News and Notes

Seeking Energy Efficiency & Carbon Pollution Intern

Date Posted: March 4th, 2015

As part of the Regional Environmental Internship Program (REIP), USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is currently seeking an intern to work with the City of Creve Coeur on a Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Climate Action Plan. This is a full-time, paid internship that will start in late May / early June and last until the end of 2015.

Electronic applications are due by Friday, April 3. Please review the job description below for more details.

The Story of a Congregational Energy Audit

Date Posted: March 2nd, 2015

In 2014 Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter awarded complementary energy audits to ten congregations, funded by a USGBC Impact grant. Since that time, energy auditors have been hard at work.

Recently, the national EdenKeeper Blog posted a three part series of stories about St. John’s Episcopal Church’s experience with their energy audit, written by local blogger and congregation member Jeff McIntire-Strassburg.

Ross & Baruzzini’s Sustainability Team completed a pro-bono energy audit for Grace and Peace Fellowship, a Presbyterian church located in the Loop. Annie Smith, a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member and volunteer, wrote about the Sustainability Team’s experience completing the audit on Ross & Baruzzini’s blog. Check out her story here.

2015 Education Catalog Released

Date Posted: January 15th, 2015

We are thrilled to announce our lineup of educational programs and events for the year!

Click here for a complete listing of monthly evening programs,  in-depth seminars, LEED Exam Prep, and more!

We look forward to seeing YOU at upcoming programs and events!


Congratulations to Photo Contest Winners

Date Posted: January 14th, 2015

The winners of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Photo Contest have been chosen! We received over 25 photos of green buildings or sustainable practices. The contest was open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter Territory, and winners were announced at the State of the Chapter and Social on Tuesday, January 13th.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Photo Contest Winners

Jennifer Carter, first place winner
Jennifer won one year of complimentary Chapter membership, her choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat, and got to select one of three gift cards to local restaurants. 

Cornelius Weaver, second place winner
Cornelius won a complimentary pass to one In-Depth Educational Session, his choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat, and got to select one of three gift cards to local restaurants.

Jan Niehaus, third place winner
Jan won her choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat, and got to select one of three gift cards to local restaurants.

Stephanie Andrasko, honorable mention
Stephanie won her choice of a Chapter pint glass, water bottle or hat.

Thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photos to our 2014 photo contest and congratulations to our winners!

Thank you to the local restaurants that donated gift cards for our photo contest!

Thank you! A letter from 2015 Board Chair Erik Lueders

Date Posted: December 29th, 2014

Erik at the Chapter's ECORIDE fundraiser

The USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter works tirelessly to make sure we are equipped with the knowledge and resources to make a meaningful, positive impact on the environment. As 2014 is wrapping up, I personally want to thank all of you who have helped us achieve so much.

To me, the Chapter is one of the single best regional organizations that actively works to reduce the built environment’s impact on our natural resources. This is evident in our monthly programs, ranging from energy efficiency to the human experience of biophilic design. Projects such as the 25 x 20 Benchmarking Campaign and the Green Schools Quest are engaging communities across the region to create a more sustainable environment while saving both financial and natural resources. These programs would not be possible without the financial support of our members, our sponsors, and YOU!

As a Chapter of more than 500 members, we are an influential force for positive change in the region. What we represent is the desire to grow our businesses, organizations, schools, and community in a sustainable way. We’re making a large impact, but there’s a lot of work to be done.

You may be considering making year-end donations to organizations that need support. While there is a long list of worthy causes that can benefit from contributions, I personally ensure that USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter is at the top of my list. Please consider donating $10, $50, $150, or anything that is meaningful to you so that we can continue to transform the built environment at the pace that we’d all like to see.

Donate today.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
-Jane Goodall

Thanks for your continued support. Have a very Happy Holiday season!


