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Benchmarking Jam

Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy your building consumes, and comparing your energy performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step toward saving energy and money!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building’s energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time.

Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool at the upcoming Benchmarking Jam! All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits and local governments are encouraged to attend.

In order for this event to be a success, each building representative should bring:

  • Laptop or Tablet
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Energy Use Data
    • Attendees will need at least 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building. Bring the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee.
    • Historical energy use data can be downloaded on the Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas websites with an online account.
    • Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas have offered to provide Benchmarking Jam attendees with their historical energy use data. Scroll down to see the information you must provide to receive assistance. Requests are due to Johanna Schweiss by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 20th.
  • Property Use Details: Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.

Wednesday, November 30th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education,
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110 

Free to all.

REGISTER: Click here to register as a participant or a volunteer

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers at the Benchmarking Blitz will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Experience with the free, online tool is required. To participate, select “Benchmarking Volunteer” when registering. Participants can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0884.


Assistance with Data Collection

Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas have offered to provide Benchmarking Jam attendees with their historical energy use data. Provide the information below to Johanna Schweiss by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 20 to receive assistance.

  • Building Name
  • Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri Service Addresses
  • All Ameren Missouri Account Numbers associated with the building
  • All Laclede Gas Account Numbers associated with the building
  • Signed data release letters to Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri on customer’s letterhead (templates available online here: Ameren Missouri, Laclede Gas)


Property Use Details needed for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager


  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Enrollment
  • Number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) workers
  • Number of computers

House of Worship:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Maximum seating capacity
  • Weekdays of operation
  • Hours of operations per week
  • Number of personal computers
  • Presence of cooking facilities (yes/no)
  • Number of commercial refrigeration/freezer units

K-12 Schools:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Gymnasium floor area (square feet)
  • High school – yes/no
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Student seating capacity
  • Months in use
  • Open weekends – yes/no
  • Number of personal computers
  • On-site cooking – yes/no
  • Number of walk-in refrigeration/freezer units
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)


  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of personal computers
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled (>50%, <50%, or none)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated (>50%, <50%, or none)


  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of computers

All other building types should refer to this list

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Dec 2016

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s  LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. 

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110

Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publicationspage of the USGBC website.

2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within

Click here to register online.

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty. 

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

This program is supported in part by the 

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District 

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

New Member Welcome Social

An exclusive event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!


The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come socialize and get acquainted!  Join us at Urban Chestnut’s Grove Brewery & Bierhall, Missouri’s First LEED Certified brewery. Chapter officers, past and present, will discuss the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions. 

After new members have learned about the Chapter, they will hear from Urban Chestnut about the sustainable design, construction, and operation features that contributed to the building’s LEED Silver certification.

Thursday, November 10, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110 (map)

Free, but registration is limited to new members and chapter leaders

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.

Perennial Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

This event has reached capacity. Registration is now closed. 

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science St. Louis

Join us for a discussion on efforts underway to increase biodiversity and stewardship of natural resources within Midwestern building, agricultural, and native landscapes!

From the irreplaceable complexities of native prairie ecosystems, to benefits offered by prairie plantings in designed landscapes, to new innovations aimed at creating ecologically sound and resilient agricultural practices, our speakers will share their wealth of knowledge.

In her role as Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Carol Davit is among our region’s most purposeful and passionate advocates focused on the critical importance of prairies,  which once covered more than 15 million acres of Missouri and occupied a 160-million domain across North America.  While reinforcing the critical importance of conserving remnant prairies, Carol will focus in on success stories of vibrant prairie plantings at corporate campuses, homes, and public spaces throughout Missouri, reinforcing how prairies can and should be a core, foundational component when designing outdoor spaces for people.

Scott Allegrucci will share The Land Institute’s work on perennializing grain, oil seed, and pulse varieties – the kinds of plants that make up much of our human diet – as an alternative to the current commodity crop agricultural model.  This is not about integrating edibles into designed landscapes, but rather, about ecologically sound and resilient agriculture that can evolve beyond niche practices. Scott will be joined by Dr. Claudia Ciotir, postdoctoral fellow on the Perennial Agriculture Project Global Inventory. This collaborative research partnership between the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis University and The Land Institute is evaluating data on wild, perennial plant species toward eventual use in sustainable agriculture programs spearheaded by The Land Institute.

Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
Scott Allegrucci, The Land Institute
Dr. Claudia Ciotir, Saint Louis University

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Registration & networking
6:15 -7:30 p.m. – Formal presentation

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free to all attendees!

Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-MGC staff at or 314-577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsor!

DJM Ecological

Van Jones – Green Jobs Not Jails: Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Equity, and the Green Economy

Presented by Washington University in St. Louis and USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter

Author, CNN political contributor, and environmental and human rights activist Van Jones will take the stage on Monday, September 12th to discuss the Green Economy and its relationship to criminal justice reform and racial equity.

