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   November 2015 E-Newsletter


The Green Ball is this Friday, November 6, NOT November 7 as previously listed in our table of contents. Don't miss the greenest party in town! Get your tickets online here
Successful Energy Management Plans
Paul Todd Merrill named LEED Fellow
Emerging Professionals Happy Hour & Book Drive
Don't Miss the Green Ball Friday, November 6!
Building on the Best: One Day Conference Offering 7 CEUs
Congratulations to Photo Contest Winners
Healthy Soil, Happy Pollinators, & Huge Harvests
10th Annual Cranksgiving
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.


In-Depth Seminar
Successful Energy Management Plans
Presented in partnership with the Association of Energy Engineers - St. Louis Chapter
Wednesday, November 4, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Presenters will provide an overview of successful energy management plans that have been implemented at higher education campuses. Topics of discussion will include an explanation of the energy areas monitored, how areas were targeted, and possible future efforts. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.

Pilar Karlen, Energy Manager, Missouri State University
Jim StueberSenior Director of Facilities Operations at Washington University School of Medicine
Brandon Verhoff, Director of Sustainability & Benchmarking at Saint Louis University

Congratulations Paul Todd Merrill, LEED Fellow
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) recently honored long time Chapter volunteer Paul Todd Merrill, Director of Electrical Preconstruction and Sustainable Construction at Clayco, as a LEED Fellow. The LEED Fellow designation recognizes the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI.

Paul served as the Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors in 2011, as Chair of the Membership Committee from 2013-2014, and currently serves on the Development Committee.   

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour & Book Drive
November 10, 5:30 pm
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals are hosting a joint happy hour with the Young Friends of Brightside St. Louis and the Young Leaders of the Urban Land Institute on November 10 at Urban Chestnut's Grove Brewery & Bierhall.

The Emerging Professionals are collecting children's books to stock the three Little Free Libraries they constructed for Ford Elementary, a St. Louis Public School in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. You can help fill the libraries by bringing new or used children's books to the Happy Hour or the Chapter Office before November 13!
Learn more & RSVP to attend
Don't miss the Green Ball this Friday! 
Friday, November 6, 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Join the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden at the Moonrise Hotel for the 6th annual Green Ball!

Tickets include locally-sourced and organic appetizer buffet, open bar with craft beer, regional wine, and artisanal cocktails, and tasting tables of savories and sweets. "Creative green" attire is encouraged whether it's recycled, handmade, eco-friendly, vintage, or simply hued green. Costume contest prizes are swell and sustainable!

Get your tickets to the greenest party in town!
Building on the Best

Tuesday, December 8, 8 am - 5 pm 
USGBC Illinois and AIA Chicago present a one day conference:  Building on the Best.  On December 8, these two organizations will offer a full day of last-minute learning with sessions from some of the best speakers around. Earn 7.0 AIA/CES Learning Units (and HSW hours) and GBCI credential maintenance hours.

Building on the Best will feature a keynote by Joyce Coffee, Managing Directory of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index for Global Resilience. Joyce will describe the origins and workings of the ND-GAIN Index and how it promotes adaptation by identifying the places most vulnerable to extreme weather and changing climate. The index can also help in identifying real-world solutions that can prevent these changes from becoming disasters.   

Review the Full Conference Agenda & Register to Attend
Photo Contest Winners Announced
Winners of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's 4th Annual Photo Contest were announced at the October program, the Water Energy Nexus. Congratulations to (from left to right above) first place winner Timothy Farmer, second place winner Paul Todd Merrill, and third place and people's choice award winner John Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP. Prizes included a free year of Chapter membership, free attendance at an in-depth seminar, Chapter gear, and gift cards donated by local businesses.  
Healthy Soil, Happy Pollinators & Huge Harvests
Saturday, November 21, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Join Grow Native for Healthy Soil, Happy Pollinators & Huge Harvests, a native plan and soil workshop for vegetable gardeners and urban nature enthusiasts. Attendees will learn about how vegetable gardeners can use native plants to make the most out of their garden space. Sessions cover how to maximize soil's potential using organic matter, how to identify healthy soil, methods for sustainable urban gardening, and how to vary plantings to attract pollinators.  

Learn more and Register
10th Annual Cranksgiving
Sunday, November 8th
BWork's annual family friendly bicycle ride & food drive turns ten this year! In 2014, 825 cyclists brought in over 11,000 food items for Food Outreach, a St. Louis area organization providing nutrition support for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or undergoing cancer treatment. Riders will choose from 5, 10, and 25 mile routes and will cycle from grocery store to grocery store to purchase food items for donation. Cranksgiving will begin and end at the City Museum.  
Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
NewGround - 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

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