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WELL AP Exam Prep

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam. This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of WELL, including the seven concepts that provide the framework for the building standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.

INSTRUCTOR
Monica Miller, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Sustainable Design Manager, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Monica Miller is ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager and serves ThyssenKrupp as a resource for all LEED project requests for information. Monica is also a licensed landscape architect. Her previous experience as a project manager for design and construction projects both internationally and in the United States, allows her to fully understand the construction and design process. She has participated on LEED project teams and led ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facility to achieve LEED Gold in 2015. Monica is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador advocating for the growth of the Living Building Challenge.

Other projects Monica is working on include: developing Health Product Declarations, a Declare label for Living Building Challenge projects, and working with manufacturing to continually develop healthy materials. As well as facilitating LEED Gold certification for ThyssenKrupp’s almost 700,000 square feet manufacturing facility, in Middleton, TN. 

WHEN
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
9:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
TBA 

FEE
$200 for USGBC-MGC Members
$250 for Non-members 

REGISTER
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LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Winter 2017

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, December 8, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

WHERE
TBA 

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 Publications page 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 Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Summer 2017

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, August 25, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

WHERE
TBA 

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 Publications page 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




Building Optimization: From Tactical to Strategic, From Sporadic to Continuous

Owners often take a project-by-project approach to optimizing the performance of the buildings. This session will share how some Owners have taken a more proactive approach, one that is based on an overall energy strategy that becomes a continuous process for optimizing the performance of their buildings. The results are maximum savings, optimum comfort and health, and minimized carbon emissions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the components and design of an energy strategy that continuously optimizes building performance
  • Discuss the implementation, maintenance, and measurement of a continuous building optimization strategy.
  • Examine  case studies of buildings that have implemented continuous building optimization strategies

SPEAKERS
Erik Merker, Director of Energy Services at Sitton Energy Solutions
James Dice, Director of Energy Analytics at Sitton Energy Solutions

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

WHEN
Thursday, October 26, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
TBA 

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

REGISTER
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Measuring Landscape Performance: Practical Steps & Resources to Conduct Performance Evaluations

In partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden
and BiodiverseCity St. Louis

Drawing on six years of success, challenges, and lessons from the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance Series and Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, this session presents a primer on evaluating the environmental, social, and economic performance of landscape projects. Learn about methods, tools, and key success factors to identify and quantify performance benefits, including how to choose the right metrics. The session also covers what designers need to consider, collect information on, and archive starting from day one to be able to measure landscape performance. Learn about practical steps and resources to start conducting your own performance evaluations.

Learning Objectives

  • Know what to consider, collect, and archive starting from day one to be able to measure landscape performance
  • Learn how to choose appropriate metrics to assess the impact of landscape projects
  • Become familiar with commonly-used methods and accessible resources to quantify benefits
  • Learn methods for integrating performance-based planning and measurement into your design and development process

SPEAKER
Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation 

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

WHEN
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
8:00 – 10:00 am 

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

REGISTER
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The Green($) Behind Going Green

The benefits of green building extend beyond energy efficiency and increased occupant comfort. This seminar will examine tax incentives of green building in both a commercial and residential context.

Understand the current landscape of tax incentives for green building and why these tax incentives exist. Explore the eligibility requirements, the process of claiming benefits, and important factors for designers, builders, and owners to consider before pursuing benefits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify why tax incentives are in place
  • Examine what types of projects are eligible
  • Discuss how to claim available incentives
  • Determine how to calculate incentives

SPEAKER
Teri Samples
, Partner and Director of Real Estate Services, Mueller Prost CPAs + Business Advisors

Teri is the Director of Real Estate Services at Mueller Prost. Since joining the firm in 1994, she has held several leadership roles, including Tax Committee Chairperson. Over the last 20 years, she has built a solid reputation as a trusted advisor and consultant to leaders in the Real Estate and Homebuilding industries in the Midwest.

Teri has extensive knowledge regarding federal agency energy incentives including tax deductions and credits. She leads a team that includes Mueller Prost’s energy proposal partner as well as in-house engineers and tax experts, all working together to qualify both individual and company clients for grants and incentives. Teri’s experience with tax incentives for energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings and determining if ASHRAE standards are met has distinguished her as a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field. 

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

WHEN
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
TBA 

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

REGISTER
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Luminaires and Lighting Controls: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

In this two hour interactive course featuring both live panel discussion and Q&A, we’ll explore why traditional lighting control strategies are underutilized today and how technology and lighting codes are reversing this trend. We’ll also explore how control technologies have advanced to deliver a better user and economic experience today. Additionally, presenters will discuss how IoT (Internet of Things) and PoE (Power over Ethernet) are impacting this space and how the luminaire is evolving from a product that produces functional light to a truly intelligent device.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss traditional control strategies and their limitations
  • Identify energy codes and recommended practices that make controls increasingly unavoidable
  • Examine current control strategies that are being employed today
  • Explore the impact Internet of Things and Power over Ethernet will have on the lighting world

SPEAKER
Kris Steiger, Schaeffer Marketing Group

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

WHEN
Thursday, July 27, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBA 

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

REGISTER
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ENERGY STAR & Historic Preservation: Satisfying Both Standards in Residential Applications

This seminar will explore a number of residential gut rehabs completed in St. Louis since 2007 that have achieved both ENERGY STAR certification and met Missouri Historic Preservation Standards.

