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April 2012 E-Newsletter

April 2012
Healthy Indoor Air by Design
Congratulations to 2012 Growing Green Award Winners
Introducing . . . Green Tech Notes
Disaster Resiliant Program in Springfield, MO - April 12th
Get Your Green On @ the Green Ball!
High Performance Building Initiative
Boone County Hospital Achieves LEED Gold
USGBC-MO Gateway Call for Volunteers
Welcome New Chapter Members
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.

Greening the Heartland Early Bird Registration Extended to April 13!  

logo_GTH2010Don't miss this opportunity to network with other green building leaders in the midwest, attend excellent education sessions and see great keynote speakers like Jeremy Rifkin. Learn more on the conference website.


Thanks to our 2012 RESTORATIVE

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Thanks to our 20112 PLATINUM SPONSORS


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Thanks to our 2012 GOLD SPONSORS

Clayco Logo

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



Republic Services

St. Louis Electrical Connection

S.M. Wilson

Solutions AEC 


U.S. Bank

Thanks to our 2012 GREEN


Cassidy Turley


Microgrid Energy

PayneCrest Electric

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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.

Healthy Indoor Air by Design

Presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, American Society of Interior Designers-Missouri East, International Interior Design Association-St. Louis City Center, and Retail Design Institute


This intermediate level presentation will communicate the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and empower architects, designers and specifiers to implement strategies to improve IAQ in the spaces they are creating. The presentation will include background on the impact of indoor air pollution on human health and economics. The importance of emissions over content of VOC's will be highlighted and the impact on high performance building program standards and credits. Emphasis will also be placed on how participants can incorporate good IAQ principles into sustainable building projects.


SPEAKER: Paul Bates

Market Outreach Manager for GREENGUARD Environmental Institute  



1 GBCI CE Hour
0.1 IDCEC CEU    


WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm  


WHERE: Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63103 map


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


Thanks to our program sponsors! 

Butterfly Energy Works

Compi Distributors



Congratulations to 2012  

Growing Green Award Winners

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is proud to celebrate and recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices. Congratulations to another amazing class of Growing Green Awardees who were honored at the 4th Annual Growing Green Awards Celebration on March 29.   

And the 2012 Winners are . . .   

  • Emerging Leader: Citi
  • Education: Russell Barton, Parkway North High School
  • Restoration: Cannon Design
  • Innovation: AEP River Operations
  • Operational Excellence: Tarlton
  • Community Champion: Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

From left to right: Russell Barton, Parkway North High School;  

Carl Karlen, Cannon Design; Randy Weller, Citi; Joe Brantley,  

AEP River Operations; Dirk Elsperman, Tarlton Corporation;  

Keith Jones & Tim Dolan, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.  

Photo credit: Christina Bollinger


Click here to see all the nominees and learn more about each winner!

Introducing . . . Green Tech Notes

Green Tech Notes is a project of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Technical Committee, produced on a quarterly basis. We hope to dig a little deeper into topics across the spectrum of sustainable buildings. Below is just a sneak peak of our inaugural issue. The full two-page article is available on our website.  


Do you want to suggest a topic that deserves a closer look? Contact the Chapter at [email protected].


Green Tech Notes - Volume 1, Issue 1 ~ April 2012

Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV): A Wise Decision

By: Gary Steps, PHC PMP LEED AP

Butterfly Energy Works


Outside air is needed inside a building to allow its occupants to be healthy and productive. Energy efficient building design requires that building envelope air infiltration be minimized to reduce energy usage associated with conditioning interior air to the temperature and humidity desired for occupancy. A building that is properly designed and built for energy efficiency will have less passive air infiltration than is required to meet the current recommendations for fresh air levels. In a way, air sealing a building is a green building Catch-22: a building must be tightly sealed to be energy efficient, but must also be well ventilated for both occupant and structural health. If you allow air to move into and out of a building in an uncontrolled manner, in the summer it will bring in unwanted heat and humidity and lose cool dry conditioned air. In the winter, the incoming air will be cold and dry, and the outgoing air will be warm and comfortably humid.  


Read the rest of Gary's article on Energy Recovery Ventilators, at our Technical Resource Network.  

Disaster Resilient Construction Program in  

Springfield, MO - April 12th

Implementing Disaster Resilient Construction
in Your Community


Check out this informative one-day workshop on how to integrate resilience planning into essential services and infrastructure needs.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Intended for community leaders, builders, contractors, architects, engineers, planners, risk managers and product suppliers. The general public is welcome.


WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


WHERE: Springfield Underground, Graybar Training Facility,

2019 N Lecompte Road, Springfield, MO 65801


CONTINUING EDUCATION: This workshop is registered for AIA-CES and GBCI for 6 Professional Development hours


FEE: $95, Lunch and technical materials are provided.


REGISTER: Use the registration form or register online at www.nrmca.org/resilience


For more information click here.

Get Your Green On - Green Ball 2012! 

