Archive for January, 2017

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Spring 2017

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 it 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  LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course.

WHEN
Thursday, March 9, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

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

Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

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

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publicationspage of the USGBC website.

2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

PLEASE NOTE This 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 Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

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

This program is supported in part by the 

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District 

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources




“Living Building Challenge in Practice” USGBC-MGC’s Latest Online Course Offering

As a USGBC Education Partner, USGBC-Missouri Gateway produces several online courses each year hosted on the Education@USGBC platform.

Our latest course, “The Living Building Challenge in Practice,” consists of a two-part podcast in which Ralph Bicknese, LEED Fellow and interviewer Jean Ponzi discuss the basic principles and criteria of the Living Building Challenge through an exploration of multiple Living Building case studies.

The course, which offers 1 GBCI CE Hour, is available within the Education@USGBC Subscription or for individual purchase.

Click here to learn more about The Living Building Challenge in Practice. Click on the links below to view our additional online courses.

Don’t Throw Out the Baby OR The Bathwater: Young children as a key piece of the sustainable building

Regenerative Landscape Design – Why & How




Historic Preservation & Sustainability: A Symbiotic Relationship

Presented in partnership with Landmarks Association of St. Louis

Click here to view a list of program attendees (PDF)
Click here to view Walter Sedovic’s presentation (PDF)

Master speaker and sustainable preservation expert, Walter Sedovic, FAIA, LEED AP will explore the intersection of bias, modernism, heritage, memory, and preservation in this evening lecture presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc.

Through a lens of the symbiotic relationship between historic preservation and sustainability, the speaker will discuss:

  • Resolving the applicability of preservation standards to our modernist heritage buildings.
  • Exposure to methods of enhancing performance (energy, durability, adaptability) of heritage buildings.
  • Understanding the inherent paradox of applying National Register standards to modernist buildings.
  • Viewing architectural sustainability through a global lens involving community, culture & memory.

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Walter Sedovic FAIA LEED AP has dedicated his career to sustainable preservation and design. His work and firm represent the vanguard of infusing heritage sites with green building approaches and ideologies, turning historic buildings into stellar performers – especially under current building and energy conservation codes – while maintaining authenticity and a visceral connection to each building’s historic and cultural context, its reason for being. Each project provides some measure of enriched educational and stewardship, and strong community ties. Walter is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally on the subject of Sustainability and Preservation and was the Guest Editor of APTI’s (Association for Preservation Technology International) special edition Bulletin on Sustainable Preservation. His firm has won virtually every national preservation award. Walter has been distinguished with elevation to the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious College of Fellows.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation 

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

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, Landmarks Association of St. Louis Members, and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

Thanks to our Program Sponsor!
Rosemann & Associates



Becoming a Performance Driven Firm

Click here to view the presentation (PDF)

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

Presented in partnership with AIA-St. Louis.

Being a top firm is about much more than getting design awards. The design community is recognizing that excellence is about design AND performance. This is reflected in the recently revised AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten awards,  which now emphasizes the importance of actual building performance in addition to project’s design intent.

Is your firm consistently delivering high-performance buildings? Whether or not projects are LEED certified, you can develop internal systems and processes to ensure high performance projects across your portfolio. Successful companies realize improved project performance, increased profits and happier clients through performance-driven design.

This session will share frameworks, roadmaps and proven methodologies from successful firms to help attendees assess their current situation, identify strategic areas for improvement, and develop change management strategies to ensure widespread adoption of new processes and project delivery methodologies for continuous improvement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common problems that limit a firm’s ability to drive high performance through their projects.
  • Explore proven methodologies to integrate performance into project outcomes.
  • Access tools and resources for direct application in participants’ work to foster effective change management.
  • Discover a clear roadmap and steps that apply to all firms no matter where they are in the process.

