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   December 2015 E-Newsletter

Celebrating 15 years of effort, because #GreenBuildingsAreBetter!
State of the Chapter & Social
Green Building Experts Program recognizes Lawrence Lile
Benchmarking Cast Study: 600 Washington
Connect with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on Instagram
Building on the Best: One Day Conference Offering 7 CEUs
Living Building Challenge Materials Petal Workshop
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.

Growing Green Award Nominations Open! 

Help us celebrate 15 years of Green & Healthy
Nominate an individual or organization before January 22nd, 2016



Celebrating 15 years of effort, because #GreenBuildingsAreBetter!
Green buildings are better for people, the environment, and the bottom line. They steward natural resources and lower our environmental impacts. And they are healthier places for building occupants, which is especially important because Americans spend 90% of our time indoors.

15 years ago, 15 committed volunteers came together to form one of the first six USGBC Chapters in the country - because they believed that green buildings are better. At that time, you could count the number of LEED buildings on your fingers. Your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has been educating and advocating on behalf of green building ever since then. Now we can celebrate:
  • 375 commercial LEED certified building
  • 115 residential LEED certified buildings
  • More than 1,300 individuals with a LEED professional credential
  • Over 500 chapter members
But our work is far from over. Our goal is that every building is a green building within this generation, and this is only possible with widespread community support. Join us in our work to support buildings of all types to green their design, construction & operations!

Explore www.greenbuildingsarebetter.org to learn how you can show your support: make a donation, attend an event, volunteer, become a member or sponsor, host our Green Buildings Are Better display, and more! If you believe that Green Buildings Are Better, there is a way to get involved!   

State of the Chapter & Social
January 12, 5:30 pm
It's that time of year . . . but not just any year . . . our 15th year!

Join us at the 2016 State of the Chapter & Social on January 12th as we kick off programming for this milestone year! This FREE event, open to members and non-members, is one of the highlights of our year.

Meet Chapter members and leaders while enjoying complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers. Connect with representatives from the Board of Directors and committees. Take a look back as we revisit past accomplishments and a step forward by learning about ways you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming the new year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!

RSVP to attend this free event!
Green Building Experts Program Recognizes Lawrence Lile
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 Lawrence Lile

Lawrence presented his seminar "Resilience Is the New Sustainability" at the Sustainable Living Fair in Columbia, MO, and at the USGBC Central Plains Chapter Continuing Education Blitz in Kansas City.

Explore Lawrence's recognition and all of the Green Building Experts on our website.  
Benchmarking Case Study: 600 Washington
The 25x20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign challenges buildings in the St. Louis Region to benchmark their energy use. Energy benchmarking is the key to unlocking potential energy and cost savings. Since the campaign was launched, businesses, local governments, houses of worship, schools, and institutions have pledged to benchmark their energy use!

25x20 participants include 600 Washington, now featured in the first 25x20 benchmarking case study! This 25-story office building benchmarks to identify anomalies in energy and water use, as a marketing tool to attract tenants, and to evaluate opportunities for facility improvements. Check out their 25x20 case study to learn more about their experience benchmarking, and visit the 25x20 website to view the full list of participants!

Learn more
Connect with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on Instagram!
Now you can connect with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on Instagram! Follow @USGBCMoGateway to see photos of Chapter events and activities. And don't forget you can also connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Follow @USGBCMoGateway on Instagram
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. New: USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter members can now register at the discounted rate of $125!

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
Living Building Challenge Materials Petal Workshop

Tuesday, December 10, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
The Living Building Challenge Materials Petal is intended to induce a successful materials economy that is non-toxic, transparent, and socially equitable. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how to meet the material-related Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, and an understanding of the Declare Program. 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members receive $50 off of the registration fee for this workshop! 
Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!

Farnsworth Group

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