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  March 2013 E-Newsletter

LEED v4 Technical Updates - March 12
LEED Green Associate & Greening the Heartland Scholarships - due March 15
Tickets on Sale for March 28 Growing Green Awards
Green Buildings & Green Sites Presentation - March 15
AGC seeks presentations for Regional BIM Conference
St. Louis Earth Day Symposium - March 19 & 20
Update on Local Energy Efficiency Incentives
6th Public Comment Period for LEED v4
Introduction to IgCC - March 28
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.

March 8 & 11:

March 11 - 13:
3rd Annual Illinois Geothermal Conference in Collinsville

March 15: 
USGBC-MGC Scholarship Applications Due

March 15:
Green Buildings & Green Sites

March 19 - 20:
St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

March 21:
Lunch n LEED: Culture of Performance Part 1

March 28:
Lunch n LEED: Culture of Performance Part 2

March 28:
5th Annual Growing Green Awards

April 4:
Student Engagement Event - Rescheduled from February

April 9:
Monthly Program on Sustainability in Higher Education
EBie Award Deadline Extended to March 12
Got a success story to share about your existing building? Consider submitting it to the EBie Awards, a nationwide competition for people working in Existing Buildings.  


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Microgrid Solar

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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.

LEED v4 Technical Update - March 12  

There's still time

to RSVP for our March 12 Program - LEED version 4 Technical Update featuring Dara Zycherman, Director of Current Versions of LEED at the US Green Building Council.  


USGBC's LEED green building rating system has been a significant driver for market transformation since its debut in 2000. USGBC is currently developing the version of LEED (v4) for release this year. This session will provide an update of the development process, a general overview of the technical changes proposed and an early look at supporting tools and resources for the LEED v4 program.


Approved for 1.5 GBCI CE Hours (LEED Specific for
BD+C, ID+C, and O+M) and 1.5 AIA LUs.

Dara Zycherman, Director, Current Versions of LEED, USGBC


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


WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114) map 


FEE: Free USGBC-MGC 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 sponsor:

Washington University in St. Louis
Seeking Scholarship Applications for Greening the Heartland & LEED Green Associate!
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.

We are currently accepting applications to send 2 (two) individuals to Greening the Heartland 2013 in Chicago, IL and to support 3 (three) individuals in their pursuit of a LEED Green Associate credential.

Applications are due Friday, March 15 by 5 pm.

For more information or to download the scholarship application, visit the chapter website at 
Proceeds from the Chapter's annual ECORIDE support the scholarship program.
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Mark your calendar for the 2013 ECORIDE on Sunday, October 20!

Tickets on sale for 5th Annual    

Growing Green Awards on March 28! 

Join us to celebrate the 2013 Growing Green Award Nominees and Winners at the 5th Annual Growing Green Awards Celebration!

Purchase tickets now! 
 Ticket includes cocktails, dinner, dessert,
keynote address + free on-site parking


WHAT: Celebrate 2013 Growing Green Awards Nominees and winners. Keynote by Emily Pilloton of H4 Design. Event emceed by "Green" Jean Ponzi of Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center.

: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5:30 - 9:30 pm

The Palladium, 1400 Park Place (63104) map


FEE: $75 per ticket through Monday, March 18, 2013 at 4:00pm. Price increases to $85 per ticket beginning Monday, March 18, 2013 after 4:00pm. Purchase tickets now!


Download a list of all the 2013 Growing Green Award Nominees! Or check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds where we've been highlighting the nominees regularly! 


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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.

St. Louis Green * The Healthy Planet  
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


Green Buildings & Green Sites Presentation - March 15

Join the Engineers' Club of St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Speakers Bureau Volunteers for


Growing Green Buildings & Sites    


A half-day how to improve building and site performance, featuring Marc Lopata, Paul Todd Merrill and Lois Sechrist from the USGBC-MO Gateway Speakers Bureau; Jason Peterein from MSD and Steven Ibendahl from the Heartlands Conservancy.


