May 2016 E-Newsletter
Today is Give STL Day!
May 10 Program: LEED Showcase featuring Local LEED & Living Buildings
In Depth Seminar: A Look at School Buildings with Resilience in Mind
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015-16 Green Schools Quest
Participate in the 2016-27 Green Schools Quest!
Demonstrate your Green Building Knowledge with the LEED Green Associate Credential!
USGBC-MGC Volunteers Partner with Thomas Dunn Learning Center
Connect with USGBC-MGC Emerging Professionals at an upcoming event!
Save the Date for the Green Homes Festival!
6th Annual Sustainability Institute for Educators
Net Zero Incentive Program to Launch in Illinois
Greener Cleaning Workshop at Busch Stadium
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.


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 - because Green Buildings Are Better! 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 to provide faith-based communities and nonprofits with access to green building expertise and resources. 

Today, 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!

Donate to support the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter!
Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
The 13th Annual LEED Showcase will examine projects that have taken the plunge and decided to pursue either LEED version 4 or Living Building Challenge Certification.

The Jan Phillips Learning Center at the College School is one of a handful of projects in the nation that is pursuing the Living Building Challenge. The learning center will boast net-zero energy use, net-zero water use, solar arrays, composting toilets, locally sourced materials, natural ventilation, and zero use of "Red List" chemicals in building materials.  

We will also take a look at the Maplewood Fire Station. The fire station is one of the first projects in the Chapter's territory pursuing LEED v4 which, starting in October of this year, will be the only available LEED rating system available for registration. The new station will replace the existing fifty-year-old station, and provide a new home for Maplewood's fire fighters.

HOK's St. Louis office is aiming to become the city's first LEED v4 Commercial Interiors (CI) certification. The vintage building housing their new office space has been transformed using a variety of sustainable design strategies. Features include daylight harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, open office layout, bike storage, use of local, recycled, renewable and low-emitting interior materials, and more.

We will hear about the motivations to use these rating systems, design and construction features helping them to achieve these certifications, and any hurdles they have had to overcome.  
Tuesday, June 7, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Educational Facilities are asked to serve our communities in many ways. Operational from early morning to late at night, providing 21st century learning opportunities, physical and mental health and well-being, community experiences within the arts, sciences and competition sports, and shelter and rescue from natural and manmade disasters. This in-depth seminar will look at how school buildings are designed to be physically, socioeconomically and ecologically resilient to acute and chronic adversities.

Todd Hanger, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, FGM Architects Inc. 

Learn More & Register to Attend 
45 school and mentor teams participated in the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest. Congratulations to the winners!

1st Place - Hancock Place Elementary School
2nd Place - East Elementary in the Alton School District
3rd Place - City Garden Montessori


1st Place - North Kirkwood Middle School
2nd Place - Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
3rd Place - Crossroads College Preparatory School

1st Place - Nottingham Community Access Job Training High School
2nd Place - Governor French Academy
Participate in the 2016-2017 Green Schools Quest!
Green Schools Quest
School and mentor registration for the 2016-2017 Green Schools Quest is now open!

The Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools within the Chapter's territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools - because WHERE we learn matters!

Each school participating in the Green Schools Quest will be encouraged to form a Green Team. Teams may be a single classroom, a student club, a grade level, or an entire school. Each team will select a low or no cost project to begin in October 2016 and conclude in March 2017. Projects must be new or major extensions of existing initiatives at the school.

A USGBC-MGC Green Mentor will be assigned to assist to each Green Team. The mentor will help with ideas, documentation, and community resources. Each Green Team will document their project's impacts and submit outcomes for judging in March 2017.
Register for the Green Schools Quest as a School or Mentor!
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Class
Interested in earning the demonstrating your Green Building know-how? Earn the LEED Green Associate Credential!
green associate logo Friday, May 13, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteers partner with Thomas Dunn Learning Center
On Sunday, April 10, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter volunteers and leadership from Thomas Dunn Learning Center gathered to participate in a Sustainability Plan Builder workshop.

The Plan Builder Workshop is part of ADVANCE, USGBC's framework to expand access to green building resources and expertise and to engage volunteers to green the places they love. 

Thomas Dunn Learning Center has a long history of providing quality, life-long learning opportunities to the St. Louis Region. Their award winning facility is located in Marquette Park in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis. 

Workshop participants explored each category of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, set performance goals and identified sustainability strategies to support each goal. Moving forward, workshop participants will be supporting Thomas Dunn to implement these sustainable strategies.

Volunteers with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter's Advocacy Committee led the organization of this workshop. Attend an Advocacy Committee meeting to learn more about how you can get involved in this work!

Learn more about how you can get involved! 
Connect with USGBC-MGC Emerging Professionals at an upcoming event!
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals are recent graduates, young professionals and those new to the green building industry. EPs get together each month to network, share experiences and give back to the community.

Sign up to receive EP emails online here, and plan to join them at an upcoming event! 
Networking & Happy Hour at Arcturis
May 16th @ 5:00 pm
RSVP online here 


Chapter Program: Danforth Plant Science Center Tour
June 14 @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Learn more & RSVP Online here 


Networking & Happy Hour at Venture Cafe
July 21 @ 5:30 pm
Click here to view the full 2016 EP calendar
Save the Date for the Green Homes Festival!
Saturday, June 4 at the Missouri Botanical Garden 
Help your family live green! Celebrate sustainable living and learn more about energy efficiency, sustainability, NatureScaping and more. Bring your home improvement ideas and talk with over 40 green product and service exhibitors and experts. Kids will enjoy a recycled art project, solar cars, solar oven s'mores, and more. Experts from all areas of sustainability will gather together to share their ideas and resources. Enjoy great demonstrations and presentations about the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes and planet. And, visit with eco-friendly food vendors at this fun family event.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with regular Garden admission; free until noon for St. Louis City and County residents.

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!
Net Zero Incentive Program to Launch in Illinois

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) is launching a Net Zero Energy Building Program. The Foundation seeks to support the design and construction of superbly performing buildings that will help pave the way to a larger shift in the building sector.

The Net Zero Energy Building Program will award grants to 501(c)3 charitable organizations or public entities serving Illinois residents to support new construction as well as retrofit projects that achieve site net zero energy performance over the course of a year. Among other eligibility criteria, projects must be willing to work towards Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) or Living Building Challenge certification in order to participate in the program.

Incentive payments will be linked to actual building performance, and the maximum grant award per project is $1 million. 

ICECF is interested learning about potential building projects that have set a goal of achieving net zero energy. The Foundation is currently collecting project ideas through their website.
Click here to learn more about the Net Zero Incentive Program
Greener Cleaning Workshop at Busch Stadium
May 11, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Busch Stadium, 700 Clark Avenue, 63102

The St. Louis Greener Cleaning Workshop invites regional venue operators and partners to convene to learn, share and discuss how sports facilities can reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning.

Clean air, sanitary playing surfaces and overall environmental exposures are important to maintain a healthy, high-performing sports venue. From elite professional sports venues, to university athletic venues and recreation centers, to K-12 school and community courts and fields, creating better places for all to play is a recipe for healthier athletes, fans and communities.

The St. Louis Greener Cleaning Workshop will explore better practices in:
  • Reducing the health and environmental impacts of cleaning processes, programs and policies
  • Saving resources with more efficient operations
  • Engaging and training all important stakeholders
  • Goal setting, measuring, reporting, and continually striving for improvement
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Busch Stadium and network with peers across the region.  
Click here to register for the workshop
Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
McCarthy - RENEWING Gold

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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