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  January 2014 E-Newsletter
Annual State of the Chapter & Social, January 13
Exploring Community Solar, January 27
Thank you to our Donors!
Green Building Experts Program Launches
Rainscaping Small Grants Program
Linking Research & Practice: OneSTL Conference
Green Building Experts Program Launches
Our Resolution: Energy Benchmarking
Welcome to New Chapter Members
Thanks to our Sponsors!


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.


Annual State of the Chapter & Social
Tuesday, January 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm    

Kick off the new year with our annual State of the Chapter & Social! This FREE event, open to members and non-members, is one of the highlights of our year.  

Meet Chapter members and leaders while enjoying complimentary wine and beer. Learn about the wide-range of Chapter initiatives that volunteers have been engaged in throughout 2014 as well as plans for the upcoming year! 


Exploring Community Solar

Tuesday, January 27, 3:00 - 5:00 pm 

Join us for an exploration of Community and Shared Solar! Attendees will gain a working definition of community/shared solar and examine the benefits of and barriers to going solar on a community scale.


Instructor Shannon Fulton will introduce participants to three basic community/shared solar models through an exploration of case studies in Illinois and markets similar to Missouri and Illinois. Policies and limitations shaping these models, and how they relate to the policy environment in Missouri and Illinois will be discussed as well as community drivers that contribute to creating a community/shared solar project.        
Thank you to our Donors!
Throughout December, we reflected on our community programs and the support that makes them possible. You can see those reflections on our Facebook Page. The support of our donors, sponsors, and members makes our work to transform the built environment possible- many thanks to those who made a contribution in 2014!

Green Building Experts Program Launches
The Green Building Experts program recognizes USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members who have achieved third-party recognition for their green building expertise within the past year.

A Chapter member is considered a Green Building Expert when she or he is published, quoted, acts as a speaker, panelist, moderator, instructor or facilitator of a presentation or course, judges a competition, wins an award, is elected or appointed to a leadership role in an organization, or earns a LEED credential. Submit your recent recognition to be highlighted as a Green Building Expert!

Apply to be featured as a Green Building Expert
Rainscaping Small Grants Program
Project Clear's Small Grants program is intended to reduce the volume of stormwater going into the combined sewer system by reimbursing landowners for the installation of rainscaping- landscaping that helps capture rain where it falls, instead of allowing water to run off-site. Projects are 100% reimbursable up to $3,000 per grant for design/installation costs, must be within the focus area , and may be homes, schools, churches, government entities and businesses.    
Visit the Project Clear Website to learn more
Linking Research & Practice: OneSTL Conference
Friday, January 23, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Join the St. Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange, OneSTL, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and the Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability for a conference focused on two key areas of sustainability- equitable economic development and water infrastructure.

The conference will provide an update on OneSTL, the regional plan for sustainable development, completed in 2013, and identify next steps for those two key topics. Marjorie Melton, 2014 USGBC-MGC Board Chair, will speak in a panel on developing collaborative partnerships for sustainable communities.

Register for the Conference
Call for Presentations: St. Louis Earth Day Symposium
The St. Louis Earth Day Symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields. In 2015, the Symposium theme is "Livable Communities". 

St. Louis Earth Day is inviting you to share your expertise, case studies, and successes in one or more of the focus areas: transportation, food, biodiversity, and community. Proposals can be submitted through their website and are due on February 27th.

Our Resolution: Energy Benchmarking!
Businesses, schools, municipalities, institutions, and houses of worship in the St. Louis region have stepped up to show their commitment to the environment and to their bottom line.

How? By taking the 2520 pledge to benchmark building energy use! Benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy a building consumes over time, and comparing that performance to the past and to other comparable buildings.

As we all mull over our resolutions for 2015, consider adding energy benchmarking to your list! Benchmarking building energy use at your office, school, local government or house of worship has the potential to reduce energy consumption, reduce costs, and reduce environmental impacts!

Welcome to these new Chapter Members!

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

John Davis, LEDR LLC
Curt Kinney, Spec-Rite Designs
Chawn Stich, Terracon Consultants, Inc.

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

Brian Ayers

Todd Burton, First Clearing

Keith Campbell

Jittisiri Charoenrit, UMSL

Kayla Conoyer, LEDR LLC

Julie Cooper, Development Strategies

Iana Daniels, US ARMY

Will Defani, UMSL

Sherri DeRousse, Bear Creek Prairie

Michelle Dyer, Paric Corporation

Debra Eilering, SIU Carbondale

Kim Eilerts, Thompson Coburn

Tom Epps, Graybar

Mike Everhardt, Holophane

Richard Goellner, Halcyon Shades

Michael Gregg, Core States Group

Bianca Hartfelder, Halcyon Shades

David Hecht, Waste Management

Lindsey Heffner, LaFore Webster University

Joseph Huber, Rimiller Architects

Patrick Johanning, CBRE

Josh Medling, Bleeding Edge

Varuth Meeboon, UMSL

Valerie Michalek, Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc.

Jim Moore, The Laclede Group

Lindsay Moore, Rataj Krueger Architects, Inc.

Joe Noelker, Zoltek

Michael Rodney, Michael Roth & Associates

Shelley Simon, FGM Architects

Laura Stock, Bond Architects, Inc.

Mary Vandevord, HeartLands Conservancy

Cornelius Weaver, Saint Louis Science Center

Christopher Wilson, LEDR LLC

Joshua Zweifel, LEDR LLC  


A comprehensive list of all USGBC-MGC members is available online via our searchable Member Directory 


Not a member yet?  

Learn more about Chapter Membership! 

Thanks to our New & Renewing Sponsors!

Alberici - RENEWING Restorative

Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 - RENEWING Platinum


Vertegy - RENEWING Platinum


BSI Constructors - RENEWING Silver


Express Scripts - RENEWING Silver


Johnson Controls - RENEWING Silver


FGM Architects - NEW Silver


The financial support of our sponsors is integral to ensuring that everyone can live, work and learn in smart and healthy buildings.


Thanks to our GOLD SPONSORS


Acorn Landscape Architecture

Ameren Missouri
Pure Power

BSI Constructors

Christner, Inc.

Color Art Integrated Interiors

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Electrical Connection

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts 
FGM Architects

 French Gerleman

Guarantee Electrical Company

Hastings & Chivetta



Johnson Controls


KONE, Inc.

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Microgrid Solar

M3 Engineering Group

National Design Build Services

Oates Associates

Parsons Brinkerhoff

Ross & Baruzzini


Solutions AEC

Sunwheel Energy, a McCormack Baron Salazar company


Thompson Coburn, LLC


U.S. Bank
Thanks to our GREEN SPONSORS


BRiC Partnership

Custom Engineering

FGM Architects
Green Street St. Louis

HDR, Inc

KAI Design & Build 

Koch Air, LLC 
The Korte Company

PayneCrest Electric

Wm. B. Ittner, Inc