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July 2011 E-Newsletter

July 2011
Success with Natural Building Materials
10 Green Years & Still Building
Energize Missouri Industry Energy Efficiency Forum
Nominations Open - 2011 Heroes of the Planet
Building Performance Institute Training
Summer School!
Welcome New Chapter Members!


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.
July 9 & 10:

July 12:
USGBC-MO Gateway Program featuring Dan Chiras - in partnership with the Sierra Club of Eastern Missouri

July 20:
In-Depth Session

July 22 & 25:

July 23:

USGBC-MO Gateway Volunteer Trip to Joplin


July 26:

July 28:

August 4:

August 5 & 8:

August 8-12, 15, 16:

August 9:
USGBC-MO Gateway August Program International Green Construction Code - in partnership with ASHRAE

August 11:

August 23:

August 27:



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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

Thanks to our 2011 GREEN

Ameren Missouri
Pure Power

Armstrong Teasdale

Corrigan Company

Green Street Properties, LLC

Hastings + Chivetta

PayneCrest Electric

Solutions AEC

Villa Lighting 
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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.


Success with Natural Building Materials

Presented in partnership with the 

Eastern Missouri Group of the Sierra Club

Speaker Dan Chiras will describe the many natural building material options available to architects, builders, and homeowners.  Mass and insulation properties of each material, and how local climate affects the choice of material will be discussed.  A number of technical issues will be explored, such as foundation types, wall framing options, load-bearing vs. nonload bearing, prepping walls for plasters, which plasters work best (provide the best protection) for straw bale, as well as some red flag issues such as insects, rodents, fire and moisture and steps to take to avoid them.

Dan Chiras
Speaker Dan Chiras,
Founder and Director of The Evergreen Institute


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

5:30 - 6:15 pm - 

Registration & Networking
6:15 - 7:30 pm - 

Formal Presentation




Ameren Missouri, 1901 Chouteau, St. Louis, MO 63103 map 



Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members, Sierra Club Members and Full-time Students, $20 for Non-members 



Click here to register. Questions? E-mail USGBC-MGC staff.  


Thanks to our generous program sponsors!


 Butterfly Energy Works  

Straight Up Solar


DONATE TO JOPLIN: USGBC-Missouri Gateway will be collecting cash and check donations for Joplin, MO at the July 12 Program. All donations will be 100% pass through. Please make checks out to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and write "Joplin" in the memo line.


10 Green Years & Still Building

It's hard to believe we're already half way through 2011. What better time to take a look back at past accomplishments and get revved up for all that lies ahead?!


In celebration of the Chapter's 10 Year Anniversary, we asked Chapter leaders and members to share their thoughts on our region's green building progress and successes.  Listen to what they had to say:

10 Green Years & Still Building for the Future -- Our Region's Progress & Success
10 Green Years & Still Building for the Future -- Our Region's Progress & Success

10 green years cnrRead more about the past decade of sustainable design and construction in St. Louis in Construction News and Real Estate's 10 Years of Green BuildingChapter founders and leaders discuss USGBC-MO Gateway's history, growth, effect, and future in this feature article.


"It has been an astounding decade for advocates of sustainable construction in St. Louis. Ten years ago, when Bob Berkebeile helped people in St. Louis start one of the first local chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building rating system had been on the market for only a year. . ."  Read more



Energize Missouri Industry Energy Efficiency Forum

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The U.S. Department of Energy and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are hosting a one-day workshop to better understand:

  • The importance of investing in energy efficiency improvements at your facilities.
  • The tools necessary to investigate energy efficiency improvements.
  • The "next steps" for implementing an energy efficiency program.
  • The resources that are available to support your efforts to identify opportunities and implement solutions. 


Industrial Facility Owners, Managers, Engineers and anyone interested in improving industrial energy efficiency.



Tuesday July 19, 2011, 7:45 am - 4:15 pm



Stoney Creek Inn

2601 South Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203



$45/per person (Includes breakfast and lunch)


Click here for more information & registration!



Nominations Open

2011 Heroes of the Planet Awards 

Know a Super Green Thumb? Nominate them today!

The St. Louis Business Journal is accepting applications for its fourth annual Heroes of the Planet awards. These awards will honor businesses that have outperformed their industry in promoting and advancing environmental sustainability within our region. We have a wealth of categories for you to consider for your nomination:
heroes of the planet
Sustainable Visionary
Sustainable Alliances
Sustainable Community
Sustainable Employee Programs
Giving Green
Sustainable Operations
Sustainable Products


All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, August 5. Honorees will be profiled in the October 28 issue of the Business Journal and recognized at an awards dinner on October 27.

