U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter Blog
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Call for Proposals: 2015 Educational Programs

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:

  • Costs
  • 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
  • Greywater
  • Resilience
  • 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!


10 Congregations selected to receive free energy audits

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 usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314)577-0884.

Chapter Board Nominations Now Open!

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:

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