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Check out our 2013 Annual Report!

Every year we make progress towards the goal of ensuring that green building is accessible to all through our outreach, education, collaborations and partnerships. In 2013, we took several big leaps that support our mission of making every building a green building. Through these big leaps,, we have grown and green building has grown! We are pleased to share our 2013 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from 2013 that you can read more about in our annual report:

  • Launched the Green Schools Quest
  • Increased collaborative efforts by working with nearly 40 diverse partner
  • Debuted a new opportunity to discuss complex green building topics with the Technical Committee’s “Tech Talks”
  • Launched 2nd LEED Community Project in partnership with Forest Park Forever

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2013 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2013 Annual Report here.

EBies Celebrate Outstanding Building Performance




Now in its third year, The EBie Awards™ are a national juried competition created by Urban Green Council (USGBC New York) to celebrate measurable performance improvements in Existing Buildings (therefore the EBies) and the people who made them happen.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is delighted to partner with Urban Green and USGBC on promoting the EBies, and hope there will be many submissions from our region.

The EBies recognize the unsung heroes of existing buildings whose accomplishments may otherwise go unheralded – not just building owners, but operators, facilities managers, engineers, retro-commissioning agents, lighting designers, and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work. Complete details can be found at

The EBie submission period is January 8 through March 20, 2014. Winners will be announced LIVE at the EBie Awards on June 9, 2014 in New York City.

Green Schools Quest – applications open for schools & mentors!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter excited to launch a brand new program – the Green Schools Quest, which challenges public and private schools within the Chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.


  • May 1, 2013 – Official launch of the Green Schools Quest
  • August 1, 2013 – Deadline for mentors to apply – see application
  • September 16, 2013 – Deadline for schools to apply – see application
  • October 2012 – March 2014 – Schools & mentors implement projects
  • March 14, 2014 – Conclude the 2013-2014 Quest
  • April 14, 2014 – Winners announced
  • Mid-April-May, 2014 – Awards presented

Learn more on the Green Schools Quest website – or contact the Chapter at or (314) 577-0854 with any questions!

Launch of the Green Schools Quest

Beginning May 1st, USGBC-Missouri Gateway will challenge public and private schools within the Chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.


Participating schools will have the opportunity and flexibility to engage in projects fitting their schools’ unique needs and resources. It is a goal of this overall project for each school project to achieve multiple of the following impacts:

• Reduce carbon footprint

• Lower school operating & maintenance costs

• Conserve our natural resources

• Improve the learning & teaching environment

• Encourage students to think creatively about sustainability

• Promote environmental stewardship in our communities

• Increase facilities indoor air quality

• Energize sustainable curriculum in the school systems

• Encourage the school to be the community epicenter

• Create a generation of environmentally conscious adults

• Engage the business community and building industry to help the students green their schools

Recognition for Outstanding Achievement

• Cash awards for winning teams in each of the following categories: Elementary, Middle and High School

• Trophy for each winning team

• Presentation of checks and trophies at local school board meetings or assemblies

Program Schedule

May 1, 2013 – Official launch of the Green Schools Quest
August 1, 2013 - Deadline for mentors to apply
September 16, 2013 – Deadline for schools to apply
March 14, 2014 – Conclude the 2013-2014 Quest
April 14, 2014 – Winners announced
Mid-April-May, 2014 – Awards presented


Applications will be available beginning May 1.

Additional Resources

100+ Ways to Green Your School – Coming soon

Questions? Contact USGBC- MGC at or (314) 577-0225.

Intro to International Green Construction Code – March 28

AIA-St. Louis, the local International Code Council Chapter and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers present:
An Introduction to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC)

WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 7:30 – 11:30 am

WHERE: Masonry Institute of St. Louis

COST: $10 for members of AIA, SLCCC, ICC or MABOI / $25 for non-members

For more information or to register, download the event flyer.

