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  June 2014 E-Newsletter

Explore Cortex Development
Green Homes Festival This Saturday!
Local Government Green Team Meet-up
Join Chapter Emerging Professionals for a Cardinals Game!
Applications Open for Green Schools Quest
Take the 25x20 Benchmarking Pledge
2014 Sustainability Institute for P12 Educators
Set the PACE St. Louis Seminar
Building Operator Certification
Welcome New Chapter Members
Thanks to our New & Renewing Sponsors!


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Pure Power

BSI Constructors

Christner, Inc.

Color Art Integrated Interiors

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Electrical Connection

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

French Gerleman

Guarantee Electrical Company

Hastings & Chivetta


Johnson Controls

KONE, Inc.

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Microgrid Solar

National Design Build Services, LLC

New Ground

Oates Associates

Parsons Brinkerhoff

Ross & Baruzzini


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Husch Blackwell, LLC

KAI Design & Build

Koch Air, LLC

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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Blog

Explore Cortex Development on June 10  


Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter invite you to join in a facilitated discussion of the Cortex Development at the Schlafly Tap Room on June 10!


A fee of $10/member; $30/non-member for this joint event allows attendees to enjoy two drinks, appetizers, and lively conversation.


The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre technology district integrated into St. Louis' historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods. It is a hub for bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, anchoring St. Louis' growing ecosystem of innovative startups and established companies.


Hunter Beckham, Principal at SWT Design
Karin Hagaman, Director of Project Development at Cortex
MODERATOR: Ann Schmelzle, Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle


WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm - Formal Presentation

Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust St. (at 21st)
St. Louis, MO 63103 map
Club Room, second floor

$10 for USGBC-MGC & CREW Members (Includes 2 drink tickets)

$30 for Non-members (Includes 2 drink tickets)

Free for full-time students (Students do NOT receive drink tickets. A cash bar will be available for those 21 and over.)

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES CEH

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.

Green Homes Festival- June 7 
Help your family live green! Join the Earthways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

Explore the links between sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation at home and a healthy environment. Talk with over 70 green product and service exhibitors, learning more about home improvement and healthy homes in the beautiful environment of the William T. Kemper Center, itself a beacon of green living.


The festival features and highlights local foods and spirits, live music and sustainable and handmade shopping at the Green Marketplace. Presentations and demonstrations throughout the day share the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our living Earth.


Children and families can enjoy solar car building and races, storytelling, puppet shows, making art from recycled materials and additional hands-on activities in a "Make It and Take It" do-it-yourself area.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 9:00 - 4 pm


WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard

FEE: Included with Garden admission
FREE for St. Louis City/County residents before noon!

FREE for Garden members.  


LEARN MORE: Visit the Green Homes Festival Website!   

Local Government Green Team Meet-Up
at the Green Homes Festival- June 7 
Are you a champion for sustainability in your community? The USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter, The Clean Air Partnership, and RideFinders are providing an opportunity for local government green teams to share best practices and learn from one another!

Join us for a Local Government Green Team Meet-Up on June 7, 2014 at the Green Homes Festival, hosted by the Earthways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Attendees will receive free admission to the Garden and the Festival!     


WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 9:00 - 10:30 


WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard

FEE: Free! Attendees also receive free admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Green Homes Festival.

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here   

Join Emerging Professionals for a Cardinals Game! 
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Join your fellow Chapter members on Thursday, June 19 at the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies game! Our emerging professionals will be volunteering with the Cardinal's "4 A Greener Game" program. Contact James Dice and Katie Dieckhaus to learn more & sign up!  
Applications open for
2014-15 Green Schools Quest!
Green Schools Quest We are again challenging public and private schools within our Chapter territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools- because where we learn matters!

Each school participating in the Green Schools Quest will be encouraged to form a Green Team. Teams may be a single classroom, a student club, a grade level, or an entire school. Each team will select a low or no cost project to begin in October 2014 and conclude in March 2015.

A USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Green Mentor will be assigned to assist to each Green Team. The mentor will help with ideas, documentation, and community resources. Each Green Team will document their project's impacts and submit outcomes for judging in March 2015.

Cash Awards ($750 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place) and trophies will be presented to three participants in each category: elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school.

Applications for schools and green mentors opened on May 1st! Visit our website to learn more and apply. 

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 winners! Photos of the winners and our Green Schools event are on our Facebook page. 
Take the 25 x 20 Benchmarking Pledge!

The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative is challenging the region to benchmark building energy use, aiming for a 25% reduction in building energy consumption by the year 2020

Benchmarking is measuring how much energy a building consumes and comparing this to other buildings.


Why Benchmark? According to ENERGY STAR data, buildings who benchmark for three years saw an average energy savings of 7%. All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, non-profits, congregations, schools, governments, etc. You can't manage what you don't measure!


How can you get involved?

