Date Posted: October 3rd, 2016
Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Below ground level, improved soils store and filter stormwater, allowing the surrounding area to slowly absorb it over time. Above ground level, native plants, basins, and water features create public green spaces that also help store water. Used effectively, rainscaping can reclaim stormwater naturally, reduce sewer overflows, and minimize basement backups.
The Rainscaping program of MSD Project Clear has announced the fifth round of a rainscaping cost-sharing opportunity. MSD seeks to continue to build partnerships with municipalities, local government agencies, schools, community development organizations, and private developers through the Rainscaping Large Scale Grants Program.
Visit the Project Clear Website for the rules and requirements for partnering with MSD Project Clear, an application form, and a map showing the program area for the Rainscaping projects. Please note that the application deadline for the 2016 round of Rainscaping Large Scale Grants is 5:00pm on October 31, 2016.
Date Posted: August 24th, 2016
We are excited to share our 2015 Annual Report with you! Each year, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter makes progress towards our goal of transforming the built environment. 2015 was no exception, as we continued to provide high quality educational events, celebrated another successful Green Schools Quest, expanded our community offerings, and much more!
- We provide opportunities for people who care about green building to connect and learn! In 2015, over 30 unique educational events, representing 100 hours of continuing education, reached over 1500 individuals.
- WHERE WE LEARN MATTERS! Over 25% of Americans attend school every day. We are helping to make their spaces greener and healthier for learning and teaching through the Green Schools Quest. 4,000 Green Schools Quest participants in 38 School / Mentor teams impacted over 30,000 individuals with their sustainability projects during the 2014-15 school year!
- We are ADVANCING green building through community projects like the Plan Builder Workshop held in partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power and Light. 15 multi-faith congregations attended and began creating a sustainable operations plan for their buildings. This work was featured nationally in USGBC+ Magazine! We also worked with Better Family Life on a neighborhood Plan Builder Workshop and provided an intern to the City of Creve Coeur to complete a phase 2 Greenhouse Gas inventory and Climate Action Plan.
- The 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign saw an increase in participation and we hosted a “Benchmarking Jam” in October to celebrate ENERGY STAR Day.
- Our Emerging Professionals gave back to the community in 2015 with two Community Service Projects. Volunteers built “Little Free Libraries” and held a book drive for Ford Elementary School, and participated in a home weatherization project with EnergyCare.
- We love to celebrate green building success and do this with case studies, project profiles, Green Building Experts and especially our annual awards. In 2015, we looked back at 6 years of 40 awardees with the Growing Green Spotlight!
- 2015 educational programming placed a special emphasis on building materials and specifically how that credit category is changing with LEEDv4. In September, we welcomed building material experts from around the country for a full day continuing education blitz on Braving the New World of Building Material Selection.
- Throughout the year, our 150 Volunteers contributed 5,000 Hours to strategic planning and development, outreach to community partners, committees and projects like the Green Schools Quest.
Many thanks to the leaders, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2015 a success!
You can view the report as an online magazine below, or download a pdf.
Date Posted: August 9th, 2016
USGBC’s Center for Green Schools has opened the call for applicants for the 2016-2017 School District Scholarship.
The annual School District Scholarship provides support to a school district staff member who is currently undertaking sustainability work across the district’s schools. These staff receive targeted education and technical support from the Center and its partners for the entire school year, including
- Travel, lodging and attendance at the Green Schools Conference and the pre-conference summit for School Sustainability Leaders.
- Travel, lodging and attendance at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
- $3,000 grant to assist in implementing a high-impact sustainability project.
- Ongoing training through personal and small group coaching.
- Limited complimentary year-long access to several school resources from USGBC, including Learning Lab, the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, and LEED Coach for school projects.
Applications are due August 19th. Click here to learn more and apply!
Date Posted: July 25th, 2016
USGBC-Missouri Gateway currently has two (2) Director seats and three (3) Advisor seats open for our board of directors. We are seeking nominations for the 2 Director seats. All terms begin in 2017. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Friday, August 19, 2016.
In 2015, we shifted our board nomination and election process, and no longer hold elections. Nominations are still accepted from the membership. The Governance Committee collects nominations and ensures eligibility of nominees. The committee then consults a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board for approval. The committee expects to present a slate to the board for discussion at the September 2016 board meeting.
Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer. The online nomination form, can be found here.
For more information, please see:
Date Posted: July 21st, 2016
The American Institute of Architects and EPA have partnered to allow architects that verify an ENERGY STAR application pro-bono to earn up to 8 annual Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) continuing education units.
Earn AIA CEUs while supporting a congregation, school, non-profit or government building!
Registered architects who attend a no-cost ENERGY STAR training webinar will earn one CEU. Those who validate, pro bono, one or more building applications for ENERGY STAR certification will receive seven HSW CEUs, for a total of 8 CEUs annually.
To earn CEUs from AIA, registered architects must:
- Sign up to attend one of the free one-hour training sessions on how to verify applications for ENERGY STAR certification.
