October 2018
Monthly Evening Program 
From ENERGY STAR to EcoDistricts: Evolution of Sustainable Affordable Housing  PROGRAM
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
5:00 - 5:30 pm - Careers in Sustainability Networking Session  
5:30-6:15 pm -Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm - Formal Presentation 
Since 2006, several sustainable communities have been planned and/or developed in St. Louis' challenged Near North Side. Three of these present living examples of the evolution of approaches to sustainable affordable housing:
  • Renaissance Place at Grand (a HOPE VI project) is a certified (Pilot) LEED for Neighborhood Development project that was built with new-urbanist and smart-growth principles.
  • North Sarah Apartments (a HOPE VI project) is an Enterprise Green Community and includes adaptive "live/work" spaces in anticipation of a change in the market.
  • The Near North Side (a Choice Planning and Implementation Community) is utilizing the tenets of EcoDistrict to expand sustainability and equity opportunities.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development's HOPE VI Program and Choice Neighborhoods Initiative required that a plan for People be put in place to help residents of redeveloping neighborhoods make progress toward self-reliance. For each of these Near North St. Louis developments, Urban Strategies has played a key role in designing and implementing comprehensive plans in collaboration with the community, providing support as neighborhoods phase from planning to transformation to sustainable and thriving communities. These sustainability sites showcase the best of resident-led community redevelopment that a neighborhood elevates and supports.
Cady Scott Seabaugh, Vice President - Communications & Sustainability, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. 
Esther Shin, M.S.W., President, Urban Strategies
USGBC-MGC's Higher Education & Emerging Professionals Committees invites students and recent graduates to attend a special networking session prior to the October program.  
Join us from 5:00-5:30 pm to connect with professionals active in green building and sustainability. Participants will rotate in groups between the sustainability professionals to discuss their career path and involvement in sustainability. Full time students and emerging professionals should register via the link below.   

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!
Advanced Green Consulting LLC
Rosemann & Associates

Networking Session
Careers in Sustainability
Tuesday, October 9, 5:00 - 5:30 pm
USGBC-MGC's Higher Education & Emerging Professionals Committees invites students and recent graduates to attend a special networking session!

Join us before the October Program to connect with professionals active in green building and sustainability. Participants will rotate in groups between the sustainability professionals to discuss their career path and involvement in sustainability.

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.

Hands-On Help Session
Drop-In Benchmarking Help Session
Wednesday, October 17, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, October 24

Electric vehicles are now ready for prime time and automakers worldwide are investing billions of dollars in new electric vehicle options.  Get an overview of the fast-growing EV marketplace, including EV history, car manufacturers and models, and benefits of electric drives.

In-depth Seminar
Noise Control & Acoustics & LEED v4
Thursday, November 1, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Increasingly, the benefits of quiet spaces are being recognized by LEED, especially for schools and healthcare facilities where additional LEED credits are available for controlling background noise levels, speech intelligibility, and speech privacy. 

Members only
New Member Welcome Social
Wednesday, November 7, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Current USGBC-MGC members are invited to come socialize and get acquainted! Join us at Facilitec Corporate Furnishings to enjoy complimentary beer, wine and light appetizers. 

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. 

Schools & Mentors Participating in the 2018-19 Green Schools Quest GSQ
Green Schools Quest

Welcome to the nearly 60 school/mentor teams participating in the 2018-19 Green Schools Quest!

