Archive for September, 2011

A Case for Sustainability – Local Schools Go Green

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Presentations:
Keynote: The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School (PDF)
ENERGY STAR Advantage, Bayless High School, A Case Study (PDF)
Wyland Knocks Out Waste! (PDF)
Hoech Middle School Green Club
St. Louis County School Districts Enterprise Sustainability Platform (PDF)
River Kids: Empowering Students to Make A Difference (PDF)
Changing Urban Educational Outcomes by Changing Environments (PDF)
Beyond Recycling: Sustainability in Schools 2.0 (PDF)

A FREE Workshop for School Educators & Administrators

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is pleased to partner with St. Louis County, Cooperating School Districts, and St. Louis Community College on the fourth annual Green Schools Event: A Case for Sustainability – Local Schools Go Green!

This year’s event includes eight breakout sessions options. Be sure to bring multiple representatives from your school or district to take full advantage of the information available!

The event will kick off with a keynote presentation from Kentucky’s Warren County Public Schools speaking about their net-zero energy Richardsville Elementary School. Attendees will then have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions highlighting more than a half-dozen local school’s sustainability practices in the following tracks: The Built Environment, Student Driven Initiatives, Creating ‘Sustainability Natives’, and School Culture & Policy.  The event will close with a participatory discussion of green schools and state government.

WHEN
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
7:30 am – 12:30 pm (detailed agenda below)

WHERE
Harris-Stowe State University’s Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center –
A LEED Silver building!
10 N. Compton Ave., St. Louis MO 63103  map

PARKING/ENTRANCE
Parking is available in the lot on the EAST side of the building.  Overflow parking is available in metered spots along nearby streets. The event will take place on the second floor which is only accessible from the EAST side of the building.  Enter by taking the stairs or ramp from the parking lot.

RSVP
Register on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Event Registration page.  Once on the Event Registration page, scroll down and click the “Register” button under the “A Case for Sustainability: Local Schools Go Green” event listing. Registration deadline is November 1, 2011

AGENDA
7:30 – 8:00 am     Registration & Light Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am     Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:00 am     Keynote Address:
The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School
9:00 – 9:15 am     Break
9:15 – 10:15 am   Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1
(detailed below)
10:15 – 10:30 am  Additional Networking & Snack
10:30 – 11:30 am  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2
(detailed below)
11:30 – 11:45 pm  Break
11:45 – 12:30 pm  Closing:
Green Schools and State Government

KEYNOTE
The Nation’s First Net-Zero Energy Elementary School

Speaker: Joanie Hendricks, Public Relations Coordinator, Warren County Public Schools
Warren County Public Schools in Bowling Green, KY is home of the nation’s first Net Zero school building. The district, which has grown by about 400 students annually, has built six new schools since 2006. Each building has served as an energy efficiency milestone as officials have honed designs to achieve a school building that operates without cost as a result of limited energy consumption coupled with revenue from solar panel production. The district designed the building to be a hands-on energy museum so students can continue learning about energy. The Net Zero School milestone is one of many accomplishments of Warren County Public Schools that has also offset $6 million in energy costs since 2003 by changing behaviors and mindsets.


CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1 (9:15 – 10:15 am)

Built Environment- “ENERGY STAR Advantage, Bayless High School, A Case Study
Maureen Clancy-May Ph.D, Superintendent, Bayless School District and Jeff Lowe P.E., Owner/Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Solution Group
The Bayless School District has earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental rotection Agency. ENERGY STAR certified facilities meet strict energy performance standards set by the EPA and uses less energy, are less expensive to operate, and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. Bayless has developed a modernization plan for the High School focusing on educational excellence and the learning environment. This session will present Bayless District as a case study in improving energy and financial performance and establishing community leadership.

Student Initiatives – “Wyland Knocks Out Waste!”
Karen Worland, Gifted Educator and Jeanne Schober, Interventionist, Wyland Elementary, Riteneor School District
This is a service project developed by the 2008 gifted and talented 4th graders in an effort to educate students to take only what they will eat and eat what they take at lunch time. The group observed the problem of too much food being thrown away in the cafeteria and developed ways to solve the problem. Though a series of assemblies students brought attention to the waste and initiated an action plan to reduce waste in the cafeteria. After successfully reducing waste by 30%, the students decided they could further reduce food waste by implementing a compost program. Students made their presentation to district administration requesting help to create a composting program. With the support of the Ritenour School District, compost bins were built as an Eagle Scout Project in 2009. Wyland now has a school-wide composting program.

