Members in the News – 10 Years of Green Building

A plethora of Chapter founders and leaders are quoted in Construction News and Real Estate‘s July/August edition feature article: 10 Years of Green Building. The article looks at USGBC-MO Gateway’s history, growth, effect, and future in the context of local sustainable development over the past decade.

Chapter members Timothy Michels, JoAnn Brookes, Deborah Frank, Marc Lopata, Paul Todd Merrill, and Pat Justis are quoted.

“It has been an astounding decade for advocates of sustainable construction in St. Louis. Ten years ago, when Bob Berkebeile helped people in St. Louis start one of the first local chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building rating system had been on the market for only a year.

As of May 2011, there were 139 LEED buildings in the St. Louis area. Several area municipalities had adopted LEED ordinances for public buildings or publicly-financed construction. The local chapter had grown to over 500 members throughout Missouri, and architects, engineers, and contractors were implementing sustainable building practices on all sorts of projects that never applied for a LEED designation. . .”  Read more


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