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2020 State of the Chapter & Social

Join us at the State of the Chapter & Social on January 23rd as we kick off our 2020 programming!  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, wine, and appetizers.
  • Find out how you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.
  • Participate in the silent auction.

This year’s event will be hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 where recent renovations to their building and parking lot boast substantial sustainable features. The 40,000 square foot building was built in 1960 and is on the National Register of Historic Places for modernist design. Renovations include a Solar Canopy on their parking lot that provides 160 kWh annually (enough to power 15 average sized homes) and electric vehicle charging stations; new HVAC system projected to save $22,000 annually and reduce kWH usage by more than 200,000; added insulation, a white roof and new windows; and water efficient fixtures.

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

WHEN
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 
5:30 – 8:00 pm (note extended timing)
5:30-6:15 pm – Complimentary Wine/Beer, Appetizers, Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm – Formal Presentation
7:00-8:00 pm – Additional Networking 

WHERE
IBEW Local 1 Union Hall
5850 Elizabeth Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110 map

FEE
Free event for all attendees.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR!

Jacobs




USGBC First Friday Webinars

Several communities (regions) of USGBC national are offering a First Friday webinar series on aspects of LEED.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to promote this opportunity to earn LEED Specific CE Hours!


 Understanding Water Credits in LEED

WHEN: November 1, 2019 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm CST
CE HOURS: 1 LEED Specific GBCI CE Hour for BD+C, O+M, ID+C and LEED Green Associate, and 1 AIA LU.
FEE: $10
Please note that USGBC-MGC members and non-members will be required to pay the nominal $10 webinar fee (USGBC Community membership discounts for this webinar does not apply to USGBC-Missouri Gateway members.)
REGISTERClick here to learn more and register.


 Materials Transparency and LEED

WHEN: December 6, 2019 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm CST
CE HOURS: 1 LEED Specific GBCI CE Hour for BD+C, ID+C and LEED Green Associate.
FEE: $10
Please note that USGBC-MGC members and non-members will be required to pay the nominal $10 webinar fee (USGBC Community membership discounts for this webinar does not apply to USGBC-Missouri Gateway members.)
REGISTER: Click here to learn more and register.




Submit a Proposal for the 2020 IMPACT Conference

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Do you have a sustainability success story to share? Consider submitting a proposal for USGBC’s Midwest IMPACT Conference. The 2020 conference will be May 6 in St. Paul, Minnesota. You can also participate as a peer reviewer.

Applications are due on October 28, 2019:

To learn more about the conference, visit www.impact.usgbc.org.

 




Intro to EcoDistricts

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Within the world of green rating systems, LEED provides a model for building-level sustainability, for single-entity controlled community developments, for campuses, and for cities, but it does not have a model for neighborhoods/districts that are undergoing major redevelopment.  EcoDistricts is a way for districts and neighborhoods to guide urban development to empower just, sustainable, and resilient neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods and cities trying to achieve these goals can follow the EcoDistricts’ “Protocol” to take a collaborative, holistic, neighborhood-scale approach to community design to achieve rigorous, meaningful performance outcomes that matter to people and planet.

In addition, EcoDistricts has just released a certification program to recognize those districts that have achieved the goals established through the protocol and an accreditation for people working to create and sustain EcoDistricts.

This session will walk through the EcoDistrict Protocol, provide an introduction to the certification process and introduce the accreditation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify the fundamental goals and principles of an EcoDistrict
  • Explain the main components of the EcoDistricts Protocol
  • Apply basic concepts of an EcoDistrict in order to begin formation of an EcoDistrict
  •  Illustrate the importance of regional sustainability efforts

SPEAKER
Cady 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.

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

WHEN
November 12, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 125

PARKING & ENTRANCE DETAILS
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.
Click here to view a map detailing the location of the WEST entrance to the building.

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

REGISTER

Click here to register online




It’s What We Do: Creating a Culture Where Sustainable Practices Are the New Normal

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Architects, engineers and builders have become increasingly effective at designing and delivering high performance buildings. Now if only we had people who were ready to live and work appropriately in these great buildings! It’s not impossible!

Leveraging insights from social science you can influence human behaviors and ultimately you can facilitate a culture where saving energy and reducing waste is “just what people like us do.”

