As we near the end of our 14th year and look forward to celebrating the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s 15 year anniversary, I’ve been thinking about how far this organization has come and how much work we still have ahead of us.
Over 15 years, we have seen a lot of improvements in our buildings. But there is so much opportunity – and so much need – to look ahead to what still needs to be improved. From renovating and enhancing our existing building stock, to further greening day-to-day building operations, to the deep green that will be necessary in order to create a sustainable future for generations to come, there is good, green work to be done, and there is room for you to get involved in our mission to make every building a green building!
This organization has grown from 15 volunteer founders kicking around an idea to a diverse community of over 500 members working to make every building a green building. The Chapter has fostered connections, educated thousands, and served as a leader in sustainability in this region. From monthly educational programs to volunteer opportunities like the Green Schools Quest to partnerships like the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is engaging individuals from all backgrounds to reduce their environmental impact and focus on the triple bottom line.
The Chapter’s accomplishments have been due to a devoted workforce of volunteers, passing the baton from one to the next to push sustainability and green building forward in our region. We are so grateful for their service, but to continue moving things forward we need your financial support. If you, like me, are or have been one of those devoted volunteers, I encourage you to pay it forward this holiday season by making a donation. Today is Giving Tuesday, a great day to show support for YOUR Chapter’s work!
Today, as part of Giving Tuesday, we are launching a 15-Year Anniversary Campaign to celebrate what we have learned over the years – GREEN BUILDINGS ARE BETTER. We live, work, learn, and play in better in green and healthy spaces. In the coming year, there will be many ways for you participate . . . attend an event; volunteer; become a member or sponsor; host our Green Buildings Are Better display; host a Green15 Presentation at your work, your school or your place of worship; take the 25 x 20 energy benchmarking pledge. If you believe that Green Buildings Are Better, there is way to get involved!
Your support, both through your donation and your time, is crucial to our mission. Our goal of making every building a green building is a big one, and we need your support.
Thanks for your work to push sustainability forward.
Erik Lueders, MBA, CEM, LEED AP
Board Chair, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter