News and Notes

Interview with ‘Water Justice’ Keynote Presenter

Date Posted: October 11th, 2017

EarthWorms host Jean Ponzi recently interviewed Water Justice CEU Blitz keynote presenter, Alexandra Ferrari-Campbell.

Campbell-Ferrari is the Executive Director of the Washington D.C.-based non-profit Center for Water Security and Cooperation.

Her organization was started to use the law as a tool for building long-term solutions to our greatest water challenges and to drive legal innovation and partnership.

This conversation dives provocatively into water issues. In the words of Jean Ponzi, “Tap into it – and consider how water security could be more cooperatively handled!”

Click here to listen to the podcast interview!

Check Out Our 2016 Annual Report!

Date Posted: September 14th, 2017

We are excited to share our 2016 Annual Report with you! Each year, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter makes progress towards our goal of transforming the built environment. We are so proud of our accomplishments towards a greener future for our community, which is generously supported by our sponsors, leaders (board of directors & committees), members, volunteers, and donors. Thank you to all who made 2016 a success!

In 2016, we celebrated our 15 year anniversary as an organization dedicated to making every building a green building because we know that GREEN BUILDINGS ARE BETTER . . . better for people, better for the environment, and better for the bottom line.

Download a PDF of our 2016 Annual Report and learn about our work to make every building a green building! 

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2017 Benchmarking Training

Date Posted: September 7th, 2017

Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter. 

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On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners are co-hosting three opportunities to learn how to comply.

The events below are free to all, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Benchmarking 101

An overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis. Lunch is provided.

Wednesday, October 25, 12:00—1:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
Register Online Here

Thursday, November 30, 12:00—1:30 pm
Metropolitan Square, 9th Floor Conference Room
211 North Broadway, Suite 990, St. Louis MO 63102
Register Online Here

Benchmarking Jam

Get hands-on assistance with energy and water benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Visit event page for full list of needed information. 

Tuesday, November 14, 4:00—6:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
Register Online Here

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Response to St. Louis Business Journal: LEED Gets It Right

Date Posted: September 7th, 2017

Emily 1Nick Bristow-headshotEmily Andrews, Executive Director of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, and Nick Bristow, Senior Associate and Sustainability Manager at Forum Studio and Board Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, responded to the St. Louis Business Journal’s August 18 cover story on the LEED green building rating system in a commentary piece titled LEED gets it right. Read on for their full response. 

 

The Aug. 18 cover story on the LEED green building rating system missed the bigger picture. Green building rates in the St. Louis region may not measure up to the top five LEED national markets, but as your article points out, we are keeping pace with and even outpacing cities of similar size and demographics. By looking at just a single year of data, however, you are discrediting previous years of successful LEED projects in our region. More importantly, you missed the opportunity to recognize the local architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, owners and occupants who have championed buildings that conserve natural resources and support the health of humans and the planet. The St. Louis region has seen a consistent number of LEED certified projects annually between 2011 and 2016, even as the rating system has become more rigorous. Since 2000, 190 commercial and institutional buildings have achieved LEED certification. Our mission is to accelerate the implementation of green building principles for all. While every building cannot be a LEED building, these 190 buildings have provided a real-life, local case study and framework for our community to follow. And really, when it comes down to it, we are not out to compete with other cities, but to work within our own community to improve our buildings.

 

LEED continues to be the international benchmark in green building, designed to incorporate continuous improvement, evolve and raise the bar as building technology improves. According to a 2017 Department of Energy study, LEED- and Energy Star-certified buildings improve net operating income by 28.8 percent and reduce operating costs by 17.6 percent. We cannot be content to merely track levels of certification or the numbers of certified buildings – we want better, higher performing buildings.

 

The average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors – at work, at home and at school. Additionally, buildings in the United States consume about 40 percent of the country’s total energy consumption and represent 45 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. We all deserve better buildings. Tools like LEED, Energy Star and others are available to help us work towards better buildings – we should utilize them to improve the long-term health of St. Louisans, our region and the planet on which we reside.

U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter considers the benefits of green buildings to far outweigh any costs. We also believe in a future where everyone has access to work, live and learn in a green building. We invite our region to be a part of this future. And we challenge each of you to pursue greener operations, maintenance, design and construction for every building in our region every step of the way.

Seeking Nominations for 2018 Board!

Date Posted: July 17th, 2017

Be a part of the green building movement & help us make every building a green building!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is currently seeking nominations for At-Large board directors. All terms begin in 2018. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Friday, August 18, 2017. 

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: 

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 2017 board meeting.

Now Accepting Proposals for 2018 Educational Programs

Date Posted: June 28th, 2017

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2018.

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.

Timeline
Call for Proposals Issued June 28, 2017.
Proposals due by Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 8, 2017.

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
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • 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!

Save the Date: Water Justice Continuing Education Blitz on October 17

Date Posted: June 12th, 2017

From the Philosophical to the Spigot: A forum discussing water policies, use, access, and quality in the Mississippi River Basin.

Who owns water in the United States? Who determines its use? Who protects it? The answers to these questions are in some ways both everyone and no one.

And yet in a time of increased demand and growing climate instability, not just in the United States, but around the world, the answers–and the questions–are more important all the time.

On October 17, 2017, join us for a full day of presentations about what’s happening in the Mississippi River Basin, from the headwaters to the delta, as we discuss water from a global to a local perspective –trying, along the way, to determine a better future for our most valuable resource.

Click here for more details!

