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Winners of the 2019-20 Green Schools Quest

The Green Schools Quest is an annual project-based challenge to PreK-12 schools to implement creative, effective and low-cost sustainable practices at their schools with the help of a Green Mentor.

68 school and mentor teams participated during the 2019-20 school year, and 44 of these schools submitted materials detailing their work to be reviewed by a panel of impartial judges utilizing this scoring rubric.

While we were not able to join together for our annual culminating event, we’re excited to celebrate participants and projects virtually! New highlights and insights are being posted each day during the week of May 18.

Announcing the 2020-21 Focus of the Year: Health & Wellness

The actions of individuals, organizations, and communities affect not only the planet, but also human health. Green Schools can be powerful promoters of health and well-being. Improving health and wellness addresses physical, emotional, and social issues students and their communities may be facing.

In this video, we’ll introduce you to the 2020-21 focus of Health & Wellness along with project ideas and resources.

Hear from School Leads on Why They Engage

Each school is required to have one adult leader from within their school to sponsor their team – this could be a teacher, administrator, or parent.

School Leads facilitate student engagement, collaborate with the mentor and determine how to best plug him/her into the project, integrate the project into school curriculum and culture, and lead the behind the scenes coordination that supports the project’s success.

In this video, a handful of School Leads share why they feel participating in the Green Schools Quest is valuable for their schools and students . . .

Mentors Share Their Experience

Mentors play an important role in the Green Schools Quest, each contributing guidance and resources that address the unique needs of their school team and project.

In this video, you’ll hear directly from mentors on how they plugged into their schools’ projects and why they feel the mentorship role is such an important piece of the Green Schools Quest.

Student Interviews

In this video, students reflect upon their experience engaging in a Green Schools Quest project this year.

– What did you learn?
– What did you enjoy about your project?
– Who helped you?
– What are you going to do now?

Project Focus & Collective Impact

This video highlights the diverse range of projects that took place and their collective impact. Included are clips from digital presentations the school / mentor teams prepared. 

2019-20 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019-20 Green Schools Quest! View this video to learn more about each of their projects.

Elementary School Category

1st Place:
A Green Wave of Change,
Crestwood Elementary (Lindbergh)

2nd Place:
Transportation Pollution Solution,
St. Margaret of Scotland

3rd Place:
Brown School Waste Warriors,
Brown Elementary (Hazelwood)

Middle School Category

1st Place:
RMS Earthletes Make Long-Lasting Change,
Rogers Middle School (Affton)

2nd Place:
Making a Difference in Our School,
The St. Michael School of Clayton

3rd Place:
Cafeteria Waste Reduction,
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School

High School Category

1st Place:
Impact Challenge,
Principia Upper School

2nd Place:
‘Not I, but We’ Environmental Justice,
St. Joseph’s Academy

3rd Place:
Reintroducing Recycling: Students Reduce Cafeteria Waste,
Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Spotlight Awards

Rookie of the Year:
KIPP Victory Garden,
KIPP Victory Academy

Sustainability Champion:

Bye, Bye Bags,
W.W. Keysor Elementary (Kirkwood)

Focus of the Year – Environmental Justice:

SLPS Can’t Afford Styrofoam Anymore,
Bryan Hill Elementary & Columbia Elementary (St. Louis Public School District)

Judges’ Choice:

Green Team,
Truman Elementary (Meramec Valley R-III)

Innovation:

Going Beyond,
Sunrise R-IX Elementary

2019-20 Participants & Projects

Kudos to all of the participating schools and mentors. Each and every one has taken significant action towards creating greener, healthier learning environments and positively impacted their communities!

