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  June 2013 E-Newsletter

Join us for our annual Green Building tour of the LEED certified Barbara C Jordan Elementary School
Congrats to our Photo Contest Winners!
Tour the Arlington Grove neighborhood - June 14,
Passive House Tour - June 19 & 20
Call for Presenters for 2nd Annual DIY Sustainability Now Open!
Sustainable Backyard Tour - June 23
Sustainability Institute for pre-K through 12 Grade Educators - June 25 - 27
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep - July 12 & 15
Thanks to our Supporters!


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.


Green Schools Quest 

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is challenging public and private schools within the Chapter's territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.


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St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership
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Acorn Landscape Architecture

BSI Constructors

Christner, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Electrical Connection

Enterprise Holdings

French Gerleman

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

KONE, Inc.

Lighting Associates, Inc.

McCormack Baron Salazar

Microgrid Solar

National Design Build Services, LLC

Oates Associates

Parsons Brinkerhoff


S.M. Wilson



U.S. Bank

Thanks to our GREEN SPONSORS

Husch Blackwell, LLC

Koch Air, LLC

Open Field Designs, Inc.

PayneCrest Electric

Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.

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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 our annual Green Building tour of the  

LEED Certified Barbara C Jordan Elementary School in University City




In addition to the recycled materials used in construction, its many sustainable features - rain gardens, maximized daylight through window placement, a highly efficient HVAC system and other energy-saving devices - earned the Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School the honor of being the first public elementary school in St. Louis to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The two-story building's 24 classrooms include specialized classrooms and specialty spaces enabling students to do more exploratory work aiming toward not only a sustainable learning facility but also sustainable learning practices.


WHEN: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
5:30 - 6:00 pm - Registration & Networking
6:00 - 7:30pm - Brief Presentation & Guided Tours


WHERE: Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School,
1500 North 82nd Boulevard, 63132 map 


FEE: Free to USGBC-MGC Members, educators/school representatives, and full-time students. / $20 for Non-members.


REGISTER: Click here to register online.



  Congrats to our Photo Contest Winners!


We're pleased to announce the winners of our first-ever photo contest! Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who submitted photos.  


1st place: Tim Montgomery, Kerr Overall Labels


2nd Place
: Tyler Kessler, Microgrid Solar SWT PV Install



3rd Place: Allison Carmen, Shaw Nature Reserve 




The prizes for this year's photo contest are:

1st place - Complimentary Chapter membership (one year)

2nd Place - Complimentary Pass to 1 In-Depth Educational Session

3rd Place - Stainless Steel USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Water Bottle

Tour the Arlington Grove neighborhood - June 14


Arlington Grove is a 112-unit development by that will create a new community in the 22nd Ward of St. Louis City. Spearheaded by McCormack Baron Salazar, St. Louis Housing Authority, KAI Design & Build and Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, the development plan includes:

  • The historic renovation of the abandoned, William B. Ittner-designed Arlington School into townhouses and garden apartments.
  • New, historically representative townhouses and garden apartments developed with sustainable practices and materials.
  • A mixed-use building with apartments above first-floor retail to help recreate the feeling of a dense commercial corridor and to spur further economic development.

WHEN: Friday, June 14, 8:30 - 10:00 am

RSVP's are required by e-mailing Eric Schneider at eschneider@stlregionalchamber.com.

Meet at the McCormack Baron's management office at 5551 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112.


This tour is being hosted by the St. Louis Regional
Green Business Challenge.

Passive House Tour - June 19 & 20  




Come visit Missouri's first passive house and learn from the construction team - serving light refreshments and ultra-light energy costs!


WHEN: June 19 & 20, 5 pm -7pm


WHERE: 1455 Gregg, St. Louis, MO 63139


RSVP: Space is limited. Please RSVP before noon on June 18 to


Call for Presenters for  

2nd Annual DIY Sustainability Now Open!

The U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter, in partnership with St. Louis Earth Day and St. Louis Green, is now accepting creative proposals for our September 10, 2013 program. 
We are seeking presenters and topic ideas surrounding the theme of 'DIY' (Do It Yourself) Sustainability. Presentations will be made using the Pecha Kucha format which draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat" and allows presenters to showcase 20 slides that are set on a timer for 20 seconds per slide. This fast pace and fun approach will allow for a variety of subjects to be covered in a brief amount of time. Preference will be given to topics relevant to the built environment, but all ideas are welcome and encouraged!

The DIY Sustainability Program will be held Tuesday, September 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Proposals are due July 15, 2013 at 5:00PM CST. 
Click Here for more information or to submit your proposal. 

Sustainable Backyard Tour - June 23  



Now in its third year, The Sustainable Backyard Tour is a free, self-guided, open-house-style tour of sustainable outdoor residential spaces around St. Louis.


It is a unique opportunity to see first hand how others have integrated sustainable living practices into their little piece of Earth.


You'll see a wide range of organic and sustainable practices, from natives to bees, from perennial veggies to fruit trees, demonstrated in St. Louis backyards, frontyards, sideyards, courtyards and more!


June 23, 2013, 11am to 4pm


Click here to reserve free tickets for the event


If you are interested in having your yard on a Sustainable Backyard Tour, email terry@sustainablebackyardtour.com

Sustainability Institute for pre-K through 12 Grade Educators - June 25 - 27

Climate Change: Implications for P12 Schools
Speakers and hands-on workshops will focus on the issues of climate change and how educators can bring awareness to our youth to help them learn to be responsible and to take action for a safer and more sustainable environment.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25 - Introduction to Climate Change
Keynote speakers and workshops


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 - Local Action

Speakers and work sessions will help process new strategies for weaving the principles and issues of Climate Change throughout the school or community.



Hands-on projects and culminating Resource Fair will close the Institute


WHEN: Tuesday, June 25 - Thursday, June 27

8am - 4pm


WHERE: Webster University East Academic Building


FEE: $150

Includes breakfast and lunch each day

Graduate Credit is available for an additional fee


Click here to register and view additional information. 


Hosted by Webster University, Missouri Botanical Garden,  

Saint Louis Zoo, and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep - July 12 & 15

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!


Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional


USGBC-Missouri Gateway's two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.


WHEN: Friday, July 12 and Monday, July 15, 2013
8:30am-5:00pm both days 


WHERE: Color Art Integrated Interiors

1325 North Warson Road - St. Louis, MO 63132 


FEE: $200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch 


Click here for more information about registration, required textbooks, and prerequisites.


Class size is limited and per-registration is required

Thanks to New & Renewing 2013 Chapter Sponsors!   

French Gerleman - NEW Silver

Guarantee Electrical Company - Renewing Silver

McCarthy Building Companies - Renewing GOLD 
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 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.