Urgency & Resolve In the Face of the US Exit from the Paris Agreement

Date Posted: June 5th, 2017

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is deeply disappointed in the administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

This decision makes our regional green building work even more urgent. For over 15 years, we’ve been educating on the importance of climate action and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, supporting building designers, building operators, and local governments to reduce their environmental impacts. We’ve been advocating for green building policies that conserve natural resources, reduce costs, and improve human health.

Our Regional Environmental Internship Program has supported six local governments to complete greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans. Our 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign has engaged over 80 building owners and operators to commit to benchmark their building energy use, the first step toward energy and emissions reduction. And our leadership were instrumental in the passage of the City of St. Louis’ Building Energy Awareness Ordinance.

With urgency and resolve, we will continue this important work. As the national USGBC says in their statement, “Today, our efforts continue unabated and with commitment and hope that’s stronger than ever.” We hope you join us in our work to transform the built environment and speed our transition to a low carbon economy. Become a member, sign on to the 25×20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign, and start making a difference!

Membership Contest: Build Your Knowledge. Build Your Network. Build Your Community

Date Posted: May 10th, 2017

Membership Contest

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Membership & Marketing Committee is excited to announce a second membership contest!

From May 9 to June 12, new and renewing members will be entered into a drawing for:

  • $50 gift card to Three Kings Public House, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant
  • $50 American Express gift card donated by St. Louis Lighting Group
  • A free tour for 12 of EarthDance Farms.

If you’re a current member and you encourage a friend or colleague to join, you’ll also be entered into the raffle – once for each new member you refer. The member making the most referrals will win a Saint Louis Zoo membership!

Winners will be drawn on June 13 at the Monthly Evening Program.

Membership makes the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s work to support buildings of all kinds to green their design and operations possible. Join to show your support of our efforts to green the places we all love!

And membership benefits you as well; join to receive free or reduced entry to all of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s educational events, access to opportunities to build relationships with our community of almost 500 members, and eligibility to serve on Chapter committees, community projects, and board of directors. Build your knowledge, build your network, and build your community by becoming a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member!

Review member benefits and levels online here, or head directly to the membership registration form!

Contest Details

Timeframe:

  • Drawing Open:  March 9, 2017 @ 12:00 am- June 12, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
  • Winners Drawn: June 13, 2017 at Monthly Evening Program

How to Participate

  • Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter or renew your membership to be entered into a drawing for the prizes listed below.
  • Encourage a friend, colleague or contact to join! Current members that are listed in the “who/what encouraged you to join” field of the membership application will be entered into the drawing once for each member they refer.
  • The member making the most referrals will win 1 year of Saint Louis Zoo Membership

Prizes 

  • Drawing Prizes
    • $50 gift card to Three Kings Public House, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant
    • $50 American Express gift card donated by St. Louis Lighting Group
    • A free tour for 12 of EarthDance Farms.
  • The member making the most referrals will win 1 year of Saint Louis Zoo membership

 

Many thanks to the following  for their prize donations!
St Louis Zoo
Saint Louis Zoo
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Three Kings Public House, a 4 star Green Dining Alliance certified restaurant. Your dining decisions matter! Choose one of the over 100 Green Dining Alliance certified sustainable restaurants for your next dining experience.
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Saint Louis Lighting Group
 EarthDance
EarthDance Farms sustainably grows food, farmers and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

 

 

 

 

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Explore the WELL Building Standard with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Date Posted: April 14th, 2017

 

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Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, The WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at two upcoming events to explore this hot sustainability topic! 


 

Tuesday, May 9
Growing Green: A Green Building Showcase

The 2017 Green Building Showcase will feature buildings from several different green building rating systems.

We will get the inside story on the following projects:
HOK will share insight from a gap analysis they have recently performed on their St. Louis office space, currently pursuing LEED v4 for Commercial Interiors.  The analysis details measures needed to take the building from where it currently stands to achieve the preconditions and optimizations needed for WELL Building Certification.
UNIGROUP will detail the progress they have made throughout their participation in the 25×20 Energy Benchmarking Challenge, including an exploration of how their building earned Energy Star Certification.
Attendees will learn about the progress being made on a major renovation for the LEED certification of The Armory District.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103)

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
Free for Green Business Challenge Participants 
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online


 

Tuesday, May 23
WELL Accredited Professional Exam Prep Course

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam. This course, designed to prepare attendees for the WELL AP exam, will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of WELL, including the seven concepts that provide the framework for the building standard: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.

Developed in partnership with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in these buildings.

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. To become a WELL AP, candidates must pass the WELL AP exam.

INSTRUCTOR

Monica Miller, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Sustainable Design Manager, ThyssenKrupp Elevator

monica-34-b-2-bwMonica Miller is ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager and serves ThyssenKrupp as a resource for all LEED project requests for information. Monica is also a licensed landscape architect. Her previous experience as a project manager for design and construction projects both internationally and in the United States, allows her to fully understand the construction and design process. She has participated on LEED project teams and led ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facility to achieve LEED Gold in 2015. Monica is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador advocating for the growth of the Living Building Challenge.

WHEN
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
9:00 – 5:00 pm 

WHERE
Professional Office Environments (POE)
222 Millwell Drive
Maryland Heights, MO, 63043

FEE
$200 for USGBC-MGC Members
$250 for Non-members 

Fee does not include required texts or exam fees
Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

REQUIRED TEXT
WELL AP Exam Preparation Guide, International WELL Building Institute, available for purchase here.

REGISTER
Click here to register online