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2019 Benchmarking Training Schedule

Posted: January 2nd, 2019

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners announce multiple opportunities to learn about energy benchmarking and get hands-on assistance with the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is the process of tracking your building’s energy and/or water use and comparing your performance to similar buildings and to past performance. Benchmarking is the first step in determining how to conserve resources, reduce operating costs, and reduce environmental impacts.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free and secure online tool that tracks energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to understand their energy, water, and waste performance – schools, governments, congregations, businesses and retail stores.


Event Descriptions

Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions

Hands-on Help Session

Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below). This event is free, but registration is requested.

Benchmarking 101

Presentation with Q&A

Benchmarking 101 will provide an overview of the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. Lunch is provided. This event is free, but registration is requested. 

Benchmarking and Energy Efficiency Carousel

This interactive event will provide real details on how to save energy in buildings. Participants will circulate between quick presentations, gaining insight into numerous energy efficiency projects and financing solutions. This event is free, but registration is requested.

GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials

Two day in-depth training

Efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only reduce operating costs by 20-50%, but increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction. Taught by industry experts, the two day GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials Course provides building professionals with the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable operations.


Training Schedule

Full details and registration available via the links below.

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101

Wednesday, February 20, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, February 27 – Thursday, February 28, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials

Tuesday, March 19, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, March 28, 8:00 – 10:00 am 
Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousel

Thursday, April 18, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, May 22 & Wednesday, May 29, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials

Thursday, August 8 – Friday, August 9, 8:30 am – 4:0 pm
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials

Wednesday, August 28, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Tuesday, September 24, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Tuesday, October 29, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, November 7, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, November 14 – Friday, November 15, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm both days
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials

Thursday, December 17, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session


About the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by May 1 of each year using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at www.stlbenchmarking.com.

About the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign

The Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign recognizes and supports buildings of all types and sizes to benchmark their energy use, a building management best practice. Over 80 businesses, organizations and institutions have voluntarily pledged to benchmark, the first step to reduce operating costs and environmental impacts. Learn more and join the campaign at www.BetterBuildingsStl.org. 


 

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Maintain the Momentum: St. Louis as a Climate Leader

Posted: November 27th, 2018

It’s been an important year for fostering green buildings in the St. Louis region and I’m very proud that our USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter has played a pivotal role. From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change. According to the Energy Information Administration, buildings in the United States are responsible for over 40% of national greenhouse gas emissions. The City of St. Louis’s 2015 greenhouse gas inventory revealed that local impacts are much higher; residential and commercial buildings are responsible for over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.

With the latest Special Report from the International Panel on Climate Change and the just-released Fourth National Climate Assessment Report, it’s even more clear that the critical time for climate action is now. It’s critical that we change the way we build and operate our existing and new buildings. We also must focus on wellness for building occupants inside and out and better adapt to changing conditions.

I want to share some of our 2018 accomplishments today and invite you to join us in the work ahead. Your support makes a significant difference to our community and region:

Benchmarking energy and water use continues to be front and center following the old adage “you can’t improve what you don’t measure.” We played a major role in educating building owners and managers on the benchmarking requirements after last year’s passage of the City of St. Louis’ Building Energy Awareness Ordinance. So far in 2018, The Chapter has held 22 Benchmarking Trainings serving over 200 building representatives.

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In addition to supporting the City, our work in Better Buildings through Benchmarking continues to grow with benchmarking assistance to municipalities in St. Louis County, schools, and congregations.

With the help of funding from Ameren Missouri and an individual donor, our Benchmarking Intern, Mat Emden, is assisting Maplewood, MO; Clayton, MO; Wildwood, MO; and St. Charles County Library to benchmark their building energy use.

The Chapter also actively participated in the City of St. Louis’ selection as a one of the 20 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ America Cities Climate Challenge. This will focus on leveraging existing benchmarking and financial programs to significantly improve energy efficiency of private-sector buildings as well as develop and execute a comprehensive solar action strategy. All issues important to our goals of reducing emissions and improving health and wellness for our region.

