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.
Posted: October 21st, 2014
The 2nd annual Sustainapalooza conference organized by USGBC-MGC’s Mid-Missouri Branch and AIA Mid-Missouri featured a fantastic lineup of speakers, including Quint Redmond, co-founder of AgriNETx LLC of Golden, Colorado.
Quint facilitated a design charette aimed at envisioning the integration of agrarianism into the landscape of the Columbia Mall.
The Columbia Tribune spoke with charette attendees, including representatives from the city’s Park and Recreation Department and General Growth Properties, which owns Columbia Mall. Read the full article here.
Posted: October 15th, 2014
Maryville University’s USGBC Student Group will host an art exhibit on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 7-9pm showcasing products made from invasive honeysuckle that has been removed from the campus.
The event will also include a silent auction, with money raised being used for the purchase of replanting native species on Maryville’s campus.
Click here to learn more!
Posted: October 1st, 2014
Have a photo of a green building or a sustainable practice to share? Enter the Chapter’s third photo contest!
We’re looking for photos that celebrate the transformation of the built environment into a more environmentally friendly, prosperous, and healthy place to live, work, and learn.
The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (territory map). Submissions are due on December 1, 2014 and winners will be announced at the State of the Chapter in January 2015.
First, Second and Third Prizes will include restaurant gift cards, framed 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 email@example.com
2013 1st place winner- Julie Villa
2013 2nd place winner- Christee Zimmerman
2013 3rd Place winner- Jan Niehaus
Posted: September 26th, 2014
The USGBC’s Heartland Regional Committee recognized several of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteers as Volunteer Superstars!
Kevin Gates, Tim Michels, Ryan Walsh, Lynn Larkin, Jan Niehaus, Lawrence Lile, and Chelsea Madden were originally recognized as Above + Beyond Volunteers, for devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. You can see their original recognitions below:
Congratulations to these volunteers! And thank you to all of the members, volunteers, sponsors, and partners working to transform the built environment! Want to join them? Become a member, volunteer or sponsor today!
Posted: September 16th, 2014
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2015.
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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.
Call for Proposals Issued September 16, 2014.
Proposals due by Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 26, 2014.
Preferred topics include:
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
- Buildings & Human Health
- Innovations in Green Building Technology
- Building Performance: Ongoing Operational Performance
- Owner & Occupant Experiences with LEED Buildings
- Community & Cultural Context
- LEED v4
- Product Declarations
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!
SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!
Posted: September 16th, 2014
Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter are partnering to provide free energy audits to 10 congregations within the USGBC-MGC territory. The effort is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, and audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.
Applications for free audits were due on August 29, 2014. Over 20 congregations applied, and the following 10 were selected to receive a free energy audit:
- Congregation Shaare Emeth Creve Coeur, MO
- Grace and Peace Fellowship St. Louis, MO
- Immacolata Catholic Church Richmond Heights, MO
- Lafayette Park United Methodist Church St. Louis, MO
- New Life Community Church East St. Louis, IL
- New Northside Missionary Baptist Church St. Louis, MO
- St. John’s Tower Grove St. Louis, MO
- St. John’s United Church of Christ Chesterfield, MO
- St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Ferguson, MO
- University United Methodist Church University City, MO
Energy auditors from Microgrid Energy and Ross and Baruzzini will be conducting the 10 audits over the coming months.
Energy Efficiency Resources for Congregations
There are numerous resources available to congregations interested in tracking and reducing their energy use. We are encouraging all congregations to take advantage of the following:
- We encourage all congregations to take the 25×20 Pledge to benchmark their energy use! Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy a building consumes and comparing that to other buildings. As the saying goes, you can’t manage what you don’t measure!
- The EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Congregations program is designed specifically for congregations benchmarking their energy use, and has numerous resources available to help congregations benchmark. Their Tip Sheet on No and Low Cost Energy Savings for Congregations is a good place to start, and a full list of resources is available here.
- Missouri Interfaith Power & Light engages faith communities to be stewards of God’s creation by addressing the environmental and social justice consequences of climate change. They have resources available to congregations interested in reducing their energy consumption.
- Ameren Missouri offers financial incentives for energy efficiency improvements through their BizSavers program. Congregations can learn more or apply for these incentives on Ameren’s Bizsavers website.
- Laclede Gas offers rebates for the implementation of natural gas energy efficiency measures, including part or all of the cost of an energy audit that is performed in support of any measure that receives a rebate. Congregations can learn more about these rebates on Laclede Gas’s website.
Questions? Contact the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314)577-0884.
Posted: September 8th, 2014
USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for three (3) Board Members. Nominations are due by midnight on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Elections will be held on-line November 6 – 12, 2014. Please note that in order to vote in the elections, you must be a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member in good standing on Friday, October 31, 2014.
Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer. The online nomination form, can be found here.
For more information, please see:
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:
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!
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!