Emerging Professionals

December Energy Care

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals are recent graduates, young professionals and those new to the green building industry. EPs get together each month to network, share experiences and give back to the community.

Emerging Professionals are eligible for the discounted $35 Emerging Professionals level membership. Join today and get involved in all the EPs have going on!

Sign up to receive EP emails online here, and plan to join the Emerging Professionals at an upcoming event!

2019 EP Events

August – Happy Hour – 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Join the Emerging Professionals for a happy hour in August! Get to know others passionate about green building and sustainability while enjoying a refreshment from this 5 Star Green Dining Alliance Certified establishment!

WHEN
Thursday, August 29, 5:00-6:30

WHERE
Four Hands Brewing Company
1220 S 8th St
St. Louis, MO 63104

September – Plogging Run

Saturday September 28, 9:00 am 

Join the Emerging Professionals for their first “plogging” run. In this fitness trend (a combination of the words “jogging” and “plucking”), joggers grab gloves and plastic bags and gather trash as they go.

Volunteers will meet at the Mary Meachum Freedom Center on Great Rivers Greenway’s Riverfront Trail for a safety briefing, and jog North along the trail. They will turn around after approximately a mile and a half and “plog” back to the starting point, picking up litter on their way back. The suggested total distance is approximately a 5K (3.1 miles), though volunteers may run (or walk) as long or short as they’d like. All speeds are welcome!

Water and snacks will be provided.

WHEN
Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

WHERE
Mary Meachum Visitor Center, St. Louis Riverfront Trail

28 E. Grand Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63147

ACCESS & PARKING INSTRUCTIONS
Attendees will park at the Mary Meachum Center. To access, head east on E. Prairie St. past ADM and across the train tracks. drive through the floodwall gate and will make a right on the paved trail. The Mary Meachum Freedom Center is about 400 yards down the trail on the left side. See this map for driving directions.

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October – Careers in Sustainability Networking Session

Tuesday, October 8, 5:00 – 5:30 pm 

Join us for a special networking session from 5:00-5:30 pm before the October Program to connect with professionals active in green building and sustainability. Participants will rotate in groups between the sustainability professionals to discuss their career path and involvement in sustainability. Full time students and emerging professionals can attend the networking session and program free of charge, register online here.

WHEN
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:00-5:30 pm – Careers in Sustainability Networking Session
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation – It’s What We Do: Creating a Culture Where Sustainable Practices Are the New Normal

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

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Tour of National Great Rivers Research & Education Center, Lunch at Old Bakery Brewing Company

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Emerging Professionals invite you to join them for a tour of the National Great Rivers Research & Education Center (NGRREC), followed by lunch at Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois.

Jerry F. Costello National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Confluence Field Station

Jerry F. Costello National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Confluence Field Station

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC), a division of Lewis and Clark Community College, is dedicated to the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in Alton, Illinois, serves as a model of green construction, with minimal environmental impact, integrated renewable energy systems, and internal recycling systems. The center earned LEED Gold Certification in 2015. The tour will highlight the building’s sustainable features and NGRREC’s research. You can learn more about the building here.

Following the tour, the group will stop for lunch at Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton Illinois (open to all ages). All Old Bakery beer is USDA Certified Organic, and the brewery and restaurant incorporate many other sustainable practices like sourcing local food, composting food waste, and prioritizing energy efficiency in the design and construction of the Brewery. You can learn more on their website here.

Attendees are encouraged to carpool, but can meet the group at NGGREC for the tour at 10:30 am if they prefer. Those interested in carpooling will meet at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Overflow Lot Vandeventer on the NorthWEST corner of Vandeventer and Shaw Blvd to carpool to Alton, Illinois.

WHEN

Saturday, November 9, 9:30 am
We will depart by 9:45 am, and anticipate being back in St. Louis by 2 pm

AGENDA

  • 9:30 am: Meet and Depart in St. Louis
  • 9:45 am: Travel to National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in Alton, IL
  • 10:30 am: Tour of National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch at Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, IL, travel back to St. Louis. We anticipate being back in St. Louis by 2 pm

WHERE
Those carpooling will park & depart from the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Overflow Lot on the NorthWEST corner of Vandeventer and Shaw (#2 on this map, and on google maps here)

The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center is located at One Confluence Way, East Alton, IL 62024 (map)

Old Bakery Brewing Company is located at 400 Landmarks Blvd, Alton IL, 62202 (map)

FEE
This event is free. Attendees will purchase their own lunch, and are encouraged to bring $5 cash to contribute to carpool drivers.

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Past Service Projects and Events

Tour of Missouri S&T’s Solar Village

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In 2018, Emerging Professionals met in St. Louis and carpooled to Rolla, Missouri for a tour of Missouri University of Science and Technology Solar Village which features several homes designed and built for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.


 

Weatherization with Energy Care

December Energy Care

For the past several years, Emerging Professionals have spent a Saturday in December weatherizing with EnergyCare. This St. Louis area non profit works to protect low-income, homebound people—especially the elderly, and seriously ill or physically disabled adults and children—from illness, hospitalization or death from summer heat or winter cold. Weatherization improves comfort, and reduces energy consumption, and the associated energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Three cheers to our Emerging Professionals for their hard work!


Material Reuse Station at EarthDance Farms

img_3572On Saturday August 13, 2016 USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals gathered at EarthDance Organic Farm School. Our EPs had worked throughout the summer to design a materials reuse station for the farm and that morning they got to work constructing it!

The farm had an abundance of materials that could be reused, but prior to the service day they were jumbled and unorganized. After a day of hard work, the Emerging Professionals left the farm with a station to sort and protect resources for future use. Three cheers for their ingenuity, hard work and service!


 Little Free Libraries for Ford Elementary

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In 2015, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals spent Green Apple Day of Service at Perennial constructing 3 Little Free Libraries out of reclaimed materials.

The Libraries were headed to the hallways of Ford Elementary, a St. Louis Public school in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. Emerging Professionals then collecting children’s books to stock these libraries.