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Explore the WELL Building Standard with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Posted: April 14th, 2017

 

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Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at two upcoming events to explore this hot sustainability topic! 


 

Tuesday, May 9
Growing Green: A Green Building Showcase

The 2017 Green Building Showcase will feature buildings from several different green building rating systems.

We will get the inside story on the following projects:
HOK will share insight from a gap analysis they have recently performed on their St. Louis office space, currently pursuing LEED v4 for Commercial Interiors.  The analysis details measures needed to take the building from where it currently stands to achieve the preconditions and optimizations needed for WELL Building Certification.
UNIGROUP will detail the progress they have made throughout their participation in the 25×20 Energy Benchmarking Challenge, including an exploration of how their building earned Energy Star Certification.
Attendees will learn about the progress being made on a major renovation for the LEED certification of The Armory District.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 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 and Students
Free for Green Business Challenge Participants 
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online


 

Tuesday, May 23
WELL Accredited Professional Exam Prep Course

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam. This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of WELL, including the seven concepts that provide the framework for the building standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam.

INSTRUCTOR

Monica Miller, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Sustainable Design Manager, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

monica-34-b-2-bwMonica Miller is ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager and serves ThyssenKrupp as a resource for all LEED project requests for information. Monica is also a licensed landscape architect. Her previous experience as a project manager for design and construction projects both internationally and in the United States, allows her to fully understand the construction and design process. She has participated on LEED project teams and led ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facility to achieve LEED Gold in 2015. Monica is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador advocating for the growth of the Living Building Challenge.

WHEN
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
9:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
Professional Office Environments (POE)
222 Millwell Drive
Maryland Heights, MO, 63043

FEE
$200 for USGBC-MGC Members
$250 for Non-members 

Fee does not include required texts or exam fees
Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

REQUIRED TEXT
WELL AP Exam Preparation Guide, International WELL Building Institute, available for purchase here.

REGISTER
Click here to register online




Advocacy Alert: #DefendClimate and Sign USGBC’s Letter to Preserve EPA Programs, including ENERGY STAR

Posted: March 29th, 2017

The United States Office of Management and Budget released its plan for the proposed 2018 budget, which includes elimination of or deep cuts to vital programs.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy StarWaterSense and Safer Choice programs are all in jeopardy.

USGBC and many others in the building industry rely on these tools from EPA to create and sustain high performing green buildings! Our 20 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign uses ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to help building owners track and improve their energy performance. Portfolio Manager is also the basis for earning energy performance credits in LEED Building Operations + Maintenance. It is free tool with a proven track record that helps reduce energy use, lower energy costs, and protect the health of humans and the environment. Win-win-win!

SIGN USGBC’s LETTER NOW to ensure that the Energy Star, WaterSense and Safer Choice programs at EPA continue. 

Want to do more? Contact your elected official directly and let your support for these programs be heard. Below are a few talking points about ENERGY STAR that might be helpful.

  • ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency, with a brand awareness of about 90%.
  • In 2015 alone, American consumers and businesses saved over $34 billion with the help of ENERGY STAR.
  • Since 1992, ENERGY STAR has assisted companies and consumers save $430 billion on utility bills.
    Approximately 45% of the commercial building floor space in the U.S. has been benchmarked for tracking and analyzing energy consumption using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager.
  • Since 1999, ENERGY STAR has certified more than 28,000 buildings and more than 5 billion square feet of space.
  • ENERGY STAR has more than 3,100 home builder partners who constructed almost 1.8 million certified new homes since 1995. Many of these properties also pursue additional private sector certifications like LEED.

Additionally, President Trump recently signed an executive order rolling back the Clean Power Plan. This threatens our ability to limit and deal with climate change. We encourage you to contact your elected officials to express your support of the need to #DefendClimate. A few talking points below:

  • Climate change threatens human health and our ability to continue doing business. Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently asserted that climate change is real and a threat to American national security.
  • In a recent poll, 59% of voters oppose a repeal of climate change regulations.
  • Climate action is necessary to protect our future.

Find your elected officials contact information below:

USGBC will continue to monitor the budget situation and keep membership updated, but please feel free to be in touch with USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff or leadership if you want to get more involved!




Spring into Membership: Join or Refer a Member to Win!

Posted: March 15th, 2017

Membership Contest Block Expanded 2

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Membership & Marketing Committee is excited to announce a membership contest!

From March 14 to May 8, new members that join the Chapter will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Big Shark Bicycle Company gift card, a $50 gift card donated by GoGreenSolarLighting/ STLOUISLEDs, and a $50 gift card to Lulu’s Local Eatery, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant.

If you’re a current member and you encourage a friend or colleague to join, you’ll also be entered into the raffle – once for each new member you refer. The member making the most referrals will win a Missouri Botanical Garden membership! Winners will be drawn on May 9 at the Green Building Showcase.

Membership makes the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s work to support buildings of all kinds to green their design and operations possible. Join to show your support of our efforts to green the places we all love!

And membership benefits you as well; join to receive free or reduced entry to all of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s educational events, access to opportunities to build relationships with our community of almost 500 members, and eligibility to serve on Chapter committees, community projects, and board of directors.

Review member benefits and levels online here, or head directly to the membership registration form!

Contest Details

Timeframe:

  • Drawing Open:  March 14, 2017 @ 12:00 am- May 8, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
  • Winners Drawn: May 9, 2017 at Green Building Showcase

How to Participate

  • Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter to be entered into a drawing for the prizes listed below. Join online here
  • Encourage a friend, colleague or contact to join! Current members that are listed in the “who/what encouraged you to join” field of the membership application will be entered into the drawing once for each member they refer.
  • The member making the most referrals will win a Missouri Botanical Garden membership.

