Archive for February, 2019

Turn Inspiration into Action

I've Got Sunshine

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter this spring to be inspired by those making a difference locally, regionally and globally. Gain momentum and inspiration while accessing tools and programs that you can use to drive positive change.


March 12 – Handprints and Footprints

Visionary Gregory Norris will share his concept of “handprints,” an optimistic philosophy for addressing the challenge of sustainability. The approach aims to engage people not only in reducing their footprints (negative environmental impacts), but also in creating a net-positive impact on the environment through their handprints.

Norris is co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net-Positive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School for Public Health, and chief scientist at the International Living Future Institute. His concept of ‘Handprints’ was featured on the front page of Time Magazine in 2012.


April 3 – Annual Green Schools Event

Join us at the 12th Annual Green Schools Event to celebrate student-driven sustainability projects in local schools!

This free event, which is open to the public, is the culmination of the 2018-19 Green Schools Quest – a project-based challenge to K-12 schools to implement a sustainability project over 6 months with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor. 59 school/mentor teams in the St. Louis region are participating this school year.

Winners will be announced at the event and participating schools will display posters detailing their projects. Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2019-20 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.


April 3 – April 24: Project Drawdown EcoChallenge

Drawdown EcoChallenge, offered by EcoChallenge.org and Project Drawdown, is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter team to see how three weeks of action add up to a lifetime of change for you and the planet.

The challenge takes place from April 3 – April 24, and is free and open to the public, and registration is open now. Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter team here.


May 14 – Regional Green Building Challenges and Successes – How can we improve?

A panel of design, construction, development and business ownership professionals will discuss national and regional green building progress to date, regional success stories and challenges, as well as opportunities to build momentum.

Audience members will be engaged in actively examining how we can learn from today’s successes and challenges to better guide clients towards pursuing best practices in sustainable design and construction.

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May 21 – Supporting Global Goals Locally through Green Buildings

The United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 to “promote prosperity while protecting the planet.” The 17 Goals are wide-ranging, challenging humanity to decouple economic growth from climate change, poverty, and inequality.

Green building supports many of the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing waste and contributing to healthier physical environments, but also by educating, creating jobs, reducing inequalities, and strengthening communities. At this in-depth session, learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their relevance to the St. Louis-area green building industry, and how to use them to better communicate and advance partnerships.

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2019 GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials Training

2019 GPRO O+M Training FlyerEfficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only reduce operating costs by 20-50%, but increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction. Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Operations + Maintenance Essentials is a two day course that provides building professionals with strategies to improve efficiency, comfort, and health in our existing buildings. Participants leave with at least three immediately actionable measures and the next steps needed to achieve them.

This course is ideal for property managers and building staff in multifamily residential and commercial buildings, including: building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, operating engineers and stationary engineers.

USGBC-MGC is the local delivery partner for this Green Building Professional Skills (GPRO) Training in partnership with Urban Green (NYC Chapter) who developed the training in partnership with the local building trades.

Continuing Education Hours: 12 GBCI CE Hours and 12 AIA/CES LU

Cost: $300 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members / $350 for non-members – includes course materials, breakfast & lunch both days, and certificate exam

Scholarships may be available. Please contact Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854 to inquire.

What Students Learn: 

Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green (4 hours)

  • Economic and health benefits from green buildings
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable operations
  • Complying with green codes and standards
  • Understanding LEED
  • Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of commissioning

Part 2: Operations & Maintenance Essentials (8 hours)

  • Using building metrics to improve performance
  • Improving the building envelope for a healthier building
  • Reducing water use
  • Employing strategies for efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems
  • Managing lighting to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality
  • Maintaining indoor air quality for tenant comfort
  • Reducing waste
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Intro to EcoDistricts

Within the world of green rating systems, LEED provides a model for building-level sustainability, for single-entity controlled community developments, for campuses, and for cities, but it does not have a model for neighborhoods/districts that are undergoing major redevelopment.  EcoDistricts is a way for districts and neighborhoods to guide urban development to empower just, sustainable, and resilient neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods and cities trying to achieve these goals can follow the EcoDistricts’ “Protocol” to take a collaborative, holistic, neighborhood-scale approach to community design to achieve rigorous, meaningful performance outcomes that matter to people and planet.

In addition, EcoDistricts has just released a certification program to recognize those districts that have achieved the goals established through the protocol and an accreditation for people working to create and sustain EcoDistricts.

This session will walk through the EcoDistrict Protocol, provide an introduction to the certification process and introduce the accreditation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify the fundamental goals and principles of an EcoDistrict
  • Explain the main components of the EcoDistricts Protocol
  • Apply basic concepts of an EcoDistrict in order to begin formation of an EcoDistrict
  •  Illustrate the importance of regional sustainability efforts

SPEAKER
Cady Scott Seabaugh, Vice President – Communications & Sustainability, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Cady Seabaugh manages communications across the company and externally with funders, government partners, resident partners and the media. In this role, she oversees public relations, new business development, funding applications, social and new media, and internal communications. In addition, as a LEED Accredited Professional, she assists Project Managers and the Design and Construction team in ensuring that all sustainability goals and performances are met.

