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, Debenrache Consulting LLC
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 Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign, supporting the local governments to implement sustainability initiatives, supporting non-profits and community groups green their building operations, maintaining the partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, and managing the Speakers Bureau.
Meets: 1st Wednesday, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm at USGBC-Missouri Gateway office.


Chairs: Brandon Verhoff, Caleres
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: Michael Merritt, Saint Louis Lighting Group
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: Julie Villa, Ittner Architects
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

International Living Future Institute (ILFI) – St. Louis Collaborative

Chair: Lance McOlgan, BATESFORUM
The International Living Future Institute is the creator of a number of forward-thinking certifications and initiatives related to the built environment – including the Living Building ChallengeDeclare Label, and JUST program.  All of these programs are rooted in ILFI’s mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. USGBC-MGC is excited to house the ILFI-St. Louis Region Collaborative.
Meets: Meeting dates/times vary. Contact chairs to get involved.

Membership & Marketing

Chair: Craig Webster, BR+A
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 – 9:00 am. Contact chair to confirm location.


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