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February 2011
Sustainable Sites Initiative - Feb 8
Greening the Heartland Proposals Due Feb 4
Lunch n' LEED & other educational offerings
Shaw Professional Landscape Series
Green Building & Environmental Legislation
USGBC-MO Gateway Members in the News
Thanks to New & Renewing Sponsors
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transforming the built environment
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USGBC-Missouri Gateway 2010 Annual Report available for download
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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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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.

Sustainable Sites Initiative - February 8, 2011

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the American Society of Landscape Architects - St. Louis Regional Chapter for a great program on February 8


 The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Initiative, anticipates incorporating these guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of the LEED Green Building Rating System™.


Hunter Beckham, SWT Design


Tuesday, February 8, 2011
5:30 - 6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15 - 7:30 pm - Formal Presentation


Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114 map


Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway and ASLA-St. Louis Chapter Members & Full-time Students / $20 for Non-members


Click here to visit our Event Registration page - scroll down and click the "Register" button under the Sustainable Sites Initiative event listing.

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.


Thanks to our Program Sponsors!


Farnsworth Group, Inc.


Pizzo & Associates, LTD

Greening the Heartland 2011 - presentation proposal deadline extended until February 4

The 8th Annual Greening the Heartland conference will be held June 22 - 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, OH. This year's conference tag line is "Breaking New Ground" which speaks to the conference planners' goal to deliver a conference focused on giving people knowledge needed to do the work of transforming the building industry toward sustainability. Conference classes, speakers and presentations will combine practical "how to" with foresight into the future of sustainability in the built environment.

Proposals are now being accepted through February 4 for conference presentations. For more information, visit www.greeningtheheartland.org.
Lunch n' LEED and other new educational opportunities from USGBC-Missouri Gateway!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is pleased to announce new and expanded educational opportunities this year! Check out our 2011 Educational Program Catalog to plan how you'll earn continuing education this year.

Here are a few upcoming highlights:

 LEED AP Building Design + Construction Exam Prep
February 4 & 7 at the Masonry Institute - REGISTER NOW

This 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.  

Lunch n' LEED - LEED for New Construction Credit-by-Credit Review Series
Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from noon - 1:30 pm at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education - Attend one session or all - REGISTER NOW

This five-session webinar series focuses on the technical requirements of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 Rating System, addressing seven credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design and Regional Priority. Instructed by USGBC LEED Faculty, each session is eligible for 1.5 BD+C

LEED Specific GBCI CE Hours and 1.5 AIA/CES LU. 


Sustainable Design & the Impact of BIM

Thursday, March 24 from 3 - 5 pm, location TBA


This seminar will focus on the principles of sustainable design as examined through Building Performance Analysis and applied Building Information Modeling methodology. See the 2011 Educational Program Catalog for more information. Registration will open soon at www.usgbc-mogateway.org.  


Lunch n' LEED - LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Credit-by-Credit Review Series

 Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5 from noon - 1:30 pm at Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education - Attend one session or all.

Like the LEED BD+C Lunch n' LEED, this five-session webinar series will address the requirements of the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System, addressing the credit categories. Each session is eligible for 1.5 O&M LEED Specific GBCI CE.

See the 2011 Educational Program Catalog for a full listing of Chapter programs and events this year!  

Shaw Professional Landscape Series - February 15 &  16 and April 13

Join the Shaw Nature Reserve in this three-part Stormwater Management professional education series. Local experts will cover everything you need to know about sustainable and responsible stormwater management.

Part 1: Planning & Design
February 15, 2011 8:30am-3:00pm at Alberici Headquarters


Part 2: Installation & Maintenance
February 16, 2011 8:30am-3:00pm at Alberici Headquarters


Part 3: Storm Water Bus Tour
April 13, 2011 8:00am-3:30pm - starts at Missouri Botanical Garden 

Each session is $45 and includes lunch and 4 CEU's. To view the entire schedule or to register, visit www.shawnature.org
Green building & environmental legislation


Did you know that USGBC-Missouri Gateway has been active promoting green building legislation in Jefferson City for the past several years?  


2011 marks our third year as members of the Missouri Conservation & Environmental Alliance (MCEA), a coalition of diverse conservation and environmental organizations in Missouri. We aim to advance environmental issues in Missouri - like water and air quality protection, renewable energy and green building policies and incentives.  


A few weeks ago, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Government Advocacy Chair Richard Schuessler and Executive Director Emily Andrews attended the 9th Annual Missouri Environmental Summit to meet with others who care about Missouri's environment. We shared information about the Missouri House of Representatives Green Schools Caucus which launched last year and will continue to provide education to the legislature and the public about the benefits of green schools in 2011. We also discussed the Sustainable Buildings legislation recently introduced in the Missouri House and Senate, which requires newly constructed state-funded buildings to achieve LEED Silver or equivalent and requires existing state owned buildings to enroll in the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.  


Learn more about the legislation:

Senate Bill 22

House Bill 267


Learn more about the Missouri Environmental Summit and the Missouri Conservation & Environmental Alliance.  


Learn more about legislation in Illinois (see current update under Legislative & Regulatory Updates) 


Get involved & help transform Missouri's built environment!  

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members in the news!

We have an on-going feature in the News and Notes section of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter website called "Chapter Members in the News." These news items aim to highlight Chapter members as green building experts. With three  recent posts featuring seven Chapter members, this feature has been dominating the News & Notes posts!

Check out the recent articles and radio shows that have featured Chapter members:


January 19 - Tim Michels of Energy Solutions appeared on KWMU's St. Louis on the Air discussing energy efficiency. Read the News & Notes post.

January 23 - George Fujii of Tarlton and Emily Andrews, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Executive Director, were interviewed for an article about the St. Louis Green Economy Profile in The Beacon. Read the News & Notes post.


January 24 - Richard Reilly of Trumpet Builders and Land Services was featured in an article titled "Historic Homes Going Green" in the Kirkwood-Webster Patch. Read the News & Notes post. 


January 27 - Emily Andrews was quoted in the national on-line magazine Environmental Leader about Enterprise Rent-A-Car's new internal sustainability guidelines.

Read the News & Notes Post.


January 28 - Joseph Ostafi of HOK and Michael Roark

of Geotechnology were selected for the St. Louis Business Journal's 2011 40 Under Forty class. Read the News & Notes Post.


January 28 - Marc Lopata of Microgrid Energy was the expert in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's "Ask the Expert" column.

Read the News & Notes Post.


Do you know a Chapter member who's written an article or has been featured in local or national news? Send a link to the coverage to usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org.  


Not sure if someone's a member? Check our searchable, on-line Member Directory.

Thanks to New and Renewing Chapter Sponsors!
 Each sponsor, donor and member 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 below.


Bell Electrical - Renewing SILVER Sponsor 

Clayco - Renewing GOLD Sponsor
Color Art Integrated Interiors - Renewing GOLD Sponsor
Ameren Missouri Pure Power - New GREEN Sponsor

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.


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!