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September 2010
LEED BD+C Exam Prep Starts September 20
USGBC-STL is now USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter!
Extreme Tree House Compeition now Open
Greenbuild registration & scholarships
Green Homes Festival - September 25
Sustainable Communities Workshop - September 28
Save the Date! EcoRide - October 23
September 10:
Water Conservation Tour at Atlas Supply

September 14:
CREW & IIDA program featuring Bill Black from Haworth and author of The Commercial Real Estate Revolution

September 14:
USGBC-STL Tour of Tyson Living Learning Center - SOLD OUT!

September 16 & 17:
Basic Solar Hot Water Heating Workshop

September 14:
St. Louis Open Streets & Bike to Busch

September 20, 22, 27, & 29:

September 21:
Limiting Risk and Liability By Designing To IBC Compliance For Wind, Flood and Earthquake - seminar

September 21:
Building Operator Certification Training begins (7 sessions)

September 25:

Green Homes Festival

September 28:
Sustainable Communities Workshop Session 1 (Kick Off)

October 12:
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program on Solar Photovoltaic

October 14:
Green Your Existing School

October 19:
Greening Midwest Communities Conference in Jefferson City, MO

October 19:
Sustainable Communities Workshop Session 2 (Stormwater Practices)

October 23:
EcoRide to Benefit USGBC-Missouri Gateway Scholarship Fund
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Bell Electrical Contractors

Color Art
Integrated Interiors

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Green Street Properties, LLC

Hastings & Chivetta

Johnson Controls

Landis & Gyr

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Novus International


St. Louis Electrical Connection

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36


U.S. Bank

Washington University in St. Louis

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LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep Course Starts Sept. 20!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is pleased to host our first LEED AP Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Exam Prep Course!

The LEED AP BD+C exam is designed to measure your knowledge and skill in understanding the LEED BD+C Rating System and ability to facilitate the project certification process.

This four-evening (16 hours total) LEED BD+C Specialty Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED BD+C Specialty exam. Skilled instructors will discuss categories and credits in the LEED BD&C Rating System, explore methods of sustainable project delivery and green building practices, and offer test taking tips.

WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 20, 22, 27 & 29, 2010, 4:30pm - 8:30pm each day

Masonry Institute of St. Louis at 1429 S. Big Bend Blvd (63117)

FEE: $200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and $250.00 for Non-members
*Textbook costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes dinner

PREREQUISITES: Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements. The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

To REGISTER, visit our Event Registration page, then click on the Register button under theUSGBC-STL LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Specialty Exam Prep Course event listing.

For more information about this course, including information on what will be covered, instructors, and required texts, please see the full event posting at

Other Upcoming LEED Exam Preparation Opportunities:
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep & LEED Core Concepts
Course # CONS 701 350
October 26 - December 14
6:30 - 8:50 pm on Tuesday evenings
St. Louis Community College Wildwood Campus

USGBC-Missouri Gateway LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
December 10 & 13 (Monday and Friday)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Masonry Institute
USGBC - St. Louis Regional Chapter is now USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter!

Have you heard?  USGBC-St. Louis Regional and USGBC-Missouri Heartland Chapters have merged to become USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter. The national USGBC board has approved the merger and name change and we're in the process of making everything official. Please bear with us as we get all our ducks in a row, including updating the website and this e-newsletter with our new name and logo (coming soon!).

We are excited to work with Chapter members all over Missouri to make every building a green building. USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff and board will remain headquartered in St. Louis and the Chapter territory will cover the St. Louis metropolitan area, Southern Illinois (which has always been a part of the St. Louis Regional Chapter territory), eastern Missouri and southwestern Missouri. Cities in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory include Springfield (MO), Carbondale, Columbia (MO), Rolla and Jefferson City. USGBC-Central Plains Chapter will focus their energy on serving Kansas and the western parts of Missouri such as Kansas City, Joplin, Carthage and Neosho.
The first USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Branch will be the Ozarks Branch and will serve the Springfield (MO) metropolitan area and the 417 area code. Branches focus mainly on programming, outreach and membership. As we get used to our new territory, we hope to see members in other parts of Missouri and in Southern Illinois form branches as well.
Call for Entries: Extreme Tree Houses!

