Archive for January, 2018

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

Coffee, juice, and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

WHEN
Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:30 – 10:00 AM

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

Please park and enter on the WEST side of the building.
Click here to view a map of the location.
 

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.




Green Building Showcase

In partnership with St. Louis Women in Architecture Forum.

Click here to view a list of attendees
Click on the following links to view the presentations:
Janet Smith & Lisa Morrison
Anne Hill
Nick Peckham

Our Annual Green Building Showcase will feature multiple building types and rating systems, including the Cushman & Wakefield Portfolio Service Center, a commercial interiors project pursuing both WELL (the first building in Missouri to do so!) and LEED certification; the Lafayette Lofts, a rehab of a historic school building into 1 and 2 bedroom apartments that utilized PACE financing; and Peckham Architecture’s LEED Platinum home headquarters which is Missouri’s first Passive House Institute US Certified building.

The new Cushman & Wakefield Portfolio Service Center– Maryville 6th Floor in St. Louis is pursuing LEED certification for Commercial Interiors and WELL Building Standard certification for New Interiors. The LEED system features significant improvements in water and energy efficiency, daylighting, air quality and smart material selection. The WELL Building system incorporates features focused on the health and well-being of building occupants. This includes healthier food choices, sit-stand desks, layout for physical movement, quiet zones, daylighting and glare control.

The Lafayette Lofts project was a rehab of a historic school building into 1 and 2 bedroom apartments that was completed in 2016. The developer of this project chose to use $600,000 of PACE financing in the capital stack. PACE, which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, is an innovative financing tool that allows property owners and developers to fund energy efficiencies, renewable energy projects and water conservation upgrades within existing buildings or new construction. The Lafayette Lofts used PACE financing for LED lighting and controls, 13 SEER HVAC units, a white TPO roof with R-11.4 insulation, and a 49.92 kW rooftop solar PV unit.

Peckham Architecture’s LEED Platinum home headquarters is Missouri’s first Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified building. The fully accessible home features a 1,200-square-foot office and 2,500 square feet of living space, plus a garage and unheated 3-season porch. A photovoltaic system makes the building net-positive, which means it produces more electricity than it consumes. Super insulation, LED lighting, energy recovery ventilation, an instant hot water heater and Energy Star appliances further reduce the building’s energy requirement. The home is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

SPEAKERS
Janet Smith, Associate Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
Lisa Morrison, Senior Associate, Lawrence Group
Anne Hill, President, RAHILL Capital, LLC
Nick Peckham, FAIA, Design Scientist, Peckham Architecture

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1 GBCI CE Hour
1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 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, St. Louis Women in Architecture Forum, and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

Thanks to our Event Sponsor!

CI Select

Cushman & Wakefield

Lawrence Group

Ygrene

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Lynda Morrison

LMorrison 12-17 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 Lynda Morrison of St. Louis University, a committed member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Advocacy Committee.

 

Lynda was nominated by Linda Daniel, fellow Advocacy Committee members, for her work to support numerous congregations as they benchmark their energy use and implement energy efficiency projects.

 

Lynda has been involved with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for several years, consistently serving as an eloquent advocate for the importance of environmental work by houses of worship.  Faith-based organizations own and operate over 400,000 buildings in the United States. Implementing sustainable strategies in the operation of their facilities allows congregations of all faiths and denominations to save money, reduce their environmental impacts, and exemplify the teachings of creation care.

Lynda has supported her own congregations, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and First Congregational Church in Webster Groves, to benchmark their energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and then work to reduce their energy use. And she has worked diligently over the past several years to mentor other congregations to do the same.

 

Kudos to Lynda for her hard work! Volunteers like Lynda are crucial to our work to make every building a green building!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Tom Miller

Tom Miller 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 Tom Miller of Energy Resources Group.

 

Tom volunteered at numerous hands-on Benchmarking Jams in 2017. He put his benchmarking and energy efficiency expertise to good use helping building owners and managers use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, understand the results they got from the tool, and consider their next steps for improving building performance.

 

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the energy used by buildings in the United States is responsible for almost 40% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. Locally, we see an even bigger impact. In 2015, buildings accounted for 77% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the City of St. Louis (2015 GHG Inventory).

 

Given their contributions to regional and national greenhouse gas emissions, buildings have a significant role to play in the urgent challenge of climate climate change. Benchmarking is a crucial first step for building owners and managers looking to reduce their costs and their environmental impacts.

 

Volunteers like Tom are a critical part of our work to support all buildings move forward with energy efficiency. Thank you Tom!




