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Intro to EcoDistricts

Within the world of green rating systems, LEED provides a model for building-level sustainability, for single-entity controlled community developments, for campuses, and for cities, but it does not have a model for neighborhoods/districts that are undergoing major redevelopment.  EcoDistricts is a way for districts and neighborhoods to guide urban development to empower just, sustainable, and resilient neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods and cities trying to achieve these goals can follow the EcoDistricts’ “Protocol” to take a collaborative, holistic, neighborhood-scale approach to community design to achieve rigorous, meaningful performance outcomes that matter to people and planet.

In addition, EcoDistricts has just released a certification program to recognize those districts that have achieved the goals established through the protocol and an accreditation for people working to create and sustain EcoDistricts.

This session will walk through the EcoDistrict Protocol, provide an introduction to the certification process and introduce the accreditation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify the fundamental goals and principles of an EcoDistrict
  • Explain the main components of the EcoDistricts Protocol
  • Apply basic concepts of an EcoDistrict in order to begin formation of an EcoDistrict
  •  Illustrate the importance of regional sustainability efforts

SPEAKER
Cady Scott Seabaugh, Vice President – Communications & Sustainability, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Cady Seabaugh manages communications across the company and externally with funders, government partners, resident partners and the media. In this role, she oversees public relations, new business development, funding applications, social and new media, and internal communications. In addition, as a LEED Accredited Professional, she assists Project Managers and the Design and Construction team in ensuring that all sustainability goals and performances are met.

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

WHEN
November 12, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBA

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

REGISTER

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It’s What We Do: Creating a Culture Where Sustainable Practices Are the New Normal

Architects, engineers and builders have become increasingly effective at designing and delivering high performance buildings. Now if only we had people who were ready to live and work appropriately in these great buildings! It’s not impossible! Leveraging insights from social science you can influence human behaviors and ultimately you can facilitate a culture where saving energy and reducing waste is “just what people like us do.” Join us for a lively discussion and lots of practical examples of how you can inspire changes that ultimately create a new normal.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate at least three benefits of inspiring building occupants to adopt sustainable practices.
  • Describe at least three strategies for engaging people and be familiar with examples of each strategy in action. 
  • Examine the efficacy of positive reinforcement as an engagement strategy.
  • Identify at least one way to increase engagement in attendees’ own work.

SPEAKER
Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices
Kathy Kuntz is the Executive Director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that inspires individuals, communities and businesses to adopt sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cool Choices collaborates with private businesses and public entities to engage employees around sustainability, promoting changes at work and at home via a fun and online platform. Since 2010 Cool Choices has inspired thousands of individuals in hundreds of organizations to adopt more than half a million sustainable practices. Kathy has led Cool Choices since 2010 and has more than two decades of experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy; she previously led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER

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Designing with Nature: Biophilic Design in LEED, WELL & Living Building Challenge

This interactive workshop with natural elements will provide a personal inspiration to biophilic design. The presenter will then lead a discussion on the impact of biophilia  on three rating standards: LEED V4, WELL and Living Building Challenge. This presentation will explore various projects with compelling connections to Biophilic Design strategies with significant ROI.  Participants will leave with practical resources, tools and tips they can use to embrace this newly emerging field.

Learning Objectives:

  •  Examine Biophilic Design as it relates to building interiors
  •  Discuss the Business Case for integrating Biophilic Design in projects
  •  Explore two case studies of Biophilic Design
  •  Identify Biophilic Design Integration into Pilot Credit LEED v4, WELL and Living Building Challenge

SPEAKER
Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion
Tracy highlights the importance of environmental values throughout Teknion and to the company’s clients, both internal and external. She is member of the USGBC, ILFI, ASID, IIDA, International Living Future Institute Ambassador and an accredited professional (AP) with WELL and LEED AP ID+C. She has been selected to serve as WELL Faculty by IWBI for 2018-2019. Her expertise makes her one of the most comprehensive presenters on the topic of sustainability and environmental wellness. She has presented in over 500 venues throughout North America. Tracy currently holds the leadership role for four of Teknion’s key corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives: Material Health -which through transparency actively promotes the reduction and elimination of harmful chemicals from product; Living Green Educational Series -facilitating and creating content for LEED APs and WELL APs seeking credentialing through CEU programs; Environmental Health and Well-Being- guiding clients through the design process for a healthier and better

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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.

Click here to view a map detailing the location of the WEST entrance to the building.

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

REGISTER

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Biophilic Design: Designing for Health and Increased Performance

In partnership with IIDA-St. Louis ChapterMissouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science-St. Louis.

