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City of St. Louis Proposing Building Energy Performance Standard

We are excited to work with and partner with the City of St. Louis in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by driving energy efficiency in our largest buildings. This effort started through the City Energy Project and energy & water benchmarking requirements.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway has been the City’s education partner throughout the implementation of benchmarking, providing dozens of drop in help session opportunities, Benchmarking 101 trainings, Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousels and Green Professional Building Skills (GPRO) trainings. Check out our upcoming 2020 training schedule here.

The next step after benchmarking is improving our buildings, right? After multiple stakeholder meetings in 2019, the City is proposing a Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS), which aligns with the City’s greenhouse gas reduction goal of reducing emissions 100% by 2050 from 2005 levels. The BEPS will help the City meet their climate goals and result in better buildings, reduced energy costs, improved air quality, and a more sustainable future.

  • Read a summary of the proposed standard here.
  • Read the full draft ordinance here.
  • The City is collecting comments on the draft ordinance through January 30, 2020. Find the comment form here.

We are proud to be part of this work to make St. Louis buildings more efficient so they are part of the the solution to climate change rather than part of the problem.




Roots to Leaves: Learning, Implementing, and Teaching Sustainability in Schools

How do you teach your children to care for the world around them? How do you protect your students in the school environment? How do you promote a future generation of leaders who value sustainability? These questions are hard to answer – but, parents, students, educators, and activists across the globe collaborate every day to address these challenges. There are hundreds of resources offering tools to enhance processes of learning, implementing, and teaching environmental responsibility in schools. Nonetheless, finding the best tools to reach your unique goals can be tedious. In order to alleviate time-consuming research, the USGBC MO Gateway Chapter published the GSQ Educators’ Guide to Education for Sustainability as a resource for educators participating in the Green Schools Quest.

The guide highlights resources to strengthen your ability to enact change in your community. Inside you’ll find:

Professional development opportunities;

The first step to any successful project is a robust understanding of sustainability. The learning process never ends, which is why the guide recommends professional development summits supporting Education for Sustainability.

This year, the Green Schools Conference & Expo will be held in Portland, Oregon and feature three days of programing. Danni Washington, co-founder of The Big Blue & You and host of a STEM educational TV show, will keynote the event. Leaders and advocates will work together to share what they’ve learned working for visible, measurable and lasting progress in green schools. To learn more about the conference and register, check out the conference website here: http://greenschoolsconference.org/.

Programs to chart progress and accountability;

Implementing change works best with a plan of action and an accountability system. The guide offers a list of goals and reward programs such as Missouri Green Schools and the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools. These programs direct goal setting and timeline creation specifically tailored to schools.

And, guides to accessible sustainability education.

Teaching about sustainability can feel daunting. From water to energy to buildings, the undertaking seems unending. The guide provides an initial list of resources to help educators begin the process of incorporating sustainability into the classroom. Tools such as the UN’s World’s Largest Lesson and Webster University’s Rainbow of Sustainability approach are provided to unite teachers with established lesson plans that spark curiosity in students.




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.




USGBC-MGC Receives Outstanding Service Award

USGBC-MGC staff member Hope Gribble accepts the award from Lesli Moylan, Executive Director of Missouri Environmental Education Association at their annual conference.

USGBC-MGC staff member Hope Gribble accepts award from Lesli Moylan, Executive Director of Missouri Environmental Education Association, at the annual MEEA conference.

On November 2, 2019, USGBC-MGC was presented with the 2019 Outstanding Service Award for Organizations by the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) in recognition of USGBC-MGC’s leadership in helping to advance green schools initiatives in Missouri and as an invaluable partner in moving MEEA’s mission for environmental literacy forward.




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.

 




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.