October 2010 E-Newsletter

October 2010
Photovoltaics: Concept to Strategy - October 12
Green Your Existing School - October 14
USGBC Congressional Advocacy Day
Local LEED certified projects
Merger, name change & now we're moving!
Green Shadow program
New & Renewing Sponsors

October 9:
City of St. Louis Open Streets

October 13:
Sustainability Matters Series Begins

October 12:
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program on Solar Photovoltaic

October 14:
Green Your Existing School

October 18:
Extreme Tree House Meeting

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

October 26
Sustainability Challenge: Local to Global at Washington University

October 26 - 27
Planning for Clean Water & Healthy Communities - Earth Day Symposium

 Join us for a fun bike ride to benefit the Chapter's Scholarship Fund!
Be there! Saturday, October 23 on the Riverfront Trail!
Logo Ameren
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

Landis & Gyr

Lighting Associates, Inc.

McCormack Baron Salazar & SunWheel Energy Partners

 Novus International


St. Louis Electrical Connection

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36


U.S. Bank

Washington University in St. Louis

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Photovoltaics: Concept to Completion - October 12

Be sure to RSVP for our final monthly program of the year. Don't forget - LEED Professionals who are not already Chapter members attend for FREE!

This presentation will cover what you need to know about Solar Photovoltaics - financial incentives, recent state renewable and energy efficiency policy victories and their impacts, available photovoltaic system components & sizing, costs & return on investment of photovoltaic systems, and local case studies.


  • Erin Noble, Co-Director, Renew Missouri, a project of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • Dane Glueck, President, Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association
  • John Berendzen, Partner, Fox Architects speaking about the Emerson Data Center 100kW photovoltaic array
  • Mike Steinbaum, VP & Chief Operating Officer, Sunwheel Energy Partners, discussing solar arrays installed on local low-income housing units

WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
5:30 -6:00 pm - Registration & Networking
6:00 -7:30 pm - Formal Presentation - NOTE EARLIER STARTING TIME!

WHERE: AmerenUE Headquarters at 1901 Chouteau (63103) See a map.

FEE: Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members & full-time students; $20 for non-members

SPECIAL OFFER FOR LEED PROFESSIONALS:  Attend this program for FREE regardless of your membership status!

RSVP by visiting our Event Registration page. Scroll down and click on the "Register" button under the Photovoltaics: Concept to Completion - October 12 Program event listing.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

The Energy Savings Store

Microgrid Energy

Green Your Existing School - October 14

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is pleased to present our
third annual Green Schools program -
a FREE Workshop for School Educators & Administrators! 

This year's event will focus on greening your existing school and has been expanded with the addition of a keynote speaker and several breakout sessions. The keynote - Green This School: LEED EBOM for K12 Educational Facilities - will be given by Paul O'Malley, Asst. Superintendent for Business Services, District 219 Niles Township HS, Skokie, IL.

WHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

WHERE: Harris-Stowe State University's Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center

  10 N. Compton Ave. (63103)

A LEED Silver building!

Register at http://www.usgbc-stl.org/events/ - scroll down and click the "Register" button under the "Green Your Existing School" event - registration deadline is October, 11, 2010.

For more information, including directions and a detailed agenda visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway website. Be sure to check out out Erik Lueders, our Green Homes Subcommittee Chair and Hope Breidenbach, our Membership & Education Coordinator talkin' green schools on the StLouisGreen.com podcast

Thanks to our sponsors:

Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc

CCS Group * CI Select * hellmuth + bicknese

New System Janitorial Supply * QRS Recycling

Schneider Electric * St. Louis Green * Trane

USGBC Congressional Advocacy Day

From L-R at USGBC's 3rd Annual Congressional Advocacy Day: Congressman Russ Carnahan; Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founder of USGBC and Tony Ruebsam, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education Subcommittee Chair.

For the third year in a row, USGBC held a Congressional Advocacy Day in Washington DC. Chapter leaders gathered from across the country to visit federal lawmakers and advocate for sound green building and sustainability policy.

Every year, several members from USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter have been lucky enough to attend Congressional Advocacy Day. This year Tony Ruebsam, chair of the Higher Education subcomittee of our Advocacy committee, attended on behalf of the Chapter. Read more about his experience at http://www.usgbc-stl.org/blog/.
Congrats to Recently Certified LEED Buildings!
Congratulations to the following buildings who have achieved LEED certification since our last update in June 2010!
  • BJC New Primary Data Center - GOLD (NC)
  • BJC Progress West Medical Office Building - GOLD (CS)
  • City of St. Louis' Carondelet Recreation Center - SILVER (NC)
  • Dave Mungenast of Lexus St. Louis - SILVER (NC)
  • Emerson Global Data Center - GOLD (NC)
  • Harris Stowe State University Early Childhood & Parent Education Center - SILVER (NC)
  • Midwest Testing - SILVER (NC)
  • North Park Spec Building II - GOLD (CS)
  • Progress Point Center Office Building - GOLD (CS)
  • Shaw Park Plaza - CERTIFIED (EBOM)
  • Wexford Building No. 1 - GOLD (CS)
Learn about the Emerson Global Data Center at the Chapter's October 12 Program on Photovoltaics: Concept to Strategy. Or see the Harris Stowe's Early Childhood & Parent Education Center when you attend the October 14 Green Your Existing School workshop!

Merger, name change, what's next? We're moving!

After living at the Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center for nearly 10 years, USGBC-Missouri Gateway is excited for a change of scenery at the end of 2010. Along with EarthWays Center staff, USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff will be moving to the Missouri Botanical Garden's main campus and relocating to the Commerce Bank Education Center for Science Education (CBEC) located at the northeast corner of Shaw & Vandeventer.

The future use of the home is being managed by Grand Center, Inc. who owns the building. Rest assured that existing EarthWays Center programs and projects will continue on - promoting sustainabilty through environmental education & improving the built environment in the St. Louis region!

Just like at EarthWays Center, there will be meeting space available for USGBC-Missouri Gateway board and committees at CBEC. And staff will be assisting with efforts towards the building's LEED certification under Existing Buildings-Operations & Maintenance. We look forward to having a LEED certified office!

Stay tuned for more details and updates. In the meantime, don't miss the opportunity to tour the EarthWays Center before the move! Public tours will occur on Oct. 16 and 17 with final tours on Nov. 20 and 21. Visit the EarthWays website for more information.

Green Shadow Program Launches!


St. Louis Green Shadow is a new mentorship program developed by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education Subcommittee to expose students to green jobs in the St. Louis region through a one day shadow of local business people. 

We are looking for Mentors and Shadows to participate in the program

Mentors must be a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member in good standing and fill out an online application detailing their interest in becoming a Mentor and providing a list of activities in their typical workday. Click here to view the St. Louis Green Shadow MENTOR application.

Shadows must be enrolled in a local college or university and fill out an online application outlining any previous experience with green building, their interests in sustainability and the one day shadow program, as well as a reference such as an advisor or professor. Click here to view the St. Louis Green Shadow STUDENT application.

To learn more about the Green Shadow program, visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway website.

Thanks to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Sponsors that have recently joined or renewed!
Cannon Design - Renewing

Landco Construction - Renewing

McCormack Baron Salazar & Sunwheel Partnership - NEW