Archive for January, 2012

2012 Growing Green Awards Celebration

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapteris proud to celebrate and recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices.

New and Improved 2012 Nomination Categories:

  • Community Champion
  • Education
  • Emerging Leader
  • Innovation
  • Operational Excellence
  • Restoration

Winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Celebration!

WHEN
March 29, 2012, 5:30pm

WHERE
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
2319 Chouteau Ave., Suite 200 (63103)

FEE $75 per ticket through March 21st
(includes cocktails, dinner, dessert + on-site parking)

Price increases to $85 per ticket after March 21st.

PURCHASE TICKETS via our online Event Registration.

Click here for more information about the Growing Green Awards.

QUESTIONS? Contact growinggreenawards@gmail.com

Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!

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Members in the News

Thomas Taylor, general manager of Vertegy, An Alberici Enterprise and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member, has been featured in the St. Louis Construction and Real Estate E-news.  Vertegy helped Volkswagen deliver the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the Platinum LEED certification from USGBC, for both the Volkswagen Assembly Plant and the Volkswagen Academy, located on the same site in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Taylor remarks, “Volkswagen’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally-responsible manufacturing is remarkable and the company is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Click here to read the full article and see all of the environmental highlights of the Volkswagen Assembly Plant


Teri Pesapane
, of Growing Green, Inc. and member of the Marketing Committee at USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, was recently featured in the St. Louis Business Journal. How many USGBC-Missouri Gateway members have hosted an international delegation of leaders in their own industry? Teri Pesapane, founder and president of Growing Green, Inc., an interior landscaping firm, and her husband and co-owner Joel, did just that. More than 65 members of the National Interiorscape Network came to St. Louis in late 2011 for their three-day annual conference, some coming from as far away as London. This demonstration of leadership earned Growing Green the lead spot in Greg Edwards’ St. Louis Business Journal column “Shoptalk.”

Read Edward’s column here


Mary Ostafi
, of HOK and Chair of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee, was featured in an article of the St. Louis Business Journal, Digital records, recycling advance green efforts. Ostafi discusses the new green initiative at Metropolitan Square meant to educate tenants on recyclables, compostables, and reusables. In addition, many paper documents are being switched over to digital files, in an effort to conserve resources. Going green starts with small steps, while “ongoing education is the key to getting people to do the right thing.”

The full article can be found in the January 13-19, 2012 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal




Open House for LEED registered home

February 2nd marks the grand opening party, unveiling the renovated display home on the 4200 block of McRee.  This redevelopment in the Botanical Heights neighborhood, features 30 LEED registered homes both new and renovated and is just two blocks from the Missouri Botanical Garden!

Sustainable features of the homes include ENERGY STAR rated appliances, low VOC paints, energy efficient lighting, bamboo flooring at entryway, landscaping with drought tolerant plants and rain garden, and much more!

Come see for yourself on February 2, 2012 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. In addition to an open house at 4246 McRee there will be brews from Urban Chestnut for you to enjoy. See what LEED certified homes have to offer!

More info on the open house or specific home features.




Permaculture Training: A Four-Day Design and Hands-On Intensive Class

In good permaculture design, work is minimized, yields (food, energy and income) are increased, wastes are eliminated and the environment is restored. This four-day foundational training course in permaculture design features a practical bent. Classroom and project components will be geared for the suburban or city resident who wants to transform their immediate environment into one of natural beauty, productivity and functionality. The workshop earns credit toward Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Certification.
Project-Based Training and Instruction will cover:

·        Water harvesting using rain gardens, rain tanks, grey water collection systems, swales

·        Intensive, ecological sensitive food production using backyard aquaponics, growing on concrete, rooftop and apartment gardening, simple greenhouse ideas, plant guilds

·        Energy sustainability through biomass generation, conservation measures, renewable technologies

·        Soil conservation and regeneration through hugelkultur, sheet composting, compost tea, designing and building earth berms

·        And more!
INSTRUCTOR:
Bill Wilson, Guest Instructor & Co-Founder Midwest Permaculture (www.midwestpermaculture.com), holds two Permaculture Design (PDC) Certificates with Advanced Training in Permaculture Design, and has taught internationally in over 26 PDC courses, plus shorter-form workshops and intensives. With his wife and Permaculture education partner Rebecca, Bill have created a Permaculture oasis surrounding their suburban home, and continually contribute to their sustainably-oriented community of Stelle, Illinois .

WHEN:
March 8 – 11, 2012
8:30 am – 5:30 pm each day with optional evening activities which run until 9:00 pm.

WHERE:
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education,  4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126.  Park and enter from the WEST side of the building AND at local project sites.

FEE:
EARLY BIRD RATE (Through February 10th):
$495 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and Missouri Botanical Garden Members.
$550 for Non-members

After February 10th:
$550 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and Missouri Botanical Garden Members.
$595 for non-members

Advance registration required by Monday, Mar. 5

REGISTER:
Visit our events registration page, then scroll down and click on the “Register” button under the “Permaculture Training: A Four-Day Design and Hands-On Intensive Class” event listing.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email, usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org, or phone (314) 577-0225.


