U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter Blog
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We stand for Green Building!

Posted: August 15th, 2014















USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members believe in sustainability and stand for green building. Check out their photos, taken by our Marketing Committee at our August Program, on our Facebook page. Do you stand with them? Like or comment to let us know!

You can join us as we work to transform the built environment and make every building a green building by:


2014 Membership Survey

Posted: August 4th, 2014

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s biannual member survey guides our work, informing the projects, educational programs, and events we provide for our members to engage with our mission.

Many of the survey respondents are part of the design and construction industry, but our members are also educators, concerned citizens, government employees, lawyers, consultants, and building owners and operators. And while the majority of them live in the St. Louis metro area, our members reside throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois.

We were excited to see that 95% of responding members felt that they receive adequate value for their membership. Comments included “[It] feels good to support excellent work going on in the community!” and “The networking opportunities alone provide immense value.”

Out of the long list of Chapter membership benefits, members rated earning continuing education hours at events, being part of an organization that values the environment, learning what’s new in green building, and connecting with other members as the most valuable. And numerous respondents indicated their interest in joining Chapter committees or getting involved with one of the Chapter’s Community Projects.

Many thanks to all of the members who took the time to complete our survey! Beyond the responses summarized above, responding members provided valuable feedback on our membership benefits, educational programming, and community work. If you missed the survey, we still welcome your feedback- please be in touch, especially those of you interested in getting involved in the Chapter’s committees or community projects!

For non-members, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our membership levels and benefits and join us as we work to transform the built environment!

July Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition

Posted: August 1st, 2014

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. This month we are happy to recognize Kevin Gates of Oates Associates, Tim Michels of Energy Resources Group, and Ryan Walsh of Ross & Baruzzini for their work on the Chapter’s Technical Committees

The three were nominated by Caryl Kinsey Fox, Chair of the Technical Committee, for their tireless efforts to support the Technical Committee’s work to champion green building research and develop in-depth educational opportunities.

Kevin Gates serves as the Committee’s Secretary. In her nomination, Caryl stated “Kevin’s prompt, concise, consistent and accurate minutes have allowed a tangible continuity of decisions, and has allowed committee members to stay up to date even when they are unable to attend.”

Ryan Walsh and Tim Michels worked together to produce an informative and in depth Tech Talk on Retro Commissioning: Investment vs. Reward. This panel discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities facing Retro Commissioning, and  provided the impetus for the production of many additional technical resources.

Thanks to Kevin, Ryan and Tim for your leadership and hard work!

ActOnEnergy BizSavers Program at St. Louis Regional Chamber

Posted: July 18th, 2014

Learn how your business can SAVE ENERGY and RECEIVE CASH INCENTIVES by improving energy efficiency through Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy BizSavers program.

At this seminar you will learn:
• Which energy efficiency improvements are right for your business;
• How to receive cash incentives from Ameren Missouri for energy efficiency improvements;
• How to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Ameren Missouri Pure Power.


July 29, 2014: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

St. Louis Regional Chamber
One Metropolitan Square
211 N. Broadway
Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102

Free to all!

Click here to register online

Contact Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy BizSavers program

Green Schools Quest on Big 550-KTRS: Listen to stories from 3 participating schools

Posted: July 1st, 2014

The Green Schools Quest was the topic of discussion on the Big 550-KTRS’s “Growing Green St. Louis” on Sunday, June 29.

Hope Gribble, USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s Education & Green Schools Coordinator was joined by Tiffany Tibbs, parent at Kennard Classical Junior Academy; Carolyn Green, USGBC-MGC Green Mentor and parent with Maplewood-Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center; and Anne Marie Lodholz, teacher at St. Louis University High School. This group of Green champions tells several chapters of the inspiring Green Schools Quest story.

This program includes invitations to new mentors and schools to get into the Green Schools Quest for 2015!

“Growing Green St. Louis” is produced on the Big 550-KTRS by host Jean Ponzi, for the Missouri Botanical Garden; the show is sponsored by St. Louis Composting.

Listen now: http://www.ktrs.com/growing-green-6-29-14/

Free Energy Audits for Congregations!

