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August 2011 E-Newsletter

August 2011
International Green Construction Code - August 9
Sustainability & the Built Environment Art Exhibit
Chapter Volunteers Help Out in Joplin
Nominations Open - Active Living & Heroes of the Planet Awards
New Fall Sustainability Courses at St. Louis Community College
Chapter Executive Director Renews LEED Credential
Classroom to Boardroom Mentoring Program


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.

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August 5 & 8:

August 5:
Active Living Award nominations due

August 8-12, 15, 16:

August 9:

August 11:

August 27:
44th Operation Clean Stream

September 1:
Regional & Renewable Materials in LEED

September 13:
USGBC-MO Gateway September Program on Net Zero Case Studies

September 24:
Green Homes & Great Health Festival



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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.


International Green Construction Code - August 9  

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of the  

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and  

Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)  

This program will explore the theory, intent, background and general structure of the International Green Construction Code, the new code developed by the International Code Council (ICC) in partnership with AIA and ASTM.  An overview of the codes technical aspects will be discussed and insight will be given to designers as to how they might use the IGCC on their projects.  

IGCGOur speaker will be Dave Bowman, PE, Manager of Codes for the International Code Council's Codes and Standards Group. Mr. Bowman's responsibilities include the management of all ICC standards development and the direction and coordination of ICC Staff when assisting or participating in standards development with other organizations.   


View a short commercial about  

the program on YouTube!  


WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 

5:30 - 6:15 pm - Registration & Networking

6:15 - 7:30 pm - Formal Presentation


WHERE: Ameren Missouri, 1901 Chouteau (63103) - map 


FEE: Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members, ASHRAE - St. Louis Members, MABOI Members, and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members


REGISTER: Click here to visit our Event Registration page. Scroll down and click the "Register" button under the International Green Construction Code event listing.


QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at  [email protected] or (314) 577-0225.


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 Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

CxE Group LLC



Artwork due for 'Sustainability and the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region' Exhibit   

August 6  

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is excited to partner with the St. Louis Artists' Guild on the upcoming exhibit, Sustainability and the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region. This exhibit is an examination of where we stand, as a culture of consumption, and where we may be headed in the future.  


Examples of artwork illustrating the biggest consumers and the best conservationists is currently being sought. The artist's or designer's statement should explain the societal impact of the submission's subject matter. Artists, designers, architects, creators and design firms are invited to submit work in various media (including photography, three dimensional design, slides, video/film/digital, drawings, etc.) and are encouraged to consider many aspects of the theme.


CD SUBMISSIONS DUE: August 6, 2011 � 5 pm


OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 11, 2011 � 6-8 p.m


EXHIBITION ON VIEW: November 11- January 6, 2012


Download the Call for Entries here.   


Chapter Volunteers Help Out in Joplin, MO  

by Chris Manzo, Manzo Architects & USGBC-MO Gateway Advocacy Committee 


On July 23 - 24, under the solid leadership of Pat Justis, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and volunteers headed Joplin, Missouri to assist in general clean-up efforts. Eleven of us arrived at the well organized volunteer center and were quickly put to work clearing debris and organizing clothing.

The news coverage outside o f Joplin h as not conveyed the magnitude of the destruction that took place or the ongoing needs of the people of Joplin. Try to imagine neighborhoods about three times the size of Forest Park simply scraped off the ground. For blocks and blocks, nothing remains. Wind speeds exceeded 300 mph - some of the highest winds every recorded. Sewer pipes were lifted out of the soil. A concrete framed seven-story hospital shifted 6" off its vertical, severing every joint and connection in the structure.


Today, debris piles line streets waiting for FEMA-sponsored trucks. The highest pile I saw was over three stories tall. All given, it was an eye opening and educational trip. We helped in the clean up effort but much remains to be done. Our neighbors in Joplin will need help for months to come.  


Read Chris' full article on the USGBC-MO Gateway blog.  



Above: Chapter Volunteers at the start of the volunteer trip to Joplin.  


At left: Volunteers after working hard all weekend - thanks for you great work!  




Chapter members and volunteers will likely plan more trips to help our neighbors in Joplin. If you'd like to be notified about upcoming trips, please e-mail [email protected].  



Nominations Open - Active Living Awards and  

Heroes of the Planet Awards 

Help the recognition of green accomplishments in our region grow stronger - nominate someone for an Active Living Award or a Heroes of a the Planet Award!     


Active Living Awards

Trailnet is accepting applications for its Active Living Awards through August 5, 2011. Active Living awards celebrate Individuals, Nonprofits, Municipalities, and Businesses who are engaged in unique and sustainable efforts to incorporate physical activity in everyday living. The Awards program will be September 20, 2011. Learn more or nominate someone here!  


