November 2018
New Member Welcome Social  PROGRAM
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
4:30 - 6:00 pm
The U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new and existing members to come socialize and get acquainted!Chapter officers, past and present, will discuss the chapter's history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions. 

Join us at Facilitec Corporate Furnishings to enjoy complimentary beer, wine and light appetizers. Learn how your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership can help you build connections, build your knowledge and build your community, and enjoy making new connections!
Thanks to our Event Hosts and Sponsors!
Facilitec Corporate Furnishings


MEEA Building Energy Codes Conference, featuring Benchmarking Session
Wednesday, November 28 - Thursday, November 29

Join MEEA and building stakeholders across the Midwest for the region's premier energy codes conference! This year, MEEA is partnering with the USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis to discuss concerns and opportunities with benchmarking. 
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Friday, November 30,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. USGBC-Missouri Gateway's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. 

WELL AP Exam Prep Course
Thursday, December 6, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the WELL Building Standard. 

Save the Date!
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. 


Welcoming New Participants to the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign!  BBTB

We are excited to welcome three new participants to our Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, Better Building Through Benchmarking!  
  • City of Wildwood 
  • COCA
  • Midwest Recycling Center (MRC)
Better Buildings Through Benchmarking is a voluntary energy benchmarking campaign for the St. Louis Region. It recognizes buildings that have committed to this best practice, and provides support as they use the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 
New to the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign are opportunities for buildings to receive recognition for their energy conservation achievements! Buildings that choose to share their performance data will be able to receive recognition for significant improvements in energy efficiency. 

30% of energy used in buildings is wasted through inefficiencies, and half of all energy savings are possible through low-cost or no-cost operational improvements (U.S. EPA). The first step to identifying these improvements and reducing the environmental impacts of our buildings is energy benchmarking! 

City of St. Louis awarded American Cities Climate Challenge Grant  Climate

The City of St. Louis has been selected for an American Cities Climate Challenge Grant, and will receive at least $2.5 million in resources over 2 years.   

Launched in June, the American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million-dollar program that will accelerate efforts in 20 winning cities to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents. Through the Climate Challenge - which is part of Bloomberg's American Cities Initiative - St. Louis has been accepted into a two-year acceleration program that will provide cities powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat their near-term carbon reduction goals.

St. Louis plans to leverage existing benchmarking and financial programs to significantly improve energy efficiency of private-sector buildings, as well as develop and execute a comprehensive solar action strategy for the community. Additionally, St. Louis will work with Bloomberg and partners to reduce transportation sector emissions by performing an analysis on vehicle electrification, and conducting outreach to accelerate the uptake of Electric Vehicles.

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has supported the City's work to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings for several years, providing technical assistance, stakeholder engagement and support for the City Energy Project grant and the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, the adoption of energy efficient building codes, and the American Cities Climate Challenge Grant. We look forward to the work ahead! Interested in getting involved? Contact USGBC-MGC Chapter Staff. 

GBCI Announces 2018 LEED Fellows LEEDFellows

LEED Fellow
Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) has announced its 2018 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals and the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI. This year's 25 LEED Fellows are exceptional practitioners and leaders within the green building community, and have demonstrated mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world's most widely used green building rating system.

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least 10 years' worth of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.

Congratulations to Mary Ann Lazarus, Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors, for being recognized as a 2018 LEED Fellow! 

Several USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and leaders have received LEED Fellow recognition in the past, including Ralph Bicknese, Punit Jain, and Paul Todd Merrill. 

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.

This year, MEEA is partnering with the USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis to bring benchmarking back to the Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference. This half-day session will occur on the second day of the conference, November 29.

Attendees will learn the basics and benefits of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool and discuss concerns and opportunities with benchmarking. The day will also feature a "Benchmarking Carousel" - an interactive event providing real details on how to improve energy efficiency in buildings after benchmarking.

Conference attendees can register for the full conference or only the Benchmarking Session.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join the Missouri Energy Initiative to explore energy's role in Missouri's growing economy. This event will highlight key economic development indicators related to energy and Missouri's economic growth.

Keynote Speaker Rob Dixon, Director of the Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, will discuss the state's Best in the Midwest initiative.

2019 Legislative Outlook
Missouri Sen. Ed Emery & Rep. Rocky Miller
Energy Providers Spurring Economic Development
Matt Forck, Asst. VP Economic Development Ameren 
Drew Robinson, Manager of Renewables KCP&L 
Spire, Inc.

Energy, Economic Development & Missouri 
John McClain, Executive, Cornerstone Consulting
Byron DeLear, Regional Executive, Ygrene Energy Fund
Future Technology Pushing Today's Economy
Tim Arbeiter, Director of Broadband State of Missouri & Tim Sylvester, CEO, Integrated Roadways

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.  

Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors! 

icon Mechanical - NEW Silver

Lighting Associates - RENEWING Silver

NewGround - RENEWING Silver

Energy Resources Group - NEW Bronze

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 - NEW Bronze
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

Energy Resources Group

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Metro Lighting
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562

Villa Lighting 

Wells Fargo Advisors


Electro Plastics/STEP Warm Floor

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

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