Click here for more information!


Building Performance Institute Training

Would you like to have an energy auditor on staff?  

Or learn more about whole building science?  


Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center is hosting a Building Performance Institute Building Analyst & Shell / Envelope Specialist training.


The training will teach attendees how to evaluate the energy performance, comfort and safety of a house through a comprehensive, whole-house diagnostic procedure. Participants will learn about the hidden flaws often found in residential construction that can cause discomfort, high utility bills, moisture problems and indoor air quality problems. Additionally, attendees will learn how to use powerful diagnostic tools to find and correct flaws in a building's thermal envelope.



Contractors with a building science background who have an interest in providing whole house energy assessments. This class is ideally suited toward insulation, HVAC, and remodeling contractors. 



August 8-12, 15, & 16, 2011 



MBG Commerce Bank Center for Science Education in St. Louis


Click here for more information & registration!



Summer School!

Check out all of the great opportunities to earn continuing education and prepare for LEED exams this summer!   


Passive Home Building in-depth coursePassive Home Building is a cutting edge, proven, and necessary innovation in home construction as we look to a future without reliance on fossil fuels. 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 2001, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

WHERE: CBEC Room 129, 4651 Shaw Blvd (63110)
CONTINUING ED: Submitted for approval of 

2 GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA LU/HSW/SD  


LEED AP BD+C logoLEED AP BD+C Exam Prep Course : For professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings, 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.

WHEN: Friday and Monday, July 22 & 25

8:30am - 5:00pm both days

WHERE: Masonry Institute of St. Louis, 1429 S. Big 

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Bend Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63117



Strategies for Success in LEED webinar series: This six-part webinar series is designed to teach individuals about strategies useful in meeting LEED requirements for specific credit categories. Topics covered include:  

  • Urban Heat Island Effect  
  • Indoor Air Quality & CO2 Monitoring
  • Daylighting Strategies
  • Reducing Water Use
  • Renewable Energy Techniques
  • Regional & Renewable Materials

WHEN: Thursday's starting July 28 through September 1, noon - 1:30 pm

WHERE: CBEC Room 119, 4651 Shaw Blvd. (63110)

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LEED GA logoLEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course: 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. 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.  

WHENFriday and Monday, August 5 & 8

8:30am - 5:00pm both days

WHERE: Masonry Institute of St. Louis, 1429 S. Big 

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Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63117



August Program on the International Green Construction Code: In partnership with ASHRAE - St. Louis Chapter

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE: Ameren Missouri, 1901 Chouteau (63103)

LED Lighting - Lighting Facts in depth session:
LED lighting is an important energy savings addition to any building's lighting system. Learn some of the technology of how LED lighting works and features to look for in a fixture.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 3:00-5:00pm

WHERE: Color Art Integrated Interiors, 1325 N. Warson Road St. Louis, MO 63132

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Welcome New Chapter Members!

Each member is vital to the success of USGBC-MO Gateway and growth of green building! We are excited to recognize the following members who joined the Chapter within the last three months:


Solomon Akinduro    Todd Hanger          Jeff Roney

Eric Albers             Charles Hartman      Carol Rouw

Stephen Baim         Jayne Hebrank        Amy Scherer

Andrea Beckman     Kerry Herr               Eric Schneider

Evan Bronstein       William M. Hof          Deanna Schoen

Charlie Brzuchalski   John Hulse              Gordon Schweitzer

Todd Bundren         Stephanie Ireland     Jeff Scott

Christy Butero        Gary Karasek           Polly Scott-Showalter

Joyce Buxton          Kregg Kraus            Mary Lee Shipp

Joseph Carter         Adam Kreher           Sandra Smith

Jean Cowell            Brett Krug              Julie Sommer

David Cowell           Patricia LaPresta     Andrea Spencer

Jeff Day                 Robert Lippert         Jonathan Stern

Peter Downs           Todd McFall            Thomas Townzen

Kelly Duepner          Alessandro Minnella  Dave van Bakergem

Jenifer Elam            Angela Montgomery  Sarah Vilimek

Michael Flowers, Jr   Pam Morgan            David Webb

Matt Ford               Maurice Muia           Nathan Wever

Steven Furrow        Stan Murray            Laura Widholm

Kathie Gardner        Jeff Netherton         Timmy Williams

Ryan Gibson            Vasu Patel              Deborah Williams

Suzanne Gregory     Jason Radcliff          Dave Wisland

Kate Hagel


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