November 2010 E-Newsletter

November 2010
HFHSTL Certifies 24 more LEED Platinum Homes!
New in 2011 - Webinars
Chapter & National Board Elections
Local Pepsi Refresh Projects
Sustainable Communities Workshop - Land Use & Transportation
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep - December 10 & 13

Save the Date -
Growing Green Awards!

 Growing Green Award nominations for 2011 will open THIS YEAR on Monday,
November 15.

Nominations are due Friday, December 10.

The awards program and dinner will be held Wednesday,
March 30, 2011.

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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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Habitat for Humanity St. Louis certifies 24 more LEED Platinum Homes!
Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, who recently received word that their 2009 Build achieved LEED Platinum Certification!
Habitat Build

This brings HFHSL's LEED Platinum total to 51. All 51 LEED Platinum homes are located in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood in the City of St. Louis. These energy efficient, sustainable houses are now healthy, affordable homes for families. In addition to the 51 LEED Platinum Homes in the City, HFHSTL has also achieved LEED Gold certification for a home built in Florissant at the beginning of this year. 

And they are still building! HFHSTL continues to build LEED homes this year in JeffVanderLou as well as in Old North St. Louis. 

Learn more about HFHSTL's sustainability efforts on their website. And be sure to help them - and other local organizations - in the Pepsi Refresh Grant competition! See below for more information!

New in 2011 - Webinars offering GBCI CE Hours - Looking for your input!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be hosting nationally developed webinars locally as a part of live education events for our audiences. These webinars focus on innovation and best practices in sustainable building and LEED, feature instruction by subject matter experts, and offer GBCI CE Hours, including LEED Specific hours. Topics include credit-by-credit reviews of the LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, as well as strategies for success in LEED.


The Chapter will host group screenings of these webinars throughout the year at a greatly reduced price for attendees compared with individual purchase price if viewed from a personal computer.


As we outline our calendar of events for 2011, we'd like your input regarding what time and day would be most beneficial for offering these webinars. Click here to let us know what time is preferable for your schedule.  Thank you!

Elections aren't over just yet . . .

You're probably breathing a sign of relief now that mid-term elections are behind us. But don't throw out your "I Voted" sticker just yet! Elections for the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board of Directors open tomorrow - November 5. We have four great candidates for three open seats. Online voting will be open from November 5 through November 12. Chapter members with current memberships will receive an e-mail with voting instructions Friday, November 5.

The national USGBC recently announced their board candidates. Online elections opened Monday, November 1 and run through Friday, December 3. USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is very proud to endorse Mary Ann Lazarus for the Green Building Educator seat on the USGBC board.

Mary Ann Lazarus is a long time Chapter member and a green building & sustainability leader both locally and nationally. She has served on the Chapter board and chaired our program committee. Mary Ann is the only person from our Chapter territory nominated for the USGBC board - so lets get her elected! Only one person from each national member company is allowed to vote in the election, so be sure to find out who the primary contact is for your national membership and lobby for Mary Ann for the Green Building Educator seat!

For more information about USGBC board of director elections, visit the USGBC website
Vote for local Pepsi Refresh Projects!
Speaking of voting . . . . several local green projects are contenders for the last round of Pepsi Refresh Projects. Be sure to cast your vote to support these local, green initiatives! Each organization is seeking $250,000 for their project and you know we'd love to see any and all of this money come to St. Louis to help us make a more sustainable region! So be sure to vote early and often and help spread the word!

Habitat for Humanity St. Louis Sustainable Learning Center
This house will be constructed in the same manner as other Habitat for Humanity homes built and certified under the USGBC's LEED for Homes program. Additionally, each build day will be used as an educational opportunity to provide detailed information about sustainable building. The project's goal is to provide a living, working, classroom for participants, so they have the opportunity to physically construct and practice sustainable construction techniques. This project will give St. Louisian's an opportunity to learn about and participate in sustainable home construction.

Operation Brightside Demonstration Garden & Learning Center
In continuation of the commitment to beautify St. Louis, Operation Brightside plans to establish a Demonstration Garden and Learning Center. The garden will be an outdoor classroom showcasing mini-ecosystems. It will incorporate low impact development (LID) techniques including porous asphalt, pervious concrete, bio-retention cell and rain garden, bioswale and native tree and wildflower plantings.

Parkway Solar School Distrct
Parkway North students want to create a school district with a negative Carbon Footprint by installing at least $250,000 of solar panels on the roof of their schools. All the money saved (based off of current energy costs) will be funneled towards additional solar panels until the entire school district - over 29 schools - is 100% solar. 

Sustainable Communities Workshop Session 3 - Land Use & Transportation
Focus St. Louis, Sustainable St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter are pleased to present the third of six Sustainable Communities Workshops on Tuesday, November 30.

This session will focus on Sustainable Land Use and Transportation. Featured speakers include:
  • John HoalPrincipal at H3 Studios, will discuss why land use planning is important to reducing Green House Gas emissions and sustainability and share best practices that municipalities can implement
  • SJ Morrison. Director of Planning for Madison County Transit, will address planning related to bike trails and mass transit
WHAT: The third of six Sustainable Communities Workshops  geared towards local governments, leaders, and advocates.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 30, 7:30 - 9:00 am

WHERE: N.O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College, located at 1225 W. High Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025

COST: $10 for a single session, $50 for the entire series.

For more information or to register visit:

Save the Date - LEED Green Associate Exam Prep

Distinguish yourself with a
LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional. The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway's two full-day (16 hours total) course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

WHEN: Friday, December 10 and Monday, December 13, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Masonry Institute of St. Louis

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$250.00 for Non-members

For more information or to register, visit