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  May 2015 E-Newsletter

Two Great Events, One Recognized Leader - Welcoming Joyce Lee to St. Louis
May 12 Evening Program: Healthy Cities + Policy Implications
May 13 In-Depth Seminar: Green Design + Human Health + Social Equity
Give STL Day is Tomorrow
Emerging Professionals Event: EarthDance Farm Tour & Happy Hour
Green Schools Quest Registration is Open!
Green Building Experts Program Recognizes Members
Green Homes Festival comes to Butterfly House & Faust Park on June 20
Gateway to the Future of Commissioning: National Conference on Building Commissioning
Paddle for a Cause 2015
Living Building Challenge Materials Workshop Series
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.
June 3, 2015
Learn about current & future sustainability practices changing the face of our cities and neighborhoods!


Two great events, one recognized leader...
Welcoming Joyce Lee - May 12 & 13
Joyce Lee of IndigoJLD will visit St. Louis this May as featured presenter for our May 12 evening program and May 13 In-Depth Seminar.

Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is president of IndigoJLD, providing green health, design and planning services on leading edge projects. She has been an Architect Fellow at the National Leadership Academy for Public Health and was one of the first LEED accredited professionals in New York City.  


The Active Design Guidelines, a publication she co-authored, had won recognition from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as the Sustainable Building Industry Council. Joyce is the recipient of numerous awards including the Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Public Architect award from the American Institute of Architects New York, and the Aga Khan Award from Harvard/MIT.

Read on to learn more about the two great events featuring Joyce Lee!  
May 12 Evening Program
Healthy Cities + Policy Implications 
Presented in partnership with the American Planning Association & the National Organization of Minority Architects 
Tuesday, May 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow, will examine how cities, building owners and designers can promote physical activity, health, and equity via the built environment.


Lee is the co-author of the Active Design Guidelines, which provides architects and urban design professionals with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces.  She will discuss lessons learned in the Guidelines, LEED strategies, AIA's Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design, and ULI's Building for Wellness: The Business Case, and demonstrate how the successful strategies might be applied to Midwestern cities.



Great Rivers Greenway  



May 13 In-Depth Seminar 
Green Design+Human Health+Social Equity 
Wednesday, May 13, 8:00 - 10:00 am

This lecture delves into two LEED pilot credits that are built upon access to physical activity and nutrition.  Exercise is medicine, as agreed by medical and health professionals globally. The built environment is a key part of promoting exercise.


A new pilot credit called "Design for Active Occupants" will demonstrate ways to expend human energy rather than fossil fuel through active design.  Urban Agriculture reduces food miles traveled, increases resiliency and improves nutrition. The "Local Food Production" pilot credit was also launched in 2013.


Included in the presentation are three new social equity credits launched since Greenbuild 2014 to augment how green buildings positively impact communities.


GiveStL Day is Tomorrow!
Once again, the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation is joining hundreds of community foundations across the country for the biggest giving day in history.

Tomorrow, May 5, from midnight to midnight, 790 non-profits will be accepting donations through the Give STL website. Prices and incentives will be awarded throughout the day, so mark your calendars and plan to support the U.S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter's work to give everyone access to green buildings and green communities- because where we live, work, and learn matters!

Visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's profile on the Give STL Day Website tomorrow to make a difference!

Emerging Professionals Event
EarthDance Farm Tour & Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 pm
Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Emerging Professionals for a tour of EarthDance Farm, the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi!

Enjoy complimentary beer while learning how EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community through hands-on education and delicious experiences. Opportunities to carpool to the farm are available.

Seeking Mentors for 2015-16 Green Schools Quest- Registration now open!
Green Schools Quest

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is challenging public and private schools within the Chapter's 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 2015 and conclude in March 2016.

A USGBC-MGC 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 2016.

Interested in participating in the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest? Register to serve as a green mentor!


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.

The program most recently recognized Chapter member Christine VanLeeuwen, LC. She was quoted in "How to Brighten Your Bottom Line" in the April 2015 issue of Paint & Decorating Retailer magazine. Energy demands, specifically lighting, are intense in retail environments. The article discusses how lighting upgrades reduce energy consumption, lower operating expense, and draw more customers into stores, all leading to higher profits.

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.

Visit the Green Building Experts page of the USGBC-MGC website to submit your recent recognition or nominate a fellow Chapter member!  

Green Homes Festival

June 20, 9 am - 4 pm
NEW Location: Butterfly House & Faust Park

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 green product and service exhibitors, learning more about home improvement and healthy homes.


The Festival features and highlights local foods and spirits, live music and sustainable and handmade shopping at a Green Marketplace. Children and families can enjoy hands-on activities. 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.


Gateway to the Future of Commissioning
National Conference on Building Commissioning
May 18 - 20, 2015
The National Conference on Building Commissioning is coming to St. Louis!
The theme of the 2015 conference is "Gateway to the Future of Commissioning."

NCBC is designed to advance state-of-the-art building commissioning and the professionals who practice it. NCBC provides the forum for sharing the most cost-effective processes for optimizing building performance, reducing energy use, and improving indoor air quality, occupant comfort, and productivity.


Paddle for a Cause 2015
Sunday, May 31, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Join the Open Space Council for a fun-filled summertime float trip on the beautiful Cortois, Huzzah, and Meramec Rivers! All money raised from the event will support Operation Clean Stream, an annual river cleanup and restoration event in the Meramec Watershed. Early bird registration is available until May 15.


Learn more & Register for Paddle for a Cause
Living Building Challenge Materials Workshop Series
Beginning May 19, 2015
The International Living Future Institute is hosting a series of online workshops exploring the Materials Petal of the Living Building Challenge.

May 19: Living Building Challenge in Affordable Housing: Findings from the Field
May 28: Declare - Materials Transparency
June 16: Introduction to JUST
June 25: Materials Petal How-To: Tips and Tricks from LBC Project Teams
December 10: Healthy Materials Selection and Living Specifications

Learn more and register for the sessions
Thanks to our New & Renewing Annual Sponsors!
Bell Electric - NEW Silver Sponsor

Jacobs - NEW Green Sponsor

PayneCrest Electric - RENEWING Green Sponsor
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


Ameren Missouri
Pure Power


Bell Electric

BSI Constructors

Christner, Inc.

Dynamic Controls, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc.

Electrical Connection

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts

Farnsworth Group
Hastings & Chivetta



Johnson Controls


KONE, Inc.

Lighting Associates, Inc.

Microgrid Solar

M3 Engineering Group

National Design Build S

Oates Associates

Ross & Baruzzini


Solutions AEC

Sunwheel Energy, a McCormack Baron Salazar company


Thompson Coburn, LLC


U.S. Bank
Thanks to our GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy  

BRiC Partnership 
Custom Engineering

FGM Architects

Green Street St. Louis 
HBD Construction

HDR, Inc


KAI Design & Build 

The Korte Company
Missouri American Water

Parsons Brinckerhoff

PayneCrest Electric

Wm. B. Ittner, Inc