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December 2011 E-Newsletter

City of St. Louis Sustainability Summit
Sustainability & Built Environment Exhibit
Energize Missouri Building Energy Standards
Growing Green Award Nominations Open December 14
Greening the Heartland Call for Presenters
Sustainability Courses at St. Louis Community College starting in Janaury
LEED Fellows Nominations - open January 4
Save the date for Annual State of the Chapter Social - January 10


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.

December 9 & 12:
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

December 14:

December 31:

January 10 2012:
4th Annual State of the Chapter Social

January 12 & 13:

January 19:
Sustainable Construction Course begins at STLCC (8 weeks every Thursday)

January 27:

January 27:



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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.

City of St. Louis Sustainability Summit

The City of St. Louiskicked of fit's sustainability planning process with a bang this week.And rightly so. For the first time, the City is embarking on it's very first comprehensive sustainability planning process.
Jean Ponzi, of Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center & Majora Carter 
The summit began on Tuesday evening with an inspirational keynote address by Majora Carter,  who serves on the board of the national USGBC. Majora founded and was executive director of Sustainable South Bronx from 2001 - 2008, pioneering a green-collar job training program. She talked about Home (Town) Security, where economic and environmental security begin at the local level - in all of our home towns. Majora also reminded the full-house in attendance at the Missouri Botanical Garden that our home town is blessed with a wealth of resources, mentioning her particularly jealousy of our abundant and well-cared for green spaces.

Wednesday morning found over 100 individuals at the Palladium for a technical work session.City residents, city staff, sustainability experts, energy experts, educators, and more were invited to be "Imagineers" by Catherine Werner, the City's Director of Sustainability. We broke into smaller groups and discussed triple-bottom line solutions to improve and sustain
quality of life in the City of St. Louis.
Dan Andrews, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, starts the tour of Chouteau Crossing with James Hunt from the City of Boston, Phil Hulse of Green Street Properties (the building's developer), Mayor Francis Slay and Majora Carter.  

After the Technical Worksession, Mayor Slay, Majora Carter and James Hunt - along with staff from the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) and other City departments - visited Chouteau Crossing, home to Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 and DynaLabs. The Sheet Metal Workers recently moved in and DynaLabs will move in mid-January. At the corner of Chouteau and Jefferson, the site has been vacant for many years. Now it's an anchor in the neighborhood with a building targeting targeting LEED Platinum certification!

Read more and see more photos on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Blog.  

Sustainability & Built Environment Exhibit -

open through January 7

View a short video about the opening of the Aggregate Exhibition at the St. Louis Artists Guild in which artists, architects, and designers examine our culture of consumption and possible solutions for establishing long-term ecological balance. This unique series, including the Sustainability & the Built Environment Exhibit, will be open until January 7, 2012. It is free and open to the public, so be sure to check it out!

This just in! Join exhibit organizers Dana Gray and Richard Reilly this Friday, December 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM for a Gallery Talk. Expect lively conversation and artistic critque, examining where we stand as a culture of consumption and where we may be headed in the future.  



While you're there, you can check out the winners of the 2011 Sustainability Art Awards given by USGBC-Missouri Gateway. These recognize architecture as art and artists as champions of sustainability, and are a reflection of the artwork as an expression of Sustainability in the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region.

"The Quilt" by Missouri Botanical Garden Green Team

2011 Sustainability Art Award winners:

  • Richard Reily - a participatory look at the regional status quo vis-a-vis sustainability
  • Missouri Botanical Garden Green Team - The Quilt
  • Christopher Manzo - A Treed Place of Play

Special thanks to Andy Raimist for producing the  

Artists' Guild Sustainability Exhibition video!  

Energize Missouri - Building Energy Standard Workshops - available by webinar!

Did you know that if all municipalities in Missouri adopted and enforced the model energy code statewide in 2011, the state would have saved $318 million annually in energy costs by 2030?

Energize Missouri Building Energy Standards Workshops will illustrate the far-reaching benefits associated with adopting and enforcing the latest International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).   


Missouri Department of Natural Resources has developed a series of workshops to explore the topic in further detail. Topics include:  

  • Residential Buildings: Homeowner and Contractor Awareness of the 2009 IECC
  • Residential Buildings: Residential Remodeling and Additions for 2009 IECC
  • Commercial Buildings: Commercial Requirements for the 2009 IECC and 90.1-2007
  • Commercial Buildings: Resource Inventory and Lessons Learned for the Commercial Portion of the 2009 IECC and 90.1-2007    

Webinars covering the above topics will take place at 9:30 am on December 13th, 14th, 19th, and 20th and on January 31st and February 1, 2012. Live workshops will be held in Kansas City on January 24 - 25, 2012. For more information, please e-mail energycodeworkshop@shawgrp.com.


