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Phil Valko describes “An Architectural Twin Study,” which he co-led, in Archinect

WashingtPhil Valko photo_3on University’s Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability, and Don Koster, senior lecturer in architecture, have led an innovative multi-disciplinary applied research project called the Green Rehab Experiment. The project centered on the renovation and subsequent energy monitoring of two university-owned, 100-year-old apartment buildings. In the article, Valko discusses the goal of charting a path towards net-zero energy performance within market constraints, which meant finding low-cost technologies.

Read the article “An Architectural Twin Study” here, and learn more about Phil in his Chapter Member Profile.

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Nick Bristow, Guest Panelist on KDHX Radio, Explained How Green Buildings Are Better

Nick BristowNick Bristow, Senior Project Engineer with FORUM STUDIO / CLAYCO and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Chair Elect, together with the Chapter’s Executive Director Emily Andrews, joined Jean Ponzi, host of the KDHX Earthworms radio program, for a panel discussion of “Green Buildings Are Better,” the Chapter’s 15-year anniversary campaign. They explained how green buildings are better for living, working, learning, and playing and discussed the Chapter’s accomplishments over 15 years plus all that is planned for this milestone year. Listen to the recorded program here.  Learn more about Nick in his Chapter member profile.

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Lawrence Lile presented seminar at Sustainable Living Fair

Lawrence LileLawrence Lile presented his seminar “Resilience Is the New Sustainability” at the Sustainable Living Fair in Columbia, MO, in October 2015 and at the USGBC Central Plains Chapter Continuing Education Blitz in Kansas City in September 2015. Outlining the stresses on the built environment that are expected from climate change, Lile, owner of Lile Engineering, focused in his presentation on practical standards and solutions that can increase a building’s resistance to wind, hail, fire, and water damage.

Learn more about Lile’s “Resilience Is the New Sustainability” seminar here and here. Learn more about Lile in his chapter member profile.

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Mary Ostafi Featured in New York Times, Huffington Post, and St. Louis Post Dispatch

Mary Ostafi orig-croppedMary Ostafi, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, left a position as Sustainability Program Manager, Washington University in St. Louis, to become Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL and Farm Manager of the FOOD ROOF, an enterprise she founded, which the New York Times and the Huffington Post featured on July 1. Four days later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Mary’s downtown, rooftop farm, which exemplifies numerous green building tenets, including urban revitalization and local resources.

Links to these articles and more are on Urban Harvest’s website here. Learn more about Mary in her USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member profile here.

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Green Building Expert Tara Pham’s CTY awarded grant

TaraPham-Tara ProfilePic_pdx_large Pham is CEO and co-founder of CTY, a civic tech company that has been awarded a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund, which supports early-stage information projects. CTY’s product, Numina, encourages walking and biking through its plug-and-play devices that deliver real-time bicyclist and pedestrian counts and intuitive data visualizations. The City of St. Louis Department of Health will benefit from CTY’s innovation. Scroll to “Numina” in the list of grant winners here.

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Steve O’Rourke’s Article “Sustainability: A National Strategic Narrative” Published in Spirit Seeker Magazine

Steve O’Rourke, VP with Microgrid Energy and USGBC-MGC Marketing Committee chair, published an article titled “Sustainability: A National Strategic Narrative.” The article summarizes Col. Mark Mykleby’s presentation to the chapter in August 2014 along with his 2011 paper about the strategic implications of sustainability.

Steve’s article can be found on page 7 in the February 2015 issue of “Spirit Seeker” magazine here. You can learn more about Steve in his Chapter member profile.

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