IgCC is the newest member of the International Construction Code family. It  is the first model code to include sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site — from design through construction and beyond. The new code is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. The International Code Council developed IgCC in partnership with AIA, ASTM International, ASHRAE, USGBC and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

Green Buildings & Green Sites – March 15

Join the Engineers Club of St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Speakers Bureau Volunteers for

Growing Green Buildings & Sites

A half-day how to improve building and site performance, featuring Marc Lopata, Paul Todd Merrill and Lois Sechrist from the USGBC-MO Gateway Speakers Bureau; Jason Peterein from MSD and Steven Ibendahl from the Heartlands Conservancy.

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 7 am – noon

WHERE: The Engineering Center at 4359 Lindell Blvd. (63108)

COST: $50 for Engineers Club or USGBC members; $75 for non-members.

RSVP: Contact Kurt Krispin at Or call 314.533.9333

For more information, download the event flyer.

Active House Open House – March 9

Check out the Active House this Saturday, March 9 at an open house from 10 am – 2 pm. Active House USA, located at 215 Gray Avenue in Webster Groves, MO, takes a holistic approach to sustainable and environmentally conscious home construction and design.

The project uses Active House specifications developed by the Active House Alliance and is seeking certification under four programs: ENERGY STAR, EPA Indoor and Water Sense, Building America Builder’s Challenge, and the National Green Building Standard. In addition, during the first year of occupancy, the University of Missouri will be monitoring the home’s performance to help develop metrics for future Active Houses!

Learn more at

Authenticity & Sustainability – February 2

Join Modern STL on Saturday, February 2nd for Authenticity + Sustainability: Making the Most of Your Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece. Local design and preservation professionals will present on how to retrofit your mid-20th century home to 21st century sustainability standards, and how to utilize available preservation programs to benefit from tax credits and designate your home as historic.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Reilly, LEED AP, Residential Energy Programs Manager, EarthWays Center
  • Neil Chace, Architect, SPACE Architects and Vice President, Modern-STL
  • Michael Allen, Director, Preservation Research Office and President, Modern STL
  • Lindsey Derrington, Architectural Historian, Preservation Research Office and Secretary, Modern STL

WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd, 10am-2pm

WHERE: SPACE Architects, 4168 Manchester, Saint Louis, 63110

COST: $10 for Modern STL members, $15 for non-members. Lunch included.

Please RSVP to Nathan Wilber at by January 31st – seating is limited!

Learn more at


Greening the Heartland Call for Proposals – Due February 8

Greening the Heartland will celebrate its 10-Year Anniversary in Chicago in 2013. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Midwest regional conference, Greening the Heartland 2013 will present four days of education and networking opportunities in cooperation with BUILDINGChicago on September 9 – 12.

The conference Advisory Committee is now accepting proposals for presenters and topics. All proposals must be submitted online by February 8, 2013. Learn more here.

This year’s conference aims to encourage robust discussion of how the Heartland’s building industry is evolving to embed resilience into its solutions for the built environment as focused in the topic following topic areas: Health & Environmental Quality, High Performance Buildings & Building Science, Design for Resilience, Green Technologies & Materials, Natural Capitalism, Sustainable Community & Campus, Process, and more.

Visit the conference website at


New Category Added to EBie Awards!

The EBie Awards are a nationwide juried competition created by the Urban Green Council, USGBC New York . The awards celebrate people working in Existing Buildings, recognizing “unsung heroes” who have made great strides in improving environmental performance but whose accomplishments may otherwise go unheralded – not just building owners, but building operators, auditors, commissioning agents, lighting designers, plumbing engineers, and others. Unlike other awards, the EBies are based on measurable improvements in performance.

New this year is ann award for those people who work in multiple buildings: All Together Now, which recognizes the most improved portfolio across multiple sustainability categories, including water, waste management, stormwater, materials use, indoor environmental quality, and tenant engagement. Other categories include

  • The All-Arounder
  • Shine a Light on Me
  • The Reformed Drinker
  • The Smooth Operator
  • It Takes a Village
  • The Reformed Gas Guzzler
  • Verdant Brainiac

Deadline for submitting nominations is February 26, 2013. Learn more at