Transforming the built environment into something greener is no easy task. It takes a lot of talent, collaboration and innovative ideas…so join us!

Volunteer benefits include:

  • Contribute to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s work to make every building a green building!
  • Earn 1 GBCI Continuing Education hour per hour of volunteer work for up to 50% of total CE hours. Hours must be self reported.
  • Attend exclusive volunteers-only professional development trainings
  • Build relationships with fellow Chapter volunteers
  • Earn recognition through the Above + Beyond Volunteer program

Volunteers are required to maintain current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership. Click here to join or renew.

Chapter Committees

Promoting, collaborating, recruiting, educating…working committees are the lifeblood of the Missouri Gateway Chapter. Visit our Committee page to learn more.

To join a committee, contact the committee chair or Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Johanna Schweiss, (314) 577-0884.

Advocacy Committee

Chair: Eric Schneider, Debenrache Consulting LLC
: 1st Wednesday, 12:00 -1:00 pm,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway office

  • Develop the 25 by 20 Voluntary Benchmarking Campaign
  • Support non-profits and community groups to green their building operations using USGBC’s ADVANCE platform
  • Maintain partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and support houses of worship to benchmark their building energy use
  • Oversee the Chapter’s Sustainable Project Assistance Program
  • Manage the Speakers Bureau

Education Committee

2019 – 20 chair: Brandon Verhoff, Caleres
Meets: 1st Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at USGBC-Missouri Gateway office

  • Establishes the yearly education schedule including monthly evening programs, in-depth seminars, tech talks and the new Continuing Education Blitz

Green Schools Committee

2019 – 20 chair: Michael Merritt, Saint Louis Lighting Group
Meets: 4th Wednesday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway office

  • Outreach to school districts
  • Provide Green Schools Presentations
  • Coordinate Green Schools Events
  • Manage the Green Schools Quest

Higher Education and Emerging Professionals Committee

2019 – 20 chair: Julie Villa, Ittner Architects
: 3rd Thursday, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Locations vary, check with committee chair for schedule

  • Works to engage and welcome current students, recent graduates and young professionals to hte Chapter
  • Collaborate with the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium
  • Oversee the Green Shadow Mentorship Program
  • Create community-building opportunities for students and Emerging Professionals, such as happy hours and green building tours.
  • Promote the adoption of LEED Certification by area campuses for new construction and substantial renovations

International Living Future Institute (ILFI) – St. Louis Collaborative

Chair: Lance McOlgan, BATESFORUM
Meets: Meeting dates/times vary. Contact chair to get involved.
Activities: The International Living Future Institute is the creator of a number of forward-thinking certifications and initiatives related to the built environment – including the Living Building ChallengeDeclare Label, and JUST program.  All of these programs are rooted in ILFI’s mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. USGBC-MGC is excited to house the ILFI-St. Louis Region Collaborative.

Membership & Marketing Committee

2019 – 20 chair: Craig Webster, BR+A
Meets: 1st Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:00 am,
Contact chair to confirm location.

  • Develop and Implement Member Recruitment, Member Retention, and Brand Awareness Strategies
  • Organize Biannual New Member Welcome Events
  • Implement Marketing Projects
  • Manage Green Building Experts Program

Community Build

The  Chapter’s Community Build Program contains many projects, all with the goal of making green buildings and green building education accessible to all. There are many ways to participate in our Community Build Program, including:

Click here to learn more about the Community Build Program

Benchmarking Mentor

Support building owners and manager to benchmark their energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, comply with the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, and pursue energy efficiency improvements.

Interested volunteers should refer to the resources below, then register to volunteer at a Benchmarking Training or contact Chapter staff to be added to the list of interested volunteer.

Benchmarking Resources for Benchmarking Volunteers

Questions? Contact Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Johanna Schweiss, (314) 577-0884.