Archive for June, 2014

Greening Healtcare: What Goes In, Must Come Out

Presented in partnership with St. Louis Community College.

Click here to view a list of attendees. (PDF)

There are many opportunities for increasing sustainability of healthcare environments ranging from green building to greening facility operations, administrative practices, supply chain, and cafeterias.

This course will discuss the triple bottom line approach to greening supply chain, waste streams, and food service.  With the uniqueness of each healthcare facility and environments varying from administrative offices to sterile medical spaces, come specific challenges in creating sustainable environments.

The course will shed light on challenges in greening supply chains, waste streams, and food in a variety of healthcare environments.  Providing proof that a sustainability initiative was successful will help healthcare leadership buy into expanding the program or trying new sustainability efforts.

Simple Evidence Based Design practices will help show the value of a piloted sustainability program through measurable results.  How-to critical thinking exercises will help prepare attendees to bring sustainability into their line of work.

This course is intended for a broad audience ranging from healthcare administrators and practitioners to facilities employees and healthcare design professionals.

CE Hours
This course offers 2 GBCI CE Hours

INSTRUCTOR
Lois Sechrist, Senior Analyst, Ascension Health

WHEN
Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 – 9:30 am

WHERE
St. Louis Community College Corporate Campus
3221 McKelvey Road
Bridgeton, Missouri 63044

FEE
$30/USGBC-MGC Member
$45/Non-member

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

Thanks to our In-Depth Education Seminar Sponsors!

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




Free Energy Audits for Congregations!

Missouri Interfaith Power and Light & U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter are pleased to be partnering to offer free energy audits to 8 – 12 congregations within the USGBC-MGC territory!

This is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign. Audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

Congregations chosen to receive energy audits must also commit to on-going benchmarking of their building by participating in the 25 x 20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign. MO IPL and USGBC-MGC volunteers can provide assistance with this process. Additionally, there is an ENERGY STAR for Congregations tool, specific to places of worship.

USGBC-MGC and MO IPL are hosting a free ENERGY STAR For Congregations workshop on August 25. Look for details soon!

Energy Audit Applications are due by 5 PM on August 29, 2014 – APPLY NOW!

Applicants will be notified of award by September 15, 2014 and the audits should take place in fall 2014.

July 31: Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship

Interested in learning more about this opportunity? Join us on July 31 for Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship! This event is free to all, but registration is required here.




USGBC-MGC Seeks Energy Auditor

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks the services of an Energy Auditor to perform a limited number of building energy audits for congregations and faith communities within our Chapter territory.

We are pleased to be partnering with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light to provide energy audits for a limited number of local congregations and faith-communities. This is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign – www.25×20.org. Audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

View the full Request for Proposals.

Proposals are due Friday, July 11 by 5 pm

We anticipate the following timetable for the project

  • August 1, 2014 – Notification of Award for Energy Audit Services
  • August 29, 2014 – Congregation Applications Due
  • September 15, 2014 – Congregations Chosen
  • October 1 – December 15, 2104 – Benchmarking & Audits Performed
  • January 10, 2015 – Audit Reports submitted to USGBC-MGC, MO IPL and participating congregation or faith community



Check out our 2013 Annual Report!

Every year we make progress towards the goal of ensuring that green building is accessible to all through our outreach, education, collaborations and partnerships. In 2013, we took several big leaps that support our mission of making every building a green building. Through these big leaps,, we have grown and green building has grown! We are pleased to share our 2013 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from 2013 that you can read more about in our annual report:

  • Launched the Green Schools Quest
  • Increased collaborative efforts by working with nearly 40 diverse partner
  • Debuted a new opportunity to discuss complex green building topics with the Technical Committee’s “Tech Talks”
  • Launched 2nd LEED Community Project in partnership with Forest Park Forever

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2013 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2013 Annual Report here.




Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Program

The U.S. Green Building Council and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently announced the expanded 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The program awards financial and educational resources to developers of affordable housing in North America that are committed to building sustainable communities through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program.

This year the program will expand to 14 awardees from 10 in 2012, the most recent year that grants were awarded. Applications will be accepted from now until July 11, 2014.

A review committee of industry leaders will award 14 affordable housing projects in the U.S. and Canada with the following support:

  • Cash award of $25,000 to be used to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification
  • Complimentary LEED for Neighborhood Development reference guide
  • Registration for the online LEED for Neighborhood Development webinar series
  • Registration for a LEED for Neighborhood Development educational workshop
  • Waived registration and exam fees for one member of each project team to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential
  • Monthly support calls and direct access for technical inquiries
  • One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans
  • Travel stipend to attend Greenbuild 2014

In addition to the award package, three to four projects will be selected to receive a two-day, in-person technical assistance session with a team of USGBC and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) staff, valued at $3,000. The in-person meetings provide an opportunity for USGBC and GBCI staff to provide intensive, dedicated assistance to projects pursuing certification. The application form provides interested projects the opportunity to apply for the selective technical assistance sessions.

Through the previous cycles of the grant program in 2012 and 2010, USGBC has provided assistance to 20 affordable housing redevelopment projects across the country, representing the creation of 8,448 rental units and 2,391 for-sale units. All projects are being designed and built to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and indoor air quality, with the majority reserved for low-income residents.

Applicants for the program will be notified of their status in early September. To learn more about the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program and/or to apply, visit www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/affordable-neighborhoods.