Prizes 

  • Drawing Prizes
    • $50 Big Shark Bicycle Company Gift Card
    • $50 gift card donated by GoGreenSolarLighting/STLOUISLEDs
    • $50 gift card to Lulu’s Local Eatery, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant
  • The member making the most referrals will win a Missouri Botanical Garden membership
Many thanks to the following  for their prize donations!
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Missouri Botanical Garden
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Lulu’s Local Eatery, a 5 star Green Dining Alliance certified restaurant. Your dining decisions matter! Choose one of the over 100 Green Dining Alliance certified sustainable restaurants for your next dining experience.
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GoGreenSolarLighting/STLOUISLEDs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




City of St. Louis Passes Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

Posted: March 9th, 2017

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The City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay recently signed the Building Energy Awareness bill, which requires buildings 50,000 square feet or larger to benchmark and report to the City their energy and water usage annually. The ordinance covers approximately 900 existing buildings. Benchmarking will allow building owners to see how their properties are using resources and will encourage owners to implement energy-efficiency measures.

With technical support and funding from the City Energy Project, the City of St. Louis is also now accepting applications for a new Technical Energy Advisor, who will assist building owners with their benchmarking efforts. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on March 24, 2017.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows building owners to measure and track energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. The USGBC-MGC will be holding a Benchmarking Jam on Wednesday, March 22, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. At this event, USGBC-MGC staff and volunteers will provide hands-on assistance using the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

Click here to learn more about the Benchmarking Jam, what items to bring, and to register!




“Living Building Challenge in Practice” USGBC-MGC’s Latest Online Course Offering

Posted: January 24th, 2017

As a USGBC Education Partner, USGBC-Missouri Gateway produces several online courses each year hosted on the Education@USGBC platform.

Our latest course, “The Living Building Challenge in Practice,” consists of a two-part podcast in which Ralph Bicknese, LEED Fellow and interviewer Jean Ponzi discuss the basic principles and criteria of the Living Building Challenge through an exploration of multiple Living Building case studies.

The course, which offers 1 GBCI CE Hour, is available within the Education@USGBC Subscription or for individual purchase.

Click here to learn more about The Living Building Challenge in Practice. Click on the links below to view our additional online courses.

Don’t Throw Out the Baby OR The Bathwater: Young children as a key piece of the sustainable building

Regenerative Landscape Design – Why & How




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Linda Daniel

Posted: January 11th, 2017

linda-danielThe 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 Linda Daniel of Linda Daniel LLC for her hard work with the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Advocacy Committee to support faith communities as they green their houses of worship.

Linda was nominated by Admo Ogun, past chair of the USGBC-MO Gateway Chapter’s Advocacy Committee. Linda has mentored numerous churches and synagogues as they benchmark their building energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. She also took on the commitment of representing the Chapter on the planning committee for Greening Your Community, the joint program with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the Jewish Environmental Initiative. She is currently making plans to verify the application for what we hope will become our region’s first ENERGY STAR certified congregation!

Thanks for your hard work, passion and leadership Linda!

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Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Kristin McKee

Posted: January 11th, 2017

kristin-mckeeThe 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 Kristin McKee of Lockheed Martin Energy for her service with the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Advocacy Committee and her leadership organizing the Sustainability Plan Builder workshop with Thomas Dunn Learning Center.

Kristin McKee, nominated by Admo Ogun, past Advocacy Committee Chair, for her work leading the Advocacy Committee’s efforts to assist Thomas Dunn Learning Center green their building operations. She first helped them benchmark their building energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, then led the coordination and facilitation of a Sustainability Plan Builder Workshop this past April. Since that time, Kristin has been working with a team of volunteers to help Thomas Dunn meet their sustainability goals.

Thanks to Kristin for her hard work and leadership!

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Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Katie Belisle-Iffrig

Posted: January 11th, 2017

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 Katie Belisle-Iffrig of Code Green Collaborative for her leadership with the Green Schools Committee, the Green Schools Educator Think Tank, and the Sustainability Institute for Educators.

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Katie was nominated by her USGBC-MO Gateway Green Schools Committee co-chair Ed Choklek for her deep dedication to sustainability initiatives with area K-12 schools and her leadership of the Green Schools Committee. Under her leadership, the Green Schools Quest has grown from 38 participants to nearly 50 participants. Additionally, the Annual Green Schools Event was revamped to increase student involvement. In 2015, Katie spearheaded the formation of the Green Schools Think Tank, a group of 25 educators who provide feedback to the Green Schools Committee for future initiatives and programs. Their periodic meetings have fostered a collaborative network of teachers who share ideas and best practices.

Katie – thank you so much for your contributions to the USGBC-MO Gateway’s green schools success!

 




Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Nick Arb

Posted: January 11th, 2017

nick-arb-headshot 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 Nick Arb of Mid America Metals for his leadership organizing the Emerging Professionals service project at EarthDance Farms in August 2016.

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Nick was nominated by Chad Coker, chair of the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Higher Ed & Emerging Professionals committee, for organizing the planning, staffing, and execution of a service day at EarthDance farms. The goal of the work day was to create an organized materials storage area and structure on the farm. The existing pile of salvaged and reusable supplies was spread across the ground but was not organized or protected in any way. By the end of the project there was a gravel patch of ground with storage bins, containers, and covered storage that organized the salvageable pieces that EarthDance had collected over the years.

Many thanks to Nick for his hard work and leadership!

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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Seeks Intern

Posted: January 5th, 2017

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks an energetic and skilled part-time intern with a wide range of administrative, organizational, and technical skills to assist with general Chapter operations. The internship position will report to the Education & Green Schools Coordinator and support the activities of the Chapter’s volunteer-led committees.

A job description and internship details are available online here. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume, with references to: Hope Gribble, Education and Green Schools Manager