USGBC - St. Louis Regional Chapter E-News
January 2010
In This Issue
HP Building Session 3 - Feb 2
Conservation Lobby Day - Feb 3
Renewable Energy & Green Building Hands-on Workshops
Native Plant School
LEED Showcase Request
Thanks to our Sponsors!

Nominations NOW OPEN for 2nd Annual
Growing Green Awards Logo
See website for more information!
Upcoming Events & Workshops
JANUARY 29 - 30:
Grow Native's Landscape Design with Missouri in mind

Home Performance Training Program

High Performance Building Session 3

Conservation Lobby Day

Chapter Program at Harris Stowe
High Performance Building Session 3: Greening Existing Buildings - Certifications & Incentives

The second session of the High Performance Building Session was a success last Thursday, despite the cold and snowy weather. You can find a recap and links to the presentations on the Chapter Blog - Elements of Green Building.

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December 7 High Performance building session speakers
Speakers from L-R: Paul Todd Merrill, Marc Lopata and Matt Malten.

Mark your calendar for the third and final session of our High Performance Building Series: Greening Existing Buildings - Certifications & Incentives

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 am - 9:30 am
WHERE: RCGA Offices - 1 Metropolitan Square, 13th Floor

Presentations include:
  • Transforming Missouri Botanical Garden's Monsanto Center to a LEED-EB Building, presented by Deborah Chollet Frank, Vice President of Sustainability at Missouri Botanical Garden and Michael Levinson, Energy Solutions, Inc.

  • Financing a Green Development -The Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Training School, presented by Phil Hulse, Principal at Green Street Properties and Bryan Pratt, Vice President of Business Development at Green Street Properties

  • Overview of federal, state, and local green building incentives, presented by Lou Brouk, Terra-Wise, LLC and USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee

The program is free. RSVP to [email protected]
Help Missouri Go Green at Conservation Lobby Day
Join Missouri Votes Conservation, Missouri Coalition for the Environment & Sierra Club for their annual Conservation Lobby Day on February 3 in Jefferson City!

Let Missouri lawmakers know that you care about conserving and protecting our environment and natural resources for future generations. Group will meet with state representatives and senators on the following issues:
  • Increase Energy Efficiency & Renewables: Improve Missouri's near-bottom energy efficiency ranking and expand usage of renewable energy.
  • Protect Water Quality: Ensure adequate monitoring and enforcement to protect Missouri's streams and lakes.
  • Maintain State Parks: Ensure funding for vitally-needed capital improvements to maintain Missouri's excellent parks.
  • Build Green with LEED Certification: Make buildings more energy efficient through green building standards.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 9 am - 3:30 pm
WHERE: Jefferson City
COST: $10 in advance and $15 at the door
For more information or to register:

If you're a LEED AP that's recently opted into the new LEED Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP) or you've recently taken a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP exam, you're probably trying to figure out what counts for continuing education, what doesn't and how to report it. Now that the program is taking shape, more tools are available to LEED APs.

Check out the following tools that will make your life as a LEED AP easier!
  • USGBC-STL Chapter website - for the resources we compiled for our December LEED CMP Info Session.
  • Green Building Certification CMP Tool Box for activity descriptions, a step-by-step guide and reporting & tracking forms.
Currently, USGBC-STL monthly programs qualify for continuing education units as "live presentations". But USGBC-STL is working on becoming an Education Provide so monthly programs can be reported as  "professional development" hours later this year.

And don't forget that you can count USGBC-STL committee volunteer time as continuing education as well!
Hands-on Renewable Energy & Green Building Workshops

If you're looking for hands-on residential green building and renewable energy workshops, then Missouri's the place for you! Did you know that The Evergreen Institute recently relocated to Gerald, MO (about an hour and a half from St. Louis) and has a great line up of workshops in 2010?!

The Evergreen Institute offers a variety of hands on workshops on home energy efficiency, passive solar, basic PV and more from their headquarters in Gerald, MO and all over the country. They have recently lowered some workshop prices. Plus if you register a month in advance, you can save even more.

The Evergreen Institute has applied to be a USGBC Education Provider, meaning its courses will count towards LEED Professional continuing education hours soon!

Learn more at
Native Plant School

Missouri Botanical Garden's

Shaw Nature Reserve Presents . . . .

Native Plant School 2010

Learn the how to landscape with native plants - from the basics to advanced and in between!

  • Native Landscaping Part 1:  Planning & Design - Feb. 11

  • Native Plant Propagation from Seed - March 11

  • Native Landscaping Part 2: Installation and Maintenance - April 8

  • Native Small Flowering Trees & Shrubs Part 2 - April 15

  • Pond and Lake Landscaping with Native Plants - May 13

  • Land Management for Quail and other Grassland Birds - May 20

  • Rain Gardening and Storm Water Runoff - June 10

  • Gardening for Wildlife: Pollination, Predation, and Reproduction - July 8        

  • Prairie & Savanna Reconstruction Pt. 1: Site Prep and Seed Collecting  - Aug. 12

  • Open Garden and Fall Native Plant Sale - Sept. 10

  • Prairie & Savanna Reconstruction Pt. 2: Seeding and Maintenance - Sept. 2

  • Native Small Flowering Trees & Shrubs Part 3 -  Oct. 14

  • Natural Looking Paths and Patios made with Stone and Concrete - Nov. 11

Missouri Botanical Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve Members - $8 per class; non-members $15. Register on-line or by calling the Shaw Nature Reserve at 636-451-3512 x 0.
Got a Project for the LEED Showcase?

USGBC-STL will host it's 7th Annual LEED Showcase this May and we're looking for projects to feature. The project must be LEED Registered and ideally under construction. The program only features 4 projects, so space is very limited.

LEED Platinum Plaque

Please send your suggestions with LEED SHOWCASE SUGGESTION in the subject line to Brendan Smith, from the USGBC-STL program committee!
2010 Sponsorship Information
Generous support from our Chapter and Event sponsors makes the USGBC-STL world go 'round - and we're grateful for such a supportive community!

Thanks to our Chapter Sponsors who have already renewed or signed on in 2010:



Clayco, Inc.
Colliers Turley Martin Tucker
Missouri Historical Society

Novus International
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36

Learn more about 2010 Sponsorship Opportunities

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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