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  March 2015 E-Newsletter
Monthly Evening Program: How Green is My Neighborhood? Let Me Count the Ways
In-Depth Seminar: Sustainability Ratings for Existing Neighborhoods
Join us at the Growing Green Spotlight Celebration!
Heartland Regional Leadership Summit
Maryville University Tour & Green Fashion Show
Two Stories of Congregational Energy Audits
Webster University Sustainability Conference
Advancing Renewables in the Midwest Conference
Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo
Entries for 2015 EBies due March 30
Green Building Experts Program Recognizes Members
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual 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.


Monthly Evening Program
How Green is My Neighborhood?
Let me count the ways 
Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 - 7:30 pm    

Urban sustainability rating tools are fundamental instruments for helping achieve green community goals. They provide integrated accounting of the triple bottom lines of community development, raising awareness and improving the quality of outcomes. 

In recent years, a variety of rating tools have emerged with different capabilities and costs, and understanding their strengths and weaknesses can help practitioners select the most appropriate tool. Speaker Eliot Allen of Criterion Planners of Portland, Oregon will review a dozen rating systems available in North America for cities, planned and existing neighborhoods, transportation and infrastructure, and landscape and parks.


In-Depth Seminar 
Sustainability Ratings for Existing Neighborhoods & the St. Louis Great Streets Initiative 

Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 - 10:00 am

In this in-depth session, speakers Eliot Allen of Criterion Planners, Rachel Witt of the South Grand Community Improvement District, and Susan Morgan of SIUE's Department of Civil Engineering will take an in-depth look at tools for existing neighborhoods and discuss the St. Louis Great Streets Initiative and the initiative's impact on South Grand.


A review of the project's scope addressing the sustainable design categories of environment, community, art and economics will be presented. Data evaluating the impact of the rain gardens on water quantity and quality in the sewer will be discussed.         


Tickets on Sale for Growing Green Spotlight
Thursday, March 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for the 7th Annual Growing Green Celebration - but don't expect the usual!  


NEW in 2015, we will celebrate the past 6 years of Growing Green Winners with the Growing Green Spotlight Celebration!

2014 Winners will present on their accomplishments in the past year. Recently certified LEED & ENERGY STAR projects will also be recognized.   

The celebration will take place at the Third Degree Glass Factory, and tickets include networking, buffet dinner, dessert, beer & wine, and free on-site parking. Purchase tickets before March 18 to take advantage of early bird prices!  


 Join us at the Growing Green Spotlight!
Heartland Regional Leadership Summit

March 16 - 18 

A special opportunity for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members! Get the latest from USGBC, learn about our region's Chapters, and walk away with valuable leadership training. Attendees will tour a LEED v4 pilot project, LEED ND Neighborhood development, and have dinner with USGBC Regional Chapters at a local brewery. Hosted by the USGBC-Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, the summit is only $49 for Chapter members!  


Maryville University Green Fashion Show
Friday, March 27
Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals for a tour of Walker Hall, Maryville's new LEED Silver Health Professions Facility, and then stay to enjoy Maryville University's 2015 Green Fashion Show! Student teams will display their avant-garde costumes from recycled and repurposed materials.

The tour of Walker Hall will begin at 6:00 pm, and the Fashion Show will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Maryville University's Gander Hall. Admission to the Fashion Show is $2.00 at the door or two non-perishable food items. Contact EP co-chairs James Dice and Katie Rietz for further details about the tour.

Two Stories of Congregational Energy Audits
In 2014 Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter awarded complementary energy audits to ten congregations, funded by a USGBC Impact grant. Since that time, energy auditors have been hard at work!

Recently, Jeff McIntire-Strassburg, local blogger and member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Tower Grove, shared a three part series about their energy audit experience on the national EdenKeeper blog. And Annie Smith of Ross & Baruzzini shared the story of their Sustainability Team's experience provided a pro-bono audit for Grace & Peace Fellowship.

Visit our website to read more
Webster Sustainability Conference

Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 
The 4th Annual Webster University Sustainability Conference's theme is Strange Connections: Innovations for Sustainability, emphasizing the diverse parties and innovations that can come together in the name of sustainability.  


Keynote speaker Mark "Puck" Mykelby will present on his sustainable vision and strategy for the nation. Other conference highlights include presentations ranging from Sustainable Investments to BEE Diversity to Innovation in Lighting Technology, and the display of a Tesla Motors premium electric vehicle.   

Advancing Renewables Conference
Monday & Tuesday, April 6-7
The Advancing Renewables in the Midwest Conference is coming to Columbia, Missouri! This year's Renewable Energy theme is "Expanding Opportunities." Keynote speakers include Brian Bastelli, President & CEO of Home Performance Coalition, and Mike Noble, Executive Director of Fresh Energy.

Other highlights from the conference include: TJ Berry, Missouri State Representative, on the important fit that biomass has in today's Missouri energy economy; Priya Barua, World Resources Institute, on how and why America's largest corporations are embracing renewable energy; David Bunge, Cypress Creek Renewables, on the multi-megawatt scaled utility projects that have been built throughout MIssouri the past two years; and more!
Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo
Sunday, March 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Enjoy the beginning of spring as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis' Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 29th Natural Living Expo. This event will include more than 70 exhibit booths offering a variety of eco-friendly, healthy and natural products, services and information. Make sure to stop by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's booth!
Entries for 2015 EBies due March 30
The EBies recognize the unsung heroes of existing buildings, highlighting the building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals who have conceived and implemented work to improve their building's environmental performance. Focus areas include energy, water, operations, materials use, lighting, portfolio-wide improvements, and tenant engagement.

The submission deadline for the 2015 Ebies is March 30th. Finalists will be announced on May 6th and the awards ceremony will take place on June 22nd in New York City.

Submit your entry for the 2015 Ebies
Green Building Experts Recognizes Members
The Green Building Experts program celebrates 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!

Explore the Green Building Experts Program
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors!
Ameren Missouri - RENEWING Platinum

Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc- RENEWING Green Schools

Farnsworth Group - NEW Silver

Cannon Design - RENEWING Gold

ECO Recycling - RENEWING Silver

Hastings & Chivetta - RENEWING Silver


M3 Engineering - RENEWING Silver

Madison County Planning & Development - NEW Green Schools

Ross & Baruzzini - RENEWING Silver

Siemens - RENEWING Silver

Solutions AEC - RENEWING Silver

William A Kerr Foundation - RENEWING Platinum
The financial support of our sponsors is integral to ensuring that everyone can live, work and learn in smart and healthy buildings. Learn more about 2015 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  2015 Sponsor Package or by contacting Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854.



Thanks to our GOLD SPONSORS


Acorn Landscape Architecture

Ameren Missouri
Pure Power


BSI Constructors

Christner, Inc.

Color Art Integrated Interiors

Dynamic Controls, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Electrical Connection

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts 
Farnsworth Group

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

Green Street St. Louis 
HDR, Inc

KAI Design & Build 

Koch Air, LLC

The Korte Company
PayneCrest Electric

Wm. B. Ittner, Inc