USGBC - St. Louis Regional Chapter E-News
November 2009
In This Issue
LEED Pilot Credit Library Launched
USGBC-STL NEW Blog Guidelines
Green Building Funding Opportunities
Sustainable Construction Course
LEED Credentialing Maintenance Info Session
USGBC-STL Sponsor Profile: Laclede Gas
Upcoming Events & Workshops
8th Annual MO Statewide Environmental Summit

NOVEMBER 8: USGBC-STL Board Nominations Due

NOVEMBER 11 - 13:
Greenbuild in Phoenix, AZ

NOVEMBER 11 - 13:
Earth Day Symposium

NOVEMBER 13: America Recycles Day

NOVEMBER 17 - 25: USGBC-STL Board Elections (on-line)


High Performance Building program with RCGA and Congressman Russ Carnahan

LEED Credentialing Maintenance Info Session

LEED Pilot Credits
USGBC recently launched the LEED Pilot Credit Library, a new tool that will add to the flexibility of the rating system's continuous improvement process.

LEED version 3Introducing proposed new credits and prerequisites through a credit-by-credit pilot process is one of the changes introduced through LEED v3, the newest version of LEED. This allows LEED to introduce new ideas to the ratings sytem without having to launch an entirely new version.

The new LEED Pilot Credit Library is up and running with six proposed credits:
  • Pilot Credit 1: Life Cycle Assessment of Building Assemblies and Materials.
  • Pilot Credit 2: PBT Source Reduction: Dioxins and Halogenated Organic Compounds.
  • Pilot Credit 3: Medical and Process Equipment Efficiency.
  • Pilot Credit 4: Innovative Ventilation.
  • Pilot Credit 5 & 6: Preliminary Integrative Project Planning & Design.
All LEED project teams are encouraged to participate in pilot testing the credits. Participating project teams will submit evaluation forms to provide input on strengths and weaknesses. Feedback will help inform improvements to the content of the credit or determine whether it is suited for introduction into LEED.

Each project that participates in a credit's pilot and submits feedback will receive one Innovation & Design or Innovation in Operations credit, regardless of whether it would have achieved the actual credit being piloted. Because the credits are in pilot and are not yet part of LEED, points will not be awarded for achieving the pilot credit itself.

For more information, visit the LEED Pilot Credit Library.
USGBC-STL NEW Blog Guidelines
USGBC-STL launched its new website this summer, which includes a blog. We've posted a few things here and there, but we need your help to populate the blog! All current Chapter members are eligible to submit blog posts for review and posting.

Check out the most recent post, submitted by Michael Levinson, chair of the Green Schools Subcommittee:

Interest in Green Schools High,
Despite Economy

132 people. 80+ school staff. 40+ educational institutions represented. This was the crowd that showed up for "No-Cost Ways to Green Your School" on October 28th.

Green Schools Presentation
Above: Cindy Bambini, they keynote presenter at USGBC-STL's Green Schools program, share no-cost ideas for greening school facilities.

Read the rest of the post here.

Want to see your name in print? Check out the new Blog Guidelines and submit something for review!
Green Building Funding Opportunities

Home DePot Building Healthy Communities Grant
Deadline: December 15

The Building Healthy Communities Grant Program awards up to $2,500 in the form of Home Depot gift cards to nonprofits, public schools, and tax-exempt public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Funds can be used to purchase tools or materials. Grants are for community improvement projects, including activities such as construction or refurbishment of affordable or transitional housing; building, rebuilding, painting, refurbishing, and/or improving energy efficiency and sustainability; and landscaping, planting of native trees, community facility improvements, and the development and/or improvement of green spaces.

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District
Deadline: December 21

The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency created to assist the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in establishing and expanding waste reduction and recycling. Applications are now available for their 2010 Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant Program.

Since 1993, the District has awarded more than 700 grants totaling over $30 million. The grant program aims to expand waste reduction and recycling and provides valuable assistance to local governments, private businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the implementation and expansion of a wide variety of waste reduction and recycling projects. Funds may be used for a variety of costs associated with a project, from equipment to operating expenses.
Design of Ground Source Heat Pumps for
Commercial and Institutional Buildings

WHAT: ASHRAE-STL's HRATEC short course will feature Design of Ground Source Heat Pumps for Commercial and Institutional Buildings

WHEN: Friday, December 4, 7:00 am - 4:45 pm

WHERE: Spazio's at Westport

COST: $140 Per Person by November 20, 2009 ($160 after
November 20th) includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch as well as 8.0 PDH credits

For more information, see the event brochure.
Sustainable Construction Course at
St. Louis Community College

St. Louis Community College will be offering a Sustainable Construction course at its Florissant Valley Campus this Winter. Class topics will include:
  • The socio-economic impact of green building
  • How sustainable construction differs from the traditional approach
  • LEED & Green Globes rating systems and how they impact various aspects of a building and its components and systems.
The class begins on Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 6:00 - 9:45 pm and runs consecutive Thursday's through March 14.

For more information, see the St. Louis Community College website. For questions about registering for the class, please contact Florissant Valley Admissions Department at (314) 513-4244.

St. Louis Community College is a USGBC Education Provider, which means this course is eligible for continuing education for LEED Professionals.
LEED Credentialing Maintenance Program Information Session - December 15
Do you have a million questions about the new Credentialing Maintenance Program for LEED Professionals? Then be sure to join us December 15! 

WHAT: An overview of the new Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP) for LEED Professionals. The CMP is designed to expand the knowledge and experience base of LEED Professionals and to facilitate professional development.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 7:30 am - 9:00 am

WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114)

COST: $15 for members, $30 for non-members

For more information, see the event listing on the Chapter website or contact USGBC-STL at or 314-577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsor
USGBC-STL Sponsor Profile: Laclede Gas

Allied Waste LogoLaclede Gas Company has provided safe and reliable service to St. Louis-area customers for more than 150 years. The largest natural gas distribution company in Missouri, Laclede serves more than 630,000 natural gas customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties in Eastern Missouri. Laclede provides residential, commercial and industrial customers with marketing/technical assistance and support to reduce their natural gas usage through conservation techniques, high-efficiency appliances and other energy-efficiency ideas. In recognition of Laclede's green building efforts surrounding the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television show, the Southern Gas Association awarded them the 2009 Marketing Best Practices Award in its "Green Marketing" category.

Thanks to Laclede Gas for their support of USGBC-STL through Gold Chapter Sponsorship!

2009 Chapter Gold and Platinum Sponsor Benefits include a profile or article in the Chapter e-news. Learn about Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities!
Thanks to our 2009 Chapter Sponsors!
Clayco, Inc.
Missouri Botanical Garden
Vertegy, An Alberici Enterprise

William A. Kerr Foundation

Allied Waste
Cannon Design
Colliers Turley Martin Tucker
Enterprise Holdings
Laclede Gas Company
Landco Construction
McCarthy Building Companies
Missouri Historical Society
Resource Dynamics
Tarlton, Inc.
The Korte Company
Vector Communications Corporation
William B. Ittner, Inc.

Green Street Properties
Hastings & Chivetta
Johnson Controls
Kozeny-Wagner, Inc.
Lighting Associates, Inc.
New System Janitorial Supply
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36
Unico System

USGBC-STL Sponsorship Opportunities