U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter Blog
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2015 Education Catalog Released

Posted: January 15th, 2015

We are thrilled to announce our lineup of educational programs and events for the year!

Click here for a complete listing of monthly evening programs,  in-depth seminars, LEED Exam Prep, and more!

We look forward to seeing YOU at upcoming programs and events!


Green Building Experts- Richard Reilly

Posted: January 14th, 2015

The Sunflower+ Project: StL was a winning entry of the St. Louis Sustainable Land Lab design competition created by the City of St. Louis and Washington University. Richard Reilly, chapter member and a founder of the project, was quoted in a St. Louis Post Dispatch article about the project titled “10,000 Sunflowers Brighten Delmar.”

You can read the full article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch here.

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Congratulations to Photo Contest Winners

Posted: January 14th, 2015

The winners of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Photo Contest have been chosen! We received over 25 photos of green buildings or sustainable practices. The contest was open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter Territory, and winners were announced at the State of the Chapter and Social on Tuesday, January 13th.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Photo Contest Winners

Jennifer Carter, first place winner
Jennifer won one year of complimentary Chapter membership, her choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat, and got to select one of three gift cards to local restaurants. 

Cornelius Weaver, second place winner
Cornelius won a complimentary pass to one In-Depth Educational Session, his choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat, and got to select one of three gift cards to local restaurants.

Jan Niehaus, third place winner
Jan won her choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat, and got to select one of three gift cards to local restaurants.

Stephanie Andrasko, honorable mention
Stephanie won her choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat.

Thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photos to our 2014 photo contest and congratulations to our winners!

Thank you to the local restaurants that donated gift cards for our photo contest!

Green Building Experts- Lois Sechrist

Posted: January 9th, 2015

Lois Sechrist was featured in “Ascension Factors ‘Triple Bottom Line’ into Operational Decisions“, an article in Catholic Health World in October 2014. She explained how Ascension Health is connecting the Triple Bottom Line, which weighs social, environmental and financial costs and benefits, and the Triple Aim, which considers how health care leaders’ decisions can enhance patients’ experiences, improve population health and reduce the per-capita cost of health care.

You can read the full article in Catholic Health World here, and learn more about Lois in her profile in our membership directory.

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Thank you! A letter from 2015 Board Chair Erik Lueders

Posted: December 29th, 2014

Erik at the Chapter's ECORIDE fundraiser

The USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter works tirelessly to make sure we are equipped with the knowledge and resources to make a meaningful, positive impact on the environment. As 2014 is wrapping up, I personally want to thank all of you who have helped us achieve so much.

To me, the Chapter is one of the single best regional organizations that actively works to reduce the built environment’s impact on our natural resources. This is evident in our monthly programs, ranging from energy efficiency to the human experience of biophilic design. Projects such as the 25 x 20 Benchmarking Campaign and the Green Schools Quest are engaging communities across the region to create a more sustainable environment while saving both financial and natural resources. These programs would not be possible without the financial support of our members, our sponsors, and YOU!

As a Chapter of more than 500 members, we are an influential force for positive change in the region. What we represent is the desire to grow our businesses, organizations, schools, and community in a sustainable way. We’re making a large impact, but there’s a lot of work to be done.

You may be considering making year-end donations to organizations that need support. While there is a long list of worthy causes that can benefit from contributions, I personally ensure that USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter is at the top of my list. Please consider donating $10, $50, $150, or anything that is meaningful to you so that we can continue to transform the built environment at the pace that we’d all like to see.

Donate today.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
-Jane Goodall

Thanks for your continued support. Have a very Happy Holiday season!


Erik Lueders, MBA, CEM, LEED AP
2015 Board Chair, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter

Green Building Experts- Thomas Taylor LEEDs the Way

Posted: December 22nd, 2014

In the December 2014 issue of Metal Architecture, Thomas Taylor used his monthly “LEEDing the Way” column to discuss “Common Themes in LEED Projects.” He described the phases of a typical LEED project and roles of the project team members during every phase and how they interact with each other. Taylor’s “LEEDing the Way” column was launched in March 2011.

You can read the full column in Metal Architecture here.

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Green Building Experts- Mary Ann Lazarus featured in EcoBuilding Pulse 2014

Posted: December 22nd, 2014

Mary Ann Lazarus, AIA resident fellow, sustainability leader at HOK, and co-lead of the Building Design + Performance section for Hanley Wood’s Vision 2020, “spoke” in ”Raise the Base, Stretch the Top,” an article published in EcoBuilding Pulse 2014, in which she encouraged industry professionals to expand and develop new collaborations, partnerships, and alliances.

You can read the full article in EcoBuilding Pulse 2014 here.

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Members featured in “Who’s Who In Energy”

Posted: December 18th, 2014

Nine Chapter members were featured in “Who’s Who in Energy,” a supplement to the St. Louis, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio Business Journals, highlighting key players in 7 energy markets.

Executive Director Emily Andrews and Board Members Jim Curran of Electrical Connection and Tim Gaidis of HOK were recognized as energy leaders in our region. Featured Chapter members include Glenda Abney of the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Kevin Griesemer of G&W Engineering, Rick Hunter of Microgrid Solar, Paul Todd Merrill of Clayco, Doug Sitton of Sitton Energy Solutions, and Sam Welge of M360 Inc.

You can browse a list of all recognized energy leaders on the St. Louis Business Journal’s website.  Interested in learning more about Chapter members and their expertise? Browse our online member directory!

A letter from board chair Marjorie Melton- today is Giving Tuesday!

Posted: December 2nd, 2014

Today – Tuesday December 2 – is “Giving Tuesday”. If you are not familiar, it is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was created to kick off the giving season. It follows Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday. As you consider your end of the year giving, please join me in making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

I give for many reasons.

I give because I want a greener world for my granddaughter – and for yours too.

I give because I believe every person deserves to live in a green community.

I give because it makes me proud to say I am helping my community to become a greener community.

I give because our Chapter is one of the top performing USGBC chapters in the country (out of over 70!).

I give because our Chapter provides outstanding educational opportunities for those wanting to learn about green building.

I give because it’s the right thing to do.

I give because it’s the smart thing to do.

I give because the Chapter needs the support of those of us who care about green building and sustainable communities.

I am making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway on Giving Tuesday. Will you join me?

Donate today.

Marjorie L. Melton
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 2014 Board of Directors Chair

Green Building Experts – Jan Niehaus published in tED magazine

Posted: November 21st, 2014

In “The Microgrid Market Gains Power,” author Jan Niehaus forecast the continuing growth of renewable power and both grid-tied and “island” microgrids in response to climate change, power reliability issues, and economic concerns. Experts quoted in her article include Chapter members Marc Lopata, then President of Microgrid Energy, and Nick Arb, Energy Solutions Specialist with Frost Electric.

You can read the full article in tED magazine here. Learn more about Jan in her Chapter membership profile.
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