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.

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.

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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.

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Seeking Energy Efficiency & Carbon Pollution Intern

Posted: March 4th, 2015

As part of the Regional Environmental Internship Program (REIP), USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is currently seeking an intern to work with the City of Creve Coeur on a Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Climate Action Plan. This is a full-time, paid internship that will start in late May / early June and last until the end of 2015.

Electronic applications are due by Friday, April 3. Please review the job description below for more details.

The Story of a Congregational Energy Audit

Posted: March 2nd, 2015

In 2014 Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter awarded complementary energy audits to ten congregations, funded by a USGBC Impact grant. Since that time, energy auditors have been hard at work.

Recently, the national EdenKeeper Blog posted a three part series of stories about St. John’s Episcopal Church’s experience with their energy audit, written by local blogger and congregation member Jeff McIntire-Strassburg.

Ross & Baruzzini’s Sustainability Team completed a pro-bono energy audit for Grace and Peace Fellowship, a Presbyterian church located in the Loop. Annie Smith, a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member and volunteer, wrote about the Sustainability Team’s experience completing the audit on Ross & Baruzzini’s blog. Check out her story here.

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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