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Growing Green Awards!

Nominations open December 14th!


Do you know a person, a company, an organization or a school that is transforming our built environment into a healthier, more environmentally friendly and prosperous place to live, work and learn?

If so, nominate them for a Growing Green Award!


USGBC-Missouri Gateway is pleased to celebrate the people and organizations who are helping to ensure that every building is a green building through our 4th Annual Growing Green Awards.


Nominations will open on Wednesday, December 14 with updated award categories.


Please visit the USGBC website on December 14, 2011 to download the nomination package. 


Nominations are due Friday, January 27, 2012. 


Winners will be announced at the Growing Green Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 29. Save the date!


 Greening the Heartland Call for Presenters -
deadline December 31st

The Greening the Heartland Conference brings leaders of the green building community together for three days of sessions and networking. Over 35 sessions will address the challenges, solutions, and innovations in green building, design, and technology. Greening the Heartland 2012 will be held in in Indianapolis, IN. Jeremy Rifkin will give the keynote address. He is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and author of many books, including The Third Industrial Revolution and The Hydrogen Economy.    


Greening the Heartland 2012 is accepting proposals for the 9th annual conference. The 2012 conference theme is "Building Community," which will explore interdependent elements of sustainability and is designed to expand the audience and the discussion.


Presentation proposals will be selected based on compelling content, relevance to conference objectives, presenters' knowledge of subject, clarity of purpose, presenters' speaking experience and performance (if applicable) and overall balance among content areas.



Submit your proposal form by mail or email.
Deadline is December 31, 2011



Email Chris Dorman or call at 317-440-1898

Sustainable Energy Technology and Sustainable Construction courses at St. Louis Community College  


Sustainable Energy Technology Courses

Students will understand energy efficiency and its role in the built environment. They will become familiar with energy systems, construction fundamentals, sustainable design fundamentals, and how those concepts work as part of a whole building. Courses are designed for students who are preparing for entry level positions as well as those already working in energy related fields. Students should have a strong desire to work in the energy field, solve energy efficiency problems, and work with industry professionals to improve buildings. 


Sustainable Construction Courses

Students will learn to read and analyze construction drawings and other documents, evaluate building materials, examine building systems, and apply principles and practices of sustainability to decision-making processes in all phases of construction. They are beneficial for individuals preparing for entry-level positions as well as those already working in related fields. This course is eligible for 26 hours of GBCI Continuing Education. It is instructed by Dennis W. Dill, B.S., MBA, LEED AP BD+C, the Manager of District Maintenance & HVAC  


Learn More - Attend a special information session!

WHEN: Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  

WHERE: STLCC's Florissant Valley campus at 3400 Pershall Road, Room 110/116 in the Training Center    

RSVP's required to Carla Jordan at 314-513-4633 or cjordan55@stlcc.edu.


Classes meet in the evenings at the Florissant Valley Campus beginning in January. Seating is limited, and there is no tuition cost for qualified individuals in most of the classes. To determine if you qualify or for more information, contact Carla Jordan.  

LEED Fellows Nominations - open January 4

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is pleased to announce the launch of the LEED Fellow Program, GBCI's new and most prestigious professional designation. The LEED Fellow was developed to honor and recognize distinguished LEED APs who have made a significant contribution to the field of green building and sustainability at a regional, national, or international level.   



The nomination period for the 2012 class of LEED Fellows will open on January 4, 2012!    



  • Nominees must be LEED APs with specialty who have  held the LEED AP credential for eight cumulative years
  • Nominees must document a total of at least 10 years of experience in the green building field
  • Nominees are required to submit an application package through the LEED Fellow online portal  


  • Nominees for the LEED Fellow will be nominated by their peers.
  • Nominators must be LEED APs with specialty with at least 10 years of experience in the green building field.
  • Nominators must provide four endorsers who will verify the nominee's achievements.


Nominees will be evaluated along four of five mastery elements: Technical Proficiency, Education and Mentoring, Leadership, Commitment and Service, and Advocacy. For more information, visit the GBCI website.   

Save the date for Annual State of the Chapter Social - January 10

Join us to kick off the new year at the 4th annual State of the Chapter Social on January 10, 2012. Meet Chapter members and leaders and take a look back at the successes of 2011 and look forward at plans for the upcoming year. 

Complimentary wine and Schlafly beer will be imbibed, appetizers eaten and live music enjoyed. And committee chairs will share information about opportunities to get involved in 2012!   


Be a part of USGBC's vision to create and restore buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm - Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm - Additional Networking

Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114)


Free to all attendees!