Along with multiple partners, we also helped advocate for the successful adoption of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for the City of St. Louis which will help drive energy efficiency for all new construction and major renovation

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But wait, there’s more! Our Missouri Gateway Chapter embarked on a brand new collaboration this year with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the creators of the Living Building Challenge (LBC). We now house the St. Louis Regional Collaborative of ILFI. This brings resources on a wide range of rating systems including SITES, WELL, ParkSmart, LEED and now LBC all under one virtual roof for our region.

All this has been happening while our ongoing programs continued to provide excellent educational opportunities from inspirational to in-depth covering topics from lighting, sustainable operations and district energy systems to a full day Water Blitz attended by area leaders. In addition, we offered in-depth sessions on the WELL, SITES and LEED rating systems.

Finally, once again we had another tremendous year with our Green Schools Quest where we paired 57 school-mentor teams for the 2017-18 school year. Over 5,000 students and staff participated in sustainability projects reaching an additional 30,000 community members. And participation in the 2018-19 school year is our highest levels yet!

As you can tell, your USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter has been very busy putting into action our mission of “transforming the built environment” for our region. Please join us by supporting our work this year. We can’t get there without each of you. Join me in supporting this important work by making a donation today!

DONATE NOW


Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Chair, Board of Directors

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter




Donate or Renew and Get Chapter Gear!

Posted: September 27th, 2018
chapter swagFor a limited time, individuals who make a donation to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at or above $50 and members who join or renew their Chapter memberships at the Full, National Member Employee, or Contributor levels will receive a complimentary piece of chapter gear! This offer ends on Wednesday, November 7th.
Individuals will be able to select their choice of hat, window cling, pint glass or stainless steel water bottle. Gear can be picked up at the New Member Welcome Social, other Chapter event, or from the Chapter office.
 



Check out our 2017 Annual Report

Posted: September 17th, 2018

We are on a mission . . .

for better, greener buildings that will tackle the challenge of climate change, while creating better places for living, working, and learning. From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change.

Download a PDF of our 2017 Annual Report to learn more!

We are so proud of our accomplishments towards a greener future for our community, which is generously supported by our sponsors, leaders (board of directors committees), members, volunteers, and donors. Thank you to all who made 2017 a success!

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Save the Date for Greenbuild 2018: USGBC-MGC Can Claim Complimentory Pass

Posted: August 9th, 2018

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The annual Greenbuild Expo will be held in Chicago this November 14-16. The event, the world’s largest expo for green buildings, is right in our backyard, and USGBC-MGC members can even claim a complimentary discount code. Greenbuild is the face-to-face experience for sustainability in the built environment. It features inspiring educational opportunities, plus the products and technology you need to become even more sustainable. Upon returning to the field or office, you will be equipped with new knowledge, best practices, and inspiration to continue promoting building green. This is an excellent chance to combine knowledge from your field with preeminent building standards; resources at the expo will allow your ideas to become practice.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members have an exclusive discount code to explore the Expo Hall at Greenbuild 2018, happening November 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois. Contact johanna.schweiss@mobot.org to receive the discount code.




USGBC-MGC Seeks Education & Communications Intern

Posted: July 26th, 2018

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks an energetic and skilled part-time intern with a wide range of administrative, organizational, and technical skills to assist with general Chapter operations. The internship position will report to the Education & Green Schools Manager and support the activities of the Chapter’s volunteer-led committees.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist Chapter staff with various duties related to the development of marketing and outreach materials, such as event flyers and promotional materials for Chapter events
  • Maintain posts and updates regarding green building news and program announcements on Chapter website and social networking accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Engage in short term research projects to identify local green-building and sustainability resources
  • Update and print necessary literature and signage for events
  • Work with Chapter volunteers and staff on day-of program logistics, including event set-up/break-down, registration, nametags, food/beverage (average of one day/month)
  • Compile final attendance list for events; edit and post on website
  • Maintain database of event statistics for Chapter programs and events
  • Assist Chapter staff with additional duties related to educational programming
  • Work with volunteers of the Chapter’s Marketing Committee on the creation of LEED Project Profiles
  • Perform general clerical work including letter writing, filing, copying, etc. (spreadsheets)
  • Answer email and return messages as appropriate

A job description and internship details are available online here. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume, with references to: Hope Gribble, Education and Green Schools Manager




Seeking Nominations for 2019 Board!