Help us celebrate the accomplishments of participants the week of May 18. Stay tuned for more information and insight to be release each day,  including a summary document highlighting all submissions received and digital messages that will be shared at 10am daily:

  • Project Focuses & Collective Impact – May 18
  • Student Interviews About Their Work – May 19
  • Mentors Share Their GSQ Experiences – May 20
  • Hear from School Leads on Why They Engage – May 21
  • Announcing the 2020-21 Focus of the Year – May 22




Kickoff the Virtual St. Louis Earth Day Festival THIS SUNDAY, April 19th with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Kickoff the Virtual St. Louis Earth Day Festival THIS SUNDAY, April 19th with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

We, the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter would like you, your family, your co-workers, neighbors, distant friends, and anyone you can forward this link to, to JOIN US in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Worldwide! We will be hosting TWO virtual events this Sunday, April 19th, 2020. Come visit our “booth” at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival and learn about the Earth Day Ecochallenge or take a virtual green building tour.

Will You Join Us for a Brown Bag Lunch with our St. Louis Goes Green! Ecochallenge Team?

We are kicking off our renowned St. Louis Earth Day Festival, virtually, this Sunday, April 19th @ 12pm via earthday-365.org/coming-soon/

Join us for an Earth Day Ecochallenge – BROWN BAG LUNCH- with the St. Louis Goes Green! Team

WHEN: this Sunday, April 19th @ 12 pm CST 


WHERE: Online! Via Zoom
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJModOuspjMsG93ZgjaLhoLs7l0fI_LlMiyz
Meeting ID: 975-3248-8619
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Or simply visit earthday-365.org/coming-soon/ @ 11:40 AM and get access to our virtual Earth Day Ecochallenge – BROWN BAG LUNCH – with the St. Louis Goes Green! Team


WHAT: This Brown Bag Lunch is for anyone interested in learning more about the Earth Day Ecochallenge! We are inviting team members of the St. Louis Goes Green! team to join and continue to share challenges and successes with the Actions and Challenges they’ve committed to this April and how they’ve made progress in creating a better shared future. Let’s get together for lunch, meet one another, enjoy an eco-conversation, and encourage others to learn more and join our Ecochallenge team! We couldn’t be ranked 12th worldwide if it wasn’t for individuals like YOU interested and making a positive impact every day. Think we could be #1 by April 30th, 2020?? Let’s find out together. #stlouisgoesgreen

Join our St. Louis Goes Green! Ecochallenge Team TODAY!

Looking for Something More LEED Specific and Related to Your Green Building Industry?

Join us, virtually, as we kickoff the St. Louis Earth Day Festival this Sunday, April 19th @ 1:30 pm via earthday-365.org/coming-soon/

Join us for a Virtual Green Building Tour of Alberici Headquarters in St. Louis

WHEN: this Sunday, April 19th @ 12 pm CST 


WHERE: Online! Via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on the link below
https://zoom.us/j/93996903123?pwd=bnliVVJwMUQwNFh3bm9HaGlLWmxZdz09
Meeting ID: 939 9690 3123
Password: 202050


WHAT: Has the wind turbine and prairie landscape surrounding the Alberici building near I-170 and Page caught your eye? Take a virtual tour – through the building and through time – exploring the transformation of a structure that previously served as a manufacturing plant into an environmentally responsible, healthy and beautiful office building certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005 as the highest rated LEED Platinum building in the world. Presented by: John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect. John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, was a design principal and partner with Mackey Mitchell Architects when he designed the Alberici Corporate Headquarters. Since 2009 he has practiced independently as John C. Guenther Architect LLC. #greenbuildingsarebetter

Become a member of our U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter TODAY!

WILL YOU JOIN US? Tune in THIS Sunday, April 19th at 12 PM or 1:30 PM to help us kickoff the 2020 Virtual St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Go where the WiFi takes you and join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Worldwide! Whether you get inspired to plant a tree on April 22, 2020 like the Nixon’s did in honor of the first Earth Day in 1970, or learn different solutions to reducing waste or more ways to get outside, or even that building the world’s highest rated LEED Platinum green building is possible, we appreciate you taking the time to celebrate Earth Day with us and contributing to the promotion of environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to live, work, and learn. Thank you and happy Earth Day!




