Archive for April, 2011

Living Green: Building A Sustainable Future

This Monday, May 2nd, LEE Institute will be presenting a panel discussion on sustainability and architecture, entitled Living Green: Building A Sustainable Future. Chris Cedergreen, president of Forum Studio, Inc., will be discussing energy & natural resource consumption and our changing homes. Joining him on the panel are Maren Engelmohr, Tomislav Zigo, and Catalina Freixas. The panel will address ways to reduce our carbon footprint on the natural environment and the simple changes that have a significant impact on creating a more productive and healthy environment.

Living Green: Building A Sustainable Future will be held at the Ladue Chapel on Wednesday, May 2, 2011 at 7:30pm. A reception follows this presentation; both are FREE and open to all.

Ladue Chapel will also be showing “Bag It”, a documentary film about our cultural love affair with plastics, on May 4th. A follow up discussion and action steps will be held on May 9th.

For more information on events and location click here.




USGBC – Missouri Gateway LEED AP BD+C Specialty Exam Prep Course

For professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings, the LEED AP Building Design + Construction exam is designed to measure your knowledge and skill in understanding the LEED BD+C Rating System and ability to facilitate the project certification process.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED BD+C Specialty Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED BD+C Specialty exam.  Skilled instructors will discuss categories and credits in the LEED BD&C Rating System, explore methods of sustainable project delivery and green building practices, and offer test taking tips. Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction, Exam Strategy, and BD+C Process
·        Sustainable Sites
·        Water Efficiency
·        Energy and Atmosphere
·        Materials and Resources
·        Indoor Environmental Quality
·        Test Taking Tips
·        Practice Exam

WHEN
Friday and Monday, July 22 & 25, 2011
8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00 – 8:30 am

WHERE
Masonry Institute of St. Louis
1429 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
map

FEE
$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbook costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) USGBC LEED Building Design + Construction Study Guide, USGBC
2) LEED AP Building Design + Construction Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 16 of the handbook.
3) LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, USGBC (NOT required for course, but strongly recommended)

The study guide and reference guide may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website. The study guide price is $70 for employees of national USGBC member companies/$85 for non-members.  Please plan for shipping time.

PREREQUISITES
Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then scroll down and click on the Register button under the LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Specialty Exam Prep Course event listing.

INSTRUCTORS
Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco’s Director of Sustainable Construction, is a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 states and responsible for planning, design and construction of Clayco’s sustainable efforts. Paul has been involved in over 30 LEED certified projects and, for the past eight years, he has developed and led LEED training sessions covering LEED versions 2.1, 2.2 and 3.0 for Clayco’s internal educational efforts and training sessions for owners, building code officials, law firms, manufactures and subcontractors. In addition, Paul is an adjunct professor at Washington University in the Sever School of Engineering.  Paul received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. Paul currently serves as Chair on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board of Directors.

Nick Bristow
, Project Engineer at Clayco, can be generally be called a coordinator for Clayco LEED Projects. From the first checklist to certification, Nick works with the Design and Construction team to pursue LEED certification of buildings. Nick has been involved with 10 LEED certified buildings and another 25 registered projects of various versions including LEED NC v2.2, LEED CS v2.0, and LEED 2009. For the past three years, he helped to develop and lead Clayco’s LEED AP training program.  Nick volunteers for the LEED committee of the St. Louis Habitat for Humanity, builder of 50 LEED Platinum homes locally and counting, and has participated in two different item writing workshops for the Green Building Certificate Institute, maker of the LEED AP and Green Associate exams.

PLEASE NOTE
This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED AP BD+C Specialty exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks and for further study.  Registering and taking the LEED AP exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the specialty portion of the LEED AP BD+C credentialing exam. LEED AP exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty. Candidates must pass both portions of the exam in order to receive the LEED AP credential.

QUESTIONS?
Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thank You to our Event Sponsor!




Chapter Members Selected to Judge National Competition

Chapter members Jan Niehaus, president of Communication by Design, and Mary Ann Lazarus, senior vice president and firmwide director of sustainable design at HOK, were selected to judge the national “Greenest of the Green” competition sponsored by the National Association of Electrical Distributors (www.NAED.org).

Jerry Yudelson, internationally renowned expert on green building and sustainability, and lighting guru Bill Attardi rounded out the four-member panel of judges.

Learn more about the national competition here.

Both longtime Chapter members, Jan serves as Chair of the Marketing Committee and Mary Ann has served on the board and chaired the Program Committee.




Greening America’s Schools

Grist Magazine recently featured an article on U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Schools Program. USGBC staff, Rachel Gutter, answers questions the program, green schools state legislation and how President Obama’s daughter attends a green school. According to USGBC’s Green School Building’s website, green schools cost less to operate and free up resources to truly improve students’ education. One particular school in Manassas Park, VA sets an example for greening schools with curriculum and learning in mind.

