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  February 2013 E-Newsletter

Disrobing LEED EB: O&M - February 12
2013 Growing Green Award Noiminees
Greening the Heartland 2013 Call for Proposals
Student Engagement Event - February 21
A Deeper Look at Energy Efficiency Incentives
Earth Day Action Grants
Welcome New Chapter Members
Now accepting 2013 Scholarship Applications!
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.
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March 12:
Monthly Program on LEED v4

March 15: 

Got an 

Existing Building Success Story?

Consider submitting it to the EBie Awards, a nationwide juried competition for people working in Existing Buildings. Nominations due February 26.


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Acorn Landscape Architecture

BSI Contractors

Christner, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

Landco Construction

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Mackey Mitchell Architects

McCormack Baron Salazar

Microgrid Solar


National Design Build Services


Parsons Brinkerhoff

Republic Services

St. Louis Electrical Connection

S.M. Wilson

Solutions AEC



U.S. Bank

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Cassidy Turley


Husch Blackwell, LLC

Koch Air, LLC

PayneCrest Electric

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Disrobing LEED EB: O&M - Better than Expected! February 12

There's still time to RSVP for our February 12 Program: Disrobing EBOM - Better than Expected: How to Vaporize the Mystique, Engage people, and Get to the Practical featuring Jenny Carney, LEED AP O+M as the speaker.  


Though the LEED for Existing Building program is responsible for more LEED-certified square footage than the new construction rating systems, it remains an enigma, if not a thorn in the side, to many green building practitioners (including those who've work on EBOM projects).


Jenny's presentation will provide practical advice on how to successfully approach an EBOM project, with an emphasis on efficiently tackling the elementary criteria to leave more time and resources for creatively managing positive change in the building. More broadly, the session will explore the core tenet of the highest performing buildings: people engagement.


Approved for 1 GBCI CE Hour,
Submitted for approval of 1 AIA/CES LU
NEW: USGBC-MGC can report your CE Hour for this program to GBCI for you! 
To take advantage, you must sign in at the event with your GBCI number and the email address associated with your LEED credential account. You may find your GBCI number by logging in to "My Credentials" on the GBCI website.
Jenny Carney, LEED AP O+M, Principal, YR&G


WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 pm    


WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114) map 


FEE: Free USGBC-MGC Members, BOMA members and full-time students. $20 for non members.  


REGISTER: Click here to register online.

Learn more about the program here.

Thanks to our program sponsors:

FDH Engineering, Inc.


 2013 Growing Green Award Nominees  

Congratulations to 2013 Nominees!

Community Champion:  
Joe Edwards - Moonrise Hotel * Barry Greenberg - Architectural Design Guild * Randall Lewis - Walsh & Associates * Old North St. Louis Restoration Group

Josh Davis - The Green Finned Hippie * Dr. Robert Dillon - Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School * Gay Lorberbaum - Washington University in St. Louis * Nancy Jane McClintock - Center for Creative Learning * Mehlville School District * Jenny Murphy - Perennial * Schlafly * Southwestern Illinois College

Emerging Leader: 
Courtney Howard - Cannon Design * Mary Lou Green - Brightside St. Louis * Annemarie Nauert - Sigma Aldrich


Innovation: City of Ferguson * Cannon Design * Day & Night Solar * Flooring Systems, Inc. * Graybar Electric Company, Inc. * SWT Design

Operational Excellence: 
Joseph Abernathy - St. Louis Cardinals * Cannon Design * Novus International, Inc. * Parkway School District * John Woods - Save-A-Lot * SWT Design


Patty Maher - Tiger Lily Development * Paric Corporation

Download a list of all the 2013 Growing Green Award Nominees

Coming soon: nominees highlighted on the Chapter's Facebook and Twitter feeds!

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Winners will be announced at the
5th Annual Growing Green Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Palladium 

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Thanks to our Growing Green Awards Sponsors:

St. Louis Electrical Connection  

Arcturis * Microgrid Energy *
Paric Corporation * Straight Up Solar

Cannon Design * M360 * Novus International, Inc.
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


Greening the Heartland Call for Proposals
Extended to February 15!
Greening the Heartland 2013 will be held in Chicago September 9 - 12 in collaboration with Building Chicago.

The conference advisory committee is currently accepting proposals for presenters and topics and has extended the deadline to Friday, February 12 at midnight CST.

All proposals must be submitted online - learn more here!

In this tenth anniversary of Greening the Heartland, the U.S. Green Building Council's Midwest regional conference, the Illinois Chapter aims to encourage robust discussion of how the Heartland's building industry is evolving to embed resilience into its solutions for the built environment as focused in the topic following topic areas: Health & Environmental Quality, High Performance Buildings & Building Science, Design for Resilience, Green Technologies & Materials, Natural Capitalism, Sustainable Community & Campus, Process, and more.

