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  December 2012 E-Newsletter

Nominations open for 2013 Growing Green Awards
Join the Chapter and enter our first-ever members only photo contest
ASHRAE St. Louis Annual HRATEC - Chilled Water Systems
LEED v4 Public Comment Deadline is December 10
Changes to LEED Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) announced at Greenbuild
EBie Awards Call for Entry Now Open
Report on Third Annual ECORIDE
Shaw Landscape Series - Greener Stormwater Solutions
2013 Sponsorships Available


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.

Holiday Light Recycling Drive!
Commit to do your part to protect the environment this holiday season and recycle old holiday lights!

The Recycling Drive is on-going in December and into mid-January and organized by St. Louis Green.



Thanks to our 2012 RESTORATIVE

Logo Vertegy
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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 Nominations Open for 2013 Growing Green Awards

The Growing Green Awards provide recognition to those people and organizations who are transforming our built environment and our community into a healthier, more environmentally friendly and prosperous place to live, work and learn!


Nominations are now open for the 5th Annual Growing Green Awards in the following categories:

  • Community Champion
  • Education
  • Emerging Leader
  • Innovation
  • Operational Excellence
  • Restoration

Download the 2012 Nomination Package.


Nominations are due January 25, 2013 at 5 pm Central Time. Winners will be announced at the Growing Green Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 28, 2013. 

Sponsorships are available at all levels for the 2013


Proceeds from the Growing Green Awards Celebration fund the Chapter's on-going education and outreach efforts so that everyone has access to green buildings and green communities!     


For more information about the Growing Green Awards, including a listing of previous winners, visit  


Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway & Enter our First-Ever Members Only Photo Contest!


We are excited about our first annual PHOTO CONTEST, which is open to USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter Members. The intent of the contest is to collect images that demonstrate the transformation of the built environment into a more environmentally friendly, prosperous and healthy place to live, work and learn. We look forward to engaging the creativity and ingenuity of our members in this contest. Photos will be used in Chapter marketing materials, publications and on the website.


Submissions are due Tuesday, December 18, and winners will be announced at the January 8 State of the Chapter Program.

For more information, visit the Chapter website.  



Not a member yet? Join now and be a part of the green building movement to ensure that every building is a green building!  

ASHRAE - St. Louis Annual HRATEC -

Chilled Water Systems   

Join the local Chapter of ASHRAE at their annual HRATEC. This year's full-day seminar on Friday, December 7 is on Chilled Water Systems, Equipment & Optimization. It will cover a variety of topics related to chilled water system design, including:

  • Variable speed drives on chillers, pumps and towers
  • Specifying chiller efficiency (includes IPLV/NPLV)
  • Pump selection, energy and off-design operation
  • Piping distribution systems (CPF, PS, VPS) including low delta T syndrome
  • Optimizing chilled water systems

The speaker is Roy S. Hubbard, Jr., Senior Marketing Manager, Technology with Johnson Controls, Inc.Mr. Hubbard has been part of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Business (formerly YORK), which provides commercial, industrial and institutional air conditioning systems, controls and service.  He is a noted expert on energy and energy calculations.


For more information or to register, visit:


LEED v4 Public Comment Deadline is December 10!
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 here: https://new.usgbc.org/leed/v4

 Changes to LEED Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)  announced at Greenbuild!

Maintaining your LEED credential just got a whole lot easier! In response to feedback from LEED Professionals, GBCI has streamlined and simplified the Credential Maintenance Program.


They've eliminated 50% of front- and back-end rules around the LEED Credentials and CMP with the goal of providing a simple, intuitive experience. The changes rolled out at Greenbuild in mid-November, and are currently in effect.  Here are the details:


Easier reporting. No more topic categories.


Simplified activity types. Activity Types have been reduced from eight to four. Hour limits on activity types have been removed for all categories except Volunteerism which will be capped at half of your required hours.


  • Project Participation
  • Education (will not differentiate between GBCI approved and unapproved education)
  • Authorship
  • Volunteerism  

Better forms. Simpler reporting forms mean you only have to fill in the basics when you report your hours.


Automated reporting. Education providers will soon have the ability to automatically upload your CE hours for you when you take their course.


Six free hours through Principles of LEED. Introducing a new way for LEED APs and LEED APs with specialty in prescriptive to upgrade to a specialty credential. LEED APs without specialty may earn a specialty by simply completing this free webinar series. LEED APs with specialty can earn the six LEED-specific CE Hours they need for free. Earn six free LEED-specific hours through this webinar series. Register for Principles of LEED


Learn more at usgbc.org/credentials or contact credentials@usgbc.org.


EBie Awards Call for Entry Now Open

The EBie Awards™ are a new nationwide juried competition that celebrate outstanding building performance. They were created by Urban Green Council, USGBC New York to celebrate performance improvements in Existing Buildings (hence the EBies), and the people who made them happen.


The EBies recognize "unsung heroes" who have made great strides in improving environmental performance but whose accomplishments may otherwise go unheralded - not just building owners, but building operators, auditors, commissioning agents, lighting designers, plumbing engineers, and others. Unlike other awards, the EBies are based on measurable improvements in performance; complete details can be found on the EBie website.


As an official EBie Partner, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter hopes that we will have many EBie entries from our area since we know how many great sustainability projects we have here! The EBie submission period is open now and runs through March 31, 2013. Winners will be announced at the EBie Awards on June 28, 2013 in New York City. Stay tuned to USGBC-Missouri Gateway's website and e-news for the latest EBie details!

 Report on Third Annual ECORIDE  


Scholarship Task Force Chair, Carolyn Gaidis  

temporarily "tags" the Riverfront Trail - and her hands! -  

with the ECORIDE logo (with chalk-based paint).  


This year's third annual ECORIDE on the Riverfront Trail drew several dozen riders to raise money for the Chapter's Scholarship program. Starting out at the William A. Kerr Foundation - a LEED Platinum building right at the trailhead - riders enjoyed breakfast before hitting the trail. It was a beautiful October day for a bike ride! New this year were eco-trivia questions along the route - and prizes for winners  courtesy of Big Shark Bicycles, one of the ECORIDE sponsors. After the ride, a delicious lunch was available thanks to Whole Foods.

Riders hit the trail!  


We raised $4000 this year for scholarship thanks to riders and sponsors. This is an increase from last year's ride and a trend we hope to continue. The more we can raise, the more we can ensure that green building education is accessible to everyone. With last year's proceeds, we were able to send three individuals to the Greening the Heartland conference in Indianapolis. With this year's proceeds, we are exploring LEED Green Associate training & exam scholarships - stay tuned for more information in the new year!

Shaw Landscape Series - Greener Stormwater Solutions

As part of it's on-going Professional Landscape Series, Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve will present Greener Stormwater Solutions: Stormwater Planning across the Show-me State on January 22 & 23, 2013.


Topics at this two-day workshop include:

  • The new Brightside St. Louis demonstration garden and learning center
  • St. Louis MSD's green infrastructure pilot program update
  • Joplin's post-disaster redevelopment plan and stormwater planning for Neosho, MO.
  • Erosion and sediment control.
  • Post-construction inspection and maintenance of stormwater BMP's
  • The new Missouri Botanical Garden Rainscaping online guide.
  • And lots more!
Learn more or to register here.  

2013 Sponsorship Opportunities


 USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter kicked off our 2013 Sponsorship Drive earlier this fall. 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!

Enterprise Holdings - Renewing Silver
Husch Blackwell - Renewing Green
Koch Air, LLC - New Green
Lighting Associates - Renewing Silver
PayneCrest Electric - Renewing Green  
Wells Fargo - New Platinum


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.