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Take action with the Drawdown EcoChallenge

Drawdown EcoChallenge Media Kit

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s team in the Drawdown EcoChallenge to take action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming!

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Drawdown EcoChallenge Team

Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming  mapped, measured, and modeled 80 research-based actions that, 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.

That is why Project Drawdown and EcoChallenge are coming together to offer the Drawdown EcoChallenge from April 4 – April 25, 2018 (you can join at any point during the challenge.) Drawdown EcoChallenge is focused on carbon reduction and is a fun and social way to learn about and take action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming.

Check out a quick video to learn how to play!

video tutorial

 

St. Louis is lucky that the Northwest Earth Institute collected an extensive list of resources specific to our region!

 




Washington University Competes in the DoE Solar Decathlon 2017

Guest Post by the Washington University Solar Decathlon Team

The Washington University team has collaborated with leading industry partners to overcome unique challenges in designing the concrete residential building. The CRETE house footings, walls, floor, and ceiling are all made out of pre-cast concrete. The walls consist of sandwich panels- structural concrete on the interior, insulation in the middle, and UHPC (Ultra High Performance Concrete) on the exterior. Although construction of CRETE House is currently taking place on the North campus of Washington University, it will be disassembled and shipped to Denver, Colorado where the team will put it back together in time for the Solar Decathlon competition. Therefore, modularity was integral to design. All the systems – mechanical, electrical, and plumbing – are directly attached to a steel “core” that sits in the center of the building. The entire house can be erected in under a week.

Additionally, CRETE House is not designed to use a traditional HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system; instead, tubing in the floors and ceiling carry cool or warm water, to adjust the interior temperature. Due to the concrete’s thermal mass, the house can act as a thermal battery and cut down on heating/cooling costs. A solar array is fixed to the roof and generates all of the daily electrical needs. This level of systems and architecture integration is often only seen in multi-million dollar buildings.

The innovative design of CRETE House has provided an opportunity to tackle one of the most important challenges for sustainable construction – CO2 emissions. Preliminary calculations show that CRETE House saves significant CO2 emissions over the life cycle of the house, despite the higher carbon emissions to produce the structural materials. A large chunk of these CO2 savings come from the increased lifespan of concrete, indoor environment regulation system, and reduced maintenance.

CRETE House, as well as 13 other innovative houses, will be on display in Denver, Colorado from October 5-15th, 2017. The Solar Decathlon is open to the public and all are welcome to visit. The house will be permanently installed at the Tyson Research Center for visiting scientists, during the winter of 2017-2018.

Crete House

To track the progress of Team WashU and CRETE House, follow them on their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.




Missouri University of Science & Technology Solar House Team’s Next Innovation: SILO

Guest Post by the Missouri University of Science & Technology Solar House Team

It’s that time again! With the latest design nearly complete the ground is rumbling with the sound of construction as the next Missouri S&T Solar Decathlon entry is taking shape once again. The team is made up of students, faculty, staff, industry partners and a few others. For the 7th time the team is constructing a new house for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. This newest house, called SILO, will compete in Denver against other collegiate teams in October. What is behind the name? Well SILO is so much more than just a self-sustaining, net-zero home.

The “S” in SILO stands for smart, represented by a home automation system that enables the homeowner to live efficiently and at ease.

“I” for innovative; the numerous sustainable technologies include the solar array, greywater reclamation, and on-site energy storage.

“L” represents living. The home’s abundant greenery and modern appliances combine for comfortable, smart living.

Additionally, ample sunlight, clean air, and relaxing atmosphere create the “O” in SILO, which stands for oasis. Together, these features combine into a Smart Innovative Living Oasis, the ideal experience for any homeowner.

Cameron Summers, Public Relations Director for the Solar House Design Team and senior in Architectural Engineering shared, “SILO was created to meet the needs of a rapidly growing demographic: couples looking to downsize and invest in their future. “

Jennifer Nickel, Director of Design for the Team and senior in Architectural and Civil Engineering states, “The team felt strongly the design should be centered on couples who are entering their late 40’s and early 50’s where kids have often left their home to forge their own paths.” Abby Clancy, senior in Architectural and Civil Engineering shared, “Designed with the practicality of a farmhouse and the modern, sustainable style of a conventional home, SILO is perfect for a couple or individual looking for a more relaxed, “green” way of living.”

“This has been a two year process and the team has learned a great deal about the design and construction process,” states Mr. Heath Pickerill main faculty advisor. “The experience has proven to be a great stepping stone for their careers in industry as many of team members typically get multiple offers in industry”, says Dr. Stuart Baur faculty advisor and Assistant Chair in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department.

With the Solar Decathlon set for this coming Fall, students have been hard at work to complete construction of this house. The team is looking forward to showing of its latest entry to thousands of visitors as well as win the 10 competition areas against 12 other universities from around the world. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. Please consider this your personal invitation to join us at the decathlon in Denver with tours available from October 5th through to the 15th. “Come out support our team and sustainable living, and most importantly, learn how you can make a positive impact on the environment with simple changes to your home”, says Luke Mueller project manager and recent graduate in Chemical Engineering.

