Archive for March, 2010

Congrats to Growing Green Award Winners!

A great night at the Soulard Preservation Hall, emceed by KWMU’s Matt Sepic and keynote by the Honorable Linda Goldstein (Mayor of Clayton. MO) revealed this year’s Growing Green Award Winners:

  • Innovator: Home Green Home
  • Home Builder: Laclede Gas Company
  • Government: St. Louis County
  • Educator: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Quietly Green: Punit Jain, Cannon Design
  • Non-Profit: Renew Missouri, a project of Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • Corporate: Clayco

Look for more information soon!

“Above & Beyond” USGBC-STL Volunteer Recognition – April

USGBC-STL is committed to recognizing volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program! This month, we are thrilled to recognize Richard Schuessler, Huntleigh McGehee and USGBC-STL Government Advocacy Subcommittee, Cristina Spicer, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., USGBC-STL Growing Green Awards Task Force and Emerging Green Builders, and Becky Finch, Missouri Lawyers Weekly and USGBC-STL Growing Green Awards Task Force.

Richard Schuessler, co-chair of the Government Advocacy Committee, has been working tirelessly this winter and spring in order to get the LEED for State buildings bill not only filed, but assigned to committee in both the house and senate and hearings scheduled. This is as far as this bill has gone since we began working on this several years ago. Richard also travelled to Jeff City to testify on behalf of the Chapter. Richard has been working with the Green Schools committee and State Reps Margo McNeil and Shane Schoeller in order to launch a Green Schools Caucus in the Missouri House. The official launch was in January in Jefferson City. Again, Richard travelled there for the launch and has been advising Reps McNeil and Schoeller in their efforts to host a reception this spring in St. Louis.

Cristina Spicer and Becky Finch – This is Cristina and Becky’s second year serving on the Growing Green Awards Task Force. Cristina chairs the committee. Both Becky and Cristina have devoted much time and effort in ensuring the success of the awards program and the March 31 event. The Task Force meets frequently and requires much work in between meetings. From reviewing contracts to selecting the venue to selling program ads to recruiting sponsors to developing talking points for our emcee, to overseeing all the many details related to judging, Becky and Cristina have given much of their free time over to ensure that we recognize those who are transforming St. Louis’ built environment!

Thanks, Richard, Cristina, and Becky, for your commitment and hard work!

Previous Recognitions

March 2010
Helene Mathis, USGBC-STL Program Committee & Growing Green Awards Task Force

February 2010
Vicki Woodside, CI Select, USGBC-STL Marketing Committee
Christy Cunningham-Saylor, Vertegy, USGBC-STL Program Committee & Education Task Force

Growing Green Event SOLD OUT!

An packed house will await the announcement of this year’s Growing Green Award winners at Soulard Preservation Hall this Wednesday, March 31. For the second year in a row, this event is sold out! We’re looking forward to announcing and celebrating this year’s winners on Wednesday evening. We will share results on the website shortly after the event.

Look for next year’s event to be held in a larger venue for sure since we’ll also be celebrating the Chapter’s 10-year anniversary!

For more information, visit the Growing Green Awards webpage.

Chapter Members in the News

USGBC-STL Members Mary Francois Deweese and Don Koster are quoted in the recent St. Louis Post Dispatch article, Businesses take bite out of edible garden trend.  This encouraging article is a perfect compliment to the USGBC-STL March program on Urban Agriculture and Edible Landscapes.

“A handful of area farmers and landscape designers have tapped into the growing appetite for fresh, garden-grown produce by launching businesses that build vegetable gardens and transform urban and suburban yards into edible landscapes. . . ”  Read the entire article.


Chapter member and chair of the USGBC-STL Higher Education Subcommittee, Tony Ruebsam, authored Green school designs can enhance quality, lower costs which appears in the March/April 2010 edition of the Illinois School Board Journal.

“The sustainable construction boom now has school districts evaluating the cost and benefits of building and operating sustainable schools designed to the LEED®(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building rating system.

Faced with limited construction budgets and high expectations for student performance, educators are discovering that “green” design of school buildings results in a better learning environment, significant long-term operational cost savings and durable buildings that will last for 30 to 50 years. . .”  Read the entire article.

USGBC New Knowlege Exchange Podcasts!

