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March 2012 E-Newsletter

MARCH 2012
Sustainable Specifications - March 13
Shaw Professional Landscape Series
Greeing the Heartland Scholarship
EBies - Celebrating the Best in Existing Buildings
Spring Fling Membership Drive
Members in the News
Mid-Missouri Branch News
LEED 2012 - Third Public Comment Period Open
Eco-Logical Earth Day Symposium - April 5-6
National Association of Women in Construction Survey
LEED EB:O&M Community Project Update
New and Renewing Sponsors


To initiate, develop and accelerate the implementation of green building concepts, technologies and principles that promote environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to
live and work.
Calling all DIY-ers - our June Program will focus on Do-it-Yourself Sustainability!
Proposals Due April 2

Growing Green Awards - Tickets Now On Sale!

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!
March 29:


Thanks to our 2012 RESTORATIVE

Logo Vertegy
Thanks to our 20112 PLATINUM SPONSORS


Logo MO BotanicalSMW Logo

Thanks to our 2012 GOLD SPONSORS


CNR logoHealthy Planet
Thanks to our 2012 SILVER

Acorn Landscape Architecture

BSI Contractors

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Landco Construction

Landis & Gyr

Mackey Mitchell Architects



St. Louis Electrical Connection


U.S. Bank

Thanks to our 2012 GREEN

Cassidy Turley


Microgrid Energy

PayneCrest Electric

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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.

Sustainable Specifications...by the Numbers

Presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Construction Specifications Institute - Greater St. Louis.


In this presentation, attendees will learn what LEED provisions to include in Division 01 specification sections, how these provisions are linked to the technical specifications, and how LEED provisions in Part 3 Execution of the technical specifications assist in the LEED certification process without interfering with the contractor's means and methods.   


SPEAKER: Ross G. Spiegel, Associate & Senior Specification Writer at Fletcher-Thompson, Inc.   


1 GBCI CE Hour




WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 


WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114)


FEE:  Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway and CSI Members as well as Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members Please RSVP here.


Thanks to our program sponsors! 


ASP Enterprises


The Shaw Professional Landscape Series - March 13-14 

Native Landscaping Nuts and Bolts

WHEN: March 13 - 14, 8:00am - 3:30pm


Day 1: Planning and Design
Day 2: Installation and Maintenance
Bus Tour: June 6, 2012


WHERE: Alberici, 8800 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63114


COST: $50 for each day-long workshop and tour. Price includes lunch and 6 CEU's per day


REGISTER online. Bus tour registration deadline is May 30. Make checks payable to Shaw Nature Reserve and send in with a copy of the receipt emailed to you after registering online.


Click here for additional information.  

Greening the Heartland Scholarship

Applications due March 15 

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.   


And if you're planning on attending Greening the Heartland on your own, take note that early bird registration ends on March 15!  

The EBies - Celebrating the Best in Existing Buildings



The EBie Awards™ are a juried competition for people working in Existing Buildings who have made great strides in improving their environmental performance who may otherwise go unheralded. Their work is likely to have been done on a shoestring budget and needed great tenacity and conviction.  


Who are these unsung heroes? The EBies™ will recognize significant and measurable environmental performance improvements in existing buildings among building owners and operators, engineers, consultants, retro-commissioning agents, lighting designers, landscape architects, and tenant groups.

The EBie Awards will be given to both commercial and residential projects, with a special award for work in the public sector. Cl
ick here for more info.



  • Submission Period: February 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012
  • Finalists Announced: May 9, 2012
  • EBie Awards Celebration: June 28, 2012  


The EBies were created by Urban Green Council, the New York City Chapter of USGBC, but the Awards are open to projects across the continental United States

Spring Fling Membership Drive! 

Celebrating existing members: March and April 2012  


Our dedicated members are working to make the region a better place. We believe that green buildings are a catalyst for a sustainable future, and that their impact extends beyond the people who enter them, to the broader community. Likewise, your involvement in USGBC-Missouri Gateway helps expand knowledge of green building and sustainability practices to all people.


Existing members who renew in March or April will be entered into a drawing to win one of two prizes: 

  • Chapter membership extended one year for free 
  • Gift certificate to Big Shark Bicycle Company 

Visit http://www.usgbc-mogateway.org/join/ or contact us at [email protected] or 314-577-0225.  

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members in the News

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is very fortunate to have so many creative and motivated members, many of whom have have been publicly recognized for their efforts within the community. Individuals are featured several times per month in the News and Notes Section of our website and on the "Members in the News" page.  


Check out what your fellow members are up to, and be sure to let us know if you or any other members have been featured for their green building efforts.


Recently featured Members in the News include:    

  • Jane Quartel, of Halcyon Shades, earned the Flag of Freedom Award (see photo below)
  • Ann Mack, of Trailnet, published a guest commentary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
  • Allison Carmen, founder of MaterialMix in the Business Section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch

From l to r: Mayor Francis Slay, Kevin Schaedler (VP of Sales, Habitata Building Products), Jane Quartel (President, Halcyon Shades), Nelson Kimmell (Accountant and veteran), Lt. Colonel Alan Rohlfing, Clarence Graham (maintenance and veteran)  

Mid-Missouri Branch Gearing Up!  

Chapter members in Columbia have been busy getting organized this winter! They've submitted a Letter of Intent to the Chapter to become an official Branch - the Mid-Missouri Branch. They have identified a leadership team:

  • Lawrence Lile, Lile Engineering - chair
  • Lyria Bartlett, Studio4, LLC - Vice Chair
  • Barbara Buffaloe - City of Columbia - Secretary
  • Natalie Ellis - University of Missouri - Treasurer

Organizers have already hosted a Solar Water Heating presentation and they have two events lined up next week. On Tuesday, March 13 they will host a LEED webinar on how to "Think Like a Reviewer" at the Architects Alliance in Jefferson City. And on Friday, March 16, they will celebrate the LEED Gold Certification of Boone Hospital in Columbia.  


