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February 2012 E-Newsletter

February Program - Quantifying Financial Benefits & Bankability of LEED Projects
Sustainable Pavements program on February 15
Chapter Executive Director Named 40 Under 40
Make your home more efficient with St. Louis County SAVES
Congratulations to Newly Certified LEED Projects
Conservation Lobby Day - February 29
Permaculture Training
Greening the Heartland Scholarship Opportunities
Sign up for the St. Louis Green Business Challenge
Thanks to New & Renewing Sponsors


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.

LEED BD+C Exam Prep Course

February 24 & 27  

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 process.

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for this two-day exam prep course and distinguish yourself with a LEED AP credential!

Learn more or register!

Growing Green Awards - Tickets Now On Sale!

Please join us on
hursday, March 29 at the new Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36 Headquarters

See this year's nominees!

Learn more about the Growing Green Awards!

Purchase tickets!
(Please scroll down to the Growing Green Awards Event.)
February 14:
Quantifying the Financial Benefits & Bankability of LEED

February 22:
Lunch 'n LEED - Building & Material Reuse: Understanding the Challenges, Celebrating the Success

February 24 & 27:
LEED BD+C Exam Prep Course

February 29:

Lunch 'n LEED - 405 Howard Street, A Case Study in Cost Effective Strategies for Success

February 29:

Conservation Lobby Day in Jefferson City, MO

March 8 - 11: Permaculture Training

March 13:
March Program - Sustainable Specifications by the Numbers, with CSI

March 14 - April 25:
Lunch 'n LEED Webinars - The Evolution of LEED: Insights into Rating System Update

March 15:  

Greening the Heartland Scholarship Applications Due


March 28:  

Sustainable Building for Affordable Housing Development 


March 29:



Logo Vertegy
Thanks to our 2011 PLATINUM SPONSORS

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Logo MO Botanical

Thanks to our 2011 GOLD SPONSORS

December 7 High Performance building session speakersLogo ClaycoColorArtLogo

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CNR logoHealthy Planet
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.

Quantifying Financial Benefits
& Bankability of LEED Projects - February 14  

Presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Building Owners and Managers Association and Missouri Growth Association.


Do you love the Triple Bottom Line? Then celebrate Valentine's Day with USGBC and our partners!  


Our jobs as triple-bottom-line advocates will be more successful if we understand the financial bottom line and can effectively communicate it to building owners, bankers and the the project team. We all know a story about a project where green building features have been cut from the budget during value engineering because the owner didn't understand its expected financial performance.    


Come get a refresher on Finance 101 and learn how to apply it to your green building projects. By understanding the lingo of financial performance - like internal rate of return, cap rate, and net present value - you can tailor these decision-making tools to your project conditions. Then you'll be able to help the project team understand why building green makes sense for all three bottom lines - environment, economic and social.  


Just in case you slept through Finance class in college, this will be a lot shorter - a 45-minute summary of how you can quantify financial parameters for a typical LEED new construction or existing building project and discussion of traditional financing options for renewable projects, followed by Q&A.


Marc Lopata, President, Microgrid Energy
Richard Greene, Director, Clarus Advisors, LLC  


1 GBCI CE Hour

aia logo    CMP logo

N: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm - Formal Presentation

WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114)


FEE:  Free to all USGBC-Missouri Gateway, RCGA, BOMA and MGA Members as well as Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members. Please RSVP here.


Thanks to our program sponsor: 


PNC Bank  

Sustainable Pavements Program - February 15  

International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) presents  

Brett Chandler Gaither, Director of Business Development for Byrne & Jones Construction.  

Brett Gaither has spent several years working with engineers, architects, Departments of Transportation, commercial property owners, schools, and private customers, showing them how to manage their pavement and to implement cost-saving asphalt pavement management, recycling and preservation programs. He has been successful in helping customers reduce their annual asphalt budgets by applying a solid pavement management plan. His presentation will provide an overview of porous asphalt, porous concrete, full-depth reclamation (asphalt rehabilitation).  


WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
5:00 - 6:00 pm, Networking Reception

6:00 - 7:00 pm, Program


Missouri Botanical Garden's Monsanto Center

4344 Shaw Avenue, 63110



FREE to IFMA Members or a company representative
$35.00 - Non-members

To RSVP contact the IFMA office at 314.487.7725.  


Download the event flyer here.   

Chapter Executive Director Named 40 Under 40

Emily Andrews, Executive Director of U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, has been featured in the
St. Louis Business Journal's "40 under 40", which showcases St. Louis' all-stars in the workplace, in the community and at home.

Emily has been recognized as a catalyst in promoting energy efficiency, working on sustainable
gardens, talking to communities about adopting sustainability guidelines, and partnering with other non-profits in working towards the Chapter's mission of transforming the built environment. Congrats to Emily and the entire 2012 40 Under 40 Class!  


USGBC-MO Gateway Board Members JoAnn Brookes,
Marjorie Melton and Nancy Rodney with Emily at the
40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony.

Make your home more efficient with  

St. Louis County SAVES!


St. Louis County SAVES logo

St. Louis County SAVES™ is a new low-interest rate financing program for home owners in St. Louis County. It is specifically designed to help you make energy efficiency improvements to your home.  

St. Louis County SAVES™ is dedicated to: 

  • Helping you save money on rising energy costs
  • Improving the comfort of your home
  • Keeping St. Louis County green and growing!

The St. Louis County SAVES website has complete info on the program - from loan applications, to lists of approved contractors and energy efficiency projects eligible under the program guidelines.


Newly Certified LEED Projects 

Congratulations to the following buildings who have achieved LEED certification since our last update in June 2011. New this time, we're including projects outside of St. Louis!  

  • 4253 Hartford - PLATINUM (Homes)
  • 6153 Pershing - PLATINUM (Homes)
  • Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School (University City S.D.) - CERTIFIED (Schools)
  • BioMerieux Addition to Building One - GOLD (NC)
  • BJC Institute of Health at Washington University - GOLD (NC)
  • Boone Hospital Center's New Patient Tower in Columbia, MO - GOLD (NC) 
  • Brethauer Project - SILVER (Homes) 
  • Cassidy Turley St. Louis Headquarters - GOLD (CI)
  • Columbia Government Center - GOLD (NC)
  • Cottleville City Hall - CERTIFIED (NC)
  • Crowder College Health & Science in Nixa, MO - GOLD (NC) 
  • Des Peres Center - GOLD (CS)
  • GSA National Archives and Records Administration National Records Personnel Center - CERTIFIED (NC)
  • Houlihan's Restaurant in Springfield - GOLD (NC) 
  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Spink Pavilion Renovation - CERTIFIED (NC)
  • Purina Event Center - SILVER (NC)
  • Staples in Overland - PLATINUM (CI)
  • UEHP Buildings 1940-48 & 1950-69 in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO - GOLD (NC)  


Check out a full list of local projects , including LEED Project Profiles for a handful of local LEED certified projects.  


Showcase your sustainable achievements! Do you have a LEED certified project that you'd like to see featured in a LEED Project Profile? Please contact Emily Andrews, Executive Director of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.   

Conservation Lobby Day - February 29th

Each year, Missourians gather at the State Capitol to make help educate legislators on the importance of smart environmental policy. From environmentalists, scientists, students and business-owners to hunters, anglers and farmers, this is an important opportunity to share your passion for the environment and have a big impact on environmental policies affecting Missouri.


WHEN: Tuesday, February 29, 8:30 am - 4 pm

WHERE: Missouri State Capitol Building

COST: $20 (includes lunch) 

For more information or to register, visit the Missouri Votes Conservation website


Lobby day will include a brief training on the "how to's" of citizen lobbying. Participants will then divide into small groups to meet with legislators on specific topics like green building, local food, clean water, and state parks. USGBC-MO Gateway members from the Green Schools and Advocacy committees will lead green building groups.  


