News and Notes

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!

A letter from board chair Marjorie Melton- today is Giving Tuesday!

Date Posted: December 2nd, 2014

Today – Tuesday December 2 – is “Giving Tuesday”. If you are not familiar, it is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was created to kick off the giving season. It follows Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday. As you consider your end of the year giving, please join me in making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

I give for many reasons.

I give because I want a greener world for my granddaughter – and for yours too.

I give because I believe every person deserves to live in a green community.

I give because it makes me proud to say I am helping my community to become a greener community.

I give because our Chapter is one of the top performing USGBC chapters in the country (out of over 70!).

I give because our Chapter provides outstanding educational opportunities for those wanting to learn about green building.

I give because it’s the right thing to do.

I give because it’s the smart thing to do.

I give because the Chapter needs the support of those of us who care about green building and sustainable communities.

I am making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway on Giving Tuesday. Will you join me?

Donate today.

Marjorie L. Melton
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 2014 Board of Directors Chair

Congratulations to new Chapter Board Members!

Date Posted: November 17th, 2014

USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Elections were held November 6 – 12 and we are pleased to announce the results!

Three elected seats were available. Tim Gaidis and Jen Kissinger were elected. James Dice & Kim Eilerts tied with exactly the same number of votes – a first in USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter history! At the Board of Directors’ regular meeting, they determined that both candidates are valuable to the organization and created an additional advisor seat. James Dice will serve in the third elected seat and Kim Eilerts will serve in the Advisor seat.

Congratulations to all! We are excited to have James, Kim, Tim and Jen join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway board in 2015 – 2016.

Thanks to our outgoing board members:

  • Jaime Kelley (2 years)
  • Lynn Larkin (1 year)
  • Luis Naranjo (2 years)
  • Nancy Rodney (3 years)

2015 Chapter Board Elections – November 6 – 12, 2014

Date Posted: October 28th, 2014

USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Elections will take place from Thursday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 12, 2014. In order to vote, you must be a current member of the Chapter.

The candidates are:

  • James Dice, CEM, BEAP, CMVP – Energy Systems Group
  • Kim Eilerts – Thompson Coburn LLC
  • Tim Gaidis, LEED AP BD+C – HOK Group
  • Jennifer Kissinger, LEED AP BD+C – PARIC Corporation

We will elect three individuals to the Board of Director in general positions. These individuals will serve two year terms. The Board will identify from these newly elected members and the existing members the specific officer assignments through Dynamic Elections.

Please see board candidate bios here.

Additional Board Election Information:

Sustainapalooza celebrated in the Columbia Tribune

Date Posted: October 21st, 2014

The 2nd annual Sustainapalooza conference organized by USGBC-MGC’s Mid-Missouri Branch and AIA Mid-Missouri featured a fantastic lineup of speakers, including Quint Redmond, co-founder of AgriNETx LLC of Golden, Colorado.

Quint facilitated a design charette aimed at envisioning the integration of agrarianism into the landscape of the Columbia Mall.

The Columbia Tribune spoke with charette attendees, including representatives from the city’s Park and Recreation Department and General Growth Properties, which owns Columbia Mall. Read the full article here.

Honeysuckle Project Art Exhibit Hosted by Maryville University’s USGBC Student Group

Date Posted: October 15th, 2014

Maryville University’s USGBC Student Group will host an art exhibit on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 7-9pm showcasing products made from invasive honeysuckle that has been removed from the campus.

The event will also include a silent auction, with money raised being used for the purchase of replanting native species on Maryville’s campus.

Click here to learn more!

Announcing the 3rd USGBC-Missouri Gateway Photo Contest!

Date Posted: October 1st, 2014

Have a photo of a green building or a sustainable practice to share? Enter the Chapter’s third photo contest!
We’re looking for photos that celebrate the transformation of the built environment into a more environmentally friendly, prosperous, and healthy place to live, work, and learn.

The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (territory map). Submissions are due on December 1, 2014 and winners will be announced at the State of the Chapter in January 2015.

First, Second and Third Prizes will include restaurant gift cards, framed 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

2013 1st place winner- Julie Villa

2013 2nd place winner- Christee Zimmerman

2013 3rd Place winner- Jan Niehaus

Heartland Regional Committee recognizes USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteers!

Date Posted: September 26th, 2014

The USGBC’s Heartland Regional Committee recognized several of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteers as Volunteer Superstars!

Kevin Gates, Tim Michels, Ryan Walsh, Lynn Larkin, Jan Niehaus, Lawrence Lile, and Chelsea Madden were originally recognized as Above + Beyond Volunteers, for devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. You can see their original recognitions below:

Congratulations to these volunteers! And thank you to all of the members, volunteers, sponsors, and partners working to transform the built environment! Want to join them? Become a member, volunteer or sponsor today!

Call for Proposals: 2015 Educational Programs

Date Posted: September 16th, 2014

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 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 September 16, 2014.
Proposals due by Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by November 26, 2014.

Preferred topics include:

  • Costs
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Building Performance: Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with LEED Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • Greywater
  • Resilience
  • LEED v4
  • Product Declarations

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!


10 Congregations selected to receive free energy audits

Date Posted: September 16th, 2014

Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter are partnering to provide free energy audits to 10 congregations within the USGBC-MGC territory. The effort is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, and audits are courtesy of a grant from the national USGBC.

Applications for free audits were due on August 29, 2014. Over 20 congregations applied, and the following 10 were selected to receive a free energy audit:

  • Congregation Shaare Emeth Creve Coeur, MO
  • Grace and Peace Fellowship St. Louis, MO
  • Immacolata Catholic Church Richmond Heights, MO
  • Lafayette Park United Methodist Church St. Louis, MO
  • New Life Community Church East St. Louis, IL
  • New Northside Missionary Baptist Church St. Louis, MO
  • St. John’s Tower Grove St. Louis, MO
  • St. John’s United Church of Christ Chesterfield, MO
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Ferguson, MO
  • University United Methodist Church University City, MO

Energy auditors from Microgrid Energy and Ross and Baruzzini will be conducting the 10 audits over the coming months.

Energy Efficiency Resources for Congregations

There are numerous resources available to congregations interested in tracking and reducing their energy use. We are encouraging all congregations to take advantage of the following:

  • We encourage all congregations to take the 25×20 Pledge to benchmark their energy use! Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy a building consumes and comparing that to other buildings. As the saying goes, you can’t manage what you don’t measure!
  • The EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Congregations program is designed specifically for congregations benchmarking their energy use, and has numerous resources available to help congregations benchmark. Their Tip Sheet on No and Low Cost Energy Savings for Congregations is a good place to start, and a full list of resources is available here.
  • Missouri Interfaith Power & Light engages faith communities to be stewards of God’s creation by addressing the environmental and social justice consequences of climate change. They have resources available to congregations interested in reducing their energy consumption.
  • Ameren Missouri offers financial incentives for energy efficiency improvements through their BizSavers program. Congregations can learn more or apply for these incentives on Ameren’s Bizsavers website.
  • Laclede Gas offers rebates for the implementation of natural gas energy efficiency measures, including part or all of the cost of an energy audit that is performed in support of any measure that receives a rebate. Congregations can learn more about these rebates on Laclede Gas’s website.

Questions? Contact the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter at or (314)577-0884.