The projects featured average a HERS rating of 50. The presenter will examine the elements that contribute to energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and human health in these projects, including geo-thermal systems and Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems. Additionally discussed will be the materials contributing to these projects’ high performance and the consideration taken when selecting building elements such as windows, insulation, fans, fixtures, venting, and more.

SPEAKER
Patty Maher, Tiger Lily Development LLC 

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

WHEN
Thursday, June 8, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
TBA 

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

REGISTER
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BIT Building Best Practice Boot Camp

BIT Building is a simple sustainable building operations program for all building types, currently in beta phase. This training provides sustainability professionals, real estate professionals, and O&M personnel with detailed information about this new framework for advancing basic sustainability best practices across all building sectors.

The BIT Building Best Practice Boot Camp is designed to help current and prospective BIT users be successful in optimizing the performance of the buildings they touch.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the BIT Building Program, including how it relates to other green building operations and maintenance standards and certifications
  • Understand the details associated with each of BIT’s 16 sustainable operations and maintenance best practices
  • Explain how to establish performance baselines for energy, water, and waste metrics and track ongoing improvement
  • Recommend how buildings can engage with BIT Building to achieve sustainability and performance outcomes

SPEAKER
Jenny Carney, LEED Fellow, President, BIT Building
Jenny is a Principal at YR&G, and President of the non-profit developing the BIT Building Program. She’s been working in the realm of sustainability in the built environment since 2004– pivoting from her early work as a field ecologist.

Jenny oversees YR&G project work related to enhancing the performance of existing buildings–including performance-based benchmarking, corporate sustainability programming and reporting, and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certification. Jenny has extensive experience helping clients engage key stakeholders–gaining their support, while also developing meaningful sustainability goals and strategies based on technical analysis and real world constraints.

Jenny has been deeply involved in the development of the LEED-EBOM Rating System, dating back to the initial pilot phase in 2004. She has served as a primary author of the v2.0, v2008, v2009, and v4 Reference Guides, and helped shape the evolution of the program through her work on various USGBC committees. She recently completed terms as the Chair of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG) and a member of the USGBC Technical Committee. Her current industry involvement includes serving as member of the SITES Technical Core Committee, being the ex officio chair of the USGBC-IL Chapter’s Board of Directors, and serving as the President of a non-profit dedicated to accelerating–through the BIT Building Program–the adoption of sustainability best practices in existing buildings across markets and sectors.

Jenny frequently delivers presentations and trainings pertaining to green buildings, sustainability, LEED, and BIT Building to local, regional, national, and international audiences. Prior to joining the green building community, Jenny worked as a terrestrial ecology and climate change researcher, environmental program developer and manager, and community-based environmental outreach specialist. 

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

WHEN
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
TBA

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

REGISTER
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Sustainable Risk Management and Disaster Response

Each year, US Insurers, Federal and State Governments, and citizens spend close to $50 billion to recover from floods, fires, water damage, wind and hail and other natural disasters. Are we getting the best return on this enormous investment? Is the built environment made any more sustainable after this money is spent? This program will explore the connections between risk management, green buildings, and sustainable business practices, offer idea about how to better manage the disaster risks we face and introduce the recently formed Sustainable Disaster Response Council (SDRC).

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the connections, similarities and synergies between risk management, green buildings, and sustainable practices.
  • Identify risk management best practices to increase resilience and sustainability in the face of disasters.
  • Define disaster in terms of local risks, specifically exploring risks in the St. Louis area.
  • Introduce the recently formed Sustainable Disaster Response Council.

SPEAKERS
Stephen Bushnell, President, Stephen Bushnell + Associates, is widely recognized as a risk-focused expert on green buildings, sustainable manufacturing and operations, and the broader business, economic and risk management implications of climate, energy and other sustainability challenges. A highly experienced insurance and risk management professional with more than 40 years of experience, Steve led the development of the industry’s first dedicated insurance policies and risk services for green buildings.

He has served in advisory or board capacities for organizations like California Sustainability Alliance, the Green California Summit, UL Environment and the U.S. Green Building Council – where he was the first representative of the insurance industry elected to USGBC’s National Board of Directors, serving from 2012 – 2015. He currently sits on the newly formed USGBC Advisory Council.

Richard Schuessler is an Account Executive at HM Risk. Richard is a life-long St. Louis resident and Truman State University finance graduate. He started with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company/Allianz out of college. With Fireman’s Fund being the first insurance company to provide specific insurance coverage and discounts for green buildings, Richard quickly became involved with green insurance and the local USGBC Chapter. He has focused his volunteer efforts on government advocacy at the State and Federal level. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW 

WHEN
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation 

WHERE
TBA

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and full time students; $20 for Non-members 

REGISTER
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