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   February 2016 E-Newsletter

Energy Benchmarking in Midwestern Metropolises
The Green Rehab Project: Testing Sustainable Redevelopment Strategies
Get Hands-on Help at the Benchmarking Jam!
Volunteer at the Benchmarking Jam
LEEDv4 Continuing Education Blitz
Get your tickets for the 2016 Growing Green Awards
Regional Environmental Internship Program Supports 2nd Creve Coeur Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Climate Action Plan
Welcome New Chapter Members!
#GreenBuildingsAreBetter featured on Earthworms Podcast
NationWISE Round Table February 23
Native By Design: Landscapes Beyond Beauty February 26
Green Communities, Prosperous Places March 17
Retail Design Institute to tour LEDR
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.

Join us at the Growing Green Awards!

Help us celebrate 15 years of Green & Healthy


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.

Graybar, Sitton Energy Solutions

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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.

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Benchmarking Jam   
Thursday, February 25, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy your building consumes, and comparing your energy performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step toward saving energy and money!

Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool at the February 25 Benchmarking Jam. All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits, and local governments are encouraged to attend. 

In order for this event to be a success, each building representative should bring a laptop or tablet, a few basic building details, and 12 months of energy data for their building. Attendees that register by February 17 can receive assistance collecting this data from Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas.

Note that the Benchmarking Jam has a new location: the Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis MO 63110. 

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Volunteer at the Benchmarking Jam  
Benchmarking Jam Volunteers will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Experience with the free, online tour is required. Volunteers can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category. 

Select "Benchmarking Volunteer" when registering to participate. 

Tuesday, March 1, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz focused on LEED v4! 

LEED users have the option to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until October 31, 2016. Beginning November 1, 2016, all projects must be registered under LEED v4. Attending the March 1st Continuing Education Blitz is a great way to begin preparing for this shift!

LEED v4 raises the bar - as LEED was designed to do with every update, guiding the market towards more environmentally sustainable strategies and decisions, and responding to continuous advances in technology. But this time, the bar is a lot higher. LEED v4 changes the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute, and operate their buildings.
Attendees will earn 7 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and 7 AIA/CES LU/HSW. 

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Join us for the 2016 Growing Green Awards 
Thursday, March 31, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Growing Green Awards Logo w sloganJoin us for the 8th annual Growing Green Awards! The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is proud to celebrate and recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices.

Tickets include networking, beer & wine, buffet dinner, dessert, and free on-site parking. Early bird price of $75 available through Monday, March 21, 2016.
Register Now!
Regional Environmental Internship Program supports Creve Coeur Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Climate Action Plan
In 2015 the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Regional Environmental Internship Program supported the City of Creve Coeur to conduct an update of their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory and Climate Action Plan.  The original GHG inventory and Climate Action Plan were conducted in 2005.  

The updated GHG inventory shows that the City of Creve Coeur's local government has reduced emissions in its own operations by 20%. Community-wide greenhouse gas emissions have remained static.  Similar to the 2005 GHG inventory, commercial buildings remain the largest energy users with largest resulting greenhouse gas emissions. The blog Mogreenstats posted an interpretation and analysis of the City's GHG reduction progress. 

The updated Climate Action Plan focuses on the wider Creve Coeur community and building collaboration and relationships with local residents and businesses.  Strategies include an educational campaign, participation in the national benchmarking challenge, and developing financial incentives for commercial buildings.  These updated reports continue Creve Coeur's dedication to leading the region in sustainable and energy efficient practices. 

Learn more about the Regional Environmental Internship Program
Welcome New Chapter Members
Thanks to the following Contributor Members
The Contributor level of membership allows individuals to provide additional support for our mission

Patrick Angevine, Compi Distributors, Inc.
Shannon White, CI Select

And a big welcome to all of the members who joined between August 2015 and February 2016

Nichole Banks, Chrysler Group FCA
Jake Banton, Mackey Mitchell Architects
John Biggs, Missouri Botanical Garden
Becky Clegg, World Wide Technology, Inc.
Craig Dixson, Federal Reserve Bank
Paul Duell, Washington University in St. Louis
Robert Eck, Brauer Supply Co.
Martin Fox, Professional Office Environments
Susannah Fuchs, American Lung Association in Missouri
Bryan Goodwin, Brauer Supply Company
Michael Grandy, SIUEdwardsville
Diane Grimsley, Tarlton
Cassandra Hage, Washington University in St. Louis
Tracy Hart, Tarlton
Jim Hearing, Laclede Gas Company
Ed Hoganson, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
Erica Howard, RGA Reinsurance Company
Rene Johns Goodenough, Ridefinders
Beatriz Juan Miranzo, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Mark Koenig, Halcyon Shades
Caroline Kotowski, Washington University
Marcia Lochmann, Sitton Energy Solutions
Monica Miller, ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Keith Mills, McCarthy
Padrick Mulligan, Sitton Energy Solutions
Darryl Nance, Horizon Engineering
Chris Pelton, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Andrew Petty, Cannon Design
Yusef Rahaman, Earthways
Jacob Rose, KRJ Architects
Christopher Ruth, Automation Solutions Group
Simon Sandler, University of Missouri / ESSAG
John Schwaninger, Etegra, Inc.
Emily Spindler, FGM Architects
Kristina Steiger, Schaeffer Marketing Group
Lauren Talley, Cushman & Wakefield
James Truesdell, Brauer Supply
Paul Turner, SST Architects LLC
Esther Walker, Aramark
Dana Wynn, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A comprehensive list of all USGBC-MGC members is available online via our searchable Member Directory

#GreenBuildingsAreBetter featured on Earthworms Podcast

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Executive Director Emily Andrews and Board Chair Elect Nick Bristow recently joined Jean Ponzi on the Earthworms podcast for a discussion of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's 15 year anniversary and the Green Buildings are Better campaign! 

Tune in to hear their reflections on the Chapter's accomplishments over the past 15 years, how green buildings are better for living, working, learning, and playing, and all that is planned for this milestone year! 

Tuesday, February 23, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Join Women in Solar Energy (WISE) for their 2nd Annual Multi-City Round Table to advance women in every local market. 

Friday, February 26, 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Grow Native! Southwestern Illinois Event Committee presents a rock star lineup of speakers, including a Keynote by Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. Speakers will present information on concepts surrounding the value of native plants in our landscapes. Deadline to register is February 12, 2016. 

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Thursday, March 17, 7:30 - 9:00 am
Join the Heartlands Conservancy for breakfast and a discussion on sustainable and prosperous community development. Community leaders, elected officials, and involved citizens are invited to learn about regional and national innovations in economic development, green infrastructure, and neighborhood improvement. This event will present ideas and advocate for solutions that will work in the context of Southwestern Illinois.
Oklahoma City-based developer Richard McKown of Green Earth Land Design will provide a developer's perspective on the use of green infrastructure and sustainable construction in subdivisions. McKown's company developed a subdivision with one half using green stormwater infrastructure and the other half using traditional infrastructure. Meridith McAvoy Perkins, of Davey Resource Group, will also discuss the benefits of urban forestry.

Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
Ameren Pure Power - RENEWING Silver

Cannon - RENEWING Gold

Clayco - RENEWING Gold

Electrical Connection - RENEWING Silver

HOK Group - NEW Green15

Johnson Controls - RENEWING Silver

Laclede Gas Company - RENEWING Platinum

Paric - RENEWING Gold

Washington University in St. Louis - NEW 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


Thanks to our GREEN15 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 Services

Oates Associates

Ross & Baruzzini


Solutions AEC

Sunwheel Energy, a McCormack Baron Salazar Company


Thompson Coburn, LLC

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