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Trace it Back – A Course in Materials Transparency

A highly practical and engaging course on materials transparency and how it relates to green building, and socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. This live presenter and video program contains an explanation of products’ life cycle and associated health and environmental impacts from creation, use, and disposal. In addition, this course will explore the ways in which transparency documents can be used when determining the appropriate material choices in designing for a healthier built environment.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Define life cycle analysis
  • Examine representative impacts of choices along a life cycle path
  • Discuss the use of Environmental Product Declarations or EPDs and other transparency documents
  • Explore the benefits of transparency in the marketplace

SPEAKER
Michael Johnson, Director of Sustainability at 3form
As Director of Sustainability at 3form, Michael Johnson provides direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility policies and initiatives. These include initiatives designed to achieve goals of zero waste in manufacturing, carbon neutrality, product transparency and optimization, and integration of sustainability ethics into the workforce.

Michael spends a large amount of time currently focused on materials transparency and optimization, offering educational presentations from coast to coast on this subject to help the A&D community better prepare to embrace LEED V4 or other healthy building standards, or to simply understand the underlying importance of transparency from a practical standpoint.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1 GBCI CE Hour
1 AIA LU/HSW
1 IDCEC
1 LACES

WHEN
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:30 – 10:00 am

WHERE
TBA

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members & IES Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

LightArt / 3form




Sustainable Lighting

Hosted in partnership with Illuminating Engineering Society – St. Louis Section.

This course will help attendees have a solid foundation of understanding of the various transparency material disclosures currently available in the marketplace, such as Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Health Product Declarations (HPDs), and others including Declare labels. This basis for understanding will be directly related to the application of these disclosures to LEED V4 materials credits, including those specific to BD+C, O+M, and ID+C credit requirements.

The course will also lay a foundation of knowledge for attendees on the topic of optimization, and the credits available under LEED for optimized materials. The information will be delivered through the lens of lighting fixtures to provide examples of disclosures and optimization possibilities, and to explore how technology advancements can play into optimization.

A general summary of terminology will be included during this course hour, so that attendees feel confidant in asking for, and using the information within the available transparency material disclosures. We will underscore the basics, such as life cycle analyses, environmental impact categories of EPD, “Red Listed Ingredients of Concern,” responsible sourcing and supply chain, and third party verified platforms.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Gain the solid understanding of transparency and optimization disclosures and documents that meet LEED V4 and other building challenges’ materials credits requirements,
  • Gain a working-level of knowledge to understand the terminology of these documents and how to ask for these disclosures from manufacturers,
  • Provide illustrative examples of how transparency and optimization work together to create more responsible materials and building products,
  • Empower attendees to play an active role in transforming the marketplace of materials through application of LEED V4 and using material disclosures


SPEAKER
Michael Johnson, Director of Sustainability at 3form
As Director of Sustainability at 3form, Michael Johnson provides direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility policies and initiatives. These include initiatives designed to achieve goals of zero waste in manufacturing, carbon neutrality, product transparency and optimization, and integration of sustainability ethics into the workforce.

Michael spends a large amount of time currently focused on materials transparency and optimization, offering educational presentations from coast to coast on this subject to help the A&D community better prepare to embrace LEED V4 or other healthy building standards, or to simply understand the underlying importance of transparency from a practical standpoint. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103)

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, IES Members, and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

LightArt / 3form




Sustainable SITES Initiative Workshop

In partnership with ASLA – St. Louis Chapter.

Learn about the SITES rating system at a full-day workshop at O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex in St. Louis, MO.

Modeled after LEED and administered by GBCI, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) defines what a sustainable site is and elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment. The SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance-based metrics that align land development and management with innovative sustainable design, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials and human health and well-being. SITES certification is for development projects located on sites with or without buildings – ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes to homes and more. The rating system is currently being used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, developers, policy-makers and others.

Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we drive from healthy functioning landscapes. The four overarching goals of the SITES rating system are to create regenerative systems and foster resiliency; ensure future source supply and mitigate climate change; transform the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhance human wellbeing and strengthen the community.

  • Explore the SITES v2 rating system with real-world project examples, including two local SITES case studies.
  • Discover important connections and distinctions between SITES and LEED.
  • Engage in live discussion and application of SITES strategies with active projects.
  • Examine revitalization efforts planned for the workshop site, O’Fallon Park, as part of the “Back to Nature in O’Fallon Park” project currently underway and supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

After attending the workshop, you’ll be able to speak to the value of SITES, understand the central rating system components and themes, identify the important steps for pursuing SITES certification and set a framework to start studying for the SITES AP exam.

AGENDA

  • Registration + Breakfast
  • Welcome + Introductions
  • Background on the SITES Rating System
  • The SITES Rating System structure, categories, pre-requisites, credits + Q&A
  • Local SITES Case Studies presented by SWT Design
  • Lunch
  • Project Workshop + Interactive Session: Applying SITES to O’Fallon Park

PRESENTERS
Melissa Cox, LEED AP BD+C, Team Lead – Certification, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
SWT Design Representative

CONTINUING EDUCATION
6 GBCI CE Hours
6 LACES

WHEN
Thursday, February 22, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration opens at 8:30 am

WHERE
O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex
4343 W. Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115

FEE
$100 – USGBC-MGC / ASLA Member Early Bird (by Feb 14, 2018) 
$125 – USGBC-MGC / ASLA Member (after Feb 14, 2018)
$150 – Non-Member Early Bird (by Feb 14, 2018)
$175 – Non-Member (after Feb 14, 2018)
$75 – Full-time Student

*Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Anova

Great Rivers Greenway

Missouri Department of Conservation

SWT Design




Resilience Studio: Resilient Design in Educational Facilities

FGM Architects, in partnership with the Washington University and the Rockwood School District, developed an undergraduate/graduate level studio project that analyzed resilient design in educational facilities.  The design project was a new local 100,000 sf elementary school that specifically incorporated resilient design elements into the site design and building architecture.

This program in School Design for Resiliency will evaluate this project through a shocks and stresses assessment and resilient design analysis.  Everyone will then participate in an interactive design charrette where they will incorporate these resilient design elements for both the site and building design solutions.  Faculty and students from the WashU studio will participate in this program and share their learning experiences and present their design solutions to this real world resilient design program.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Evaluate Shocks and Stresses Assessment and Resilient Design Analysis
  • Review resilient design solutions provided by WashU students as part of their studio project
  • Participate in an interactive design charrette
  • Incorporate resilient design elements into both site and building features and identify specific design strategies

SPEAKERS
Steve Raskin, AIA, Principal, FGM Architects
Laura Severine, NCIDQ, LEEP AP, Interior Designer FGM Architects
Catalina Freixas, Washington University

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
March 6, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBA

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC  Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Online registration coming soon.




11th Annual Green Schools Event

57 schools are participating in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest. At each school, Green Teams are hard at work devising and implementing – with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor – creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their school.

Join us at the 11th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we’ll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest!

Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Additionally, attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2018-19 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.

WHEN
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm – Networking, Poster Displays & School Tours
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE
Free event for all attendees.

REGISTER
Online registration coming soon.

THANKS TO OUR GREEN SCHOOLS CHAMPIONS!

Ameren Missouri

St. Louis County Department of Public Health

THANKS TO OUR GREEN SCHOOLS SUPPORTERS!

Innovative Technology Education Fund

Madison County Planning & Development

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.




Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming

In partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and The Academy of Science – St. Louis.

Explore the mission and metrics behind Paul Hawkin’s, Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, including practical, local solutions in action.

The 80 researched-based actions mapped, measured, and modeled by Project Drawdown, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, offer humans the means to transform our climate crisis into just, livable world conditions. Project Drawdown’s research, shows that rather than stopping global warming at 1.5-2 degrees Celsius, we can actually begin to reverse global warming by 2050, using technologies and practices that already exist and are scaling today.

