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  September 2012 E-Newsletter

September 2012
September Program - Building Green? Think Existing!
Green Business Challenge EXPO - September 12
How to Submit for LEED Certification - Sept 13
Get involved in our mission!
Seeking Proposals for C&D Research & Education Projects
Green Apple Day of Service - September 29
Green Homes & Great Health Festival - September 29
Thank you and Welcome to Chapter Interns
Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
Fall Sustainablity Events


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.

  Save the Date 

October 20! EcoRide Logo

Join us for the 3rd Annual ECORIDE on the Riverfront Trail in downtown St. Louis to raise funds for our Scholarship Program. Learn more or register!  

September 10 - 12:
Missouri Recycling Association Annual Conference

September 11:
Building Green? Think Existing!

September 12:
St. Louis Green Business Challenge EXPO

September 12:
Lunch n' LEED on LEED Certification - Summary & Overview Documentation

September 13:
How to Submit for LEED Certification @ St. Louis Community College

September 19:
Lunch n' LEED on LEED Certification - Think like a Reviewer

September 24:
Energy Efficient School Design @ Masonry Institute

September 29:
Green Apple Day of Service

September 29:
Green Homes & Great Health Festival

October 3:
Lunch n' LEED on Green Operations & Multi-Tenant Engagement

October 7:
Laugh-O-Gram Design Competition Deadline

October 9:

Faith-Based Sustainability

October 10:
St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative Seminar on
A Path to Achieving Higher Building Performance

October 11:
Daylight Modeling @ St. Louis Community College


Thanks to our 2012 RESTORATIVE

Logo Vertegy
Thanks to our 2012 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

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 Solar

PayneCrest Electric

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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.

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.

   The Greenest Building

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  

usgbc-mogateway@mobot.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
September 12



Meet over forty experts and find the product and services that can match your company's sustainability strategies:  

  • Building and Lighting Solutions  
  • Information Technology
  • Landscaping  
  • 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
For more information, see the LEED-ing the Way Series flyer.

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:   

  • 4 - 6 pm
  • 6 - 8 pm 

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 emily.andrews@mobot.org 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 


green homes green health festival

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 emily.andrews@mobot.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

October 25


 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 -
Rebuilding Green

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