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  July 2012 E-Newsletter

July 2012
July Program - Tour of Embassy Suites & The Laurel
Still time to register for Camp EarthWays: Young Green Builders
Free 3-day webinar on Applying Green Building Research Today
Missouri Guide to Green Infrastructure
USGBC-Missouri Gateway seeking fall interns
2nd Round of Regional Plan for Sustainable Development meetings in full swing
MIssouri Recycling Association Awards - due July 30
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Thanks to our New Members and Contributors
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.

July 10:


green homes green health festival 

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

September 29!

Deadline to participate: July 20


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

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Thanks to our 2012 PLATINUM SPONSORS


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Thanks to our 2012 GOLD SPONSORS

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CNR logoHealthy Planet
Thanks to our 2012 SILVER

Acorn Landscape Architecture

BSI Contractors

Christner, Inc.

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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July Program--Tour of Embassy Suites & The Laurel

July10 Green Building TourJoin us July 10th for a tour of the LEED registered Embassy Suites St. Louis - Downtown and Laurel Apartments. The evening will begin with complimentary Pi pizza and drinks, followed by a brief overview of the project delivered by developer Amos Harris. We will conclude with tours of the building led by members of the project team.


Built in two phases in 1906 and 1919 as the Grand Leader Department Store, the building covers an entire city block along St. Louis' Washington Avenue corridor. The renovation of The Laurel has attempted to create a more sustainable building by improving the building envelope with additional insulation, new low-e insulated glazing, and a white roof. Since the initial construction was at the turn of the last century, the renovation included extensive hazardous materials abatement through brownfield tax credits, and the new construction has attempted to keep this clean indoor environment with low-VOC paint and flooring systems and more!  



Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES CEH



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

5:30-6:15pm -- Registration & Networking

6:15-7:30pm -- Brief Presentation & Tours 



Embassy Suites St. Louis - Downtown

610 North 7th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 map


Click here for more information on transportation, fees, and registration for this event.


QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at  

[email protected] or 314.577.0225.


Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!


Bell Electric

BSI Constructors, Inc.

Embassy Suites

Pi Pizzeria

Trivers Associates


This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Camp EarthWays: Young Green Builders

Each summer, 10-13 year olds discover how best to "green" our homes and lifestyles. Campers explore sustainable home design as they create a fantasy green home from the inside out, interact with green building professionals, and hop aboard public transportation to discover new neighborhoods and homes. 


At the end of the week, Young Green Builders show off their fantasy green home designs at an open house.


Session 1: Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20
Session 2: Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27


Don't miss out! Registration ends July 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more and register for Session 1.

Click here to learn more and register for Session 2.


Applying Green Building Research Today  

FREE 3-day webinar!

Green Building Webinar July 17-19


This symposium is open to the public and EPA staff - all professions (and level of expertise) are encouraged to participate. 


This free webinar will take place on July 17th, 18th, and 19th between noon and 4 pm Central Standard Time. Each day has a different theme relating to green building.


Chris Pyke from USGBC will provide opening remarks and the keynote address. Other speakers include: Doug Farr of Farr & Associates and Doug Widener the Executive Director of USGBC-Illinois.


To watch the proceedings, tune in each day at noon to the EPA's USTREAM Channel. This webinar does not require any pre-registration.


For more detailed information on the webinar, click here.

Missouri Guide to Green Infrastructure--New from MDNR

Check out this neat new resource published in May by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources! 
MNR Missouri Guide to Green Infrastructure Water Quality


According to MDNR, a major focus of this guide is to define green infrastructure as a sustainable approach to stormwater management by employing strategies to maintain or restore natural hydrology.  


The purpose of this guide is to present green infrastructure as a strategic approach to land development that addresses ecological, economical and social needs. It is intended to aid municipalities and their development communities in a general understanding of how to incorporate green infrastructure into the community."  


Click here to download the full report.  


USGBC-Missouri Gateway seeking fall interns!


USGBC-Missouri Gateway recently inherited the Climate Action Internship program from FOCUS St. Louis. This internship was developed by the FOCUS St. Louis Environmental Sustainability Implementation Committee, which was tasked with implementing the Environmental Sustainability Roadmap: A Toolkit for Local Governments published by Focus St. Louis in 2009.


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The Climate Action Internship consists of two modules - a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Module and a Climate Action Plan Module. USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is currently seeking two interns for fall 2012. Each intern will work with one municipality on the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Module. This is a paid internship.  


The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Module involves conducting a GHG inventory and estimating future GHG emission trends. It is primarily a technical internship. It involves studying energy use in the major sectors of the local government's operations and the major sectors of the community as a whole. Using this data, the intern is able to construct an estimate of the amount of energy used, its cost, and the amount of GHG emitted. In addition, using estimates of future economic, population, and energy intensity trends, the intern is able to construct an estimate of future energy use, energy costs, and GHG emissions. Interns will work directly with municipalities to develop an inventory.