Brought to you by USGBC’s Education Department . . . the latest stories of green building and sustainability – for free! Connect with experts in the field, hear about best practices in sustainable design, construction, operations and  planning.

Recent podcasts feature the renovation of Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and a discussion on reusing salvaged materials.

Subscribe to USGBC’s Knowledge Exchange Podcast! And if you like it, drop our friend Julia Feder a line. Julia used to chair USGBC-STL’s Green Schools committee. Now she works for USGBC’s Education Department!

Chouteau Crossing project to start soon

The Chouteau Crossing project – located at the northeast corner of Jefferson and Chouteau – is slated to break ground next month, according to an article in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This project was featured in the third session of our High Performance Building Series with RCGA, when the developer discussed project financing. The project has just been awarded brownfield tax credits from the MO Department of Economic Development. The project is aiming for LEED Platinum certification and will be home to DynaLabs, LLC and Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36.

Missouri House Green Schools Caucus Reception

Join the Missouri Green Schools Caucus on April 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm for a reception and tour at St. Louis Community College at Wildwood (LEED Gold certified)!

The Missouri House Green Schools Caucus launched in January with a reception and tour of the Lewis and Clark State Office Building (LEED Platinum) in Jefferson City.  The Caucus is co-chaired by Representatives Margo McNeil and Shane Schoeller and over 30 more Missouri state representatives have signed on.

The Green Schools Caucus is part of a nationwide effort to serve as catalyst for legislators to coordinate, educate and reach out to colleagues and constituents about benefits of green schools. Since 20% of America goes to school every day, many will benefit from healthier, safer and greener learning environments.

For more information, see the event invitation.

Comparing Residential Rating Systems: Certification Choices, Challenges, Changes

Click on the following links to view this program’s presentations and a list of attendees:
Jean Ponzi – LEED for Homes Spring 2010 Update
Richard Reilly – Compare & Contrast:  LEED for Homes and ENERGY STAR
Kim Hibbs – GBI-St. Louis:  How Does It Rate?
Matt Belcher – Using Green Standards to Re-Invent Your Business
View a List of Program Attendees

With 5 major systems in use in our region, what’s working for homebuilders? What’s motivating clients to build Green? And what needs modification to continue to advance Residential Green? Learn the latest and dialogue with a builder-advocate panel collectively fluent with LEED-H and its competitors.

Kim Hibbs – Hibbs Homes LLC
Richard Reilly – Trumpet Builders LLC and Habitat for Humanity
Matt Belcher – Belcher Homes
Moderated by Jean Ponzi – EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
5:30-6:15pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30pm – Program

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

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

Online at Eventbrite

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

Thank you to our Program Sponsors!

Butterfly Energy Works

TMA Architects

USGBC-STL Seeks Instructors for New LEED Exam Prep Courses

Request for Qualifications
LEED Exam Preparation Instructor

The U.S. Green Building Council – St. Louis Regional Chapter is developing LEED exam preparation courses to be held in 2010 focused on the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED BD+C exam.  If you are interested in applying to be an instructor, please submit the following via email by 5 pm on Monday, April 5, 2010.

  • Resume and teaching experience
  • Brief description of role on LEED certified projects, and identify which rating system was pursued
  • Teaching availability
  • (3) References

All qualifications must be compiled in (1) PDF file no larger than 5 MB and sent to  RFQ respondents are responsible for ensuring their submissions have been received by USGBC-STL before the deadline of 5 pm, Monday, April 5, 2010.

The course will be 16 hours of material to be presented over the course of 2 to 4 sessions.  There will be an instructor stipend of $1000.

USGBC-STL looks forward to receiving your response!

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

Congrats to 2010 Growing Green Award Nominees!

Congratulations to the 2010 Growing Green Award Nominees! We’ve received 67 nominees over seven categories and are excited to be honoring so many who are positively impacting St. Louis’ built environment.

Judging will take place over the next few weeks by a panel of objective experts from around the country. Winners will be announced at the March 31 Growing Green Awards Dinner and Program at the Soulard Preservation Hall and will feature a yummy menu with local and organic food.

To purchase tickets, visit Early bird ticket price lasts until March 24 – one week before the event – so now’s the time to get your tickets!

Program Advertising and Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, including last year’s winners and this year’s judges, please visit the Growing Green Awards website!

Hope to see you on March 31!