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Continue the Quest! A Primer on the 2020-21 Format and Themes

Are you interested in participating in the Green Schools Quest as a school or mentor this year? We hope so!

Regardless of whether you are a past participant, or new to the Green Schools Quest; whether you are currently registered to participate this year, or still debating if you will sign up – this webinar will help you better understand the reimagined format for 2020-21 and provide an introduction to the monthly themes. 

During this webinar, you will:

  • Review the program adaptations for the 2020-21 school year aimed at providing more flexibility for schools.
  • Discuss the primary challenge for 2020-21: To integrate sustainability into students’ learning.
  • Explore the monthly themes which represent principles of the Rainbow of Sustainability, a tool for applying the lens of sustainability to curriculum. 
  • Identify what qualifies as a Green Schools Quest project this year.
  • Ask any lingering questions you may have.

PRESENTERS
Hope Gribble, USGBC-MGC, Green Schools Quest program manager

Kat Golden, Missouri Botanical Garden EarthWays Center, Past Green Schools Quest Mentor, & Member of the GSQ Committee

Traci Jansen, Keysor Elementary School (Kirkwood School District), Past Green Schools Quest Participant, & Member of the GSQ Committee

WHEN
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 pm

WHERE
Virtually, of course!
You’ll receive the Zoom login details after registering. 

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THE GREEN SCHOOLS QUEST PROGRAM
Each year, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter challenges public and private schools across the region to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. Rather than complete comprehensive six-month projects, as Green Schools Quest participants have done in the past, for the 2020-21 school year, participating schools are invited to integrate sustainability into students’ learning through the lens of a monthly theme. We are currently seeking both School and Mentor participants. Applications are due September 30th.




LEED v4.1 EBOM Technical Workshop

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Hosted in partnership with USGBC West North Central Region.

LEED and Existing Buildings: Understanding certification, performance and LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance.

This virtual workshop will provide participants with a deep look into LEED v4.1 O+M and the information needed to pursue certification. The focus will be on understanding certification options, best practices for sustainable operations and maintenance, and the new options available through the LEED v4.1 beta using the Arc platform.

In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar on the green building industry with an outcome-based approach to LEED certification. The newest update to the LEED rating systems, LEED v4.1, represents a series of upgrades that will update the referenced standards to encourage leadership, respond to market feedback, and make the LEED rating system more accessible than ever before.

We will share success stories in regional case studies of certification to inspire users that you too can bring LEED to your portfolio of existing buildings.

INSTRUCTOR
Stefanie Young, Vice President, Technical Solutions

CONTINUING EDUCATION
GBCI Credit: 3 CE hours LEED Specific O+M
AIA Credit: 3 LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, September 9, 2020
1:00 – 5:00 pm

NOTE: There is also a LEEDv4.1 BD+C & ID+C Workshop being held on 9/8/20

WHERE
Virtual event.
Registrants will receive login details prior to the event.

FEE
$45 for USGBC-MGC Members
$60 for Non-members

REGISTER
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The Next Evolution of LEED: v4.1 (BD+C, ID+C)

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Hosted in partnership with USGBC West North Central Region.

This presentation will provide participants with a look into LEED v4.1 BD+C, ID+C, O+M and the information needed to pursue certification.

The focus of this virtual workshop will be on understanding the goals and outcomes of the LEED v4.1 beta. The newest update to the LEED rating systems, LEED v4.1, addresses lessons learned from LEED v4 project teams, updates performance thresholds and reference standards to ensure LEED remains a global leadership standard, and expands the marketplace for LEED.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate the main goals of LEED v4.1 technical development
  • List the requirements of key LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C prerequisites and credits for success
  • Identify how LEED v4.1 for BD+C and ID+C increases accessibility throughout the rating system and positions LEED to continue to drive market transformation
  • Identify opportunities for continued building performance through LEED for Operations + Maintenance

INSTRUCTOR
Lisa Stanley, Director, Technical Solutions

CONTINUING EDUCATION
GBCI Credit: 3 CE hours LEED Specific BD+C and ID+C
AIA Credit: 3 LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
1:00 – 5:00 pm

NOTE: There is also a LEEDv4.1 O+M Workshop being held on 9/9/20

WHERE
Virtual event.
Registrants will receive login details prior to the event.

