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October 2012 E-Newsletter

October 9 Program - Faith Based Sustainability
Pathways to High Performance - October 10
3rd Annual ECORIDE - October 20
Chapter Board Nominations Now Open
LEED v4 Open for 5th Public Comment Period
Waste Diversion Consulting from ReSource St. Louis
St. Louis Earth Day Symposium Seeks Presentation Proposals
Study Linking Building & Business Performance
Sustainability Events in October & November
Quarterly List of New Members & Contributors


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.


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

Husch Blackwell, LLC

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.

October 9 Program - Faith Based Sustainability 

There's still time to register for this free program!  

Regardless of one's religious affiliation, many spiritual beliefs have a strong connection to environmental stewardship. During our October program, we will examine environmental stewardship through the lens of religious texts and initiatives.


Join us to learn more about local faith based initiatives such as the Jewish Environmental Initiative, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, and the Intercommunity Ecological Council, as well as certification programs including GreenFaith and ENERGY STAR for Congregations.



  • Sabine McDowell, LEED AP, Co-Chair of Grace Creation Care Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church, founder of www.ourgreenchoices.com 
  • Gail Wechsler, Director of Domestic Issues/Social Justice for Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis
  • Paulette Zimmerman, SSND, Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation Staff, Central Pacific Province for School Sisters of Notre Dame

WHEN: Tuesday, October  9, 2012, 5:30-6:15pm - 7:30pm 

WHERE: Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood  

514 E. Argonne Drive (63122)
FEE: Open to the public and FREE. Please pre-register here


Learn more about the program here.  


QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at  

usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or 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.   


Pathways to High Performance - October 10   

Presented by USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association as part of the
   Ari Kobb
Join us to learn how building managers across the country are improving building performance. Our speaker, Ari Kobb, heads the Green Building and Sustainability efforts at the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. He co-
authored "A Path To Achieving Higher Building Performance - Through Retrofits and Ongoing Operational Improvements," a study that provides key metrics and a map to migrate lower performing buildings toward higher stages of sustainability. 

Local panelists will respond to Ari's presentation, sharing their own successful strategies and investments in generating higher building performance. Panelists include:
  • Lois Sechrist, Environmental Sustainability Analyst at Ascension Health 
  • Julie Lauberth, Senior Real Estate Managerat CBRE 
WHEN: Wednesday, October 10, 10 am - 11:30 am with lunch to follow

St. Louis RCGA, ONE METROPOLITAN SQUARE, SUITE 1300 (211 N. BROADWAY) ST. LOUIS, MO 63102. Park in Metropolitan Square Garage or next door in the Kiener East Garage. Or take Metrolink (closest station is at 8th & Pine)

FEE:  Free! But please register here so we can provide enough lunches!  

Thanks to our lunch sponsor 

3rd Annual ECORIDE - October 20

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Pump up your tires, grab your helmet, and join the fun at the Third Annual ECORIDE on Saturday, October 20! Proceeds from the bike ride will benefit the Chapter's scholarship fund. At last year's ride, we raised enough to send three individuals to Greening the Heartland in Indianapolis this past May. You can help us expand our efforts to provide green building education to all!     



Saturday, October 20, 9 am - noon (rain or shine) 



Ride starts at the William A. Kerr Foundation at 21 O'Fallon Street (63102) 



$25 per person / $75 per group (3-5) / $150 per team (6-10) 


This is a fun, family-friendly ride on the Riverfront Trail in downtown St. Louis. Participants receive a free breakfast and lunch and a water bottle. For more information or to register for the ride, visit our website here.  


Thanks to our ECORIDE Sponsors!  


Aegis Metal Framing

Big Shark Bicycle Company

Great Rivers Greenway 

Icon Mechanical  


L.A.N.D. +  

M3 Engineering

Pedro's Planet 

Pizzo & Associates, Ltd / Native Landscape Contractors

Riverfront Times 

Whole Foods Market 

William A. Kerr Foundation



USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board Nominations
Now Open!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for three (3) Board Members. Nominations are due by midnight on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Elections will be held on-line November 8 - 13, 2012. In order to vote in the elections, you must be a Chapter member in good standing on Friday, November 2, 2012.


Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer.


For more information, please see:  

Questions? Contact Emily Andrews at (314) 577-0854.  



LEED v4 Now Open for 5th Public Comment Period  


As LEED continues to evolve and raise the bar for sustainability and green building, YOU can play a part!
You have until December 10 to review and comment on the most recent version of the LEED Green Building Rating System - LEED v4.

All changes to the current LEED v4 draft are based on feedback from the 4th public comment period this past spring and include improved clarity, increased flexibility and options for project teams, and streamlined requirements.
Some things to look for:
  • Rewards for integrative design from the beginning of a project
  • A lifecycle approach at the whole-building level
  • Incentive for using less material, the right material and the best material
Some things that won't change:
  • Prioritizing water and energy efficiency
  • Supporting innovative thinking

And, beginning in November interested project teams will be selected to participate in the Beta for LEED v4 in order to test the support tools and resources and identify any challenges connected to proposed documentation.