Posted: July 24th, 2018

Be a part of the green building movement & help us make every building a green building!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is currently seeking nominations for At-Large board directors. All terms begin in 2019. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Monday, August 20, 2018. 

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: 

In 2015, USGBC-Missouri Gateway shifted our board nomination and election process, and no longer hold elections. Nominations are still accepted from the membership. The Governance Committee collects nominations and ensures eligibility of nominees. The committee then consults a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board for approval. The committee expects to present a slate to the board for discussion at the September 2018 board meeting.




2018 – 19 Benchmarking Training and Help Sessions Announced

Posted: June 27th, 2018

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners announce multiple opportunities to learn about energy benchmarking and get hands-on assistance with the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is the process of tracking your building’s energy and/or water use and comparing your performance to similar buildings and to past performance. Benchmarking is the first step in determining how to conserve resources, reduce operating costs, and reduce environmental impacts.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free and secure online tool that tracks energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to understand their energy, water, and waste performance – schools, governments, congregations, businesses and retail stores.


Event Descriptions

All events are free, but space is limited and registration is required via the links below.

Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions

Hands-on Help Session

Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).

Benchmarking Jam

Brief presentation followed by hands-on help session

Following  a brief overview of energy and water benchmarking, volunteers will provide hands-on assistance with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).

Benchmarking 101

Presentation with Q&A

Benchmarking 101 will provide an overview of the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. Lunch is provided.


Training Schedule

Register using the links below.

Wednesday, July 18, 3-5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, August 8, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, August 23, 4 – 6 pm
Benchmarking Jam

Wednesday, September 12, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, November 29, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101

Wednesday, February 20, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Tuesday, March 19, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, April 18, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session


About the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1 of each year using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at www.stlbenchmarking.com.

About the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign

The Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign recognizes and supports buildings of all types and sizes to benchmark their energy use, a building management best practice. Over 80 businesses, organizations and institutions have voluntarily pledged to benchmark, the first step to reduce operating costs and environmental impacts. Learn more and join the campaign at www.BetterBuildingsStl.org. 


 

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USGBC-MGC home to International Living Future Institute-St. Louis Collaborative

Posted: June 6th, 2018

ILFI logoWe are excited to announce that USGBC-MGC will now house the St. Louis Region Collaborative of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). We hope you’ll join us at the ILFI- St. Louis Launch Event on August 2nd and get involved with our new ILFI committee!

The International Living Future Institute, based out of the Pacific Northwest, is the creator of a number of forward-thinking certifications and initiatives related to the built environment – including the Living Building Challenge, Declare Label, and JUST program.  All of these programs are rooted in ILFI’s mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

The August 2nd launch event will take place from 4 to 6 pm at the Jan Phillips Learning Center (JPLC), a living example of the ILFI’s programs. The JPLC, owned by The College School and located in Pacific, MO, is currently seeking the Living Building Challenge Certification. The learning center features semi-permeable pavers, wind and solar energy, 360-degree views and a strong commitment to hands on learning for students. The launch event will follow a seminar on the Living Building Challenge, highlighting features within the JPLC that make it a truly living building.

By combining resources, USGBC-MGC and ILFI will collaborate to continue promoting green building design, construction and operations – and to fortify consideration for not just our buildings, but also the people inside them and the surrounding communities.

As an affiliate of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), all members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter receive a FREE Basic Living Future Institute Membership.

Basic Membership with the International Living Future Institute offers valuable benefits, including complimentary online education about the Living Building Challenge, ability to become a Living Future Ambassador, and discounts on workshops, books, and more. Current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members can log in here to access instructions on how to redeem their complimentary Living Future Institute membership.

Click here information on the JPLC  Living Building Seminar and ILFI-St. Louis Launch Event. If you’re interested in getting involved with our new ILFI committee, please contact hope.gribble@mobot.org.




Now Accepting Proposals for 2019 Educational Programs

Posted: May 24th, 2018

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2019.

USGBC-MGC 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.

Timeline
Call for Proposals Issued May 24, 2018.
Proposals due by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by October 8, 2018.

Preferred topics include:

  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • LEED v4
  • WELL, SITES, PEER, Edge, GRESB, Parksmart
  • International Living Future Institute (Living Building Challenge, JUST, Living Products, Zero Energy Certification, etc.)
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Costs & Benefits

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!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!