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Maintain the Momentum: St. Louis as a Climate Leader

It’s been an important year for fostering green buildings in the St. Louis region and I’m very proud that our USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter has played a pivotal role. From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change. According to the Energy Information Administration, buildings in the United States are responsible for over 40% of national greenhouse gas emissions. The City of St. Louis’s 2015 greenhouse gas inventory revealed that local impacts are much higher; residential and commercial buildings are responsible for over 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.

With the latest Special Report from the International Panel on Climate Change and the just-released Fourth National Climate Assessment Report, it’s even more clear that the critical time for climate action is now. It’s critical that we change the way we build and operate our existing and new buildings. We also must focus on wellness for building occupants inside and out and better adapt to changing conditions.

I want to share some of our 2018 accomplishments today and invite you to join us in the work ahead. Your support makes a significant difference to our community and region:

Benchmarking energy and water use continues to be front and center following the old adage “you can’t improve what you don’t measure.” We played a major role in educating building owners and managers on the benchmarking requirements after last year’s passage of the City of St. Louis’ Building Energy Awareness Ordinance. So far in 2018, The Chapter has held 22 Benchmarking Trainings serving over 200 building representatives.

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In addition to supporting the City, our work in Better Buildings through Benchmarking continues to grow with benchmarking assistance to municipalities in St. Louis County, schools, and congregations.

With the help of funding from Ameren Missouri and an individual donor, our Benchmarking Intern, Mat Emden, is assisting Maplewood, MO; Clayton, MO; Wildwood, MO; and St. Charles County Library to benchmark their building energy use.

The Chapter also actively participated in the City of St. Louis’ selection as a one of the 20 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ America Cities Climate Challenge. This will focus on leveraging existing benchmarking and financial programs to significantly improve energy efficiency of private-sector buildings as well as develop and execute a comprehensive solar action strategy. All issues important to our goals of reducing emissions and improving health and wellness for our region.

Along with multiple partners, we also helped advocate for the successful adoption of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for the City of St. Louis which will help drive energy efficiency for all new construction and major renovation

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But wait, there’s more! Our Missouri Gateway Chapter embarked on a brand new collaboration this year with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the creators of the Living Building Challenge (LBC). We now house the St. Louis Regional Collaborative of ILFI. This brings resources on a wide range of rating systems including SITES, WELL, ParkSmart, LEED and now LBC all under one virtual roof for our region.

All this has been happening while our ongoing programs continued to provide excellent educational opportunities from inspirational to in-depth covering topics from lighting, sustainable operations and district energy systems to a full day Water Blitz attended by area leaders. In addition, we offered in-depth sessions on the WELL, SITES and LEED rating systems.

Finally, once again we had another tremendous year with our Green Schools Quest where we paired 57 school-mentor teams for the 2017-18 school year. Over 5,000 students and staff participated in sustainability projects reaching an additional 30,000 community members. And participation in the 2018-19 school year is our highest levels yet!

As you can tell, your USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter has been very busy putting into action our mission of “transforming the built environment” for our region. Please join us by supporting our work this year. We can’t get there without each of you. Join me in supporting this important work by making a donation today!

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Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Chair, Board of Directors

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter




Donate or Renew and Get Chapter Gear!

chapter swagFor a limited time, individuals who make a donation to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at or above $50 and members who join or renew their Chapter memberships at the Full, National Member Employee, or Contributor levels will receive a complimentary piece of chapter gear! This offer ends on Wednesday, November 7th.
Individuals will be able to select their choice of hat, window cling, pint glass or stainless steel water bottle. Gear can be picked up at the New Member Welcome Social, other Chapter event, or from the Chapter office.
 



Check out our 2017 Annual Report

We are on a mission . . .

for better, greener buildings that will tackle the challenge of climate change, while creating better places for living, working, and learning. From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change.

Download a PDF of our 2017 Annual Report to learn more!

We are so proud of our accomplishments towards a greener future for our community, which is generously supported by our sponsors, leaders (board of directors committees), members, volunteers, and donors. Thank you to all who made 2017 a success!

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Seeking Nominations for 2019 Board!

Be a part of the green building movement & help us make every building a green building!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is currently seeking nominations for At-Large board directors. All terms begin in 2019. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Monday, August 20, 2018. 

Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer. The online nomination form, can be found here.

For more information, please see: 

In 2015, USGBC-Missouri Gateway shifted our board nomination and election process, and no longer hold elections. Nominations are still accepted from the membership. The Governance Committee collects nominations and ensures eligibility of nominees. The committee then consults a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board for approval. The committee expects to present a slate to the board for discussion at the September 2018 board meeting.




USGBC-MGC home to International Living Future Institute-St. Louis Collaborative

ILFI logoWe are excited to announce that USGBC-MGC will now house the St. Louis Region Collaborative of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). We hope you’ll join us at the ILFI- St. Louis Launch Event on August 2nd and get involved with our new ILFI committee!

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 Challenge, Declare 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 August 2nd launch event will take place from 4 to 6 pm at the Jan Phillips Learning Center (JPLC), a living example of the ILFI’s programs. The JPLC, owned by The College School and located in Pacific, MO, is currently seeking the Living Building Challenge Certification. The learning center features semi-permeable pavers, wind and solar energy, 360-degree views and a strong commitment to hands on learning for students. The launch event will follow a seminar on the Living Building Challenge, highlighting features within the JPLC that make it a truly living building.

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.

As an affiliate of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), all members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter receive a FREE Basic Living Future Institute Membership.

Basic Membership with the International Living Future Institute offers valuable benefits, including complimentary online education about the Living Building Challenge, ability to become a Living Future Ambassador, and discounts on workshops, books, and more. Current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members can log in here to access instructions on how to redeem their complimentary Living Future Institute membership.

Click here information on the JPLC  Living Building Seminar and ILFI-St. Louis Launch Event. If you’re interested in getting involved with our new ILFI committee, please contact hope.gribble@mobot.org.




Now Accepting Proposals for 2019 Educational Programs

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2019.

USGBC-MGC strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.

We are particularly seeking in-depth workshops – extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals’ existing knowledge.

Timeline
Call for Proposals Issued May 24, 2018.
Proposals due by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by October 8, 2018.

Preferred topics include:

  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • LEED v4
  • WELL, SITES, PEER, Edge, GRESB, Parksmart
  • International Living Future Institute (Living Building Challenge, JUST, Living Products, Zero Energy Certification, etc.)
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Costs & Benefits

Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!




2018 Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awardees, including four schools in the state of Missouri:

  • Bellerive Elementary School, Creve Coeur, MO
  • Green Trails Elementary School, Chesterfield, MO
  • W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Kirkwood, MO
  • St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, MO

Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 58 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

Congratulations to the 2018 Honorees!




Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions – New Dates Announced!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis are holding several drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions. Attendees will receive hands-on help to benchmark their energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report data to the City of St. Louis.

These events are free to all, but registration is requested. Attendees may drop in at any point during the help session. Attendees should bring a laptop and needed building information

All help sessions will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Tuesday, May 8th 2018, 9 – 11 am 

Wednesday, May 16th, 3-5pm

Tuesday, May 22nd, 9 – 11am

Wednesday, May 30th, 3-5pm

Wednesday, June 6th, 3-5pm




Green Schools Quest Winners Announced

Please join us in celebrating the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest winners and participants!

2017-18 WINNERS

Elementary Category
1st Place – East Elementary School (Alton, IL)
2nd Place – Carver Elementary School
3rd Place -Ritenour Center for Gifted Education

Middle School Category
1st Place – North Kirkwood Middle School
2nd Place TIE -Forsyth School
2nd Place TIE – Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
3rd Place – Premier Charter School

High School Category
1st Place – Kirkwood High School
2nd Place– St. Joseph’s Academy
3rd Place – Hazelwood West High School

Rookie of the Year – Bourbon High School

Sustainability Champion – W.W. Keysor Elementary

Focus of the Year: Community Engagement – Kirkwood High School

Judge’s Choice – Mann Elementary

Innovation – St. Louis University High School

Click here to view the final documentation from the 2017-18 winning submissions!

Playlists of past videos submitted through YouTube are available here.

Thanks to all 57 school/mentor teams that participated in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest! Click here to view a list of participants.

More details about the Green Schools Quest available here.




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!

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