|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
Introducing 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:
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.
- 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.
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,
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.
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.
ASHRAE-STL HRATEC - December 4
Design of Ground Source Heat Pumps for
Commercial and Institutional Buildings
ASHRAE-STL's HRATEC short course will feature Design of Ground Source Heat Pumps for Commercial and Institutional BuildingsWHEN:
Friday, December 4, 7:00 am - 4:45 pmWHERE:
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
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!
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.
Tuesday, December 15, 7:30 am - 9:00 amWHERE:
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 email@example.com
Thanks to our Program Sponsor
USGBC-STL Sponsor Profile: Laclede Gas
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!
Thanks to our 2009 Chapter Sponsors!
Missouri Botanical Garden
Vertegy, An Alberici EnterpriseWilliam A. Kerr FoundationGoldAllied Waste
Colliers Turley Martin Tucker
Laclede Gas Company
McCarthy Building Companies
Missouri Historical Society
The Korte Company
Vector Communications Corporation
William B. Ittner, Inc.
Green Street Properties
Hastings & Chivetta
Lighting Associates, Inc.
New System Janitorial Supply
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36
USGBC-STL Sponsorship Opportunities