Erik Lueders, MBA, CEM, LEED AP
2015 Board Chair, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter

Members featured in “Who’s Who In Energy”

Date Posted: December 18th, 2014

Nine Chapter members were featured in “Who’s Who in Energy,” a supplement to the St. Louis, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio Business Journals, highlighting key players in 7 energy markets.

Executive Director Emily Andrews and Board Members Jim Curran of Electrical Connection and Tim Gaidis of HOK were recognized as energy leaders in our region. Featured Chapter members include Glenda Abney of the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Kevin Griesemer of G&W Engineering, Rick Hunter of Microgrid Solar, Paul Todd Merrill of Clayco, Doug Sitton of Sitton Energy Solutions, and Sam Welge of M360 Inc.

You can browse a list of all recognized energy leaders on the St. Louis Business Journal’s website.  Interested in learning more about Chapter members and their expertise? Browse our online member directory!

A letter from board chair Marjorie Melton- today is Giving Tuesday!

Date Posted: December 2nd, 2014

Today – Tuesday December 2 – is “Giving Tuesday”. If you are not familiar, it is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was created to kick off the giving season. It follows Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday. As you consider your end of the year giving, please join me in making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

I give for many reasons.

I give because I want a greener world for my granddaughter – and for yours too.

I give because I believe every person deserves to live in a green community.

I give because it makes me proud to say I am helping my community to become a greener community.

I give because our Chapter is one of the top performing USGBC chapters in the country (out of over 70!).

I give because our Chapter provides outstanding educational opportunities for those wanting to learn about green building.

I give because it’s the right thing to do.

I give because it’s the smart thing to do.

I give because the Chapter needs the support of those of us who care about green building and sustainable communities.

I am making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway on Giving Tuesday. Will you join me?

Donate today.

Marjorie L. Melton
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 2014 Board of Directors Chair

Congratulations to new Chapter Board Members!

Date Posted: November 17th, 2014

USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Elections were held November 6 – 12 and we are pleased to announce the results!

Three elected seats were available. Tim Gaidis and Jen Kissinger were elected. James Dice & Kim Eilerts tied with exactly the same number of votes – a first in USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter history! At the Board of Directors’ regular meeting, they determined that both candidates are valuable to the organization and created an additional advisor seat. James Dice will serve in the third elected seat and Kim Eilerts will serve in the Advisor seat.

Congratulations to all! We are excited to have James, Kim, Tim and Jen join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway board in 2015 – 2016.

Thanks to our outgoing board members:

  • Jaime Kelley (2 years)
  • Lynn Larkin (1 year)
  • Luis Naranjo (2 years)
  • Nancy Rodney (3 years)

2015 Chapter Board Elections – November 6 – 12, 2014

Date Posted: October 28th, 2014

USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Elections will take place from Thursday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 12, 2014. In order to vote, you must be a current member of the Chapter.

The candidates are:

  • James Dice, CEM, BEAP, CMVP – Energy Systems Group
  • Kim Eilerts – Thompson Coburn LLC
  • Tim Gaidis, LEED AP BD+C – HOK Group
  • Jennifer Kissinger, LEED AP BD+C – PARIC Corporation

We will elect three individuals to the Board of Director in general positions. These individuals will serve two year terms. The Board will identify from these newly elected members and the existing members the specific officer assignments through Dynamic Elections.

Please see board candidate bios here.

Additional Board Election Information:

Sustainapalooza celebrated in the Columbia Tribune

Date Posted: October 21st, 2014

The 2nd annual Sustainapalooza conference organized by USGBC-MGC’s Mid-Missouri Branch and AIA Mid-Missouri featured a fantastic lineup of speakers, including Quint Redmond, co-founder of AgriNETx LLC of Golden, Colorado.

Quint facilitated a design charette aimed at envisioning the integration of agrarianism into the landscape of the Columbia Mall.

The Columbia Tribune spoke with charette attendees, including representatives from the city’s Park and Recreation Department and General Growth Properties, which owns Columbia Mall. Read the full article here.