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November 2012 E-Newsletter

City of Sustainability Draft Open for Comment
Chapter Board Elections - November 8 - 13
2012 Class of LEED Fellows includes our own Ralph Bicknese
Calling all Emerging Professionals
New National USGBC Members LEvels
Newly Certifed LEED Buildings & New LEED Project Profiles
Chapter Seeks RFQs for LEED Exam Prep
Save the Date - Growing Green Awards March 28, 2013
Shape the Next Version of LEED
Tour the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield, MO
Thanks to New & 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.

November 8:

November 8 - 13:
Chapter Board of Director Elections

November 9:
New Member Event

November 14-16:
Greenbuild in San Francisco

November 15:

November 26:

November 29:


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.

 City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan

Draft Open for Comment

The City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan is now available on the City's website as a Draft for Public Review.  A 260 page result of 18-months of collaboration has finally reached the Inform Stage! At this time, the City's Planning Commission requests your review and encourages your comments on what has been developed.


A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 2012 at 1520 Market Street at 5:30 pm and written comments will be accepted until Nov. 14th.  


You can review the plan and find the comment form on this City's website.  


When the plan is adopted, Mayor Slay will also provide a suggested Action Agenda for implementing priorities of the City's Sustainability Plan in partnership with the community.

USGBC - Missouri Gateway Board Elections  November 8 through November 13 

Now that we've gotten past a big election day, it's time to focus on the Chapter's Board of Director Elections! 

USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Elections will take place via online voting from Thursday, November 8 through Tuesday, November 13. In order to vote, you must be a current member of the Chapter.

The candidates are:

  • John Aliberti - Engineered Solutions
  • Maren Engelmohr, LEED AP BD+C - HOK
  • Chris Laughman, LEED Green Associate - Graybar Electric Co
  • Erik Lueders, LEED AP O+M - Parkway School District
  • Marjorie Melton, LEED AP BD+C - M3 Engineering Group PC

We will elect three individuals to the Board in general positions.  


Learn more about the candidates here. 


For more information, visit our website or contact Chapter Staff at (314) 577-0854.  

2012 Class of LEED Fellows includes our own

Ralph Bicknese   


On October 18, the USGBC announced the 2012 Class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow Program is the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals. One must have 10 years of green building experience, hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, and be nominated by a peer prior to the portfolio review process. This year, forty-three individuals were acknowledged as LEED Fellows - among them, the USGBC pinpointed one of our own, Ralph Bicknese!


Ralph is a widely respected thought-leader, proponent and practitioner of green design with over 30 years of experience. His advocacy for green design began in his college days and persisted to manifest itself in more than 30 projects seeking certification under the LEEDŽ Green Building Rating System and on the Living Learning Center, tied with another as the first building in the world certified under the stringent Living Building Challenge.


Ralph assisted in the founding of the USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter and served as our first program committee chair. He went on to chair the Board of Directors and our Government Advocacy Committee. He currently serves on the Green Schools Committee. Ralph is devoted to educating present and future generations across the Midwest about sustainable buildings and communities.  


Congratulations to him on this outstanding achievement!

Calling all Emerging Professionals!

We have two enthusiastic volunteers who want to (re)start an Emerging Professionals Task Force within USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter. USGBC's Emerging Professionals program aims to connect all generations in the sustainability movement and we're excited to revive this effort locally.


Our Emerging Professionals Task Force will focus on integrating early-career professionals into Chapter leadership and activities through networking events and volunteer opportunities.


Thanks to James Dice and Katie Rietz for their leadership in this effort!

If you're interested in getting involved and serving on the Task Force, please contact us at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org.

New National USGBC Member Levels

With 13,000 organizational members representing nearly 10 million employees, USGBC has created a network of passionate organizations, individuals and Chapters that work hard every day to design, build and operate green buildings worldwide. Together, we are focused on one vision: green buildings and communities for all within a generation.


USGBC has been around for nearly 20 years - and until now, they've never changed their membership structure. Hard to believe since LEED has changed so many times, right?!


Streamlined, simple and benefits driven, there is a place for your company, institution or organization within USGBC's four reinvented membership levels - Organizational, Silver, Gold and Platinum.


Learn more, RENEW or JOIN on USGBC's website here: https://new.usgbc.org/join


Newly Certified LEED Projects & New Project Profiles!  


Congratulations to the following buildings who have achieved LEED certification since our last update in August 2011.  

  • UMB Bank - Centene Plaza in St. Louis - CERTIFIED (CI)
  • Laclede Gas Conference Center in St. Louis - SILVER (CI)
  • Dental Clinic at Ft. Leonard Wood - SILVER (NC)
  • Morrow Garrison Student Recreation & Wellness
  • Consolidated Troop Medical Facility at Ft. Leonard Wood - GOLD (NC)
  • Columbia Environmental Research Center (USGS) New Research Building - SILVER (NC)
  • Christopher S. Bond U.S. Court House in Jefferson City - GOLD (NC)
  • Nike Factory Store at St. Louis Mills Mall - GOLD (NC Retail)
  • Umrath Hall at Washington University in St. Louis - SILVER (NC)
  • WT Barracks, Building 330 at Ft. Leonard Wood - GOLD (NC)


And did you know that USGBC-Missouri Gateway volunteers and staff have been compiling LEED Project Profiles for as many of the local certified buildings as we can?!  


