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WELL AP Exam Prep

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.

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

monica-34-b-2-bwMonica 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.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

TBA, St. Louis, MO

WELL AP Exam Preparation Guide, 2nd Edition, International WELL Building Institute, available for purchase here.

$200 for USGBC-MGC Members
$200 for IIDA Members
$200 for BOMA Members
$250 for Non-members

Fee does not include required texts or exam fees.
Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Click here to register online!


From EnergyStar to EcoDistricts: Evolution of Sustainable Affordable Housing

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Since 2006, several sustainable communities have been planned and/or developed in St. Louis’ challenged Near North Side. Three of these present living examples of the evolution of approaches to sustainable affordable housing:

  • Renaissance Place at Grand (a HOPE VI project) is a certified (Pilot) LEED for Neighborhood Development project that was built with new-urbanist and smart-growth principles.
  • North Sarah Apartments (a HOPE VI project) is an Enterprise Green Community and includes adaptive “live/work” spaces in anticipation of a change in the market.
  • The Near North Side (a Choice Planning and Implementation Community) is utilizing the tenets of EcoDistrict to expand sustainability and equity opportunities.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOPE VI Program and Choice Neighborhoods Initiative required that a plan for People be put in place to help residents of redeveloping neighborhoods make progress toward self-reliance. For each of these Near North St. Louis developments, Urban Strategies has played a key role in designing and implementing comprehensive plans in collaboration with the community, providing support as neighborhoods phase from planning to transformation to sustainable and thriving communities. These sustainability sites showcase the best of resident-led community redevelopment that a neighborhood elevates and supports.

Cady-SeabaughCady Scott Seabaugh, Vice President – Communications & Sustainability, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Cady Seabaugh manages communications across the company and externally with funders, government partners, resident partners and the media. In this role, she oversees public relations, new business development, funding applications, social and new media, and internal communications. In addition, as a LEED Accredited Professional, she assists Project Managers and the Design and Construction team in ensuring that all sustainability goals and performances are met.

Esther ShinEsther Shin, M.S.W., President, Urban Strategies
Esther Shin leads a team of professionals with expertise in human capital and economic development to help people in communities across the United States. She believes that all residents want safe, vibrant neighborhoods to work, live, and play. Esther has led or supported in securing nine Choice Neighborhood Implementation grants, amounting to more than $270 million in federal resources, which has leveraged more than $3 billion in additional investments. She was recently named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Business Women, and, in 2016, Esther was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for the tenth class of their Children and Family Fellowship. The Fellowship works to increase the pool of leaders with the vision and ability to frame and sustain major system reforms and community, capacity building initiatives that benefit large numbers of children and families.


USGBC-MGC’s Higher Education & Emerging Professionals Committees invites students and recent graduates to attend a special networking session!

Join us from 5:00-5:30 pm before the October Program to connect with professionals active in green building and sustainability. Participants will rotate in groups between the sustainability professionals to discuss their career path and involvement in sustainability. Full time students and emerging professionals can attend free of charge, and should register online here.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES LU

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:00 – 5:30 pm – Careers in Sustainability Networking Session
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Harris Stowe State University
William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Center
10 N Compton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Free for USGBC-MGC Members and full time students;
$20 for Non-members


Click here to register online.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors:

Advanced Green Consulting LLC


Rosemann & Associates

Webinar – LEED v4.1: You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers.

This educational offering is a webinar which can be viewed from your desk. Webex login information will be sent in a confirmation email after you register.

Join us for a deeper dive into LEED v4.1 and how Arc helps meet your sustainability and certification goals. Using Morrissey Engineering headquarters recertification process as a backdrop learn about the benchmarking requirements, updated prerequisites, and the certification process and opportunities.

Presented by Sarah Gudeman, PE, CEM, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C who leads the internal certification process for Morrissey in addition to working on LEED projects with clients, this lunch and learn will provide an in-depth look at v4.1 from the user’s perspective.

Sarah Gudeman, LEED AP BD+C, Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Morrissey Engineering, Inc.

1 GBCI, LEED O+M Specific CE and 1 AIA LU/HSW CE

Tue, September 11, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Webinar which can be viewed from your desk. Webex login information will be sent in a confirmation email after you register.