Jones will examine connections between current social issues and environmental issues, with a focus on St. Louis’ unique challenges of weak environmental policy, high incarceration and recidivism rates, and a small but growing green jobs sector. Commentary will include critiques of current presidential candidates’ environmental policies.

Van Jones is a Yale-educated attorney, and author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012).

Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which promotes criminal justice reform; Color of Change, which works for racial fairness through its one million members; Rebuild The Dream, a 21st Century “think tank” that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation; and The Dream Corps, which promotes innovative policy solutions.

He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act, the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs,” and he worked as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama in 2009, leading the inter-agency process that oversaw the multi-billion dollar investment in skills training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors.

Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; and the Root’s 2014 “The Root 100.”

Van Jones is currently a CNN political contributor, and a fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

Monday, September 12, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis, map
Parking is available in the Danforth University Garage, off of Forsyth Blvd for $1/hour (cash or credit card). Click here for parking details.

FREE and open to the public!

Click here to register online.
**Registration does not guarantee a seat at this event. We recommend arriving early to ensure seating, as this event is free and open to the public.**

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

**Please note this event is taking place as our monthly evening program for September 2016. The topic “Green Housing in the Bronx Impacts Health” previously scheduled for September 2016 will be rescheduled in 2017.**

CEU Blitz: Energy in Buildings

Exploring Current Trends in Policies, Usage, Systems, & Financing

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz exploring energy in buildings, and earn 7 continuing education units for LEED or AIA professional credentials. From global to building specific, educational content will examine energy policies, usage, systems, and financing.

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge has been the Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since January 2010. The Airport is the recent recipient of the Governor’s Leader in Energy Award, an award recognizing significant strides the organization has made in the field of energy for Missouri. Rhonda will speak about the Airport’s efforts to develop and implement innovative long-term programs to achieve targeted sustainability goals.


  • Global Trends & Climate of Energy
    Jake Barnett, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • 2015 Commercial International Energy Code:
    An Interactive Review

    Lawrence Lile, Chief Engineer, Lile Engineering
  • Missouri State Energy Plan
    Josh Campbell, Executive Director, Missouri Energy Initiative
  • Energy Use in Commercial Buildings
    Annie Smith, Mechanical Engineer, Ross & Baruzzini
  • Energy Analysis  
    James Dice, Engineer, Sitton Energy Solutions
  • Keynote
    Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
  • Round Table – Current Trends in Building Energy Systems 
    • Moderator, Julie Cooper, Analyst, Development Strategies
    • Marijn Braadbaart, Director of Commissioning, Ross & Baruzzini
    • Ryan Corrigan, COO/Principal, 8760 Engineering
    • Punit Jain, Vice President, Cannon Design
    • Lisa Reed, Founding Principal, Envision Lighting Design
  • Energy Benchmarking
    Emily Andrews, Executive Director, USGBC-MGC
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development Loan Program
    Chatchai Pinthuprapa, Energy Engineer at the Missouri Department of Economic Development/Division of Energy
  • PACE Financing: An Innovative New Way to Finance Energy Improvements
    Anne Hill, President, RAHILL Capital, LLC
  • Ameren Missouri Incentives
    Jeff Kelley, Business Development Lead, Ameren Missouri BizSavers Program
  • Laclede Gas Incentives
    Jim Travis, Energy Efficiency Program Specialist, Laclede Gas Company

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Missouri Botanical Garden’s
Monsanto Center
4500 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Submitted for approval of 7 GBCI CE Hours & 7 AIA/CES LU HSW

$100 for USGBC-MGC, ASHRAE, AEE, & APEC Members
$150 for Non-Members
$75 for Emerging Professionals
$50 for Full-time Students

Fee includes continental breakfast & lunch.

Click here to register online.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Exhibiting Sponsors




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Check out our 2015 Annual Report!


We are excited to share our 2015 Annual Report with you! Each year, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter makes progress towards our goal of transforming the built environment. 2015 was no exception, as we continued to provide high quality educational events, celebrated another successful Green Schools Quest, expanded our community offerings, and much more!

