Archive for November, 2017

We’re On A Mission – for Better, Greener Buildings that will Tackle the Challenge of Climate Change!

By Nick Bristow
Chair, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors

From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change. According to the Energy Information Administration, buildings in the United States are responsible for over 40% of national greenhouse gas emissions. The City of St. Louis’s 2015 greenhouse gas inventory revealed that local impacts are much higher; residential and commercial buildings are responsible for over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The critical time for climate action is now, and now more than ever, it’s critical that we change the way we build and operate our buildings. We must focus on wellness for building occupants and the planet, addressing existing and new buildings, inside and out.

It was with this imperative in mind that the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Board of Directors drafted our 2018-2020 Strategic Directions. We plan to build on our 2017 momentum and move forward with three focus areas: foster green building leaders of the future, lead green building professional education, and advance green building through advocacy and community outreach.

I want to share some of our 2017 accomplishments today, and invite you to join us in the work ahead.

SigningWe continue to push for Better Buildings with Benchmarking. You know the saying, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure!” Energy and water benchmarking is the first step toward improved performance, cost savings, and reduced environmental impacts.

We significantly expanded our benchmarking work this year by helping the City of St. Louis with the passage and implementation of their Building Energy Awareness Ordinance. This work received recognition just last week with an Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award from East-West Gateway Council of Governments in the public-non-profit partnership category.

IMG_7145We were thrilled to assist Bethel Lutheran Church become the First House of Worship to earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri! With an ENERGY STAR score of 81, Bethel Lutheran outperforms 81 percent of worship facilities nationwide. Their energy achievements are due to many years of dedicated work by the church’s Green Team. Our Advocacy Committee volunteers verified Bethel Lutheran’s ENERGY STAR application, confirming that energy and building data was correct and that the building meets EPA’s Indoor Environmental Quality and Thermal Comfort standards.

GSQ registrationOnce again we were blown away by the creativity and passion of students participating in our Green Schools Quest. Our Green Schools Quest paired 47 school-mentor teams for the 2016-2017 school year. Over 5,500 students and staff participated in sustainability projects, reaching an additional 20,000 community members. Projects ranged from energy audits & window weatherization to waste audits, material reuse & cafeteria composting! Participation in the 2017-18 school year is our highest levels yet; 57 school and mentor teams are participating in the fifth year of the Green Schools Quest!

ce-blitz-copyAnd we continue to provide excellent educational opportunities. From inspirational to in-depth, we covered a lot of topics this year – materials transparency, sustainability in construction administration, landscape performance, project delivery mapping, historic preservation & sustainability, lighting controls and much more!

We are on a mission – a mission to make every building a green building – and we cannot get there without your help. For over 15 years, we have been part of your community; advocating and educating for better, greener buildings. Support this important work by making a donation today!

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Thank you,

Nick Bristow

Nick Bristow
2017 Chair, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors




Benchmarking 101

Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter. 

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available atwww.stlbenchmarking.com.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partnersfor Benchmarking 101, an overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis.

This event is free to all, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance
  • Benchmarking Basics: Learn how to use the free, online benchmarking tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including common issues and answers to frequently asked questions
  • Data Collection
  • Reporting Data to the City of St. Louis
  • Q&A

WHEN
Thursday, February 8, 12:00—1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub,
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE
Free to all

REGISTER
Click here to register online

QUESTIONS

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter | usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org | 314-577-0854
City of St. Louis  | benchmarking@stlouis-mo.gov | 314-622-3616

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Benchmarking 101

Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter. 

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at www.stlbenchmarking.com.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners for Benchmarking 101, an overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis.

This event is free to all, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance
  • Benchmarking Basics: Learn how to use the free, online benchmarking tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including common issues and answers to frequently asked questions
  • Data Collection
  • Reporting Data to the City of St. Louis
  • Q&A

WHEN
Wednesday, January 24, 12:00—1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub,
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE
Free to all

REGISTER
Click here to register online 

QUESTIONS

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter | usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org | 314-577-0854
City of St. Louis  | benchmarking@stlouis-mo.gov | 314-622-3616

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2018 State of the Chapter & Social

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

Join us at the 2018 State of the Chapter & Social on January 9th as we kick off programming for the year!  This FREE event – open to members and non-members – is one of the highlights of our year.

  • Meet Chapter members and connect with representatives from the board of directors and committees.
  • Learn about highlights from the past year and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers.
  • Enjoy complimentary beer donated by Old Bakery Beer, wine donated by Schneider Electric, and appetizers.
  • Participate in the silent auction, including:
    BOSE Soundlink Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker donated by The Sound Room ($129 Value)
     
    Fair Shares CSA Local, Fresh, and Sustainably-Produced Food from area farmers and artisans including seasonal produce, a variety of meats, dairy products, baked goods, coffee, chocolates and canned goods, donated by Nancy Rodney at Rosemann & Associates, PC ($300 Value)
     
    Home Energy Audit, a detailed inspection and testing of your home in order to determine causes and recommended improvements to solve comfort and efficiency issues related to energy loss, donated by SmartHouse Heating and Cooling ($200 Value)
     
    Weekend Getaway in Elsah, IL Cottage (two-nights) donated by Mary Ann Lazarus at MALeco & Dan Jay at Christner, Inc. ($300 Value)
     
    Wine & Dine, including a bottle of Caymus 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and $100 gift certificate to Tony’s Ristorante, donated by Gwenn Ivester at Cushman & Wakefield ($180 Value)
     
    Basket of Bourbon, including bottles of Blade and Bow bourbon, Old Bardstown bourbon, and set of 2 sphere ice molds, donated by Kim Eilerts at FleishmanHillard ($70 Value)
     
    Amazon Echo Smart-Speaker, hands-free, voice activated speaker, donated by Lighting Associates, Inc ($100 Value)
     
    Artisan Ale – $25 Gift Certificate to Perennial Artisan Ales plus one 750ml Bottle of limited edition ale donated by Perennial Artisan Ales ($50 Value)
     
    Comfort of Home Basket, including Rum Cake, Brownie Pops, Vegan Candied Pecans, Assorted Cookies, Sweet Breads, and Pecan Truffles,donated by Sweetpea Traditional and Vegan Baking ($75 Value)
     
    Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter Membership and hat donated by Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter ($53 Value)
     
    Foodie Basket, including Beekman Bruschetta Sauce, NunDunBetter Chile Mustard and Dip Sauce, Coop’s Hot Fudge, MoonX Cabernet, and Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, donated by Becky Finch at TriNet ($50 Value)
  • Find out how you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.

grandhallThis year’s event will be held at Saint Louis University’s newest residence hall, Grand Hall, located on the corner of Grand and Laclede.  This building features a number of sustainable features including: White roof, reflective materials and vegetation to combat Urban Heat Island Effect;  Flooring, carpeting and concrete made partially from recycled and regional materials; LED lighting for all major areas; Low VOC products for all paints, sealants, adhesives and flooring systems; Southeastern corner of the building is all glass exterior providing daylight to study lounges; Covered Bicycle Stations for 15% of the residents; Vegan Line at the dining hall; Food Pulper to increase the density of food waste that can be composted.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming the New Year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!

WHEN
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm – Complimentary Wine/Beer, Appetizers, Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm – Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm – Additional Networking 

WHERE
Saint Louis University’s Grand Hall
3605-13 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

Parking is available in the Laclede Garage, located on Laclede Ave in between Grand Blvd and S. Spring Ave, for $2 per hour, with a maximum charge of $6.

FEE
Free event for all attendees.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

8760 Engineering, LLC

Hastings+Chivetta

NewSpace Business Interiors 

 Gaus Acoustics

Patcraft




Green Schools Quest Mentor Meet-Up

We are hosting a Mentor Meet-Up for Mentors in the Green Schools Quest. Attendance is optional.

The Mentor Meet-Up will be an opportunity to:

  • Share updates on your project with fellow mentors
  • Seek suggestions/resources from fellow mentors if needed
  • Provide general input on the program

Light snacks and beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

WHEN
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 PM

WHERE
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Conference Room in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110. 
Please park and enter on the WEST side of the building. 

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS?
Contact Hope Gribble, USGBC-MGC Education & Green Schools Manager, at hope.gribble@mobot.org or 314-577-0225.