Conservation Lobby Day is a partnership of the Missouri Conservation and Environmental Alliance (MCEA), a statewide coalition organizations working together to bring a common voice to the conservation and environmental community in Jefferson City. USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is a member of MCEA and Green Schools is a priority issue for the Chapter and for MCEA this year!  We are supporting the following two bills:  

  • House Bill 1602 - School Green Cleaning: Calls for school districts to establish a green cleaning policy and purchase and use environmentally-sensitive cleaning products that meet the Missouri Green Cleaning Guidelines and Specifications.
  • House Bill 1290 - Sustainable Construction for State Funded Buildings: Calls for all major state-funded new construction projects to achieve a certain level of 3rd party verification of sustainable construction.

To get involved or for more information, contact Emily Andrews at [email protected]. Or sign up for Conservation Lobby Day by visiting Missouri Votes Conservation's website.  

Permaculture Training  - March 8 - 11 

A Four-Day Design and Hands-On Intensive Class  


In good permaculture design, work is minimized, yields (food, energy and income) are increased, wastes are eliminated and the environment is restored. This four-day foundational training course in permaculture design features a practical bent. Classroom and project components will be geared for the suburban or city resident who wants to transform their immediate environment into one of natural beauty, productivity and functionality. The workshop earns credit toward Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Certification.



Bill WilsonBill Wilson, Guest Instructor & Co-Founder Midwest Permaculture, holds two Permaculture Design (PDC) Certificates with Advanced Training in Permaculture Design, and has taught internationally in over 26 PDC courses, plus shorter-form workshops and intensives.


WHEN: March 8 - 11, 2012

8:30 am - 5:30 pm each day with optional evening activities which run until 9:00 pm.


WHERE: Classroom instruction at Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, Room 126, 4651 Shaw (63110) as well as project sites for hands on work.  


FEE:  EARLY BIRD RATE (Through February 10th): $495 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and Missouri Botanical Garden Members; $550 for Non-members

After February 10th: $550 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and Missouri Botanical Garden Members; $595 for non-members.  


Advance registration required by Monday, March 5

            Permaculture 2    Permaculture 1  

For more information, visit the

Greening the Heartland Scholarship Opportunities   



USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to be able to provide two full and one partial scholarships to attend Greening the Heartland on May 16-18, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  


USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter believes that everyone should have access to green buildings and green communities as well as green building education. Through this scholarship, we hope to increase the participation of those interested in serving communities not typically represented in the areas of sustainability.  

Applications are due by 5 pm Central Standard Time on Thursday, March 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 29.


Download the scholarship application here.   

Sign up for the St. Louis Green Business Challenge



The St. Louis Green Business Challenge helps companies and organizations adopt sustainable business practices that yield financial benefits and reduce environmental impact. Seminars, tours and web-based resources stimulate best practice sharing among Challenge participants. The Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center consults with Challenge teams. The 2012 St. Louis Green Business Challenge is an initiative of the RCGA's St. Louis Greenprint 2012 - an action plan for growing our region's green economy.   



  • March 14 - Kick off Seminar
  • March 31 - Enrollment closes, baseline scorecard due
  • October 31 - Final scorecard due
  • December 18 - Award Ceremony

COST: $395 for RCGA members or $995 for non-members


For more information, contact:

Eric D. Schneider

Senior Director - Energy and Environment

St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association

[email protected], (314) 444-1148


Download a flyer about the St. Louis Green Business Challenge or visit the website.   

New and Renewing Sponsors  

Each sponsor, donor and member is important to the success of the organization and of green building.

By making a donation to the Chapter you will assist in our effort to make every building a green building!

Ameren Missouri - Renewing GOLD
Color Art Integrated Interiors - Renewing PLATINUM 
Express Scripts - Renewing SILVER 
HOK Group - Renewing GOLD
Mackey Mitchell Architects - Renewing SILVER
Paric - Renewing SILVER
St. Louis Electrical Connection - Renewing SILVER
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36 - Renewing PLATINUM
The Healthy Planet - Renewing GOLD
Vertegy, An Alberici Enterprise - Renewing RESTORATIVE