In the built environment, we can use the emerging field of Biophilic Design to create building interiors that connect people to nature; that are connected to their place and mimic the sensory delights of a hike through the woods; that evoke the emotions we feel when immersed in water, that bring nature’s smells, sounds, colors and textures indoors.

This presentation will explore clear and compelling case studies of built projects that illustrate Biophilic Design strategies have a significant ROI in interior spaces. Participants will leave with practical resources, tools and tips they can use to embrace this newly emerging field.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Examine Biophilic Design as it relates to building interiors
  • Discuss some of the leading reasons to integrate Biophilic Design in projects
  • Explore case studies of Biophilic Design in built projects
  • Identify Biophilic Design benefits by the numbers- data points on ROI

SPEAKER
Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion
Tracy highlights the importance of environmental values throughout Teknion and to the company’s clients, both internal and external. She is member of the USGBC, ILFI, ASID, IIDA, International Living Future Institute Ambassador and an accredited professional (AP) with WELL and LEED AP ID+C. She has been selected to serve as WELL Faculty by IWBI for 2018-2019. Her expertise makes her one of the most comprehensive presenters on the topic of sustainability and environmental wellness. She has presented in over 500 venues throughout North America. Tracy currently holds the leadership role for four of Teknion’s key corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives: Material Health -which through transparency actively promotes the reduction and elimination of harmful chemicals from product; Living Green Educational Series -facilitating and creating content for LEED APs and WELL APs seeking credentialing through CEU programs; Environmental Health and Well-Being- guiding clients through the design process for a healthier and better built environment and CSR Asset Management -turning corporate surplus into community service.

When
September 10, 2019
5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE
Missouri Botanical Garden Ridgway Center (main campus)
4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

FEE
Free for all attendees!

REGISTER

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LEED Zero and 4.1: The LEED We’ve Been Waiting For

With the release of the LEED Zero suite of certifications (Zero Energy, Carbon, Water, and Waste), and with the evolution of LEED v4.1, we may have a series of rating systems that provide market-driving direction to lead the sustainability industry. In addition, LEED Zero finally bridges the gap between a great project (LEED Platinum) and the various definitions of Net Zero Energy (NZE) and Carbon that exist out there, and it creates alternate options for defining a great project (say, LEED Silver + NZE). They will also direct buildings to adopt solutions that are supportive of an electric grid that is taking on more and more renewable energy, and to consider their options for energy procurement, including contracting for meaningful offsite renewable resources. 

This session will review v4.1 (BD+C) along with LEED Zero Energy and Carbon to provide an overview of the various changes, an introduction to the new tools and metrics, and will look at the applicability to a few different project types (e.g. urban high rise versus less dense and non-space constrained). It will also include a discussion and reflection of how well these rating systems capture the current need in the market or whether we should anticipate further changes in the years to come.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify changes in LEED v4.1
  • Examine the definitions and challenges of Net Zero Energy, Water, and Carbon
  • Discuss how LEED v4.1 and LEED Zero work for various project types
  • Learn to love LEED again!

SPEAKER
Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP
Josh is the leader of the Built Ecology team at WSP – WSP’s built environment sustainability group. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of green building, integration of sustainable energy systems, and building and community health, wellness, and resiliency. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients–nationally and internationally–and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics including conference keynote and college commencement addresses. His work has been featured in print and web magazine articles, blogs, and book essays.

Josh has led a variety of complex, multidisciplinary projects in the form of strategic guidance, design assistance, and technical analysis. He has managed built environment and district energy projects pursuing nearly all of the LEED rating systems, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Certification.

Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, and he led that firm from 2006-2017. He also co-founded the advocacy non-profit GreenHomeNYC in New York in 2002. Josh is a former adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, a past co-chair of the ULI Colorado Building Healthy Places committee, a past Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and previously a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE
TBA 

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

REGISTER
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Net Zero Carbon, Water, and Energy + Decarbonizing at the District Level

In partnership with ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter.

District scale projects and campuses lend themselves well for the goals of complete decarbonization and net zero energy and water. Depending on the project type, context, and location, these goals may also represent the best first and lifecycle cost approach. But getting there will involve navigating everything from utility rates, regulations, and connection fees, metering configurations, integrating electric vehicles, district electric and thermal technologies, managing a phasing plan, and managing ongoing operations.

