Archive for June, 2010

Chapter Members in the News

Congratulations to USGBC-STL Chapter Members Nick Bristow, of Clayco and Seth Teel, of HOK. Nick and Seth have both been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2010 Class of 30 Under 30 winners!

See the full list of winners here.




Fear Public Speaking? Join the USGBC-STL Speaker’s Bureau

The fear of public speaking ranks among Americans’ top fears, surpassing fear of illness, fear of flying, fear of terrorism and often the fear of death itself.

Jerry Seinfeld once joked about a survey that found that the fear of public speaking ranks higher in most people’s minds than the fear of death. “In other words,” he deadpanned, “at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.” Can you relate? I can. Not that I would prefer to be the one in the casket, but I have definitely had my share of anxiety when it comes to public speaking. My profession requires making presentations to various groups. Whether it is to a selection committee to win project or to present information about a project that has been constructed, public speaking can play a major role in the duties of an architect, one that I feared for many years.

So, I decided to volunteer for the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau and pushed myself to overcome this fear. As I reasoned, I was interested in promoting green building and in volunteering some additional time for the Chapter. As an architect and LEED AP, I have knowledge on the subject, the audiences should be noncontroversial and interested in the topic, and I would probably learn something in the process. Most of all, I thought, I just might overcome one of my biggest fears.

After a few years as a volunteer speaker, all of my initial reasoning has proved to be accurate. I have come to enjoy the presentations and actually find myself looking forward to the next. Even though I misspoke during a recent presentation, saying ‘LEED Green Fellow’ instead of ‘LEED Fellow’ and had a few jokes thrown at me afterward, I survived and even laughed at my own error. So, I may not give a perfect presentation and still experience some anxiety, but the overall experience has been a very positive one.

Therefore, if you are interested in promoting green building but fear public speaking, like the rest of us, there is likely an opportunity for you as part of the USGBC-STL Speaker’s Bureau!

For more information about the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau, see http://www.usgbc-stl.org/speakers-bureau. To volunteer for the Speakers Bureau, contact Chapter staff at usgbc-stl@mobot.org.

- Submitted by Barbara Anderson, a member of the USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee, a member of the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau and an an architect at Oates Associates.




Energize Missouri Industries

Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has recently announced the Energize Missouri Industries program, which was created to provide industries with the opportunity to realize measurable energy savings that will result in reduced energy costs and increased market competitiveness.

The program provides incentives that will allow small and large industrial companies to

  • benchmark their facilities
  • conduct energy audits, and
  • conduct energy systems retrofits.

Private companies located or with facilities in Missouri and classified under the following 2007 NAICS code sectors are eligible:

  • 31-33–Manufacturing
  • 493–Warehousing and Storage

See a more detailed list of eligible industries.

Applications are due July 9th, 2010 by 4 PM CST.

For more information, see the MDNR website or contact the Energize Missouri Industries at 1-877-610-0831 or EMI.efficiency@shawgrp.com.




June USGBC-STL Program Approved for 1 GBCI CE Hour

USGBC-STL’s June 15 Program, “Greensburg Kansas: Three Years into Rebuilding Green from the Ground Up”, has been successfully reviewed and approved by the USGBC Education Provider Program for 1 GBCI CE Hour.

Be sure to RSVP for the program and attend to earn 1 GBCI CE Hour!  Note: LEED Professionals are responsible for self-reporting all of their continuing eduction activities.




Chapter Members in the News

USGBC-STL Members Pat Justis, of AmerenUE and Marc Lopata, of Microgrid Energy, were featured in a Post-Dispatch article on June 10, 2010 entitled Energy savings is slow to catch on.

Post-Dispatch reporter, Jeffrey Tomich, discusses AmerenUE’s business energy efficiency incentives. According to the article, completed projects “will save 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year — the equivalent of power used by 4,000 homes.” About the same amount of energy savings are represented by projects in the queue.

While this is an impressive amount of energy and pollution saved, according to the article, AmerenUE would like to see more projects participate.

Read the entire article!

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If you are or see a USGBC-STL member who appears in the news, please let us know! Send a link to the article to usgbc-stl@mobot.org.




Clayton Green Power Community Challenge

Leading municipalities across the nation are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to become a Green Power Community (GPC). Green Power Communities are cities in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green power in amounts that meet targets set by the EPA.

In April, Clayton’s Board of Alderman committed to pursuing the GPC designation by unanimously passing a resolution to embark on an GPC Challenge via a joint effort of the City of Clayton, AmerenUE Pure Power and Clayton-based, Microgrid Energy.

The Green Power Community Challenge focuses on encouraging local businesses, residents, and non-profit organizations to support new sources of renewable energy and reduce the City of Clayton’s carbon footprint. In addition, Challenge events and activities will include a focused renewable energy education effort for Clayton residents and businesses, and in particular, the students in the Clayton School District.

