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  September 2013 E-Newsletter

DIY Sustainability- Free to all! September 10
Green Schools Quest: School Applications Dues September 16th
Great Lineup at the 2013 Missouri Recycling Association Conference
Enter the Chapter's Photo Contest!
Green Shadow Program seeks Mentors & Students
Represent the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at These Upcoming Events
Want to learn more about the Chapter? Stop by our Open Office Hours
Green Apple Day of Service
Energy Efficient Housing Contest
"Dead or Alive" Historial Architecture Tour


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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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.

Learn how to "Do It Yourself" Sustainably!
September 10th
- free to all  


WHEN: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm


WHERE: Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143 (map)


FEE: Free for all!


REGISTER: Click here to register online.


Presented in partnership with St. Louis Earth Day & St. Louis Green  


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Green Schools Quest: School Applications due September 16th!
Green Schools Quest  
WHERE WE LEARN MATTERS! Apply now to implement creative & effective sustainability practices in your school!
USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter is challenging public and private schools in our territory
to devise and implement the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.
Participating schools are asked to form a Green Team, which may be a single classroom, a grade level, an entire school or a student club.


To assist the schools, a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor will be assigned to each school Green Team to help with project ideas, implementation, documentation, and resources. School Green Teams and their mentors will work together throughout the 2013-2014 school year to engage in sustainability projects fitting the schools' unique needs and resources. Awards and trophies will be presented to three participants in each category: elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Learn more about the Green Schools Quest on our website or by downloading the Green Schools Quest Flyer! Interested Schools should click here to review and submit the Green Schools Quest Application. School applications are due September 16, 2013, 11:50 pm CST.



September 16, 2013 - Deadline for schools to apply
October 2013 through March 2014 - Schools work with mentors collectively work on projects 
March 14, 2014 - Conclude the 2013-2014 Quest 
April 14, 2014 - Winners announced 
Mid-April-May, 2014 - Awards presented   
Great Lineup at the Missouri Recycling Association Conference!  

The 2013 MORA Conference is highlighting product innovation, jobs creation and economic growth from recycling!
This year's conference offers some great speakers and sessions! Some highlights of the lineup include:
  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Neil Seldman, "a rock star of sustainability"  
  • Plenary Speaker: Kelley Dennings, Keep America Beautiful
  • Sessions about Recycling Jobs Creation, the Value in Recovered Resins, Business Opportunities in Organics, Moving to 75% Waste Diversion, The Missouri Legislature & Recycling, Product Stewardship and more! 
  • Professional Development Workshops on Green Product Procurement and Selling Green Products to Government Agencies
  • Tours of the Historic Missouri State Penitentiary and Lincoln University: Sustainability in Action!  
  • Exclusive screening of the film "Trashed" starring Jeremy Irons 
In short, you don't want to miss the offerings at this year's MORA Conference! Visit their website to learn more & register today!

WHEN: Monday, September 16th- Wednesday, September 18th
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Jefferson City, Missouri
Visit the Conference Website to register!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter photo contest!


Have photos of green buildings or sustainable practices to share? Enter the Chapter's second photo contest- this time open to ALL residents of the Chapter territory!

We're looking for photos that celebrate the transformation of the built environment into a more environmentally friendly, prosperous, and healthy place to live, work, and learn.  


Submissions are due on October 1st, 2013 and winners will be announced on October 8th, 2013 at the Chapter program.



  • FIRST PLACE: Complimentary one year Chapter membership & a canvas print of the winning photo donated by Schiller's Camera and Video!
  • SECOND PLACE: Complementary pass to 1 In-Depth Educational Session
  • THIRD PLACE: Stainless Steel USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter Water Bottle
To submit your photos, check out the photo contest rules, then email them (in jpg form) to usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org.

Thanks to Schiller's Camera & Video for generously donating to the photo contest! 


Green Shadow Program seeks Mentors & Students!   

Are you a green professional looking to give back?
A student interested in green building or sustainability?

Check out the USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter's


Developed by our Higher Education Committee, this program exposes students to green jobs within our Chapter territory through a one-day job shadow of local business people.
We are looking for Mentors and Shadows to participate!



Mentors must be active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members. Complete the mentor application to participate!


