practices in day to day operations for waste diversion.
Email usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org  to get started.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public schools (K-12), public colleges and universities, local governments, local government/public owned airport facilities (municipal, county, regional, and international), public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and hospitals. In total, the Department is making $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds available for these entities to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.

The Department's Division of Energy is accepting loan applications from December 17, 2018 through February 15, 2019 for projects between $10,000 and $500,000. Loan applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. If money remains after applications have been reviewed and prioritized, consideration will be given to loans in excess of $500,000.

Loans are repaid from energy savings achieved. Loans to public schools and local governments do not count against debt limits or require a public vote or bond issuance.

Through the Department's Division of Energy, low-interest loans are provided to public schools, public higher education institutions, hospitals, and local governments to help reduce energy costs. Loan financing may be used for various energy-saving investments such as insulation, lighting systems, heating and cooling systems, combined heat and power, pumps, motors, aerators, renewable energy systems, and other measures that reduce energy use and cost.
LEED Project Profile: Mizzou Softball Stadium becomes first LEED Gold Stadium in SEC LEEDProfile

When it opened in March 2017, the home of Mizzou Softball became the first competition venue in the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA to be earn LEED GOLD certification. To date, the home of Tiger Softball is only one of two collegiate softball stadiums in the country to meet the threshold requirements of LEED GOLD. It is also the first athletic facility in the University of Missouri's Sports Park, the State of Missouri and the USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter to achieve this level of LEED certification.

April 8-9, 2019, St. Paul Minnesota

Registration is now open for the 2019 Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE), co-located this year with the IMPACT conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2019 GSCE x IMPACT partnership will bring together experts from diverse fields within the realm of sustainability for a unique opportunity for collaboration and networking.

GSCE is a national venue for all who make green schools a reality: the people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. Every year, leaders and advocates come together to work toward making visible, measurable and lasting progress toward the three pillars of green schools: environmental impact, health impact and environmental and sustainability literacy.

IMPACT, USGBC's regional Midwest sustainability conference, is the leading event for sustainable development in the Midwest. Drawing hundreds of building professionals, the conference features the latest updates on LEED, green business programs and new technology platforms like Arc, and provides robust educational sessions and networking opportunities.

Early-bird pricing is available through January 25.

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 
Bernhard Energy - RENEWING Silver (formerly 8760 Engineering)
Enterprise Holdings - RENEWING Silver
Ittner Architects - RENEWING Green
Siemens - RENEWING Green
SWT Design - 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  2019 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



Innovative Technology Education Fund


Christner, Inc.

Dynamic Controls, Inc.
ECO Recycling
EJ Welch  
Energy Resources Group 
Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 
Villa Lighting 



Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

Ittner Architects 
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri
Schaeffer Marketing Group  

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.
U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter
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