September Program--Building Green? Think Existing!
Join us on September 11 for a program presented in partnership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) - St. Louis Chapter
It is often said that "the greenest building is the one that already exists." Is it? Join us on September 11, as we tackle this topic with practical experience and hard evidence.
A groundbreaking study entitled The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse was published in January 2012 as a report by Preservation Green Lab, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ralph DiNola, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, LEED Faculty is Principal of Green Building Services and an international life cycle building consultant. He was a member of the study's Research Project Team and will join us remotely from his home in Oregon to present a synopsis of this research, their findings and its impact on the building industry.
We will then welcome Christine Ramsdell, the Manager of Space Planning & Design at Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Enterprise has two LEED certified offices in St. Louis in reused buildings. Christine will impart her practical experience and expound on the elements that influence the corporate decision to either reuse existing buildings or construct new facilities. This will include considerations to the projects' cost, time and environmental impacts as well as outlining the pros and cons.
CONTINUING EDUCATION - approved for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and submitted for approval of 1 AIA/CES CEH.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Alberici Headquarters * 8800 Page Ave (63114) - map
FEE: Free for all attendees
Click here for more information or to register for this event.
QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.577.0225.
Thanks to Our Event Sponsor!
Unico, Inc. manufacturer of The Unico System
This program is supported in part by the
St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
|St. Louis Green Business Challenge EXPO|
Meet over forty experts and find the product and services that can match your company's sustainability strategies:
- Building and Lighting Solutions
- Information Technology
- Office Products and Furniture
- Printing Services
- Solar Energy
- Transportation Alternatives
WHEN: Wednesday, September 12 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
WHERE: Sheet Metal Workers, Local 36 Headquarters at 2319 Chouteau Avenue, Suite 200 (63103)
See a full list of exhibitors here.
USGBC-Missouri Gateway is an exhibitor at this event - we hope to see you there!
LEED-ing the Way: How to Submit for LEED Certification - September 13
Check out the first of three in-depth breakfast seminars exploring different topics related to the LEED Green Building Rating System!
How to submit for LEED Certification will provide attendees an understanding of how to submit for certification for the current version of LEED for New Construction. The seminar will review the importance of performing a LEED feasibility analysis to determine the relative likelihood of being able to obtain LEED certification and to establish LEED goals as a precursor to registering the project. Using examples, instructors will review the entire process from registration to to submitting documentation and final project close out. This course has been approved to 2 GBCI CE Hours (LEED BD+C Specific).
Instructors: Ralph Bicknese and Wanda Evans from Hellmuth + Bicknese
COST: $30 for USGBC Members / $49 for non-members (includes breakfast)
Mark your calendar for additional LEED-ing the Way Seminars:
- October 11 - Daylight Modeling
- November 8 - Integrated Design
All sessions are on from 7:30 - 9:30 am at St. Louis Community College's Corporate Campus, located at 3221 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton, MO.
Get involved in our mission!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is always looking for volunteers to help us towards our mission and vision of making every building a green building. Check out the following opportunities to get involved.
5th Annual Growing Green Awards Planning Kick Off - September 11, 8 am at the Chapter office
You can help recognize the individuals and organizations that are making a difference in our built environment by being a part of the 2013 Growing Green Awards planning committee. For more information contact Planning Committee Co-Chairs, Jen Kissinger or Katie Reitz.
Annual SMACNA Trade Show
September 19 at the Sheet Metal Workers'
Local 36 Headquarters
Have you always wondered what SMACNA* stands for? Come learn by volunteering at our booth at this annual trade show! The following shifts are available:
Green Homes & Great Health Festival
September 29 at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Come out and talk with festival-goers about green building, green schools and green communities at our booth at this family-friendly and informative festival.
- 8:30 am - 11 am
- 11 am - 1:30 pm
- 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
If you can help out at either of the above two events, please contact chapter staff at email@example.com or (314) 577-0854 with your date / time shift preference.
Nothing working out with the above opportunities? Consider joining a Chapter committee!
*Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors Association
Seeking Proposals for C&D Research and Education
U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter is seeking a qualified consultant/s for two Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste minimization projects, which are generously supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The two projects are:
- C&D Material Research Project consists of a research project or feasibility study to develop a market for reusing or recycling C&D materials that are difficult to reuse or recycle.
- C&D LEED v4 Education Project consists of developing a reference tool and educational session that compares C&D and other applicable waste minimization credits in the current version of LEED (LEED 2009) with those credits in LEED v4.
Proposals are due Tuesday, September 18 by by 5 pm CST. To download the Request for Proposals, please visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter website.
