LEED Community Project

Be a part of the LEED Community Project and help make EVERY building a GREEN building!

The LEED Community Project aims to assist other non-profits interested in greening their buildings by seeking certification using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance or another appropriate LEED Green Building Rating System. The non-profit participant gets a healthier, more environmentally and fiscally responsible building while volunteers gain experience working on a LEED project.

Are you a non-profit that would like assistance greening your building using LEED EB: O&M in a future LEED Community Project? Apply here.

The LEED Community Project began as a pilot in October 2011. Over 20 volunteers worked with the Missouri Botanical Garden to certify the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education – where the Chapter offices are headquartered. The pilot was generously supported by a Wells Fargo Green Team Grant.  The Commerce Bank Center for Science Education achieved LEED Silver certification in December 2012.

2014 LEED Community Project:
Forest Park Visitor & Education Center

Forest Park Forever and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter partnered to pursue LEED certification of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park!

Over the course of the project, 30 volunteers served over 500 hours researching LEED requirements, drafting and finalizing 10 LEED policies, and gathering extensive building data during a 3 month performance period.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Earn Continuing Education for your LEED Professional Credential
  • Earn eligibility to apply for a LEED AP Exam
  • Help a treasured cultural institution green their building operations
  • Help the USGBC- Missouri Gateway as we work to make every building a green building

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member or a participant in the RCGA St. Louis Green Business Challenge.
  • Basic knowledge of LEED EB:O&M (see resources below)
  • Attend project meetings
  • Participate through entirety of project, taking responsibility for at least one LEED credit, and attending monthly check-in meetings.

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:O&M) Resources

Questions? Contact Johanna Schweiss at (314) 577-0884 for more information.