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Healthy Cities

Joyce LeeBy Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow, President, IndigoJLD

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for two upcoming in-person events featuring Joyce Lee: “Healthy Cities + Policy Implications” on May 12 and “Green Design + Human Health + Social Equity” on May 13!

Health is a state of complete physical mental and social well-beig and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” according to the World Health Organization.

Healthy cities – what comes to your mind? Fresh air, citizens walking, bicycling or jogging, smiling faces, just to name a few. This article discusses why a comprehensive approach is needed and delineates a selection of examples around the country that could serve as inspiration for other communities.

The Washington Post, in early 2014, hosted a forum called “Health beyond Healthcare” that highlighted community infrastructure and investment to improve health. Below is a convergence of factors that play a role in healthy communities:

Housing | transportation | food access |socioeconomics | Education | work environment |built environment |natural environment |public safety |Prenatal and Child development | Community and social capital

The economics are equally compelling. According to the Trust for America’s HealthTrust for America’s Health, “A $10 per person annual, investment in community-based prevention over five years could produce 5% reductions in type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, and stroke — with ROI of $5.60 for every $1 invested.”

Smart Scale Experiments – Wellville
How is the country responding? One of the latest small city competitions is called HICCup for Health Initiative Coordinating Council. A well-known tech investor, Esther Dyson, has started a grand experiment to enlist small cities in a friendly challenge to help communities become healthier places inhabited by healthier residents. Selected from 42 contestants, five small cities or counties—each with a population of 100,000 or less—are taking part in “The Way to Wellville.” They are Muskegon, Michigan; Lake County, California; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Clatsop County, Oregon; and Niagara Falls, New York.

In addition to existing community partnerships, Ms. Dyson launched an investor mindset to health promotion. “The Wellville Challenge fits perfectly into the work of greater Muskegon, to achieve the ‘1 in 21’ goal, led by the Muskegon Health Department and the Rotary Club, to become the healthiest county in Michigan by 2021. It also amplifies our health mission at United Way,” says Christine Robere, President and CEO of United Way of the Lakeshore.

Healthy Corridors and Land Use
As health is a core component of thriving communities, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Building Healthy Places Initiative is building on work that links human health and development. Auto-dependent roadways have long been an area of health concern. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ULI is investigating best practices to reinvent under-performing suburban and urban arterials in health-promoting ways.

The first examples are: Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, and Boise, Idaho. Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President from ULI, said, “Too many commercial corridors are dangerous, dismal, and dirty. This project is working to re-envision them as healthier places, with active transportation options, better land use patterns, better food access, and other health-promoting characteristics.”

Philadelphia Food Trust
The Food Trust, based in Center City of Philadelphia, ranked #2 “high-impact” nonprofit in America in children’s health and nutrition. In its two decades’ history, the Food Trust has worked with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers in Philadelphia and across the country to change how Americans think about healthy food and increase its availability.

With partners, the Trust brought supermarkets to communities in food desserts, helped corner store introduce fresh produce, low-fat dairy and whole grains, introduced healthier food options in schools. A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health found that – for the first time in decades – the obesity rates among Philadelphia school children decreased by 5 percent between 2006 and 2010. The healthcare cost savings can be significant when the years of care are reduced dramatically.

Intersectoral Collaboration – Stair Week
Policy interests could be ignited in many ways. Designers as a non-traditional health partner create new alliances or invigorate existing ones. Stair Week is a program that brings together the health officers and the built environment sectors to focus on physical activity and good design. As Americans spend more than 90% of waking hours indoors, good stair design motivates students, employees, retirees alike. And while it seems like a small change, taking the stairs routinely can have a big impact on health.

The Stair Week proclamations received from governors in Illinois, Maryland, and Michigan are an affirmation of these smart choices. “We know ‘place matters’. Design and health is a strong emerging issue at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and their sustainability priorities. It’s a great topic for local advocacy where architects can make a big difference in health outcomes,” said Mary Ann Lazarus from St. Louis, AIA Resident Fellow.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for two in-person events featuring Joyce Lee: “Healthy Cities + Policy Implications” on May 12 and “Green Design + Human Health + Social Equity” on May 13. 




New Member Welcome Event

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

Gray Design - Studio Looking SoutheastThe U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter invites 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 Gray Design Group’s LEED for Commercial Interiors Silver Certified space, and learn about  the sustainable design, construction, and operation features that contributed to the space’s certification.

What: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

When: Thursday, May 28, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Where: Gray Design Group,Nine Sunnen Drive, Suite 110, Saint Louis, MO  63143

RSVP: Click here to register online

Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff at johanna.schweiss@mobot.org or (314) 577-0884.




Materials Specification Considerations and LEED v4

This special lunch program offers 1 LEED Specific GBCI CE Hour, and is presented in partnership with Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Greater St. Louis Chapter.

Speaker Paul Bertram will discuss basic material evaluation and specification considerations from the specifier’s perspective in relation to LEED v4. Potential legal ramifications, qualified assessors, LEED v4 Material Transparency, as well as tools and resources for navigating this topic will be explored. 