Shadows must be enrolled in a local college or university. Complete the student application to participate!  


To apply and to learn more, visit the Green Shadow page of our website.

Represent the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at upcoming events! 


The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will have booths at three upcoming events. We're looking for volunteers to act as ambassadors for Green Building and the Chapter!

The SMACNA St. Louis Products Trade Show gathers local consulting engineers, architects, area sheet metal contractors, mechanical contractors, industrial users, and code officials from throughout the region! Volunteers will receive free admission to the event.
September 18th, 2013
Volunter shifts are from 4 pm - 6 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm
Sheet Metal Worker's Local 36, 2319 Choteau, 63103

The Green Product & Services Expo
will showcase green products and services. The St. Louis Regional Council is hosting this Expo as part of their Green Business Challenge Program. 
September 25th, 2013
Volunteer shifts are from 11 am - 1:30 pm
Sheet Metal Worker's Local 36, 2319 Choteau, 63103

The Green Homes & Great Health Festival,
organized by the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, celebrates sustainable living and offers attendees the opportunity to explore ways to maintain healthy lifestyles and a healthy planet! Volunteers will enjoy free admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden and the festival.
When: September 28th, 2013
Volunteer Shifts are 8:30 -11:00 am, 11:00 am-1:30 pm, and 1:30 -4:30 pm
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, 63110

Interested in representing the Chapter at one of these events?
Contact Johanna Schweiss, the Chapter's Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at johanna.schweiss@mobot.org or 314-577-0884 for more information!

Curious about the Chapter?
Stop by for our second Open Office Hours! 

Interested in learning more about USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and how you can get involved in our mission? Wondering what kind of programs and opportunities membership offers? Curious whether pursuing the LEED Green Associate Credential is right for you? Struggling with how to maintain your LEED credential? Or do you just have some general questions about green building?

Answers to these questions and MORE can be found at USGBC-Missouri Gateway's OPEN OFFICE HOURS. Stop by on September 12th between 7:30 - 9:30, Chapter staff and leadership will be ready to answer your questions!

You'll also be able to check out the results of the recent construction in our Chapter offices!

Green Apple Day of Service 

null The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, read last year's highlights and register your 2013 project today!


A number of projects have already been registered in the St. Louis area. Check out the map here, and see if you can find one in your zip code!


USGBC-MGC is celebrating Green Apple Day of Service through the Green Schools Quest (school applications are open until September 16th!) and at our booth at the Green Homes Great Health Festival. Please help spread the word to teachers, students and parents in your community!

Energy Efficient Housing Contest- Win a Vacant Lot or Free Building! 

The St. Louis Energy Efficiency Housing Contest gives participants the change to design new infill housing or the renovation of an existing property. Winners will receive a free vacant lot, free building for gut rehab, or a cash award from a sponsoring government!

Teams can choose to enter in the Design-Build category, or the Design-only category.

The Design-Build Category
is accepting proposals from complete development teams.
Proposals must include adequate assurances that the project can be completed and built in 2014. Depending on the contest site that participants choose to address, winners will receive a free vacant lot or free building for gut rehab.

The Design-Only Category will include proposals from teams or individuals that do not intend to construct the design, even if selected for an award. Winners will not receive awards of real estate, but will be eligible to receive a $1,000 cash prize. Sub-categories include non-students, students, Living Building Challenge (Full Challenge, Petal Recognition, or Net Zero Energy), and Built Housing completed since November 1, 2011.

Sign up for more information about the contest and you will be automatically entered into a monthly drawing (through October) for a $100 gas card!

To learn more visit the Energy Efficient Housing Contest Website!

Organized by the St. Louis Association of REALTORS &
Housing & Community Solutions, Inc.

Save the Date- "Dead or Alive" Historical Architecture Tour  

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is offering a  "Dead or Alive" Historical Architecture tour. Tours will begin at the The Engineers Club of St. Louis (4359 Lindell Blvd, 63108). The group will travel by bus to visit 4 historic churches, the "Holy Corners", and Bellefontaine Cemetery. Space is limited- so register early!

When: October 12th, 2013: 8 am - 4 pm
Where: The Engineers Club of St. Louis (4359 Lindell Blvd, 63108)
Fee: $60 per person- space is limited!
Register: Visit the event page to register