Join us for a lively discussion and lots of practical examples of how you can inspire changes that ultimately create a new normal.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate at least three benefits of inspiring building occupants to adopt sustainable practices.
  • Describe at least three strategies for engaging people and be familiar with examples of each strategy in action. 
  • Examine the efficacy of positive reinforcement as an engagement strategy.
  • Identify at least one way to increase engagement in your own work.

SPEAKER
Kathy Kuntz, 
Kanndo Consulting LLC
Kathy Kuntz has nearly 30 years of experience influencing consumers, businesses and whole communities to adopt sustainable practices and technologies. Her work spans energy and water efficiency, transportation, waste reduction, beneficial electrification, and renewable energy. Her expertise, regardless of the resource or technology, is to make change happen.

From 2010 to 2019 she was the executive director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that inspires individuals, communities, and businesses to adopt sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under Kathy’s leadership, Cool Choices collaborated with hundreds of private businesses and public entities across the globe to engage thousands of people in sustainability, promoting changes at work and at home via a fun online platform. Prior to Cool Choices, Kathy led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program.

PRE-EVENT CAREERS IN SUSTAINABILITY NETWORKING SESSION

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 the networking session and program free of charge. Register using the link below.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 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

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

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

REGISTER

click here to register online

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR!

Negwer Materials




Designing with Nature: Biophilic Design in LEED, WELL & Living Building Challenge

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This interactive workshop with natural elements will provide a personal inspiration to biophilic design. The presenter will then lead a discussion on the impact of biophilia  on three rating standards: LEED V4, WELL and Living Building Challenge. This presentation will explore various projects with compelling connections to Biophilic Design strategies with significant ROI.  Participants will leave with practical resources, tools and tips they can use to embrace this newly emerging field.

Learning Objectives:

  •  Examine Biophilic Design as it relates to building interiors
  •  Discuss the Business Case for integrating Biophilic Design in projects
  •  Explore two case studies of Biophilic Design
  •  Identify Biophilic Design Integration into Pilot Credit LEED v4, WELL and Living Building Challenge

SPEAKER
Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion
Tracy highlights the importance of environmental values throughout Teknion and to the company’s clients, both internal and external. She is member of the USGBC, ILFI, ASID, IIDA, International Living Future Institute Ambassador and an accredited professional (AP) with WELL and LEED AP ID+C. She has been selected to serve as WELL Faculty by IWBI for 2018-2019. Her expertise makes her one of the most comprehensive presenters on the topic of sustainability and environmental wellness. She has presented in over 500 venues throughout North America. Tracy currently holds the leadership role for four of Teknion’s key corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives: Material Health -which through transparency actively promotes the reduction and elimination of harmful chemicals from product; Living Green Educational Series -facilitating and creating content for LEED APs and WELL APs seeking credentialing through CEU programs; Environmental Health and Well-Being- guiding clients through the design process for a healthier and better

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Approved for 2 LFA General CE Credits
Submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE
Washington University
Danforth University Center – Room 234
6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
Map & Directions

LOCATING THE PRESENTATION ROOM
DUC 234 is located on the second floor of the building. If you are parking in the underground garage and coming from the north end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left down the hallway and another left after the Fun Room and stairwell. The room will be the first door on the right. From the south end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left and another left, then a right before walking past the Fun Room and stairwell.

PARKING
Visitor parking is available for a charge at the DUC parking garage located underneath the building. Visitors pull a ticket and can pay hourly using a credit card, debit card or cash.

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC, IIDA, and Missouri Botanical Garden Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER

Click here to register online




Biophilic Design: Designing for Health and Increased Performance

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In partnership with IIDA-St. Louis ChapterMissouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science-St. Louis.

In the built environment, we can use the emerging field of Biophilic Design to create building interiors that connect people to nature; that are connected to their place and mimic the sensory delights of a hike through the woods; that evoke the emotions we feel when immersed in water, that bring nature’s smells, sounds, colors and textures indoors.