We are excited to have so much activity in our newest branch and look forward to working with members there to transform the built environment! The Mid-Missouri Branch will serve six counties: Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard and Moniteau.  


For more information about the Mid-Missouri Branch, please contact Lawrence Lile.

LEED 2012 - Third Public Comment Period NOW OPEN! 

The third public comment period for LEED 2012 is now open until March 20, 2012! LEED's strength comes from its constant, consensus-driven improvement cycle. Multiple comment periods are held and input received is incorporated into LEED as the program evolves to address the dynamic needs of the building industry.  


This version of the draft focuses on enhancing the user experience in a variety of ways. Credit language has been revised to clarify requirements. Credit names and their organization within categories has shifted to be more intuitive. And finally, LEED 2012 delivery intends to offer additional performance management tools to help projects measure and manage energy and water use. 


You can find the third draft of LEED 2012 here: usgbc.org/LEED2012.


What's next?   

After the third round of public comments is reviewed and incorporated, LEED 2012 will be balloted and approved by USGBC members June 1 -30, 2012. LEED 2012 will then officially launch at Greenbuild in November 2012.  


In order to vote in the balloting process for LEED 2012, you must be part of the Consensus Body. The Consensus Body opt-in period begins April 2 and is open to employees of USGBC national member organizations in good standing. The consensus body ensures participation from the full diversity of LEED users and a balanced representation of USGBC membership. To be eligible to join the Consensus Body and vote in the LEED 2012 ballot your organization's membership had to be in good standing on March 1, and must be maintained throughout the balloting period.  


For more information about LEED 2012, visit the USGBC website. 

St. Louis Earth Day Symposium - Eco-Logical 

Eco-Logical - Policy, planning and tools to support sustainable transportation, land use and resource conservation


WHEN: Thursday April 5, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm and
Friday April 6, 2012, 8:00am - 2:00pm

WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO



  • Thad Simons, President and CEO, Novus International, Corporate Leadershiop and Sustainable Sites
  • Lynn Richards, Policy Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Quality, Land Use, Green Infrastructure and Transportaiton Policy, Moving toward Sustainability
  • Marie Venner, Venner Consulting, What We Can Do with Better Data-The Big Picture


REGISTER online at St. Louis Earth Day's website. Or click here for more information on schedule and cost.  

National Association of Women in Construction Survey


Share your opinion and you'll have a chance to win a morning of golf for you and a friend at the National Association of Women in Construction's annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Friday May 4!


The National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) St. Louis Chapter celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2010! A lot has changed in the construction industry in those 50 years especially for women. To continue to enhance the success of women in construction, NAWIC is evaluating its programs and activities and developing a strategic plan for its future. Your opinion is important to this evaluation.   

Please take a few moments to share your opinions and help shape the future of NAWIC-St. Louis chapter. Click
here to complete the online questionnaire - at the end of the questionnaire you will be able to register to win a morning of golf for you and a friend at the NAWIC annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Friday May 4!  
Deadline to complete the questionnaire and enter to win a morning of golf is March 30. Fill out the questionnaire & enter for a chance to win a twosome of golf!

Did you know that NAWIC St. Louis has given over  

$400,000 in scholarships to students  

pursuing construction related degrees?   

LEED EB: O&M Community Project Update


USGBC-Missouri Gateway teamed up with Missouri Botanical Garden in October for this LEED EB:O&M Community Project.  Chapter members are volunteering to help with the LEED certification of the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (also known as CBEC). The Chapter is grateful for funding from a Wells Fargo Green Team Grant for this pilot project, which we hope will inform the development of similar projects in the future. It's win-win - Chapter members gain experience on a LEED project and a committed non-profit gains a LEED building!  


CBEC, which is home to the Chapter offices, is one of the Garden's newest office buildings and is also ENERGY STAR certified. The LEED EB: O&M Community Project project kicked off in October 2011. Since then, about 20 Chapter members have been meeting monthly with Garden staff - learning about the building and existing Garden policy and procedure and determining the best sustainability strategies for CBEC.   



Chapter volunteers checking out the solar array on CBEC's roof   

from L to R: John Quinn, Rich Pendl, Admo Ogun, Julie Coulter,   

Erik Lueders and Marc Lopata.   


The performance period for the project started at the beginning of February - now we're measuring and tracking the building's performance against the policies, plans and programs that were developed or revised earlier. Examples include purchasing and solid waste management policies and a green cleaning policy and a high performance cleaning program.   


The performance period will last approximately three months. Before and during the performance period, Chapter members have assisted or are assisting with a solid waste audit (see photo below), a custodial effectiveness audit, an occupant survey, an indoor lighting audit, tracking purchases, tracking transportation to and from the building and more!   



Chapter volunteers Katie Belisle-Iffrig (right) and  

Nick Bristow don very fashionable safety equipment to  

dig through CBEC's trash for a waste audit.   


Some exciting outcomes of the project include pursuing an innovation credit for the building's Green Conference & Meeting Venue efforts. Also the lighting audit of the building determined that most spaces in the building are over lit, which provides an opportunity for making changes that will results in energy savings!    


Thanks to the Missouri Botanical Garden, Chapter Volunteers and Wells Fargo for making this pilot project possible. For more information, please contact Emily Andrews.     

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!

Laclede Gas Company - Renewing GOLD 
Cassidy Turley - Renewing GREEN 
Guarantee Electrical Company - Renewing SILVER 
Landco Construction - Renewing SILVER 
PayneCrest Electric - Renewing GREEN 
St. Louis Construction News & Real Estate - Renewing GOLD