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May 2011 E-Newsletter

May 2011
Biomimicry Program - May 10
LEED APs and Credential Maintenance Program
How to Submit for LEED Certification - May 12
Extreme Treehouse Exhibit at Missouri Botanical Garden
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Regional Green Building Conferences - REALgreen & Greening the Heartland


To initiate, develop and accelerate implementation of green building concepts, technologies and principles that promote environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to
live and work.


May 20 & 23:
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

June 2 - 4:

Old is Our New Green - 2011 Illinois Statewide Preservation Conference

June 4:

MOSEIA Training on Outback Power Systems, Enphase or Economics of PV - in Kansas City, MO  

June 14:
USGBC-MO Gateway Annual Green Building Tour - National Great Rivers Research & Environmental Center

June 16:
Construction & Demolition Materials Education Session - look for more information soon!


June 22 - 24:
Greening the Heartland in Cincinnati, OH


June 23:
MOSEIA seminar  - Fire Codes for PV and
Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance
by Bill Brooks PE - in Kansas City, MO



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Thanks to our 2011 PLATINUM SPONSORS

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Thanks to our 2011 GOLD SPONSORS

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Thanks to our 2011 SILVER

Acorn Landscape Architecture

BSI Contractors

Bell Electrical Contractors

Christner, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Landis & Gyr

Lighting Associates, Inc.

McCormack Baron Salazar & SunWheel Energy Partners


National Design Build Services, LLC


Republic Services

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

Green Street Properties, LLC

PayneCrest Electric

Solutions AEC

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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.

BIOMIMICRY Program - May 10 

There's still time to register for this free program!  


Biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. The Biomimicry Guild helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models through workshops, research reports, biological consulting, and field excursions.

See a short commercial for the May 10 program on Biomimcry here or
read more about Taryn and the program here.



Taryn Mead, Senior Biologist at the Design Table, Biomimicry Group



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

5:30 - 6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15 - 7:30 pm - Formal Presentation



Missouri Botanical Garden's Shoenberg Theatre

4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 directions 



Free for all to attend, but please RSVP by clicking here to visit our Event Registration page. Scroll down and click the "Register" button under the Biomimicry event listing.  


Thanks to our generous program sponsors


ASP Enterprises

Energy Solutions, Inc.

HOK Group

Pioneer Forest Lumber, LLC


USGBC-Missouri Gateway stainless steel water bottles  

will be for sale at the program for $10.  

Proceeds benefit Chapter operations, outreach and education efforts. 

LEED APs and Credential Maintenance Program


LEED APs without a specialty- There's still time to add a specialty to your green building credential!


Time is running out for LEED APs without a specialty to take advantage of the limited opportunity to add a specialty for free. The staggered enrollment windows begin closing in August. More information on prescriptive CMP requirements and options is available here.


Use this opportunity to differentiate yourself by demonstrating expertise in a specific field:  

  • Building Design + Construction
  • Operations + Maintenance
  • Interior Design + Construction
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Homes

Ensure that your expertise remains current and meaningful in today's rapidly transforming green building marketplace - learn more or enroll now!  




Credential Maintenance Program Info Sessions 

Free webinars all summer!

Now that you've decided to add a specialty to your LEED AP, check out this opportunity to better understand LEED Credential Maintenance Program at one of the following LEED CMP Info Sessions. All sessions will cover the same material and are free - registration is not required.     


May 3, 11 am central time - Log in

Event number: 751 678 856

Event password: CMPinfo11


May 17, 2 pm central time - Log in 
Event number: 752 192 142
Event password: CMPinfo11 

May 31, 2 pm central time -
Log in
Event number: 757 162 034
Event password: CMPinMay11

June 14, 2 pm central time -
Log in
Event number: 756 711 294
Event password: CMPinJune11

June 28, 2 pm central time -
Log in
Event number: 753 777 543
Event password: CMPinJune11   


July 12, 2 pm central time - Log in
Event number: 758 620 655
Event password: CMPinJuly11 

July 26, 2 pm central time - Log in
Event number: 752 164 710
Event password: CMPinJuly11

All sessions will cover the same material and are free -  

registration is not required.


Learn more about the Credential Maintenance Program 

How to Submit for LEED Certification - May 12

Continuing Education Breakfast Seminar    

This LEED Continuing Education session hosted by St. Louis Community College will outline the LEED Certification process for the current version of LEED for New Construction - from project registration to actual certification. The seminar will review the importance of performing a LEED feasibility analysis to determine the likelihood of obtaining LEED certification and to establish LEED goals as a precursor to registering the project. The process for registration will be reviewed, using examples from LEED Online, providing background data, assigning team member responsibilities, preparing documentation, submitting documentation for review, responding to reviewer's requests for clarification, making appeals, award of certification and project close out.


WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 7:00 - 9:00 am

St. Louis Community College - Meramec Campus

Student Center, Room 200/201


Next St. Louis Community College LEED CE Seminar:  

JUNE 9, 2011 - Daylight Modeling


See more info & register.  

Includes breakfast and GBCI continuing education credits

Discount for USGBC-Missouri Gateway members!

Extreme Treehouse Exhibit & Treemendous at  

Missouri Botanical Garden!

Extreme TreeHouses 
April 30 - August 21
9am - 5pm daily

Branch out from the ordinary notion of tree houses with an imaginative and creative display of non-traditional structures. View the winning works of a juried competition to build non-traditional, ground level structures beneath the canopy of some of the Garden's most majestic trees.  


Local designers, architects, schools, studios and individuals - some of them USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members - designed and built nine creative and imaginative structures with sustainability in mind. Some of what you'll see if you visit the Extreme Treehouse Exhibit are:

  • Inside the Tree House, a hexagonal-shaped house sprouting from the giant seed pod of a maple tree and incorporating a green roof, solar power and rain water collection
  • A Treed Place of Play, which recreates impromptu hideouts found and explored by children and features salvaged lumber and solar powered lighting
  • Reflections Tree House, located beneath a sycamore tree, designed by Ranken Technical College students and inspired by the aerial and buttress roots cast by many larger trees  
  • A "Living" Room in a Garden, which is fashioned as a living room with a grand tree instead of a hearth and defined by salvaged Christmas trees recycled into construction material 

Learn more about the Extreme Tree House Exhibit, which is just one of the highlights of the Garden's TREEmendous year of activities in recognition of the United Nations (UN) International Year of Forest. For more information, visit www.mobot.org/treemendous


Thanks to USGBC-Missouri Gateway members Geoffrey Crowley, Tiffany King, Tom Prost and Kurt Thompson, who served as judges for the Extreme Tree House Exhibit! 


Fun Events in May!  

Old North House Tour & HomeGrown Community Festival

May 14, 10 am - 4 pm

old north picCome see why Old North St. Louis is "one of the country's best revitalization stories," according to Kaid Benfield of the Natural Resources Defense Council! The tour will feature historically rehabbed houses that once were abandoned shells, two Habitat for Humanity - St. Louis homes seeking LEED certification at the Platinum level, and community gardens. The HomeGrown Street Festival will show off the cool, public space at Crown Square, along the redeveloped former 14th Street Mall feature a variety of locally produced arts, crafts, and other goods. Learn more at www.onsl.org.

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2011 St. Louis Regional Clean Air Festival

May 19 from 11 am - 1 pm at Keiner Plaza

Join the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership at its 8th Annual Clean Air Festival at Kiener Plaza in Downtown St. Louis. The festival marks the official start of air quality forecasting for the summer season and provides those in attendance with a wealth of information on how they can go green and do their share for cleaner air year-round.


Be sure to visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Booth at the Festival!  


Learn more at www.cleanair-stlouis.org. 

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

WHEN  Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23, 2011
8:30am-5pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00-8:30am

WHERE  Masonry Institute of St. Louis 1429 S. Big Bend Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO 63117 - directions

FEE  $200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

REGISTER  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then click the"Register" button under the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

Click here to see more info, including subject areas covered, required textbooks, prerequisites, instructors, and special notes. 


Regional Green Building Conferences   

REALgreen - May 19 -21, Rogers, AK

Greening the Heartland - June 22 - 24, Cincinnati, OH

RealGreen Conference LogoREALgreen Conference & Expo, hosted by AIA  A rkansas and USGBC Arkansas, will explore

sustainability for the real world. They keynote speaker is Bob Berkebile and education tracks are REALgreen Applications, REALgreen Economics, REALgreen Homes amd REALgreen Consumers.


This conference will be held at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, AK. Learn more at 




Greening the Heartlan 2011

Join green building advocates and experts from around the Midwest at the 8th Annual Greening the Heartland Conference June 22 - 24 in Cincinnati, OH. This year's conference theme is Breaking New Ground. Keynote presentations include:

  • R. Keith Harrison, Jr. of Proctor & Gamble
  • Julian Agyeman, professor and chair of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University
  • Scot Horst, Senior VP of LEED at USGBC

Conference education tracks include Residential, New Buildings, Existing Buildings and Community. Learn more at www.greeningtheheartland.org.