News and Notes

Local Government Green Team Meet-Up at the Green Homes Festival

Date Posted: April 21st, 2014

The USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter, The Clean Air Partnership, and RideFinders are providing an opportunity for local government green teams to share best practices and learn from one another!

Join us for a Local Government Green Team Meet Up on June 7, 2014 at the Green Homes Festival, hosted by the Earthways Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Attendees will receive free admission to the Garden and the Festival! Please RSVP by by clicking here.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 9:00 – 10:30
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
FEE: Free! Attendees also receive free admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Green Homes & Great Health Festival.
RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here

Members in the News: Dan Jay featured by Mayor Slay

Date Posted: April 4th, 2014

Member Dan Jay, of Christner Inc, was recently featured in a blog post on Mayor Francis Slay’s website. Titled “STL Pop. 500,000,” the post explores a question the architect has been posing to thinkers throughout our region: What would the City of St. Louis look like with a population of 500,000?

Check out the post for Mayor Slay’s exploration of the question. Congratulations to Dan!

Congrats to 2014 Growing Green Award Winners!

Date Posted: March 28th, 2014

We are so pleased to be able to recognize individuals and organizations in our community that share our mission and vision to make every building a green building and every community a green community!

Awards were presented at the 6th Annual Growing Green Awards on March 27 to:

  • Emerging Leader: Maryville University’s USGBC Student Group
  • Education: MICDS
  • Operational Excellence: St. Louis Zoo
  • Restoration: Green Street St. Louis
  • Innovation: Gary Steps, Butterfly Energy Works
  • Community Champion: Deb Frank, Missouri Botanical Garden

Congratulations to the awardees and all the nominees. Download a list of all the 2014 Nominees. Learn more about their sustainable accomplishments here.

Learn more about the Growing Green Awards.

March Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Green Schools Quest Mentors!

Date Posted: March 24th, 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 our Green Schools Quest Mentors for their hard work supporting the schools participating in the Green Schools Quest to implement low to no cost sustainability projects.

2013-14 Green Schools Quest Mentors

Alyse Garbisch,  HOK
Anna Vogel
Barb Anderson,  Oates Associates
Becky Finch,  Microgrid Solar
Bob Shaw,  MICDS
Brandon Walker,  Positive & Productive Innovations
Carolyn Green, Green Design
Chris Laughman, Graybar
Cindy Bambini, Brightergy
Erik Lueders, Parkway School District
Franklin P. Eppert, P.E., AFRAM Corporation
James Dice, Energy Systems Group
James M. Prince, M360, Inc.
Jessica Scott
Jessie Hoagland, Green Spiral Tours
John Hulse, StraightUp Solar
Katherine Golden, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden
Katie Belisle-Iffrig, Code Green Collaborative
Katy Mike Smaistrla, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Kerry Herr, CRB Engineers
Mary Ann Lazarus, MALeco
Mary Fitzgerald
Mary Kay Campbell, St. Louis Green
Melissa Breed-Parks, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
Michael Kulik, Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Michelle Rook
Mike Mueller, CJAP
Nancy Nafe
Natalie Ellis, University of Missouri – Columbia
Paul A. Williams, RideFinders
Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Randall Lewis, Walsh & Associates, Inc.
Rob Dedrik, MO State Recycling Program
Ron Morlen
Ross Watson, Jacobs Engineering
Sam Welge, M360, Inc
Susan Lanigan
Susan Maag, SLM Consulting, LLC
Todd Bundren, Lawrence Group
Tony Ruebsam, Northstar Management

The Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools in the Chapter’s territory to devise and implement creative, effective and no or low cost sustainability projects. Each school was paired with a volunteer mentor, who offered resources, advice, and help as the school developed, implemented and documented their project.

Submissions describing the schools’ successes were due earlier this month, and our judges are currently busy reviewing the results! Three outstanding participants in each category (elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school) will receive cash awards and trophies for their projects. The Green Schools Committee will present awards to winning teams and their schools at school or school board meetings between mid-April and mid-May, 2014.

Congratulations to all of our mentors for their hard work to make the Green Schools Quest a success! Winning schools will be showcased at the upcoming Green Schools Event on April 29, 3:30 – 6:30 pm at the Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School. Save the Date and stay tuned for further information about this free event.

April Program & St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

Date Posted: March 20th, 2014

USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter April Program: Cole Roberts

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, St. Louis Earth Day, and the Construction Specifications Institute have partnered to combine the Chapter’s April Program with the April 1st Plenary of the St. Louis Earth Day Symposium.

Join us for a presentation by Cole Roberts, Associate Principle of Energy & Resource Sustainability at Arup and co-author of “Two Degrees- Our Built Environment and the Changing Climate.”

Cole will discuss risk, vulnerability and integrated adaptation as they relate to climate change, as well as the notion of climate positive communities. The presentation will explore what to focus on today for future resilience. Please note the unique timing and location of this program!

WHEN: April 1, 1:15 – 2:00 pm – Formal Presentation
please arrive and check-in at 1:00 pm

While networking and food will not be provided for those only attending the plenary presentation, registrants are welcomed to pay a fee of $20 for lunch if interested in attending the Symposium’s lunch and networking period (12:00 – 1:15 pm).

WHERE: Powder Valley Nature Center
11715 Cragswold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122

FEE: Free to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members,
students, and Symposium attendees.

REGISTER: USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and students only attending the April 1st plenary should register on our website. All others may register for the Symposium, details are included below.

2014 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

The Earth Day Symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields.

The theme of the 2014 Symposium, “Regional Sustainability; Vision and Reality” uses the goals and objectives of the newly adopted regional plan for sustainable development (OneSTL) as a starting point; presentations will share case studies, best practices and strategies for implementing projects and plans that will contribute to achieving sustainability goals. Meet this year’s  keynote speakers and view the agenda.

WHEN: April 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 2: 8:30 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Powder Valley Nature Center,
11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122


Full Conference (April 1-2)
$100 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members
$125 for non-members
$45 for students

Single Day:
April 1
: $75 for Chapter members, $85 for non-members,
$30 for students
April 2
: $50 for Chapter members, $60 for non-members,
$20 for students

REGISTER: Click here for more inform