Archive for February, 2010

WIN a FREE seat at the Living Building Challenge ROAD SHOW!

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The Living Building Challenge ROAD SHOW is coming to St. Louis on Wednesday, April 21! The ROAD SHOW is a full day workshop that will discuss restorative design and cover the key components of the Living Building Challenge certification process. St. Louis is home to the Tyson Living Learning Center, a project seeking certification under the Living Building Challenge!

USGBC-STL is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two FREE SEATS at this workshop! Raffle tickets are $20 for one (1) and $40 for three (3). ROAD SHOW workshop registration is a $345 value and includes a one-year membership in the Living Building Challenge Community.

Tickets will be for sale at upcoming USGBC-STL events (March 9, March 31 and April 13) and Chapter committee meetings. Winners will be drawn and notified the week of April 5 two weeks before the ROAD SHOW.  at the close of the April 13 USGBC-STL Program, one week Winners need not be present to win.

If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket and cannot attend any of the above programs or events, contact Emily Andrews at or (314) 577-0854.

Learn more about the April 21 ROAD SHOW.

St. Louis Regional Food Summit – March 4

Healthy Youth Partnership is hosting the St. Louis Regional Food Summit on Thursday, March 4 in an effort to develop a Food Policy Council for the St. Louis Region.  The St. Louis Regional Food Summit is a conference that sill increase knowledge among key stakeholders in the Metro area about the importance and key benefits of food policy planning.

Mark Winne will deliver the Summit’s keynote address. Mark served as the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System from 1979 – 2003, a nonprofit that works on food and hunger issues in Hartford, CT. He is the author of Closing the Food Gap and active in the Community Food Security Coalition’s policy work.

WHEN: Thursday, March 4, 8 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE: Saint Louis University, Allied Health Building

For more information or to register, visit the Healthy Youth Partnership Website.

If this event is up your alley, be sure to check out the Chapter’s March 9 program in partnership with the Sierra Club on Urban Agriculture and Edible Landscaping!

Urban Agriculture and Edible Landscapes

Presented by the U.S. Green Building Council-St. Louis Regional Chapter and the Eastern Missouri Group of the Sierra Club

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Urban agriculture presents opportunities to enhance community connectivity, decrease embodied energy in food, contribute to long-term solutions addressing urban decay, and increase the usefulness and interrelation between land and the community. USGBC-STL, in partnership with the Eastern Missouri Group of the Sierra Club, presents a program exploring how to integrate agriculture – passive and active – into our living, work, and educational spaces.   Mary Dewesse, Acorn Landscapes, will discuss opportunities and strategies for incorporating edible landscapes and permaculture principles into commercial development and city planning.  Gwenne Hayes-Stewart, Gateway Greening, will describe how to get community buy-in from grassroots and citizen-managed initiatives, and provide an overview of community gardens, food policy, land use, and the results of the Whitmire Study which examines the relationship between community gardens and their immediate neighborhood.  Marjorie Sawicki, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University, will present experiences on campus and in public schools developing gardens and teaching programs to improve nutrition, and discuss SLU’s participation in the Tree Campus USA program with emphasis on edible species.

Mary Francois Deweese, Principal and Lead Project Landscape Architect, Acorn Landscape Architecture
Gwenne Hayes-Stewart, Executive Director of Gateway Greening
Marjorie Sawicki, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University
Moderated by Rhonda Schaper, Glorious Gardens.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
5:30-6:15pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30pm – Program

1901 Chouteau, St. Louis, MO 63103

Free to USGBC-STL members, Sierra Club members, and full-time students
$20 for non-members

Online at Eventbrite
Questions? Contact USGBC-STL staff at (314) 577-0225

Thanks to our Program Sponsor!

Pi Restaurant

Panel Discussion on Corporate Sustainability Initiatives – Feb 26

A panel of sustainability experts will present an overview of Wal-Mart’s efforts to develop a “Sustainability Index” and discuss the reasons behind Wal-Mart’s efforts and how the index and sustainability labels will be developed.

Panelists will also discuss other key initiatives and trends that are driving corporate sustainability programs. Panelists include Tony Calandro and Eric Olson. John Traeger will moderate.

WHEN: Friday, February 26, 7:30 am – 9:00 am

WHERE: RCGA’s Regional Collaboration Center, One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300 (63102)

COST: Free

For more information, see the event flyer.

Growing Green Awards – Deadline Extended to March 4

The Growing Green Award nomination deadline has been extended to March 4. Nominations are due electronically to 4 PM CST on Thursday, March 4. Nominations are being accepted in seven categories: corporate, educator, government, home builder, innovator, quietly green and non-profit.

For more information or to download the nomination form or requirements, visit the Growing Green Award website.

Winners will be announced at the March 31 Dinner and Program. The evening will be emceed by KWMU’s Matt Sepic and the Honorable Linda Goldstein (Mayor of Clayton, MO and inaugural Growing Green Award Winner) will deliver the keynote. TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Living Building Challenge ROAD SHOW


The Living Building Challenge pushes us to ask the the question: What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? Over 60 projects – including one right here in St. Louis – are pursuing certification through this vigorous performance standard. And the interest in the Living Building Challenge and restorative design & construction continues to rise.

