News and Notes

Call for Proposals: 2015 Educational Programs

Date Posted: September 16th, 2014

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2015.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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.

Timeline
Call for Proposals Issued September 16, 2014.
Proposals due by Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 26, 2014.

Preferred topics include:

  • Costs
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Building Performance: Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with LEED Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • Greywater
  • Resilience
  • LEED v4
  • Product Declarations

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!

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!

10 Congregations selected to receive free energy audits

Date Posted: September 16th, 2014

Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter are partnering to provide free energy audits to 10 congregations within the USGBC-MGC territory. The effort is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, and audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

Applications for free audits were due on August 29, 2014. Over 20 congregations applied, and the following 10 were selected to receive a free energy audit:

  • Congregation Shaare Emeth Creve Coeur, MO
  • Grace and Peace Fellowship St. Louis, MO
  • Immacolata Catholic Church Richmond Heights, MO
  • Lafayette Park United Methodist Church St. Louis, MO
  • New Life Community Church East St. Louis, IL
  • New Northside Missionary Baptist Church St. Louis, MO
  • St. John’s Tower Grove St. Louis, MO
  • St. John’s United Church of Christ Chesterfield, MO
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Ferguson, MO
  • University United Methodist Church University City, MO

Energy auditors from Microgrid Energy and Ross and Baruzzini will be conducting the 10 audits over the coming months.

Energy Efficiency Resources for Congregations

There are numerous resources available to congregations interested in tracking and reducing their energy use. We are encouraging all congregations to take advantage of the following:

  • We encourage all congregations to take the 25×20 Pledge to benchmark their energy use! Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy a building consumes and comparing that to other buildings. As the saying goes, you can’t manage what you don’t measure!
  • The EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Congregations program is designed specifically for congregations benchmarking their energy use, and has numerous resources available to help congregations benchmark. Their Tip Sheet on No and Low Cost Energy Savings for Congregations is a good place to start, and a full list of resources is available here.
  • Missouri Interfaith Power & Light engages faith communities to be stewards of God’s creation by addressing the environmental and social justice consequences of climate change. They have resources available to congregations interested in reducing their energy consumption.
  • Ameren Missouri offers financial incentives for energy efficiency improvements through their BizSavers program. Congregations can learn more or apply for these incentives on Ameren’s Bizsavers website.
  • Laclede Gas offers rebates for the implementation of natural gas energy efficiency measures, including part or all of the cost of an energy audit that is performed in support of any measure that receives a rebate. Congregations can learn more about these rebates on Laclede Gas’s website.

Questions? Contact the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org or (314)577-0884.

Chapter Board Nominations Now Open!

Date Posted: September 8th, 2014

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for three (3) Board Members. Nominations are due by midnight on Monday, October 6, 2014.

Elections will be held on-line November 6 – 12, 2014. Please note that in order to vote in the elections, you must be a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member in good standing on Friday, October 31, 2014.

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:

We stand for Green Building!

Date Posted: August 15th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members believe in sustainability and stand for green building. Check out their photos, taken by our Marketing Committee at our August Program, on our Facebook page. Do you stand with them? Like or comment to let us know!

You can join us as we work to transform the built environment and make every building a green building by:

 

July Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition

Date Posted: August 1st, 2014

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. This month we are happy to recognize Kevin Gates of Oates Associates, Tim Michels of Energy Resources Group, and Ryan Walsh of Ross & Baruzzini for their work on the Chapter’s Technical Committees

The three were nominated by Caryl Kinsey Fox, Chair of the Technical Committee, for their tireless efforts to support the Technical Committee’s work to champion green building research and develop in-depth educational opportunities.

Kevin Gates serves as the Committee’s Secretary. In her nomination, Caryl stated “Kevin’s prompt, concise, consistent and accurate minutes have allowed a tangible continuity of decisions, and has allowed committee members to stay up to date even when they are unable to attend.”

Ryan Walsh and Tim Michels worked together to produce an informative and in depth Tech Talk on Retro Commissioning: Investment vs. Reward. This panel discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities facing Retro Commissioning, and  provided the impetus for the production of many additional technical resources.

Thanks to Kevin, Ryan and Tim for your leadership and hard work!

Green Schools Quest on Big 550-KTRS: Listen to stories from 3 participating schools

Date Posted: July 1st, 2014

The Green Schools Quest was the topic of discussion on the Big 550-KTRS’s “Growing Green St. Louis” on Sunday, June 29.

Hope Gribble, USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s Education & Green Schools Coordinator was joined by Tiffany Tibbs, parent at Kennard Classical Junior Academy; Carolyn Green, USGBC-MGC Green Mentor and parent with Maplewood-Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center; and Anne Marie Lodholz, teacher at St. Louis University High School. This group of Green champions tells several chapters of the inspiring Green Schools Quest story.