To read the article in Grist magazine click here or see more information on Green School Buildings here.




Smart Energy Solutions for Schools

A free energy action workshop is being offered on Tuesday, April 26th at Maritz discussing utilizing natural gas technology to improve the efficiency and sustainable operation of schools. The workshop will run from 8am to 1pm, with breakfast at 7am and lunch provided. Presentations will feature several representatives from Laclede Gas Company as well as various architects, engineers, and contractors.

For more information and to register contact Kristina Embry, Marketing and Business Development at kembry@lacledegas.com or 314.342.0690




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

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-Missouri Gateway’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

  • Introduction and Core Concepts
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

WHEN
Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23, 2011
8:30am-5pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00-8:30am

WHERE
Masonry Institute of St. Louis
1429 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
map

FEE
$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

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REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts, USGBC
2) USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide, USGBC
Both of which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website. The price is reduced if purchased as a set ($100 for employees of national USGBC member companies; $120 for non-members). Please plan for shipping time. A limited number of textbooks will be available for purchase from USGBC-Missouri Gateway at the registration desk on the first day of class for $100/set; to purchase these sets interested participants MUST reserve copies by contacting USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff and receive confirmation from USGBC-Missouri Gatewaystaff that the texts have been reserved for them.
3) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 12 of the handbook.

PREREQUISITES
Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.  Students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course which may be submitted to meet eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam.

REGISTER
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Click here
to visit our Event Registration page, then click the“Register” button under the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

INSTRUCTORS
Jaime Kelley, LEED AP is an environmental engineer with 15 years of experience in sustainable urban planning and project management. She is a strategic, innovative thinker who brings sustainable development and design expertise to the implementation and management of both small and large projects. Jaime offers experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications through her past leadership on several LEED-registered buildings.

Lois Sechrist
, LEED AP ID+C is a sustainability consultant with 25 years of experience in interior architecture and project management.  Lois was the project manager for two LEED-certified projects, has served on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Green Schools Subcommittee and is an active member of the University City Green Practices Committee.

PLEASE NOTE
This exam prep course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The LEED AP Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty portion.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thank You to our Event Sponsor!

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Above & Beyond Chapter Volunteer Recognition – April

USGBC-Missouri Gateway 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 all members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Higher Education subcommittee, nominated by Tony Ruebsam for their myriad accomplishments over the past year!

Together with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center (STL Campus Sustainability Network), the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Higher Education subcommittee played a key role in the formation of the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium.  Both organizations created significant momentum and cohesion for sustainability initiatives within higher ed institutions in the St. Louis region through the establishment of the STL Campus Sustainability Network (EWC) and hosting of quarterly Higher Ed Luncheons allowing institutions who have engaged in sustainability initiatives to share information and experiences.  From here, a sustainability consortium that would be led by the higher ed institutions themselves and would gain momentum of its own was envisioned.  Members of the Higher Ed subcommittee participated on the steering committee for the Consortium, contributing to the development of the Consortium and it’s mission: to connect the strengths, resources, and knowledge of St. Louis area universities and colleges, to advance collective sustainable initiatives that cultivate innovation, to eliminate non-productive competition, and to create a network that is more than the sum of its parts.

Additionally, members of the Higher Education subcommittee created and launched the St. Louis Green Shadow mentor program. The St. Louis Green Shadow exposes students to green jobs in the St. Louis region through a one day shadow of local business people.  Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship.  The program has been very well received and continues to grow.  Shadow and Mentor applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  The Higher Education subcommittee encourages you to consider applying!

While still keeping an active role in the accomplished projects of the past, the subcommittee is always looking ahead. On the horizon: college curriculum to transform the built environment.

Thank you to all of the members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Higher Education subcommittee!  Your creativity and action is making substantial contributions to support the Chapter vision and make positive impacts on the community.

The Higher Education Advocacy Subcommittee:

Chris Gordon
Christopher Manzo
Dan Rayhawk
Daniel Raftery
Hope Breidenbach
Janet Witter
Katy Mike Smaistrla
Kelly Pimmel
Lauren Talley
Lisa Thompson
Peggy Moody
Robin Morrow
Mike Ruediger
Ryan Spies
Tiffany Duncan
Tim Gaidis
Wanda Evans




Congrats to 2011 Growing Green Award Winners!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is pleased to celebrate the individuals and organizations that are transforming the built environment. Winners were announced at the March 30 Growing Green Awards celebration, which also marks the Chapter’s Ten Year Anniversary.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

  • Innovator: HOK
  • Residential: Trumpet Builders
  • Non-profit: Focus St. Louis
  • Educator: St. Louis Community College
  • Government: City of St. Louis
  • Corporate: St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association
  • Honorary 10-Year Anniversary Award – Cultivating 10 Years of Green Building: Missouri Botanical Garden

Look for more information and photos soon!