Recently, we've added profiles for the following projects:

  • Crossroads College Prep - PLATINUM (New Construction)
  • Lewis and Clark State Office Building - PLATINUM (New Construction)
  • Tarlton - SILVER (New Construction)

You can find the above Profiles and more on our website.


Do you have a LEED certified project that you'd like to see featured in a LEED Project Profile? Please contact Emily Andrews, Executive Director of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and showcase your sustainable achievements!

Chapter Seeks RFQs for LEED Exam Preparation Developer & Instructor  


The U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter currently offers LEED exam preparation courses for the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP BD+C exam. Check out our upcoming December 7 & 10 LEED Green Associate Exam Prep!

We would like to offer a course focused on the LEED AP Operations + Maintenance exam beginning in 2013. We are currently seeking instructors for all three exam prep courses, as well as the development of a LEED AP O+M exam prep course.

If you are interested in applying to be an instructor for any or all of these courses and/or developing the LEED AP O+M exam prep course, please submit the following via email by 5 pm on Monday, November 26, 2012.
  • Cover letter indicating interest in instructor position, course development, or both
  • Resume and teaching / education development experience
  • Brief description of role on LEED certified projects, including which rating system was pursued
  • Teaching availability if applying for instructor position
  • (3) References

Please visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter website for more detailed submission instructions.  


Save the Date - March 28, 2013 

5th Annual Growing Green Awards

 Mark your calendar for our 5th Annual Growing Green Awards Thursday, March 28, 2013. Location TBA.


The Growing Green Awards honor and celebrate individuals and organizations that are transforming the built environment. 


Look for nominations for 2013 awards to open in early December. Nominations will be due in late January and winners announced at the March 28 celebration.


Learn more about the Growing Green Awards.

Shape the Next Version of LEED!


Established in 2000, LEED provides a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Over the past ten years, LEED has rapidly expanded into a global system representing new and existing buildings, neighborhoods and homes with a combined force of over 9.8 billion square feet (836 million square meters) in 135 countries.


The rating system was designed to incorporate a continuous improvement cycle in order to drive innovation and expand its reach across market sectors and geographic boundaries.


LEED v4 is the next version of LEED and YOU have the opportunity to help shape it! No fair complaining if you don't get involved!  

The fifth public comment period is open through December 10, 2012. Learn more on the USGBC website


In addition to participating by providing comments and suggestions, you can also be a part of the LEED v4 Beta Program, which will capture feedback and help USGBC refine and enhance the tools, strategies and processes that will be available when the LEED v4 program launches, projected for November 2013.


The LEED v4 beta is open to projects of all market sectors, space types, sizes and locations. Projects selected to participate will receive guided support from LEED technical staff, a beta program toolkit and will be among the first to lead the market in achieving LEED v4 performance levels. Interested? Contact leedv4@usgbc.org for more information.

Join the Ozarks Branch for a Tour of the Hilton Garden Inn - December 4

The Ozarks Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter is reinvigorating efforts in the Springfield area, and we want to hear from you! Our goal is to create more networking and educational opportunities related to sustainability in the Springfield area.  



We'll kick things off on December 4, 2012 with an evening of camaraderie and innovation in action. The evening will begin with complimentary appetizers and cash bar followed by a brief overview of the Branch's history and visioning of possibilities for the future. Attendees will then tour the LEED Gold facility. 


WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, 4155 South Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804 map & directions


FEE:  Free for all attendees!


REGISTERClick here to register online.


QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.

2013 Sponsorships Available!   

 USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter has kicked off our 2013 Sponsorship Drive. Don't be alarmed if you receive a friendly phone call from a board or staff member! Your financial support and participation - as a member, sponsor or donor - is integral to ensuring that everyone can live, work and learn in smart and healthy buildings.


 Learn about 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities!  


Thanks to our New & Renewing 2013 Sponsors!

BSI Construction - Renewing Silver
Color Art Integrated Interiors - Renewing Platinum 
Eco Recycling - Renewing Silver
Johnson Controls - Renewing Silver
Laclede Gas Co - Renewing Gold 
Microgrid Energy - Renewing SilverSheet Metal Workers Local 36 - Renewing Platinum 
U.S. Bank - Renewing Silver


What Your Company Gains as a USGBC - Missouri Gateway Sponsor:  


EXPAND: Grow the knowledge of green building and sustainability in our community.


PARTICIPATE: Get involved in educational programs, special events and volunteer committees to showcase your company's leadership.


EXPOSURE: As a Chapter Sponsor, your company will be:

  • Listed on our website which receives 5500 visitors and 39,000 page views per month.
  • Included in our monthly e-newsletter with nearly 5,000 subscribers.
  • Recognized at monthly programs, with an average attendance of 100.

LEARN: Keep up with the latest green building trends and technologies and earn continuing education hours.


ALIGN: Differentiate your company as a leader in the sustainability movement in your community.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Sponsorships includes numerous benefits - from complimentary Chapter memberships and monthly program passes to exposure on the Chapter website, e-news and at events.

You can learn more by downloading our 2012 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854