Missouri Gateway color logo
  June 2012 E-Newsletter

June 2012
DIY Sustainability - June 12
LEED 2012 Ballot Delayed Until June 1, 2013
St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative Sets Goals for Region
Greener Stormwater Solutions - June 19 - 20 & 29
Green Tech Notes - Building Product Green Labels
e = bldgs Exhibit
Sustainable Backyard Tour - June 24
Lunch N' LEEDs on Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1
Reduce | Revamp | Renew - Summer Membership Drive!
Save the Date for 2012 ECORIDE
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.

June 12:


green homes green health festival 

Seeking Sponsors, Exhibitors, Presenters for 11th Annual Festival on

September 29!


EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden is looking for green product and service providers to celebrate sustainable living with exhibits, presentations, local foods and beverages, and children's activities.  
Interested? Contact [email protected] 
or call (314) 577-9473 x6308.
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

Check us out on:

  Find us on Facebook  

View our profile on LinkedIn
Follow us on Twitter

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.

DIY Sustainability -- June 12th



DIY Poster

  Presented in parntership with St. Louis Earth Day and St. Louis Green.


WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE: Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36,

2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103) - map

COST: Free!

REGISTER at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/events

Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Staff at

[email protected] or (314) 577-0225


Thanks to our Sponsor!

Pizzo & Associates

LEED 2012 Ballot Delayed Until JUNE 1, 2013

 Dive into LEED v4    

In response to overwhelming feedback from USGBC members, core LEED users and engaged stakeholders, the LEED 2012 ballot will be delayed until June 1, 2013. Because of this date change LEED 2012 is being renamed LEED v4. 


Why the change?

This change is 100% in response to helping stakeholders fully understand and embrace the next big step for LEED. USGBC plans to do everything they can to ensure that the market is ready for LEED v4 because it represents progress on both carbon reduction and human health improvements.

Important Dates

  • Oct. 2 - Dec. 10: LEED v4 Fifth Public Comment Period Open
  • Nov. 14 - 16: Greenbuild Conference & Expo
  • June 1, 2013: LEED v4 Ballot Period Open

     For more information, read the letter from Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman of U.S. Green Building Council.  

St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative

Sets Goals for Region


The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative (HPBI) is organized by USGBC-Missouri Gateway and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) to increase the square footage of third-party verified green buildings in the St. Louis region. Ten building stakeholder organizations are Signatories, agreeing to promote HPBI goals to their members and to share professional development opportunities.


Representatives of all ten HBPI Signatories met in May to choose a measurable goal for improving the St. Louis region's built environment. USGBC-Missouri Gateway and St. Louis RCGA presented baseline information on the current square footage of third-party verified green buildings in the region for the group to discuss:

  • LEED - 93 projects representing 9,457,006 ft2 (total does not include LEED for Homes or LEED for Neighborhood Development Projects)
  • ENERGY STAR - 28 projects representing 5,157,149 ft2
  • SUSTAINABLE SITES - 1 project representing 421,731 ft2
  • TOTAL: 15,035,886 ft2

The group set the following goals to meet over the next two years:

  • 50% increase in third-party verified green building square footage
  • 200% increase in ENERGY STAR rated square footage. These are not third-party verified projects, but buildings that enroll in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and receive a rating. This goal will help buildings measure their current performance and set goals for improvement.

We're also pleased that the American Institute of Architects - St. Louis recently joined as a Signatory. See a list of all the signatories below. And stay tuned for more information on our progress towards these goals! For more information visit http://stlhighperformbldg.org/

  • American Institute of Architects - St. Louis
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air Conditioning Engineers - St. Louis Chapter
  • American Society of Landscape Architects - St. Louis Chapter
  • Associated General Contractors - St. Louis
  • Building Owners and Managers Association - St. Louis
  • Commercial Real Estate Women - St. Louis
  • Institute of Real Estate Management - St. Louis Chapter
  • International Facility Management Association - St. Louis
  • Missouri Growth Association
  • St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers 

Learn more about the HPBI at www.stlhighperformbldg.org    

Greener Stormwater Solutions - June 19 - 20 & 29 



 Greener Stormwater Solutions

The Shaw Professional Landscape Series 


Day 1: June 19, 2012

Day 2: June 20, 2012

Bus Tour: June 29, 2012



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


Day 1 Sessions

  • Stormwater Management Updates--Jay Hoskins, MSD
  • MSD's Green Infrastructure Pilot Project--Susan McCrary, MSD
  • Seeding Specs. For Wet Detention and Buffer Areas: MSD Stormwater Landscape Guide--John Grimm
  • Urban Redevelopment: South Grand Project--David Wilson, East-West Gateway Council of Governments
  • Bioretention Pitfalls and Solutions--Scott Woodbury, Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Green Infrastructure on Roadway Projects--Jason Peterein, MSD
  • BMP Compliance Inspections: What to Expect.--Melantha Norton, MSD Environmental Compliance
  • BMP Maintenance--Jon Wingo, DJM Ecological Services
Day 2 Sessions
  • Weed Ordinances--Aimee Nassif, City of Chesterfield 
  • Invasive species, ID and Control  & Doug Bauer, Pizzo and Associates
  • Roll of Trees in Bioretention and Stormwater Management--Perry Eckhardt, Urban Forester, Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Rain Garden Soil Mixes: Panel Discussion--Jay Hoskins, Cindy Gilberg, Roy Gross
  • Stormwater Management at Tyson Living Building--Anne Lewis, Lewisites
  • Ecological Benefits of Native Plantings/Riparian Corridors--Mike Arduser, MDC
  • Planting Styles and Palettes: How this affects Plant Performance--Scott Woodbury, & Cindy Gilberg, Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Stormwater Management at the future Arch Grounds--Gullivar Shephard, Associate Principal, Michael Van Valkenberg and Associates 

Click here for more information!