SPEAKER
Barbra Batshalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts. She is an industry leader whose vision drives the organization’s programs to transform the market from public policy to professional practice. SPI’s Green Firm Certification is the first industry program to provide a framework for evaluating the capability of design and construction firms to deliver a consistent, high quality sustainability service and was adopted by HUD in 2012. SPI’s Green Firm Boot Camp workshop program has been delivered to hundreds of firms nation-wide to help raise the bar on professional practice in the industry. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work.  Her recent presentations include Greenbuild 2015 (in US, Brazil and Italy), Living Future 2014, NESEA 2015, 2016, and AIA National Convention, 2014.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW 

WHEN
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation 

WHERE
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, AIA- St. Louis Members, and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

Barbra Batshalom will also be presenting a four-hour “Project Delivery Mapping Workshop” on the morning of Wednesday, March 15. Click here for more details!

Thanks to our Event Sponsor!

Fox Architects




Project Delivery Mapping Workshop

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

Join leading expert in institutionalizing sustainability and improving firm performance and profitability Barbra Batshalom to examine your firm’s current processes and methodologies, identify barriers to success, and formulate strategies to raise the bar and provide consistent, high quality performing projects.

How does your firm achieve excellence? Do you have a methodology to achieve consistent, high quality performance? Is green sustainable, high performance design or LEED baked into your process? Is integrative design a myth or a reality for your teams? Have you signed the AIA 2030 Commitment and hit a wall – or just want to ensure success? This workshop will help you deconstruct your current project delivery process to identify barriers and formulate strategies to raise the bar and be on a path of continuous improvement. This is a fun, highly interactive way to have valuable dialogue within the firm while charting a course for the future that improves client services, business development and internal efficiencies.

Because this workshop is about how the firm operates, firms will benefit more if more representatives attend. A mix of principal, project manager and marketing or staff from across different business units yields an even richer output from the workshop which can inform discussions and actions back at the office afterwards.

SPEAKER
Barbra Batshalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts. She is an industry leader whose vision drives the organization’s programs to transform the market from public policy to professional practice. SPI’s Green Firm Certification is the first industry program to provide a framework for evaluating the capability of design and construction firms to deliver a consistent, high quality sustainability service and was adopted by HUD in 2012. SPI’s Green Firm Boot Camp workshop program has been delivered to hundreds of firms nation-wide to help raise the bar on professional practice in the industry. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work.  Her recent presentations include Greenbuild 2015 (in US, Brazil and Italy), Living Future 2014, NESEA 2015, 2016, and AIA National Convention, 2014.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 4 GBCI CE Hours and 4 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
March 15, 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

WHERE
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

FEE
$50 for USGBC-MGC Members
$75 for Non-members
***20% discount for 3 or more attendees from one firm***

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

Barbara will also be presenting on “Becoming a Performance Driven Firm” at our March 14th evening program. Click here for more details on that event!

Thanks to our Event Sponsor!

Fox Architects




How Does Your [Rain] Garden Flow?

Ownership Responsibilities And Maintenance Needs For Stormwater Treatment Best Management Practices

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

This seminar will take an in-depth look at the obligations and responsibilities of property owners for operation and maintenance of Stormwater Treatment System Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.  Presenters will provide an overview of the history and regulations leading to utilization of Stormwater Treatment Systems in the area; diving into more detail on what Stormwater Treatment BMPs are, how they are constructed, how they work, how they can fail, and why maintenance is critical to extending their useful life.  Additional information will be provided on what BMP owners can begin to expect on the cost of providing routine maintenance, non-routine maintenance, or the repairs that stem from providing no maintenance at all.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain why Stormwater Treatment Systems are required in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
  2. Compare various Best Management Practices (BMP) types by differentiating where they are located and how they treat stormwater.
  3. Describe examples of desirable and undesirable plants within rain garden BMPs, as well as examples of some common causes of Rain Garden BMP failure.
  4. Discuss how proper maintenance of a Stormwater Treatment BMPs can extend raingardens’ useful life.