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

WHEN
November 12, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBA

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

REGISTER

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It’s What We Do: Creating a Culture Where Sustainable Practices Are the New Normal

Architects, engineers and builders have become increasingly effective at designing and delivering high performance buildings. Now if only we had people who were ready to live and work appropriately in these great buildings! It’s not impossible! Leveraging insights from social science you can influence human behaviors and ultimately you can facilitate a culture where saving energy and reducing waste is “just what people like us do.” Join us for a lively discussion and lots of practical examples of how you can inspire changes that ultimately create a new normal.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate at least three benefits of inspiring building occupants to adopt sustainable practices.
  • Describe at least three strategies for engaging people and be familiar with examples of each strategy in action. 
  • Examine the efficacy of positive reinforcement as an engagement strategy.
  • Identify at least one way to increase engagement in attendees’ own work.

SPEAKER
Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices
Kathy Kuntz is the Executive Director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that inspires individuals, communities and businesses to adopt sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cool Choices collaborates with private businesses and public entities to engage employees around sustainability, promoting changes at work and at home via a fun and online platform. Since 2010 Cool Choices has inspired thousands of individuals in hundreds of organizations to adopt more than half a million sustainable practices. Kathy has led Cool Choices since 2010 and has more than two decades of experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy; she previously led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 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 and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER

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Designing with Nature: Biophilic Design in LEED, WELL & Living Building Challenge

This interactive workshop with natural elements will provide a personal inspiration to biophilic design. The presenter will then lead a discussion on the impact of biophilia  on three rating standards: LEED V4, WELL and Living Building Challenge. This presentation will explore various projects with compelling connections to Biophilic Design strategies with significant ROI.  Participants will leave with practical resources, tools and tips they can use to embrace this newly emerging field.

Learning Objectives:

  •  Examine Biophilic Design as it relates to building interiors
  •  Discuss the Business Case for integrating Biophilic Design in projects
  •  Explore two case studies of Biophilic Design
  •  Identify Biophilic Design Integration into Pilot Credit LEED v4, WELL and Living Building Challenge

SPEAKER
Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion
Tracy highlights the importance of environmental values throughout Teknion and to the company’s clients, both internal and external. She is member of the USGBC, ILFI, ASID, IIDA, International Living Future Institute Ambassador and an accredited professional (AP) with WELL and LEED AP ID+C. She has been selected to serve as WELL Faculty by IWBI for 2018-2019. Her expertise makes her one of the most comprehensive presenters on the topic of sustainability and environmental wellness. She has presented in over 500 venues throughout North America. Tracy currently holds the leadership role for four of Teknion’s key corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives: Material Health -which through transparency actively promotes the reduction and elimination of harmful chemicals from product; Living Green Educational Series -facilitating and creating content for LEED APs and WELL APs seeking credentialing through CEU programs; Environmental Health and Well-Being- guiding clients through the design process for a healthier and better

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 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
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER

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Biophilic Design: Designing for Health and Increased Performance

In partnership with IIDA-St. Louis ChapterMissouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science-St. Louis.

In the built environment, we can use the emerging field of Biophilic Design to create building interiors that connect people to nature; that are connected to their place and mimic the sensory delights of a hike through the woods; that evoke the emotions we feel when immersed in water, that bring nature’s smells, sounds, colors and textures indoors.

This presentation will explore clear and compelling case studies of built projects that illustrate Biophilic Design strategies have a significant ROI in interior spaces. Participants will leave with practical resources, tools and tips they can use to embrace this newly emerging field.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Examine Biophilic Design as it relates to building interiors
  • Discuss some of the leading reasons to integrate Biophilic Design in projects
  • Explore case studies of Biophilic Design in built projects
  • Identify Biophilic Design benefits by the numbers- data points on ROI

SPEAKER
Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion
Tracy highlights the importance of environmental values throughout Teknion and to the company’s clients, both internal and external. She is member of the USGBC, ILFI, ASID, IIDA, International Living Future Institute Ambassador and an accredited professional (AP) with WELL and LEED AP ID+C. She has been selected to serve as WELL Faculty by IWBI for 2018-2019. Her expertise makes her one of the most comprehensive presenters on the topic of sustainability and environmental wellness. She has presented in over 500 venues throughout North America. Tracy currently holds the leadership role for four of Teknion’s key corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives: Material Health -which through transparency actively promotes the reduction and elimination of harmful chemicals from product; Living Green Educational Series -facilitating and creating content for LEED APs and WELL APs seeking credentialing through CEU programs; Environmental Health and Well-Being- guiding clients through the design process for a healthier and better built environment and CSR Asset Management -turning corporate surplus into community service.

When
September 10, 2019
5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE
NOTE change in location!
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

FEE
Free for all attendees!

REGISTER
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