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   January 2016 E-Newsletter

State of the Chapter & Social
2016 Growing Green Award Nominations Due January 22
Resilient Design LEED Pilot Credits
Energy Benchmarking in Midwestern Metropolises
The Green Rehab Project: Testing Sustainable Redevelopment Strategies
Because Green Buildings Are Better!
Welcome to Recent 25x20 Participants
USGBC-MGC Seeks Pro-Bono Energy Auditors
USGBC Announces Student Discount for LEED Green Associate Exam
January 15 Deadline for Earth Day Action Grants
Midwest Sustainability Conference & ADVANCE Ambassador Institute
CAASTLC Home, Health & Energy Resource Fair
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


Tuesday, January 12, 5:30 - 7:30 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!

Thanks to our Program Sponsors 
Shade Shades and More

RSVP to attend this free event!
Growing Green Awards Logo w slogan Help us celebrate the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's 15 year anniversary by nominating an individual or organization for a 2016 Growing Green Award! 

The Growing Green Awards celebrates and recognizes those people and organizations who are actively transforming our built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices. 

All nominations are due on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 5 pm CST. Winners will be announced at the Growing Green Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 31. Save the date - ticket sales will open soon!

Learn More & Download the Full Nomination Package
In-Depth Seminar
Resilient Design LEED Pilot Credits
Submitted for 2 LEED Specific (BD+C) CE Hours
Wednesday, January 27, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
With the advance of climate change and intensification of natural disasters, resiliency is becoming increasingly important to building design and construction. Mary Ann Lazaraus, FAIA and Principal of MALeco, LLC, will present three new pilot credits (outlined below) which aim to ensure that design teams incorporate planning and design for natural hazards and vulnerabilities including functionality of buildings in the event of interruptions in power or heating fuel. 
  • Assessment and Planning for Resilience encourages project leaders to consider and plan for location-specific natural hazards and the long-term effects of climate change.
  • Design for Enhanced Resilience ensures that the top hazards identified in the first Resilient Design pilot credit are addressed through specific mitigation strategies.
  • Passive Survivability and Functionality During Emergencies encourages buildings to stay functional-with livable temperatures and access to potable water-during an extended power outage or loss of heating fuel.

This in-depth seminar has been submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU.  


Learn More & Register to Attend
Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
In September 2013, Chicago adopted a benchmarking ordinance for building energy use, hoping to raise awareness of business and residential energy usage. Kansas City created a similar ordinance targeting large buildings in the metro area by offering programs and technical assistance.

During this seminar, Kathryn Eggers of Chicago, Program Coordinator at Elevate Energy, and Jennifer Gunby, Kansas City Community Energy Program Manager, will discuss their work educating about and promoting the benefits of the benchmarking ordinances. They will also share the outcomes thus far: the number of buildings benchmarked, how many have undertaken retrofitting, and what these first few benchmarking numbers are indicating.

Learn More & Register to Attend
In Depth Seminar 
The Green Rehab Project
Testing Sustainable Redevelopment Strategies
Tuesday, February 16, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Washington University's innovative Green Rehab Experiment engaged interdisciplinary groups of students, faculty, researchers and allied professionals to renovate Quadrangle Housing apartment buildings into comfortable, low-carbon student housing.

This multi-disciplinary applied research project aims to chart a path towards net-zero energy performance for 100-year-old, multi-family buildings within market constraints, while transforming the interiors to meet contemporary housing demands. Outcomes are measured through the comparison of control (standard specification) and experimental (high-performance) buildings with the goal of improving building and occupant performance.

Presenters Koster and Valko will explain the sustainable design strategies implemented, the procedures and tools used for monitoring, findings based upon the data that was collected, and policy implications for multi-family net zero energy building.

Learn More & Register to Attend

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.

The Green Buildings Are Better Campaign celebrates all that the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has accomplished over the past 15 years and all of the important work ahead.

www.greenbuildingsarebetter.org to learn more about how green buildings are better for living, working, learning, and playing, and learn how you can show your support, including: 
If you believe that Green Buildings Are Better, there is a way to get involved!   

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 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. 

Welcome to the following 25x20 pledge-takers!
  • Bethesda Health Group 
  • Bishop DuBourg High School
  • CxE Group Energy Consultants
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • St. Louis YouthBuild
  • SWT Design
  • Thomas Dunn Learning Center
  • Trane

Explore the Full List of 25x20 Participants!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is seeking the services of multiple Energy Auditors, each to provide one pro bono building energy audit for congregations and faith communities within our Chapter territory.

Through the 
25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, we are pleased to once again partner with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light to provide complimentary energy audits for a limited number of local congregations and faith-communities.

An indication of interest and qualifications are due electronically to USGBC-Missouri Gateway by midnight on Friday, January 8, 2016. 

green associate logo USGBC has announced that, for the first time, students will be able to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam for a reduced fee of $100. The regular exam price is $200 for USGBC members and $250 for nonmembers. 
The LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. Students graduating with degrees in architecture, construction management, design, engineering, environmental sciences, natural resources management and other related disciplines may find the Green Associate credential helpful as they enter the working world. Candidates must be 18 years or older to sit for the exam. 

Applications for Earth Day Action Grants are due on January 15, 2016. 

These small grants, awarded by St. Louis Earth Day, support people, groups and non-profit organizations to take action on an environmental issue, implement Earth Day programs or projects, and implement Earth Day-aligned programs, projects, or services throughout the year. 

Grants up to $2,000 are considered, though St. Louis Earth Day anticipates that the average grant will be between $500 and $1,500. Grants will be announced at the St. Louis Earth Day Eve event on Saturday, April 23, 2016. 
Midwest Sustainability Conference & ADVANCE Ambassador Institute
February 19-21, Grand Rapids, Michigan
USGBC Students, Grand Rapids Community College, and the USGBC West Michigan Chapter present the Midwest Sustainability Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year's conference theme of "Restorative & Regenerative" will focus on projects that are Net Positive & have a healthy impact on the people who live/work/play in them. The Conference includes a keynote by Eric Corey Freed, VP of Global Outreach at International Living Future Institute.

It will also premiere the
 ADVANCE Ambassador Institute workshop by USGBC. The Institute will train 30 ADVANCE Ambassadors to bring sustainability to those who need it the most.
CAASTLC Home, Health & Energy Resource Fair
Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
BSI Constructors - RENEWING Silver

ECO Recycling, Inc. - RENEWING Silver

Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 - RENEWING Platinum

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 2016 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 community projects to showcase your company's leadership.
EXPOSURE: As a Chapter Sponsor, your company will be:
  • Listed on our website which receives 6,500 visitors and 60,000 page views per month.
  • Included in our monthly e-newsletter with over 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 2016 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