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   August 2015 E-Newsletter

Code Dread: Keeping up with ASHRAE & LEED
Introducing the Continuing Education Blitz!
Make a Bigger Difference - Environmental Action for Your Life, Your Community, and Your House of Worship
Become a Green Schools Quest Mentor & Make a Difference!
Check out our 2014 Annual Report!
2016 Board Nominations Open
Deadline approaching for Photo Contest
Call for Proposals: 2016 Educational Offerings
Green Building Experts Program Recognizes Members
LEED v4 Seminar Series Underway
Take the 25x20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Pledge!
Welcome New USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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.


Code Dread: Keeping up with ASHRAE & LEED
Presented in partnership with ASHRAE
Monday, August 10, 5:30 - 7:30
ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and LEED v4 have both expanded from their earlier versions and will have major impacts on buildings going forward. Understanding and preparing for these impacts will place design firms in the best position to meet their client's needs.

In this program, the effect of these changes will be illustrated by conceptually applying the new standards to an existing project-  a LEED Silver building addition that was completed for KJWW Engineering Consultants in 2008.

CxE Group LLC, icon Mechanical, Ross & Baruzzini 


Introducing the Continuing Education Blitz!
Building Materials, LEED, and Health - Oh My!
Braving the new world of building material selection.

Tuesday, September 29, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


On September 29, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will host its inaugural full-day Continuing Education Blitz: Building Materials, LEED, and Health - Oh My! Braving the new world of building material selection.


Spend the day with national sustainability experts representing different product sectors, such as hardware, carpet, textiles, specialty metal fabricators, metal insulated panels, and structural masonry concrete block. Multiple presentation and discussion formats on an important and timely green building topic will contribute 7.0 continuing education units for LEED or AIA professional credentials.  This is an event you won't want to miss!

Learn more & register to attend the CE Blitz
Make a Bigger Difference
Environmental Action for Your Life, Your Community, and Your House of Worship
Tuesday, August 25, 6:45 - 9:00 pm 

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, and the Jewish Environmental Initiative (a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council) for a discussion on making a difference by greening your life, your community, and your house of worship.  


The evening features keynote speaker Don Corrigan, Professor of Environmental Journalism and Global Communication at Webster University and author of Environmental Missouri. The Keynote address will be followed by two breakout sessions: Greening Your House of Worship: You've Started Recycling, Now What? and Greening Your Life & Community: Being Green Outside Your Home.


Help a local school go green ...
Become a Green Schools Quest Mentor!
Mentor Registration Deadline is August 15
Green Schools Quest We are gearing up for the 2015-16 Green Schools Quest and we want YOU to get involved!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools within the Chapter's territory to devise and implement the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.

A USGBC-MGC Green Mentor
is assigned to each school Green Team to help with project ideas, implementation, documentation, and resources. School Green Teams and their mentors will work together throughout the 2015-2016 school year to engage in sustainability projects fitting the schools' unique needs and resources.

Complete the mentor registration form by August 15 and help a local school go green!  

Check out our 2014 Annual Report!
We believe that everyone deserves to live, work, and learn in a green and healthy building. Our volunteers and staff work to advance the quality of life in our region - educating about green building, advocating for healthier environments, and establishing partnerships to improve our built environment. Every year, we make progress towards the goal of transforming the built environment. And 2014 was no exception. We are excited to share our 2014 Annual Report with you!

2016 Board Nominations Open

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for three Board Members. Nominations are due by midnight on Monday, August 17, 2015.


This year we are changing our process. In place of elections, an open comment period will allow members to provide feedback on nominees. The Governance Committee will use feedback along with eligibility requirements and a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board.


Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer.

Deadline approaches for Photo Contest!
From Recycling to Upcycling
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Marketing Committee invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Photo Contest! For the first time, photographers are invited to share images around a theme - from recycling to upcycling. Submissions are due on August 15.

Call for Proposals: 2016 Educational Programs
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is currently accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2016.


Think outside of the box and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current and trending green building principles and practices!



  • Call for Proposals Issued August 5, 2015.
  • Proposals due by Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Selected Speakers notified by November 6, 2015.

Submit Your Proposal Now! 

Green Building Experts Program Recognizes Members
The Green Building Experts program was established to celebrate USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members who have achieved third-party recognition for their green building and sustainability expertise, promotion and advocacy. The program recently recognized two members: Dr. Katie Belisle- Iffrig and Mary Ostafi. 

Dr. Katie Belilse-Iffrig's newly released book Going Green for the GENIUS is an informative and engaging primer on environmental and sustainability issues The book's release will be celebrated at a launch party on Friday, August 14th. 