This session will start by reviewing the various definitions of net zero energy and carbon, and Zero Water and One Water, including those developed by the USGBC and ILFI. It will then provide some context in terms of integrating renewables from the built environment into the larger utility mix, addressing duck curves and evolving rate structures. Lastly, it will walk through a step by step process of evaluating district systems, moving towards a decision of onsite technologies and configurations — including financial and incentive analysis, evaluating the potential for onsite storage, and partnering with third party entities where appropriate. It will also include best practices regarding performance management so that the project’s ultimate zero carbon and lowest life cycle cost are realized. This will include reference to 3-4 actual projects around the country in various phases of development.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  •    Review definitions and challenges of Net Zero Energy, Water, and Carbon.
  •    Examine the role of the built environment in transitioning to a 100% clean energy future.
  •    Describe various utility contexts, rate structures and the changes that are taking place in the utility space.
  •  Discuss how to approach district energy and water projects from technical and economic perspectives, and the challenges and opportunities unique to these project types.

SPEAKER
Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP
Josh is the leader of the Built Ecology team at WSP – WSP’s built environment sustainability group. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of green building, integration of sustainable energy systems, and building and community health, wellness, and resiliency. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients–nationally and internationally–and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics including conference keynote and college commencement addresses. His work has been featured in print and web magazine articles, blogs, and book essays.

Josh has led a variety of complex, multidisciplinary projects in the form of strategic guidance, design assistance, and technical analysis. He has managed built environment and district energy projects pursuing nearly all of the LEED rating systems, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Certification.

Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, and he led that firm from 2006-2017. He also co-founded the advocacy non-profit GreenHomeNYC in New York in 2002. Josh is a former adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, a past co-chair of the ULI Colorado Building Healthy Places committee, a past Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and previously a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 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
St. Louis, MO 63103

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, ASHRAE St. Louis Members, and full time students;
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
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THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

Ross & Baruzzini

WSP




Sustainable SITES Review & Case Study

The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) defines what a sustainable site is and elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment. The SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance-based metrics that align land development and management with innovative sustainable design, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials and human health and well-being.

During this seminar, attendees will review local applications of SITES strategies with an emphasis on storm water management.

SPEAKER
Ted Spaid, Partner and Founder, SWT Design
Ted is known around the country for his tacit knowledge of park planning, landscape design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices. His vision and talent is infused in his firm’s practice, ever challenging accepted standards and methodologies. Ted was named ASLA Fellow in 2018 and, in 2012, he was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.

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

WHEN
July 31, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE
TBA

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

REGISTER
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LEED Tour: St. Louis Community College Center for Nursing and Health Sciences

Our Annual Green Building Tour will feature St. Louis Community College’s new Center for Nursing and Health Sciences Facility which is seeking LEED certification under the v4 rating system.

Located on the College’s Forest Park campus, this 96,000 square feet building will serve as a state-of-the-art learning center featuring science laboratories and classrooms, dental clinics, and innovative classrooms spaces.  The Center will serve approximately 900 students in nursing and health sciences programs and will be the first new academic building constructed on the Forest Park campus in nearly 20 years.  The design team (KAI) carefully integrated the old with the new, referencing the existing buildings in masonry detail, while incorporating curtainwall, storefront, metal, and technology to tie past to present.  The design capitalizes on surrounding density and diverse uses, water use reduction, optimization of energy performance, and open space, among other items.  The construction focus is on materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 LEED Specific BD+C GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Brief Remarks & Building Tour

WHERE
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
Center for Nursing and Health Sciences
5600 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

PARKING: Visitors should park on the south asphalt parking lots and walk north toward the building.

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
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Regional Green Building Challenges and Successes – How Can We Improve?

A panel of design, construction, development and business ownership professionals will discuss national and regional green building progress to date, regional success stories and challenges, as well as opportunities to build momentum.

Audience members will be engaged in actively examining how we can learn from today’s successes and challenges to better guide clients towards pursuing best practices in sustainable design and construction.

PANELISTS
Moderator: Dennis Lower, President & CEO at Cortex Innovation Community
Ralph Bicknese, AIA,LEED Fellow,AP BD+C, Principal, hellmuth + bicknese architects
Paul Todd Merrill, PE LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Engineer and Director of Sustainable Construction, Clayco
Cady Scott Seabaugh, Vice President – Communications & Sustainability, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Athanasia Xeros, Global Sustainability Manager, Cushman & Wakefield

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

WHEN
Tuesday, May 14, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
TBA
St. Louis, MO

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
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Green Building Slam

Four projects. Ten minutes each. That’s all there is to it: the Green Building Slam.  We’re shaking things up a bit for year’s Showcase. Keep an eye out – more details on the featured projects will be released soon.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, June 11, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
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This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources