News and Notes

Above + Beyond Volunteers recognized by Heartland Regional Committee

Date Posted: September 30th, 2015

Above + Beyond HRC jpgAbove + Beyond volunteers Hannah Roth, Becky Finch, Carolyn Gaidis, Frank Eppert, and Paul Todd Merrill were recently recognized by the USGBC Heartland Region as Volunteer Superstars!

We were thrilled to recognize each of these volunteers through our Above + Beyond program, and are excited to see these volunteers recognized regionally as well. Many thanks to Becky, Carolyn, Frank, Hannah, and Paul for all of their work on behalf of the Chapter!

Frank Eppert, USGBC-MO Gateway Technical Committee, LEED Community Project and Green Schools Quest, AFRAM Corp.

Becky Finch, USGBC-MO Gateway Growing Green Awards Working Group, TriNet

Carolyn Gaidis, USGBC-MO Gateway Scholarship Working Group, LAND SYSTEMS

Paul Todd Merrill, USGBC-MO Gateway Membership Committee, Clayco

Hannah Roth, USGBC-MO Gateway Continuing Education Blitz, Washington University



Business Case for Energy Efficiency & Clean Energy Follow Up

Date Posted: September 23rd, 2015

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter was pleased to co-host “The Business Case for Energy Efficiency & Clean Energy” with E2-Environmental Entrepreneurs, Missouri Energy Initiative, the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative & the St. Louis Regional Chamber. With nearly 80 people attending, we had a full house! Speakers included:

  • Josh Campbell with MEI and Gail Parson with E2 discussed their Clean Jobs Missouri survey results. Check out their presentation.
  • Ashok Gupta with the Natural Resources Defense Council talked about the importance of good policy as a driver to move the market and comply with the clean power plan while meeting environmental objectives and lowering customer costs. Specifically, Gupta drew on his experience with the City Energy Project, most recently in Kansas City, MO.
  • Warren Wood with Ameren Missouri described energy efficiency as the lowest cost resource in their portfolio, with every $1 investment generating $3 of benefit. He also discussed the benefits of their current and proposed energy efficiency incentive programs. Check out his presentation.
  • Doug Sitton of Sitton Energy Solutions wrapped up the panel with an overview of how his company & his customers have  benefited from energy efficiency. Not only are most customers typically seeing 25 – 25% energy reductions with 5 year paybacks, but Doug also anticipates that we have just begun to see the benefits of energy efficiency in this region.

Thanks to all who attended!

Call for Proposals: 2016 Educational Programs

Date Posted: August 5th, 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.

Call for Proposals Issued August 5, 2015.
Proposals due by Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 6, 2015.

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
  • 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!



Check out our 2014 Annual Report!

Date Posted: July 30th, 2015









We believe that everyone deserves to live, work and learn in a green and healthy building. Our volunteers and staff work to advance the quality of life in our region – educating about green building, advocating for healthier environments, and establishing partnerships to improve our built environment. Every year, we make progress towards the goal of transforming the built environment. And 2014 was no exception. We are excited to share our 2014 Annual Report with you!

Here are a few highlights from last year:

  • 180 volunteers contributed over 3,500 hours to our mission!
  • Wrapped up the inaugural Green Schools Quest. 24 school / mentor teams had nearly 3,000 staff & student participants and reached over 15,000 students, staff and community members! The second round of the Quest (2014-2015) paired 38 schools with 40 mentors.
  • Launched the 25 x 2o Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative, and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light.
  • 30 Chapter Volunteers completed our 2nd LEED Community Project, giving over 550 hours to the greening of the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center in Forest Park.
  • Awarded 10 complimentary energy audits for congregations in partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light.

Thanks to our leadership, committees, volunteers, members, sponsors and donors for making 2014 a success!

You can view or download the entire 2014 Annual Report as a PDF or as an online magazine.

4th Annual Photo Contest submission deadline extended!

Date Posted: July 24th, 2015

2015 PHOTO CONTEST extendedThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Marketing Committee invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Photo Contest! For the first time, photographers are invited to share images around a theme – from recycling to upcycling.

The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (territory map). The deadline has been extended until September 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm. 

First, Second and Third Prizes will include restaurant gift cards, prints of the winning photos, a free year of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership, and more!

To submit your photo, check out the photo contest rules, then email it (in jpg form) to

Nominations open for 2016 Board Members!

Date Posted: July 15th, 2015

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for three (3) Board Members. Nominations are due by midnight on Monday, August 17, 2015.

This year we are changing our process. Nominations will be accepted through August 17, 2015. In place of elections, an open comment period will allow members to provide feedback on nominees. The Governance Committee will use feedback along with eligibility requirements and a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board.

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:

BUILDING THE HEARTLAND Discount for Chapter Members

Date Posted: June 22nd, 2015

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Now in its third year, BUILDING THE HEARTLAND (formerly BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland) is the major conference and trade expo serving architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, real estate developers, government officials and community organizations in the Midwest. This year the conference will take place August 31 – September 2 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, Illinois.

The conference will offer two keynote speakers and one keynote panel in addition to approximately 50 accredited learning sessions that will offer AIA CES or Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) learning units — and, in most cases, both. The program will feature four tracks: Technology, Owner/Developer/Occupant Panels, High-Performance Buildings, and Green Building Tools & Strategies.This unique, three-day event is sponsored by SGC Horizon’s Building Design+Construction magazine, AIA Chicago, and USGBC-Illinois.

