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Benchmarking Blitz

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 October 27 Benchmarking Blitz! 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.
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building.  You will need the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee. Attendees that register by October 20 can receive assistance collecting this data from Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas.
  • The building gross floor area
  • Key operating characteristics for each major space type.
    __ Gross floor area (SF)__ Hours of operation per week__ # of personal computers__ Presence of cooking facilities – yes or no__ # of commercial refrigeration/freezer units

Tuesday, October 27, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Come early to join the Sierra Club and allies in support of energy efficiency in St. Louis County! Enjoy a tour of Missouri’s first LEED certified brewery – Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall. Event starts at 1:30 pm, tour begins at 2:00 pm

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE: Free to all. Please pre-register.

REGISTER: Click here to register.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0854.

Call for Proposals: 2016 Educational Programs

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours. We are particularly seeking in-depth workshops – extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals’ existing knowledge.

Call for Proposals Issued August 5, 2015.
Proposals due by Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 6, 2015.

Preferred topics include:

  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • LEED v4
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Costs & Benefits

Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices!



Check out our 2014 Annual Report!









We believe that everyone deserves to live, work and learn in a green and healthy building. Our volunteers and staff work to advance the quality of life in our region – educating about green building, advocating for healthier environments, and establishing partnerships to improve our built environment. Every year, we make progress towards the goal of transforming the built environment. And 2014 was no exception. We are excited to share our 2014 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from last year:

  • 180 volunteers contributed over 3,500 hours to our mission!
  • Wrapped up the inaugural Green Schools Quest. 24 school / mentor teams had nearly 3,000 staff & student participants and reached over 15,000 students, staff and community members! The second round of the Quest (2014-2015) paired 38 schools with 40 mentors.
  • Launched the 25 x 2o Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative, and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light.
  • 30 Chapter Volunteers completed our 2nd LEED Community Project, giving over 550 hours to the greening of the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center in Forest Park.
  • Awarded 10 complimentary energy audits for congregations in partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light.

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2014 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2014 Annual Report as a PDF or as an online magazine.

Make a Bigger Difference: Environmental Action for Your Life, Your Community, and Your House of Worship

Join the Jewish Environmental Initiative (a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council), Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a discussion on making a difference by greening your life, your community, and your house of worship.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Don Corrigan, Professor of Media Law, Global and Environmental Journalism at Webster University and author of Environmental Missouri.

The Keynote address will be followed by two breakout sessions: Greening Your House of Worship: You’ve Started Recycling, Now What? and Greening Your Life & Community: Being Green Outside Your Home.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm – Registration & Networking
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Program

WHERE: The Ethical Society of Saint Louis
9001 Clayton Road,
Saint Louis, MO 63117 (map)


REGISTER: Online Registration is now closed. In-person registration will be available at the event. 

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.


This event is supported by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.

LEED v4 Series

LEED v4 title slideThe LEED rating system continuously improves, guiding the market towards more environmentally sustainable strategies and decisions, and responding to continuous advances in technology. This is accomplished in a number of ways through changes to the rating system requirements.

The LEED v4 update included changes to most credits in the system, and has engaged stakeholders from all parts of the green building industry. It will have the biggest impact on CO2 emissions of any rating system developed by USGBC and it takes an unprecedented stand on human health. LEED v4 changes the way project teams think, integrate, plan, execute, and operate their buildings.

USGBC-MGC is pleased to offer a presentation series which will explore each credit category within the LEED v4 rating system. The LEED v4 series will take place from noon to 1:30 pm on Wednesdays July 29 – Aug 26, and be presented by members of the USGBC-MGC Speakers Bureau. Attend one or all.

12:00-1:30pm on the following dates:

July 29, 2015 –Location & Transportation, Sustainable Sites
Speakers: Dan Hellmuth, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects & Rob Maltby, Greenstreet Development

Click here to see a list of attendees for the SS & LT session.

August 5, 2015 – Water Efficiency
Speaker: Lindsey Evans, PGAV, Inc 

Click here to see a list of attendees for the WE session.

August 12, 2015 – Indoor Environmental Quality
Speaker: Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco

Click here to see a list of attendees for the IEQ session.

August 19, 2015 – Materials & Resources
Speaker: JoAnn Brookes, Kromm Rikimaru & Johansen Inc

Click here to see a list of attendees for the MR session.

August 26, 2015 – Energy & Atmosphere
Speaker: Nick Bristow, Forum Studio

Click here to see a list of attendees for the EA session.

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

Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

Each seminar offers 1.5 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and 1.5 AIA/CES LU (HSW/SD)

The LEED v4 Users Guide will be referred to throughout the series. This e-book offers charts detailing changes from LEED 2009 to LEED v4 and outlines a Credit-by-Credit summary of changes from 2009. Click here to view the LEED v4 Users Guide e-book!

Per session: $15/USGBC-MGC Members; $20/Non-members
Entire series: $60/USGBC-MGC Members; $80/Non-members

Click here to register for the ENTIRE SERIES.
Click on the session titles above to register for individual sessions.

This program is supported in part by the 

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District 

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Local Government Green Team Meet-Up

The USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter is providing an opportunity for local government green teams to share best practices and learn from one another!

Plan to join us for the Local Government Green Team Meet Up on June 20 at the Green Homes Festival. This year the Festival has a NEW location- the Butterfly House and Faust Park!

GH Logo 2015 FINAL

– Schedule of Events –
Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00 to 9:15 am
Registration & Networking

9:15 to 10:15 am
Sharing of Best Practices

10:15 to 10:30 am
Networking & Adjourn to Festival – Open until 4 pm!

– NEW Location –
Butterfly House & Faust Park
15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield Mo. 63017

  – Fee –

Attendance to the Green Homes Festival is also free.

– RSVP –
Please RSVP by clicking here.
Have an experience you’d like to share with the group? Include it in the “any special topic you’d like to address?” box when you RSVP!

Emerging Professionals Event: EarthDance Farm Tour & Happy Hour

EarthDance FarmsJoin the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Emerging Professionals for a tour of EarthDance Farm, the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi. EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Complimentary beer generously provided by Ferguson Brewing Company!

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 pm

EarthDance Farm, 233 S. Dade Avenue, Ferguson, MO 63135 (map).

Interested in carpooling to EarthDance from the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Office or from Downtown St. Louis? Register online via the link below for more information.

Click here to register online.


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: Online registration is now closed. Attendees may register in person at the event.

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

Materials Specification Considerations and LEED v4

Click here to view a PDF of the presentation.
Click here to view a list of attendees.

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. 

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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

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

Click here to register online.

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


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