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March 2011 E-Newsletter

March 2011
Evidence-Based Sustainable Design- March 8, 2011
Get LEED Specific CE at Lunch n' LEED Webinars
Solar Panels for the Chapter's Office Building
March Madness Membership Drive
Sign up for the Green Buisiness Challange
Sustainable Design and the Impact of BIM
More Built Environment Learning Opportunities
Thanks to New and Renewing Chapter Sponsors
Tickets now on sale for 3rd Annual
Growing Green Awards!

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This event celebrating

individuals and organizations

transforming the built environment
sold out the past two years - get your tickets now!



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Thanks to our 2011 PLATINUM SPONSORS

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Thanks to our 2011 GOLD SPONSORS

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Healthy Planet
Thanks to our 2011 SILVER

BSI Contractors

Bell Electrical Contractors

Christner, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Enterprise Holdings

Green Street Properties, LLC

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Landis & Gyr

Lighting Associates, Inc.

McCormack Baron Salazar & SunWheel Energy Partners


National Design Build Services, LLC


St. Louis Electrical Connection

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36


U.S. Bank

Washington University in St. Louis

Thanks to our 2011 GREEN

Ameren Missouri
Pure Power

Armstrong Teasdale

Corrigan Company

PayneCrest Electric

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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.

Evidence-Based Sustainable Design- March 8, 2011

There's still time to register for next week's  

Chapter program!  


This presentation delves into one of the latest trends in healthcare architecture - using research of the built environment to inform new designs and process improvements rather than depending only on intuitive design.  Evidence Based Design (EBD) has a broad potential scope of impact. EBD provides an intermediary step towards sustainability and uses an evolutionary process to collect and analyze data in such a way as to improve sustainability over time based on evidence.  By building on the body of existing research through EBD, design teams and building owners can positively move the sustainability forward.



Lisa Thompson, Sustainability/EBD Project Manager at BJC HealthCare


Check out a short interview with Lisa on YouTube:  

View our videos on YouTube



Tuesday, March 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 & Full-time Students
$20 for Non-members


Click here to visit our Event Registration page - scroll down and click the "Register" button under the Evidence-Based Design event listing.

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


Thanks to our Program Sponsors!




Nurture by Steelcase


Get LEED-Specific Continuing Education at  

Lunch n' LEED Webinar Series  


USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is pleased to be hosting three webinar series throughout 2011 that will provide LEED-specific continuing education for LEED Professionals:

  • LEED for New Construction Credit-by-Credit Review (5 sessions) 
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Credit by Credit review (5 sessions)
  • Strategies for Success in LEED (6 sessions)

Webinars were originally produced by USGBC with experienced LEED Faculty. Each webinar session offers 1.5 GBCE Continuing Education Hour. Please note that all webinars are group viewings as the Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Science Education Center. See the full schedule below.  


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Chapter Members can purchase an UNLIMITED WEBINAR PASS (covers all three series) for $90 through March 31!  


LEED NC Credit-by-Credit Review 

March 2 - Sustainable Sites

March 9 - Water Efficiency & Innovation in Design

March 16 - Energy & Atmosphere

March 23 - Materials & Resuorces

March 30 - Indoor Environmental Air Quality


LEED EB-OM Credit-by-Credit Review

April 7 - Sustainable Sites

April 14 - Water Efficiency & Innovation in Design

April 21- Energy & Atmosphere

April 28 - Materials & Resuorces

May 5 - Indoor Environmental Air Quality


Strategies for Success in LEED

July 28 - LEED and the Urban Heat Island

August 4 - Indoor Air Quality, CO2 Monitoring and LEED
August 11 - Daylighting Strategies & LEED
August 18 - Reducing Water Use with LEED
August 25 - LEED & Renewable Energy Technologies
September 1 - Regional & Renewable Materials in LEED


Each Webinar is held from 12:00 - 1:30pm Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education , 4651 Shaw Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63110; Room 119



  • Per Session: $10/USGBC-Missouri Gateway Member; $15/Non-member per session
  • Series Pass (5 or 6 sessions): $40/Member; $65/Non-member  
  • Unlimited Webinar Pass (good for all 3 series): $100/Member: $150/Non-member

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Chapter Members can purchase an UNLIMITED WEBINAR PASS (covers all three series) for $90 through March 31!

All webinars are open for registration. Click here to register. See the 2011 Educational Program Catalog (PDF) for more information and a full listing of 2011 Chapter programs and events!

USGBC-MO Gateway's Office Building  

Gets Solar Power!   