Visit the Greening the Heartland 2013 website.  
USGBC Student Engagement Event - February 21
Student Event

Connect with students from all over St. Louis!

Find out more about careers in sustainability!

Eat, bowl, and have fun!


WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 6 - 8 pm

WHERE: Pin-Up Bowl


RSVP: Event is free, but please register online here!   


Many thanks to Joe Edwards, Pi Pizza, and the Pin-Up Bowl!


Hosted by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Higher Education Committee.  

A Deeper Look at Energy Efficiency Incentives 

Learn about the energyefficiency incentives from Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas that can lowerthe cost of raising the performance of your building with:

Tom Nigh, Ameren Missouri - Business Development Lead
Jim Travis - Laclede Gas Company - Project Support Specialist, Utilization Engineering

WHEN: Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 - 9:30 am

WHERE: Raymond E. Maritz Theater at 1400 South Highway Drive in Fenton (63099). 

RSVP: Free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Learn more here. Or download the event flyer below! 

The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative (HPBI) is regional project organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and the U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC), and supported by 19 additional stakeholders, to increase the square footage of third-party verified green space in the St. Louis region. For more information about the HPBI, visit  http://stlhighperformbldg.org/.

Earth Day Action Grants - Due March 1  



St. Louis Earth Day is seeking applications for it's inaugural Earth Day Action Grants!  



Applications should be relevant to at least one of the three principal goals of the Earth Day Action Grants:

  1. Provide an opportunity for people to "take action" on an environmental issue.
  2. Provide support for small groups and non-profit organizations seeking to implement an Earth Day program or project.
  3. Provide support for small groups and non-profit organizations that implement Earth Day-aligned programs, projects or services throughout the year.
Applications are due March 1, 2013. Review the full call for proposals or apply!  


Grants will be publicly announced at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 21, 2013. 

Welcome New Chapter Members!  

Thanks to the following Contributor Members!

The Contributor level of membership allows individuals to provide additional support for our mission.


Roger Denny, Polsinelli Shughart PC

Eric Vavere, Green Life Carpet Cleaning


And a big welcome to all of our members who have
joined between November 2012 and January 2013!


Erin Allan, SustainEdge

Matthew Asselmeier, City of Alton, Illinois

Robert Didriksen, MO State Recycling Program

Matthew Diller, The College School

Travis Downing, S.M. Wilson & Co.

Michael Everhardt, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

Katherine Golden, Earthways Center with MBG

William Ham, Ham Associates, Records Management and Preservation

Lindsey Harding, Arcturis

John Hartley, TKH, Inc.

Jessica Hoagland, Green Spiral Tours

Donald Jeffries, Mariposa Men's Wellness Institute

Laura Lock

Chelsea Madden, Design Extra

Angela Malone, Darwin Chambers Company, LLC

Dana McCarty, Design Extra, LLC

Margaret McDonald, Arcturis

Patrick McSalley, PayneCrest Electric, Inc.

Ron Morlen, Recent graduate

Luis Naranjo, Wells Fargo Advisors

Elise Novak, Washington University in St. Louis

Sue ONeal, Graybar

Mark Ostendorf

Rebecca Rook

Robert Rossfeld, United Infrastructure Corporation - Environmental Consultants


Mead Ruesing, City of St. Louis, USGBC-MGC Intern

James Russell, TR,i Architects

Jamie Toon

Robert Turck, GMA Architects, Inc.

Todd Turner, Like New Construction

Michelle Veremakis, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Paul A. Williams, RideFinders, a service of Madison County Transit

Karla Wilson, EcoWorks Unlimited

Tim Wood, College School

Ann Young, Grass Elements LLC


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


Not a member yet? 

Click here to learn more about Chapter Membership!

USGBC-MGC 2013 Scholarships -  

Applications due March 15 


The purpose of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter scholarship program is to provide green building & sustainability education and training to emerging and young professionals who may not normally have access or afford it.


Thanks to our 2012 ECORIDE, we have raised enough funds to provide two full scholarships to Greening the Heartland 2013 in Chicago, IL and three scholarships towards the LEED Green Associate Exam.   


Applications are due Friday, March 15 by 5 PM CST.   


Learn more on the Scholarship Page of our website!

ABOVE: Carolyn Gaidis, Scholarship Task Force Chair
and ECORIDE Planner, on the Riverfront Trail last fall.
Be sure to join us in October 2013 for our 4th Annual ECORIDE and help raise money for 2014 scholarships!

Thanks to New & Renewing 2013 Chapter Sponsors!   

Alberici / Vertegy - Renewing Restorative

HOK - Renewing Gold

Parsons Brinkerhoff - NEW Silver

Ride Finders - NEW Green Schools

St. Louis Electrical Connection - Renewing Silver

William A. Kerr Foundation - Renewing Platinum 

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!  


What Your Company Gains as a USGBC - MGC 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 2013 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.