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  October 2013 E-Newsletter

Buiding Integrated Agriculture featuring FarmWorks
Sustainapalooza comes to Columbia, MO October 5th
Routes announced for ECORIDE!
Earth Day Symposium Call for Presenters
Build your ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager with STLCC
Will we see you at Greenbuild?
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Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

KONE, Inc.

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Microgrid Solar

National Design Build Services, LLC

Oates Associates

Parsons Brinkerhoff


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Sunwheel Energy, a McCormack Baron Salazar company



U.S. Bank

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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.

Building Integrated Agriculture, featuring FarmWorks   

Join us on October 8th to learn more about FarmWorks- a unique urban agriculture project being developed on the long abandoned site of the historic St. Louis Stamping Company!  


Farmworks includes four interconnected components-an urban farm, a transitional residential facility, a green business incubator, and an educational facility.  


The project will convert an abandoned part of downtown, create jobs to boost the local economy, and pursue goals of reducing crime and homelessness. The project is pursuing LEED certification, and multiple green features are to be including in the design and construction.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm


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


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


REGISTER: Click here to register online.

 Sustainapalooza is coming to Columbia, MO October 5th

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Mid-Missouri Branch in Columbia for a day of sustainability and green building seminars!  

Sustainapalooza will include presentations on new developments in LED lighting, LEED version 4, strawbale construction, LEED construction requirements, and more!

Check out the Sustainapalooza flyer to learn more and visit our website to register! 

WHEN: October 5, 2013 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Columbia City Hall, located at 8th and Broadway, Columbia, MO

CONTINUING EDUCATION: GBCI and AIA CE Hours available to attendees

FEE: $40 for USGBC or AIA members, $60 for Non-Members, free for full-time students. Individual session registration is available.

REGISTER: Visit our website to register!
Routes announced for this year's ECORIDE!   

Your participation in the ECORIDE supports our scholarship program- providing green building & sustainability education to emerging and young professionals who would not normally have access. 
The routes for this year's ECORIDE were recently finalized. Will you be biking or walking to support our scholarship program? 

Participants will choose from the following routes: 
  • 8 mile bike ride to Lafayette Square 
  • 23 mile bike ride up the Riverfront Trail
  • 54 mile bike ride to Jefferson Barracks Park
  • Guided walking tour of the Soulard neighborhood including community gardens, some residences and businesses using green systems, the Soulard Farmer's Market, the Soulard School, and of course BWorks!
All routes will begin and end at BWorks, at 2414 Menard St., St. Louis 63104.
Participants will receive an event water bottle, biker's breakfast and lunch (by Whole Foods) and beer from Urban Chestnut! A route map is available on our website.

WHEN: Sunday, October 20th, 2013

START/FINISH: BWorks, 2414 Menard St., 63104, map

REGISTER: $25 per person, $75 per family/group (3-5), $150 per team (6-10), virtual rider or walker options available. Visit our website to learn more and register!
Thanks to our ECORIDE Sponsors!

Racing Sponsors:
Bworks * M3 Engineering * Whole Foods


Touring Sponsors:
Aegis Metal Framing * Better Life
Great Rivers Greenway * L.A.N.D + LLC
LoftWorks * Pedros Planet * Pizzo & Associates  

Cruiser Sponsors:
Big Shark Bicycle Company

Earth Day Symposium Call for Presenters and Posters

St. Louis Earth Day is calling for presentations and posters for it's 2014 Symposium! The symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields. It will take place on April 1-2 at Powder Valley Nature Center.

In 2014, the Symposium will focus on aligning stakeholders with the goals and objectives of the Regional Plan for Sustainability. The plan is the outcome of a 3-year planning process funded through a grant received by East-West Gateway and 10 core partners with the goal of fostering economically competitive, opportunity-rich communities that serve as the backbone of a healthy St. Louis region.

Presentation Proposals: Due by November 1st, submit with online form. Poster Proposals: Due by February 1st, submit with online form

Visit the St. Louis Earth Day website for more information.

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.

Tour Existing Energy Efficient Homes!
Visit three sites to see existing energy efficient homes offering a variety of lessons about new construction or gut rehab of an existing home. Experts involved in design or construction of the home will be available at each stop. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation between homes; driving time is minimal.  

 To learn more visit the Energy Efficient Housing Contest Website!


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


You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure
Build Your ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager with
St. Louis Community College!  


Join St. Louis Community College to build your ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager building profile. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building's energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time.

All building types can be entered into Portfolio Manager and receive energy and water benchmarks, as well as a comparison of performance against a national average for buildings of a similar type. All you need are your energy bills and some basic information about your building to get started.

During this hands-on workshop, participants will utilize information they bring about their building to establish their building's profile in Portfolio Manager, which is critical to calculate benchmarks of key metrics such as energy intensity and costs, water use, and carbon emissions. 

WHEN: Thursday, October 10th; 7:30 am -9:30 am
WHERE: STLCC Corporate College Room 208, 3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044,
FEE: $45 ($30 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members)
REGISTER: Call 314-984-7777 or visit stlcc.edu/ce to register, have the course and section number ready: CONS 701: Section C01

Will we see you at Greenbuild?  

Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, is taking over the City of Brotherly Love this fall! Will you be there?

Register now to be invigorated and inspired by three days of invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings! You'll be joining thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business.

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be there- like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep in touch with us as we experience the conference of the year! 

Student or Emerging Professional? Volunteer! 
Greenbuild volunteers attend the conference for free! Volunteers must work a minimum of 8 hours, be full time students or under 25 years of age. Spots are filling fast, so visit the Greenbuild Volunteer Facebook page for more information and volunteer registration.

Thanks to New & Renewing 2013 Chapter Sponsors! 

Kirberg - NEW Silver


Christner - Renewing Silver


Trane - Renewing Silver


US Bank - 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.