$10 for USGBC-MGC Members
$20 for Non-members

Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.

Green Schools Quest MENTOR Info Session

Considering Becoming a Mentor?

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to join the Green Schools movement and positively impact our community!

Since the Green Schools Quest launched four years ago, over 100 schools have participated – many for multiple years. Student-driven projects at these schools have impacted nearly 100,000 students, teachers, and community members.

Participating schools and mentors can’t say enough about the positive impact this program is having in advancing their schools’ sustainability initiatives.

As we gear up for the 2018-19 school year, we are seeking Green Mentors to work with local schools. 

We invite you to join us and learn more about this exciting opportunity! A brief overview of the Green Schools Quest program and mentor responsibilities will be presented, followed by the opportunity to hear directly from past mentors as they share their experiences.

Light lunch will be served. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Saint Louis Lighting Group
7414 Manchester Rd.
Maplewood, MO 63143


Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.

Continuing Education Blitz: Water Infrastructure

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Exploring Current Advances and Innovation in Water Management and Quality

From region to region and around the world the issues surrounding water vary. Communities large and small within the Mississippi River Basin confront issues of water abundance and flooding while other parts of the U.S. face water scarcity and drought. Differing building types and locations require unique approaches to water use and wastewater management.

This full-day program will use case studies to highlight new advancements in strategies and innovative techniques to address water use, management, and quality in a variety of settings.

Bringing together expertise from across the nation and throughout the St. Louis Region, the event will feature national and local success stories and partnerships, infrastructure challenges, considerations for water reuse, and corporate and institutional environmental stewardship efforts.Keynote Pete A. Munoz will present cutting edge design and engineering for Hassalo on Eighth, a large multi-use residential urban redevelopment project in Portland, Oregon that treats its wastewater for reuse onsite (60,000 gallons per day), redirecting it away from stressed city sewer infrastructure. In addition to exploring real-life innovative solutions, Pete will discuss regulatory barriers and future possibilities for the industry.
Morning Presentations:
  • KEYNOTE: What’s Next: Precedent Projects in Urban Settings, Regulatory Roadblocks, and Futurecasting (Pete Muñoz)
  • Transforming Wastewater Treatment Facilities into Neighborhood Amenities (Michael Willis, FAIA)
  • St. Louis Region’s Aging Infrastructure (Curtis Skouby)
  • Collaborating on Water Quality (Traci Lichtenberg & Donald R. Summers, Jr.)
Afternoon Presentations: 
  • Plumbing for Reclaimed Water (Jeff Gilmore)
  • Rehabilitation of Existing Sewer Lines (Charlie Kuhnmuench)
  • Case Studies:
    • Getting to Net Zero Water: Code Challenges & Successes (Dan Hellmuth)
    • Corporate Environmental Stewardship and Water Reduction (Mike Carlson)
    • Water Efficiency in the Most Water Intensive Facilities (Lois Sechrist)
  • Panel Discussion

Pete A. Munoz, Senior Engineer, Biohabitats
pete munozPete is a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pete has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration and he teaches several water related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont.


Hannah Roth, Event Moderator, Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis

Michael Willis, FAIA, Founder, MWA Architects and Visiting Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Curtis Skouby, Director, Department of Public Utilities and Water Commissioner, City of St. Louis

Traci Lichtenberg, Environmental Compliance Manager, Missouri American Water

Donald R. Summers, Jr., Assistant Director of Training, UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562

Jeff Gilmore, Director, Strategic Accounts, Sloan

Charlie Kuhnmuench, Vice President, Rehabilitation Services, SAK

Dan Hellmuth, Principal, hellmuth+bichnese architects

Mike Carlson, Director of Energy and Fluids, Anheuser-Busch

Lois Sechrist, LEED AP, Environmental Stewardship Manager, Ascension Environmental Stewardship Program, Medexcel

7 GBCI CE Hours
7 LFA Hours
Missouri DNR: 1.5 Wastewater, 1.5 Drinking Water Treatment, 1.5 Distribution

Friday, September 14, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Missouri History Museum
(AT&T Room on lower level)
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 map

ENTER the building via the South Entrance.

