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National Volunteer Week – Thank you to our Volunteers!

Posted: April 17th, 2015

It’s National Volunteer Week, and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter leadership and staff offer their appreciation to all Chapter volunteers! Whether our volunteers serve on a standing committee, mentor a school participating in the Green Schools Quest, make presentations on the Chapter’s behalf, assist non-profits complete LEED Documentation through the LEED Community Project, support congregations to green their building operations, or lead the Chapter on our Board of Directors, the service of our volunteers is critical to our work to transform the built environment!

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. This week, in honor of national volunteer week, we were pleased to recognize several volunteers!

Above + Beyond

 

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You can read about previously recognized Above + Beyond Volunteers here.




Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Becky Finch

Posted: April 17th, 2015

IMG_7528The 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 Becky Finch of the Nielsen Company  for her service to make the 2015 Growing Green Spotlight Celebration a success!

Becky was nominated by Jen Kissinger of Paric Corporation, past co-chair of the Growing Green Awards Working Group and At Large member of the USGBC-MGC Board of Directors, for her leadership of the Growing Green Awards Working Group.

This year the Working Group mixed things up, getting creative with the 7th annual celebration of the people and organizations transforming the built environment. They decided to highlight the accomplishments of the past 6 years of winners in a refreshed event- the Growing Green Spotlight! Attendees learned about all that past winners have accomplished since their award through poster displays and fast-paced presentations.

The success of the event was made possible by Becky and her fellow event volunteers, who coordinated the evening’s venue, catering, promotion and logistics. Feedback about the new event format was overwhelmingly positive. Many thanks to Becky for her hard work and dedication!




Announcing the Winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest!

Posted: April 16th, 2015

Green Schools Quest Healthy Planet Ad May 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest!

Elementary School Category
1st Place
:    Rohan Woods School
2nd Place: Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
3rd Place:  Westchester Elementary

 Middle School Category
1st Place
:    Holy Redeemer
2nd Place: North Kirkwood Middle School
3rd Place:  Alton Motivational Achievement Center

High School Category
1st Place
:    Edwardsville High School
2nd Place:
Parkway North High School
2nd Place:  Rockwood Summit High School
3rd Place:  The Governor French Academy

The Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools in Missouri and southern Illinois to devise and implement, with the help of green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.

Kudos to all 38 participants! Interested in learning more about what each Green Team achieved? A summary of each school’s submission is available on our website here. Several schools submitted digital presentations and videos on Youtube. Click here to view a playlist of those videos.

School and mentor registration for the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest opens May 1st! Visit the Green Schools Quest page for more information.

 




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Green Schools Event Volunteers

Posted: April 16th, 2015

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 the volunteers responsible for the 8th Annual Green Schools Event for their service to make this event a success. These volunteers were nominated by Katie Belisle-Iffrig of Code Green Collaborative, chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Green Schools Committee.

Volunteers collaborated in numerous ways to make this event a success. Jim Biggs of the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Lesli Moylan, Kim Petzing of Madison County Government, and Ralph Bicknese of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects coordinated and facilitated the Teacher’s Roundtable that preceded the event.

Kathleen Engel of Ameren Missouri Pure Power coordinated tours of the Project IDEA space, and Ralph Bicknese of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, Tyler Loucky of St. Louis Composting, Ed Choklek of FGM Architects, and Michele Dow of Dow Environmental Protection staffed the registration and Green Schools tables. The event was emceed by Cindy Bambini of Brightergy.

Many thanks to Jim, Lesli, Kim, Ralph, Kathleen, Tyler, Ed, Michele and Cindy for their service!




Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Frank Eppert

Posted: April 14th, 2015

Frank EppertThe 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 Franklin Eppert of AFRAM Corp. for his service on the Technical Committee, Green Schools Quest, and LEED Community Project.

Frank was nominated by Caryl Kinsey- Fox, past chair of the USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter Technical Committee, for his attention to detail, extensive technical knowledge, and years of service. In addition to his work with the Technical Committee, Frank served on the Energy & Atmosphere Team for the 2014 LEED Community Project, working to complete LEED documentation for the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center in Forest Park.

Frank served as a Green Schools Quest Mentor to students at Little Flower School, supporting students as they created a garden on school grounds and as they benchmarked their school’s energy use. Frank also presented to 60 of Cardinal Ritter’s Foster Grandparents about the Green Schools Quest, and  participated in the Green Your House of Worship Workshop, supporting congregations as they began to create a sustainability plan.

Many thanks to Frank for his leadership and hard work!




Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Carolyn Gaidis

Posted: April 7th, 2015

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 Carolyn Gaidis of LAND SYSTEMS for her years of service as chair of the Scholarship Working Group.

Carolyn was nominated by Christy Cunningham, at large member of the Board of Directors, and George Fujii, chair elect of the Board of Directors, for her tireless work to make the ECORIDE fundraiser and Scholarship Working Group successful. The funds raised from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 ECORIDEs allowed 9 individuals to attend Greenbuild, attend Greening the Heartland, or sit for the LEED Green Associate exam. Carolyn also serves as the Vice President of Events for the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Many thanks to Carolyn for her leadership and hard work!




Give StL Day is May 5th!

Posted: April 6th, 2015

stlouis-1420758227.2788-facebookshareimageBe a part of Give STL Day and make a difference! On Tuesday, May 5th from midnight to midnight, we are once again joining non-profits throughout the region and community foundations across the country for the biggest gives day in history.

There will be prices and incentives awarded throughout the day, so mark your calendars and plan to support the U.S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter’s work to give everyone access to green buildings and green communities- because where we live, work, and learn matters!

Learn more about Give STL Day on www.givestlday.org.




Low-interest Loan for Energy Efficiency Improvements

Posted: April 3rd, 2015

The Missouri Department of Economic Development is making $3.5 million in low-interest loans to public schools, public colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public hospitals for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects in the State of Missouri.

Applications are being accepted from April 1 through June 30, for loan amounts between $10,000 and $750,000. The interest rate for this cycle will be 2.5 percent, with a maximum 10-year-repayment.

Previously, the cities of Clayton, Dellwood, Maplewood, St. Clair, and University City received a over $1.2 million dollars in loans. Bayless, De Soto, Parkway, St. Charles R-VI, and Wentzville R-IV school districts received over $2.4 million dollars in loans. Local project plans include lighting upgrades, heating and cooling system replacements, pump
replacements, window replacements and solar energy installations. Project will result in an estimated savings of nearly $1 million and are expected to create 205 energy-related jobs.

To learn more and apply for a low-interest loan, visit the Division of Energy’s Energy Loan Program website.




Green Building Experts- Jen Kissinger

Posted: March 19th, 2015

Jen Kissinger 4Jen Kissinger, at large member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors and Paric Corporation Project Manager and Director of Corporate Sustainability, was recently named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Class of 2015. The recognition highlighted Jen’s leadership of Paric’s environmental sustainability program and her work to recycle more than 90,000 tons of construction waste.

Jen’s recognition can be viewed in full on the St. Louis Business Journal’s website here, and you can learn more about Jen in her Chapter member profile.

Explore the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter online member directory to learn more about all of our members!




Green Building Experts – Steve O’Rourke

Posted: March 10th, 2015

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.

Explore the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter online Member Directory to learn more about all our members!