Learn more about LEED v4 and how to comment on the
USGBC website!


New Waste Diversion Consulting from ReSource St. Louis  


Did you know that construction and demolition waste makes up 18% of the total waste stream in Missouri, with much of it being recyclable or reusable?  


ReSource St. Louis wants to change that by helping you find effective solutions for reducing the waste we send to the landfill! Their process includes:

  • Inventory and assessment of materials
  • Sourcing of diversion options 
  • Deconstruction, Recycling and Hauling Coordination
  • Worksite Education and Planning
  • Tracking and Reporting - including documentation for LEED Projects

Learn more at http://resourcestlouis.org. 



St. Louis Earth Day Symposium
Seeking Presentation Proposals


St. Louis Earth Day is  seeking presentation proposals for their 13th Annual Symposium: Climate Trends Impacts & Adaptation. The Symposium will be March 19 - 20, 2013 and will examine the impact of climate trends on regional water resources, extreme weather events, and water quality while seeking strategies for mitigation and adaptation.

Topics Can Include:

  • Weather Trends
  • Heat Island Effect
  • Water Quality
  • Vegetation/Green Infrastructure
  • Rainwater Harvesting (commercial and residential)

Presentation Proposals are due December 15, 2013.


Learn more on St. Louis Earth Day's website



Recent Study Shows Green Buildings Improve Company Financial Performance

A study that came out earlier this year shows that business performance and building performance are related. Finally!

The study, entitled, "The Relationship Between Corporate Sustainability and Firm Financial Performance," was co-authored by two University of Notre Dame management professors in April 2012. It compares the financial performance of 93 LEED certified bank branches with 469 non-certified branches owned and operated by PNC Financial Services Group, using consumer deposit and loan data collected in 2008-2010.


The findings show: 

  • PNC's LEED certified facilities opened 458 more consumer deposit accounts and had over $3 million more in consumer deposit balances per facility per year over non-certified properties.
  • LEED certified banks opened 25 more consumer loan accounts and had almost $1 million more in loan balances per facility per year.
  • After controlling for other variables that influence performance, the sales at LEED certified branches increased by $461,300 per employee compared to non-certified locations.
  • Utility costs per employee in LEED branches were significantly lower than in the non-certified buildings at a reduction of $675 per employee.

The St. Louis Business Journal recently highlighted this study and two of PNC's LEED certified bank branches here - one on Page in the City of St. Louis and one in Fairview Heights, IL.


Check out the full study here.


Sustainability Events in October & November - there's something for everyone!


There's no excuse - you have plenty of opportunities to learn about sustainability, energy efficiency, and more this fall! Check out these great events at the end of October and in early November!

October 23 - 25

Midwest Energy Policy Conference   

Hear from Missouri energy leaders at this 6th Annual Conference (in Kansas City, MO)


October 25   

5th Annual Heroes of the Planet Awards

Honorees include:  

The Boeing Company

The Korte Company

Mercy Health

Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 36
Wells Fargo Advisors


October 26 

 Livable St. Louis Conference

Featuring Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City

and Gary Toth from Project for Public Spaces


October 29 - 30 at Saint Louis University 

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  


November 1 - 3 

Sustainable Communities Conference  Featuring Bill McKibben, Jason McLennan,  

Anna Lampe and Ron Sims


November 14 - 16  

Greenbuild in San Francisco




membersQuarterly List of  New Members and Contributors

Thanks to the following Contributor Member!

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


Bob Evans, Landscape Brands


And a big welcome to all of our members

who have joined within the last three months!


Brian Beaird, Beaird Architects LLC


Erik Biggs, Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc.

Shannon M. Finley, Color Art Integrated Interiors

Greg Hardy, Color Art Integrated Interiors

Sue Harken Houser, Steelcase Inc

Leif Hauser, Paradigm Architects, LLC

Jon Havlak, PGAV Destinations

Bob Henkel, Missouri Botanical Garden

Monica Irgens, Electro Plastics, Inc.

Brian Kowert, HBD Construction, Inc.

Amanda LaBrier, USGBC-MGC Climate Action Intern, 

City of Maplewood

Daniel Lauck, Professional Employment Group

Audrey Leder

Chris Lovellette, Poettker Construction

David Lowell, Paric Construction

Robert Maltby

Sabine McDowell, OurGreenChoices

Kristen McKee

Tom Miller, Harris Consulting Engineering

Donald Nordenholt, SAIC

Johanna Ofner, USGBC-MGC Climate Action Intern, 

City of Wildwood

ROBIN RINGWALD, Christner, Inc.

Cady Scott Seabaugh, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.

Mark Specht

Raean Stockham, University of Missouri- Columbia

David Sullivan, US Army Corps of Engineers-

Department of Defense

Caeden Sweet, Saint Louis University - 

Master of Sustainability student

Jacqueline True, Roanoke Construction

Jeffrey Walker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kimberly Wallis

Rebecca Widzer

Jeffrey Yates, Legrand North America


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


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Click here to learn more about Chapter Membership!