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  January 2013 E-Newsletter

State of the Chapter Social - January 8
Emily Pilloton confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Growing Green Awards
Round 3 Meetings for St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
Greenbuild Education Sessions Proposals Due January 11
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education achieves LEED Silver
Seeking Green Shadow Mentors and Shadows
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.
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February 26:
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.



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Mackey Mitchell Architects

McCormack Baron Salazar

Microgrid Solar


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St. Louis Electrical Connection

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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.

Join us for the  Annual State of the Chapter Social on January 8!  

It's that time again - we're kicking off the new year with our annual State of the Chapter & Social on January 8, 2013!


Meet Chapter members and leaders while taking a look back at 2012 and a look forward at plans for the upcoming year. Enjoy complimentary wine and beer while listening to tunes by Dan and Mary Deweese. Committee chairs will highlight upcoming activities and present a multitude of opportunities for you to get involved in 2013.


Additionally, USGBC-MGC will issue a challenge to Chapter members and guests to make their homes more sustainable in 2013 - inside and out! Representatives from the St. Louis Audubon Society will be on hand to speak with attendees about the Bring Conservation Home program, and the Missouri Botanical Garden will be available to discuss home energy audit resources.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming the new year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!


WHEN: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114) map 


FEE: Free to all attendees!


REGISTER: Click here to register online.

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

 Keynote speaker confirmed and Nominations Open for 2013 Growing Green Awards



We are pleased to announce Emily Pilloton as the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Growing Green Awards Celebration on March 28!  



Emily is an industrial designer, architect, writer, and builder. A designer on paper and high school teacher in practice, Emily is the founder of Project H Design, which focuses on curricula, environments, and experiences for K-12 educational institutions in the US. Her work has been reported and showcased on The Colbert Report, and in The New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Dwell Magazine, and GOOD Magazine.


Nominations are due on January 25, 2013 at 5 pm 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.


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


St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development -
Round 3 Community Meetings Schedule

East-West Gateway Council of Governments, FOCUS St. Louis, and nine other regional partners began a regional planning process in 2010 to coordinate housing, transportation, environmental and economic development planning across the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Envisioning a better future for St. Louis that is sustainable, equitable, and livable, this process focuses on eleven

Community Planning Areas (CPAs) selected as representative communities across our region.


The third round meetings (of four total) with Community Planning Areas starts back up this month. Residents, business owners, and public leaders in these communities are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the Round 3 meetings is to provide feedback on ideas generated in the first two meetings.


Here's a full schedule of the remaining Round 3 Community Planning Area meetings. All meetings are from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. For more information please visit www.ewgateway.org/rpsd.



  • January 10, 2013 - Northeast St. Louis County at Riverview Gardens High School, Library (Bellefontaine Neighbors, Riverview, Glasgow Village, Spanish Lake
  • January 16, 2013 - Mid-Metro 5 at Brentwood Recreation Center, Rm. 101 (Clayton, Shrewsbury, Brentwood, Maplewood, Richmond Heights)
  • January 22, 2013 - Wentzville-Lake St. Louis-O'Fallon at Quail Ridge Park
  • January 29, 2013 - Tri-City at Madison Fire Station (Granite City, Madison, Venice, and Tri-City Port District)
  • February 7, 2013 - Lemay at Hancock Place Elementary School, Cafeteria
  • February 12, 2013 - Belleville-Swansea at Belleville Parks & Recreation Building
  • February 19, 2013 - Pevely-Herculaneum-Festus-Crystal City at Pevely City Hall

This effort is through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more information please visit www.ewgateway.org/rpsd.

Greenbuild Call for Proposals - due January 11, 2013

USGBC is currently accepting proposals from industry experts eager to share knowledge and expertise with audiences at Greenbuild. Here's your chance to shape the content of education sessions.


The deadline for submittals is Friday, Jan. 11 at 4:59 pm ET.


Submit a proposal or learn more about the process.


USGBC is also seeking peer reviewers to evaluate session proposals. Reviewers are eligible to present at Greenbuild and receive $100 discount off a Greenbuild full conference registration.  


Learn more about volunteering as a reviewer.

Greenbuild 2013 will be November 20 - 22 in Philadelphia, PA.

Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education achieves LEED Silver!  

Home to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter offices along with the Garden's Sustainability Division, IT Division and members of the Education Division, the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC) achieved LEED Silver under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System!


This is the Garden's fourth LEED certified building and their second LEED EB: O&M certified building! This project, however, was unique, because it was a pilot for the Chapter's LEED Community Project. Volunteers from USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter were recruited to assist with data gathering and analysis, development and implementation of policies and plans and documentation of building operations. This not only provided hands-on learning and direct experience with the LEED EB: O&M process, it also earned volunteers eligibility to qualify for a LEED specialty exam.




Volunteers, like those in the photo above, met monthly from October 2011 to April 2012 in order to keep one another informed, managing several key parts of the project, including interior and exterior lighting audits, the occupancy survey and the custodial effectiveness audit. They also assisted with policy, procedure and plan review, creation. The application for certification was submitted in July 2012. After a few rounds of clarification, Silver certification was awarded and accepted in December.


Next up for the LEED Community Project? An educational Lunch n' LEED series based on what we learned from this project. Look for that on Thursday's starting at the end of April. In the meantime, we're looking for another non-profit interested in greening their building with LEED EB: O&M. And we'll be looking for more volunteers too! Stay tuned for more information.

Looking for Green Shadow Mentors and Shadows - deadline January 31

Green Shadow  



St. Louis Green Shadow is a mentorship program developed by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education Subcommittee to expose students to green jobs in the St. Louis region through a one day shadow of local business people. Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship.


We are looking for both Mentors and Shadows to participate in St. Louis Green Shadow in the spring semester.


Mentors must have an active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership and fill out an online application detailing their interest in becoming a Mentor and providing a list of activities in their typical workday. Click here to view the St. Louis Green Shadow MENTOR application.


Shadows must be enrolled in a local college or university and fill out an online application outlining any previous experience with green building, their interests in sustainability and the one day shadow program, as well as a reference such as an advisor or professor.  Click here to view the St. Louis Green Shadow STUDENT application.


The deadline for both Mentors and Shadows to apply is Thursday, January 31, 2013 by 5 pm.


Learn more here.

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!

Brightergy Solar - NEW Green Schools
Tarlton - Renewing Silver
The Healthy Planet - Renewing Gold 


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.