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  July 2013 E-Newsletter

Panel Discussion on Innovations in Materials - July 9
Climcate Action Plan released by White House
New Smart Phone App from St. Louis Green
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep - July 12 & 15
Submit your DIY Sustainability Presentation
Greening Healthcare Course - July 16
ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Program - July 23
USGBC seeking LEEDv4 Beta Projects
Seeking Green Schools Quest Mentors
FSC Design & Build Awards
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.

Save the date for GREENBUILD 2013!

Join industry leaders and experts dedicated to sustainable building for three days of speakers, networking opportunities, LEED workshops, and more! GREENBUILD 2013 features Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker!


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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.

Microgrid Solar

National Design Build Services, LLC

Oates Associates

Parsons Brinkerhoff


S.M. Wilson

Sunwheel Energy, a McCormack Baron Salazar company



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.

Still time to Register for Panel Discussion on
Innovations in Materials - July 9

Presented in partnership with  

American Society of Interior Designers-Missouri East,

International Interior Design Association-St. Louis City Center and Retail Design Institute - St. Louis.


This program will explore what is new in the design industry with regards to sustainable products and what companies are doing to implement long-term environmental practices and encourage the use of environmentally sound and eco-friendly products and materials. Four panelists will represent four different materials: wood furniture and systems, broadloom carpeting and carpet tiles, surface materials and paint and wall coverings.



  • Randall Lewis, Director of Operations, Walsh & Associates 
  • Steven Brewster, Operations Project Manager, Kimball Office
  • Kelly Bartz, General Manager at Intectural
  • Paul Murray, Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Shaw Industries Group Inc.

Project Manager at Washington University

WHEN: Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 5:30-6:15pm - Registration & Networking, 6:15-7:30pm - Formal Presentation


WHERE: Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200, (63103)


FEE: Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway & ASID, IIDA, RDI Members and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members


REGISTER: Click here to register online.




Thanks to our event sponsors:


Compi Distributors



Shaw Contract Group


Climate Action Plan released by President Obama  

President Obama announced the creation of a new Climate Action Plan last week, which includes a focus on reducing energy waste. According to the plan, "energy efficiency is one of the clearest and most cost-effective opportunities to save families money, make our businesses more competitive, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions"


Review the full plan here. 


Check out this infographic that sums up the plan. 


Read  a statement from Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President and CEO, about the President's Climate Action Plan.   

New Smart Phone Application  

from St. Louis Green available today! 

St. Louis Green and AT&T have 
teamed up to release a new 
smartphone app, which provides an array of information about various 
green businesses in the St. Louis 
area. Some of the search features offer the ability to locate green 
dining options, recycling facilities, 
and green job opportunities. Click here for more information. 

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 pre-registration is required.  

Still time to submit your presentation for our 2nd Annual DIY Sustainability Program!

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.

Preference will be given to topics relevant to the built environment, but all ideas are welcome and encouraged!  
Last year's program featured an exciting range of topics including: Electric Vehicle Conversion by presenter Hector Caiazza, Aquaponics, by head of Green Finned Hippy, Josh Davis, Furniture Upcycling by director of the nonprofit group, Perennial, Jenny Murphy, and DIY Green Roofs, presented by Hunter Beckham
Proposals are due July 15, 2013 at 5:00PM CST. 
Click Here for more information or to submit your proposal. 

Greening Healthcare -  

What Goes In Must Come Out

Interested in opportunities to
increase sustainability in healthcare?

Join St. Louis Community College for their continuing education course: Greening Healthcare- What Goes In Must Come Out- Creating Sustainable Supply Chains.

This course will discuss a triple bottom line approach to greening health care supply chains, waste streams, and cafeterias. It will explore the opportunities and challenges facing a variety of unique healthcare environments - from administrative offices to sterile medical spaces.  How-to critical thinking exercises will help prepare attendees to bring sustainability into their line of work.  


This course is intended for a broad audience ranging from healthcare administrators and practitioners to facilities employees and healthcare design professionals.


CONTINUING EDUCATION: This course has been approved by GBCI for 2 continuing education hours.


WHEN: Tuesday, July 16th; 7:30 am -9:30 am   


WHERE: St. Louis Community College
Corporate College, Room 211

3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044  


FEE: $30 for USGBC members, $32 for adults 60 and older, $49 for non-members  


REGISTER: Call 314-984-7777 or visit STLCC's CE website to register today! Have the course name and code ready: Greening Healthcare, ECOL700: Section 5C1   

 ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Program - July 23  

Sponsored by BOMA St. Louis, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, & Ameren Missouri BizSavers™ Program 


Why benchmark your building? What are the benefits of benchmarking? The BOMA Green Committee has developed a timely educational session on how to accurately benchmark the energy performance of your building and how to use that information to differentiate your building. Information regarding the recently updated ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager will also be discussed.

The workshop will include the following:
* Gathering necessary energy consumption data
* Inputting building data (and examples of errors to watch for)
* Categorizing different space types
* Benefits of having accurate information
* 2013 Updates to Portfolio Manager
* How to apply Ameren BizSavers™ Incentive Program to your       ENERGY STAR projects  


WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


WHERE: Bank of America Plaza
Conference Center
800 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101  


FEE: Free for BOMA Members, $25 for 

Non-  members

Parking and breakfast will be provided. Please park in the Stadium West Garage off of 8th Street.  

Class size is limited . . . register today at www.bomastl.org!

 USGBC Seeking Additional LEED v4 Beta Projects

According to a recent USGBC press release, nearly 100 building projects across the world are using LEED v4, the next version of the LEED green building program
, by participating in the LEED v4 beta. The beta project teams are helping USGBC validate and improve LEED v4 implementation and testing support resources such as reference guide content and LEED Online forms. Based on suggestions and input from the beta project teams, USGBC plans to fine-tune the LEED user experience during this beta period, before LEED v4 launches this fall.  
The LEED v4 beta currently is open, and USGBC is encouraging additional projects to sign up to test the new version of the LEED green building program. 
 Learn more here or contact Chrissy Macken at to register.

Green Schools Quest - Mentor Application Deadline August 1  


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



By participating in the Green
Schools Quest, you can help to empower students and communities to be good  stewards of their own environments,
while facilitating a connection between
the green building and sustainability
professional community and younger

Mentors will be responsible for providing expertise and guidance to their assigned school throughout the duration of their
project. This may include assistance with devising & implementing a project as well as documentation of the process.


Mentor Applications are due August 1st

Click here for the mentor application  


School Applications are due September 16th

Click here for the school application



FSC Design & Build Awards

The Forest Stewardship Council US invites all
commercial and residential building projects to submit applications for the 9th Annual Design & Build with FSC Awards.   

The awards honor designers and builders who are committed to using FSC-certified wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. 

Eligible projects:
  • Commercial, institutional, mixed-use, or residential
  • At least 50% of new wood used (by cost) is FSC certified
  • Must be located in the United States or Canada
  • Must have been completed during or after 2012

  Applications Due Friday, September 20th, 2013.


Learn about 2012 winners here.


Download the application here. 

Thanks to New & Renewing 2013 Chapter Sponsors!   

Sunwheel Energy- A McCormack Baron Salazar Company - 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 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.