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New Waste Diversion Case Studies

What’s the best way to convince others to take steps to reduce waste in their on-going operations? We think it’s by sharing case studies and stories about others successfully implementing best practices in green operations!

We are pleased to share these new waste diversion case studies!

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum recently achieved LEED Gold certification for the museum’s stunning renovation and is now pursuing zero waste certification through Total Resource Use & Efficiency (TRUE) certification.

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School has participated in our Green Schools Quest since 2015. They won third place in the Elementary Category in 2018-2019 for the work featured in this case study.

Thank you to the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for their support of the Green Schools Quest and our on-going educational programming.

How to Make Compost - an educational sign from efforts to reduce waste at Saul Mirowitz.

How to Make Compost – an educational sign from efforts to reduce waste at Saul Mirowitz.

Signage used by the Missouri Historical Society when conducting waste audits at their buildings.

Signage used by the Missouri Historical Society when conducting waste audits at their buildings.




Celebrating LEED Gold Certifications with Soldiers Memorial and Gateway Arch Visitor Center & Museum

USGBC-Missouri Gateway was thrilled to help two iconic and historic St. Louis buildings historic buildings celebrate their LEED Gold Certifications! On August 7, USGBC’s President and CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam, visited St. Louis to award LEED Gold Plaques to Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and the Visitor Center & Museum at the Gateway Arch.

Congratulations to the owners and project teams of these fantastic projects! We are so proud to see St. Louis’ institutions leading the way towards a healthier, more sustainable future.

Visitor Center & Museum at the Gateway Arch Plaque Presentation

ArchwPosterFrom left to right: Richard Schuessler, USGBC-MGC Board chair; Ryan McClure, Executive Director of Gateway Arch Park Foundation; Phillip Lawrence, Project Manager, National Park Service; Mike Ward, Superintendent, Gateway Arch National Park; Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC President & CEO; Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects; Anna Leavey, Director of Construction, Gateway Arch Park Foundation; Emily Andrews, Executive Director, USGBC-MGC.

To learn more about the Visitors Center and Museum at the Gateway Arch, visit the Gateway Arch Park Foundation’s website.

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum Plaque Presentation

Soliders_Mahesh+Karen3 Karen Goering, Missouri Historical Society Managing Director of Administration and Operations and Mahesh Ramanujam,, USGBC President and CEO.

To learn more about Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, visit the Missouri Historical Society’s website.

And stay tuned for LEED Projects Profiles coming soon – or visit the museums yourself!




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
Click here to register online!




Response to St. Louis Business Journal: LEED Gets It Right

Emily 1Nick Bristow-headshotEmily Andrews, Executive Director of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, and Nick Bristow, Senior Associate and Sustainability Manager at Forum Studio and Board Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, responded to the St. Louis Business Journal’s August 18 cover story on the LEED green building rating system in a commentary piece titled LEED gets it right. Read on for their full response. 

 

The Aug. 18 cover story on the LEED green building rating system missed the bigger picture. Green building rates in the St. Louis region may not measure up to the top five LEED national markets, but as your article points out, we are keeping pace with and even outpacing cities of similar size and demographics. By looking at just a single year of data, however, you are discrediting previous years of successful LEED projects in our region. More importantly, you missed the opportunity to recognize the local architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, owners and occupants who have championed buildings that conserve natural resources and support the health of humans and the planet. The St. Louis region has seen a consistent number of LEED certified projects annually between 2011 and 2016, even as the rating system has become more rigorous. Since 2000, 190 commercial and institutional buildings have achieved LEED certification. Our mission is to accelerate the implementation of green building principles for all. While every building cannot be a LEED building, these 190 buildings have provided a real-life, local case study and framework for our community to follow. And really, when it comes down to it, we are not out to compete with other cities, but to work within our own community to improve our buildings.

 

LEED continues to be the international benchmark in green building, designed to incorporate continuous improvement, evolve and raise the bar as building technology improves. According to a 2017 Department of Energy study, LEED- and Energy Star-certified buildings improve net operating income by 28.8 percent and reduce operating costs by 17.6 percent. We cannot be content to merely track levels of certification or the numbers of certified buildings – we want better, higher performing buildings.

 

The average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors – at work, at home and at school. Additionally, buildings in the United States consume about 40 percent of the country’s total energy consumption and represent 45 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. We all deserve better buildings. Tools like LEED, Energy Star and others are available to help us work towards better buildings – we should utilize them to improve the long-term health of St. Louisans, our region and the planet on which we reside.

U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter considers the benefits of green buildings to far outweigh any costs. We also believe in a future where everyone has access to work, live and learn in a green building. We invite our region to be a part of this future. And we challenge each of you to pursue greener operations, maintenance, design and construction for every building in our region every step of the way.




