March 2016 E-Newsletter

Two Events on the WELL Building Standard
March 8 Monthly Evening Program - Fostering Wellness Through the Built Environment
March 9 In Depth Seminar - Understanding the WELL Building Standard
Get your tickets for the 2016 Growing Green Awards!
Wells Fargo Advisors Donates $5,000
Congratulations to these recently certified LEED projects
Upcoming LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course Opportunities
Regenerative Landscape Design Podcast
Higher Ed Sustainability Consortium presents Greening Campus Laboratories
6th Annual Sustainability Institute for Educators
Green Building Champion: Nick Bristow
Achieving a Sustainable Energy Future Conference
Save the Date for the Green Homes Festival!
The World We Create: Our Role in Confronting Climate Change
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


Presented in partnership with the Building Owners & Managers Association - St. Louis (BOMA)

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.  

Speaker (both events): Jessica Cooper, Executive Vice President & Director of Sustainability, Delos Solutions
Jessica Cooper is a Provisional WELL AP. She has been involved with the development of WELL as it applies to live projects since its initial ideation phase and has assumed a management role in the implementation of the first WELL Pilot Projects since the public release of WELL in October 2014. She has led architects,
developers, and engineers alike to understand the principles and research behind WELL and successfully build WELL Certified spaces.
Tuesday, March 8, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Placing health and wellness at the heart of design and construction decisions can have a positive impact on human health, social equity, and return on investment. At this session, learn how to engineer spaces for improved community health and increased real estate value.
  • Discuss current issues related to wellness in the built environment
  • Identify design strategies to promote health and well-being
  • Describe the WELL Building Standard as a tool to support health and well-being in the built environment
  • Explain how WELL compliments existing building standards like LEED
Louer Facility Planning, Inc.

Learn More & Register to Attend
Wednesday, March 9, 8:00 - 10:00 am
This session will provide an overview of the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard, as well as an in-depth look at strategies to address human health through design.  Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of WELL, and how our built environment can make a positive impact our health, happiness, and productivity.
  • Examine the WELL Building Standard as a resource and design tool to improve health issues in the built environment
  • Recognize the seven WELL Concepts and affiliated Features
  • Identify strategies to address human health through design
  • Discuss pathways to WELL Certification or Compliance
 Learn More & Register to Attend
Join us for the 2016 Growing Green Awards 
Thursday, March 31, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Growing Green Awards Logo w slogan
Join 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.
Get Your Tickets Now!
Wells Fargo Advisors Donates $5,000
USGBC-Missouri Gateway is pleased to announce that we recently received a contribution from Wells Fargo Advisors for $5,000 to assist with general operating expenses. We are so pleased that Wells Fargo recognizes and is a partner in the work we are doing in our community to improve the built environment and our work to make every building a green building! Wells Fargo has a company-wide goal to have 35% of their properties LEED certified by 2020. Last year they ranked first among financial services companies with LEED certified spaces, with more that 17 million square feet of LEED certified space at 193 locations across the country - including several building here in St. Louis! Thanks to Wells Fargo Advisors for their contribution to our mission and their support of so many non-profits in our community!
Congratulations to these recently certified projects!
  • 145743 St. Louis D Building, Wells Fargo, Saint Louis, MO - SILVER (EB:OM v2009)
  • ARMY PN66099 COF 11402, Fort Leonard Wood, MO -
    SILVER (NC v2009)
  • Crowder College Webb City Expansion, Webb City, MO - CERTIFIED (NC v2009)
  • Dan Kinney Family Center, Springfield, MO -
    SILVER (NC v2009)
  • Express Scripts 6, Saint Louis, MO - GOLD (CS v2009)
  • Verizon Wireless Store, Farmington, MO - SILVER (CI v2009)
  • Hillman Hall, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO - PLATINUM (NC v2009)
  • James E Bertelsmeyer Hall, University of Missouri S&T, Rolla, MO - SILVER (NC v2009)
  • Kohls, Sedalia, MO - CERTIFIED (NC Retail v2009)
  • MasterCard GTO Recertification, O'Fallon, MO - PLATINUM (EB:OM v2009)
  • MU Women's & Children Hospital South Pavilion Renovation, Columbia, MO - SILVER (NC v2009)
  • National Great Rivers Research & Education Center, Alton, IL - GOLD (NC v2.2)
  • Professional Office Environments, Inc, Maryland Heights, MO - GOLD (NC v2009)
  • Rockspan, Bois D'Arc, MO - PLATINUM (Homes v2008)
  • Starbucks Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry, St Louis, MO - CERTIFIED (CI Retail v2009)
  • Wydown Middle School, Clayton School District, Clayton, MO - GOLD (Schools v2009)
The USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter website showcases profiles of local LEED projects. Visit our website to check out the most recently completed profile highlighting the accomplishments of LEED Platinum Certified @4240!

Do you know of a recently certified project not on this list? Please contact us to showcase your sustainable achievements! 

