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January 2011 E-Newsletter

January 2011
State of the Chapter Social - January 11
GBCI CE hours approved or denied within 48 hours!
MOSEIA Solar PV Workshop - January 21
2011 Native Plant School Schedule
Congrats to Growing Green Award Nominees!
USGBC-MO Gateway Sponsorship Drive
BD+C Specialty Exam Prep Course - Feb 4 & 7
January 11:
State of the Chapter programSocial & 10-Year Anniversary Kick Off!

January 20:
Sustainable Construction Course begins at St. Louis Community College

January 21:
Presentation Proposals due for Greening the Heartland 2011 in Cincinnati

January 21:
Full day workshop on permitting and inspecting Solar PV Systems presented by MOSEIA

January 22:

Missouri Environmental Summit in Columbia, MO

January 31:
Deadline to sign up for St. Louis Green Shadow Program

February 4:
LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep

February 8:
USGBC-MO Gateway Program on Sustainable Sites Initiative

February 15:
Sustainable Communities Workshop #4: Materials & Services Procurement

March 2:
LEED NC Webinar begins (5 part series)

March 8:
USGBC-MO Gateway Program on Evidence Based Design

March 15:
Sustainable Communities Workshop #5: Energy

March 30:
3rd Annual Growing Green Awards

We Moved!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is settling into our new home in the new year. We hope you'll visit us in our new digs at the Commerce Bank Science Education Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Please update your files with our new address:
4651 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110
E-mail and phone
stay the same.
Thanks to our 2010 PLATINUM SPONSORS
Logo Kerr
Logo MO Botanical
Logo Vertegy
Thanks to our 2010 GOLD SPONSORS

December 7 High Performance building session speakersLogo Clayco

Thanks to our 2010 SILVER

Bell Electrical Contractors

Color Art
Integrated Interiors

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Enterprise Holdings

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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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Blog

If you're a Chapter member, you can submit posts for our blog. See blog guidelines.
 If you'd rather connect in person, we offer that option as well! Join us at a monthly program - generally the second Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Learn more about Chapter programs.

State of the Chapter Social - January 11, 2011

Join us to kick off the new year and our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration at the third annual State of the Chapter Social on January 11, 2011!

Meet Chapter members and leaders and take a look back at the Chapter's history as well as a look forward at plans for the upcoming year. Enjoy complimentary wine and Schlafly beer while listening to the smooth grooves of the Crossroads College Preparatory School's Jazz Ensemble. Committee chairs will highlight upcoming activities and present a multitude of opportunities for Chapter members to get involved in 2011. 


We'll also be collecting video testimonials about how green building has affected your career, your workplace and your lifestyle over the last 10 years. By providing a testimonial, we'll enter your name into a drawing to win a free Chapter membership or renewal! We'll have questions available at registration to prompt ideas. 


WHEN:  Tuesday, January 11, 2011
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration, Networking, & Video Testimonials
6:15-7:00 pm - Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm - Additional Networking & Video Testimonials

Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114)


FEE: Free to all attendees!

REGISTER: Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then click "Register" under the January State of the Chapter Social event listing.


Thanks to Schlafly Beer for sponsoring this program!

GBCI Continuing Education Hours Now Approved or Denied within 48 Hours!

In response to many credential holders expressing the desire to know in advance whether GBCI will approve the CE Hours they submit, GBCI staff will now approve or deny hours within 48 hours of submission. Denied hours will be accompanied by an explanation. In many cases, denied activities or hours can be revised and resubmitted as long as the delivery methods used to fulfill them do not exceed the limitations mentioned in the CMP rules. No more restless nights spent wondering if your CE Hours will be approved! 

And, if you haven't visited the Green Building Certification Institute's website recently, now's the time to take a look. A new CMP wizard has been created to help LEED Professionals better understand the Credential Maintenance Program and their requirements - click here to view the wizard.

Permitting & Inspecting Code-Compliant Solar PV Installations - January 21
Presented by Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association (MOSEIA), this full day workshop is part of MOSEIA's Annual Meeting

This workshop will help attendees better understand the National Electrical Code requirements for designing and installing PV systems. It is designed for electrical contractors, building inspectors, plan reviewers, fire officials, PV installers, designers, engineers, and architects who wish to stay on top of the latest code compliance issues that help facilitate safe and long-lasting PV systems. Participants will be provided with an intensive overview of the codes and standards that govern small-scale solar electrical generation.