This program draws on Missouri efforts embodying some of the highest-impact Drawdown measures to transform our local Climate conversations into viable opportunities and optimism. Presentations will illustrate importance of Plant-Rich Diets, Green Roofs, Wind Power, Educating Girls, Regenerative Agriculture.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Define Project Drawdown and its goals.
  • Describe the process and metrics used to determine the 80 most substantive solutions to global warming.
  • Examine multiple solutions to global warming.
  • Explore case studies of local solutions in action – showcasing practical applications and regional relevance.

SPEAKERS
Erika Boeing is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Accelerate Wind, a 2016 Arch Grants Recipient. Erika has worked previously as a Systems Engineer at DRS Technologies, studied the interrelations between technology, society, and sustainability as a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands, and worked as a Research Fellow at Project Drawdown. She holds an M.A in European Studies on Society, Science, and Technology, and a B.S. In Mechanical Engineering.

Charlie Hopper, Executive Director, Hardesty Renaissance, Kansas City MO

Mary Ostafi is Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL. She has been a leader in the urban agriculture movement for the past seven years, as well as a model and mentor for young urban farmers locally and globally. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from an acclaimed university in Sweden, is a licensed architect, a LEED AP, and St Louis Business Journal 40 under 40. Her background in architecture and interest in food equity led her to form Urban Harvest STL and pioneer the building of the first rooftop farm in St Louis, the FOOD ROOF Farm.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1.5 GBCI CE Hour and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:00 pm –Registration & Networking
6:00-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103)

FEE
Free for all attendees!

REGISTER
Click here to register online!




Tree Preservation in Design and Construction

Why do so many green building renderings show small newly planted trees? When in reality, here in Missouri, development is often set on lots with mature landscape trees or within native woodlands and projects could capitalize on this existing resource.

This presentation will make the case for preserving tree canopy on site to jump start the landscape’s ecosystem services such as improving human health and energy efficiencies. It will also cover the technical elements to a successful tree preservation project, including published BMPs and professional organizations that can help ensure trees stay healthy and structurally sound in the process.

Regional examples and lessons-learned will showcase the great potential and the possible challenges with tree preservation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Calculate the value of mature trees on a project.
  • Discuss the technical requirements for tree protection.
  • Identify implementation challenges.
  • Explore regional examples and lessons-learned which showcase the great potential and the possible challenges with tree preservation.

SPEAKERS
Meridith Perkins, Urban Forestry Consortium Manager, Davey Resource Group
Ben Grossman, Great Rivers Greenway
Doug Seely, Beyond Housing

CONTINUING EDUCATION
2 GBCI CE Hours
2 AIA/CES LU
2 ISA for Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and BCMA-Management

WHEN
January 23, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR!

Great Rivers Greenway




Benchmarking 101

Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter. 

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, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available atwww.stlbenchmarking.com.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partnersfor Benchmarking 101, an overview of the 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.

This event is free to all, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance
  • Benchmarking Basics: Learn how to use the free, online benchmarking tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including common issues and answers to frequently asked questions
  • Data Collection
  • Reporting Data to the City of St. Louis
  • Q&A

WHEN
Thursday, February 8, 12:00—1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub,
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE
Free to all

REGISTER
Click here to register online

QUESTIONS

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter | usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org | 314-577-0854
City of St. Louis  | benchmarking@stlouis-mo.gov | 314-622-3616

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Benchmarking 101

Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter. 

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, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at www.stlbenchmarking.com.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners for Benchmarking 101, an overview of the 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.