Save the Date for Greenbuild 2018: USGBC-MGC Can Claim Complimentory Pass

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The annual Greenbuild Expo will be held in Chicago this November 14-16. The event, the world’s largest expo for green buildings, is right in our backyard, and USGBC-MGC members can even claim a complimentary discount code. Greenbuild is the face-to-face experience for sustainability in the built environment. It features inspiring educational opportunities, plus the products and technology you need to become even more sustainable. Upon returning to the field or office, you will be equipped with new knowledge, best practices, and inspiration to continue promoting building green. This is an excellent chance to combine knowledge from your field with preeminent building standards; resources at the expo will allow your ideas to become practice.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members have an exclusive discount code to explore the Expo Hall at Greenbuild 2018, happening November 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois. Contact johanna.schweiss@mobot.org to receive the discount code.




Case Studies in Distributed Energy Systems

In partnership with ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter.

Click here to view Graham’s presentation (PDF).
Click here to view a list of program attendees (PDF).

Distributed Energy Systems (DES) is a term which encompasses a diverse array of generation, storage, energy monitoring and control solutions. DES technologies represent a paradigm shift and offer building owners and energy consumers significant opportunities to reduce cost, improve reliability and secure additional revenue through on‐site generation and dynamic load management.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss the difference between centralized, unidirectional grid vs. distributed energy and bidirectional energy balancing
  • Define Distributed Energy Systems, including their general capabilities and components
  • Identify how Distributed Energy Systems might be applied to a variety of settings, including campus, industrial and commercial environments
  • Explore the impact of Distributed Energy Systems on wider energy ecosystems
  • Examine several case studies of Distributed Energy System applications

graham morinSPEAKER
Graham Morin, Distributed Energy Systems Specialist, Siemens
Graham has over 20 years of experience delivering energy management and efficiency solutions to industrial, institutional and utility clients.  Most recently he has been involved in the commercialization of battery energy storage technologies for use by utilities and large end-users of electricity to stabilize the electric grid, improve the economics of power delivery and/or improve power quality across the grid.  Graham is experienced in many different forms of distributed generation and the economic drivers that lead to their deployment.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 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
Click here to register online!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

CxE Group

Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Tom Miller

Tom Miller The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Tom Miller of Energy Resources Group.

 

Tom volunteered at numerous hands-on Benchmarking Jams in 2017. He put his benchmarking and energy efficiency expertise to good use helping building owners and managers use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, understand the results they got from the tool, and consider their next steps for improving building performance.

 

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the energy used by buildings in the United States is responsible for almost 40% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. Locally, we see an even bigger impact. In 2015, buildings accounted for 77% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the City of St. Louis (2015 GHG Inventory).

 

Given their contributions to regional and national greenhouse gas emissions, buildings have a significant role to play in the urgent challenge of climate climate change. Benchmarking is a crucial first step for building owners and managers looking to reduce their costs and their environmental impacts.

 

Volunteers like Tom are a critical part of our work to support all buildings move forward with energy efficiency. Thank you Tom!




2018 Benchmarking Training

Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter. 

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On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at stlbenchmarking.com.

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners are co-hosting the following opportunities to learn how to comply.

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The events below are free to all, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Benchmarking 101

An overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis.

Wednesday, January 24, 12:00-1:30 pm – lunch provided
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 01.24.18

Thursday, February 8, 12:00-1:30 pm  – lunch provided
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 02.08.18

Thursday, March 1, 3:30-5:00 pm
Missouri History Museum, AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63112
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 03.01.18

Benchmarking Jam

Get hands-on assistance with energy and water benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Visit event page for full list of needed information.

Volunteers will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Volunteers can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category. To participate, select “Benchmarking Volunteer” when registering. 

