U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter Blog
Welcome to the USGBC-MO Gateway Blog, a place for the Chapter to share information on green building, LEED, sustainability and other "elements of green" in and around the St. Louis area.

Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition

Posted: July 1st, 2015

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.  We are thrilled to recognize Hannah Roth of Washington University  for her leadership in the development of the Chapter’s first full-day Continuing Education Blitz titled Building Materials, LEED, and Health – Oh My! Braving the new world of building material selection.

Hannah’s passion for reducing barriers to developing and using tools for materials transparency is contagious. This, combined with her dedication to engaging diverse stakeholders and national sustainability leaders, as well as developing an interactive educational format, is paving the way for a phenomenally meaningful learning experience for all in attendance. Hannah is supported in this effort by Chapter volunteers JoAnn Brookes of Kromm, Rikimaru and Johansen, Natasha Dunwoody of Christner, Caryl Kinsey Fox, and staff member Hope Gribble. Thanks, Hannah, for all of your hard work and dedication surrounding this important and timely topic!

June Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition

Posted: July 1st, 2015

Paul-Merrill_2-150x150The 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 Paul Todd Merrill of Clayco for his work on the Chapter’s Membership Committee.

Paul was nominated by Gordon Schweitzer, 2015-2016 Chair of the Membership Committee, for his long history of leadership and service in pursuit of the Chapter’s mission. In his nomination, Gordon stated “Paul has been an outstanding membership committee chair, growing membership to over 500 during his two year term. He has also served on the Speakers Bureau, the Development Committee, and chaired the Board of Directors in 2011. He always goes out of his way to help the Chapter succeed!”

Many thanks to Paul for his dedication and leadership!

BUILDING THE HEARTLAND Discount for Chapter Members

Posted: June 22nd, 2015

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Now in its third year, BUILDING THE HEARTLAND (formerly BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland) is the major conference and trade expo serving architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, real estate developers, government officials and community organizations in the Midwest. This year the conference will take place August 31 – September 2 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, Illinois.

The conference will offer two keynote speakers and one keynote panel in addition to approximately 50 accredited learning sessions that will offer AIA CES or Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) learning units — and, in most cases, both. The program will feature four tracks: Technology, Owner/Developer/Occupant Panels, High-Performance Buildings, and Green Building Tools & Strategies.This unique, three-day event is sponsored by SGC Horizon’s Building Design+Construction magazine, AIA Chicago, and USGBC-Illinois.

Members of USGBC Chapters can register for $260 until August 1, discounted from $325. Members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter can contact Johanna Schweiss for the coupon code. Learn more and register here.


4th Annual Photo Contest!

Posted: June 19th, 2015



The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Marketing Committee invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Photo Contest! For the first time, photographers are invited to share images around a theme – from recycling to upcycling.

The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (territory map). Submissions are due on August 15. 

First, Second and Third Prizes will include restaurant gift cards, prints of the winning photos, a free year of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership, and more!

To submit your photo, check out the photo contest rules, then email it (in jpg form) to usgbcmogatewayphoto@gmail.com

LEED Project Profile – SIUE Art & Design Building Expansion

Posted: June 12th, 2015

SIUE Art and Design WestSouthern Illinois University’s Art & Design Building Expansion is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

The project earned 63 total points, earning Gold in LEED for New Construction and exceeding the University’s goal of earning LEED Silver. Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and SIUE in the profile here, or visit our Local LEED Projects page explore more LEED profiles!

Green Building Expert Tara Pham’s CTY awarded grant

Posted: May 28th, 2015

TaraPham-Tara ProfilePic_pdx_large Pham is CEO and co-founder of CTY, a civic tech company that has been awarded a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund, which supports early-stage information projects. CTY’s product, Numina, encourages walking and biking through its plug-and-play devices that deliver real-time bicyclist and pedestrian counts and intuitive data visualizations. The City of St. Louis Department of Health will benefit from CTY’s innovation. Scroll to “Numina” in the list of grant winners here.

Learn more about Tara Pham in her Chapter member profile.

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

USGBC-MGC seeks 15-Yr Anniversary Consulting Services

Posted: May 28th, 2015

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will celebrate our 15-Year Anniversary in 2016. We seeking consulting services to help us develop a campaign to celebrate! See our Request for Qualifications.

Qualifications are due to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter by 5 pm on June 22, 2015.


Hangry? Find the Cure at the Green Dining Alliance Crawl!

Posted: May 15th, 2015

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

By Allison Macon, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Programs Committee

We’ve all been there.  It’s that moment – perhaps it’s after work, during work, could be any time really- when you need to EAT.  It can sneak up on you. You’re being a perfectly nice and happy person and then you’re “Hangry.” That’s “Angry” plus “hungry,” folks, a bad combo in my opinion. Particularly nasty when it’s early on in the summer and your home grown tomatoes have yet to flourish and you ate all of those beautiful radishes you planted in early spring. And the morels you hunted and gathered?  All eaten.  “Why did I bother sharing those?” you’re thinking.

You’re basically dying and you need a SNACK.

Added to the stress of your situation, you ask your friend or significant other, “Where should we eat?”  And they respond, “I don’t know.”  Or maybe even, “I don’t care.” YOU DON’T CARE?! A fit of rage is upon you and it’s beginning to look like someone’s sleeping on the couch…

BUT WAIT!  You’ve got options.  The Green Dining Alliance has been certifying restaurants in St. Louis to ensure you can dine out without compromising the environment or your stomach.

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA), an initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, is a restaurant sustainability certification program that works with restaurants to reduce their environmental impact by completing an on-site audit that evaluates all areas of operations.  St. Louis has a lot of these restaurants! In fact, Maplewood’s Special Business District has been named the nation’s 1st Green Dining District.

On Tuesday, June 9th from 5-7:30pm, the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter, the Green Dining Alliance and Maplewood Special Business District are partnering to offer a Green Dining District Crawl.  Check out Maplewood’s green dining district while having a drink and samples provided by participating GDA restaurants.

The evening will begin at with a brief presentation about GDA certification at Schlafly Bottleworks. Attendees will enjoy a free drink from Schlafly and then crawl to restaurants within the district.  The event is open to the public and $20, $10 for USGBC-MO Gateway members. Learn more and register for the Crawl today!

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2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium – Livable Communities

Posted: May 7th, 2015

Symposium Design_2015Attendees at the 2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium will learn about sustainability practices that are changing the face of our cities and neighborhoods, while creating a positive environmental, social, and political impact in our communities. Topics include transportation, food, biodiversity and community. Through an interdisciplinary approach and networking opportunities, attendees will connect and engage with others, understand their work in a greater context and learn from peers and regional experts.

St. Louis Earth Day Symposium – Livable Communities
June 3, 2015
Saint Louis University, Il Monastero
Early registration through May 8 ($65); registration ends May 27 ($85)
Scholarships and discounts available to ensure access for all those interested.
Learn more and register on the St. Louis Earth Day Website.

Green Building Experts – Christine VanLeeuwen

Posted: April 30th, 2015

Christine Van LeeuwenChristine VanLeeuwen, LC, an LED lighting specialist, was quoted in “How to Brighten Your Bottom Line” in the April 2015 issue of Paint & Decorating Retailer magazine. Energy demands, specifically lighting, are intense in retail environments. The article discusses how lighting upgrades reduce energy consumption, lower operating expense, and draw more customers into stores, all leading to higher profits.

The article can be viewed in full on the Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine website, and you can learn more about Christine in her Chapter member profile.

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