This event is free to all, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance
  • Benchmarking Basics: Learn how to use the free, online benchmarking tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including common issues and answers to frequently asked questions
  • Data Collection
  • Reporting Data to the City of St. Louis
  • Q&A

WHEN
Wednesday, January 24, 12:00—1:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub,
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE
Free to all

REGISTER
Click here to register online 

QUESTIONS

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter | usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org | 314-577-0854
City of St. Louis  | benchmarking@stlouis-mo.gov | 314-622-3616

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2018 State of the Chapter & Social

Join us at the 2018 State of the Chapter & Social on January 9th as we kick off programming for the year!  This FREE event – open to members and non-members – is one of the highlights of our year.

  • Meet Chapter members and connect with representatives from the board of directors and committees.
  • Learn about highlights from the past year and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers.
  • Enjoy complimentary beer donated by Old Bakery Beer, wine donated by Schneider Electric, and appetizers.
  • Participate in the silent auction, including:
    BOSE Soundlink Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker donated by The Sound Room ($129 Value)
     
    Fair Shares CSA Local, Fresh, and Sustainably-Produced Food from area farmers and artisans including seasonal produce, a variety of meats, dairy products, baked goods, coffee, chocolates and canned goods, donated by Nancy Rodney at Rosemann & Associates, PC ($300 Value)
     
    Home Energy Audit, a detailed inspection and testing of your home in order to determine causes and recommended improvements to solve comfort and efficiency issues related to energy loss, donated by SmartHouse Heating and Cooling ($200 Value)
     
    Weekend Getaway in Elsah, IL Cottage (two-nights) donated by Mary Ann Lazarus at MALeco & Dan Jay at Christner, Inc. ($300 Value)
     
    Wine & Dine, including a bottle of Caymus 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and $100 gift certificate to Tony’s Ristorante, donated by Gwenn Ivester at Cushman & Wakefield ($180 Value)
     
    Basket of Bourbon, including bottles of Blade and Bow bourbon, Old Bardstown bourbon, and set of 2 sphere ice molds, donated by Kim Eilerts at FleishmanHillard ($70 Value)
     
    Amazon Echo Smart-Speaker, hands-free, voice activated speaker, donated by Lighting Associates, Inc ($100 Value)
     
    Artisan Ale – $25 Gift Certificate to Perennial Artisan Ales plus one 750ml Bottle of limited edition ale donated by Perennial Artisan Ales ($50 Value)
     
    Comfort of Home Basket, including Rum Cake, Brownie Pops, Vegan Candied Pecans, Assorted Cookies, Sweet Breads, and Pecan Truffles,donated by Sweetpea Traditional and Vegan Baking ($75 Value)
     
    Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter Membership and hat donated by Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter ($53 Value)
     
    Foodie Basket, including Beekman Bruschetta Sauce, NunDunBetter Chile Mustard and Dip Sauce, Coop’s Hot Fudge, MoonX Cabernet, and Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, donated by Becky Finch at TriNet ($50 Value)
  • Find out how you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.

grandhallThis year’s event will be held at Saint Louis University’s newest residence hall, Grand Hall, located on the corner of Grand and Laclede.  This building features a number of sustainable features including: White roof, reflective materials and vegetation to combat Urban Heat Island Effect;  Flooring, carpeting and concrete made partially from recycled and regional materials; LED lighting for all major areas; Low VOC products for all paints, sealants, adhesives and flooring systems; Southeastern corner of the building is all glass exterior providing daylight to study lounges; Covered Bicycle Stations for 15% of the residents; Vegan Line at the dining hall; Food Pulper to increase the density of food waste that can be composted.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming the New Year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!

WHEN
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm – Complimentary Wine/Beer, Appetizers, Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm – Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm – Additional Networking 

WHERE
Saint Louis University’s Grand Hall
3605-13 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

Parking is available in the Laclede Garage, located on Laclede Ave in between Grand Blvd and S. Spring Ave, for $2 per hour, with a maximum charge of $6.

FEE
Free event for all attendees.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

8760 Engineering, LLC

Hastings+Chivetta

NewSpace Business Interiors 

 Gaus Acoustics

Patcraft