The ROAD SHOW – presented by the International Living Building Institute – is coming to St. Louis on Wednesday, April 21. It is an in-person introductory workshop to share the tenets of the Challenge with advanced practitioners throughout the United States and Canada.

Presenter: Bradley Nies (of BNIM)

Wednesday, April 21
8:30 am – Registration
9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Workshop

Location: Tyson Research Center (Washington University in St. Louis) * 6750 Tyson Valley Road * Eureka, MO 63025


$295 for Living Building Community Members
$310 for USGBC-STL Chapter Members
$345 for non-members

$325 Living Building Community Members
$355 USGBC-STL Chapter Members
$395 non-members


Cost includes instruction by expert faculty, Living Building Community membership ($125 value), continental breakfast and lunch, continuing education units

Register through the International Living Building Institute.

USGBC-STL is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two seats at this workshop. One (1) ticket is $20, three (3) tickets are $40. Additionally, USGBC-STL Members receive a 10% discount on the registration fee. To purchase a raffle ticket or to receive instruction on the 10% USGBC-STL Member Discount, contact USGBC-STL at or 314-577-0854.

For more information, download the event flyer.

2010 Growing Green Award Tickets Now for Sale!

USGBC-STL’s Second Annual Growing Green Awards will be Wednesday, March 31 at the newly renovated Soulard Preservation Hall. Winners will be announced at the March 31 dinner and celebration, which will be emceed by 90.7 KWMU’s Matt Sepic. The Honorable Linda Goldstein, Mayor of Clayton, MO will give the keynote address. Clayton was an inaugural Growing Green Award winner in the Government category last year.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 starting March 25 or at the door. Purchase tickets via EventBrite.

Nominations for the Growing Green Awards are due electronically by 4 PM Central Standard Time on February 23 March 4 (DEADLINE EXTENDED). For more information, see the Growing Green Awards page.

$$$ Available to Finance Green Building

Lou Brouk with Terra-Wise, Inc. and also the USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee’s Leadership Circle representative, spent a million hours collecting data for his February 2nd presentation “An Overview of Federal, State and Local Green Building Incentives.” A million might be an exaggeration, but I’ve conducted similar research myself, and I know he devoted many, many, many hours to finding all the tax credits and deductions, loans, grants, and rebates that are available to owners, builders, developers, and designers of green buildings in Missouri and Illinois.

The simple charts and bullet-point lists that filled Lou’s just-the-facts slides, were golden—a wealth of practical financing information, targeted precisely to the 100+ business leaders attending the third of three High Performance Building Seminars co-sponsored by the USGBC-STL and RCGA.

Lou admitted that he could have missed some resources, noted that the programs change daily, and recommended the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency website for up-to-date, comprehensive information.

Kudos and many thanks to Lou. His complete presentation is available at


– Submitted by Jan Niehaus, president of Communication by Design, a long-time member of USGBC-STL, and Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Net-Zero Energy Home 2-Day Workshop

Learn ways to cut your home’s energy costs up to 50% in this intensive workshop presented by The Evergreen Institute, USGBC-STL, and the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center.  Practical strategies for new and existing homes address energy demand, passive-solar design and construction, implementing renewable energy systems, building and rehab costs, and more.

Dan Chiras, Founder and Director of The Evergreen Institute

Dan Chiras, Founder and Director of The Evergreen Institute

Dan Chiras, Ph.D., nationally noted author and energy expert and founder of The Evergreen Institute.

Saturday & Sunday, March 13 &14, 2010
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC), 4651 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110; Rooms 129 & 130

$80 for USGBC-STL and Missouri Botanical Garden members
$95 for non-members
Fee includes continental breakfast, handouts, parking.
To inquire about discount for couples call 314-577-9506.

Online at the Missouri Botanical Garden website. Once on the website, scroll down to the Green Living section and click on “Alternative Building Workshop: Net-Zero Energy Home.” If you are a USGBC-STL member, select the member ticket and note “USGBC-STL member” in the notes section.

National ASHRAE President to speak in St. Louis

Join the St. Louis Chapter of ASHRAE on Monday, February 8 for their Student Night and to hear Gordon Holness, the national president of ASHRAE.

Students from SIU-Carbondale will present the designs for a renovation of the interfaith center on campus, where they incorporated ground source heating & cooling, LED lighting, passive solar heating.

Gordon Holness will address ASHRAE’s plan for reducing energy consumption in existing buildings via the Sustainabil­ity Roadmap and Vision 2020 Plan.

WHEN: Monday, February 9
4:15 – 5:05 pm  – Student Program
5:15 pm – Dinner & Chapter Announcements
6:10 – 7:00 pm – Gordon Holness presentation

WHERE: Russo’s Spazio at Westport – 12031 Lackland (63146)

COST: Free to current St. Louis Chapter ASHRAE Members, $25.00 for non members.

Register in advance.