The City of Clayton officially kicked off the Challenge on June 3rd with a luncheon at the Clayton Fire Station. Mayor Linda Goldstein (see photo below) shared several reasons why Clayton elected to participate in the Challenge, joining leading municipalities around the country in becoming an EPA Green Power Community:

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“In Clayton, we know today that renewable energy is here, in Missouri, and that it is working. We also know that increasing the amount of renewable energy in the Missouri power pool through the purchase of RECs or installation of onsite solar will reduce carbon emissions and promote local economic development.”

There are two ways that Clayton residents and businesses can help the City achieve the Green Power Community Challenge goal of 670 Megawatt Hours per month:

  • Enroll in AmerenUE Pure Power or any other Green-e certified voluntary green power program. Each Renewable Energy Credit represents 1 megawatt hour of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the grid, which means one less megawatt hour of conventional power. Each Renewable Energy Credit also represents the environmental benefit of displacing pollution from traditional energy generation with fossil fuels. And specifically, Pure Power Renewable Energy Credits support Missouri wind farms, which keeps environmental benefits working at home.

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  • Install an onsite green power system. GPC Challenge partner Microgrid Energy is a Clayton-based business offering a 10% discount to any Clayton business or resident who installs during the Challenge (before April 22, 2011). Each kilowatt-hour of power generated from a Clayton based solar electric system will count toward the Challenge goal.

The good news is that either option supports more local and renewable energy sources. The even better news is that opting for one or even both will help the City of Clayton achieve its Green Power Community Challenge goal.

To learn more about supporting the Clayton Green Power Community Challenge or to find out how your community can get involved – see the City of Clayton’s press release or Ecology webpage or visit the  EPA’s Green Power Community Challenge website.

- Submitted by Cindy Bambini, an employee of 3Degrees and a USGBC-STL Green Schools Subcommittee member, and Rick Hunter, an employee of Microgrid Energy and a member of the USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee.




Sustainable Products Summit Presentations Available

Presentations are now available from the June 3 Certified Sustainable Products Summit.

See the full and final agenda. Or download the following presentations:

Sustainability: What is it and Why is it Important?
Mark Carter, Market Transformation to Sustainability

Identifying and Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainability
Bill Gregory, Milliken and Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth & Bicknese

Why Standards and Certifications: A Large Firm’s Perspective
Clark Davis and Mary Ann Lazarus, HOK

SMaRT – Validating an Organization’s Commitment to Sustainability
Denny Darragh, Forbo Flooring Systems

For more resources on sustainable products, check out the following resources:

Eco-Library Matrix (April 2009)

Perkins + Will Precautionary List

Living Building Challenge Red List

Whole Building Design Guide’s Environmentally Preferable Product Page




Tune in to FM-88 KDHX June 7 at 7pm!

Tune in to FM-88 KDHX “Earthworms” enviro-talk show Monday, June 7th at 7pm to hear the latest about Greensburg, Kansas! Host Jean Ponzi will interview Daniel Wallach, Executive Director and Founder of Greensburg GreenTown and keynote speaker at our June program.

A podcast of this interview will be available as an audio file shortly after the live broadcast ends 8 pm – simply visit the KDHX “Earthworms” archives.




First LEED ND Project Certifies in St. Louis!

McCormack Baron Salazar’s Renaissance Place was recently award LEED for Neighborhood Development Certification under the Pilot Program. LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED for Neighborhood Development is a collaboration among USGBC, Congress for New Urbanism and the Natural Resource Defense Council.

Renaissance Place is the only LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Project to achieve certification in the St. Louis area. Congratulations to McCormack Baron Salazar and the St. Louis Housing Authority for this accomplishment! Now that LEED ND is out of the pilot phase and official, we hope this will be the first of many LEED ND projects in the St. Louis area!

For more information about Renaissance Place, see a recent press release or this brochure about the development.




“Above & Beyond” USGBC-STL Volunteer Recognition – June

USGBC-STL is committed to recognizing volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program! This month, we are happy to recognize Suzanne Mondello, Synergy Integrators.

Suzanne Mondello is recognized for assisting in the development of and presenting another successful CMP information session.  Suzanne’s time and energy invested in deciphering the Credentialing Maintenance Program has shed new light on the topic for many LEED Professionals within our community.

Thanks, Suzanne, for your commitment and hard work!

Previous Recognitions

May 2010
Marjorie Melton, M3 Engineering Group, USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee and Scholarship Task Force

April 2010

Richard Schuessler, Huntleigh McGehee and USGBC-STL Government Advocacy Subcommittee
Cristina Spicer, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., USGBC-STL Growing Green Awards Task Force and Emerging Green Builders
Becky Finch, Missouri Lawyers Weekly and USGBC-STL Growing Green Awards Task Force

March 2010
Helene Mathis, USGBC-STL Program Committee & Growing Green Awards Task Force

February 2010
Vicki Woodside, CI Select, USGBC-STL Marketing Committee
Christy Cunningham-Saylor, Vertegy, USGBC-STL Program Committee & Education Task Force