  • Step 1. Take the 25x20 Pledge to Benchmark Your Building.
  • Step 2. Find out how your building stacks up against similar facilities by enrolling in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and benchmarking your building! Then report your data to the High Performance Building Initiative through ENERGY STAR, so we can track the region's success.
  • Step 3. Use benchmarking results to inform your plans to save energy & money - and to aim for the goal of reducing energy use by 25% by the year 2020!
Learn more & take the pledge today at www.25x20.org!

The Ripple Effect: Water Education
2014 Sustainability Institute for P12 Educators

WHEN: June 24-26, 2014

: Webster University, East Academic Building

: Online registration is available here.

Set the PACE St. Louis Seminar
Set the PACE St. Louis is an innovative program that uses Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to help homeowners and commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings.
Learn how the City's new Set the Pace St. Louis financing program can facilitate City building efficiencies and cost savings at a seminar on June 12.

WHAT: Set the Pace St. Louis Seminar

WHEN: June 12, 7:30 - 9:30 am

WHERE: St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce
One Metropolitan Square, 211 North Broadway, Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102 (map)

REGISTRATION: Online registration is available here.

More information is available on the event flyer.

Building Operator Certification 

Join Laclede Gas for a Building Operator Certification beginning July 1, 2014! Building Operator Certification is a nationally recognized, award-winning competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.


The Level I course series at Laclede Gas will consist of eight one-day classes incorporating classroom training, facility-based project assignments and in-class exams administered at the end of each day of training. Completion of Level I requires a time commitment of 74 hours. 


WHAT: Building Operator Certification Level I


WHEN: Series begins July 1st, full schedule available here.  


WHERE: Drury Inn, 2111 Sulphur Avenue St. Louis, MO 63139


TUITION: $1,150, Laclede Gas will provide a rebate of 50% of the tuition cost after successful completion if the participant represents a Laclede account.


REGISTER: Click here to register
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. 


Questions? Contact Tim May, Missouri Department of Economic Development (573) 526-4623, [email protected]  or
Jim Travis, Laclede Gas (314) 342-0687,
[email protected] 


Welcome New Chapter Members!  

Thanks to the following Contributor Members!
The Contributor level of membership allows individuals to provide additional support for our mission.

Tristan Scoble, Holt Electrical Supplies

And a big welcome to all of our members who have joined between December 2013 and May 2014!

David Ake, Bethesda Health Group Inc. - Meadow

Stephanie Andrasko, SWIC

Colleen Autry, Washington University

Jeff Avery, Grainger

Jake Barnett, Morgan Stanley

Marnie Bermingham, Independent Contractor

Mike Boyd, Bethesda Health Group

Michael Brasher

Thomas Bruns P.E., The Green House

Dave Bullington, Air Masters Corp.

Edward Choklek, FGM Architects

Leah Dettmers, Madison County Planning & Development

Kathleen Engel, Ameren Missouri Pure Power 

Todd Fisk, Alberici Constructors

Michael Fogarty Jr., Briner Electric

Laura Gaska, Jacobs

John Godar, W. W. Grainger INC

Greg Goninan, Homeowner

Micahel Grossheim, Saint Louis Community College

Ekin Gumustas, HOK

Kari Haller, Alberici

Christine Hanson, Sustainability Consultant

Leonard Harris, Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program

Ashley Hesjedal, Supporter

Chrystal Holmes, Madison County Transit

Nina Jean-Louis, Boeing

Stacey Johnston

David Killion, South Side Roofing Co.

Eric Kirberg, Kirberg Company

Steven Kveton, PureTi St. Louis

Richard Lackey

Francois Lavere, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Steve Liescheidt, Langendorf Supply Co

Robert Maltby, Greenstreet Development

Chris Marsh, Alberici Constructors Inc.

Tim Marstall, Paric

Jonathan Matheny, Lambert St. Louis International Airport

M. Joyce Mathis, MJM Design Company

John May

Paul McKnight, Earth First Solar

Ryan Meyer, Paric Corporation

Aaron Michels, Energy Resources Group

Jim Moler, WishArt Corporation

Angela Montgomery, Custom Engineering

Joan Newton, Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Ray Newton, Regions

Michael Oldani, Southeast Missouri State

Kris Parsons, Webster University

Maria Pressley, Ventas/Lillibridge Healthcare Services

Kevin Rapp, Zehnder America

Jonathan Roper, Saint Louis University

Jake Schanzmeyer, Trane Commercial Systems

Gordon Schweitzer, University of Delaware

Soe Shwe, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Robert Spiegel, Econowatt

Gene Steffens, Bilfinger Engineering and Industrial Services

Karen Tobin, BSA Lifestructures

Sara Van Dorn, Cassidy Turley

Julie Villa, Arcturis

Tabitha Waldron, Thermal Mechanics, Inc

Ryan Walsh, Ross & Baruzzini

Ross Welch, Core10 Architecture

David Wilson, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Brian Wright, FGM Architects

A comprehensive list of all USGBC-MGC members is available online via our searchable Member Directory.
Not a member yet?
Click here to learn more about Chapter Membership!

Thanks to our New & Renewing Supporters! 


McCarthy Building Companies- Renewing Gold


McCormack Baron Salazar- Sunwheel Energy Partners
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 2014 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.