SPEAKER:
Paul  Bertram, FCSI, CSI – CSC Lifetime member, CDT, LEED AP- BD+C, GGP

Paul is the Director of Environment & Sustainability at Kingspan Insulated Panels North America and President of PRB Connect accepting special assignments. He participates in Kingspan’s green initiatives including Kingspan’s Global mandate of Net Zero Energy by 2020 and GRI Sustainability reporting. His responsibilities include LEED® projects, material transparency through LCA/EPD reporting and he was responsible for coordinating the first of its kind EPD that was UL certified. Additionally, he led Kingspan as a BETA participant in the HPD (Health Product Declaration) reporting.  Paul is a Fellow and Lifetime member of CSI – Construction Specifications Institute and CSC – Construction Specifications Canada and a Past President of the CSI Institute.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 LEED Specific GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES LU

WHEN
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE
Engineer’s Club, 4359 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108 map

FEE
Includes Lunch!
$10/USGBC-MGC Members; $20/Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

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




LEED Showcase: A Look at Performance

The 2015 LEED Showcase will revisit several buildings that were previously showcased and have achieved LEED certification for a discussion on building performance. Projects include the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 building, Alberici Headquarters, and the home of Maren Engelmohr.

Presentations will exhibit the successes and realities of operating LEED buildings after construction. Presenters will explore lessons learned in the transition from construction to owner takeover and keeping efficiency and conservation methods in place during real use.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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) map

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online.

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

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Dynamic Controls Inc.




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course (Winter)

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 two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction and Core Concepts

·        Sustainable Sites

·        Water Efficiency

·        Energy and Atmosphere

·        Materials and Resources

·        Indoor Environmental Quality

·        Test Taking Tips

·        Practice Exam

WHEN:
Thursday, December 10 & Friday, December 11, 2015
8:30am-5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:15 – 8:30am

WHERE:
TBA in St. Louis

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

PREREQUISITES: Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

REGISTER
Click here to register online.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

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 (Fall)

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 two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction and Core Concepts

·        Sustainable Sites

·        Water Efficiency

·        Energy and Atmosphere

·        Materials and Resources

·        Indoor Environmental Quality

·        Test Taking Tips

·        Practice Exam

WHEN:
Thursday, September 17 & Friday, September 18, 2015
8:30am-5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:15 – 8:30am

WHERE:
TBA in St. Louis

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

PREREQUISITES: Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

REGISTER:
Click here to register.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

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)

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 two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction and Core Concepts

·        Sustainable Sites

·        Water Efficiency

·        Energy and Atmosphere

·        Materials and Resources

·        Indoor Environmental Quality

·        Test Taking Tips

·        Practice Exam

WHEN:
Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24, 2015
8:30am-5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:15 – 8:30am

WHERE:
TBA in St. Louis

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

PREREQUISITES: Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

REGISTER:
Click here to register online.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

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.




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course (Spring)

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 two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction and Core Concepts

·        Sustainable Sites

·        Water Efficiency

·        Energy and Atmosphere

·        Materials and Resources

·        Indoor Environmental Quality

·        Test Taking Tips

·        Practice Exam

WHEN:
Thursday, April 30 & Friday, May 01, 2015
8:30am-5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:15 – 8:30am

WHERE:
Color Art Integrated Interiors
1325 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 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 Publications page of the USGBC website.
2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within

PREREQUISITES Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

REGISTER
Click here to register online.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

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




Successful Energy Management Plan

Presenters will provide an overview of successful energy management plans that have been implemented at local campuses. Topics of discussion will include an explanation of the energy areas monitored, how areas were targeted, and possible future efforts. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Define components of a successful energy management plan. 
  • Examine energy management plans being implemented at three higher education campuses located in Missouri. 
  • Discuss the energy areas monitored on three campuses and how these areas were targeted.
  • Explore possible future energy management efforts.

SPEAKER: Brandon Verhoff

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

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd. 63110

FEE: $30/USGBC-MGC Members; $45/Non-members

REGISTER: Click Here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Successful Energy Management Plan event listing.

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




High Performance Urban Ecosystems

Presented in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects – St. Louis Chapter

More than half of our planet’s 7 billion people now live in cities. As our urban areas expand, so does the need for high performance landscapes and regenerative design. In this presentation we will discuss the interrelated nature between soils, plants, humans and ecosystem function. Site design and maintenance strategies that provide multiple ecosystem services and improve human health and well-being will be discussed, along with case studies illustrating project success and failures.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Discuss future population projections and the need for high performance landscapes.
  • Explain the value of high performance urban ecosystems.
  • Generate examples of plant and soil restoration and maintenance practices that improve ecosystem function and human health.
  • Determine the most relevant performance metrics for their projects. 

SPEAKER: Heather Venhaus, Principal at Regenerative Environmental Design (Austin, Texas)

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

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE: MBG’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd. 63110

FEE: $30/USGBC-MGC Members and ASLA Members; $45/Non-members

REGISTER: Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the High Performance Urban Ecosystems event listing.

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