This presentation will explore clear and compelling case studies of built projects that illustrate Biophilic Design strategies have a significant ROI in interior spaces. Participants will leave with practical resources, tools and tips they can use to embrace this newly emerging field.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Examine Biophilic Design as it relates to building interiors
  • Discuss some of the leading reasons to integrate Biophilic Design in projects
  • Explore case studies of Biophilic Design in built projects
  • Identify Biophilic Design benefits by the numbers- data points on ROI

SPEAKER
Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion
Tracy highlights the importance of environmental values throughout Teknion and to the company’s clients, both internal and external. She is member of the USGBC, ILFI, ASID, IIDA, International Living Future Institute Ambassador and an accredited professional (AP) with WELL and LEED AP ID+C. She has been selected to serve as WELL Faculty by IWBI for 2018-2019. Her expertise makes her one of the most comprehensive presenters on the topic of sustainability and environmental wellness. She has presented in over 500 venues throughout North America. Tracy currently holds the leadership role for four of Teknion’s key corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives: Material Health -which through transparency actively promotes the reduction and elimination of harmful chemicals from product; Living Green Educational Series -facilitating and creating content for LEED APs and WELL APs seeking credentialing through CEU programs; Environmental Health and Well-Being- guiding clients through the design process for a healthier and better built environment and CSR Asset Management -turning corporate surplus into community service.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Approved for 1 LFA General CE Credit
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

WHEN
September 10, 2019
5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE
NOTE change in location!
Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

FEE
Free for all attendees!

REGISTER
Click here to register online

Thanks to our Event Sponsor!

Growing Green Inc.

Hastings + Chivetta

Lawrence Group

Roof Top Sedums LLC

Teknion

Tracy will be presenting an additional In-Depth Seminar on Designing with Nature: Biophilic Design in LEED, WELL & Living Building Challenge’ the following morning (Sept 11, 8-10 a.m.) This interactive workshop with natural elements will provide a personal inspiration to biophilic design. The presenter will then lead a discussion on the impact of biophilia on three rating standards: LEED V4, WELL and Living Building Challenge. Click here for more details!




LEED Zero and 4.1: The LEED We’ve Been Waiting For

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With the release of the LEED Zero suite of certifications (Zero Energy, Carbon, Water, and Waste), and with the evolution of LEED v4.1, we may have a series of rating systems that provide market-driving direction to lead the sustainability industry. In addition, LEED Zero finally bridges the gap between a great project (LEED Platinum) and the various definitions of Net Zero Energy (NZE) and Carbon that exist out there, and it creates alternate options for defining a great project (say, LEED Silver + NZE). They will also direct buildings to adopt solutions that are supportive of an electric grid that is taking on more and more renewable energy, and to consider their options for energy procurement, including contracting for meaningful offsite renewable resources. 

This session will review v4.1 (BD+C) along with LEED Zero Energy and Carbon to provide an overview of the various changes, an introduction to the new tools and metrics, and will look at the applicability to a few different project types (e.g. urban high rise versus less dense and non-space constrained). It will also include a discussion and reflection of how well these rating systems capture the current need in the market or whether we should anticipate further changes in the years to come.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify changes in LEED v4.1
  • Examine the definitions and challenges of Net Zero Energy, Water, and Carbon
  • Discuss how LEED v4.1 and LEED Zero work for various project types
  • Learn to love LEED again!

SPEAKER
Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP
Josh is the leader of the Built Ecology team at WSP – WSP’s built environment sustainability group. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of green building, integration of sustainable energy systems, and building and community health, wellness, and resiliency. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients–nationally and internationally–and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics including conference keynote and college commencement addresses. His work has been featured in print and web magazine articles, blogs, and book essays.

Josh has led a variety of complex, multidisciplinary projects in the form of strategic guidance, design assistance, and technical analysis. He has managed built environment and district energy projects pursuing nearly all of the LEED rating systems, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Certification.

Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, and he led that firm from 2006-2017. He also co-founded the advocacy non-profit GreenHomeNYC in New York in 2002. Josh is a former adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, a past co-chair of the ULI Colorado Building Healthy Places committee, a past Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and previously a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Approved for 2 LFA General CE Credits
Submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE
Washington University
Danforth University Center – Room 234
6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
Map & Directions

LOCATING THE PRESENTATION ROOM
DUC 234 is located on the second floor of the building. If you are parking in the underground garage and coming from the north end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left down the hallway and another left after the Fun Room and stairwell. The room will be the first door on the right. From the south end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left and another left, then a right before walking past the Fun Room and stairwell.

PARKING
Visitor parking is available for a charge at the DUC parking garage located underneath the building. Visitors pull a ticket and can pay hourly using a credit card, debit card or cash.

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

REGISTER
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Net Zero Carbon, Water, and Energy + Decarbonizing at the District Level

In partnership with ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter.

