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November 2011 E-Newsletter

11-11-11 Sustainability & the Built Environment Exhibit
10 Year Anniversary Report Now Available
Make It Right Presentations
Hoech Middle School Rain Water Harvesting Project
Green Shadow Deadline - November 15th
Midwest Energy Policy Conference
Extending October Membership Driven through End of 2011
City of St. Louis Sustainability Survey
Thanksgiving, THANK YOU!


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

November 15:
In-Depth Seminar

November 15:

November 30:
Daylight Modeling at St. Louis Community College

November 30 - December 2: 
5th Annual Midwest Energy Policy Conference

December 9 & 12:



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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

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.

Sustainability & the Built Environment Exhibit   

In partnership with the St. Louis Artists' Guild  


We hope you'll join us for the opening Sustainability and the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region on 11-11-11 from 6 - 8 pm at the Artists' Guild.   


Sustainability & the Built Environment is a part of the Artists' Guild Aggregate Exhibition Series, a group of six exhibitions in which artists, architects, and designers examine our culture of consumption and possible solutions for establishing long-term ecological balance.


Click the above image to watch a video about the exhibit opening. 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will is proud to present Sustainability Art Awards to select artists participating in Sustainability & the Build Environment. The awards:  

  • Recognize architecture as art and artists as champions of sustainability. 
  • Are not a commentary on the artistic or purely aesthetic value of the artwork.  
  • Focus on the artwork as an expression of sustainability efforts and opportunities.

WHAT: Sustainability & the Built Environment in St. Louis, part of the Aggregate Exhibition Series 

WHEN: Friday, November 11, 2011 from 6 - 8 pm  

WHERE: St. Louis Artists' Guild, Two Oak Knoll Park (63105)   


No RSVP required. For more information, visit the St. Louis Artists' Guild website.

This exhibition was juried by Chris Jordan and will be on view from November 11 through January 6, 2012.  

 10 Year Anniversary Report Now Available

It's hard to believe that just ten years ago Chapter founders gathered around a table to hatch a plan that would help transform the built environment into a more environmentally friendly, healthier and prosperous place to live, work and go to school. 2011 is USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's 10-Year Anniversary and we've been celebrating all year! 

Click the image above to visit the 10-Year Anniversary Page on our website and to learn more about Chapter and green building milestones over the past ten years!

 What's Next? 

People have gained knowledge, green buildings have been built, and progress has been made during the first 10 Years of our work. These accomplishments inspire us to look to the future, and imagine a region where every person can live, work and learn in green buildings. 

What's NEXT for green building? And for the Chapter? Check out these concepts or share your ideas with us!


 Make It Right Presentations  

At the Make It Right project in New Orleans lower 9th ward, John Sader, Construction Director, and his team developed a formula for building affordable LEED platinum homes. 
Jon will discuss his process for building affordable LEEDİ Platinum homes for less cost than a conventionally built home. A major part of the formula in building these affordable LEED Platinum homes is the high efficiency heating & cooling system.

Two educational sessions offering AIA Continuing Education Units will be presented on Friday, November 11 at the Masonry Institute. The first from 8:30 - 11 am and the second from 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

Click the image on the right to download an event flyer and for registration information.  

Hoech Middle School Rain Water Harvesting Project 

Pictured above: Hoech Middle School students studying rain water collection options. Janet Velasquez squatting in the front, Melissa Castaneda standing at the far left, Teresa Loane sitting, Celeste Gravitt standing on the right along with Kerry Herr. 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has been working with Hoech Middle School on a rain water harvesting project. Our Volunteer Project Manager Kerry Herr was on-site recently to discuss the  proposed rainwater harvesting design with students and faculty. 


The students are now tasked with collecting rainwater data, which will be used to accurately size the rainwater harvesting and collection system. The rainwater system is part of a student sustainability plan including a new fruit orchard to be installed Hoech Middle School in the Ritenour School District. The rainwater system is a joint effort between the Chapter's Social Equity Working Group and the School District.

Green Shadow Deadline - November 15th

Green Shadow

Local college and university students often wonder what life is like in the "real world". Many of those same students are pursuing degrees and careers associated with sustainability. The purpose of St. Louis Green Shadow is to expose students to green jobs in the St. Louis region through a one day shadow of local professionals. Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship. 



There is no cost to participate in the program. Mentors and shadows are responsible for any costs incurred during the shadow experience.


Please contact Tony Ruebsam, Higher Education Subcommittee Chair OR usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org

Midwest Energy Policy Conference 

Register for this 5th Annual Conference here.

The Fifth annual Midwest Energy Policy Conference will bring in experts from across the region and country to discuss federal, state and local energy priorities, opportunities and roadblocks, legislative and regulatory actions, energy efficiency, emerging alternatives, the path for traditional power sources, national security, and investment in research, jobs, new energy projects, and the hottest issues of the day.   

For five years, the promoters and supporters of the Midwest Energy Policy Conference have championed constructive, collegial dialogue on the plethora of Midwest energy issues and promoted an honest, fact-based discussion among our diverse stakeholders.


WHEN: November 30 - December 2, 2011  

WHERE: Millennium Hotel, St. Louis

The Military Response to Emerging Energy Issues: A Report on the EOI Task Force, Net Zero and the Links between National Security and Energy Policy


Download the full schedule here

We are extending our October Membership drive through December 31, 2011 so YOU can take advantage of these great incentives!     


NEW National Members Companies that join before the end of the year receive one free USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership for an employee of their choice ($70 value). Join the national USGBC now! 


NEW Chapter Members who are LEED Professionals that join before the end of the year will be  entered into a drawing to win FREE registration to  an upcoming Lunch 'n LEED or In-Depth Seminar of his or her choice all of which offer GBCI CE Hours ($10-30 value). Join the Chapter now!  


Check out Chapter Member Benefits. Or see what Chapter members have to say:  


As a member of USGBC-Missouri Gateway, I've been able to learn and keep abreast of the latest innovations and practices, then apply and share them with my clients.

Diane Rosen, Diane Rosen Interiors, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member

USGBC-Missouri Gateway membership helps me stay up to date on what is happening with green building and sustainability. The chapter meetings are a great way to meet new people and share ideas about green building. The presentations are educational and timely.

Marjorie L. Melton, M3 Engineering Group PC, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member & Board of Directors  

Take the City of St. Louis Sustainability Survey

The City of St. Louis is undergoing its first comprehensive sustainability planning process and would like to hear from those who live, work or play in the City. The Mayor's Office has developed a community sustainability survey to help gauge general sustainability viewpoints and priorities for the City. Please take 5-10 minutes to take the survey and help

inform development of the City's sustainability plan!   


Your input is valuable to the City, and all comments will be reviewed. It will be most useful for the survey to be completed by mid-November. Hard copies of the survey are

available upon request. Please contact Catherine Werner with questions about the survey or the City's sustainability planning process at WernerC@StLouisCity.com.   


For more information about the City's Sustainability efforts, see



Thanksgiving, THANK YOU!

We cannot accomplish our mission or vision with out the hard work and support of our dedicated volunteers, members and sponsors. Everyone's commitment to transforming the built environment is instrumental to our success and to the success of green building! Thanks to all our Board Members and Committee Leaders (listed below) as well as all our committee members, our members and our sponsors!

Board Members:
JoAnn Brookes

Christy Cunningham-Saylor

Punit Jain

Patrick Justis

Bruce Lindsey

Marc Lopata

Marjorie Melton

Paul Todd Merrill
Megan Ridgeway
Thomas Schultz

Buck Van Hooser  




Committee & Branch Leadership:
John Aliberti, Technical

Lyria Bartlett, Mid-Missouri Branch

Lou Brouk, Advocacy

Barbara Buffaloe, Mid-Missouri Branch    

Tracey Capriglione, Green Schools

Andy Carrigan, Marketing

Melissa Cox, Ozarks Branch  

Christy Cunningham-Saylor, Program

Natalie Ellis, Mid-Missouri Branch  

Peder Hulse, Membership  

Anna Kangas, Ozarks Branch
Caryl Kinsey Fox, Finance

Susan Lanigan, Green Schools

Lawrence Lile Mid-Missouri Branch

Erik Lueders, Green Schools

Tim Michels, Technical  

Jan Niehaus, Marketing
Mary Ostafi, Program
Tony Pratte, Membership 

Nancy Rodney, Advocacy
Tony Ruebsam, Higher Education 
Richard Schuessler, Government Advocacy

Jay Swoboda, Green Homes

Joel Thomas, Ozarks Branch  

Lisa Thompson, Higher Education