PARKING is available in lots on the east and west of the building, and on the streets throughout the park. Parking in the lot on the EAST side makes for an easier exit at the end of the day.

Parking and entrance details (visual guide).

$100 for USGBC-MGC Members
$100 for Members of Promotional Partner Organizations
$150 for Non-Members
$75 for Emerging Professionals
$50 for Full-time Students


Click here to register online.





Explore the Built Environment’s Impact on Human Health at Two Upcoming Events

The way in which our environment is constructed determines how we interact with it. Some features have obvious impacts. If our workspace is designed for primarily sedentary work, opportunities for movement will be limited. Health risks reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) associated with a sedentary lifestyle include obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes among others.

Other building features impact our health less obviously. Often we take the air we breathe and the water we drink for granted. Pollution can affect air quality outdoors and indoors, and having access to clean water is a world public health issue. Poor air quality indoors can lead to respiratory illnesses and sick building syndrome (SBS), where poor building quality has an accumulative negative impact on human health. Access to high quality water is essential for human health and functioning as it transports nutrients throughout the body and regulates homeostasis. Creating an environment that promotes healthy food options and does not make poor quality foods available is also important for physical and mental health. Moreover, proper lighting is essential for preventing headaches and promoting natural body patterns of wakefulness.

The USGBC-MGC is hosting two upcoming events centered on human health and the built environment. On June 28th Monica Miller, ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager, will educate participants about the WELL Building Standard, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring key features of the built environment’s effect on the health of those inside. This course will prepare attendees for the WELL Accredited Professional Exam to earn the WELL AP credential. This credential signifies a comprehensive understanding of human health in relation to the built environment and of the WELL Building Standard. Click here to register online!

The second event, hosted on July 10th, will feature speaker Josh Jacobs, the Director of Environmental Codes & Standards for UL Environment. The event will analysis wellness criteria in programs such as LEED and Fitwel, and provide tips on how to incorporate wellness into green building projects. Click here to register online!

When designing workspaces it is crucial to consider the individuals living, working, and learning inside in order to create a comfortable, productive atmosphere. Sustainable planning considers environmental impact and human equity. Join the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter to gain practical knowledge on the built environment’s impact on human and organizational health.

WELL AP Exam Prep

Thursday, June 28, 2018

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Professional Office Environments, Inc. (POE)
222 Millwell Drive, St. Louis, MO 63043


WELL AP Exam Preparation Guide, 2nd Edition, International WELL Building Institute, available for purchase here.

$200 for USGBC-MGC Members
$250 for Non-members

Fee does not include required texts or exam fees.
Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Click here to register online!


Health and Wellbeing in Green Building

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Please note, the speaker will present a seminar on SPOT, UL’s Sustainable Product Database, immediately prior to the evening program. More details on the SPOT seminar available here.

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for USGBC-MGC Members & Full-Time Students
$20 for Non-Members

1 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M) GBCI CE Hour
1 WELL CE Hour

Click here to register online!


SPOT ‒ Sustainable Product Database

Streamline and simplify the product selection process for your green building projects.

USGBC and UL (Underwriters Laboratory) recently announced a collaboration to develop digital tools that help  architects, designers and buyers identify products in UL’s SPOT™ database that contribute to LEED v4 requirements.

SPOT is a free online product database that contains more than 45,000 products searchable by Master Format number, manufacturer, certification programs such as UL GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO Certification, or sustainable building credits in green rating systems such as LEED, Green Globes, WELL Building and others. SPOT can help design professionals identify sustainable products for green buildings during the design and specification phases.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the barriers to finding products for sustainable building and operation
  • Learn about a new free tool to find sustainable products
  • How to search for products based on your specifications or sustainable criteria
  • How to include team decision making in product selection

Josh Jacobs, Director of Environmental Codes & Standards for UL Environment.
In this role, Josh helps develop and track the environmental and codes, rating systems, and purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. As a LEED AP+ BD&C, he has been able to assist architects, designers, specifiers, and builders understand how to utilize products to build a more sustainable project. Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to ASHRAE 189.1, 2012 & 2015 NAHB National Green Building Standard, ANSI/BIFMA E3 joint committee, USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

Please note this presentation does NOT offer Continuing Education Hours.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
4:00-5:30 pm

Our July evening program, Health and Wellbeing in Green Building, will take place immediately following the SPOT seminar from 5:30-7:30 pm. More details on the evening program are available here.

