June 2016 E-Newsletter
June 14 Program: Tour of Danforth Plant Science Center
In Depth Seminar: A Look at School Buildings with Resilience in Mind
Take Action to Improve Air Quality: Transportation Tips
Participate in the 2016-17 Green Schools Quest!
6th Annual Sustainability Institute for Educators
Shaw Series: Webster Groves Stormwater BMP Tour
New Addition to Green Building Experts: Phil Valko
Call for Proposals for Smart Growth Conference
Camp EarthWays Summer Camp
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, June 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Offering 1 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hour & 1 AIA/CES HSW LU
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. The new 79,000 sq. ft. William H. Danforth Wing is currently seeking certification under LEED for New Construction, and will be the focus of our building tour. The expansion includes four levels, three of which contain flexible labs, gathering spaces, open office suites and computational facilities for up to 100 scientists. The surrounding landscape is currently undergoing reconstruction of a native Missouri tall grass prairie. Tour attendees will be guided through the new addition and learn about the building's many sustainable design and construction features from members of the project team. 

Thanks to our Event Sponsors: Christner, Inc., McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)!

Tuesday, June 7, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Offering 2 GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA/CES HSW LU

A growing number of resilient design tools, aimed at creating buildings and communities that can withstand disturbances - such as those associated with natural disasters - or regain functionality, are emerging. This in-depth seminar will examine essential mindsets to achieving resilience, and then guide participants through a case study of a school building with resilience in mind.

Educational Facilities are asked to serve our communities in many ways, and naturally lend themselves to a discussion on resilient design strategies from technical, environmental, and social perspectives. 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 man-made disasters.

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

Learn more & register to attend! 
Take Action to Improve Air Quality
Transportation Tips
As a driving force in the fight for cleaner air in the metro area, the Clean Air Partnership is best known for its daily air quality forecasting. Year-round, the Clean Air Partnership, which operates as a public-private partnership, works to encourage and inspire area residents and businesses to take voluntary steps that lead to cleaner air and protect public health.
With transportation being one of the biggest contributors to air pollution, many efforts of the Clean Air Partnership focus on educating municipal and school communities, as well as commuters and business owners, about alternative transportation options, and how spending less time behind the wheel, especially in single occupancy vehicles, can reduce the emissions that lead to poor air quality.

What can you do to improve air quality? Use public transit, carpool and vanpool, choose not to idle, combine errands into a single trip, walk and bike more, telecommute and/or adjust work hours to stay off the road at peak commute times, conserve energy, recycle, reduce waste and reuse items.

Seeking Mentors for the 2016-17 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. Each Green Team will then document their project's impacts and submit outcomes for judging in March 2017.

A USGBC-MGC Green Mentor will be assigned to assist each Green Team with ideas, documentation, and community resources. All members of USGBC-MGC are encouraged to take advantage of this unique and fulfilling opportunity to become Green Mentors, and thereby help to empower students and communities to be good stewards of their environments, while facilitating a connection between the green building/sustainability professional community and younger generations. More information on mentor responsibilities and the mentor registration form can be accessed here

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. The 2016 institute is sponsored by St. Louis County Department of Public Health. 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!
Shaw Series for Stormwater & Landscape Professionals 
Webster Groves Stormwater BMP Tour
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Go on a Stormwater Best Management Practices tour in Webster Groves! The tour will include stops at Lockwood Park, Webster University and The College School. On the tour, attendees will see various examples of bio retention, use of natives and creative solutions that provide aesthetic value, educational opportunities and biodiverse habitat.

Stakeholders from each site will be present to provide information about the features, lessons learned and valuable insight about each of the projects. Registration is $35. 2.5 CEUs are offered. 

New Addition to Green Building Experts:
Phil Valko, Washington University
Phil Valko, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sustainability 
at Washington University in St. Louis, was recently published in Archinect discussing an applied research project that monitored the renovation and energy monitoring of two university-owned, 100-year-old apartment buildings.  In the article, Valko discusses the goal of charting a path towards net-ze
ro energy performance within market constraints, which meant finding low-cost technologies. 
Call for Proposals for New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
This year's Smart Growth Conference will be building on the first fifteen highly successful conferences in this series, which collectively brought together an audience of close to 20,000 people from across the U.S. and several other countries. This conference is unique in that it focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to implementing smart growth principles to help build safer, healthier, more economically viable, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly communities across the nation. 

Through the Call for Session Proposals process, conference organizers will be looking for dynamic and engaging session proposals that fall under a variety of thematic categories. We hope you will consider contributing to this dynamic program by proposing a session. Submission deadline is June 30, 2016.

Camp EarthWays Summer Camp
Monday, July 11- Friday, July 15, 2016

Calling all cool planet kids ages 10-13! Come explore the built environment, learn about sustainability, and more! 

In this week-long day camp, campers will investigate sustainable building design as they create a fantasy green home from the inside out, interact with architects, construction, and city planning professionals, and hop aboard public transportation to discover new neighborhoods and homes. Many thanks to the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District for making this program available at a lower cost to participants.

Registration ends July 6 at 5 p.m.
Class Price: $170 Missouri Botanical Garden Members; $185 Nonmembers
Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!
Azimuth Energy - RENEWING Green

McCormack Baron Salazar, Sunwheel Energy Partners - RENEWING Green 15

St. Louis County Public Health Department -
NEW Green Schools

The financial support of our sponsors is integral to ensuring that everyone can live, work and learn in smart and healthy buildings.
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
FGM Architects
Hastings & Chivetta
Heideman Associates, Inc
HM Risk
Wm. B. Ittner, Inc

Johnson Controls
Metro Lighting
M3 Engineering Group
Mueller Prost

PayneCrest Electric

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Ross & Baruzzini


Solutions AEC


Thompson Coburn, LLC

Thanks to our GREEN SPONSORS
Azimuth Energy

HBD Construction
Schaeffer Marketing Group