Sustainability Natives – “Big Changes in a Small Area: Developing Sustainability”
Betsy Guthrey, 3rd Grade Teacher, Edgar Road Elementary School; Leslie Memula, School Partnership Coordinator & Eddie Jones, Program Manager, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center
This session focuses on connecting curriculum standards to outdoor learning through the exploration of turning a small open space into a student-friendly sustainable environment that promotes healthy student interactions with the environment. Learn how to involve staff members and the community to build a solid foundation for developing a green space for students to interact with the environment.

School Culture – “Explore Synergies Between Living Buildings and K-12 Education”
Ralph Bicknese, Architect/Sustainable Design Consultant, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
This session will provide an overview of two educational facilities: St. Louis County and Hawaii, and how their exceptional sustainability features provide opportunities to enhance educational outcomes. Both buildings have achieved unprecedented levels of performance and are among the first buildings in the world certified to the stringent Living Building Challenge. Despite the distances and climatic differences they share similar objectives to be models for sustainable buildings. Both facilities were tailored to support sustainability and environmental science curriculum, are zero-net energy, zero-net water, zero-net waste, and eliminated the use of 16 “Red List Chemicals”.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2 (10:30 – 11:30 am)

Built Environment – “St. Louis County School Districts Enterprise Sustainability Platform
Robert A. Tudisco, Talisen Technologies, Inc.
Saint Louis County was awarded a Special Communities Initiative grant by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Energize Missouri Communities. This grant was selected due to its strong focus on energy savings and economic benefits for our school districts within the County. The project is to conduct a measurement and verification project consists of auditing the selected facilities and installing an Enterprise Sustainability Platform for continuous retro-commissioning at three selected school districts: Brentwood, Hazelwood, and Parkway.

Student Initiatives – “River Kids: Empowering Students to Make A Difference”
Ben Griffiths, River Kids Coordinator, The New City School
River Kids Coordinator Ben Griffiths tells the story of how he and his 4th grade students created their very own river cleaning organization. Listen to Ben retell the lessons learned from his 7 years facilitating and developing River Kids into the thriving environmental education program it has become today. Learn how you can empower students in your school to pursue their dreams of a better tomorrow for all. Identify the steps taken to form a local youth organization dedicated to cleaning rivers; explore what a youth organization like this is capable of when given the right support; examine obstacles in starting a club/organization; and learn what administrators can do to support students and teachers in such an endeavor.

Sustainability Natives – “Changing Urban Educational Outcomes by Changing Environments”
Jami Sweeney, Head Of School; Kate Hagel & Lana Azar, Parents/Committee Members, City Garden Montessori Charter
A foundation of Montessori education is caring for our planet and respecting all life upon it. Creating a sustainable community with a small footprint is a natural extension of who we are. A healthy planet and healthy children go hand in hand. More and more studies are linking environmental causes to learning and behavioral problems. City Garden is attempting to limit these causes by creating a healthy environment that is optimal for learning and success. We look at the whole child and focus on all aspects of health and environmental well-being, from the food they eat, to the toxins in their environment.

School Culture – “Beyond Recycling: Sustainability in Schools 2.0″
Robert Dillon, Principal; Scott McClintock, Science Teacher; Bill Henske, Science Teacher, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
This session will highlight the efforts of Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School to dig deeper into sustainability. Moving from recycling and turning off lights to a green school culture requires infrastructure, staff passion, and a clear focus on stewardship as a central tenant of the school. Over the past five years, MRH Middle School has expanded its sustainability education in a number of areas that can be a model for other schools. This session will spark new ideas for schools to build partnerships of learning that support the overall capacity of the green schools movement.

Closing Plenary: Green Schools and State Government
(11:45 am – 12:30 pm)
A Green Schools Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators who support the educational outreach and implementation of green schools that are healthy, environmentally friendly which promote learning, save taxpayers money and benefit everyone. Learn more and share your thoughts during this discussion of State Legislation on Greening Schools and the impact of a Green Schools Caucus.

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

Allied Waste, A Republic Services Company
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc
Blue Skies Recycling
hellmuth + bicknese architects
Murphy Company
New System Janitorial Supply
Schneider Electric
Talisen Technologies, Inc.
Trane
Universe Daylighting Solutions




New Member Welcome Event

A special New Member only event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter welcomes you to come socialize and get acquainted with USGBC-Missouri Gateway!  Chapter officers, past and present, will be on hand to share the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet fellow new members while enjoying complimentary breakfast goodies. Attendees will then take a guided tour of the building to learn about it’s many green features.

What USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

When Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where SPACE Architecture + Design
4168 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110  map

Parking & Entrance Park in the gated lot immediately to the east of the building or in nearby street parking.  All attendees should ENTER from the parking lot on east side of the building.

RSVP Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Then scroll down and click “Register” under the New Member Welcome Event listing.

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!

SPACE Architecture + Design

Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff at (314) 577-0225.

 




State of Construction & Demolition Recycling in St. Louis

A free seminar presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway and Associated General Contractors – St. Louis and hosted by St. Louis County Department of Health

The St. Louis Region and the Midwest are blessed with much open space, which means that it is easy to overlook where our generated residential and commercial waste ends up. Our landfill tipping fees, i.e. “the cost to dump”, are relatively low compared to other parts of the United States as a result of the abundance of landfill areas. Many consumers, businesses and contractors think nothing of throwing things “away and out of sight.” However, it is not environmentally responsible to dispose of items that could be salvaged, recycled or reused. It is also irresponsible to think of our landfill space as unlimited. One day there will not be an “away” for our waste disposal.

With support from St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management, USGBC-Missouri Gateway, ReSource St. Louis and Missouri Enterprise have partnered to address the need to better understand C&D waste resources in the St. Louis area and build a business case for increasing waste reduction with the ultimate goal of reducing waste in our landfills and preserving the environment for future generations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Acquire a comprehensive background on the present “lay of the landfill” as it relates to common and existing practices for dealing with C&D end of project materials.
  • Identify current best alternative practices for dealing with C&D materials in the greater St. Louis area, encouraging a shift away from current dead-end strategies.
  • Examine the recycling needs of the building community, as they relate to LEED requirements and personal best choices.
  • Capture and expand upon possible business case options as they relate to LEED requirements and personal best choices.
  • Explore barriers to C& D recycling, dispelling the myths and offering sound metrics to encourage an embracing of recycling as opposed to dumping.
  • Recognize national case studies of technologies and approaches already in place elsewhere which provide significant monetary and environmental savings to communities and states.

Thanks to the Project Team who managed the focus groups and developed the C&D Toolkit and this Education Session!
Gary Steps – Butterfly Energy Works – Instructor
Jay Swoboda – EcoUrban – Instructor
Jen Loui – Butterfly Energy Works – Project Manager

CONTINUING EDUCATION
2 GBCI CE Hours
2 AIA/CES Learning Units


WHEN

Monday, November 7, 2011
3:30 – 5:30 pm

WHERE
St. Louis County South County Health Clinic,
4580 South Lindbergh Blvd, Sunset Hills, MO 63127

Please park in the back of the building and enter the Auditorium from the parking lot.

FEE
Free!

REGISTER
Click here to visit USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s Event Registration Page.  Then scroll down and click on the “Register” button under the State of Construction & Demolition Recycling in St. Louis event listing.

Click here to visit AGC-St. Louis’ Event Registration page.




LEED EB:O&M Project Kicks-Off for CBEC

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter & Missouri Botanical Garden held a kick off meeting on Thursday, September 15 for the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education’s LEED EB: O&M process. Also known as CBEC, this building is home to the Garden’s EarthWays Center and the Chapter offices.

22 Chapter members – pictured in the photo below – attended the meeting and committed their time and talent to assist with CBEC’s LEED certification process. Chapter Volunteers will assist with credit research, calculations and performance tracking as well as project administration. We plan to start the performance period in January 2012.

We are excited to kick-off this unique community LEED EB: O&M project in cooperation with the Missouri Botanical Garden and hope to create a model for pursuing similar projects in the future. Not only will this project help the Garden pursue LEED certification, it will provide volunteers with valuable experience on a LEED project and exposure to LEED EB: O&M.

Stay tuned for progress reports!




Green Homes Great Health Festival!

Help your family live green and live healthier

Check out all the opportunities at this year’s
Green Homes & Great Health Festival! 
Local foods & live music
– 100 green product & service exhibitors
– Yoga, Tai Chi, and solar car races
– Free health screenings
– Shop the Green Marketplace
– Help paint a Metro Bus with a green theme!
– Workshops on green and healthy living topics

Learn more at www.greenhomesstl.org

WHEN:
September 24, 2011
9am – 5pm

WHERE:
Missouri Botanical Garden

COST:
$8 adults; St. Louis City/County residents;
$4 adults and free before noon;
free children (12 and under) and Garden members.   


USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter
is

a Gold sponsor of this event – be sure to visit our booth!




Lunch ‘n LEED: Health and Active Design through Green Building in the Fall 2011 Webinar Series

Fall 2011 webinar series consists of 3 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays October 25 – November 8.  Attend one or all.

This is an in-person, group viewing at the location specified below.  Lunch will not be provided, rather we encourage attendees to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the webinar viewing.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, architects and urban reformers improved buildings, streets, neighborhoods, clean water systems, and parks, in order to combat the spread of infectious disease and improve public health. Today, designers can still play a crucial role in combating some of teh most rapidly growing public health epidemics of our time, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. A growing body of research suggests that evidence-based architectural and urban design strategies can positively impact public health by promoting regular physical activity and healthy eating.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION
1.5 GBCI hours – NOT LEED specific

WHEN
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 119

FEE
$10/ USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member per session OR
$20/ USGBC-Missouri Chapter Member; $30/Non-member for Webinar Series Pass
Passes are non-transferable and valid only for the individual purchaser.

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page.

**If you are interested in solely purchasing this single session, click the “Register” button under the Lunch ‘n LEED: Health and Active Design through Green Building (session 1 of 3 in the Fall 2011 Webinar Series) event listing

**If you are interested in purchasing a Fall 2011 Webinar Series Pass, click the “Register” button under the Webinar Series Pass: Fall 2011 (Lunch ‘n LEED) event listing.

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




Lunch ‘n LEED – LEED 253: Greenhouse Gases & Green Buildings: Understanding and Achieving Key Reduction Goals in the Fall 2011 Webinar Series

Fall 2011 webinar series consists of 3 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays October 25 – November 8.  Attend one or all.

This is an in-person, group viewing at the location specified below.  Lunch will not be provided, rather we encourage attendees to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the webinar viewing.

Join USGBC for an important online session bringing you the tools you need to understand fundamental concepts, accounting requirements, important reduction goals related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the cutting-edge strategies needed to meet these goals.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION
1.5 GBCI hours – NOT LEED specific

WHEN
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 119

FEE
$10/ USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member per session OR
$20/ USGBC-Missouri Chapter Member; $30/Non-member for Webinar Series Pass
Passes are non-transferable and valid only for the individual purchaser.

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page.

**If you are interested in solely purchasing this single session, click the “Register” button under the Lunch ‘n LEED: LEED 253: Greenhouse Gases & Green Buildings: Understanding and Achieving Key Reduction Goals (session 2 of 3 in the Fall 2011 Webinar Series) event listing

**If you are interested in purchasing a Fall 2011 Webinar Series Pass, click the “Register” button under the Webinar Series Pass: Fall 2011 (Lunch ‘n LEED) event listing.

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




Lunch ‘n LEED: Climate Adaptation & the Built Enviro: Tools & Resources for Success in the Fall 2011 Webinar Series

Fall 2011 webinar series consists of 3 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays October 25 – November 8.  Attend one or all.

This is an in-person, group viewing at the location specified below.  Lunch will not be provided, rather we encourage attendees to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the webinar viewing.

Green building is widely-recognized as valuable strategy to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The decisions we make about how to design, build, and operate built environments have important consequences and will determine the severity of climate impacts. Join the USGBC Research Department and expert panelists as they discuss the application of practical green building and urban design strategies to prepare for changing conditions. This session aims to provide an understanding of what local, state, and federal governments can do to build resilience and reduce the potential for negative outcomes.

CMP_3CONTINUING EDUCATION
1.5 GBCI hours – NOT LEED specific

WHEN
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 119

FEE
$10/ USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member per session OR
$20/ USGBC-Missouri Chapter Member; $30/Non-member for Webinar Series Pass
Passes are non-transferable and valid only for the individual purchaser.

REGISTER
Click here to visit our Event Registration page.

**If you are interested in solely purchasing this single session, click the “Register” button under the Lunch ‘n LEED: Climate Adaptation & the Built Enviro: Tools & Resources for Success (session 3 of 3 in the Fall 2011 Webinar Series) event listing

**If you are interested in purchasing a Fall 2011 Webinar Series Pass, click the “Register” button under the Webinar Series Pass: Fall 2011 (Lunch ‘n LEED) event listing.

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