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  January 2014 E-Newsletter

Growing Green Award Nominations Open!
Annual State of the Chapter & Social
Photo Contest Winners to be Announced at State of the Chapter
RainScaping Rebates Available Once Again
Yudelson's 2014 Green Building Megatrends
Thanks to our 2013 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.


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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.  

Nominations open for Growing Green Awards!  

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Growing Green Awards celebrate and recognize the people and organizations that are actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices.    

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:


Community Champion: exemplify leadership in giving back to our community through commitment of time, energy and passion to the built environment.


Education: exemplify leadership in education pertaining to the built environment.  Education occurs in many facets: the classroom; the workplace; in local government; at home; and lots of places in between


Emerging Leader: recent arrivals to the sustainability movement making great strides in advancing sustainable practices both personally and professionally as they relate to our built environment.  These individuals or organizations are likely (but not required) to be young professionals and our green leaders of tomorrow.  


Innovation: exemplify leadership in transforming the built environment through the pioneering of new technologies, strategies, and thinking forward to the needs of tomorrow.


Operational Excellence: exemplify leadership in operating the buildings and landscapes in our community with environmental sensitivity, resource efficiency, and longevity.


Restoration: exemplify leadership in preservation, restoration and redevelopment of our built environment.

Know an individual or organization that is transforming the built environment?

Download the
nomination package and  
submit your nominations to GrowingGreenAwards@gmail.com  
by January 24 at 5 pm C.S.T. 

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! 

Is your organization interested in supporting the Growing Green Awards? Consider our
Sponsorship opportunities!
Annual State of the Chapter & Social
January 14, 2014

It's that time again - we're kicking off the new year with our annual State of the Chapter & Social on January 14!


Meet Chapter members and leaders while taking a look back at 2013 and a look forward at plans for the upcoming year, while enjoying complimentary wine and beer. Committee chairs will highlight upcoming activities and present a multitude of opportunities for you to get involved in 2014.


We hope you'll join us in welcoming the new year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!


WHEN: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm - Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm - Additional Networking


WHERE: Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114) map  


FEE: Free to all attendees!


REGISTER:Click here to register online.
Photo Contest Winners Announced
At State of the Chapter

The judges have spoken, choosing the winners of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Photo Contest!

We received over 40 photos of green buildings or sustainable practices, and will announce the three winners at the  State of the Chapter and Social on Tuesday, January 14th (see above for event details). We hope to see you there!
RainScaping Rebates Available Once Again! 
Image from the Missouri Botanical Garden's Online RainScaping Guide.  
Landowners in 19 municipalities are eligible to apply for rebates of up to $2,000 toward the cost of implementing RainScaping Strategies through the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance's RainScape Rebates Program.

RainScaping consists of an array of sustainable landscaping practices that landowners may employ to relieve rainwater-related problems. In addition to rain gardens and bio-swales, a diverse landscape that includes trees, shrubs, perennials, mulch and amended soils intercepts and disperses rain as it falls, and allows more water absorption into the soil and by plants.

Participating Municipalities are:





Creve Coeur 

Richmond Heights 

Crystal Lake Park 

Rock Hill 

Des Peres 



Town & Country 


University City 


Warson Woods 


Webster Groves 

 The application deadline for the current round of
rebates is February 12, 2014.
to learn more about the Rainscape Rebates Program
and the application process.
Jerry Yudelson predicts 2014's
Green Building Megatrends

Green Building Consultant Jerry Yudelson has released his annual list of top 10 green building megatrends for 2014. The list begins with:
  1. Green building in North America will continue its strong growth in 2014 
  2. The focus on energy efficiency in all buildings will continue to grow, as will the role of building automation for energy efficiency using cloud-based systems.
  3. The design and operation of net-zero-energy buildings will continue to grow.  
For the full list, see the 2014 megatrends post on Yudelson's website.
Have your own thoughts? Reach out to us via email, or on Facebook, twitter @usgbcmogateway, or LinkedIn. We love to hear from you!

Thanks to our 2013 Chapter Sponsors! 


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.


Interested in continuing your support in the new year?  

 Learn about 2014 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 2014 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.