Members of USGBC Chapters can register for $260 until August 1, discounted from $325. Members of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter can contact Johanna Schweiss for the coupon code. Learn more and register here.


USGBC-MGC seeks 15-Yr Anniversary Consulting Services

Date Posted: May 28th, 2015

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will celebrate our 15-Year Anniversary in 2016. We seeking consulting services to help us develop a campaign to celebrate! See our Request for Qualifications.

Qualifications are due to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter by 5 pm on June 22, 2015.


2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium – Livable Communities

Date Posted: May 7th, 2015

Symposium Design_2015Attendees at the 2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium will learn about sustainability practices that are changing the face of our cities and neighborhoods, while creating a positive environmental, social, and political impact in our communities. Topics include transportation, food, biodiversity and community. Through an interdisciplinary approach and networking opportunities, attendees will connect and engage with others, understand their work in a greater context and learn from peers and regional experts.

St. Louis Earth Day Symposium – Livable Communities
June 3, 2015
Saint Louis University, Il Monastero
Early registration through May 8 ($65); registration ends May 27 ($85)
Scholarships and discounts available to ensure access for all those interested.
Learn more and register on the St. Louis Earth Day Website.

Healthy Cities

Date Posted: April 27th, 2015

Joyce LeeBy Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow, President, IndigoJLD

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for two upcoming in-person events featuring Joyce Lee: “Healthy Cities + Policy Implications” on May 12 and “Green Design + Human Health + Social Equity” on May 13!

Health is a state of complete physical mental and social well-beig and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” according to the World Health Organization.

Healthy cities – what comes to your mind? Fresh air, citizens walking, bicycling or jogging, smiling faces, just to name a few. This article discusses why a comprehensive approach is needed and delineates a selection of examples around the country that could serve as inspiration for other communities.

The Washington Post, in early 2014, hosted a forum called “Health beyond Healthcare” that highlighted community infrastructure and investment to improve health. Below is a convergence of factors that play a role in healthy communities:

Housing | transportation | food access |socioeconomics | Education | work environment |built environment |natural environment |public safety |Prenatal and Child development | Community and social capital

The economics are equally compelling. According to the Trust for America’s HealthTrust for America’s Health, “A $10 per person annual, investment in community-based prevention over five years could produce 5% reductions in type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, and stroke — with ROI of $5.60 for every $1 invested.”

Smart Scale Experiments – Wellville
How is the country responding? One of the latest small city competitions is called HICCup for Health Initiative Coordinating Council. A well-known tech investor, Esther Dyson, has started a grand experiment to enlist small cities in a friendly challenge to help communities become healthier places inhabited by healthier residents. Selected from 42 contestants, five small cities or counties—each with a population of 100,000 or less—are taking part in “The Way to Wellville.” They are Muskegon, Michigan; Lake County, California; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Clatsop County, Oregon; and Niagara Falls, New York.

In addition to existing community partnerships, Ms. Dyson launched an investor mindset to health promotion. “The Wellville Challenge fits perfectly into the work of greater Muskegon, to achieve the ‘1 in 21’ goal, led by the Muskegon Health Department and the Rotary Club, to become the healthiest county in Michigan by 2021. It also amplifies our health mission at United Way,” says Christine Robere, President and CEO of United Way of the Lakeshore.

Healthy Corridors and Land Use
As health is a core component of thriving communities, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Building Healthy Places Initiative is building on work that links human health and development. Auto-dependent roadways have long been an area of health concern. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ULI is investigating best practices to reinvent under-performing suburban and urban arterials in health-promoting ways.

The first examples are: Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, and Boise, Idaho. Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President from ULI, said, “Too many commercial corridors are dangerous, dismal, and dirty. This project is working to re-envision them as healthier places, with active transportation options, better land use patterns, better food access, and other health-promoting characteristics.”

Philadelphia Food Trust
The Food Trust, based in Center City of Philadelphia, ranked #2 “high-impact” nonprofit in America in children’s health and nutrition. In its two decades’ history, the Food Trust has worked with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers in Philadelphia and across the country to change how Americans think about healthy food and increase its availability.

With partners, the Trust brought supermarkets to communities in food desserts, helped corner store introduce fresh produce, low-fat dairy and whole grains, introduced healthier food options in schools. A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health found that – for the first time in decades – the obesity rates among Philadelphia school children decreased by 5 percent between 2006 and 2010. The healthcare cost savings can be significant when the years of care are reduced dramatically.

Intersectoral Collaboration – Stair Week
Policy interests could be ignited in many ways. Designers as a non-traditional health partner create new alliances or invigorate existing ones. Stair Week is a program that brings together the health officers and the built environment sectors to focus on physical activity and good design. As Americans spend more than 90% of waking hours indoors, good stair design motivates students, employees, retirees alike. And while it seems like a small change, taking the stairs routinely can have a big impact on health.

The Stair Week proclamations received from governors in Illinois, Maryland, and Michigan are an affirmation of these smart choices. “We know ‘place matters’. Design and health is a strong emerging issue at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and their sustainability priorities. It’s a great topic for local advocacy where architects can make a big difference in health outcomes,” said Mary Ann Lazarus from St. Louis, AIA Resident Fellow.

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for two in-person events featuring Joyce Lee: “Healthy Cities + Policy Implications” on May 12 and “Green Design + Human Health + Social Equity” on May 13.