This program includes invitations to new mentors and schools to get into the Green Schools Quest for 2015!

“Growing Green St. Louis” is produced on the Big 550-KTRS by host Jean Ponzi, for the Missouri Botanical Garden; the show is sponsored by St. Louis Composting.

Listen now: http://www.ktrs.com/growing-green-6-29-14/

Free Energy Audits for Congregations!

Date Posted: June 25th, 2014

Missouri Interfaith Power and Light & U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter are pleased to be partnering to offer free energy audits to 8 – 12 congregations within the USGBC-MGC territory!

This is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign. Audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

Congregations chosen to receive energy audits must also commit to on-going benchmarking of their building by participating in the 25 x 20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign. MO IPL and USGBC-MGC volunteers can provide assistance with this process. Additionally, there is an ENERGY STAR for Congregations tool, specific to places of worship.

USGBC-MGC and MO IPL are hosting a free ENERGY STAR For Congregations workshop on August 25. Look for details soon!

Energy Audit Applications are due by 5 PM on August 29, 2014 – APPLY NOW!

Applicants will be notified of award by September 15, 2014 and the audits should take place in fall 2014.

July 31: Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship

Interested in learning more about this opportunity? Join us on July 31 for Make a Difference – Environmental Action for Your Home & House of Worship! This event is free to all, but registration is required here.

USGBC-MGC Seeks Energy Auditor

Date Posted: June 19th, 2014

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks the services of an Energy Auditor to perform a limited number of building energy audits for congregations and faith communities within our Chapter territory.

We are pleased to be partnering with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light to provide energy audits for a limited number of local congregations and faith-communities. This is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign – www.25×20.org. Audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

View the full Request for Proposals.

Proposals are due Friday, July 11 by 5 pm

We anticipate the following timetable for the project

  • August 1, 2014 – Notification of Award for Energy Audit Services
  • August 29, 2014 – Congregation Applications Due
  • September 15, 2014 – Congregations Chosen
  • October 1 – December 15, 2104 – Benchmarking & Audits Performed
  • January 10, 2015 – Audit Reports submitted to USGBC-MGC, MO IPL and participating congregation or faith community

Check out our 2013 Annual Report!

Date Posted: June 19th, 2014

Every year we make progress towards the goal of ensuring that green building is accessible to all through our outreach, education, collaborations and partnerships. In 2013, we took several big leaps that support our mission of making every building a green building. Through these big leaps,, we have grown and green building has grown! We are pleased to share our 2013 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from 2013 that you can read more about in our annual report:

  • Launched the Green Schools Quest
  • Increased collaborative efforts by working with nearly 40 diverse partner
  • Debuted a new opportunity to discuss complex green building topics with the Technical Committee’s “Tech Talks”
  • Launched 2nd LEED Community Project in partnership with Forest Park Forever

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2013 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2013 Annual Report here.

Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Program

Date Posted: June 11th, 2014

The U.S. Green Building Council and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently announced the expanded 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The program awards financial and educational resources to developers of affordable housing in North America that are committed to building sustainable communities through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program.

This year the program will expand to 14 awardees from 10 in 2012, the most recent year that grants were awarded. Applications will be accepted from now until July 11, 2014.

A review committee of industry leaders will award 14 affordable housing projects in the U.S. and Canada with the following support:

  • Cash award of $25,000 to be used to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification
  • Complimentary LEED for Neighborhood Development reference guide
  • Registration for the online LEED for Neighborhood Development webinar series
  • Registration for a LEED for Neighborhood Development educational workshop
  • Waived registration and exam fees for one member of each project team to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential
  • Monthly support calls and direct access for technical inquiries
  • One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans
  • Travel stipend to attend Greenbuild 2014

In addition to the award package, three to four projects will be selected to receive a two-day, in-person technical assistance session with a team of USGBC and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) staff, valued at $3,000. The in-person meetings provide an opportunity for USGBC and GBCI staff to provide intensive, dedicated assistance to projects pursuing certification. The application form provides interested projects the opportunity to apply for the selective technical assistance sessions.

Through the previous cycles of the grant program in 2012 and 2010, USGBC has provided assistance to 20 affordable housing redevelopment projects across the country, representing the creation of 8,448 rental units and 2,391 for-sale units. All projects are being designed and built to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and indoor air quality, with the majority reserved for low-income residents.

Applicants for the program will be notified of their status in early September. To learn more about the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program and/or to apply, visit www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/affordable-neighborhoods.