April 2016 E-Newsletter
Celebrate Green Schools Quest winners & participants at the Green Schools Event
Take a Peek at a Sampling of School Submissions!
In Depth Seminar: Big Rivers, Big Problems, Big Solutions
Save the Date for Give STL Day
Seeking Energy Efficiency & Carbon Pollution Intern
2016 Green Business Challenge Kickoff Meeting
Demonstrate your Green Building Savvy with the LEED Green Associate Credential
Congratulations to the Winners of the Growing Green Awards!
LEED Project Profile: MICDS's LEED Platinum McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall
2016 Clean Jobs Midwest Survey
Center for Green Schools Releases 2016 State of our Schools Report
Become a Member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, because Green Buildings Are Better!
Achieving a Sustainable Energy Future Conference
Visit the USGBC-MGC Booth at St. Louis Earth Day & the Green Homes Festival!
Sustainable Backyard Tour Calls for Hosts
6th Annual Sustainability Institute for Educators
Saint Louis University offers Scholarships in Sustainability, Planning, & GIS
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.


Tuesday, April 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
45 schools are participating in the 2015-16 Green Schools Quest. At each school, Green Teams worked hard to devise and implement - with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor - creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their school... Now, it's time to celebrate!
Join us at the 9th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we'll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2015-16 Green Schools Quest! 
Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.

Host Wydown Middle School recently received LEED Gold certification for their school building. Student ambassadors and members of the building's project team will be conducting tours of the school building from 5:30 - 6:15 pm. 
Take a Peek at a Sampling of School Submissions!
At the conclusion of the Green Schools Quest, schools submit digital documentation of their projects. Several schools posted videos online, and we've gathered them for you to watch!

Though it includes just a sampling of school submissions, check out this YouTube playlist to get a preview of the stellar work of the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest participants! 

The playlist includes submissions from Chesterfield Day School, ETS @ Madison (SLPS), Hancock Place Elementary, W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Tillman Elementary School, Crossroads College Preparatory School, Little Flower Elementary School, Maplewood Richmond-Heights Middle School, Rogers Middle School, and St. Louis University High School. 

Forsyth School shared their video on Vimeo, and you can watch it online here

In Depth Seminar
Big Rivers, Big Problems, Big Solutions
Presented in partnership with the Construction Specifications Institute - Greater St. Louis Chapter
Wednesday, April 20, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, lunch included! (networking and lunch begins at 11:00 am)
Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway and Greater St. Louis CSI for an exploration of the history, management, and development of the Mississippi River Basin. Presenter Nick Reding will provide a narrative overview of how modern river and flood plain management came into being, with an emphasis on James Eads and the early formation of the Corps of Engineers in the 1860s; the story of the Great Flood of 1927; and the New Deal and its legacy, primarily as it relates to the creation of suburbs.

Derek Hoeferlin will discuss a holistic view of the Mississippi river basin, pulling upon collaborative research he and his students have conducted. David Wilson will examine the private rewards and public risks of flood plain in-fill development. Referencing the 2015 flood on the Meramec, he will use a case study approach to focus on sites where floodplain infill development has had or can have big impact on the river in flood stage and on adjoining properties.

Derek Hoeferlin, AIA Principal, [dhd] derek hoeferlin design; Assistant Professor of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis
Nick Reding, Journalist
David Wilson, Senior Manager, Environment and Community Planning, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

 Learn More & Register to Attend 
Tuesday, May 3
The St. Louis Community Foundation is once again joining hundreds of community foundations across the country for the biggest day of giving in history!

This year, consider supporting USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's work to transform the built environment. We are much more than a member group or a professional organization. Along with providing valuable education and networking opportunities, we provide a wide range of community projects, like our Green Schools Quest and our work with faith-based communities and nonprofits.

So on May 3rd, make a donation to support our important work of providing everyone with access to green buildings and green communities, make a donation in honor of our 15 year anniversary, or make a donation simply because Green Buildings Are Better. All levels of contributions are appreciated!

Learn More about Give STL Day! 
Applications due Monday, April 18
As part of the Regional Environmental Internship Program (REIP), USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is currently seeking an intern to work with the City of University City on an updated Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This is a full-time paid internship that will start in late May/early June and will last through August 2016. 

Green Business Challenge Kickoff Meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 - 9:30 am

Join the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Botanical Garden for the Kickoff Seminar of the 2016 St. Louis Green Business Challenge!

The Green Business Challenge delivers triple bottom line results to businesses of all types and sizes across the St. Louis region. The Challenge supports integration of sustainability into everyday operational practices common to every business.  Since its inception in 2010, 152 companies representing more than 130,000 employees have participated in the Challenge. 

Come see what is new, network with Challenge colleagues, and decide which level is right for your organization.
Click here to RSVP for the Kickoff
Demonstrate your Green Building Savvy with the LEED Green Associate Credential! 
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-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!
Congratulations to the Winners of the Growing Green Awards!
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On March 31st, partners and friends of the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council gathered for the annual Growing Green Awards celebration at the MOTO Museum. Guests spent the evening reflecting on the organization's 15 year anniversary and celebrating the nominees and winners of the 2016 awards. 