FEE
$45 for USGBC-MGC Members
$60 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online.




You Light Up My Life, But is That a Good Thing?

For most of us, light has been something we’ve always controlled with a simple flip of the switch. The convenience of light on demand lengthened our days, and shortened our nights. But today, we are beginning to realize light affects us in more ways than we could have imagined just a few short years ago.

In this course, we will examine the non-visual impact of light in our lives and how this knowledge is changing the way we view light in our world.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss and better understand the science of light.
  • Investigate the non-visual impact light plays in our lives, including on circadian rhythms
  • Review the WELL Building Standard and LRC Circadian Stimulus as it relates to lighting
  • Identify trends around dynamic lighting

SPEAKER
Eric J. Haugaard
Director of Product Technology, Cree Lighting
Eric Haugaard is the Director of Product Technology for Cree Lighting. His career of 33 years includes a variety of positions primarily focused on advanced lighting systems development. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with Post-Baccalaureate Program studies completed at NASA/Ames Research Center.  He holds 48 US and 16 foreign patents related to lighting technology.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1 AIA/CES LU/HSW

WHEN
July 30, 2020
1:00 – 2:15 pm

WHERE
Virtually via Zoom
Registrants will receive login details prior to the event.

FEE
$10 for USGBC-MGC Members
$15 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register now!




Kickoff the Virtual St. Louis Earth Day Festival THIS SUNDAY, April 19th with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Kickoff the Virtual St. Louis Earth Day Festival THIS SUNDAY, April 19th with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

We, the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter would like you, your family, your co-workers, neighbors, distant friends, and anyone you can forward this link to, to JOIN US in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Worldwide! We will be hosting TWO virtual events this Sunday, April 19th, 2020. Come visit our “booth” at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival and learn about the Earth Day Ecochallenge or take a virtual green building tour.

Will You Join Us for a Brown Bag Lunch with our St. Louis Goes Green! Ecochallenge Team?

We are kicking off our renowned St. Louis Earth Day Festival, virtually, this Sunday, April 19th @ 12pm via earthday-365.org/coming-soon/

Join us for an Earth Day Ecochallenge – BROWN BAG LUNCH- with the St. Louis Goes Green! Team

WHEN: this Sunday, April 19th @ 12 pm CST 


WHERE: Online! Via Zoom
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJModOuspjMsG93ZgjaLhoLs7l0fI_LlMiyz
Meeting ID: 975-3248-8619
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Or simply visit earthday-365.org/coming-soon/ @ 11:40 AM and get access to our virtual Earth Day Ecochallenge – BROWN BAG LUNCH – with the St. Louis Goes Green! Team


WHAT: This Brown Bag Lunch is for anyone interested in learning more about the Earth Day Ecochallenge! We are inviting team members of the St. Louis Goes Green! team to join and continue to share challenges and successes with the Actions and Challenges they’ve committed to this April and how they’ve made progress in creating a better shared future. Let’s get together for lunch, meet one another, enjoy an eco-conversation, and encourage others to learn more and join our Ecochallenge team! We couldn’t be ranked 12th worldwide if it wasn’t for individuals like YOU interested and making a positive impact every day. Think we could be #1 by April 30th, 2020?? Let’s find out together. #stlouisgoesgreen

Join our St. Louis Goes Green! Ecochallenge Team TODAY!

Looking for Something More LEED Specific and Related to Your Green Building Industry?

Join us, virtually, as we kickoff the St. Louis Earth Day Festival this Sunday, April 19th @ 1:30 pm via earthday-365.org/coming-soon/

Join us for a Virtual Green Building Tour of Alberici Headquarters in St. Louis

WHEN: this Sunday, April 19th @ 12 pm CST 


WHERE: Online! Via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on the link below
https://zoom.us/j/93996903123?pwd=bnliVVJwMUQwNFh3bm9HaGlLWmxZdz09
Meeting ID: 939 9690 3123
Password: 202050


WHAT: Has the wind turbine and prairie landscape surrounding the Alberici building near I-170 and Page caught your eye? Take a virtual tour – through the building and through time – exploring the transformation of a structure that previously served as a manufacturing plant into an environmentally responsible, healthy and beautiful office building certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005 as the highest rated LEED Platinum building in the world. Presented by: John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect. John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, was a design principal and partner with Mackey Mitchell Architects when he designed the Alberici Corporate Headquarters. Since 2009 he has practiced independently as John C. Guenther Architect LLC. #greenbuildingsarebetter

Become a member of our U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter TODAY!