The instructor is   Bill Brooks PE, of Brooks Engineering LLC. Brooks has over 22 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. Over 10,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad and he has authored several widely used publications including the Inspector Guidelines for PV Systems.

WHEN: Friday, January 21, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

WHERE: St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel
COST: $150 for MOSEIA members, $300 for non-members

For more information or to register, visit the MOSEIA Website.

Learn more about MOSEIA's annual meeting on Saturday, January 22 featuring the following speakers

  • Darlene McCalmont, COO of McCalmont Engineering
  • Tom Nichols, Regional Director Central of Solar Electric Power Association
  • Chris Chung, CEO of Missouri Partnership

2011 Native Plant School Schedule - starts January 13

Native Plant School LogoNative Plant School is a year-round series of indoor/outdoor classes in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve. Classes covers various aspects of native landscaping.

Taught by experts in the field, classes start January 13 and include:
  • Control and Identification of "The Worst" Invasive Woody Plants
  • Native Plant Propagation from Seed
  • Native Plant Landscaping
  • Gardening in Deep Shade
  • And More!
Courses are $10 for Missouri Botanical Garden/Shaw Nature Reserve Members and $15 for non-members. 3 continuing education credits are available per course, upon request.

To learn more or to register, visit www.shawnature.org
Congrats to the 2011 Growing Green Award nominees!
Mark your calendar for the 2011 Growing Green Awards on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 and help us
celebrate the people and organizations that are transforming the built environment.
Tickets now for sale! Growing Green Awards Logo

Winners will be announced at the third annual Growing Green Awards on March 30, 2011. This year's Celebration will feature Rick Fedrizzi, President & CEO of the national U.S. Green Building Council, as the keynote speaker.

Congratulations to this year's nominees!

  • Clayco, Inc.
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
  • HOK
  • SWT Design
  • Tork Design
  • Blue Brick Renovation + Construction, LLC
  • Habitat for Humanity - St. Louis
  • Trumpet Builders, LLC
  • Woods Basement Systems, Inc.
  • City of St. Louis, MO
  • City of University City, MO
  • Madison County Transit
  • Rep. Margo McNeil and Rep. Shane Schoeller, Missouri House of Representatives
  • Paul Todd Merrill, Adjunct Professor of Construction Management at Washington U-School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Program Green Practices Committee
  • St. Louis Community College
  • Wydown Middle School, Clayton School District
  • Joseph Abernathy, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Clayco, Inc.
  • Green Street Development Group, LLC
  • Tony Ruebsam, S.M. Wilson & Co.
  • St. Louis RCGA, St. Louis Green Business Challenge
  • Wells Fargo Advisors LLC
  • FOCUS St. Louis
  • Green Construction Corps of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • SSM Health Care
Learn more about the Growing Green Awards at

Purchase tickets for the March 30 Growing Green Award Celebration at www.GrowingGreenAwards2011.Eventbrite.com

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Sponsorship Drive - January  10 through February 10

Through the support of generous sponsors, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is able to educate, develop materials, and promote green buildings to building professionals and the general public. We want to continue to be the go-to organization for green buildings in Chapter territory and we want your participation in our efforts to transform the built environment. Be a part of our vision to create and restore buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation by becoming a supporter of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Sponsorship includes numerous benefits - from complimentary Chapter memberships and monthly program passes to exposure on the Chapter website, e-news and at events. And we have added several new sponsor levels in honor of our 10-Year Anniversary this year. 

Learn more by downloading our 2011 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854 or emily.andrews@mobot.org. By making a donation to the Chapter you will assist in our effort to make every building a green building! 

Each sponsor and donor is important to the success of the organization and of green building! Thanks to 2010 sponsors listed above. And thanks to new and renewing 2011 sponsors.

Enterprise Holdings - Renewing SILVER Sponsor

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36 - Renewing SILVER Sponsor

S.M. Wilson & Co - New GOLD Sponsor

Tarlton - Renewing GOLD Sponsor

U.S. Bank - Renewing SILVER Sponsor

Vertegy, An Alberici Enterprise - Renewing REGENERATIVE Sponsor
LEED AP BD+C Specialty Exam Prep Course - February 4 & 7

The LEED AP Building Design + Construction 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.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway's two full-day (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: Friday and Monday, February 4 and 7, 2011, 8:30am - 5:00pm both days  

WHERE: Masonry Institute of St. Louis

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 continental breakfast and lunch


Learn more or register at www.usgbc-mogateway.org.