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

$20 for USGBC-MGC Members
$30 for Non-Members (includes complimentary attendance to evening program that follows seminar, a $20 value.)

Click here to register online!


Fox Architects

hellmuth + bicknese architects

Negwer Materials 

ILFI-St. Louis Collaborative Launch Event

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The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) – St. Louis Region Collaborative is now a part of USGBC-Missouri Gateway!

ILFI logoJoin us to celebrate this exciting partnership and the launch of our new ILFI committee on August 2nd at the area’s newest building pursuing Living Building Certification, the Jan Phillips Learning Center!

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 ChallengeDeclare 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 Jan Phillips Learning Center is a living example of the ILFI’s programs. Owned by The College School, the building is currently seeking Living Building Challenge Certification and features semi-permeable pavers, rainwater collection systems, solar energy, 360-degree views and a strong commitment to hands on learning for students.

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.

Thursday, August 2, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Please note this event takes place immediately after our 2-4 pm seminar on the Living Building Challenge and the host building, which is offered for a fee. More info on the 2-4 pm JPLC Living Building seminar available here.

Jan Phillips Learning Center
4180 Doc Sargent Road
Pacific, MO 63069

The Launch event is FREE!
Drinks and light appetizers provided.

Click here to register online.

If you have any questions, or you’re interested in getting involved with our new ILFI committee, please contact

Missouri History Museum’s Benchmarking and Energy Conservation Efforts Honored With American Alliance of Museums Sustainability Excellence Award

The Missouri Historical Society’s energy benchmarking and energy conservation achievements were recently honored with an American Alliance of Museums Sustainability Excellence Award!

Participation in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s voluntary energy benchmarking campaign, now Better Buildings Through Benchmarking, drove the Missouri Historical Society to pledge to reduce their energy use by 25% by 2020. Through energy benchmarking, an energy audit, and implementation of facility improvement measures, the Missouri Historical Society has conserved energy, realized operational cost savings, and extended the life of their operational equipment.

From the case study:

The Missouri Historical Society is a proud steward of sustainable practices in the St. Louis community. We strive to be educators at the forefront of sustainability, and we are constantly finding new ways to reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, MHS took its first steps toward increased sustainability through employee and community engagement. Three years later in 2012, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, Missouri Gateway Chapter, we took a pledge to reduce our energy usage by 25% by the year 2020. That pledge led MHS to take a closer look at our energy consumption and consider how we can better serve our community, our donors, and our world. We recognized that we needed to make fundamental changes to fulfill our promise, so we commissioned an energy audit of the Missouri History Museum. Its results compelled us to honor our commitment to minimize consumption of energy and materials and reduce our operational costs associated with energy usage.

Read the full case study online here.

New Member Welcome Social: Everly On the Loop


New Member Welcome Social: Everly on the Loop

An exclusive event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!

Everly Model UnitThe U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come socialize and get acquainted! Chapter officers, past and present, will discuss the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.

Join us on the beautiful rooftop deck at Everly on the Loop, LEED Certified student apartments (LEED BD+C: New Construction – LEED 2009) .  Attendees will to learn how your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership can help you build connections, build your knowledge and build your community, learn more about the green features that contributed to the Everly’s LEED Certification, and take a short tour.


What: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Social

When: Wednesday, June 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Where: Everly on the Loop, 4th floor rooftop deck
6105 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO 63112 (map)

Parking: FREE Parking is available adjacent directly behind the Pageant (adjacent to the Everly). Additional free parking can be found behind the Everly in the Metrolink Delmar Station Park-n-Ride lot. A lighted walkway will take you from the Delmar Station lot to the front of the Everly. Limited street parking is available on Delmar Blvd. This map highlights available parking.

RSVP: Click here to register online

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor! 

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