Follow the team’s progress at solarhouse.mst.edu,  www.solardecathlon.gov, and on their Facebook Page.

 




Free Energy Audits for Congregations!

Missouri Interfaith Power and Light & U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter are pleased to be partnering to offer free energy audits to 8 – 12 congregations within the USGBC-MGC territory!

This is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign. Audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

Congregations chosen to receive energy audits must also commit to on-going benchmarking of their building by participating in the 25 x 20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign. MO IPL and USGBC-MGC volunteers can provide assistance with this process. Additionally, there is an ENERGY STAR for Congregations tool, specific to places of worship.

USGBC-MGC and MO IPL are hosting a free ENERGY STAR For Congregations workshop on August 25. Look for details soon!

Energy Audit Applications are due by 5 PM on August 29, 2014 – APPLY NOW!

Applicants will be notified of award by September 15, 2014 and the audits should take place in fall 2014.

July 31: Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship

Interested in learning more about this opportunity? Join us on July 31 for Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship! This event is free to all, but registration is required here.




Active House Open House – March 9

Check out the Active House this Saturday, March 9 at an open house from 10 am – 2 pm. Active House USA, located at 215 Gray Avenue in Webster Groves, MO, takes a holistic approach to sustainable and environmentally conscious home construction and design.

The project uses Active House specifications developed by the Active House Alliance and is seeking certification under four programs: ENERGY STAR, EPA Indoor and Water Sense, Building America Builder’s Challenge, and the National Green Building Standard. In addition, during the first year of occupancy, the University of Missouri will be monitoring the home’s performance to help develop metrics for future Active Houses!

Learn more at www.activehouseusa.com.




Visit us at the Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo – March 10

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will have a booth at the annual Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo on Sunday, March 10. The event is held at the Webster Groves Recreation Center from 10 am – 4 pm.

Exhibit booths filled with healthy and green vendors include free health screenings, healthy food, wine beer, coffee & tea samples. Find out how you can begin to live a healthier life for yourself and your family.

Two-for-one entry coupons and more information are available on The Healthy Planet website!




Authenticity & Sustainability – February 2

Join Modern STL on Saturday, February 2nd for Authenticity + Sustainability: Making the Most of Your Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece. Local design and preservation professionals will present on how to retrofit your mid-20th century home to 21st century sustainability standards, and how to utilize available preservation programs to benefit from tax credits and designate your home as historic.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Reilly, LEED AP, Residential Energy Programs Manager, EarthWays Center
  • Neil Chace, Architect, SPACE Architects and Vice President, Modern-STL
  • Michael Allen, Director, Preservation Research Office and President, Modern STL
  • Lindsey Derrington, Architectural Historian, Preservation Research Office and Secretary, Modern STL

WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd, 10am-2pm

WHERE: SPACE Architects, 4168 Manchester, Saint Louis, 63110

COST: $10 for Modern STL members, $15 for non-members. Lunch included.

Please RSVP to Nathan Wilber at wwilber2003@yahoo.com by January 31st – seating is limited!

Learn more at www.modern-stl.com.

 




City of St. Louis Draft Sustainability Plan

The City of St. Louis Sustainability Plan is now available on the City’s website as a Draft For Public Review. The Plan was developed with the help of a team of experienced consultants over an 18-month period that included both public outreach and community engagement activities.

The City’s Sustainability Director, Catherine Werner, is giving several presentations including one at the Sustainable Cities Summit on November 3 at Washington University in St. Louis. There will be a Public Hearing held by the Planning Commission on November 7, 2012, at 1520 Market Street at 5:30 pm. And written comments will be accepted on the City’s Sustainability Plan through November 14

You can find all 260 pages of the Plan – along with the comment form – on the City’s website here.




What are YOU doing for Green Apple Day of Service?

On Sept. 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first ever Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from across the country and around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking real action in their communities. The following events are already planned for our area.

  • North Side Natives – rain garden work day at Crossroads College Prep
  • Construction Careers Center Day of Service
  • Green Homes & Great Health Festival – volunteer at the Festival, at the USGBC-Missouri Gateway booth or just come out to learn more!

Join one of these events or plan your own at a school that is important to you! Learn more or get involved at www.mygreenapple.org.




Green Homes & Great Health Festival Seeks Exhibitors, Sponsors, Presenters

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th Annual Green Homes & Great Health Festival
September 29th, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Garden

EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden is looking for green product and service providers to celebrate sustainable living with exhibits, presentations, local foods and beverages, and children’s activities, all designed to educate the public on the benefits of healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices.

NEW THIS YEAR
CALL FOR CREATIVE PRESENTERS & PROPOSALS! At this year’s Festival, we are taking the PRESENTATIONS out of the classrooms and into the big tents TO THE PEOPLE! Proposals are due July 20, 2012. Learn more.

Know someone who might be a good Festival sponsor, exhibitor, vendor, or presenter? Have them contact greenhomesfest@mobot.org or call (314) 577-9473 x6308 for details.