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District scale projects and campuses lend themselves well for the goals of complete decarbonization and net zero energy and water. Depending on the project type, context, and location, these goals may also represent the best first and lifecycle cost approach. But getting there will involve navigating everything from utility rates, regulations, and connection fees, metering configurations, integrating electric vehicles, district electric and thermal technologies, managing a phasing plan, and managing ongoing operations.

This session will start by reviewing the various definitions of net zero energy and carbon, and Zero Water and One Water, including those developed by the USGBC and ILFI. It will then provide some context in terms of integrating renewables from the built environment into the larger utility mix, addressing duck curves and evolving rate structures. Lastly, it will walk through a step by step process of evaluating district systems, moving towards a decision of onsite technologies and configurations — including financial and incentive analysis, evaluating the potential for onsite storage, and partnering with third party entities where appropriate. It will also include best practices regarding performance management so that the project’s ultimate zero carbon and lowest life cycle cost are realized. This will include reference to 3-4 actual projects around the country in various phases of development.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  •    Review definitions and challenges of Net Zero Energy, Water, and Carbon.
  •    Examine the role of the built environment in transitioning to a 100% clean energy future.
  •    Describe various utility contexts, rate structures and the changes that are taking place in the utility space.
  •  Discuss how to approach district energy and water projects from technical and economic perspectives, and the challenges and opportunities unique to these project types.

SPEAKER
Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP
Josh is the leader of the Built Ecology team at WSP – WSP’s built environment sustainability group. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of green building, integration of sustainable energy systems, and building and community health, wellness, and resiliency. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients–nationally and internationally–and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics including conference keynote and college commencement addresses. His work has been featured in print and web magazine articles, blogs, and book essays.

Josh has led a variety of complex, multidisciplinary projects in the form of strategic guidance, design assistance, and technical analysis. He has managed built environment and district energy projects pursuing nearly all of the LEED rating systems, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Certification.

Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, and he led that firm from 2006-2017. He also co-founded the advocacy non-profit GreenHomeNYC in New York in 2002. Josh is a former adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, a past co-chair of the ULI Colorado Building Healthy Places committee, a past Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and previously a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Approved for 1 LFA General CE Credit
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

WHEN
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 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
St. Louis, MO 63103

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

CxE Group, LLC

Ross & Baruzzini

WSP




Sustainable SITES Review & Case Study

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.

During this seminar, attendees will review local applications of SITES strategies, specifically a case study of the Forest Park Waterways project, which is currently in design and registered as a Sustainable SITES project. The Waterways project is in the southeast corner of Forest Park and includes the restoration of Bowl, Jefferson, and Round Lakes. The project will incorporate ecosystem services for the landscape and the Park; connecting the water way system, reducing potable water input in the Waterways, managing stormwater onsite, and restoring plantings to enhance the area.  The presentation will feature the importance of collaboration between the landscape architect, civil engineer, City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District.

The session will include a walking tour of the Waterways project, so come dressed to be outside and in comfortable shoes!

SPEAKERS
Ted Spaid, Partner and Founder, SWT Design
Ted is known around the country for his tacit knowledge of park planning, landscape design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices. His vision and talent is infused in his firm’s practice, ever challenging accepted standards and methodologies. Ted was named ASLA Fellow in 2018 and, in 2012, he was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.

Zach Snovelle, Associate, SWT Design
In his time at SWT, Zach has played a pivotal role in testing the Sustainable SITES Initiative rating system, working on the design and subsequent certification of two projects during the rating system’s pilot phase. His project experience includes parks and recreation design, campus planning, streetscape design, commercial developments, and high-end residential design. Zach graduated with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture and a horticulture minor from Iowa State University

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

WHEN
July 31, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
St. Louis University High School (SLUH)
4970 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Backer-G-iLab Classroom

Parking, Entrance & Walking Route Map
Please PARK in the small lot on the south side of Oakland Ave denoted with a YELLOW STAR on the this map. Cross the grassy courtyard area, and go down the stairs to the ENTRANCE denoted with a RED STAR. Once inside, directional signage will point you towards the Innovation Lab Classroom where the seminar will take place. After the classroom presentation portion, we will WALK the route identified in blue dots to view the site. Note this walk is roughly 0.75 miles one way. The seminar will conclude at the site in Forest Park at 5pm (attendees will walk the return route after the conclusion of the seminar.)

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!