Archive for September, 2009

Another green building planned for St. Louis

Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 recently announced their plans to renovate an former manufacturing plant just south of downtown St. Louis. The project is LEED registered and will house their apprenticeship training program as well as union offices and meeting spaces. Not only will the building feature renewable energy sources, it will showcase examples of cutting-edge heating and cooling technologies that sheet metal workers will use for training. Learn more in the recent Post-Dispatch article about the project.

Focus St. Louis Sustainability Roadmap Now Available

Yesterday, Focus St. Louis leaders announced the release of the Environment Sustainability Roadmap: A Toolkit for Local Governments at a press conference hosted by HOK. A 33 member task-force developed the Roadmap under the leadership of Chapter Member Mary Ann Lazarus and former State Senator Wayne Goode. USGBC-STL Executive Director, Emily Andrews, participated in the task force along with several other Chapter Members: Liz Forrestal, Deb Chollet Frank, Stephen Ibendahl, Jane Jones, Lynn Larkin and Richard Reilly.

Download a copy of the Roadmap from the Focus St. Louis website – and share it with your local government leaders! Keep your eyes and ears open for a newly forming implementation committee to make sure the Roadmap gets into the hands of local leaders.

St. Louis – a geothermal hot spot!

According to the Post-Dispatch, St. Louis’ climate makes geothermal a good choice for heating and cooling. Check out the article, which features a photo of quotes from Chapter member and founder Tom Tyler!

Green Jobs and Eco-Development

CLICK HERE for a list of event attendees

Join USGBC-STL and St. Louis Community College for a free program on the creation of a sustainable, diverse community called the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District. This eco-village has revitalized a once abandoned, crumbling neighborhood in Newark, NJ which now boasts a workforce training program with an 80% placement rate and an annual music festival drawing thousands of people to the community.

Highlights of the development include:
● LEED® Certified Affordable Housing
● Acceptance into the LEED-ND® Pilot program
● Urban Agriculture
● Historic Preservation
● Community Outreach
● Green Job Training Program

Speaker: Baye Adofo-Wilson
Baye Adofo-Wilson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD). He is a nationally recognized expert on community economic development and workforce training programs in the “green” collar market.

When: October 13, 2009
5:30-6:15 Registration and Networking
6:15-7:30 Program

Where: The Meramec Theatre
St. Louis Community College
Meramec Campus
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Park and enter from the west side of the campus.
Campus Map

Fee: This is a free event

RSVP: Go to Eventbrite or call (314) 577-0225

Thanks to our Program Sponsor

Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance

Presented by: USGBC-STL in partnership with St. Louis Community College

Green Homes Festival

Saturday, September 26, 10 am – 6 pm

3600 block of Grandel Square in mid-town St. Louis

For more information, visit

Brought to you by Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, this giant green street fair will feature exhibitors on solar power, home energy efficiency, transportation alternatives, recycling and composting, green homebuilding and more.

More than 20 green living workshops on topics from backyard chickens to the basics of solar hot water heating to rain gardening. $5.00 to attend one workshop, $10.00 to attend more than one.

Kids activites include Metro bus painting with MUNY Master Scenic Artist and solar car races.

NEW this year is a green craft fair showcasing resourceful artisan fashions, jewelry, home décor, toys and gifts.

Festival is free. Visit for more information!

Energy Matters Conference – Six week series starts September 9

There’s still time to register for Energy Matters: Increase Profit, Reduce Footprint, a six week series beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2009 and continuing each Wednesday thereafter.

Each session will provide take away information and tools to help businesses take action to reduce their carbon footprints. Topics include the basics of electricity, how utilities work, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability. Kaldi’s Coffee will be the featured case study over the course of the six sessions.

Learn how your company can become more energy efficient and sustainable – register for Energy Matters!

The cost to attend all six sessions is $50 and includes breakfast and coffee provided by Kaldi’s.

Learn more about Energy Matters (including session topic) and register to attend at

LEED Building Design & Construction Workshop

October 20, 2009, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lewis & Clark Community College, Edwardsville, IL
See Workshop flyer for registration details.

This workshop is intended for professionals who are familiar with the basic concepts of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System, but new to implementing it on projects or looking to brush up on implementation best practices. It is appropriate for new LEED APs, as well as those pursuing GBCI’s LEED AP Building Design + Construction credential.

