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  February 2014 E-Newsletter

In Memory of Brooks Critchfield
Save the Date: Growing Green Awards March 27th
Free USGBC Membership for Schools
Call for Green Shadow Mentors & Shadows
Waste Diversion Grants
Photo Contest Winners
America Training Solutions Continuing Ed Seminar
Ebie Awards Celebrate Existing Building Heroes
Greener Stormwater Solutions
Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo
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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Acorn Landscape Architecture

BSI Constructors

Christner, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Electrical Connection

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

French Gerleman

Guarantee Electrical Company

Johnson Controls

KONE, Inc.

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Microgrid Solar

National Design Build Services, LLC

New Ground

Oates Associates

Parsons Brinkerhoff


S.M. Wilson

Sunwheel Energy, a McCormack Baron Salazar company



U.S. Bank

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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.
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In Memory of Brooks Critchfield
It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Brooks Critchfield on January 15 after her battle with cancer. Brooks was a member of the Chapter for 8 years and a champion of sustainable design and construction. She oversaw the LEED process onsite for many projects, ensuring that the project team complied with green building requirements and guidelines.

Since her passing, many Chapter members have expressed their respect for Brooks. We shared some of their stories on our website. The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has made a donation to Forest Park Forever in memory of Brooks, and our thoughts are with her family.  
Save the Date: Growing Green Awards  
March 27
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. Proceeds from the Growing Green Awards Celebration fund the Chapter's on-going education and outreach efforts so that everyone has access to green building and green communities.   

This year the Growing Green Awards will be on March 27th at the Mad Art Gallery in Soulard. Stay tuned for the announcement of the nominees and registration details!
Is your organization interested in supporting the Growing Green Awards? Consider our Sponsorship opportunities!
Limited Time Offer: Free  
USGBC Membership for Schools
For a limited time, the Center for Green Schools is offering preK-12 schools and school districts one free year of USGBC membership.


In addition to the many benefits of national membership, schools and districts that sign up during this promotion receive three free registrations to the Green Classroom Professional Program, eligibility to apply for Trailblazing Teacher Micro-grants, and eligibility for scholarships to the School Sustainability Leaders Summit.  


25% of Americans go to school each day to work and learn (we're guessing that you know a few of them). Share this great opportunity with your neighborhood school, your teacher friend, or your children's school!  


More information is available on the Center for Green Schools Website   

Call for Green Shadow Mentors & Shadows

Green Shadow is a mentorship program developed by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education committee to expose students to green jobs within the Missouri Gateway territory through a one day shadow of local business people.


We are looking for Mentors and Shadows to participate in the Green Shadow program.


Mentors must have an active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership and fill out an online application detailing their interest in becoming a Mentor and providing a list of activities in their typical workday. Click here to view the Green Shadow MENTOR application.


Shadows must be enrolled in a local college or university and fill out an online application outlining any previous experience with green building, their interests in sustainability and the one day shadow program, as well as a reference such as an advisor or professor. Click here to view the Green Shadow STUDENT application.


Applications Due March 6 for Spring Semester. 

Saint Louis County Waste Diversion Grants

Saint Louis County's Solid Waste Management Program is making $300,000 in Waste Diversion Grants available in 2014, with the objective to implement, expand, increase, and enhance waste reduction efforts in Saint Louis County.

Grant awards will be between $1,000 and $50,000 and any municipality, public institution, not-for-profit organization, or private business is eligible. Applications are due February 28th, with an optional grant workshop on February 3rd. More information is available on the County's Recycling and Solid Waste Website.  
Photo Contest Winners
We received over 40 photos of green buildings or sustainable practices, and announced the three winners at the  State of the Chapter and Social on Tuesday, January 14th. Congratulations to our winners- Julie Villa, Christee Zimmermann, and Jan Niehaus! Visit our website or Facebook page to learn more about the winning photos.
America Training Solutions
Continuing Education Seminar
America Training Solutions is offering members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter discounts on its upcoming Keys & Solutions to Design Green, Sustainable, and Energy Efficient Buildings Continuing Education Seminar. Sessions focus on products that can be used in green, sustainable, and LEED Certified building projects for commercial and residential purposes. 

WHEN: Thursday, March 6, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
: Crowne Plaza Saint Louis - Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave
: 6 GBCI
CE Hours and AIA LU/HSW
Includes breakfast & lunch
Before Feb. 14: USGBC-MGC Member: $20, Non-member: $35
After Feb. 14: USGBC-MGC Member: $30, Non-member $45
REGISTRATION: Online registration is available through the America Training Solutions website.  
EBies Celebrate Existing Building Heroes

The Ebie Awards (Ee-bees; short for Existing Buildings) are a national juried competition created by the Urban Green Council (USGBC New York) to recognize the unsung heroes of existing buildings whose accomplishments may otherwise go unheralded- not just building owners, but operators, facilities managers, engineers, retro-commissioning agents, lighting designers, and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work. Complete details can be found at www.EBies.org.


The EBie submission period is January 8 through March 20, 2014. Winners will be announced LIVE at the EBie Awards on June 9, 2014 in New York City.


We hope there will be many submissions from our region!
Greener Stormwater Solutions
Shaw Professional Landscape Series
The workshop will cover green infrastructure in Community Site Planning & Design, underground stormwater storage, new green infrastructure case studies in St. Louis, what is and isn't working with bioretention pretreatment, an update on the best plants for green infrastructure, and more!


WHEN: March 4-5, 2014 

WHERE: Alberici Corporate Headquarters, 8800 Page Ave, 63114 

CONTINUING EDUCATION: 10 Engineering & Landscape Architecture CEUs in two days 

FEE: $100 two days, $70 for one day

REGISTRATION: Online registration available now at www.shawnature.org/shawseries  

Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo
Save the date for the 27th Natural Living Expo on Sunday, March 30th, 10 am - 4 pm, organized by The Healthy Planet Magazine, Chapter Sponsor!

The Spring Expo will include more than 65 exhibit booths offering a variety of eco-friendly, healthy and natural products, services, and information. Numerous food and product samples will be available to enjoy.

Interested in sharing the Chapter's mission and vision with the attendees of the Healthy Planet Expo? We're currently seeking volunteers to staff the Chapter booth. Contact Johanna Schweiss at 314-577-0884 or johanna.schweiss@mobot.org if interested.

Thanks to our Supporters! 


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.