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   October 2015 E-Newsletter

Water Energy Nexus
Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day at the Benchmarking Blitz!
Volunteer at the Benchmarking Blitz
Introducing the Schools & Mentors Participating in the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest
Vote for USGBC-MGC Volunteers for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award
Emerging Professionals Collecting Children's Books for Little Free Libraries
Green Business Products & Service EXPO
ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter October Event
Deadline to Receive 2015 ENERGY STAR rating
Ameren Missouri BizSavers Deadline
Greenbuild Volunteer Applications Open
New Forest ReLeaf Tree Sales program
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.



6th Annual Green Ball to benefit the EarthWays Center
Friday, November 6

Water Energy Nexus
Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
This program will examine the interrelationship between water and energy usage. Join us to follow a drop of water from water provider through end user and into waste treatment facility, discussing all the energy that is consumed along the way.

Presenters from Missouri American Water and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will examine the challenges and opportunities that the water-energy nexus presents in delivering approximately 160 million gallons of water per day to approximately one million St. Louis County residents.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Milford Plumbing Supply 
Benchmarking Blitz
Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day at Missouri's first LEED Certified Brewery!
Tuesday, October 27, 3:30 - 5:30 pm ENERGY STAR Day!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building's energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time- a process called energy benchmarking. All building types benefit from benchmarking; it's the first step towards saving energy and money!

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light for a Benchmarking Blitz
on October 27 to get hands-on assistance using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and celebrate ENERGY STAR day at Missouri's first LEED Certified Brewery - Urban Chestnut's Grove Brewery & Bierhall. Attendees are asked to bring a laptop and a few pieces of building information. Register by October 20 to receive assistance collecting historic energy data!

Come early to join the Sierra Club and allies in support of energy efficiency in St. Louis County and enjoy a tour of Urban Chestnut's LEED Certified Grove Brewery & Bierhall. The Sierra Club event starts at 1:30 pm, and the tour begins at 2:00 pm.  
Volunteer at the Benchmarking Blitz!
Tuesday, October 27, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Volunteers at the Benchmarking Blitz will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Experience with the free, online tool is required. Participants can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category.

2015-2016 Green Schools Quest Participants Announced
Green Schools Quest 45 school and mentor teams are participating in the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest! Participants include public, private and charter schools in Missouri and Illinois, ranging from early childhood through high school. Visit the Green Schools Quest page of our website to explore the list of schools, school team sponsors, and mentors!

Schools and mentors will be working until March 2016 to devise and implement the most creative, effective, and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools - because WHERE we learn matters! Winning teams will be announced at the annual Green Schools Event on April 12, 2016. Good luck to all participants!  
Vote for USGBC-MGC Volunteers!
Participants in Green Your House of Worship Workshop nominated for national Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award 

The USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter volunteers that participated in the Feburary Green Your House of Worship Workshop have been nominated for USGBC's Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, which recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative.  


All nominees have been posted to USGBC's Facebook page. The volunteer project receiving the most "likes" by October 20 will be crowned the 2015 IMPACT! Award winner, and will be recognized at the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Luncheon November 19. Only "likes" on the original Facebook page will be counted toward the final tally.
Emerging Professionals Collecting Children's Books for Little Free Libraries
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals spent Green Apple Day of Service constructing 3 Little Free Libraries out of reclaimed material.

The Libraries are headed to the hallways of Ford Elementary, a St. Louis Public school in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Emerging Professionals are collecting children's books to stock these libraries. Bring new or used children's books to EP events or the Chapter office before November 13 help fill the libraries!
Many thanks to Perennial and Refab for contributing reclaimed materials for the libraries, and to Perennial for hosting the Emerging Professionals at their shop!
Green Business Products and Service Expo
Wednesday, October 14, 5:00 - 7:30 
Network and build new relationships while making connections with green businesses and service providers at the Green Product and Services Expo! This year, the Green Business Challenge's annual expo is being held in conjunction with the St. Louis Regional Chamber's Connect At networking event series.

Learn more & register to attend
ASHRAE St. Louis October Event

Monday, October 12, 2015, 10:15 am - 1:10 pm
The ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter's October Event will include presentations on ASHRAE's Building Energy Labeling Program, "Building Energy Quotient" (bEQ), and Integrating Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

The Building Energy Labeling Program presentation will provide an overview of the bEQ program, compare it to other building certification programs, identify the benefits of certification, and summarize the current status of the bEQ program and plans for the future.  

The second presentation will discuss
the significance of indoor air quality in terms of its impact on health and productivity and associated costs; the inseparable linkage between indoor air quality and building energy demands, including examples of efficient technologies for maintaining good indoor air quality; and the need for an approach to building research, design, and operation that recognizes this connection. 

Deadline to receive 2015 ENERGY STAR rating
Properties interested in receiving the 2015 ENERGY STAR must submit applications by 11PM EST Monday, November 16, 2015. Applications received after November 16 will be put in a queue for 2016 ENERGY STAR certification. The year listed on the ENERGY STAR certification is based on the calendar year during which the application is approved, regardless of the period of performance of the application. 

For more information on applying and the value of ENERGY STAR, view this step-by-step guide "How to apply for the ENERGY STAR", join an upcoming webinar, or view a newly released Express Video.

2013-15 Ameren Missouri BizSavers Deadline
Ameren Missouri's ActOnEnergy BizSavers program offers cash incentives for virtually any cost-effective energy efficiency project. Get started saving today!

The deadline to complete projects for the 2013-2015 Ameren Missouri BizSavers energy efficiency program is November 30, 2015.   The project must be complete and all paperwork submitted by November 30 in order to receive incentives.

Greenbuild Volunteer Applications Open
Volunteer registration for the 2015 Greenbuild conference is now open! The conference will take place November 18 - 20 in Washington D.C. Volunteers must be full time students or young professionals between 18 and 25 years of age.

Volunteers receive free admission to the conference, which will provide exciting educational opportunities on the latest in the green building movement, and amazing networking opportunities for students and professionals. This includes access to the opening keynote, exhibit hall, education sessions, conference bag, credentials and the show program. Housing and travel to the conference are not provided.  
New Forest ReLeaf Tree Sales Program
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri operates as the only nonprofit community-assisted tree nursery in the region. "Homegrown" Forest ReLeaf trees, shrubs, and plants are now available for purchase by everyone, including homeowners and private businesses! These Native Missouri species are cultivated at Forest ReLeaf's CommuniTree Gardens Nursery in Creve Coeur Park. 100% of proceeds benefit Forest ReLeaf of Missouri's regional free tree distribution programs.  
Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
Missouri History Museum- RENEWING Gold

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

Mueller Prost

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 
Schaeffer Marketing Group

Parsons Brinckerhoff

PayneCrest Electric

Wm. B. Ittner, Inc