The workshop addresses LEED tools and unique aspects of the New Construction rating system. Workshop participants will discuss the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the LEED process, as well as strategies for communicating with team members at various stages of that process. Official USGBC LEED Faculty who are LEED and facilitation experts will walk the class through the phases of a typical project, including key decisions that project teams must make and guidance on how to make them. Throughout the day, you will engage with other participants in interactive activities using case examples to enable you to work hands-on with LEED implementation strategies and Rating System tools, including project forms from LEED Online v3. At the end of this workshop, you should be able to apply your newfound knowledge to real-life LEED projects.


-Instruction from official USGBC Faculty who are experts in LEED and trained in facilitation and adult learning techniques

-Particitant workbook, which includes PowerPoint slides, interactive learning activities based on real LEED projects, and a glossary of key green building definitions

-Online access to a non-printable version of the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition

-Option to order one copy of the Reference Guide at a discounted rate

-Continuing education for 7 hours of instruction directly reported to AIA and CSI; certificate of completion for self-reporting to other professional organizations

-Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments

-Upon completion of a post-workshop survey, access to additional supplementary resources

This course, like all USGBC LEED education programs, meets GBCI eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate.

New LEED certified projects in St. Louis!

USGBC-STL recently awarded a LEED plaque to Enterprise Holdings for their LEED Certified Contact Center (see photo below). Accepting the plaque on behalf Enterprise Holdings were Cindy Oberkirsch, General Contact Center Manager and Ken Kreh, Vice President. As you can see from the photo a number of the project team members also joined us.

Pictured from left to right: L-R  Gary Adelman, Haworth; Randy McLaren, Landco Construction; Daniel Raftery, Enterprise Holdings; Cindy Oberkirsch, Enterprise Holdings; Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL; Michael Ratliff, Arcturis; Ken Kreh, Enterprise Holdings; Brian Waite, Arcturis; Paul Braundmeier, William Tao and Associates; Christine Ramsdell, Enterprise Holdings

Pictured from left to right: L-R Gary Adelman, Haworth; Randy McLaren, Landco Construction; Daniel Raftery, Enterprise Holdings; Cindy Oberkirsch, Enterprise Holdings; Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL; Michael Ratliff, Arcturis; Ken Kreh, Enterprise Holdings; Brian Waite, Arcturis; Paul Braundmeier, William Tao and Associates; Christine Ramsdell, Enterprise Holdings

This is when I take great pleasure from my job as the Chapter Executive Director. After months and months (and sometimes years) of working on a project, the reward of official recognition from the USGBC with a LEED plaque and certificate bring smiles to most faces. The Chapter is always honored and excited to be involved in LEED plaque presentations!

Congratulations to Enterprise Holdings for the LEED certification of their second building! The 66,000 square foot building houses Enterprise’s St. Louis Contact Center, which processes reservations and roadside assistance calls from customers. Among other green features, the building has water-efficient faucets, low-flush toilets and HVAC systems that minimize energy consumption. Employee health and wellness was important to the project. White noise eliminates excess noise and makes taking calls easier; a walking track around the perimeter of the building encourages physical activity and indoor air quality is monitored.

Other projects that recently achieved LEED certification include:

Cannon Design Powerhouse – GOLD. Check out Cannon Design’s new headquarters on our annual LEED Building Tour on September 9.

Commerce Bank O’Fallon Branch – CERTIFIED. Commerce Bank participated in USGBC’S LEED for New Construction Retail Pilot, an exciting effort to provide real market feedback on how to apply LEED to retail spaces. The O’Fallon, MO branch features clerestory windows to help reduce or eliminate electrical lighting during the day; energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; ENERGY STAR appliances; an ENERGY STAR white roof coating to reduce heat gain in the building and Forest Stewardship Council wood products in built-in wood cabinetry, wood paneling and trim work

Midwest Testing – SILVER. Midwest Testing, located next door to Alberici’s LEED Platinum Headquarters, is a two-story, 25,000-square-foot facility with 14,000 square feet of office space and 11,000 square feet of lab and support facilities. The building features mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems designed to reduce energy costs by 30%; a reflective white roof; a 5,000 gallon cistern to collect rainwater and significantly offset potable water used for landscaping; and a crushed concrete aggregate pavement for the storage yard that not only includes recycled content, but will also reduce the heat island effect and reduce stormwater runoff by being permeable.

Gateway Commercial – 8610 Page – GOLD (Core & Shell)

Washington University – Seigle Hall – CERTIFIED

The Chapter is currently collecting information and statistics on all the LEED certified projects in the St. Louis area in order to post project profiles for each project. Additionally, the LEED page of the website will soon feature a map of all LEED certified projects in the St. Louis area!

– Submitted by Emily Andrews, USGBC-STL Executive Director