News and Notes

National Volunteer Week – Thank you to our Volunteers!

Date Posted: April 17th, 2015

Above + Beyond

It’s National Volunteer Week, and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter leadership and staff offer their appreciation to all Chapter volunteers! Whether our volunteers serve on a standing committee, mentor a school participating in the Green Schools Quest, make presentations on the Chapter’s behalf, assist non-profits complete LEED Documentation through the LEED Community Project, support congregations to green their building operations, or lead the Chapter on our Board of Directors, the service of our volunteers is critical to our work to transform the built environment!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. This week, in honor of national volunteer week, we were pleased to recognize several volunteers!

Pictured above, from left to right:

You can read about previously recognized Above + Beyond Volunteers here.

Announcing the Winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest!

Date Posted: April 16th, 2015

Green Schools Quest Healthy Planet Ad May 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Quest!

Elementary School Category
1st Place
:    Rohan Woods School
2nd Place: Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
3rd Place:  Westchester Elementary

 Middle School Category
1st Place
:    Holy Redeemer
2nd Place: North Kirkwood Middle School
3rd Place:  Alton Motivational Achievement Center

High School Category
1st Place
:    Edwardsville High School
2nd Place:
Parkway North High School
2nd Place:  Rockwood Summit High School
3rd Place:  The Governor French Academy

The Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools in Missouri and southern Illinois to devise and implement, with the help of green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.

Kudos to all 38 participants! Interested in learning more about what each Green Team achieved? A summary of each school’s submission is available on our website here. Several schools submitted digital presentations and videos on Youtube. Click here to view a playlist of those videos.

School and mentor registration for the 2015-2016 Green Schools Quest opens May 1st! Visit the Green Schools Quest page for more information.

 

Give StL Day is May 5th!

Date Posted: April 6th, 2015

stlouis-1420758227.2788-facebookshareimageBe a part of Give STL Day and make a difference! On Tuesday, May 5th from midnight to midnight, we are once again joining non-profits throughout the region and community foundations across the country for the biggest gives day in history.

There will be prices and incentives awarded throughout the day, so mark your calendars and plan to support the U.S. Green Building Council- Missouri Gateway Chapter’s work to give everyone access to green buildings and green communities- because where we live, work, and learn matters!

Learn more about Give STL Day on www.givestlday.org.

Low-interest Loan for Energy Efficiency Improvements

Date Posted: April 3rd, 2015

The Missouri Department of Economic Development is making $3.5 million in low-interest loans to public schools, public colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public hospitals for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects in the State of Missouri.

Applications are being accepted from April 1 through June 30, for loan amounts between $10,000 and $750,000. The interest rate for this cycle will be 2.5 percent, with a maximum 10-year-repayment.

Previously, the cities of Clayton, Dellwood, Maplewood, St. Clair, and University City received a over $1.2 million dollars in loans. Bayless, De Soto, Parkway, St. Charles R-VI, and Wentzville R-IV school districts received over $2.4 million dollars in loans. Local project plans include lighting upgrades, heating and cooling system replacements, pump
replacements, window replacements and solar energy installations. Project will result in an estimated savings of nearly $1 million and are expected to create 205 energy-related jobs.

To learn more and apply for a low-interest loan, visit the Division of Energy’s Energy Loan Program website.

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!

Sincerely,

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!