Archive for April, 2010

Credentialing Maintenance Program for LEED Professionals – Informational Session

Are you confused by the new Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP) for LEED Professionals?  If so, join USGBC-STL for an informational session designed to assist current and potential LEED Professionals navigate through this complex program!


  • Clarify the roles of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) versus USGBC
  • Describe enrollment options for LEED APs without specialty; summarize why and how to enroll
  • Explain CE hour requirements; define the eight CE activity delivery methods and how many CE hours are required
  • Identify how to record and report CE hours
  • Discuss renewals, audits, and fees

Monday, May 17, 2010
8:00 – 9:30 am

Ranken Technical College

4431 Finney Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63113

Room G108/109 in the Gray Building

Parking Instructions: Check in at the security guard station when you pull in. The security guard will tell you where to park and point you to the correct building.

$15 for USGBC-STL Chapter Members
$30 for Non-Members

Online at Eventbrite

Email or call (314) 577-0225

Thank You to our Program Sponsor!

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Chapter Members in the News

USGBC-STL Member Mary Francois Deweese is highlighted in the April 27, 2010 edition of the Suburban Journals.  The article, Green Quest, discusses the Deweeses’ two-year quest to create a greener, more sustainable suburban lifestyle.

“What the heck is going on in that Forrester Drive front yard?

That’s the question Manchester homeowners Dan and Mary Deweese get from lots of their Glan Tai subdivision neighbors, who are astonished to see a backhoe digging up the front yard.

What’s going on is the installation of a geothermal heating and air conditioning system . . .”   Read the entire article


If you are or see a USGBC-STL member who appears in the news, please let us know!  Send a link to the article to

USGBC-STL New Member Welcome Event

The U.S. Green Building Council – St. Louis Regional Chapter welcomes new members to a special, new member-only event to socialize and get acquainted with USGBC-STL!  Chapter officers, past and present, will be on hand to share the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.  After learning about the chapter, new members will have the opportunity to tour the Interior Design Center showrooms where green products will be on display while enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers.

What USGBC-STL New Member Welcome Event
When Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 4:30 – 6:15 pm
Where KDR Designer Showrooms
at the Interior Design Center
11600 Page Service Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146 map

RSVP Contact USGBC-STL Membership & Education Coordinator, Hope Breidenbach, via email or phone (314) 577-0225.  This event is open only to USGBC-STL members who have joined the Chapter within the last 6 months.  If you are not yet a member of the Chapter, and would like to join and attend this event, contact USGBC-STL staff.

Thanks to our Event Hosts & Sponsors!


Accessories by Design LLC
Beck/Allen Cabinetry
KDR Designer Showrooms
Premier Plumbing Studio
Working Spaces


This special New Member Event will be followed by the USGBC-STL May Program: 7th Annual LEED Green Building Showcase from 6:15 – 7:30 pm.  Click here for program details.

The 7th Annual LEED Green Building Showcase

Download PDFs of the program presentations and attendees:
Crossroads College Preparatory School

National Great Rivers Research and Education Field Station
View a list of program attendees

St. Louis now boasts 77 LEED certified projects (46 commercial and 31 residential) and over 100 LEED registered projects! The 7th Annual LEED Green Building Showcase is FREE to all attendees and features presentations on three local projects that are pursuing or have achieved LEED certification. During the networking portion of the event, attendees will tour the Interior Design Center showrooms where green products will be on display and enjoy complimentary drinks & appetizers!

Featured Projects
Crossroads College Preparatory School, presented by William B. Handmaker, Head of School and Lauren Fields, Crossroads College Preparatory School Class of 2010
Great Rivers Research and Education Field Station, Lewis & Clark Community College, presented by Jon McGinnis, AAIC Inc.
Rock Hill Trails, presented by Josiah Cox, Trumpet LLC

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
5:30 pm – Registration & Networking – Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while touring the Interior Design Center showrooms from 5:30 to 6:15 pm!
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Presentation

KDR Designer Showrooms at the Interior Design Center
11600 Page Service Dr
St Louis, MO 63146

Free for USGBC-STL Members and Full-Time Students
SPECIAL: Free for Non-Members

RSVP At Eventbrite

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

Accessories by Design LLC
Beck/Allen Cabinetry
KDR Designer Showrooms
Premier Plumbing Studio
Working Spaces

AIA/CEU’s & Certificates of Attendance are available.
AIA members, please be prepared to sign in with your AIA number.

The USGBC-STL Spring New Member Welcome Event is taking place immediately before the May 11 program – beginning at 4:30 pm.  This special new member-only event offers the opportunity for new members to meet USGBC-STL officers –past and present — and learn about the chapter’s history, member benefits & opportunities.  If you’re not yet a member of the chapter, be sure to join before May 11 and attend this special event!  For membership information, contact Hope Breidenbach via email or phone, (314) 577-0225.

Inaugural Open Streets Event in St. Louis City on May 1

Want to know what it feels like to get rid of cars from streets? Then check out the City of St. Louis’ inaugural Open Streets 2010 event on Saturday, May 1st from 8 am – 1 pm. The event will open about five miles of City streets to cyclists, skaters, pedestrians, joggers, residents, and tourists. Free lessons and activities along the way include health & safety demonstrations, yoga, tai chi, spinning, and an historical architecture walking tour.

For more information visit

Green Buildings & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Webinar

USGBC is holding a new webinar on Thursday, April 29 on Green House Gases and Green Buildings, focusing on understanding and achieving key reduction goals.

