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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!




Seeking Nominations for 2020 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 2020. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Monday, August 19, 2020. 

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 2019 board meeting.




Dive into LEED v4.1- The LEED We’ve Been Waiting For!

Take advantage of multiple opportunities to learn about the next evolution of LEED and earn LEED Specific CE Hours this August!

 

August 7, 2019 | 10 am – 2 pm 
Interactive Workshop on LEED v4.1

3 LEED Specific BD+C, ID+C, & O+M GBCI CE Hours & 3 AIA LU

During this half-day workshop, USGBC’s technical staff will walk participants through LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C credits including a restructured Materials and Resources section, the addition of a greenhouse gas emissions metric and updated thresholds. The workshop will also touch on the full life cycle of the building, by reviewing LEED Operations and Maintenance and recertification options available to projects and how BD+C and ID+C credits are structured to support ongoing performance.

Presenter: Stephanie Young, Vice President, Technical Solutions, U.S. Green Building Council



August 14, 2019 | 8:00-10:00 am
LEED Zero and 4.1: The LEED We’ve Been Waiting For

Submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA LU

With the release of the LEED Zero suite of certifications (Zero Energy, Carbon, Water, and Waste), and evolution of LEED v4.1, we have a series of rating systems that provide market-driving direction to lead the sustainability industry. This session will review LEED v4.1 (BD+C) and the newly released LEED Zero suite from a practitioner’s perspective, including an overview of the changes, an introduction to the new tools and metrics, and a look at applicability to various project types. It will wrap up with 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.

Presenter:  Joshua Radoff, LEED Fellow, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP

 




Call for Proposals: 2020 Educational Programs

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for 2020 educational programs.

While proposals on all topics related to green building and sustainable communities will be considered, preference will be given to those that address one or more of the following:

  • Climate Solutions: Addressing Urgency & Taking Action
  • Resilience & Innovative Recovery
  • Social Equity

Engaging, interactive approaches to enhance learning are desired.

Timeline

  • Call for Proposals Issued June 17, 2019.
  • Proposals due by Friday, August 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Selected Speakers notified by November 8, 2019.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!

 




Winners of the 2018 -19 Green Schools Quest

We cannot say enough about the accomplishments and impact of our 2018-19 Green Schools Quest schools. According to the numbers reported in participating schools’ final reports, over 3,000 students and 180 faculty and staff were directly involved in this year’s Green Schools Quest projects. And over 33,000 additional individuals were impacted through the projects this year!

We are thrilled to share the winners of the 2018 -19 Green Schools Quest!

Elementary Category
1st – Kirkwood Early Childhood Center
2nd – Highcroft Ridge Elementary (Parkway)
3rd – Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

Middle School Category
1st – Forsyth School
2nd TIE –Nipher Middle School (Kirkwood)
2nd TIE – North Kirkwood Middle School
3rd – Grand Center Arts Academy (Confluence)

High School Category
1st – Kirkwood High School
2nd – Herculaneum High School
3rd – Jennings Senior High

Rookie of the Year (TIE) – Hazelwood West Middle School & McKinley Classical Leadership Academy (St. Louis Public)

Sustainability Champion – Little Flower Catholic School

Focus of the Year (Energy) – Crossroads Elementary (Wentzville)

Judges Choice – Brown Elementary (Hazelwood)

Innovation – St. Margaret of Scotland

Click here to view final documentation from 2018-19 winning submissions.




Interview with Harvard’s Gregory Norris on ‘Handprints’

KDHX Earthworms gets in touch with Handprints: Dr. Gregory Norris shares this powerfully encouraging idea with host Jean Ponzi.

A lot of enviro-info dis-credits our human species for the impacts of our “footprints” on Earth’s systems, and on beings other than ourselves.

Scientist and public health advocate Greg Norris was inspired, while working with Life Cycle Analyses, to look up from Footprints and focus on the human part that can collaborate, create and restore. “Handprinting” has become a vehicle to encourage and measure our capacity to be a benefit on Earth.

Beneficial actions – and the ripples of influence they create – can now be measured through a key piece of Norris’ work-in-progress, the app Handprinter.org.

This tool and idea aim to ensure that Earth is better off because of human beings, than without us.

