Archive for November, 2009

You too can muse about the elements of green building!

Calling all Chapter members who fancy themselves writers – USGBC-STL is now soliciting entries for our blog, Elements of Green Building.

A few important points on submitting a post:

  • Only Chapter Members are eligible to submit posts. Not a member? Join now!
  • Keep it short and sweet –  between 200 and 500 words
  • Our blog is not a tool for advertising products or services
  • Stay on topic – green building, LEED, and sustainability in the St. Louis area or affecting the region

For more information, please see the full blog guidelines. And happy writing!




You too can muse about the elements of green building!

Calling all Chapter members who fancy themselves writers – USGBC-STL is now soliciting entries for our blog, Elements of Green Building.

A few important points on submitting a post:

  • Only Chapter Members are eligible to submit posts. Not a member? Join now!
  • Keep it short and sweet –  between 200 and 500 words
  • Our blog is not a tool for advertising products or services
  • Stay on topic – green building, LEED, and sustainability in the St. Louis area or affecting the region

For more information, please see the full blog guidelines. And happy writing!




ASHRAE Short Course on Commercial Ground Source Heat Pumps – Dec. 4

Design of Ground Source Heat Pumps for Commercial and Institutional Buildings

WHEN: Friday, December 4, 7:00 am – 4:45 pm

WHERE: Spazio’s at Westport

COST: $160 per person, includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch as well as 8.0 PDH credits

For more information see the event brochure.




Check out Greenbuild on-line!

Even if you couldn’t travel to Phoenix for Greenbuild – USGBC’s international green building conference – you can still be a part of the action! Thanks to technology, select presentations at this year’s conference will be streaming live on-line and later archived. Presentations include:

  • Wednesday evening’s opening keynote address and celebration with Al Gore and Sheryl Crow
  • Master speaker presentations
  • Residential Green Building Summit’s opening session
  • Friday’s Building Performance Initiative Summit
  • Closing plenary with Carol Browner

Check it out on the Greenbuild website. Or connect to the Greenbuild blog.




High Performance Buildings: National Outlook and Local Impact

Monday, December 7, 2009, 7:30 – 9:30 am

St. Louis RCGA Regional Collaboration Center
One Metropolitan Square – Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102
Please consider carpooling or taking Metrolink!

Join USGBC-STL and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association for High Performance Buildings: National Outlook and Local Impact

Speakers:

  • U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri), Co-Chair of the Congressional High Performance Building Caucus – “Federal Support for High Performance Buildings”
  • Robert Lane, Executive Director, Green the Capitol, Office of the Chief Administrator Office, U.S. House of Representatives “Making the House Sustainable”
  • Christine Ramsdell, Manager, Space Planning and Design, Enterprise Holding “The Benefits of Green Building to Businesses”

Cost: Free

RSVP to: Sherri Bailey, St. Louis RCGA, at sbailey@stlrcga.org or (314) 444-1134.

This seminar is part of the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative of USGBC-STL and St. Louis RCGA. The two organizations are working together to “green every building in our region”.

Future seminar topics in 2010 include:

  • Why LEED Certification: the value of third-party verification (January)
  • Greening Existing Buildings: Certifications and Incentives (February)



10th Annual Earth Day Symposium – Nov 11 – 13

This year’s annual Earth Day Symposium’s theme is Eco-Nomics: Economy and Ecology Converge. The Symposium will begin the evening of Wednesday, November 11 with a reception with Warren Byrd, the designer of Citygarden.

They full day symposium follows on Thursday, November 12 and features an introduction by Dr. Peter Raven and a keynote address by Warren Byrd. Panel presentations will include green infrastructure and low impact development. The Symposium concludes with half-day technical workshop on Friday, November 13.

For more information or to register, visit the St. Louis Earth Day website.




Interest in Green Schools High, Despite Economy

132 people. 80+ school staff. 40+ educational institutions represented. This was the crowd that showed up for “No-Cost Ways to Green Your School” on October 28th.

With over 130 people in attendance, networking opportunities were abundant!

With over 130 people in attendance, networking opportunities were abundant!

I have to admit, I was a little surprised. One persistent myth the Green Schools committee runs into is that a green school must be an expensive school. In a time of tight belts and reduced budgets, would school administrators and educators take time off to investigate green? I mean, we didn’t even send out any print invitations.

I shouldn’t have been surprised. As was thoroughly covered on the 28th, “greening” an existing school offers opportunities to save money, improve student performance, and reduce absenteeism. What’s not to like about reducing utility costs while improving student health and test scores?

Cindy Bambini, our keynote speaker, did an excellent job providing schools with no-cost ways to start down the “green road”. She provided a comprehensive roadmap that walked attendees through establishing a sustainability policy, a green team, various green campaigns, and a recognition process for success stories. All of this was tied to a core resource: LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance. Anyone interested in the presentations and resources offered on the 28th can find them on the Green Schools event page.

Cindy Bambini addresses "No Cost Ways to Green Your School"

Cindy Bambini addresses "No Cost Ways to Green Your School"

The real measure of school staff enthusiasm for green, however, wasn’t the number of attendees. It was the content and energy of the Q&A session.

  • “Let me tell you about our native plant landscaping and curricula efforts…” (The College School)
  • “We’ve started a LEED project(s) in our district…” (Ritenour, Parkway, and University City School Districts)
  • “We transitioned to a green cleaning program, and it didn’t cost us a dime extra…” (Crossroads College Preparatory School)
Display boards from local schools highlighting their green efforts

Display boards from local schools highlighting their green efforts

And on, and on, and on. This doesn’t even get into the beautiful posters showcasing green efforts at schools throughout St. Louis. Or the tours our host led through Crossroads College Prep’s new science wing addition, that’s seeking LEED Platinum certification. All of this got me to thinking about our committee’s mission statement, “Green schools for every child within a generation?” I think we can.

– Submitted by Michael Levinson, Chair of the Green Schools Committee, and an analyst at Energy Solutions, Inc. To get involved with the Green Schools Committee, please email him.