Speakers include:

  • Matt Gray, Analyst, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department of Energy
  • Chris Pyke, Director of Research, USGBC
  • Seth Schultz, Director, Climate Positive Program, USGBC
  • Moderated by Melissa Gallagher-Rogers, Director, Government Sector, USGBC.

WHEN: Thursday, April 29, noon – 1:30 pm CST
WHERE: Your Computer!
COST: $60 for USGBC national members, $75 for non-members, includes 1.5 hours of AIA/CES and GBCI continuing education credits.

Click here for more information or to register.

Green Building Legislation Moves Forward in Missouri!

Check out our new blog post about House Bill 1871 which requires LEED Silver Certification for state funded, owned and leased buildings!

Green Building Legislation in Missouri Moves Forward!

This is the year. This is the year we hope to join 33 other states with some sort of LEED for state buildings legislation or executive order. Well, we are a few steps closer to this becoming a reality in Missouri thanks to House Bill 1871, which contains language that would require all state owned or leased buildings, new construction or major renovation (over 5,000 sq/ft) meet LEED Silver or Two Globes (Green Globes) or conduct a 30 year life cycle analysis showing the financial costs in the long term do not justify certification. It also requires that when obtaining LEED certification, a major facility project shall reduce energy use twenty-four percent for new buildings or twenty percent for existing buildings over ASHRAE standard 90.1-2007. In order to ensure that buildings remain energy efficient, all major facility projects that were certified at the LEED Silver or two Globe standard or higher shall be inspected by a third-party commissioning agent, at a minimum, in the fifth, tenth, and fifteenth year following certification.

GSCaucusEvent 4-16-10Pictured at the Missouri Green Schools Caucus Reception on April 16 left to right: Pam McIntyre, President of St. Louis Community College – Wildwood Campus; Representative Shane Schoeller; Richard Schuessler, USGBC-STL Government Advocacy Subcommittee Chair; Representative Margo McNeil and Jeremy Sigmon, USGBC Building Codes Advocacy Manager.

Another component of the legislation hopes to ensure more government accountability and transparency. It involves the Office of Administration regularly reporting building information to House and Senate Energy and Environment committees. Information reported will include the number and types of buildings designed and constructed and the level of certification achieved; actual savings in energy costs; a description of potential environmental benefits, such as water savings and solid waste reduction; and a building’s ability to perform at the standard to which it was originally certified.

Not only do we hope that state owned and leased buildings will become greener with the help of this bill, but that the state of Missouri benefits from the triple bottom line for years to come.

House Bill 1871 also contains the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act, know as PACE. This language authorizes municipalities to form a clean energy development board in order to establish a property assessed clean energy program to finance energy efficiency or renewable energy improvement projects. A property owner can then apply to the board to finance their clean energy project through a property tax lien against the property.

PACE addresses the upfront costs associated with some clean energy projects and the lien is paid back to the board over a given time frame from the energy savings and/or generation. PACE will be an optional program for local residences and provides no financial burden on the State. It will help create jobs and allow everyday Missourians to green their homes without a financial burden.

I would like to thank Rep. Shane Schoeller for sponsoring House Bill 1871 as well as one of its biggest supporters, Rep. Margo McNeil (who introduced the LEED portion). Reps. Schoeller and McNeil have been instrumental in the perfection of this bill in the House where it was passed by a landslide (137 for, 9 against). They also are the co-chairs of the Missouri Green Schools Caucus which kicked-off this January at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building – a LEED Platinum building and home to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Nearly one quarter of all Missouri House members have signed onto the caucus already. The caucus held its second event at the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus just last week on April 16. In order to further engage educational leaders, local municipal leaders and school board members were invited and over 40 people attended. Further events will be planned for Springfield and Kansas City. We look for the Caucus to work on greening Missouri schools through legislation and green building education. Special thanks also goes out to the folks at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and St. Louis Community College for their continued support of green buildings and for hosting this year’s Green Schools Caucus events.

For more information about House Bill 1871, see the bill’s full text.

For more information about other environmental legislation in Missouri, visit the Missouri Votes Conservation website.

Submitted by Richard Schuessler, an employee of Huntleigh McGehee and USGBC-STL Government Advocacy Subcommittee Chair.

Chapter Members in the News

USGBC-STL members Matt Malten, Merrilee Hertlein, Lori Thompson, and Punit Jain are featured in Green construction takes root on local campuses which appears in the April 16-22, 2010 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal.

“Call it what you will – green building, sustainable construction, living environments – but the goal is the same: reduce the overall environmental impact of buildings and create more healthful surroundings in which to live and work.

The movement has found ideal, innovative advocates in St. Louis’ universities and colleges and is having a strong influence on the way they view their real estate portfolios.

‘College campuses were not the first to get on board, but once we did, we probably became some of the most vocal supporters of green construction,’ said Matt Malten, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability at Washington University.

Merrilee Hertlein, a senior associate with Mackey Mitchell, said the push for sustainability often comes from students as much as administrators. Eighty five percent of the work at St. Louis-based Mackey Mitchell Architects comes from campus-related projects, all of which are designed with sustainable elements. . . ”

*The electronic version of the full article is only accessible to subscribers of the St. Louis Business Journal.

Volunteer at USGBC-STL’s Earth Day Booth!

Calling all those who are passionate about green building!

USGBC-STL could use a few volunteers to help staff our booth at the annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival in Forest Park on Sunday, April 25. The Festival is held on the Muny Grounds from 11 am – 6 pm.

If you’re knowledgeable about green building practices, like to talk with strangers about green building and like to hang out in Forest Park, this is the job for you! We need volunteers for two shifts: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Contact USGBC-STL at or 314-577-0854 if you’d like to volunteer!