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Spring 2018

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
Friday, March 9, 2018
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 Publications page 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




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Frank Eppert, Ross Watson, Kat Golden, Ralph Bicknese and Mary Fitzgerald

merged images 2.0The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contributesignificantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize five dedicated members who have served as Mentors in the Green Schools Quest every year since the launch of the program five years ago. They are Frank Eppert of ABNA, Ross Watson of Jacobs, Kat Golden of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Ralph Bicknese of Hellmuth+Bicknese, and Mary Fitzgerald. Thank you!

These dedicated mentors were nominated by Carolyn Green, our Green Schools Committee Chair.

Frank Eppert of ABNA.  We honor Frank’s commitment to the goal of “Greening” the schools he has mentored.  In his five years of participating with the Green Schools Quest, he has steadily grown the sustainability achievements of the Little Flower School from creating garden boxes to benchmarking the energy usage of their building to ultimately executing a plan to replace outdated light fixtures, one classroom at a time. Thank you Frank for going above and beyond to provide meaningful mentorship to this school and its students.

Ross Watson of Jacobs.  We appreciate the many hours of time and expertise given by Ross to the Green Schools Quest projects at the schools he has mentored.  He has been a participant all five years of the program’s existence.  His work with students includes conducting energy audits, energy benchmarking and monitoring CO2 levels to improve indoor air quality.  We thank Ross for his work to provide technical leadership and exposure to vital energy and air quality measurement tools for so many young people.

Kat Golden of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Kat has been an invaluable team member during the five years of Green Schools Quest by promoting the importance of the program and educating participants along the way.  The schools and students she has mentored have benefited from her passion in developing waste diversion projects such as composting, recycling and waste reduction.  Kat provides a useful resource in the form of a “waste audit kit” that schools can use as part of their sustainability projects.  Thank you, Kat, for bringing your expertise and consistent leadership to so many schools.

Ralph Bicknese of Hellmuth+Bicknese.  Ralph brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of building energy efficiency and all things “green” for schools.  He has given hours of expertise during his time as a Green Schools Quest mentor in the areas of building energy audits, reducing transportation energy usage, and construction of a winter garden.  Ralph often presents the Green Schools Quest awards to participating schools.  He has been a Green Schools Mentor all five years, since the program was started.  Thank you, Ralph, for serving as a true public advocate for the important work of the Green Schools Quest and the Green Schools Committee.

Mary Fitzgerald.  We appreciate the dedication and talents of Mary during each year of the five years of the Green Schools Quest.  She has worked with students and schools to increase their understanding and excitement in the areas of sustainable school practices.  During her work as a mentor, Mary served as an expert in establishing vegetable gardens, native landscaping and composting programs.  We thank Mary for her hours of service to the Green Schools Committee and the Green Schools Quest.

Within the past five years, collectively, these five mentors alone have helped students conduct energy audits, install rain barrels, benchmark their school’s energy use, kick-start recycling efforts and divert thousands of pounds of waste from the landfill, shift from disposables in the cafeteria to reusable silverware, advocate for conversions to LED lighting, install native plants and vegetable gardens, begin composting, monitor CO2 levels and improve indoor environmental quality – and more! We appreciate their commitment towards our vision of making every school a green school!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Jen Thomas

Jen ThomasThe 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 Jen Thomas of Washington University’s Gephardt Insitute for Community Engagement for her leadership with the Membership & Marketing Committee!

Jen Thomas was nominated by fellow member and volunteer Jenn Derose for her leadership and promotion of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.  “Jen is hardworking, devoted to USGBC, and helped to get me involved.”

In addition to her leadership with the Membership & Marketing Committee, Jen served as a Green Schools Quest Mentor for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 school years. She worked with Chapter staff and several participating schools to compile a series of promotional images for the Green Schools Quest.

Teamwork

Jen – thank you for your commitment and leadership!




Trace it Back – A Course in Materials Transparency

A highly practical and engaging course on materials transparency and how it relates to green building, and socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. This live presenter and video program contains an explanation of products’ life cycle and associated health and environmental impacts from creation, use, and disposal.

In addition, this course will explore the ways in which transparency documents can be used when determining the appropriate material choices in designing for a healthier built environment.

  • Define life cycle analysis
  • Examine representative impacts of choices along a life cycle path
  • Discuss the use of Environmental Product Declarations or EPDs and other transparency documents
  • Explore the benefits of transparency in the marketplace

Newkirk-004(1)SPEAKER
Michael Johnson, Director of Sustainability at 3form
As Director of Sustainability at 3form, Michael Johnson provides direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility policies and initiatives. These include initiatives designed to achieve goals of zero waste in manufacturing, carbon neutrality, product transparency and optimization, and integration of sustainability ethics into the workforce.