$50/day - includes lunch and 6 CEU's per day.

Bus tour information will be available at the workshops.

Click here to register for the event!

  Green Tech Notes - Building Product Green Labels 


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. The full two-page June article excerpted below is available on our website.  


Green Tech Notes--Volume 1, Issue 2 (June 2012)

Making Sense of Building Product Green Labels 

By: Hannah Roth and Meghan Lewis, LEED GA

Washington University in St. Louis  


More and more frequently members of the building industry are finding eco-labels of environmentally sustainable certifications affixed to products that they are reviewing for selection. Rather than helping designers, building owners and contractors make decisions, the eco-labels are adding to the already existing confusion resulting from manufacturers' environmental claims. We hope that a discussion of the issues at stake will provide building professionals with the right questions to ask, allowing them to navigate this landscape. Unfortunately, as Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen, Inc. said recently while in St. Louis, "things will get more confusing before they become simplified."


Read the rest of Hannah and Meaghan's article on Building Product Green Labels at our Technical Resource Center.


Do you want to suggest a topic that deserves a closer look?

Contact the Chapter at [email protected].

 e = bldgs Exhibition 


Buildings=Energy Exhibit was
previously on view last fall and winter at the Center for Architecture in New York. Now it's showing right here in St. Louis throughout the summer!


The Exhibit features the work of internationally renowned firms, including Arup, Atelier Ten, and Perkin+Will.


Building=Energy incorporates photography, video, architectural drawings, and panel displays in an effort to rethink the modern building. It both illuminates and deepens our ongoing conversation about energy consumption in the built environment.


Buildings=Energy Exhibit is hosted by Creative Exchange Lab, Center for Architecture, Design & Innovation St. Louis and is located at 635 Locust in Downtown Saint Louis (northeast corner of Locust & 7th) and will be there until August 11, 2012.


Viewing Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11am - 6pm

Thursday 11am - 8pm 

Saturday 11am - 5pm 

Sundays by appointment only. Closed Mondays 


For more information, visit the exhibit website or contact (314) 256-9317 or [email protected].

Sustainable Backyard Tour - June 24 

The Second Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour (Sunday June 24th: 11am-4pm) is a free, self-guided, open-house-style tour of sustainable outdoor spaces in and around St. Louis. It is a unique opportunity to see first hand how others have integrated sustainable living practices into their little piece of Earth and learn what you need to know to go green! 


The Sustainable Backyard is not just about gardening, but includes a range of green living practices such as rainwater harvesting, composting, keeping chickens, bees, or goats, using renewable energy, permeable surfaces, recycled art and more.   

Click here for photos from last year's tour and registration information!

 Lunch N' LEED Webinars on

Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1 start July 18

The  EA Credit 1: Successful Implementation Beyond Baseline Performance Webinar Series consists of 3 webinars throughout 3 consecutive weeks during July and August. This three-part webinar series brings you the strategies necessary to successfully achieve EA Credit 1 and energy efficiency through integrated design. During this webinar series, attendees will learn about the best practices and top strategies for energy load reduction, energy demand reduction, and renewable energy.

All sessions are from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. All sessions are in-person, group viewing at the location specified below. Lunch will not be provided, rather we encourage attendees to bring their own brown bag lunch to enjoy during the webinar viewing. 


Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126



  • $10/ USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member per session OR
  • $20/ USGBC-Missouri Chapter Member; $30/Non-member for an EA Credit 1 Webinar Series Pass (consists of 3 webinars) OR
  • $100/Chapter Member; $150/Non-Member for a 2012 Unlimited Webinar Pass (15 webinars total)

Click here for more details and registration.


REDUCE your time and fees

REVAMP your approach

RENEW your membership automatically


June & July Membership Drive

Any new or renewing members who sign up for auto-renewal in June or July 2012 will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Local Harvest donated by our Membership Committee Chair.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is a 501(c)(3)charity organization. 

Our vision is to create and restore buildings and communities that will 
regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. 
Support our efforts to transform the built environment. 
Everyone benefits from green buildings and green communities! 
New Members ~ Visit www.usgbc-mogateway.org/join
Existing members ~ Contact Hope Gribble to switch to auto renewal 
Have Questions or need Assistance?
Contact Hope at (314) 577-0225 or [email protected].
  • Save the Date for 2012 ECORIDE - October 20
  • EcoRide Logo

    Join us for the third annual ECORIDE, a fun and family-friendly bike ride on the Riverfront Trail.


    WHEN: Saturday, October 20th, 9 am - noon


    WHERE: Start at the William A. Kerr Foundation (a LEED Platinum Building) and ride the Riverfront Trail along the Mississippi River!


    Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for the riders. 


    Proceeds from the ECORIDE benefit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Scholarship Fund. With the $3,000 raised at the 2011 ECORIDE, we were able to send three individuals to Greening the Heartland this past May in Indianapolis. Scholarship recipients are: Karen Haynes from Christian County, MO Planning Department; Kyle Hunsberger from Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis and Andrew Whitehead from Greentown Joplin.


    For more information on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Scholarship Program, visit: www.usgbc-mogateway.org/scholarships.  


    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!