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April 2010
USGBC-STL Program - Comparing Residential Rating Systems
Greening the Heartland Early Registration until April 15
Living Building Challenge Road Show
2010 Growing Green Award Winners
USGBC-STL Member Dues to Rise this Spring
Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Booth
Even More Events in April!
Thanks to new & renewing Chapter Sponsors!

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Logo Grainger
Logo Kerr
Logo MO Botanical
Logo Vertegy

December 7 High Performance building session speakersLogo Clayco



Bell Electrical Contractors

Color Art
Integrated Interiors

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Green Street Properties, LLC

Hastings & Chivetta

Johnson Controls

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Novus International


St. Louis Electrical Connection

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36


Unico System

U.S. Bank

Washington University in St. Louis

Comparing Residential Rating Systems - April 13

Comparing Residential Rating Systems: Certification Choices, Challenges, Changes will address the different systems in use locally, what's working and what's motivating clients to build green.

  • Kim Hibbs - Hibbs Homes LLC
  • Richard Reilly - Trumpet Builders LLC and Habitat for Humanity
  • Matt Belcher - Belcher Homes
Moderated by Jean Ponzi - EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
5:30-6:15pm - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30pm - Program

WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page Ave (63114)

COST: Free to USGBC-STL members and students. $20 for non-members.

RSVP via EventBrite.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Butterfly Energy Works
TMA Architects

Greening the Heartland Early Registration 'til April 15

December 7 High Performance building  session speakersBe sure to register for Greening the Heartland 2010 by Thursday, April 15 in order to receive the early registration fee!

As always, this year's conference line up looks great. Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Architecture for Humanity, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday morning. Workshops will cover everything from energy efficiency to public policy to holistic green.
Additionally, all 40 workshops are approved for GBCI continuing education credits towards the LEED Credentialing Maintenance Program.

Conference organizers have also lined up some great pre and post conference opportunities, such as a LEED EB walking tour of downtown Minneapolis, a tour of Target Field (home to the Minnesota Twins and seeking LEED certification) and a bike tour of Transit Oriented Development.

Congratulations to our Scholarship Recipients, who'll be attending Greening the Heartland 2010 thanks to a generous donation from the Grainger Foundation!
  • Sean Thomas, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
  • Lois Sechrist, Sechrist Sustainable Consulting
  • Jordan Smith, Washington University in St. Louis student
Living Building Challenge ROAD SHOW - April 21


The Living Building Challenge ROAD SHOW is coming to St. Louis on April 21! If you're interested in attending be sure to register soon. Late registration begins April 14 at 7 PM CST.

What's the Living Building Challenge? It's a green building standard attempts to raise the bar and pushes us to ask: What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?

What's a Living Building Challenge Road Show? A workshop that will share the tenants of the Living Building Challenge and restorative design.

Check out USGBC-STL's blog for more information on the Living Building Challenge ROAD SHOW.

To register, go to the International Living Building Institute - USGBC-STL MEMBERS RECEIVE A DISCOUNT FOR THIS WORKSHOP. Contact [email protected] for more information.
2010 Growing Green Award Winners!
Congratulations to this year's Growing Green Award winners, who were announced to a sold out crowd at the Soulard Preservation Hall on March 31!
December 7 High Performance building session speakers
  • Innovator: Home Green Home
  • Home Builder: Laclede Gas Company
  • Government: St. Louis County
  • Educator: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Quietly Green: Punit Jain, Cannon Design
  • Non-Profit: Renew Missouri, a project of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • Corporate: Clayco
Look for more information about the winners on the Growing Green Awards web page soon. And be sure to mark your calendars for March 30, 2011. Next year, we promise a bigger venue and a bigger celebration, since it's also the Chapter's 10-year anniversary!
USGBC-STL Membership Dues to Rise this Spring

Rates for USGBC - St. Louis Regional Chapter membership will be rising in May 2010. Dues are shifting to:
  • $100 for Regular Membership
  • $70 for National Member Employees, and
  • $25 for Full-Time Students.
These new rates support USGBC-STL's ability to provide quality educational programming and outreach, reflect the response from our last membership survey voicing that members prefer to pay a little more in annual dues while keeping the monthly evening programs free to members, and better align with the membership rates of comparable USGBC Chapters throughout the country.

If you would like to take advantage of current member pricing ($65 / $45.50 / $26), RENEW NOW! By going online to renew before May 2010, your membership date will extend for one year (the month and day will stay the same as your original join date).

Questions?  Contact [email protected].
USGBC-STL Volunteers Needed for St. Louis Earth Day Festival - Sunday, April 25

Do you like to hang out in Forest Park?
Do you like to talk with people about green building?
Then we have a job for you!

The Chapter is seeking volunteers for our booth at the
St. Louis Earth Day Festival in Forest Park on Sunday, April 25. As always, the Festival will be on the Muny Grounds and will run from 11 am - 6 pm. We would like to recruit 3 people to work each shift below.
  • 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Contact Emily Andrews at [email protected] or
(314) 577-0854 or if you can help out on Sunday, April 25. It's a great excuse to hang out in Forest Park and talk about green building!

So Many Events in April and So Little Time!
With several days of April behind us, we are already
full swing into "Earth Month" - a busy month
for all things green! Below are a few
green building specific educational opportunities
you don't want to miss this month!

April 9 - Building an Emerald City book signing with Lucia Athens
Building an Emerald City is a roadmap to help policy makers, public officials, and green building advocates accelerate market adoption of green building practices in order to create more sustainable communities and cities.
When and Where?April 9, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm at FOCUS St. Louis' offices - 815 Olive Street, Suite 110 (Old Post Office)

April 20, 22, 27, 29 - Greening your Structure: LEED Applications for Structural Materials
This four-part course offered by Ranken Technical College is designed to inform architects and engineers about sustainable opportunities that exist in the area of structural building materials such as  concrete, steel, masonry, and wood. The course is approved for 8 continuing education hours through GBCI for LEED Professionals.
When and Where? 6 - 9 pm April 20, 22, 27 and 29 at Ranken Technical College.

April 27 - Sustainability and Professional Sports: What Are We Doing and Why?
Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council will present on Sustainability and Professional Sports: What Are We Doing and Why?at a luncheon hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals and Delaware North Corporation Sportservice. Proceeds from this event will benefit USGBC-STL and
When and Where? April 27, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Cardinals Club at Busch Stadium * 700 Clark Street

April 30 - Energy, Economics & Environment: Making the 3 E's Work Together in Healthcare
See how top professionals navigate today's healthcare landmines and overcome the roadblocks - interactive, lively workshop will help you get your questions answered. Speakers include John Farnen from mercy Health System, Anne Hill from the Murphy Company and Tim Koenig from Heideman Associates. USGBC-STL Members receive a discount on the registration fee for this event!
When and Where?April 30, 7:45 am - noon at Barnes Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center
Thanks to USGBC-STL Chapter Sponsors who have recently renewed or committed!

Bell Electrical Contractors - New

Paric - Renewing

Washington University in St. Louis - New