WHEN: Friday, March 15, 7 am - noon

WHERE: The Engineering Center at 4359 Lindell Blvd. (63108)


COST:  $50 for Engineers Club or USGBC members; $75 for non-members.  


RSVP: Contact Kurt Krispin at [email protected] Or call 314.533.9333   


For more information, download the event flyer.

AGC St. Louis seeking presenters for annual Regional BIM Conference - Due March 15 

Building on the success of their 2011 and 2012 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Expos, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis is seeking cutting edge, innovative session proposals from experienced presenters and/or panelists for the 2013 Conference.

The 2013 Regional BIM Conference - A Workshop and Technology Showcase will be August 8 & 9 at Washington University in St. Louis.

View the full Call for Presentations here.

Responses are due Friday, March 15.

St. Louis Earth Day Symposium - March 19 -20 

Climate Trends: Impacts and Adaptation


This year's annual Earth Day Symposium will focus on the impacts of climate change on water resources and subsequent adaptation strategies.

This year's keynote speaker is Emily Seyller, with the United States Global Change Research Program  


WHEN: March 19 & 20
WHERE: Powder Valley Nature Center

Continuing education available for: ASCE, ASLA, AICP, APA.
LEED Professionals can self-report hours through GBCI under Education category.

For more information, visit the St. Louis Earth Day website

Update on Local Energy Efficiency Incentives 

You can't have a high performing building without a strong focus on energy efficiency! The February 26 High Performance Building Initiative meeting provided an opportunity to learn more about making our buildings more energy efficient with assistance and support from energy efficiency programs offered by Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas.


Before presentations from Ameren and Laclede, we heard from Randy Lewis, from Walsh & Associates, about his experience and success with the Battle of the Buildings - EPA's National Building Competition. Stay tuned to find out how Walsh & Associates, now in third place, will finish! Winners will be announced in April. You can learn more about the competition and gather intel for the next round here.    


Jim Travis, a Project Support Specialist in Utilization Engineering for Laclede Gas Company provided an overview of the cost-effectiveness metrics used in energy efficiency programs, described rebates available for commercial and industrial projects, and shared information about the Building Operator Certification (BOC) program. In the last four years, Laclede Gas Company's energy efficiency program has rebated $3.4 million to customers, saving 3.8 million therms. Check out Jim's presentation here. For more information and to apply, go to Laclede Gas Company's Original Green Energy website.


Tom Nigh, Business Development Lead with Ameren Missouri, covered the latest ActOnEnergy programs. In the last three-year program, more than 4,000 projects received rebates, as Ameren Missouri issued more than $22 million and saved 335 million kWh. Over the next three years, Ameren Missouri will invest $147 million in energy efficiency programs with a goal of reducing energy by 800 million kWh. In addition to standard and custom incentives, Ameren Missouri also offers incentives for retrocommissioning and new construction. View Tom's presentation here or learn more at ActOnEnergy.com.  

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. Visit the HPBI website to learn more.    

6th Public Comment Period Open for LEED v4!  


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 sixth public comment period is open through March 31, 2013. Learn more on the USGBC website.  

Introduction to the  

International Green Construction Code - March 28


The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was introduced in March of 2013 as the newest member of International Construction Code. It provides sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site and will help make buildings more efficient, healthier and safer.     


WHAT: Seminar on International Green Construction Code 
WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 7:30 - 11:30 am 
WHERE: Masonry Institute of St. Louis 
COST: $10 for AIA, SLCCC, ICC and MABOI members; $25 for non-members

For more information on seminar, download the event flyer.

For more information on the IgCC, go here.

Seminar hosted by American Institute of Architects-St. Louis, International Code Council - St. Louis Chapter and St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.

Thanks to New & Renewing 2013 Chapter Sponsors!   

Ameren Missouri - Renewing Platinum

Cannon Design - Renewing Gold

Clayco - Renewing Gold

Geotechnology - Renewing Green

Open Field Designs, Inc. - NEW Green

Siemens Industry, Inc. - NEW Silver

S.M. Wilson - Renewing Silver

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.