Mary Ostafi is the Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL. Mary and Urban Harvest's FOOD ROOF Farm were recently featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  

Learn more about the Green Building Experts Program

LEED v4 Seminar Series 

The LEED v4 update included changes to most credits in the system, and has engaged stakeholders from all parts of the green building industry. It will have the biggest impact on CO2 emissions of any rating system developed by USGBC and it takes an unprecedented stand on human health. LEED v4 changes the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute, and operate their buildings.


USGBC-MGC is pleased to be offering a presentation series  exploring each credit category within the LEED v4 rating system. The series will take place from noon to 1:30 pm on Wednesdays July 29 - Aug 26, and be presented by members of the USGBC-MGC Speakers Bureau. Each seminar offers 1.5 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and 1.5 AIA/CES LU (HSW/SD)


Remaining seminars include:  

August 12, 2015 - Indoor Environmental Quality
Speaker: Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco

August 19, 2015 - Materials & Resources
Speaker: JoAnn Brookes, Kromm Rikimaru & Johansen Inc

August 26, 2015 - Energy & Atmosphere
Speaker: Nick Bristow, Forum Studio


Attend one or all of the upcoming LEEDv4 seminars
Take the 25x20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Pledge
The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative is excited to challenge buildings in our region to benchmark building energy use, aiming for a 25% reduction in regional building energy consumption by the year 2020.
According to ENERGY STAR data, buildings that benchmarked for three years saw an average energy savings of 7%. All buildings - schools, governments, congregations, businesses, and retail stores - benefit from energy benchmarking. 
You can't manage what you don't measure! 

Learn More & Take the 25x20 Pledge!

Welcome New USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members!

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

Tyler Loucky, St. Louis Composting


And a big welcome to all of our members who joined between January and August 2015!  


Dino Bagatelas, Consultant

Ted Bergen, EDM Incorporated

Jack Bermingham

Charles Biddy, Biddy Contracting LLC

Daphyne Bradley, Ameren Missouri

Jesse Bray, Saint Louis University

Shawna Brinson

Shawn Bruce, Rockwood School District

Marietta Burton, Jacobs

Leland Cagle, The Lipton Group

Bruce A. Capelle, AIA, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.

Stan Clark, Advanced Green Consulting LLC

Connor Delaney

Tim Dexheimer, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Thomas Diggs, Bond Architects, Inc

Mary Ann Dill, Washington University

James Dixon, Brightergy

Derek Dykstra, CRB Engineers

Alexandra Eakin, Southeast Missouri State University

Vickie Faulkner

Lana Feix, Sunwheel Energy + Sustainability

Michael Flowers, Jr, CBRE, Inc

Luis Garcia, USGBC-MGC Regional Internship Program

Patty Gaus, Gaus & Associates Architectural Interiors

Shaun Goodfellow

Amy Hargis, Saint Louis University

Michael Hartupee, EFS Energy

Heather Hays, STLCC Student

Shane Healey, Ross & Baruzzini

Fred Hof, Hof Construction, Inc

Janice Hooper, Graybar Electric

Lauren Ivester, Cassidy Turley d/b/a DTZ

Reggie Jackson

Elizabeth Kindelan, Clayco

Craig Kline, Paric

Brian Kowert, Jr., HBD Construction, Inc.

Brian Kraus

Margaret Lalor, Keller Williams

Santana Lukecart, UCM

Preston Martin, Christner Inc.

Martha Martinko, Oates Associate

Tylyn Mayberry, Southeast Missouri State University

Becky McMahon, DJM Ecological Services, Inc.

Jill Miller, White Caps, Green Collars.com

Sterling Miller, Performance Services

Melissa Moulton, Words by Design

Lesli Moylan 

Brad Murdick, CRB Builders

Sean Murphy, For Your Convenience

Mary Patterson, St. Louis County Health

Sonya Pelli, City of St. Louis

Tara Pham, CTY

Chris Robards, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.

Jonathan Roper, City of Olivette

Laura Schatzman, Planning Design Studio

Craig Schluter, paric

Suzie Schmitt, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Shanna Seyer, Webster University


Radhika Shah, Philadelphia University

Samantha Smugala, StoneTree Fabrications

Terry Stark, Trane Co.

Kate Stockton Butler, Rosenbury & Partners

Anthony Stogsdill, ABS Design LLC

Peter Tao, TAO + LEE Associates, Inc.

Paul Toenjes, SWT Design

Christine VanLeeuwen, LC, Graybar

Brandon Verhoff, Saint Louis University

Paul Whitson, HOK

Liz Wiggins, The Harlan Company

Rich Wright, Ameren Missouri

Thomas Yarbrough, Missouri S&T


Anthony Zehnle, KJWW


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 Annual Sponsors!
Christner - RENEWING Silver

Custom Engineering - RENEWING Silver

Thompson Coburn - RENEWING Silver

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.

Custom Engineering 

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 
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