Thursday, February 1, 3:00-5:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

Wednesday, March 14, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Metropolitan Square, 9th Floor Conference Room
211 North Broadway, Suite 990, St. Louis MO 63102

NEW: Drop-In Benchmarking Help Sessions

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis are holding several drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions. Attendees will receive hands-on help to benchmark their energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report data to the City of St. Louis.

These events are free to all, but registration is requested. Attendees may drop in at any point during the help session. Attendees should bring a laptop and needed building information

All help sessions will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.

 




USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Seeks Intern

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks an energetic and skilled part-time intern with a wide range of administrative, organizational, and technical skills to assist with general Chapter operations. The internship position will report to the Education & Green Schools Coordinator and support the activities of the Chapter’s volunteer-led committees.

A job description and internship details are available online here. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume, with references to: Hope Gribble, Education and Green Schools Manager




Comment Period Now Open for 2016 Board Nominees

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has three (3) board of director seats open beginning in 2016. We collected nominations through August 17 and are pleased to announce the following nominees being considered:

  • Steve O’Rourke, NABCEP PVTS – Microgrid Energy
  • Richard Schuessler – Huntleigh McGehee
  • Thomas Taylor, LEED AP BD+C, GSAS-CGP – Vertegy

In place of elections, our Governance Committee is seeking constructive feedback from USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members. The Committee will collect feedback and integrate it with the board eligibility requirements and a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board.

Chapter members can learn more about each candidate and share input via this on-line form during the comment period from Monday, August 24 through Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

For more information, including election Guidelines and Board Job Descriptions, please visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter website.




4th Annual Photo Contest submission deadline extended!

2015 PHOTO CONTEST extendedThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Marketing Committee invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Photo Contest! For the first time, photographers are invited to share images around a theme – from recycling to upcycling.

The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (territory map). The deadline has been extended until September 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm. 

First, Second and Third Prizes will include restaurant gift cards, prints of the winning photos, a free year of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership, and more!

To submit your photo, check out the photo contest rules, then email it (in jpg form) to usgbcmogatewayphoto@gmail.com




Hangry? Find the Cure at the Green Dining Alliance Crawl!

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

By Allison Macon, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Programs Committee

We’ve all been there.  It’s that moment – perhaps it’s after work, during work, could be any time really- when you need to EAT.  It can sneak up on you. You’re being a perfectly nice and happy person and then you’re “Hangry.” That’s “Angry” plus “hungry,” folks, a bad combo in my opinion. Particularly nasty when it’s early on in the summer and your home grown tomatoes have yet to flourish and you ate all of those beautiful radishes you planted in early spring. And the morels you hunted and gathered?  All eaten.  “Why did I bother sharing those?” you’re thinking.

You’re basically dying and you need a SNACK.

Added to the stress of your situation, you ask your friend or significant other, “Where should we eat?”  And they respond, “I don’t know.”  Or maybe even, “I don’t care.” YOU DON’T CARE?! A fit of rage is upon you and it’s beginning to look like someone’s sleeping on the couch…

BUT WAIT!  You’ve got options.  The Green Dining Alliance has been certifying restaurants in St. Louis to ensure you can dine out without compromising the environment or your stomach.

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA), an initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, is a restaurant sustainability certification program that works with restaurants to reduce their environmental impact by completing an on-site audit that evaluates all areas of operations.  St. Louis has a lot of these restaurants! In fact, Maplewood’s Special Business District has been named the nation’s 1st Green Dining District.

On Tuesday, June 9th from 5-7:30pm, the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter, the Green Dining Alliance and Maplewood Special Business District are partnering to offer a Green Dining District Crawl.  Check out Maplewood’s green dining district while having a drink and samples provided by participating GDA restaurants.

The evening will begin at with a brief presentation about GDA certification at Schlafly Bottleworks. Attendees will enjoy a free drink from Schlafly and then crawl to restaurants within the district.  The event is open to the public and $20, $10 for USGBC-MO Gateway members. Learn more and register for the Crawl today!

Green Dining Crawl - June 9