Posted: June 25th, 2014

Missouri Interfaith Power and Light & U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter are pleased to be partnering to offer free energy audits to 8 – 12 congregations within the USGBC-MGC territory!

This is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign. Audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

Congregations chosen to receive energy audits must also commit to on-going benchmarking of their building by participating in the 25 x 20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign. MO IPL and USGBC-MGC volunteers can provide assistance with this process. Additionally, there is an ENERGY STAR for Congregations tool, specific to places of worship.

USGBC-MGC and MO IPL are hosting a free ENERGY STAR For Congregations workshop on August 25. Look for details soon!

Energy Audit Applications are due by 5 PM on August 29, 2014 – APPLY NOW!

Applicants will be notified of award by September 15, 2014 and the audits should take place in fall 2014.

July 31: Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship

Interested in learning more about this opportunity? Join us on July 31 for Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship! This event is free to all, but registration is required here.

USGBC-MGC Seeks Energy Auditor

Posted: June 19th, 2014

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks the services of an Energy Auditor to perform a limited number of building energy audits for congregations and faith communities within our Chapter territory.

We are pleased to be partnering with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light to provide energy audits for a limited number of local congregations and faith-communities. This is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign – www.25×20.org. Audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

View the full Request for Proposals.

Proposals are due Friday, July 11 by 5 pm

We anticipate the following timetable for the project

  • August 1, 2014 – Notification of Award for Energy Audit Services
  • August 29, 2014 – Congregation Applications Due
  • September 15, 2014 – Congregations Chosen
  • October 1 – December 15, 2104 – Benchmarking & Audits Performed
  • January 10, 2015 – Audit Reports submitted to USGBC-MGC, MO IPL and participating congregation or faith community

Check out our 2013 Annual Report!

Posted: June 19th, 2014

Every year we make progress towards the goal of ensuring that green building is accessible to all through our outreach, education, collaborations and partnerships. In 2013, we took several big leaps that support our mission of making every building a green building. Through these big leaps,, we have grown and green building has grown! We are pleased to share our 2013 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from 2013 that you can read more about in our annual report:

  • Launched the Green Schools Quest
  • Increased collaborative efforts by working with nearly 40 diverse partner
  • Debuted a new opportunity to discuss complex green building topics with the Technical Committee’s “Tech Talks”
  • Launched 2nd LEED Community Project in partnership with Forest Park Forever

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2013 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2013 Annual Report here.

Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Program

Posted: June 11th, 2014

The U.S. Green Building Council and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently announced the expanded 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The program awards financial and educational resources to developers of affordable housing in North America that are committed to building sustainable communities through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program.

This year the program will expand to 14 awardees from 10 in 2012, the most recent year that grants were awarded. Applications will be accepted from now until July 11, 2014.

A review committee of industry leaders will award 14 affordable housing projects in the U.S. and Canada with the following support:

  • Cash award of $25,000 to be used to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification
  • Complimentary LEED for Neighborhood Development reference guide
  • Registration for the online LEED for Neighborhood Development webinar series
  • Registration for a LEED for Neighborhood Development educational workshop
  • Waived registration and exam fees for one member of each project team to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential
  • Monthly support calls and direct access for technical inquiries
  • One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans
  • Travel stipend to attend Greenbuild 2014

In addition to the award package, three to four projects will be selected to receive a two-day, in-person technical assistance session with a team of USGBC and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) staff, valued at $3,000. The in-person meetings provide an opportunity for USGBC and GBCI staff to provide intensive, dedicated assistance to projects pursuing certification. The application form provides interested projects the opportunity to apply for the selective technical assistance sessions.

Through the previous cycles of the grant program in 2012 and 2010, USGBC has provided assistance to 20 affordable housing redevelopment projects across the country, representing the creation of 8,448 rental units and 2,391 for-sale units. All projects are being designed and built to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and indoor air quality, with the majority reserved for low-income residents.

Applicants for the program will be notified of their status in early September. To learn more about the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program and/or to apply, visit www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/affordable-neighborhoods.


USGBC-MGC seeking summer interns

Posted: May 6th, 2014

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks two summer interns who are excited about transforming the built environment!

Resumes are due by e-mail on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Please review instructions in PDF job descriptions above for time frames, where to send resumes, etc.