Michael spends a large amount of time currently focused on materials transparency and optimization, offering educational presentations from coast to coast on this subject to help the A&D community better prepare to embrace LEED V4 or other healthy building standards, or to simply understand the underlying importance of transparency from a practical standpoint.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour (LEED Specific for BD+C, ID+C, O+M) and 1 AIA LU/HSW
1 IDCEC
1 LACES

WHEN
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:30 – 10:00 am
Registration opens at 8:00 am

WHERE
Washington University
Danforth University Center – Room 234
6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
Map & Directions

LOCATING THE PRESENTATION ROOM
DUC 234 is located on the second floor of the building. If you are parking in the underground garage and coming from the north end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left down the hallway and another left after the Fun Room and stairwell. The room will be the first door on the right. From the south end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left and another left, then a right before walking past the Fun Room and stairwell.

PARKING
Visitor parking is available for a charge at the DUC parking garage located underneath the building. Visitors pull a ticket and can pay hourly using a credit card, debit card or cash.

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

LightArt | a 3form company




Sustainable Lighting

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

Hosted in partnership with Illuminating Engineering Society – St. Louis Section.

Explore lighting and its role in sustainability-focused building design and operations, specifically in relation to LEED v4 with an emphasis on materials credits.

This seminar, intended for both building design and lighting professionals, will introduce attendees to the various material transparency disclosures and optimizations currently available, using lighting as a framework of understanding. Additionally, participants will explore the importance of lighting in ‘whole building” lifecycle impacts management, predominant lamp technologies and energy related life cycle impacts, and lighting considerations for human health and thriving.

A general summary of terminology will be included during this course hour, so that attendees feel confident in asking for, and using the information within the available transparency material disclosures. We will underscore the basics, such as life cycle analyses, environmental impact categories of EPD, “Red Listed Ingredients of Concern,” responsible sourcing and supply chain, and third party verified platforms.


Newkirk-004(1)SPEAKER
Michael Johnson, Director of Sustainability at 3form
As Director of Sustainability at 3form, Michael Johnson provides direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility policies and initiatives. These include initiatives designed to achieve goals of zero waste in manufacturing, carbon neutrality, product transparency and optimization, and integration of sustainability ethics into the workforce.

Michael spends a large amount of time currently focused on materials transparency and optimization, offering educational presentations from coast to coast on this subject to help the A&D community better prepare to embrace LEED V4 or other healthy building standards, or to simply understand the underlying importance of transparency from a practical standpoint. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour (LEED Specific for BD+C, ID+C, O+M) and 1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 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, IES Members, and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

LightArt | a 3form company




Sustainable SITES Initiative Workshop

In partnership with ASLA – St. Louis Chapter.

Learn about the SITES rating system at a full-day workshop at O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex in St. Louis, MO.

Modeled after LEED and administered by GBCI, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) defines what a sustainable site is and elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment. The SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance-based metrics that align land development and management with innovative sustainable design, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials and human health and well-being. SITES certification is for development projects located on sites with or without buildings – ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes to homes and more. The rating system is currently being used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, developers, policy-makers and others.

Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we drive from healthy functioning landscapes. The four overarching goals of the SITES rating system are to create regenerative systems and foster resiliency; ensure future source supply and mitigate climate change; transform the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhance human wellbeing and strengthen the community.

  • Explore the SITES v2 rating system with real-world project examples, including two local SITES case studies.
  • Discover important connections and distinctions between SITES and LEED.
  • Engage in live discussion and application of SITES strategies with active projects.
  • Examine revitalization efforts planned for the workshop site, O’Fallon Park, as part of the “Back to Nature in O’Fallon Park” project currently underway and supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

After attending the workshop, you’ll be able to speak to the value of SITES, understand the central rating system components and themes, identify the important steps for pursuing SITES certification and set a framework to start studying for the SITES AP exam.

AGENDA

  • Registration + Breakfast
  • Welcome + Introductions
  • Background on the SITES Rating System
  • The SITES Rating System structure, categories, pre-requisites, credits + Q&A
  • Local SITES Case Studies presented by Ted Spaid, SWT Design
  • Lunch
  • Project Workshop + Interactive Session: Applying SITES to O’Fallon Park

PRESENTERS
Melissa Cox, LEED AP BD+C, Team Lead – Certification, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
Ted Spaid, Partner and Founder, SWT Design

CONTINUING EDUCATION
6 GBCI CE Hours
6 LACES

WHEN
Thursday, February 22, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration opens at 8:30 am

WHERE
O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex
4343 W. Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115

FEE
$100 – USGBC-MGC / ASLA Member Early Bird (by Feb 14, 2018) 
$125 – USGBC-MGC / ASLA Member (after Feb 14, 2018)
$150 – Non-Member Early Bird (by Feb 14, 2018)
$175 – Non-Member (after Feb 14, 2018)
$75 – Full-time Student

*Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Anova

Great Rivers Greenway

Missouri Department of Conservation

SWT Design