Gregory Norris will present “Handprints and Footprints” in St. Louis on Tuesday evening, March 12 for the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Read more at http://earthworms.kdhxtra.org/handprints-gregory-norris-retouches-human-impacts#XdpXPlhEB7cS9ikw.99

 

 




Turn Inspiration into Action

I've Got Sunshine

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter this spring to be inspired by those making a difference locally, regionally and globally. Gain momentum and inspiration while accessing tools and programs that you can use to drive positive change.


March 12 – Handprints and Footprints

Visionary Gregory Norris will share his concept of “handprints,” an optimistic philosophy for addressing the challenge of sustainability. The approach aims to engage people not only in reducing their footprints (negative environmental impacts), but also in creating a net-positive impact on the environment through their handprints.

Norris is co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net-Positive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School for Public Health, and chief scientist at the International Living Future Institute. His concept of ‘Handprints’ was featured on the front page of Time Magazine in 2012.


April 3 – Annual Green Schools Event

Join us at the 12th Annual Green Schools Event to celebrate student-driven sustainability projects in local schools!

This free event, which is open to the public, is the culmination of the 2018-19 Green Schools Quest – a project-based challenge to K-12 schools to implement a sustainability project over 6 months with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor. 59 school/mentor teams in the St. Louis region are participating this school year.

Winners will be announced at the event and participating schools will display posters detailing their projects. Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2019-20 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.


April 3 – April 24: Project Drawdown EcoChallenge

Drawdown EcoChallenge, offered by EcoChallenge.org and Project Drawdown, is a fun and social way to take measurable action on the top solutions to global warming. Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter team to see how three weeks of action add up to a lifetime of change for you and the planet.

The challenge takes place from April 3 – April 24, and is free and open to the public, and registration is open now. Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter team here.


May 14 – Regional Green Building Challenges and Successes – How can we improve?

A panel of design, construction, development and business ownership professionals will discuss national and regional green building progress to date, regional success stories and challenges, as well as opportunities to build momentum.

Audience members will be engaged in actively examining how we can learn from today’s successes and challenges to better guide clients towards pursuing best practices in sustainable design and construction.

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May 21 – Supporting Global Goals Locally through Green Buildings

The United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 to “promote prosperity while protecting the planet.” The 17 Goals are wide-ranging, challenging humanity to decouple economic growth from climate change, poverty, and inequality.

Green building supports many of the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing waste and contributing to healthier physical environments, but also by educating, creating jobs, reducing inequalities, and strengthening communities. At this in-depth session, learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their relevance to the St. Louis-area green building industry, and how to use them to better communicate and advance partnerships.

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2019 GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials Training

2019 GPRO O+M Training FlyerEfficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only reduce operating costs by 20-50%, but increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction. Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Operations + Maintenance Essentials is a two day course that provides building professionals with strategies to improve efficiency, comfort, and health in our existing buildings. Participants leave with at least three immediately actionable measures and the next steps needed to achieve them.

This course is ideal for property managers and building staff in multifamily residential and commercial buildings, including: building superintendents, operators, facility and property managers, operating engineers and stationary engineers.

USGBC-MGC is the local delivery partner for this Green Building Professional Skills (GPRO) Training in partnership with Urban Green (NYC Chapter) who developed the training in partnership with the local building trades.

Continuing Education Hours: 12 GBCI CE Hours and 12 AIA/CES LU

Cost: $300 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members / $350 for non-members – includes course materials, breakfast & lunch both days, and certificate exam

Scholarships may be available. Please contact Emily Andrews at 314-577-0854 to inquire.

What Students Learn: 

Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green (4 hours)

  • Economic and health benefits from green buildings
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable operations
  • Complying with green codes and standards
  • Understanding LEED
  • Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of commissioning

Part 2: Operations & Maintenance Essentials (8 hours)

  • Using building metrics to improve performance
  • Improving the building envelope for a healthier building
  • Reducing water use
  • Employing strategies for efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems
  • Managing lighting to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality
  • Maintaining indoor air quality for tenant comfort
  • Reducing waste
Learn more and register using the links below: 



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!

DONATE NOW


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.