For more information about this internship opportunity, click here to download the job description, or contact Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.


For more information about the Environmental Sustainability Roadmap: A Toolkit for Local Governments, click here to see the full report.


USGBC-Missouri Gateway also seeks a part-time fall intern to assist with daily tasks related to monthly programs, membership and the Chapter website. Click here for the job description.  

Second round of Regional Plan for Sustainable Development community meetings in full swing

The Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) is a 3-year planning process led by East-West Gateway and 10 core partners.  The aim is to facilitate transportation, environment, housing and economic development planning across the St. Louis Metro Area.


Eleven Community Planning Areas across the region are participating in a second round of meetings between June 27 and August 28. Meetings will include a mapping exercise to identify quality parks and open spaces, opportunities for new parks and opens spaces, and opportunities for commercial and residential development.


Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit poster displays about topics related to sustainability and sustainable development. The RPSD relies upon robust citizen participation, so consider participating if you live, work or play in one of the Community Planning Areas!


For more information about upcoming Community Planning Area Meetings, click here.


For more information about the RPSD, click here to visit  East-West Gateway's website. 

  Missouri Recycling Association Awards - due July 30 


Each year, Missouri Recycling Association (MORA) recognizes outstanding recycling and waste reduction efforts of individuals and organizations in Missouri through their Annual Recycling Awards    

Award categories include: 

  • Outstanding Business Recycling/Waste Reduction Program
  • Best Use of a Recycled Material
  • Outstanding Community or Government Program
  • Outstanding Recycling Education Program
  • Outstanding Organics Diversion

Don't wait to apply! The nomination deadline is July 30th by 4pm. Award winners will be recognized during MORA's annual conference at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, during the awards banquet.

For more information and to download the nomination form, click here.

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.


USGBC-Missouri Gateway's two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.


WHENFriday, July 20 & Monday, July 23, 2012, 8:30am-5pm both days


WHERE: Color Art Integrated Interiors

1325 North Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132 Map 


FOR MORE INFORMATION on fees, continuing education, required textbooks, prerequisites, instructors, and how to register, click here.


QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.


This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Quarterly List of  New Members and Contributors

 Thanks to the following Contributor Members! 

The Contributor level of membership allows individuals to provide additional support for the USGBC-MO Gateway mission.


Jaclyn Davis, Flooring Systems Inc

Franklin Eppert, AFRAM Corp.

Michael Hof, Hof Construction Inc.

Marc Lopata PE, Microgrid Solar

Marcus Rivas, US EPA


And a big welcome to all of our members   

who have joined within the last three months!  


Paul Adams, Adams Architecture

Karl Bach, Washington University in St. Louis

Elizabeth Barton, Missouri Women In Trades /
Carpenter's District Council

Stephen Belz, swic

Daniel Bentle, Washington University in St. Louis

Amy Bien, Save A Lot

Harry Bolson, Washington University in St. Louis

Barbara Buffaloe, City of Columbia

George Butler, Jr.

Sarah Chapman, University of Missouri, Student

Mike Chollet, St. Louis Construction News & Review

Jim Curran, Electrical Connection

Jaclyn Davis, Flooring Systems Inc

Don Dieckmann, Better Building Institute, NAHB-GBC

Nicholas DiMercurio, SAIC EE&I, LLC

Michele Dow, Dow Environment Protection

Tiffany Duncan, Trane

Lori Epler Hout, Cannon Design

Dara Eskridge, City of St. Louis

Andy Guti, Bear Creek Prairie

Karen Haynes, Christian County Planning & Zoning

Michael Hof, Hof Construction Inc.

Paul Johnson, Epoch Design Group

Rachel Kerr, Washington University in St. Louis

Jen Kissinger, Paric Corporation

Michael Lorenz, St. Louis Community College

Bob Messmer, JACOBS

Jeff Mishkin, Microgrid Solar

Cara Noyes, SIUE

Debbie O'Connor

Marcus Rivas, US EPA

Ashley Roberts, TME, Inc.

Christine Ross, Jones Lang LaSalle


Kevin Schaller, SchallerDesignGroup

Shelley Simon, Architect

Steve Sneed, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36

Evan Stewart, SIUE

Andy Sutton, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Shanti Vusirikala

Jason Walker, HBE Corporation

Shannon Ware, Photergy

Lisa Williams, Saint Louis Public School

Dave Zimmermann, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36


A comprehensive list of all USGBC-MO Gateway members is available  online via our searchable Member Directory.


Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about Chapter Membership! 

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!