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Online Learning Opportunities

With in person events postponed, we thought we’d compile some of the many online and virtual learning opportunities. Stay engaged and maintain your professional credential while practicing social distancing!

Check out this Google Doc for more details.

Know of opportunities that aren’t listed in the Google Doc? Email us at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org with your suggestion.




Stay Safe & Engaged

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Activity Updates

National Updates

Connect Remotely, Support Locally

Public health is important. Your health is important for better buildings, and better buildings equal better lives. Our vision is that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Help us make that happen by staying safe during this rapidly changing environment with the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most important thing you can do for the economy and the health and safety of our community is to slow the spread of the virus.

Grab-and-Go Food Sites

slps.org/meals Students 18 and younger must be present for grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals 8am-12pm in the Gym at 33 select city schools.

Operation Food Search

St. Louis Area Foodbank 

Good Life Growing
2720 N. 14th St. 63106 10am-7pm

STL Take It Home

Just because you can’t grab a meal inside your favorite local restaurant right now, doesn’t mean you can’t support local businesses in other ways. Purchase gift cards, make a donation, purchase merchandise, tip generously and visit Curbside STL for information on restaurants providing pickup, curbside and delivery services.

However you choose to support the local food and drink scene, you’re not just helping small business owners you’re also helping their employees, food suppliers, and the St. Louis economy at large. The service industry is highly affected by this change in environment, give them confidence and support local.

Support local farmers, buy fresh veggies, and stay healthy!

Shop @localharveststl @stlcitygreens @macslocaleats and Old North Provisions. Visit @tgfarmersmarket‘s website to sign-up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program) food box starting Tuesday, March 24th or Fair Shares CCSA. Pick-up fresh produce from @legacycirclefarms online farmer’s market. Check out eatherestl.com for delivery of locally-grown food and @knownandgrownstl to see what other farmers offer online ordering and where to get local, Known & Grown farmers’ products during the pandemic.

Support local businesses and stay in the know, join #314together ‘s Facebook group and be part of the conversation using #314together. A local business yourself? Stay informed with business updates: stlregionalchamber.com/covid-19. Learn about the emergency legislation passed to assist businesses.

Connect with Green Building and the Community

If you have pictures you would like to share on how you’re keeping green, building green, or going green this pandemic please send your photo(s) and a sentence describing your experience to fbrandt@mobot.org or join the conversation with #greenbuildingsarebetter. Follow us online @usgbcmogateway. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Email.

We thank you for the work you do to contribute to safer and healthier conditions for everyone, everywhere. Thank you.

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Charlotte’s Transition to a Circular Economy – March 10th

Envisioning a Circular Economy

As humans we’ve adapted a linear approach to economics; we take, we make, we dispose. Yet, does this activity benefit our living system? Does it benefit you? Or your business? Probably not. We need to redefine growth, focus on positive society-wide benefits and build economic, natural, and social capital. How is this possible? The Circular Economy. The circular economy is based upon three principles; design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems. It’s a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design, according to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.

At the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC), we challenge the St. Louis region to be an innovative part of the solution, generating sustainable solutions that address the current needs and challenges we face, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Sustainable development plays a significant role in shaping the future of our environment and society. So that we might learn from another community taking innovative action, we’ve invited speaker Amy Aussieker, the Executive Director of Envision Charlotte, to share the successes and challenges Charlotte, North Carolina has had since launching their circular economy plan.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Aussieker will speak at Alberici Headquarters in St. Louis, MO about Charlotte’s Transition to a Circular Economy. This evening program aligns with the USGBC-MGC’s 2020 educational theme, Climate Solutions: Addressing Urgency & Taking Action. We are excited to welcome Aussieker and discuss how Charlotte’s local government, utilities, universities and businesses are addressing the four environmental pillars of energy, air, water, and waste.

Charlotte's Transition to a Circular EconomyA circular economy is all about energy, all the interconnecting companies that form our infrastructure and economy and how that energy is extracted, used, reused, and returned to the Earth and the people; building economic, natural, and social capital. For example, Envision Charlotte’s inaugural project tackled “Smart Energy,” helping 61 of the largest commercial buildings reduce their energy use by 19%, equivalent to 26 million dollars in savings and taking 11,000 cars off the road (Forbes, 2019). What about waste?