- Pass a short EPA administered quiz to demonstrate knowledge of EPA expectations. Quiz will be accessible at the end of the training session.
- Be matched with a building that requests pro-bono verification. Contact Johanna Schweiss to be connected with a building in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory.
- Verify your client building’s utility bills, operational details, and indoor environmental conditions. Affix your professional stamp to the ENERGY STAR application.
- Submit the signed verification letter to EPA. Once your client has submitted the completed ENERGY STAR application, you will receive continuing education credit(s) from AIA.
More details about this partnership between ENERGY STAR and AIA is available on the ENERGY STAR website.
Earn GBCI CE Hours too!
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter volunteers may self report 1 GBCI CE hour for each hour served performing application verification. CE Hours are in the Volunteering category, which may account for up to 50% of total hours required by LEED Green Associate or LEED AP.
Interested? Be in touch!
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be connecting interested volunteers and building representatives to verify ENERGY STAR applications. Email Johanna Schweiss if you’d like to volunteer.
If you represent a non-profit, school, congregational, or government building and are interested in pursuing ENERGY STAR certification, we’re here to help! Email Johanna Schweiss to get started.
Date Posted: June 30th, 2016
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2017.
USGBC-MGC strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.
We are particularly seeking in-depth workshops – extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals’ existing knowledge.
Call for Proposals Issued July 1, 2016.
Proposals due by Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 30, 2016.
Preferred topics include:
- Buildings & Human Health
- Innovations in Green Building Technology
- Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
- Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
- Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
- Community & Cultural Context
- LEED v4
- WELL, SITES, PEER, Edge, GRESB, Parksmart
- Energy & Atmosphere
- Materials & Resources
- Sustainable Sites
- Utility Infrastructure
- Costs & Benefits
Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices!
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!
Date Posted: June 15th, 2016
The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event will be in St. Louis next year and they are seeking YOUR expertises for sessions. The conference will be February 2 – 4, 2017 at the Marriott St. Louis Hotel. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” with an emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities now. 1200 smart growth leaders from across the country attend this conference.
Session proposal are due June 30, 2017. Thematic categories can include:
- Communications and Engagement
- Community Resiliency & Energy Independence
- Equitable Development and Environmental Justice
- Financing, Real Estate and Development
- Implementing Smart Growth
- Land Preservation
- The New Economy, Market Trends and Demographics
- Partnerships for Success
- Planning Tools and Technologies
- Small Cities and Rural Areas
- Transportation, TOD, and Streets
- Water and Coastal Areas
Learn more at www.newpartners.org
Date Posted: June 15th, 2016
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Marketing Committee is pleased to announce our fifth annual photo contest!
We are seeking photos that will help us celebrate our theme of “Green Buildings Are Better . . . for Living, Learning, Working, and Playing.”
The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (see territory map). The contest deadline has been extended until September 15! Winners will be announced on October 18 at our monthly program.
For more information, check out the Photo Contest Rules or the Photo Contest website at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/photo-contest-2016/
Date Posted: April 21st, 2016
The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter works to transform the built environment, because Green Buildings Are Better! Below, Education Committee member Annie Smith, Green Schools Committee member Katie Belisle-Iffrig, and USGBC-MGC Board Members Linda Goldstein and Richard Schuessler share the reasons they believe Green Buildings Are Better. They’re better because they conserve limited natural resources, better because they protect human health and wellness, better because they are key to healthy and vibrant communities.
The knowledge that green buildings are better drives the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter in all that we do! We are much more than a member group or a professional organization. Along with providing valuable education and networking opportunities, we provide a wide range of community projects, like our Green Schools Quest and our work to provide faith-based communities and nonprofits with access to green building expertise and resources.
On May 3rd, the St. Louis Community Foundation is once again joining hundreds of community foundations across the country for the biggest day of giving in history. This year, consider supporting the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.
Make a donation to support our important work of providing everyone with access to green buildings and green communities, make a donation in honor of our 15 year anniversary, or make a donation simply because Green Buildings Are Better!
Can’t wait until May 3rd? Click here to donate now.
Date Posted: April 7th, 2016
Last Thursday, USGBC-Missouri Gateway hosted the 8th Annual Growing Green Awards – this is our way of recognizing the accomplishments and hard work of the organizations and individuals that are transforming our built environment into greener and healthier places to live, work, learn, and play.
The 2016 Awardees are:
- Restoration Champion: Western Specialty Contractors
- Operational Excellence: Lewis and Clark Community College
- Community Innovator: Gary Steps – Butterfly Energy Works
- Emerging Leader: City of Maplewood
- Community Champion: Forest Park Forever
Check out a short presentation about the winners here.
Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success, especially our sponsors:
- OAK: Electrical Connection
- SAPLING: Caesarstone, Paric, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
- ACORN: Advanced Green Consulting, Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, KONE, Rosemann and Associates, Thompson and Coburn
- MEDIA: The Healthy Planet