Community Champion  Forest Park Forever
Emerging Leader City of Maplewood
Community Innovator  Gary Steps, Butterfly Energy Works
Operational ExcellenceLewis & Clark Community College
Restoration ChampionWestern Specialty Contractor

All the nominees and winners were recognized for their contributions to a greener and healthier community - because Green Buildings Are Better! 2016 winners are outstanding individuals and organizations that are actively transforming the built environment and we applaud their efforts. 
LEED Project Profile
Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School's LEED Platinum McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

The project earned 84 points and received Platinum certification in LEED for Schools v2009 in May of 2015. The new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational facility serves as a teaching tool and is filled with design elements featuring concepts taught in the curriculum. The design of the new facility was created for improved energy and water efficiency, and includes a rainwater harvesting system, a solar thermal system, a rooftop photovoltaic array, a high-efficiency HVAC system, and more! Over 90% of the building demolition and construction debris was donated or recycled.

2016 Clean Jobs Midwest Survey Released 
The 2016 Clean Jobs Midwest Survey found that Midwestern states currently employs over half a million workers. The report found that the clean energy economy is growing in every Midwestern state - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

According to the survey, Missouri has over 50,000 clean energy jobs. This number is projected to grow by 8.3% over the next 12 months, the highest growth rate in the region. Illinois leads the Midwest with over 100,000 clean jobs. The industry is significantly larger than the fossil fuel industry in the state.  

The State of Our Schools: America's K-12 Facilities, a recently released report from the USGBC's Center for Green Schools, the 21st Century School Fund, and the National Council on School Facilities, shows that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding. This report features an in-depth, state by state analysis of investment in school infrastructure as well as funding needed moving forward for essential repairs and upgrades. The report also proposes recommendations for investments, innovations and reforms to improve learning environments for children in all U.S. public schools.

The analysis found that the federal government provides almost no capital construction funding for school facilities, and state support for school facilities varies widely. Missouri is one of 12 states that provide no support for K-12 capital construction. 

Become a member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, because Green Buildings Are Better!
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and its members are passionate about green buildings and sustainable design. Join this vibrant and diverse community of architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban planners, interior designers, facilities managers, government officials, manufacturer's reps, and those passionate about sustainability!

Membership benefits include
  • Free or reduced entry to a robust catalog of educational and networking events
  • Listing in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Online Member Directory
  • Access to networking opportunities
  • Eligibility to be recognized by the Green Building Experts Program
  • Eligibility to serve with standing Chapter committees, community projects, and board of directors
  • and more!
Even if your schedule doesn't allow you to take advantage of these benefits, your membership supports the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's work to transform the built environment, including community work supporting schools, non-profits, congregations, and local governments. 

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 and Saint Louis Earth Day Festival! 
Be sure to stop by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's booth at Saint Louis Earth Day Festival on April 24 and the Green Homes Festival on June 4. 

Sunday, April 24, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Muny Grounds, Forest Park
Join in this community tradition to learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations, meet area non-profits that share Earth Day values, catch local musical acts and performance art, participate in a number of hands-on educational activities, and enjoy diverse cuisine featuring local, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options. Contact Hope Gribble if you are interested in volunteering at our booth! 

Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden

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.
Sustainable Backyard Tour Calls for Hosts
Sunday, June 12
The Sustainable Backyard Tour showcases yards and gardens that demonstrate features of sustainability, urban homesteading, and organic gardening. The spaces featured on the tour show that from town home lots to acre-sized plots, beautiful and sustainable yards can be created by anyone with the right guidance and motivation! 

Hosts should be located in St. Louis City or St. Louis County, and can be just getting started or well established. 

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!
Scholarships in Sustainability, Planning, and GIS at Saint Louis University
The Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University is offering diversity and academic scholarships to newly accepted or first year students pursuing a Masters Degree in Sustainability, Urban Planning and Development, and Geographic Information Sciences. The application deadline for the scholarships is April 29, 2016. 

Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
Ameren Missouri - RENEWING Platinum & NEW Green School

Christner, Inc - RENEWING Silver

FGM Architects - RENEWING Silver

Green Street - RENEWING Green15

Hastings+Chivetta Architects - RENEWING Silver

Heideman Associates, Inc - NEW Silver

Ittner Architects - RENEWING Silver


Lighting Associates - RENEWING Green15

Madison County Planning & Development - RENEWING Green Schools

Metro Lighting - NEW Silver

Parsons Brinkerhoff - RENEWING Silver

PayneCrest Electric - RENEWING Silver

St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership - NEW Platinum and Renewing Green Schools+

Solutions AEC - RENEWING Silver

Tarlton - RENEWING Silver

WFF - 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 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. 

Metro Lighting

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

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