2015 Highlights

  • We provide opportunities for people who care about green building to connect and learn! In 2015, over 30 unique educational events, representing 100 hours of continuing education, reached over 1500 individuals.
  • WHERE WE LEARN MATTERS! Over 25% of Americans attend school every day. We are helping to make their spaces greener and healthier for learning and teaching through the Green Schools Quest. 4,000 Green Schools Quest participants in 38 School / Mentor teams impacted over 30,000 individuals with their sustainability projects during the 2014-15 school year!
  • We are ADVANCING green building through community projects like the Plan Builder Workshop held in partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power and Light. 15 multi-faith congregations attended and began creating a sustainable operations plan for their buildings. This work was featured nationally in USGBC+ Magazine! We also worked with Better Family Life on a neighborhood Plan Builder Workshop and provided an intern to the City of Creve Coeur to complete a phase 2 Greenhouse Gas inventory and Climate Action Plan.
  • The 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign saw an increase in participation and we hosted a “Benchmarking Jam” in October to celebrate ENERGY STAR Day.
  • Our Emerging Professionals gave back to the community in 2015 with two Community Service Projects. Volunteers built “Little Free Libraries” and held a book drive for Ford Elementary School, and participated in a home weatherization project with EnergyCare.
  • We love to celebrate green building success and do this with case studies, project profiles, Green Building Experts and especially our annual awards. In 2015, we looked back at 6 years of 40 awardees with the Growing Green Spotlight!
  • 2015 educational programming placed a special emphasis on building materials and specifically how that credit category is changing with LEEDv4. In September, we welcomed building material experts from around the country for a full day continuing education blitz on Braving the New World of Building Material Selection.
  • Throughout the year, our 150 Volunteers contributed 5,000 Hours to strategic planning and development, outreach to community partners, committees and projects like the Green Schools Quest.

Many thanks to the leaders, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2015 a success!

You can view the report as an online magazine below, or download a pdf.

Greening Your Community – Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time

Join the Jewish Environmental Initiative (a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council), Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, and  the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a discussion on how gardens can be used as a tool to care for our planet, help communities in need, and address climate change.

The event will feature two keynote speakers followed by a panel discussion.  The first keynote speaker is Mike Roberts, former meteorologist for KSDK News Channel 5, multiple Emmy Award winner and adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University in the department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The second keynote speaker, Sylvester Brown, Jr.,  is a former columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and current Executive Director of the Sweet Potato Project, a program that teaches at risk youth entrepreneurial skills, including urban farming and marketing skills.

The follow-up panel speakers will provide specific suggestions for creating your own native or community garden.  They include Dr. KB Frazier of the Cultivating Justice Project, Chris Hartley of the Butterfly House, Kim Reiss of Sugar Creek Gardens, and Matt Schindler of Gateway Greening.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center.      

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm – Check in
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Program
9:00 pm – Light refreshments and networking
WHERE: The Ethical Society of Saint Louis
9001 Clayton Road,
Saint Louis, MO 63117 (map)


REGISTER: Click here to register online

Contact Gail Wechsler with any questions at 314-442-3894 or

Event co-sponsored by:

Event co-sponsored by the Jewish Environmental Initiative (a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council), Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

New Partners for Smart Growth Seeks Session Proposal – due June 30

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event will be in St. Louis next year and they are seeking YOUR expertises for sessions. The conference will be February 2 – 4, 2017 at the Marriott St. Louis Hotel. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” with an emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities now. 1200 smart growth leaders from across the country attend this conference.

Session proposal are due June 30, 2017. Thematic categories can include:

  • Communications and Engagement
  • Community Resiliency & Energy Independence
  • Equitable Development and Environmental Justice
  • Financing, Real Estate and Development
  • Health
  • Implementing Smart Growth
  • Land Preservation
  • The New Economy, Market Trends and Demographics
  • Partnerships for Success
  • Planning Tools and Technologies
  • Redevelopment
  • Small Cities and Rural Areas
  • Transportation, TOD, and Streets
  • Water and Coastal Areas

Learn more at

Living Buildings & Communities

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a building certification program with rigorous green standards; certification from this program denotes the highest levels of sustainability and efficiency for the built environment. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Three levels of certification exist: Living Building Certification, Petal Certification, and Net Zero Energy Building Certification. Projects obtain Living Building Certification by attaining all twenty Imperatives; Petal Certification by satisfying the requirements of three or more Petals, including at least one of the following: Water, Energy or Materials; or Net Zero Energy Building Certification by achieving four specific Imperatives, including net zero energy. There are currently 40 certified projects spread throughout more than a dozen countries around the world.

The Living Community Challenge takes this one step further by applying LBC concepts to entire communities or cities.

In this seminar, attendees will examine a variety of buildings at educational institutions in the Midwestern and Southeastern US which are pursuing or have achieved Living Building Certification, including: The College School’s Jan Phillips Learning Center, a pre-K-8th learning center located on the school’s LaBarque Creek campus with added educational features to teach students about sustainability; Knox College’s Green Oaks Biological Field Station which is located off-campus among native forest, grassland, and one of the Midwest’s most successful prairie restorations; Washington University’s Living Learning Center which tied to be the world’s first Living Building; and Berea College’s Deep Green Residence Hall. The concept of Living Communities will also be explored in this lecture.

Ralph Bicknese, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow, Principal at hellmuth + bicknese architects

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES LU HSW

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 PM

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126.
Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members; $45 for Non-members

Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.