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  May 2012 E-Newsletter

May 2012
Ninth Annual LEED Showcase: LEED for Neighborhood Development with Doug Farr
First-Ever Green Ribbon Schools
Sustainable Business Forum - May 11
LEED 2012: 4th Public Comment Forum Now Open
Tour of Novus International - May 22
Staples Promotional Products Office Achieves LEED Platinum
St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative
LEED Continuing Education Updates
Chapter Project Spotlight: Hoech Middle School & Habitat for Humanity Rain Gardens
Making a Case for Solar Electricity & Hot Water - May 23
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.

May 8: 

May 16 - 18:
Greening the Heartland in Indianapolis

May 22

May 23

June 12
D-I-Y Sustainability

Native Plant School   Opportunities

Native Plant School LogoNative Plant School is a partnership between Shaw Nature Reserve, Grow Native and Wild Ones Natural Landscapers. Classes are offered year round on topics like Gardening for Wildlife and People and Rain Gardening for Homeowners. Check out upcoming classes here.

And don't miss the Spring Wildflower Sale at Shaw Nature Reserve on May 12!


Thanks to our 2012 RESTORATIVE

Logo Vertegy
Thanks to our 20112 PLATINUM SPONSORS


Logo MO BotanicalSMW Logo

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

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Mackey Mitchell Architects

McCormack Baron Salazar


National Design Build Services


Republic Services

St. Louis Electrical Connection

S.M. Wilson

Solutions AEC


U.S. Bank

Thanks to our 2012 GREEN


Cassidy Turley


Green Street Properties

Hastings + Chivetta

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.

Ninth Annual LEED Showcase: LEED for Neighborhood Development with Doug Farr

Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates and founding chair of the USGBC LEED for Neighborhood Development committee, will present a detailed examination of one local project and the rating system which it is registered under, LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). The project is the East Saint Louis Housing Authority's Church Lane Gardens Master Plan.


SPEAKER: Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates. Based in Chicago, Farr was the founding chair of the USGBC LEED-ND committee, working to establish a national standard that integrates the principles of green building and smart growth, and is author of the urban planning best-seller Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. His planning work at Farr Associates has helped certify multiple LEED-ND developments across Illinois.   


Please Note: Doug Farr will also be speaking at the USGBC-MO Gateway In-Depth Seminar on LEED for Neighborhood Development from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on May 8th as a part of the City of St. Louis' Sustainability Summit.  




WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 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 Members, ASLA Members, and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members. Please RSVP here.



Thanks to our program sponsors! 


Brightergy Solar Solutions


Farnsworth Group, Inc.  


Rosemann & Associates


First-Ever Green Ribbon Schools Recognized! 

Congrats to The College School
Crossroads College Prep!


We are excited to congratulate The College School and Crossroads College Preparatory School for receiving recognition as Green Ribbon Schools!


The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools is a federal recognition program that started in September 2011. Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating green environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy. 


Click here to read Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Arne Duncan's, blog post about presenting the first Green Ribbon Schools.


Click here to see a list of all 78 winners.


Click here for Green Ribbon Schools Resources.

Meeting the Triple Bottom Line:
A Sustainable Business Forum - May 11

Join JCI Metro for this sustainable business forum that covers business impact on people and the planet as well as profit.  



  • Linda Goldstein, Mayor of the City of Clayton
  • Ken Harrington, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University
  • Marc Lopata, President of Microgrid Energy & Board Chair of the US Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter
  • Chris Miller, CEO of the Mission Center, L3C
  • Jeff Senne, Director of Environment and Marketplace at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Lynette S. Watson, Small Business Development Specialist at University of Missouri Extension Small Business Development Center

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2012

8:30am - 12:30pm


WHERE: Washington University Danforth Campus

Simon Hall - Parking available in garage at 6475 Forsyth Ave


FEE: Pre-registration $35; with student ID $10


REGISTRATION: Seating limited. Register today at www.responsiblebizforum.com.


For more information: jcimetro@gmail.com or  

636-449-3100 x241


For more info on this event
and the full day schedule, click here.

LEED 2012: 4th Public Comment Period Now Open 


The Fourth public comment will be open from May 1 - 15.  All USGBC stakeholders may participate. The updated draft will incorporate final technical revisions based on public comment feedback, and incorporate credit requirements that have been positively impacted by credit documentation development. Credit documentation, reference guide and education development will continue concurrent with public comment and ballot. Once the comment period process concludes, LEED 2012 will be balloted from June 1 until June 30, and launch in November at Greenbuild 2012.


     For more information, visit USGBC's website.  

Experience Successful LEED & SITES applications:   

Tour of Novus International on May 22

Presented in partnership with  

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.


Learn about:  

  • The benefits of sustainable design, construction and operations at Novus
  • Significant program components that helped earned LEED Platinum certification and 3 stars in the SITES certification
  • How LEED and SITES contribute to a healthy sustainable work environment while reducing cost
  • Whether the building and landscape are performing as expected 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

3:00-3:15 pm Registration & networking

3:15-5:15 pm Presentation & guided tours

5:30-6:30 pm Evening with Shakespeare - "Midsummer Night's Dream"

6:30-7:30 pm Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres


WHERE: Novus International; Missouri Research Park 20 Research Park Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304


FEE: $10 for USGBC or SLCCC Members; $25 for Non-members


Click here for registration and additional information. Please note that all registration is being handled by St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers by mail, e-mail, phone or fax.   

