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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. Attendees will:

  • Recognize global trends and the overall climate of energy; specifically, how the energy sector is evolving to include more clean energy and implications of this shift.
  • Examine the development of the Missouri State Energy Plan and the current steps being taken to implement and amend the document.
  • Describe the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, which improves upon the efficiency of previous energy codes.
  • Explore the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey to find trends in commercial building energy use.
  • Illustrate the importance of proper energy benchmarking and discuss energy analysis.
  • Determine current trends in building energy systems via a panel discussion on the topic.
  • Discover financing and incentives available to support energy efficiency in buildings.

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

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

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

FEE
$100 for USGBC-MGC Members
$150 for Non-Members
$75 for Emerging Professionals
$50 for Full-time Students

Fee includes continental breakfast & lunch.

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Exhibiting Sponsors

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Check out our 2015 Annual Report!

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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)

FEE: FREE

REGISTER: Click here to register online

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 www.newpartners.org




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.

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

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

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

WHERE
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.

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – August 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 practice exam to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course.

WHEN
Friday, August 26, 2016
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

WHERE
Color Art Integrated Interiors, 1325 N. Warson Rd. 63132

FEE
$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

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
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

REGISTER
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




LEED Showcase: LEED v4 & Living Buildings

The 13th Annual LEED Showcase will examine projects that have taken the plunge and decided to pursue either LEED Version 4 or Living Building Challenge Certification.

JPLC 2The Jan Phillips Learning Center at The College School is one of a handful of projects in the nation that is pursuing the Living Building Challenge. The learning center will boast net-zero energy use, net-zero water use, solar arrays, composting toilets, locally sourced materials, natural ventilation, and zero use of “Red List” chemicals in building materials.

Maplewood Massing_3.skpThe Maplewood Fire Station is one of the first projects in the Chapter’s territory pursing LEED v4 which, starting in October of this year, will be the only available LEED rating system available for registration. The new station will replace the existing fifty-year-old station, and provide a new home for Maplewood’s fire fighters.

HOK-St.-Louis-StairwayHOK’s St. Louis office is aiming to become the city’s first LEED v4 Commercial Interiors (CI) certification. The vintage building housing their new office space has been transformed using a variety of sustainable design strategies. Features include daylight harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, open office layout, bike storage, use of local, recycled, renewable and low-emitting interior materials, and more.

We will hear about their motivations to use these rating systems, design and construction features helping them to achieve these certifications, and any hurdles that they have had to overcome.

SPEAKERS
Ed Maggart, Head of School, The College School
Tim Wood, Sustainability Coordinator, The College School
Jon Emert, Partner, JEMA
Ron Finney, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Design Specialist, HOK

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 LEED Specific (BD+C & ID+C) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103)

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, St. Louis Green Business Challenge Participants, & Full-time Students;
$20 for Non-members

REGISTRATION
Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Evening Program Sponsors!

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New Member Welcome Event

A special New Member only event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!

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The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter welcomes new members to come socialize and get acquainted with the Chapter!  Chapter officers, past and present, will be on hand to share the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.

After new members have learned about the Chapter, they will tour LEED Silver Cupples 9, home to Mackey Mitchell Architects, and learn about  the sustainable design, construction, and operation features that contributed to the building’s certification.

What: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

When: Thursday, May 26, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Where: Mackey Mitchell Architects, 900 Spruce Street, Suite 500, St. Louis MO 63102 (map)

Parking and Entrance Instructions: Click here for parking instructions. Attendees should access the building lobby through the Flying Saucer and proceed to the 5th floor.

Register: Click here to register

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!

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Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314) 577-0854.




Big Rivers, Big Problems, Big Solutions

Presented in partnership with the Construction Specifications Institute – Greater St. Louis Chapter.

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)
Click here to view David Wilson’s presentation on the Private Rewards and Public Risks of Flood Plain In-fill Development (PDF)

In just the past few years, the St. Louis region has been impacted by extreme weather events, more frequently than possibly any other time in the region’s history. These are not just related to major floods (2011, 2015), but major droughts as well (2012). As a result, it must be understood that climate change is not just a coastal phenomenon, but hits the St. Louis region hard as well. To better adapt to the “new normal,” we need to foster an holistic understanding of the Mississippi river basin, one that includes multiple scales, multiple disciplines and multiple interest groups and communities.

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway and Greater St. Louis CSI for an exploration of the history, management, and development of the Mississippi River Basin. Presenter Nick Reding will provide a narrative overview of how modern river and flood plain management came into being, with an emphasis on James Eads and the early formation of the Corps of Engineers in the 1860s; the story of the Great Flood of 1927; and the New Deal and its legacy, primarily as it relates to the creation of suburbs. Derek Hoeferlin will discuss a holistic view of the Mississippi river basin, pulling upon collaborative research he and his students have conducted. David Wilson will examine the private rewards and public risks of flood plain in-fill development. Referencing the 2015 flood on the Meramec, he will use a case study approach to focus on sites where floodplain infill development has had or can have big impact on the river in flood stage and on adjoining properties.

SPEAKERS:

Derek Hoeferlin, AIA Principal, [dhd] derek hoeferlin design; Assistant Professor of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis
Derek Hoeferlin is a registered architect with his teaching, research, and professional work awarded, presented, and published internationally. Since 2008, he and his students have collaborated with University of Toronto on “Gutter to Gulf,” advocating for integrated water management strategies for New Orleans. His students currently are researching and proposing alternate eco-industries integrated with St. Louis’ river system and water infrastructure. Hoeferlin directs “Deltas + Watersheds (D+W),” conducting collaborative research on global comparative deltas and watersheds—primarily focused on the Mekong, Mississippi and the Rhine—to inform adaptive design strategies. Hoeferlin received his post-professional MArch from Yale University; and MArch and BArch from Tulane University.

Nick Reding, Journalist
Nick Reding is author of the New York Times Best Selling book, Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, and The Last Cowboys at the End of the World. A native of St. Louis, Nick lived in New York City for thirteen years, where he worked as a magazine editor, a graduate school professor, and a freelance writer. He has written for Harper’s, Food and Wine, Outside, Fast Company, and Details. He is currently working on his third book, Heartland, about what the Midwest will look like in fifty years. Nick serves on the board of directors of the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance and The Soulard School. He received his B.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature from Northwestern University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from N.Y.U.

David Wilson, Senior Manager, Environment and Community Planning, East-West Gateway Council of Governments
David Wilson has a wealth of experience in regional planning and community education focused on sustainable practices and  water resource management. He is a past member of the executive board of the American Planning Association-Missouri Chapter, and adjunct professor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Webster University. He led efforts to develop OneSTL, a regional plan for sustainable development. David received his BA from Yale University and MA from Washington University.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1.5 GBCI CE Hours & 1.5 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Registration & Networking – 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Formal Presentation – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch Provided

WHERE
Engineers Club of St. Louis
4359 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108

FEE
$10 – USGBC-MGC Members
$15 – Non-members
Fee includes lunch

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS?
Contact USGBC-MGC staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or 314-577-0225




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – May 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.

WHEN
Friday, May 13, 2016
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

WHERE
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.

FEE
$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

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
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

REGISTER
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