LEED Project Profile: Lofts of Washington University

WU LoftThe Lofts of Washington University is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile!

The project, located in University City’s Delmar Loop, earned 84 points and received Platinum certification in LEED New Construction BD+C v2009 in December 2014. In addition to providing much-needed student housing for 414 students, the four buildings encompassing the project are a seamless part of the Loop’s busy streetscape. The building houses a 24-hour diner and a grocery store.

Many energy and water saving features were incorporated into the project,  along with the careful attention paid walkability and access to transit. Congrats to Washington University in St. Louis on their first LEED Platinum Project! Learn more by reading the full project profile.




LEED Project Profile: McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall

MICDS - Project Profile - final_Page_1Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School’s LEED Platinum McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

The project earned 84 points and received Platinum certification in LEED for Schools v2009 in May of 2015. The new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational facility serves as a teaching tool and is filled with design elements featuring concepts taught in the curriculum. The design of the new facility was created for improved energy and water efficiency, and includes a rainwater harvesting system, a solar thermal system, a rooftop photovoltaic array, a high-efficiency HVAC system, and more! And over 90% of the building demolition and construction debris was donated or recycled.

Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and MICDS in the project profile. Visit our Local LEED Projects page to learn more about LEED buildings in our Chapter territory, or browse all of the project profiles below.

McDonnell Hall & Brauer Hall hosted the 2014 Green Schools Event. Be sure to join us on April 12 to celebrate green schools at the 2016 Green Schools Event!

 




LEED Project Profile – @4240

@4240 Project Profile final_Page_1LEED Platinum @4240 in St. Louis’s Cortex Innovation Community is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

With 85 total points, the project earned Platinum in LEED Core & Shell v2009. Energy Efficiency measures incorporated into the project are projected to result in a 42.5% energy savings compared to a typical lab/office facility. Additional sustainable design features include the development of activity-based green space, Low Impact Development techniques to manage water runoff, native plantings, and creative reuse of original building elements. Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and @4240 in the project profile, or visit our Local LEED Projects page to learn more about LEED buildings in our Chapter territory.




LEED Project Profile – SIUE Art & Design Building Expansion

SIUE Art and Design WestSouthern Illinois University’s Art & Design Building Expansion is the latest LEED project to be featured in a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter LEED Project Profile.

The project earned 63 total points, earning Gold in LEED for New Construction and exceeding the University’s goal of earning LEED Silver. Learn more about the building’s sustainable strategies, the project team, and SIUE in the profile here, or visit our Local LEED Projects page explore more LEED profiles!




Green Buildings & Green Sites – March 15

Join the Engineers Club of St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Speakers Bureau Volunteers for

Growing Green Buildings & Sites

A half-day how to improve building and site performance, featuring Marc Lopata, Paul Todd Merrill and Lois Sechrist from the USGBC-MO Gateway Speakers Bureau; Jason Peterein from MSD and Steven Ibendahl from the Heartlands Conservancy.

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 7 am – noon

WHERE: The Engineering Center at 4359 Lindell Blvd. (63108)

COST: $50 for Engineers Club or USGBC members; $75 for non-members.

RSVP: Contact Kurt Krispin at kurt.krispin@engineersclub.net Or call 314.533.9333

For more information, download the event flyer.




Crossroads College Prep Pursues LEED Platinum

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an open house at Crossroads College Prep’s new Science Wing. I’ll tell you what, those kids are lucky to attend school in such a lovely space. Skylights and tall windows grace the addition – I’m pretty sure these students may even enjoy going to school!

I was lucky enough to attend both grade school and high school in buildings with significant daylighting and views to the outside since old and historic buildings often provide both. My classrooms, however, were so hot in January that we had to crack the windows. Probably not the most energy efficient solution! And indoor air quality and green cleaning products were not on too many radar screens.

Signage in the lobby of Crossroad's new science wing explaining LEED.

Signage in the lobby of Crossroads

Since students were involved in the planning of the new space, it includes a lot of great “hanging out” space. The new Library features lots of comfy seating as well as tall windows that reduce glare and have high insulating value. The labs are not only state of the art, roomy and open, but also feature solar hot water heating. And the garden outside does double duty – it looks beautiful, featuring plants native to Missouri and helps reduce stormwater run off.

The open house featured remarks from school officials, parents and students and it is quite clear from the remarks and from the conversations at the open house that everyone is very proud of the new space!

Learn more about Crossroads College Prep’s green efforts. And get a peek of the space for yourself at our No Cost Ways to Green Your Schools program on October 28!

– Submitted by Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL Executive Director