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


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 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.


  • 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.

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

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

Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
2319 Chouteau, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63103

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

Click here to register online!


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. 


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

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

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

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

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

TBA in St. Louis

$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

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.

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.

ActOnEnergy BizSavers Program at St. Louis Regional Chamber

Learn how your business can SAVE ENERGY and RECEIVE CASH INCENTIVES by improving energy efficiency through Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy BizSavers program.

At this seminar you will learn:
• Which energy efficiency improvements are right for your business;
• How to receive cash incentives from Ameren Missouri for energy efficiency improvements;
• How to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Ameren Missouri Pure Power.


July 29, 2014: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

St. Louis Regional Chamber
One Metropolitan Square
211 N. Broadway
Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102

Free to all!

Click here to register online

Contact Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy BizSavers program