USGBC-Missouri Gateway Committees

Promoting, collaborating, recruiting, educating…working committees are the lifeblood of the Missouri Gateway Chapter. Vital to our mission and our success in transforming the region’s built environment to a brighter shade of green.

To get involved or learn more, contact Chapter Staff or a committee chair.

Committee members are required to:


Chair: Eric Schneider, Gateway EITC Community Coalition
Promote & advocate green building practices, policies, and LEED training and certification to various organizations, government entities, market segments, and the general public. Act as a resource for green building information, and help others overcome barriers and deal with issues related to implementation of green building. Work to increase general awareness and acceptance of green building.

Advocacy Committee activities include the development of the 25 by 20 Voluntary Benchmarking Campaign, supporting non-profits and community groups to green their building operations using USGBC’s ADVANCE platform, maintaining the Chapter’s partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, supporting houses of worship to benchmarking their building energy use, and managing the Speakers Bureau.
Meets: 1st Wednesday, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at USGBC-Missouri Gateway office.


Co-Chairs: Julie Cooper, Development Strategies, and Abigail Sirevaag, Edward Jones
Aim: Develop opportunities for Chapter and community members to expand their knowledge of green building principles and practices.

The Education Committee is responsible for establishing the yearly program schedule including monthly evening programs, in-depth seminars, tech talks and the new Continuing Education Blitz.

Meets: 1st Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at USGBC-Missouri Gateway office

Green Schools (K-12) Committee

Chair: Carolyn Green, Green Design
Encourage, educate and provide tools to local schools and school districts to adopt green building.

Green Schools Committee tasks include outreach to school districts, providing Green Schools presentations, coordinating Green Schools events, managing the Green Schools Quest, and developing resources.
Meets: 4th Wednesday, 11:00 am-12:30 pm at USGBC-Missouri Gateway office

Higher Education and Emerging Professionals Committee

Chair: Chad Coker, Ross + Baruzzini
Aim: Educate, initiate dialog, and seek to accelerate implementation of green planning and building design within the wider context of campus sustainability to promote healthy, productive and engaging places to live, learn and teach.

The Higher Education and Emerging Professionals Committee works to engage and welcome current students, recent graduates and young professionals into the Chapter. The committee collaborates with the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium, oversees the Chapter’s Green Shadow mentorship program, and creates community-building events for Emerging Professionals (EPs), such as happy hours and green building tours. The EP calendar is available online here, and you can subscribe to EP emails here.
Meets: 3rd Thursday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, locations vary, check with committee chair

Membership & Marketing

Chair: Dave Lundberg, RJI, and Jennifer Thomas, Gephart Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Washington University 
Develop strategies to enhance communication with and among Chapter members.

The Marketing and Membership Committee tasks include the development and implementation of member recruitment, member retention, and brand awareness strategies, organizing biannual new member welcome events, implementing marketing projects, and managing the Green Building Experts Program.
Meets: 1st Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:30 am at USGBC-Missouri Gateway office


To join a committee or for more information, please contact the committee chair or Johanna Schweiss (314) 577-0884.