WILL YOU JOIN US? Tune in THIS Sunday, April 19th at 12 PM or 1:30 PM to help us kickoff the 2020 Virtual St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Go where the WiFi takes you and join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Worldwide! Whether you get inspired to plant a tree on April 22, 2020 like the Nixon’s did in honor of the first Earth Day in 1970, or learn different solutions to reducing waste or more ways to get outside, or even that building the world’s highest rated LEED Platinum green building is possible, we appreciate you taking the time to celebrate Earth Day with us and contributing to the promotion of environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to live, work, and learn. Thank you and happy Earth Day!




2020 Benchmarking Training Schedule

2020.01.10 Benchmarking Training Flyer

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

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. This event is free, but registration is requested.

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 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.


2020 Training Schedule

Full details and registration available via the links below.

Wednesday, February 12, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Benchmarking 101

Thursday, February 20, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, March 19, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousel

Tuesday, April 14, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, April 29, 9:00 am –  11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

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

Tuesday, May 19, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Tuesday, August 25 & Wednesday August 26, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials

Thursday, October 8, 8:00 am   10:00 am
Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousel

Thursday, November 12 – Friday, November 13, 8:30 am  4:30 pm, both days
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials


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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Energy Efficiency Measures with Resiliency Benefits

View a recording of this event.

In partnership with ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter.

LEED Fellow Jenny Carney will introduce tools and case studies for getting more than energy savings from efficiency projects. Key indicators and strategies for resiliency to the physical, reputation, and social risks of climate change in buildings; resources for integrating resiliency evaluations into efficiency assessments; and energy efficiency approaches most conducive to resiliency co-benefits will be discussed.

SPEAKER
Jenny Carney, LEED Fellow, Vice President, Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change, WSP USA
Jenny is a Vice President at WSP and Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change practice leader. She’s been working in the realm of sustainability in the built environment since 2004, pivoting from her early work as a field ecologist. Jenny oversees WSP project work related to enhancing the performance of real estate portfolios, including performance-based benchmarking, sustainability programming and reporting, building occupant and operator engagement.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 AIA LU

WHEN
Tuesday, August 11, 2020,
5:30 – 7:00 pm

WHERE
Virtual event via Zoom.

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, ASHRAE St. Louis Members, and full time students;
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsor: CxE Group LLC




WELL AP Exam Prep

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Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam. This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of WELL, including the seven concepts that provide the framework for the building standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.

INSTRUCTOR
Monica Miller, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Sustainable Design Manager, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Monica Miller is ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager and serves ThyssenKrupp as a resource for all LEED project requests for information. Monica is also a licensed landscape architect. Her previous experience as a project manager for design and construction projects both internationally and in the United States, allows her to fully understand the construction and design process. She has participated on LEED project teams and led ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facility to achieve LEED Gold in 2015. Monica is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador advocating for the growth of the Living Building Challenge.

Other projects Monica is working on include: developing Health Product Declarations, a Declare label for Living Building Challenge projects, and working with manufacturing to continually develop healthy materials. As well as facilitating LEED Gold certification for ThyssenKrupp’s almost 700,000 square feet manufacturing facility, in Middleton, TN.

WHEN
July 24, 2020

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBD

SUGGESTED STUDY MATERIALS
Additional study outside of the exam prep course will be required to prepare for the exam. The following are two suggested resources. The instructor will briefly describe each during the course and attendees are encouraged to then choose one to purchase for continued study:

 Please email hope.gribble@mobot.org with any questions.

FEE
$200 for USGBC-MGC Members
$250 for Non-members
Fee does not include required texts or exam fees.
Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch 

REGISTER
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LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s  LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course. 

WHEN
Friday, December 11, 2020
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

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
$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website.
2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within 

REGISTER

Click here to register online!

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

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

 




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s  LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course. 

WHEN
Friday, August 28, 2020
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

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
$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website.
2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within 

REGISTER

Click here to register online!

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

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

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.