SPEAKERS
Drew Hane, Managing Partner, Stormwater Pro STL
Drew Hane studied soil science, hydrology, ecology, and botany at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology and Management.  Drew brings his education and 10 years of experience in program administration to Stormwater Pro STL as the Managing Partner since joining the firm in April 2016. He is a member of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and the Missouri Water Environment Association.  He is trained in restricted use pesticide application, and completed Consent Decree & Land Disturbance Training with the Missouri Department of Transportation to become a Water Pollution Control Manager for MODOT Right of Way projects.

Brian Bauer, Partner, Stormwater Pro STL
Brian Bauer is a founding partner of Stormwater Pro STL and leverages his acquired knowledge in construction, inspection, and maintenance of stormwater treatment system components for the benefit of the firm’s clients and collaborators.  He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Agricultural Economics.  Brian is Confined Space certified—which is utilized during inspection of underground BMPs—as well as OSHA10 certified and has completed Consent Decree & Land Disturbance Training with the Missouri Department of Transportation to become a Water Pollution Control Manager for MODOT Right of Way projects.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
February 22, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126.
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Linda Daniel

linda-danielThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Linda Daniel of Linda Daniel LLC for her hard work with the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Advocacy Committee to support faith communities as they green their houses of worship.

Linda was nominated by Admo Ogun, past chair of the USGBC-MO Gateway Chapter’s Advocacy Committee. Linda has mentored numerous churches and synagogues as they benchmark their building energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. She also took on the commitment of representing the Chapter on the planning committee for Greening Your Community, the joint program with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the Jewish Environmental Initiative. She is currently making plans to verify the application for what we hope will become our region’s first ENERGY STAR certified congregation!

Thanks for your hard work, passion and leadership Linda!

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Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Kristin McKee

kristin-mckeeThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Kristin McKee of Lockheed Martin Energy for her service with the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Advocacy Committee and her leadership organizing the Sustainability Plan Builder workshop with Thomas Dunn Learning Center.

Kristin McKee, nominated by Admo Ogun, past Advocacy Committee Chair, for her work leading the Advocacy Committee’s efforts to assist Thomas Dunn Learning Center green their building operations. She first helped them benchmark their building energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, then led the coordination and facilitation of a Sustainability Plan Builder Workshop this past April. Since that time, Kristin has been working with a team of volunteers to help Thomas Dunn meet their sustainability goals.

Thanks to Kristin for her hard work and leadership!

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Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Katie Belisle-Iffrig

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Katie Belisle-Iffrig of Code Green Collaborative for her leadership with the Green Schools Committee, the Green Schools Educator Think Tank, and the Sustainability Institute for Educators.

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Katie was nominated by her USGBC-MO Gateway Green Schools Committee co-chair Ed Choklek for her deep dedication to sustainability initiatives with area K-12 schools and her leadership of the Green Schools Committee. Under her leadership, the Green Schools Quest has grown from 38 participants to nearly 50 participants. Additionally, the Annual Green Schools Event was revamped to increase student involvement. In 2015, Katie spearheaded the formation of the Green Schools Think Tank, a group of 25 educators who provide feedback to the Green Schools Committee for future initiatives and programs. Their periodic meetings have fostered a collaborative network of teachers who share ideas and best practices.

Katie – thank you so much for your contributions to the USGBC-MO Gateway’s green schools success!

 




Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Nick Arb

nick-arb-headshot The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Nick Arb of Mid America Metals for his leadership organizing the Emerging Professionals service project at EarthDance Farms in August 2016.

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Nick was nominated by Chad Coker, chair of the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Higher Ed & Emerging Professionals committee, for organizing the planning, staffing, and execution of a service day at EarthDance farms. The goal of the work day was to create an organized materials storage area and structure on the farm. The existing pile of salvaged and reusable supplies was spread across the ground but was not organized or protected in any way. By the end of the project there was a gravel patch of ground with storage bins, containers, and covered storage that organized the salvageable pieces that EarthDance had collected over the years.

Many thanks to Nick for his hard work and leadership!

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