Green Apple Day of Service - September 29
On Sept. 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first ever Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from across the country and around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking real action in their communities. The following events are already planned for our area.
- North Side Natives - rain garden work day at Crossroads College Prep
- Construction Careers Center Day of Service
- Green Homes & Great Health Festival - volunteer at the Festival, at the Chapter booth or just come out to learn more!
Join one of these events or plan your own at a school that is important to you! Learn more or get involved at www.mygreenapple.org.
Green Homes & Great Health Festival
Saturday, September 29
Help your family live greener and healthier at this annual festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden on
Saturday, September 29 from 9 am to 4 pm
Celebrate sustainable living and explore ways to maintain a healthy you and a healthy planet. Bring your home improvement ideas and talk with over 100 green product and service exhibitors. Enjoy local foods and live music, and shop for handmade crafts in the Green Marketplace. Get a free flu shot and talk with experts about your health questions. Kids will enjoy solar car races, puppet shows and more! Help paint a Metro bus and explore the alternative vehicles on display.
Learn from expert presentations and demos about the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our living Earth.
Learn more about the
Green Homes and Great Health Festival!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Intern Updates
A big THANK YOU to our summer interns Lauren Hoerr and Deanna Lally. And WELCOME to fall interns Jamie Toon, Amanda LeBrier and Johanna Ofner!
Lauren Hoerr is an environmental studies student at Elon University in North Carolina. She was our Events & Marketing Intern, helping with monthly programs and webinars, e-newsletters and wrapping up her summer by collecting & editing volunteer job descriptions from committees.
Deanna Lally graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook this spring with a BA in environmental studies and moved to St. Louis for SIUE's Museum Studies program. She was our outreach intern working specifically on local government green team outreach and the High Performance Building Initiative. Deanna's going to continue helping out with these projects through the fall.
Pictured above: Deanna Lally (r) and
Lauren Hoerr (center) with Chapter Staff
Jamie Toon is our new Events & Marketing Intern this fall. Please say HI if you see her at a program or when you're in the office for a committee meeting. Jamie is a recent graduate of Maryville University with a major in interior design. She's interested in pursuing her LEED Green Associate.
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter inherited the Regional Environmental Internship Program from FOCUS St. Louis this summer. Amanda LeBrier and Johanna Ofner are our new Climate Action Interns. They will be working with Maplewood and Wildwood (respectively) on a Greenhouse Gas Inventory this fall.
Amanda LeBrier has a BS in Public Policy Administration with an emphasis on Non-profit Management & Policy Development. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy Administration at University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Johanna Ofner has a BS in Architecture and comes to us from the Carbon Smart Initiative in Washington state. She is a LEED Green Associate.
If you live or work in Maplewood or Wildwood and would like to learn more or would like to be a "citizen supporter" of the interns, please contact Chapter Staff at (314) 577-0854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
Design with the Other 90%: CITIES opens on Friday, September 14 at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. This exhibit explores how design can address critical issues facing humanity, from meeting basic needs for people living on $2 a day in developing economies to challenges resulting from rapid urban growth.
The scope of the exhibit ranges from individual objects, like solar lanterns and water filters, to broader systems-level solutions for farming and irrigation, shelter and housing, clean water and sanitation, and waste recycling.
Originally organized by Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt and the National Design Museum, Design with the Other 90%: CITIES challenges conventional notions of architecture and design while advancing our understanding of the essential role that innovative design can play in addressing pressing local and global issues.
The exhibit runs through January 7, 2013. Learn more
Save the Date & Mark your Calendars
for these fall sustainability events & conferences!
There's no shortage of opportunities to get involved
or to learn more about sustainability this fall!
St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative Seminar
focusing on a recent study by McGraw Hill Construction & Siemens on Achieving a Path to Higher Performing Buildings
October 10, 10 - 11:30 am
Midwest Energy Policy Conference
October 23-25 in Kansas City, MO
5th Annual Heroes of the Planet Awards
Livable St. Louis Conference
Featuring Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City, and Gary Toth from Project for Public Spaces
October 26 - early bird registration through October 3
Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference -
Featuring speakers from Greensburg, KS and Joplin, MO as well as a special screening of "Joplin-A Tornado Story" and a keynote address by the filmmaker Chip Gubera and his father, the movie's producer, Conrad Gubera
October 29-30 at St. Louis University
Sustainable Communities Conference
featuring Bill McKibben
November 1 - 3 at Washington University in St. Louis
Greenbuild in San Francisco
November 14 - 16