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We’re On A Mission – for Better, Greener Buildings that will Tackle the Challenge of Climate Change!

By Nick Bristow
Chair, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors

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.

The critical time for climate action is now, and now more than ever, it’s critical that we change the way we build and operate our buildings. We must focus on wellness for building occupants and the planet, addressing existing and new buildings, inside and out.

It was with this imperative in mind that the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Board of Directors drafted our 2018-2020 Strategic Directions. We plan to build on our 2017 momentum and move forward with three focus areas: foster green building leaders of the future, lead green building professional education, and advance green building through advocacy and community outreach.

I want to share some of our 2017 accomplishments today, and invite you to join us in the work ahead.

SigningWe continue to push for Better Buildings with Benchmarking. You know the saying, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure!” Energy and water benchmarking is the first step toward improved performance, cost savings, and reduced environmental impacts.

We significantly expanded our benchmarking work this year by helping the City of St. Louis with the passage and implementation of their Building Energy Awareness Ordinance. This work received recognition just last week with an Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award from East-West Gateway Council of Governments in the public-non-profit partnership category.

IMG_7145We were thrilled to assist Bethel Lutheran Church become the First House of Worship to earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri! With an ENERGY STAR score of 81, Bethel Lutheran outperforms 81 percent of worship facilities nationwide. Their energy achievements are due to many years of dedicated work by the church’s Green Team. Our Advocacy Committee volunteers verified Bethel Lutheran’s ENERGY STAR application, confirming that energy and building data was correct and that the building meets EPA’s Indoor Environmental Quality and Thermal Comfort standards.

GSQ registrationOnce again we were blown away by the creativity and passion of students participating in our Green Schools Quest. Our Green Schools Quest paired 47 school-mentor teams for the 2016-2017 school year. Over 5,500 students and staff participated in sustainability projects, reaching an additional 20,000 community members. Projects ranged from energy audits & window weatherization to waste audits, material reuse & cafeteria composting! Participation in the 2017-18 school year is our highest levels yet; 57 school and mentor teams are participating in the fifth year of the Green Schools Quest!

ce-blitz-copyAnd we continue to provide excellent educational opportunities. From inspirational to in-depth, we covered a lot of topics this year – materials transparency, sustainability in construction administration, landscape performance, project delivery mapping, historic preservation & sustainability, lighting controls and much more!

We are on a mission – a mission to make every building a green building – and we cannot get there without your help. For over 15 years, we have been part of your community; advocating and educating for better, greener buildings. Support this important work by making a donation today!

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Thank you,

Nick Bristow

Nick Bristow
2017 Chair, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors




EPA & AIA partner to offer CEUs for pro-bono ENERGY STAR verification

The American Institute of Architects and EPA have partnered to allow architects that verify an ENERGY STAR application pro-bono to earn up to 8 annual Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) continuing education units.

Earn AIA CEUs while supporting a congregation, school, non-profit or government building!

Registered architects who attend a no-cost ENERGY STAR training webinar will earn one CEU. Those who validate, pro bono, one or more building applications for ENERGY STAR certification will receive seven HSW CEUs, for a total of 8 CEUs annually.

To earn CEUs from AIA, registered architects must:

  1. Sign up to attend one of the free one-hour training sessions on how to verify applications for ENERGY STAR certification.
  2. Pass a short EPA administered quiz to demonstrate knowledge of EPA expectations. Quiz will be accessible at the end of the training session.
  3. Be matched with a building that requests pro-bono verification. Contact Johanna Schweiss to be connected with a building in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory.
  4. Verify your client building’s utility bills, operational details, and indoor environmental conditions. Affix your professional stamp to the ENERGY STAR application.
  5. Submit the signed verification letter to EPA. Once your client has submitted the completed ENERGY STAR application, you will receive continuing education credit(s) from AIA.

More details about this partnership between ENERGY STAR and AIA is available on the ENERGY STAR website.

Earn GBCI CE Hours too!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter volunteers may self report 1 GBCI CE hour for each hour served performing application verification. CE Hours are in the Volunteering category, which may account for up to 50% of total hours required by LEED Green Associate or LEED AP.

Interested? Be in touch!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be connecting interested volunteers and building representatives to verify ENERGY STAR applications. Email Johanna Schweiss if you’d like to volunteer.

If you represent a non-profit, school, congregational, or government building and are interested in pursuing ENERGY STAR certification, we’re here to help! Email Johanna Schweiss to get started.




Call for Pro Bono Energy Audits

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is seeking the services of multiple Energy Auditors, each to provide one pro bono building energy audit for congregations and faith communities within our Chapter territory.

We are pleased to once again partner with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light to provide complimentary 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. Learn more about audits provided in 2014-2015 here and here.

View the full Request for Qualifications.

An indication of interest and qualifications are due electronically USGBC-Missouri Gateway by midnight on Friday, January 8, 2016.

Once we determine how many audits can be offered, we will issue a call for congregations to apply, with a goal of matching auditors with congregations by the end of February 2016.




Free Energy Audits for Congregations!

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

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



Check out our 2013 Annual Report!

Every year we make progress towards the goal of ensuring that green building is accessible to all through our outreach, education, collaborations and partnerships. In 2013, we took several big leaps that support our mission of making every building a green building. Through these big leaps,, we have grown and green building has grown! We are pleased to share our 2013 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from 2013 that you can read more about in our annual report:

  • Launched the Green Schools Quest
  • Increased collaborative efforts by working with nearly 40 diverse partner
  • Debuted a new opportunity to discuss complex green building topics with the Technical Committee’s “Tech Talks”
  • Launched 2nd LEED Community Project in partnership with Forest Park Forever

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2013 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2013 Annual Report here.




Now Accepting Greenbuild Scholarship Applications!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway believes that everyone should have access to green buildings and green communities as well as green building education. Through our scholarship program, we hope to increase the participation of those interested in serving communities not typically represented in the areas of sustainability

We raised enough money at our annual ECORIDE in October 2013 to provide several scholarships to 2014 Greenbuild in New Orleans, LA October 22 – 24! We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to those living and/or working within our Chapter territory!

Scholarships are available in two tracks:

  • Track 1 – Full Scholarship (1 available)
  • Track 2 – Student or Emerging Professional Scholarship (3 available)

Scholarship applications are due April 15, 2014 – NEW DEADLINE: APRIL 22!

Download the scholarship application:

  • Track 1 – Full Scholarship – PDF or MS Word.
  • Track 2 – Student or Emerging Professional Scholarship – PDF or MS Word.

For more information about our scholarship program and the annual ECORIDE, visit our website here.

 




Giving Tuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Well there’s a new day in the Holiday Season- a day to give back. December 3rd is now Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving.

This year, when you are thinking of making a year-end charitable contribution, keep the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and our Community Build projects in mind.

In November we’ll be posting regularly on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages about our work to provide everyone with access to green buildings and green communities. We are much more than a member group or a professional organization; along with providing valuable education and networking opportunities, we provide a wide range of community projects that we call Community Build.

Community Build includes:

Our Community Build projects support local governments, emerging professionals, local community organizations and the public to move along the path towards sustainability.

So stay tuned on social media to hear more about the specific impact of each of these projects and support our work to make green buildings and green communities accessible to all by making a donation on Giving Tuesday.

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