 




Quantifying Financial Benefits & Bankability of LEED Projects

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View Marc Lopata’s Presentation
View Rich Greene’s Presentation

Presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Building Owners and Managers Association and Missouri Growth Association.

The Triple-Bottom-Line philosophy will help a building provide healthy surroundings for its occupants, minimize impacts to the Earth and its resources, and meet the owner’s business needs. Building owners will have different reasons for “building green”, but if it doesn’t make financial sense, it probably doesn’t matter how strong the other drivers may be.

Regardless of the various benefits, many a green building initiative has been cut from the budget during value engineering because the owner didn’t understand its expected financial performance. Our jobs as triple-bottom-line advocates will be more successful if we understand the financial bottom line and can effectively communicate it to the project team.

Financial performance can be fairly easy to estimate once you understand the lingo: like internal rate of return, cap rate, and net present value. With a little refresher on Finance 101, you can tailor these decision-making tools to your project conditions and help the project team understand why building green makes sense for all three bottom lines.

Just in case you slept through Finance class in college, this will be a lot shorter – a 45-minute summary of how you can quantify financial parameters for a typical LEED new construction or existing building project and discussion of traditional financing options for renewable projects, followed by Q&A.

SPEAKERS:
Marc Lopata, President, Microgrid Energy
Richard Greene, Director, Clarus Advisors, LLC

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1 GBCI CE Hour
1 AIA/CES CEH

WHEN
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking,
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114  map & parking instructions

FEE
Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway, RCGA, BOMA and MGA Members as well as Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

REGISTERClick here to visit our Event Registration page, then scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Quantifying Financial Benefits & Bankability of LEED Projects event listing.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.


Thanks to our Program Sponsor:  PNC Bank!




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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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, April 27 and Monday, April 30, 2012
8:30am-5pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00-8:30am

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 175 (The Burr Oak Room)
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

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

aia logoCONTINUING EDUCATION
15 AIA/CES LU/HSW/SD


REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 2nd Edition, USGBC
2) USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide, USGBC
Both of which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website. Please plan for shipping time.
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 register online.

INSTRUCTORS
Jaime Kelley, LEED AP is an environmental engineer with over 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. Jaime currently serves as at-large member 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 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.




LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep Course

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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, February 24 & 27, 2012
8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00 – 8:30 am

WHERE
Color Art Integrated Interiors
1325 North Warson Road ,
St. Louis, MO 63132
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 Past 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.






Sustainable Building for Affordable Housing Development

WHEN
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
9:00 am – Noon

WHERE
Harris Stowe State University AT&T Library and Technology Resource Center – Telecommunity Room

Demand for green amenities is growing across all segments of the housing market, including affordable housing. State housing finance agencies across the country are requiring more sustainable features for newly constructed or rehabbed rental units, and more and more affordable housing professionals are recognizing that building green is not only good for the environment but can also drastically reduce operating expenses and provide healthier indoor environments for  tenants and new homeowners. 

Offered in partnership with the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Sustainable Building for Affordable Housing Development will describe what sustainable building is, demonstrate the importance of third-party green building standards such as LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and Enterprise Green Communities, and show how sustainable affordable housing development is making a big difference for low-income residents in the St. Louis area. This training will be beneficial to community development professionals, neighborhood leaders, and any others interested in building healthy, sustainable communities.

Check back soon for information on presenters. Refreshments will be provided.  To RSVP for this training or for more information, please contact Andrew Bradley, Affordable Housing Development Intern.




Members in the News

Jeff Day, architect at Jeff Day & Associates and USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter member, has recently been featured in an article of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Day is “trying to take away the stigma of green architecture having to be ultramodern.”

In this article, Day discusses the architectural components of creating an “active house” for the Smith family that is visually indistinguishable from its neighbors in historic Webster Groves. “Active house” construction is a technique that combines energy efficiency, healthy indoor air and a design to take best advantage of sun, shade and breezes; and the Smith’s are the first in the United States to use this type of construction.

Read the full article here.

Additionally, Emily Andrews, Executive Director of USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter, has been featured in a recent article of the Suburban Journals.  Andrews discusses the growing interest in green building throughout the St. Louis area and the work of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter in helping many commercial and residential buildings go green!

Read the full article here.




Greening the Heartland Scholarships

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to be able to grant two full and one partial scholarships to attend the Greening the Heartland Conference, May 16-18, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana. USGBC-MG believes that everyone should have access to green buildings and green communities as well as green building education. Through this scholarship, we hope to increase the participation of those interested in serving communities not typically represented in the areas of sustainability. This year, one of USGBC-MG’s targeted efforts is to accelerate the greening of our existing building stock.

Applications are due by 5 pm Central Standard Time on Thursday, March 15. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 29.

Download the scholarship application here.

Funds for the Greening the Heartland Scholarships were raised at our annual ECORIDE in October 2011 – a fun, family-friendly and recreation bike ride on the Riverfront Trail. Save the date for ECORIDE 2012 – October 20!