Upcoming LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course Opportunities
green associate logo The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.
USGBC-Colorado Chapter will host a live and online prep course which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm - 6pm (CST), beginning March 15, 2016 and concluding March 31, 2016.  This course is being offered to USGBC-MGC members for the 'Member Rate' of $250. Interested members may contact USGBC-MGC staff member Hope Gribble at to receive the promo code. The course includes the ability to ask questions live to the instructor, access to all recorded sessions up to 120 days after last session, practice exam, and study guide developed by USGBC Colorado staff and volunteers. Click here to learn more and register!
USGBC-MGC's next live, in-person LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course will take place on Friday, May 13th. This full-day course is designed to prepare participants for the exam, and covers LEED v4 Core Concepts, green building concepts and strategies within each category of the LEED rating system, test taking tips, and a practice exam. Additionally, Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course. Click here to learn more and register!
Regenerative Landscape Design Podcast 
USGBC-MGC recently released Regenerative Landscape Design - Why & How, a podcast on USGBC's Education @USGBC platform.

The podcast features Heather Venhaus, principal at Regenerative Environmental Design, and Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager for the Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center and host of the Earthworms - Conversations in Green podcast from KDHX St. Louis Community Media.   

In this two-part podcast, Heather Venhaus and interviewer Jean Ponzi discuss the interrelated nature of soils, plants, humans and ecosystem function. Site design and maintenance strategies that provide multiple ecosystem services and improve human health and well-being are discussed, along with case studies illustrating project successes and failures.

The podcast offers 1 GBCI CE hour. It is available as part of the Education @USGBC subscription or for purchase individually.  

Access the Regenerative Landscape Design Podcast
Greening Campus Laboratories
Wednesday, March 16, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
The St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium presents a free informational program for local universities. The program focuses on the benefits of campus "Green Labs" programs to reduce the potential environmental impact of traditional laboratories. Learn how Green Lab programs reduce energy use, cut down on waste, and improve the health and safety of lab occupants. 
6th Annual Sustainability Institute for Educators
Whole School Sustainability: A Framework for Organizational Change
June 21-23, 2016 
This three-day institute will guide participants through the Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a system framework that is organized into three components for creating the conditions necessary to journey toward whole-school sustainability: organizational culture, physical place, and educational program.  Stephanie Barr, co-author of the Whole-School Sustainability Framework, will keynote the institute.
The Sustainability Institute for Educators is developed in partnership by USGBC-MGC, Webster University, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Zoo, Madison County Planning & Development, and MICDS. It is designed for educators from all roles and environments. 

Fee for the three-day institute is $150. Partial scholarships are available.

Click here for more information and registration!
Green Building Champion: Nick Bristow
The Green Building Experts program was established to celebrate USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members who have achieved third-party recognition for their green building expertise, promotion and advocacy. A Chapter member is considered a Green Building Expert or Green Building Champion when she or he is recognized by an authoritative third party. 

Nick Bristow, Senior Project Engineer with Forum Studio/Clayco and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Chair Elect, is the Chapter's latest Green Building Champion! Nick, together with the Chapter's Executive Director Emily Andrews, joined Jean Ponzi, host of the KDHX Earthworms radio program, for a panel discussion of "Green Buildings Are Better," the Chapter's 15-year anniversary campaign.

Achieving a Sustainable Energy Future
April 13 - 14, 2016

Washington University, St. Louis University, Missouri S&T, and Ameren present Achieving a Sustainable Energy Future, a two day conference. Learn about sustainability from the perspective of thought leaders in the energy sector. This knowledge-sharing event brings together leaders from industry, academia, and government to open the dialogue about sustainability and our energy future.

Speakers and panelists will focus on the complex concept of sustainability in four key areas:
  • Achieving a Sustainable Balance in the Utility Industry
  • Opportunities for Sustainability in the Transportation sector
  • Energy Innovations in Urban Development
  • Importance of Sustainability Policy Development

Speakers include Lisa Fay Matthiessen, Principal of the Integral Group Los Angeles Design Studio and co-author of the seminal "Cost of Green" series. These ground-breaking reports use statistical analysis to understand the cost implications of building to ever-higher performance standards.   

Learn more & Register for the Sustainable Energy Conference
Save the Date for the Green Homes Festival! 
Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Help your family live green! Join the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

Explore the links between sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation at home and a healthy environment. Talk with green product and service exhibitors, learning more about home improvement and healthy homes.

The Festival features local foods and spirits, and children can enjoy activities such as recycled art projects, solar car races and solar oven s'mores. Presentations and demonstrations throughout the day share the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our planet.

Learn more about the 15th Annual Green Homes Festival!
The World We Create: Our Role in Confronting Climate Change
2016 Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
The 2016 Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture will feature Frances Beinecke, currently the McCluskey Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She is the past president of NRDC, 2006 to 2015.

Under Ms. Beinecke's leadership, NRDC focused on finding solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, including establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world's oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.

Retail Design Institute to host tour of LEDR
Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
Alberici - RENEWING Restorative

Bell Electrical - NEW Green-15

CRB - NEW Green-15 

Dynamic Controls, Inc - RENEWING Silver

Enterprise Holdings - RENEWING Silver

Express Scripts - RENEWING Silver


HM Risk - NEW Silver

Ross & Baruzzini - RENEWING Silver

Siemens - RENEWING Silver

SWT Design - NEW Green-15

Vertegy - RENEWING Platinum

William A Kerr Foundation - 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


Thanks to our GREEN-15 SPONSORS

Ameren Missouri Pure Power


BSI Constructors

Christner, Inc. 

Custom Engineering

Dynamic Controls, Inc.

ECO Recycling, Inc. 

Electrical Connection

Enterprise Holdings

Express Scripts
Farnsworth Group

Hastings & Chivetta

HM Risk

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

US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter | 4651 Shaw Blvd. | St. Louis | MO | 63110