Extreme TreeHouses
Join with the Missouri Botanical Garden to celebrate the U.N. Year of Forests in 2011, with EXTREME TREE HOUSES! Showcase your creative design and construction skills by entering this juried competition. Extreme Tree Houses will be constructed under (or near) significant trees at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Collaboration and teams are encouraged.

Winning designers will receive an award stipend of $5,000 for materials and construction, plus signage recognition and inclusion in the Exhibit Guide. Award-winning designs will delight and inspire more than 350,000 visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden from April 30 - August 21, 2011.

The EXTREME TREE HOUSE competition opened September 1. A required site meeting will be Monday, September 27 at 4:30 pm and the contest deadline is November 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Winners will be announced on January 7, 2011.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to have several members serve as judges for this competition!

For more information about the EXTREME TREE HOUSE competition, visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's website.
Greenbuild - Late Registration Extended until Sept 17 and Scholarship Applications due Sept 24
GreenBuildGreenbuild 2010 will provide three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events. Featured speakers include: 
  • U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan,
  • Environmentalist, entrepreneur and journalist Paul Hawken, and
  • Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.
Master speakers include Geoffrey Canada, president & CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone; Honorable Martha Johnson, Administrator of the General Services Administration and Kevin and Anna Salwin, co-authors of The Power of Half.

Learn more about Greenbuild 2010 or register at The early registration deadline for the conference has been extended until Friday, September 17.

A limited number of all-inclusive scholarships to Greenbuild are available for low-income individuals without the means to attend the conference. The deadline for the scholarship application is Friday, September 24. Learn more here.

Green Homes Festival - September 25

Join the Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment for the annual "green street promenade" on
Saturday, September 25 from 10 am - 6 pm on
Grandel Square in Grand Center.

More than 90 informative exhibitors will showcase green innovations. 26 expert workshops will cover solar and wind energy, home and vehicle efficiency, urban farming, composting, and more. Children's activities include solar car racing and Metro bus painting. And new this year is "Made from Scratch" - a Green Marketplace featuring home décor and gifts made by area crafters and produce grown by local farmers.
Learn more about the festival and plan your day at

And if you need to get some shopping in next week, be sure to head to either local Whole Foods Market location on Thursday, September 16 from 11 am - 7 pm, when 5% of your purchases will be donated to the EarthWays Center. EarthWays staff and volunteers will be at both Whole Foods that day promoting the Green Homes Festival and presenting resource conservation activities and recycled-material art activities for kids.

If you're a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member, please consider volunteering at the Chapter's booth at the Festival and share your passion and expertise about green building with festival-goers! Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at


Sustainable Communities Workshop Series Kick Off - September 28

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is pleased to
co-sponsor this six-part series of interactive forums for local governments, leaders and advocates & community members with Focus St. Louis and Sustainable St. Louis.

WHAT: Sustainable Communities Workshops Kick-Off

Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Commerce Bank Education Center at Missouri Botanical Garden - 4651 Shaw Boulevard (Note: this is not on the main grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden).

FEE: $10 per session or $50 for the entire series.

Learn more about the series or register online at

Future sessions will cover:
  • Stormwater Practices
  • Transportation
  • Materials and Service Procurement
  • Energy Practices
  • Waste Management
Save the Date for Eco Ride - October 23


Pump up your tires, grab your helmet, and join the fun at the ECORIDE on Saturday, October 23!  Proceeds from the bike ride will help raise money for the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's brand new scholarship fund. Though we have given out scholarships to green building & sustainability trainings over the years, we are excited to create a permanent scholarship fund in order to increase our ability to provide education around green building practices and principles.

The purpose of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter scholarship program is to provide green building & sustainability education and training for those who normally would not have access or could not afford it. The scholarships will help people from our area attend national and regional sustainability conferences such as Greening the Heartland and Greenbuild, local professional development and continuing education and LEED exam preparation courses offered by the Chapter.

Registration for the ECORIDE is now open - learn more or register!

Sponsorship opportunities for the ECORIDE are available at the Racing ($1000), Touring ($500) and Cruiser ($250) levels. Join the Chapter in our efforts to jump start our scholarship fund and expand access to green building and sustainability education opportunities! For more information, see the sponsor package (PDF) or contact Emily Andrews at or 314-577-0854.