The St. Louis Business Journal has extended the deadline from August 5 to August 12 for its fourth annual Heroes of the Planet Awards. These awards honor businesses that have outperformed their industry in promoting and advancing environmental sustainability within our region. Nomination categories include: Sustainable Visionary; Sustaheroes of the planetinable Alliances; Sustainable Community; Sustainable Employee Programs; Giving Green; Sustainable Operations;  

and Sustainable Products.  


Honorees will be recognized at an awards dinner on October 27. Learn more or nominate someone here!  


St. Louis Community College offers fall courses on Sustainable Design, GHG Inventories and Solar!  

Looking for new learning opportunities this fall? Check out the new courses offered by St. Louis Community College!


Sustainable Environmental Design Courses     

Beginning this fall, St. Louis Community College is offering classes in sustainable environmental design with options in interior design, architecture and landscaping. The classes are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the rapidly growing field of sustainable environmental design. This course of study will prepare students to apply for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Associate exam.


Courses are grant funded and will be offered tuition-free for qualified individuals enrolled in the first two groups. Learn more or register on line at www.stlcc.edu/environmentaldesign or call 314-984-7156.   




Greenhouse Gas Inventory: The Future is Now!   

Students will gain direct experience working on an environmental challenge that discriminates against all borders and cultures-climate change. Students will work on a Greenhouse Gas inventory for the County of St. Louis. This will be done collaboratively with classmates and County officials to gather and crunch data, as well recommend carbon reduction strategies to Government Officials. Students, corporate and government leaders interested in sustainability as well as anyone interested in building skills for a green career will find this class of value. Excel experience highly recommended.  

WHEN: Thursday evenings beginning August 25, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM, 16-week course


WHERE: St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Campus - Business Building Room 216   


To Register for the non-credit option, go here. To register for the credit option or for more information, please contact Peggy Moody at 314-539-5013.  




Selling Solar PV Systems

Learn all the basics needed to be an effective solar salesperson. Course designed to prepare students to sit for the NABCEP Certified Solar PV Sales Exam, but the in-depth overview of solar will be beneficial to a wide audience.


WHEN: Tuesday evenings August 23 - December 6, 2011, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


WHERE: St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Campus - Business Administration Building Room 244


Learn or register here


Chapter Executive Director  

Renews LEED Credential  

  by Emily Andrews, LEED AP O+M and  

 USGBC-Missouri Gateway Executive Director


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I took the LEED AP exam before things changed - before there was a LEED Green Associate credential and before you had to have experience on a LEED project to be eligible for a LEED AP exam. You can bet that I opted into to the Credential Maintenance Program when it kicked off two years ago. I may never be eligible to take the LEED AP exam since I don't work on LEED projects. Plus the Credential Maintenance program keeps me up-to-date on the LEED rating system and green building technologies.


I just submitted the continuing education hours to renew my LEED Credential and I'd love to share a few tips from my experience:

  • Take some time to learn how GBCI's Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) works & take advantage of the resources they offer. 
  • Organize your hours before you start submitting.  
  • Save everything - Certificates of Attendance, e-mails about events you attended, conference programs, etc.  
  • Attend USGBC-MO Gateway programs! I earned over half of the 30 required CEs from attending Chapter programs, including my 6 LEED specific CEs.  

And if you're looking for additional GBCI CE Hours before your reporting deadline (note that the reporting deadline is different depending on when you opted in), check out the following ideas.

  • Volunteer Committee Participation - earn up to 4 CE hours per reporting period for participating in a Chapter committee.  
  • Upcoming Chapter Programs and Events - see what we have on our schedule
  • Self-Study - earn up to 5 hours per reporting period for independent review of material relevant to green building or LEED. Many building industry and green building publications offer CE hours through self-study - often for free!  
  • Live Presentations. Do you attend other building-related educational programs or lectures? They may qualify for GBCI CE's.  
  • Environmental Building News offers on-line Continuing Education for free to EBN members and subscribers. 
Read Emily's full article - including more details on the above tips - on the USGBC-MO Gateway blog.



Classroom to Board Room  

Diversity Mentoring Program 

USGBC is seeking applications for its Classroom to Board Room Diversity Mentoring program. In this program, members of the national USGBC Board of Directors provide highly individualized executive-level mentoring to undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. This Board initiative works to promote green building and sustainability in underserved communities. For the 2011-2012 program year, 11 slots are open to qualified students. Preference will be given to those who attend institutions primarily serving under-represented communities, such as community colleges and minority serving institutions.


Our own Punit Jain serves on the national USGBC Board of Directors (as well as the USGBC-MO Gateway Board), so students in their last two semesters of an associate's or undergraduate program attending schools within 60 miles of St. Louis are eligible.  


Learn more at the Center for Green Schools.