Bellerive Elementary School (Parkway)
Mentor: Tricia Bisoux, BizEd Magazine/AACSB International
Brown Elementary School (Hazelwood)
Mentor: Bailey Lutz, Saint Louis County Department of Public Health
Caseyville Elementary School (Collinsville 10)
Mentor: Madison Halbrooks, St.Louis Earth Day
Chaminade College Preparatory School
Mentor: Mike Sorth, The Collective Impact Network
Christ, Prince of Peace School
Mentor: Jane E Bruss
Claymont Elementary School (Parkway)
Mentor: Erik Lueders, Parkway School District
Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Lana Feix, Gardner Capital
Columbia Elementary School (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Jenn DeRose, St. Louis Earth Day
Coordinated Youth & Human Services
Mentor: Victoria Green, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
Crossroads Elementary School (Wentzville)
Mentor: Mike Merritt, Saint Louis Lighting Group
Duchesne Elementary: Probe Gifted Education (Ferguson Florissant)
Mentor: Carolyn Green, Green Design
Educational Therapeutic Support at Madison (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Nancy Nafe, Nafe & Associates Landscape Architects
Forsyth School
Mentor: Matthew Beard, Brewer Science, Inc.
Gotsch Intermediate School (Affton)
Mentor: Adam Rustige, Automatic Controls Equipment Systems
Grand Center Arts Academy (Confluence Academies)
Mentor: Elizabeth Sabetta, St. Louis Earth Day
Hazelwood West High School
Mentors: Lisa M. Johnson, Edward Jones
Hazelwood West Middle School
Mentor: Rene Freels, Ferguson Eco Team
Herculaneum High School (Dunklin R-5)
Mentor: Kelsey Wingo, Webster University
Highcroft Ridge Elementary School (Parkway)
Mentor: Emily Bishop, Cushman & Wakefield / Mastercard
Hodgen Tech Elementary School (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco
Jackson Park Elementary School (University City)
Mentor: Angela A. Moore, Missouri Historical Society
Jennings Senior High School
Mentor: Paul Oryem, Innovium Environmental Group
Kirkwood Early Childhood Center
Mentor: John Heaney, The Advertisers Printing Co
Kirkwood High School
Mentor: Greg Williams, Siemens
Little Flower Elementary School
Mentor: Franklin P. Eppert, ABNA Engineering
Little Flower Middle School
Mentor: Franklin P. Eppert, ABNA Engineering
Mann Elementary School (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Ashley Matula
Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center
Mentor: Trey Bartsch, Mackey Mitchell Architects
Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School
Mentors: Joyce Mathis, MJM Design Company & Delia Davis, Plant Vibes
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
Mentor: Jim Jordan
Marian Middle School
Mentor: Ann Young, Amerhart
Mason School of Academic and Cultural Literacy (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Fredericka Brandt, Mason Elementary School SLPS
McKelvey Elementary School (Parkway)
Mentor: Emily Sinnott
McKinley CLA High School (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Jen Myerscough, St. Louis Earth Day
MICDS Upper School
Mentor: April Anderson, The National Museum of Transportation
New City School
Mentor: Maggie McCoy, EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Nipher Middle School (Kirkwood)
Mentor: Lesli Moylan
North Kirkwood Middle School
Mentor: Mary Fitzgerald
Oakville Middle School (Mehlville)
Mentor: Chris Ruth, Integrated Facility Services
Premier Charter School
Mentor: Michael Rodney, m2 Architecture Studio, LLC
Principia Upper School
Mentor: Mathew Emden, Principia College
Ritenour Center for Gifted Education
Mentor: Rob Kennedy, EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Rockwood South Middle School
Mentor: Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Rogers Middle School (Affton)
Mentor: Joyce Gorrell, EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Rossman School
Mentor: Nicole Azmanov
Rogers Middle School (Affton)
Mentor: Joyce Gorrell, EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Saint Louis University High School
Mentor: Courtnie Kidd, Ameren
Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
Mentor: Ian J. Ashcraft, St. Louis County Department of Public Health
St. Francis of Assisi School
Mentor: Ross Watson, Jacobs Engineering
St. Joseph's Academy
Mentor: Nicole Esser Dryden, Mackey Mitchell Architects
St. Margaret of Scotland
Mentor: Elizabeth Simons, Great Rivers Greenway
Sunrise R-IX School
Mentor: Joe Panhorst, Wyman Center / YMCA TeamWorks
Trinity Lutheran
Mentor: Kim Petzing, Madison County Planning & Development
Truman Elementary School (Meramec Valley R3)
Mentor: Darla Preiss, MO Master Naturalist - Miramiguoa Chapter
Villa di Maria Montessori
Mentor: Jen Thomas, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Washington University in St. Louis
Visitation Academy
Mentor: Mackenzie Conley, Lockheed Martin
W.W. Keysor Elementary School (Kirkwood)
Mentor: Jennifer Schamber, Greenscape Gardens
Washington Montessori Elementary School (St. Louis Public SD)
Mentor: Jhamie Schultz, Friends of Fountain Park, Inc.
Westchester Elementary School (Kirkwood)
Mentor: Jaclyn Jezik, One Twenty Two Photography
Westview Middle School (Riverview Gardens)
Mentor: Kiah Earl, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
New Member Welcome Social NewMember
Wednesday, November 7, 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 & Sponsors

Facilitec Corporate Furnishing


Donate or Renew and Receive Chapter Gear!

For a limited time, individuals who make a donation to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at or above $50 and members who join or renew their Chapter memberships at the Full, National Member Employee, or Contributor levels will receive a complimentary piece of chapter gear! This offer ends on Wednesday, November 7th.

Individuals will be able to select their choice of hat, window cling, pint glass or stainless steel water bottle. Gear can be picked up at the New Member Welcome Social, other Chapter event, or from the Chapter office.


Celebrating World Green Building Week

Once again, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter contributed an article to the BuildMO newsletter in honor of World Green Building Week. Read on for Emily Andrews's thoughts on the Living Building Challenge, originally published in BuildMO Newsletter on September 24, 2018.

The Positive Impact of Buildings: The Living Building Challenge
By Emily Andrews, LEED AP O+M
Executive Director, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter
Last year, our article in honor of World Green Building Week explored Net Zero buildings - a building that produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Now, let's take net zero to the next level with the Living Building Challenge. The idea behind Living Buildings is that they give more than they take, creating a positive impact on human and natural systems. Instead of just net zero, we are talking about net positive energy. Now add net positive water and waste into the equation, and imagine a building that is designed and constructed to function like a flower. A building that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, and captures and treats all of its water. Like a flower, it operates efficiently and for maximum beauty; informed by and responding to the characteristics of its bioregion.  
No one said this would be easy, that is why it's called the Living Building Challenge. It is meant to challenge and inspire all of us to think beyond the four walls of a building. How do our buildings impact the environment and climate? How do they impact our day to day lives, our mental and physical wellbeing? How can buildings, landscapes and communities be a solution to climate change while providing inspiration and beauty?
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 the 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.  
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 U.S. Green Building Council - 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.

Proposals due October 8

Have an interesting recent or ongoing project you want to share with a national audience? Now's your chance! Submit your presentation or session proposal to be a part of USGBC's IMPACT x Green Schools Conference & Expo 2019! The submission deadline is October 8, 2018.  

About the Green Schools Conference and Expo x IMPACT 2019
The Green Schools Conference and Expo is the only national event to bring together all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools.
IMPACT is a USGBC regional event in the Midwest featuring educational sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment and the economy-locally and nationally.
The two events will be co-located for the first time in Saint Paul, Minnesota. GSCE will be held April 8-9. IMPACT will be held April 9.

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 johanna.schweiss@mobot.org 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! 
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.
U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter
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