How can our waste build capital, rather than reduce it? What if the goods of today became the resources of tomorrow? Instead of the throw away and replace culture, we accept a new method of return and renew (Re-thinking Progress video, Ellen Macarthur Foundation). Charlotte came up with an action plan to make the city more circular, tying in with their sustainable energy goals to reduce carbon dioxide, they have begun to harness valuable materials, that would have been headed to the landfill like plastics, textiles, concrete and organics. REthinking the operating system and REdesigning the way Charlotte’s economy works – REpresenting a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and social benefits.

Please be sure to join us March 10th, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm for Charlotte’s Transition to a Circular Economy and learn about the short and long-term strategies, community participation, and benefits of developing a circular economy. Follow us @usgbcMOgateway and register at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/events!





2020 Benchmarking Training Schedule

2020.01.10 Benchmarking Training Flyer

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners announce multiple opportunities to learn about energy benchmarking and get hands-on assistance with the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is the process of tracking your building’s energy and/or water use and comparing your performance to similar buildings and to past performance. Benchmarking is the first step in determining how to conserve resources, reduce operating costs, and reduce environmental impacts.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free and secure online tool that tracks energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to understand their energy, water, and waste performance – schools, governments, congregations, businesses and retail stores.


Event Descriptions

Benchmarking 101

Presentation with Q&A

Benchmarking 101 will provide an overview of the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. This event is free, but registration is requested.

Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions

Hands-on Help Session

Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below). This event is free, but registration is requested.

Benchmarking and Energy Efficiency Carousel

This interactive event will provide real details on how to save energy in buildings. Participants will circulate between quick presentations, gaining insight into numerous energy efficiency projects and financing solutions. This event is free, but registration is requested.

GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials

Two day in-depth training

Efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only reduce operating costs by 20-50%, but increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction. Taught by industry experts, the two day GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials Course provides building professionals with the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable operations.


2020 Training Schedule

Full details and registration available via the links below.

Wednesday, February 12, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Benchmarking 101

Thursday, February 20, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, March 19, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousel

Tuesday, April 14, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, April 29, 9:00 am –  11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, May 14 & Friday, May 15, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, both days
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials

Tuesday, May 19, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Tuesday, August 25 & Wednesday August 26, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials

Thursday, October 8, 8:00 am   10:00 am
Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Carousel

Thursday, November 12 – Friday, November 13, 8:30 am  4:30 pm, both days
GPRO Operations + Maintenance Essentials


About the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by May 1 of each year using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at www.stlbenchmarking.com.

About the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign

The Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign recognizes and supports buildings of all types and sizes to benchmark their energy use, a building management best practice. Over 80 businesses, organizations and institutions have voluntarily pledged to benchmark, the first step to reduce operating costs and environmental impacts. Learn more and join the campaign at www.BetterBuildingsStl.org.


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USGBC First Friday Webinars offer LEED Specific Credits

USGBC national is offering a First Friday Webinar Series in 2020. Each webinar offers LEED Specific GBCI CE Hours.

FEE FOR EACH WEBINAR:
$10 for USGBC-MGC members and non-members (USGBC Community membership discounts for these webinars do not apply to USGBC-Missouri Gateway members.) Employees of USGBC National member organizations may contact national USGBC staff to get a free promo code.

WHEN:
11:15 am – 12:30 pm CST. Login from your computer.

  • February 7
    The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Scoring in Arc

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  • March 6
    LEED and Human Health
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  • April 3
    LEED Residential – The Evolution Towards Higher Performing Homes
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  • May 1
    LEED Performance at The Alliance Center

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  • June 5
    Approaching Net Zero: Solutions for Commercial Buildings

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  • July 10
    Sustainable Synergy: How Manufacturers and Scientists Can Collaborate

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  • August 7
    Green Code for High Performance Healthcare

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  • September 4
    LEED for Existing Buildings

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  • October 2
    Keep Your Construction Materials Sustainable

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  • November 6
    Be Cool – How Designers Can Improve Thermal Comfort With HVLS Fans

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  • December 4
    Introduction to Fully Ducted Heat Pumps for All Electric Heating and Cooling

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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.