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Call for Proposals: 2017 Educational Programs

Posted: June 30th, 2016

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2017.

USGBC-MGC strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.

We are particularly seeking in-depth workshops – extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals’ existing knowledge.

Timeline
Call for Proposals Issued July 1, 2016.
Proposals due by Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 30, 2016.

Preferred topics include:

  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • LEED v4
  • WELL, SITES, PEER, Edge, GRESB, Parksmart
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Costs & Benefits

Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!




New Partners for Smart Growth Seeks Session Proposal – due June 30

Posted: June 15th, 2016

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event will be in St. Louis next year and they are seeking YOUR expertises for sessions. The conference will be February 2 – 4, 2017 at the Marriott St. Louis Hotel. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” with an emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities now. 1200 smart growth leaders from across the country attend this conference.

Session proposal are due June 30, 2017. Thematic categories can include:

  • Communications and Engagement
  • Community Resiliency & Energy Independence
  • Equitable Development and Environmental Justice
  • Financing, Real Estate and Development
  • Health
  • Implementing Smart Growth
  • Land Preservation
  • The New Economy, Market Trends and Demographics
  • Partnerships for Success
  • Planning Tools and Technologies
  • Redevelopment
  • Small Cities and Rural Areas
  • Transportation, TOD, and Streets
  • Water and Coastal Areas

Learn more at www.newpartners.org




5th Annual Photo Contest to Open July 1

Posted: June 15th, 2016

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USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Marketing Committee is pleased to announce our fifth annual photo contest!

We are seeking photos that will help us celebrate our theme of “Green Buildings Are Better . . . for Living, Learning, Working, and Playing.”

The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (see territory map). The contest opens July 1, 2016 and submissions are due by August 30, 2016.  Winners will be announced on October 18 at our monthly program.

For more information, check out the Photo Contest Rules or the Photo Contest website at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/photo-contest-2016/

 




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

Posted: May 26th, 2016

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.

Explore the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter online directory to learn about other Chapter members!

Visit the Green Building Experts page to learn more about members who have been recognized for their green building advocacy, promotion, and expertise.




Support the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on Give StL Day, May 3!

Posted: April 21st, 2016

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter works to transform the built environment, because Green Buildings Are Better! Below, Education Committee member Annie Smith, Green Schools Committee member Katie Belisle-Iffrig, and USGBC-MGC Board Members Linda Goldstein and Richard Schuessler share the reasons they believe Green Buildings Are Better. They’re better because they conserve limited natural resources, better because they protect human health and wellness, better because they are key to healthy and vibrant communities.

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The knowledge that green buildings are better drives the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter in all that we do! We are much more than a member group or a professional organization. Along with providing valuable education and networking opportunities, we provide a wide range of community projects, like our Green Schools Quest and our work to provide faith-based communities and nonprofits with access to green building expertise and resources.

On May 3rd, the St. Louis Community Foundation is once again joining hundreds of community foundations across the country for the biggest day of giving in history. This year, consider supporting the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

Make a donation to support our important work of providing everyone with access to green buildings and green communities, make a donation in honor of our 15 year anniversary, or make a donation simply because Green Buildings Are Better! 

Donate on May 3rd Here

Can’t wait until May 3rd? Click here to donate now.




Connect with Emerging Professionals at an upcoming event!

Posted: April 18th, 2016

December Energy CareThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals are recent graduates, young professionals and those new to the green building industry. EPs get together each month to network, share experiences and give back to the community.

Sign up to receive EP emails online here, and plan to join the Emerging Professionals at an upcoming event!

2016 Emerging Professional Events

MAY
Networking & Happy Hour at Arcturis
May 16th @ 5:00 pm
RSVP online here

JUNE
Chapter Program: Danforth Plant Science Center Tour
June 14 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Learn more & RSVP Online here

JULY
Networking & Happy Hour at Venture Cafe
July 21 @ 5:30 pm

AUGUST
Earthdance Farms Service Project
TBD

SEPTEMBER
Green Apple Day of Service
September 24 @ TBD

OCTOBER
Chapter Program: Prarie Polycultures
Tuesday, October 18 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm

NOVEMBER
America Recycles Day Networking & Happy Hour
November 15 @ 5:30 pm
Anheuser Busch Biergarten

DECEMBER
EnergyCare Service Project
TBD

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Congrats to our 2016 Growing Green Awardees!

Posted: April 7th, 2016

Last Thursday, USGBC-Missouri Gateway hosted the 8th Annual Growing Green Awards – this is our way of recognizing the accomplishments and hard work of the organizations and individuals that are transforming our built environment into greener and healthier places to live, work, learn, and play.

The 2016 Awardees are:

  • Restoration Champion: Western Specialty Contractors
  • Operational Excellence: Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Community Innovator: Gary Steps – Butterfly Energy Works
  • Emerging Leader: City of Maplewood
  • Community Champion: Forest Park Forever

Check out a short presentation about the winners here.

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Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success, especially our sponsors:

  • OAK: Electrical Connection
  • SAPLING: Caesarstone, Paric, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
  • ACORN: Advanced Green Consulting, Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, KONE, Rosemann and Associates, Thompson and Coburn
  • MEDIA: The Healthy Planet



LEED Project Profile: McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall

Posted: March 28th, 2016

MICDS - Project Profile - final_Page_1Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School’s LEED Platinum McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

The project earned 84 points and received Platinum certification in LEED for Schools v2009 in May of 2015. The new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational facility serves as a teaching tool and is filled with design elements featuring concepts taught in the curriculum. The design of the new facility was created for improved energy and water efficiency, and includes a rainwater harvesting system, a solar thermal system, a rooftop photovoltaic array, a high-efficiency HVAC system, and more! And over 90% of the building demolition and construction debris was donated or recycled.

Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and MICDS in the project profile. Visit our Local LEED Projects page to learn more about LEED buildings in our Chapter territory, or browse all of the project profiles below.

McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall hosted the 2014 Green Schools Event. Be sure to join us on April 12 to celebrate green schools at the 2016 Green Schools Event!

 




Seeking Energy Efficiency & Carbon Pollution Intern

Posted: March 25th, 2016

As part of the Regional Environmental Internship Program (REIP), USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is currently seeking an intern to work with the City of University City on an updated Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This is a full-time, paid internship that will start in late May / early June and last through August 2016.

Electronic applications are due by Monday, April 18, 2016. Please review the job description below for more details.




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

Posted: March 3rd, 2016

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.

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

Visit the Green Building Experts page to learn more about members that have been recognized for their green building advocacy, promotion, and expertise.