Thanks to a partnership with Express Scripts, a solar array has recently been installed atop the Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC). The array is estimated to produce an annual 32,000 kilowatt hours of energy (870,000 in its lifetime), amounting to about 5% of the building's total electrical needs.Savings will total $180,000 in electricity costs over its lifetime and the cost of the solar panels will be paid back over the next 5 years. The energy that will be saved is equal to displacing 800 tons of carbon dioxide.

solar panel photo

From Left: Bill Barbieri, Ameren Missouri; Marc Lopata, Microgrid Energy;  Larry Zarin, Express Scripts; Deborah Frank and Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, Missouri Botanical Garden


Read more about the solar panel installation in our blog  

March Madness Membership Drive

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Green Building Council - MO Gateway Chapter, we have lots of opportunities to win great gifts throughout the entire year! Check out opportunities in March and join us in our efforts to transform the built environment - everyone benefits from green buildings and green communities! 


NEW MEMBERS - Join in the month of March & you'll be entered to win free registration to an In-Depth Session ($30-$50 value)


NATIONAL MEMBER EMPLOYEES - Join or renew & you'll be entered to win a free Lunch 'n LEED Webinar Series Pass ($40-$65 value)


MEMBERS - Refer the most people and win a gift basket of goodies (including a gift certificate to a local restaurant, a chapter water bottle, & a bottle of local wine)


STUDENTS - Join or renew & you'll be entered to win a gift certificate to Left Bank Books. Student membership is just $25/year!


Visit our website to join or renew a membership.


 Support our efforts to transform the built Environment!

See more information about our  

March Madness Membership Drive and Giveaways.

Sign up for the Green Business Challenge  

by March 4 Deadline


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Are you St. Louis area business or institution adopting more sustainable operations? Sign up for the Green Business Challenge and win recognition for your progress in improving the built environment!


The Green Business Challenge assists companies in implementing more sustainable business practices through completion of a scorecard, monthly seminars, tours, and consulting advice from EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden.   


Last year, 58 companies received awards for completing the inaugural St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Check out some of the accomplishments from last year's participants.


To enroll, contact Eric Schneider, RCGA Sr. Director of Energy and Environment at eschneider@stlrcga.org or (314) 444-1148


For more information visit the St. Louis Green Building Challenge website. Entry fee is $250.

Sustainable Design and the Impact of BIM - March 24

A new, in-depth workshop from USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter...this is one of five we'll be offering this year - check out the program catalog (PDF) for more information.


The basis for this workshop will be an introduction to BIM (Building Information Modeling) and BPA (Building Performance Analysis) and the significance of both for the future of sustainable architectural design practice supported by analytical modeling. We will attempt to confirm and test the principles of sustainable design at the schematic level of project development and examine how to maximize capabilities of current applications.



Tomislav Zigo, Director Virtual Design and Construction at Clayco Inc.



Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 3:00 - 5:00pm



Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 129. Park and enter from the WEST side of the building.



$30 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members

$50 for Non-members



Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the "Register" button under the Sustainable Design & the Impact of BIM event listing.


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

More Built Environment Learning Opportunities


The Cure for Concrete - This program - presented by CSI St. Louis - will address the issue and offer suggestions on how to avoid one of the most common & costly construction issues in the industry today - moisture related flooring problems. Estimates indicate that in the U.S. alone, repairs associated with this problem account for direct and indirect costs up to over $1 billion per year!


Wed. March 16, 2011 at the Frontenac Hilton; doors open at 5pm, program at 6:30pm.   


Make reservations, see speaker information & details of the program here.


Public Forum on International Energy Conservation Code for Illinois Municipalities

In August 2009, the State of Illinois adopted the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for all residential construction beginning in January 2010. The City of Edwardsville's Cool Cities Initiative Advisory Board is offering an educational public forum so builders, municipalities and citizens can learn more about the IECC code interpretation and implementation.


Thursday, March 17 from 10 am - noon at Madison County Board Room, 157 Main Street, Edwardsville, IL


Learn more - download a flyer about the forum. 


International Conference on Sustainable Design & Construction (ICSDC) -  The conference aims to gather architects, engineers, developers, contractors, government, and institutions to exchange ideas and gain knowledge relative to sustainable design and construction of buildings.


March 23 - Fri. March 25, 2011 in Kansas City, MO


All info can be found on the conference webiste.

Thanks to New and Renewing Chapter Sponsors!

 Each sponsor, donor and member is important to the success of the organization and of green building!

Ameren Missouri - Renewing PLATINUM     


Armstrong Teasdale - New GREEN 


BSI Constructors - Renewing SILVER


Cassidy Turley - Renewing GOLD


Corrigan Company - New GREEN


Christner, Inc - Renewing SILVER 


Johnson Controls - Renewing SILVER

Laclede Gas Company - Renewing GOLD


Murphy - New SILVER


 National Design Build Services - New SILVER


Paric - Renewing SILVER


PayneCrest Electric - New GREEN


St. Louis Electrical Connection - Renewing SILVER


The Healthy Planet - New GOLD


The Korte Company - Renewing PLATINUM


Trane - Renewing SILVER 


William A Kerr Foundation - Renewing PLATINUM


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!