Mark your calendar for the third annual Green Ball, a Celebration of all things GREEN in St. Louis benefiting the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.


  • Groove to live music
  • Dress in your best green digs for the green fashion contest
  • Sip creative cocktails and local beer and wine...open bar
  • Enjoy cuisine featuring locally sourced delicacies
  • Complimentary valet parking for carpools of 4 or more


WHEN: Friday, April 27th, 7:00 - 11:00 pm


WHERE: The Moonrise Hotel, 6177 Delmar in The Loop


Fee: $60/person

Purchase tickets at www.moonrisehotel.com/greenball


Click here for more information.  

St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative


St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MG) are excited to collaborate on the St. Louis regional High Performance Building Initiative (HPBI).  


The HPBI aims to increase the square footage of third-party verified green space (LEED, Energy Star, Sustainable SITES, etc.) in the St. Louis region. Educational programs, information exchanges and a new website will focus on improving the performance of existing buildings, which will reduce the impact of buildings on the natural environment, improve indoor air quality and save money on energy bills.


Join us for the Kick-Off to learn more!  


WHEN: April 25, 2012, 7:30 am


WHERE: St. Louis RCGA, located at One Metropolitan Square - Suite 1300, 63102


FEATURED SPEAKER: Joe Abernathy, Vice President of Busch Stadium Operations for the St. Louis Cardinals


REGISTER: FREE to attend. Please register online here.  


For more info, contact Emily Andrews (314)-577-0854.   


Boone County Hospital Achieves LEED Gold


Mid-Missouri Branch Chair, Lawrence Lile (see photo below)  

gave congratulatory remarks at the LEED plaque Presentaiton at Boone County Hospital in Columbia,MO. Thanks to Boone County Hospital for providing patients healthier indoor environments in which to heal. Congratulation to the Boone County Hospital on their achievement!



Are you holding a LEED plaque presentation event? Please invite the Chapter! We'd be pleased to attend and celebrate with you! Contact Emily Andrews.


USGBC-MO Gateway Call for Volunteers

April's always a busy month for the Chapter - not only is spring in the air, but it's Earth Month! Join us for a few of the following volunteer opportunities. We can use your help revitalizing rain gardens or talking to people at Earth Day about the benefits of green building - or both!  



USGBC-Missouri Gateway Booth at St. Louis Earth Day in Forest Park - Sunday, April 22
Put on a big smile and talk to Festival attendees about the benefits of green buildings at one of the oldest and largest Earth Day festivals in the country.   


To volunteer contact Emily Andrews at [email protected] or 314-577-0854. Please indicate which volunteer opportunity you're interested in!

Welcome New Chapter Members

Each member is vital to the success of USGBC-Missouri Gateway and growth of green building! We are excited to recognize the following members who joined the Chapter within the last three months:


Jared Agee, City of University City

Jamie Barbaglia, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Intern

Paul Beck, City of Jefferson, Parks and Recreation Dept.

Scott Borman, Musick Construction Co

David Bradley, Musick Construction Co

Jessica Crain, Warehouse of Fixtures

Lindsey Evans, PGAV, Inc.

Danielle Finch, Gray Design Group

Gregory Fisher, Missouri Concrete Technology, Inc

Catherine Funderburg, Cassidy Turley

John Hager, LandWorkshop

Andrea Harper, EarthWays Center Intern

Kevin Harvey, J. C. Industries, Inc.

Eric Hinrichs, Defense Information Systems Agency

Ryan Hoepfner, Nova Group

Nancy Hohmann, Affordable Housing Commission, City of St. Louis

Stephen Hollinshead, Compi Distributors

Kelly Hubbard, SLATE Missouri Career Center

Christopher Kalter, Saint Louis County Department of Health

Peggy Lauer, Maryville University

Darrell Leggett, Alternative Real Estate

Brian Martz, Axcsys Technologies

Paul McCollam, Washington University in St. Louis

Robert Meeh, Scale Free Systems

Scott Minnette, Spec-Rite Designs, LLC

John Moench

David Molamphy, Clayco, Inc.

David Mudd, Midwest Products Group

Neal Murphy, Musick Construction Co

Dennis Paul, Septagon Construction

Darrin Pearsall, Musick Construction Co

Lucas Poelker, Commercial Building Services

Ellen Post, Maryville University of St. Louis

John Quinn, Graybar Electric Company, Inc.

Karen Samson, Jacobs

Jeff Schoonover, The Clean Carpet Company

Adam Schwadron, The Clean Carpet Company

Sherron Seals, Novus International, Inc

Paul Sharamitaro, BSI Constructors

Doug Sitton, Sitton Energy Solutions

Gary Storm, Woodland Community, Inc

David Thompson, Green Clean Institute

Elizabeth Woning, Wilson Kitchens, Inc.


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!

Brightergy - New GREEN  
Clayco - Renewing GOLD
Republic Services - Renewing SILVER
S.M. Wilson - Renewing SILVER 
Solutions AEC - Renewing SILVER