Staples Promotional Products Office Achieves
LEED Platinum Certification!

Congratulations to Staples Promotional Products in Overland, MO who received their LEED Platinum Plaque last Thursday, April 26. The Staples' office is certified under the LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System and is the 5th commercial Platinum certification in the St. Louis area.


Bill Gossman, Vice President, Merchandising, Procurement, and Logistics at Staples Promotional Products accepts their LEED Platinum Plaque from Emily Andrews, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Executive Director and Phil Hulse of Green Street Properties


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.

St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative Update 


More than 100 leaders from the St. Louis business, building, design, facilities and real estate community came together on April 25, 2012 for a successful kick-off for the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative. The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative (HPBI) is a project of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter to increase the square footage of third-party verified green-space in the St. Louis region.   


 Above, Emily Andrews, USGBC-MO Gateway  

Executive Director, presents LEED statistics to kick off attendees.



At the meeting keynote speaker Joe Abernathy of the St. Louis Cardinals, Vice President of Busch Stadium Operations, St. Louis Cardinals challenged attendees to enter the Battle of the Buildings, EPA's National Building Competition to work off commercial buildings' energy waste. The competition is now open and there's a webinar on May 15 where you can learn more. The application deadline is May 23. 


Learn more about the High Performance Building Initiative and check out presentations from the kick off at www.stlhighperformbldg.org    

I don't understand! GBCI provides updates and clarity to the Credential Maintenance Program


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Have you logged in to report CE Hours and noticed new activity titles? These new titles are one of several recent updates to the GBCI Credential Maintenance Program. In case you haven't been keeping a copy of the latest CMP guide on your bedside table, we wanted to share a quick recap of some notable changes (improvements) to this program and provide updated resources for you.


As of May 2012 . . .

  • Revised activity titles including 'GBCI-Approved Education' and 'Non-Approved Presentations' provide clarity.
  • Rather than limitations of 4 or 5 hours per reporting period, non-approved presentations, self-study, and committee and volunteer work combined cannot be more than 50% of required CE hours.  
  • Remember when committee/volunteer work and professional licenses and credentials couldn't count as LEED Specific? Not any more. Under some circumstances, they can.

Be sure to check out more details in our Chapter's resources,  How to Earn CE Hours and Guide to Reporting Your CMP Activity, where we've distilled key information to help you navigate your credential maintenance. And if you're looking for the latest edition of GBCI's CMP guide for some late night reading, visit the  GBCI website.

Chapter Project Spotlight: Hoech Middle School & Habitat for Humanity Rain Gardens


Hoech Middle School is part of the Ritenour School District which serves neighborhoods in northwest St. Louis County and is one of the oldest school districts in our region. Members of our Chapter's Green Schools Committee have been working with the school to bring to life one of the goals drafted by their thriving student-led Sustainability Club: enhancement of their outdoor classroom. Improvements include educational signage; installation of native plantings and the addition of a cold frame/greenhouse to extend the growing season.

Chapter members and Hoech staff and students engaged in a landscaping work day on April 28 and will be following up with another this Saturday, May 5. Chapter members interested in getting involved with our Green Schools Committee may contact Erik Lueders, our Green Schools Committee Chair. 


Thanks to Chapter members Kerry Herr, Karen Johnson, Erik Lueders, Dale Seidenstricker, and Mary Ellen Tomlinson (some of whom are pictured below) for helping last weekend!  



Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis is a local champion for green homes, having built many LEED Platinum homes. All the homes have rain gardens and since the first build in 2008, some of those gardens have lost a battle to weeds. Advocacy Committee member and board Treasurer Marjorie Melton volunteered in the 2008 Build and decided to find a way to help. Last fall she worked with Habitat's Family Selection and Support Manager to provide an educational session about rain gardens for homeowners. And then signed them up for garden assessments. In March, volunteers added soil amendments. And last weekend we added rock, planted and mulched. Marjorie will be working with volunteers from the Advocacy Committee through the summer to support Habitat homeowners with garden maintenance. Thanks to Marjorie & her family, JoAnn Brookes, Marc Lopata and family, Paul Todd Merrill, Nancy Rodney and students from SWIC for helping with our March and April work days!  



Making a Case for Solar Electricity & Hot Water -  

May 23


Presented by Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association.


Solar electric and solar hot water systems make sense from many perspectives. Economics is one of them, and often extremely important to customers. In this workshop, you'll learn how to analyze the economics of solar systems based on the cost of electricity compared to conventional electrical power sources, simple return on investment, and total cost of ownership. Learn about simple marketing tools that could help you attract more customers and how to sell benefits of solar and the many factors that attract customers to solar energy.


INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Dan Chiras


WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 2012; 2 - 5 pm


WHERE: Schlafly Bottleworks Crown Room

7260 Southwest Ave. Maplewood, MO 63143


FEE: $55 MOSEIA members and $75 non-MOSEIA members (Each registration receives a beer/soda ticket redeemable at the Happy Hour after the event) 


Note: Register 3 or more participants from same organization* and pay only $45 per participant!
*Friend of Solar Membership is an individual membership and this discount does apply.


REGISTRATION: click here to register or to learn more about this program and the instructor.  


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!

Lighting Associates - renewing SILVER
McCormack Baron Salazar - renewing SILVER
Missouri History Museum - renewing GOLD
National Design Build Services - renewing SILVER