Archive for May, 2010

Greensburg Kansas: Three Years into Rebuilding Green from the Ground Up

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We are delighted to welcome back to St. Louis Daniel Wallach, Executive Director and Founder of Greensburg GreenTown. Mr. Wallach will give an overview and update on the progress in Greensburg, Kansas in the quest to make it “America’s model green community” just three years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed over 90% of the town. Much has transpired in 3 years and Daniel will discuss what motivated people to take significant action towards achievement of a very ambitious collective vision.  Mr. Wallach will speak about the successes realized, the areas where success has eluded the community thus far and the community’s hopes and dreams for the future.


  • Describe how to motivate behavioral changes which contribute to the implementation of sustainable building and green living practices in a community unfamiliar with these concepts.
  • Explore how to de-politicize sustainable building and green living to pursue a collective vision.
  • Discuss the importance of communicating sustainability in lay terms to build the support of non-technical stake-holders.
  • Illustrate the considerable successes that can be accomplished by a community within a relatively short period of time (3 years).
Daniel Wallach, Executive Director and Founder, Greensburg GreenTown

Daniel Wallach

Daniel Wallach, Executive Director and Founder of Greensburg GreenTown
(scroll down to see speaker’s bio)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
5:30 – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30- Presentation

Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University in St. Louis
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
1 Brookings Dr., Steinberg Hall, St. Louis, MO 63130

Paid parking is available by permit in the Washington University parking garage or in the Visitor Parking behind the Kemper Art Museum (near Skinker and Brookings Drive). Metered parking is available along Brookings Drive. Free parking is available in nearby Forest Park. Carpooling & Metrolink are encouraged. Visitor parking info can be found on Washington University’s website.

Free for USGBC-STL members and full-time students;
$20.00 for Non-Members

RSVP at Eventbrite

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!



Sun Chips


This program is approved for 1 GBCI CE Hour through the USGBC Education Provider Program.

Water will be provided in large containers. Please help to reduce the environmental impact of USGBC-STL Programs by bringing your own refillable water bottle.


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

Daniel Wallach is a businessman and social entrepreneur who has spent much of his life developing ideas to help the world.  He has led an unconventional life; he barely made it out of high school and dropped out of college to pursue a dream of becoming an independently wealthy businessman and philanthropist. After his first business venture (a restaurant) failed, he decided to go right to being a philanthropist and became the founding Director of the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations. After a successful tenure there, Mr. Wallach became ill and unable to work for many years and became a student of philosophy, religion and natural healing. In 2003 Daniel and his wife moved to rural Kansas to continue healing work and “get away from it all”.  In 2007 a tornado brought to his doorstep a new life helping to reimagine and rebuild Greensburg, Kansas which suffered almost complete destruction when struck by the largest tornado on record.

Daniel and his wife founded Greensburg GreenTown, a nonprofit organization which has worked with the town to help craft a vision for the community and then help bring that vision to fruition.

Mr. Wallach has been quoted in dozens of publications and media outlets including Time Magazine, USA Today, CNN, New York Times and on ABC and NBC morning shows. He was honored with the distinction of being one of 15 people profiled in the United States Green Building Council “15 years, 15 stories video and annual report to mark its 15 year anniversary. In February of 2009, President Barack Obama quoted Daniel when citing Greensburg in his joint address to Congress.

Mr. Wallach is currently writing a book with Hatherleigh Press titled “GreenTown USA” which is scheduled for release in 2010.


NEW Searchable Member Directory and Member Profile Additions to the USGBC-STL Website

USGBC-STL Member Directory
We are excited to launch the new USGBC-STL Member Directory on the Chapter’s website!  Website visitors may perform quick or advanced searches for Chapter members.  Quick search options allow visitors to easily sort members by Industry Sector: Employer Category, Industry Sub-Sector: Position, or LEED Professional Designation.  Advanced searches allow visitors to sort members by a variety of search options including name and organization.

USGBC-STL Member Profile
USGBC-STL Members may update their information displayed in the Member Directory or edit their privacy settings at any time by logging in to their Member Profile and clicking on the Edit Profile button.  To log in, click here or on the Update Membership Profile option under the Membership tab on the Chapter website. Profile information and individual passwords were emailed to Chapter Members on Wednesday, May 19.

In Addition, We’ve Made Changes to the USGBC-STL Join/Renew Process:
USGBC-STL is now managing the join/renew process for Chapter membership in-house.  This means that individuals no longer have to navigate through the national USGBC website to join or renew their Chapter membership!  Individuals may join or renew their membership at any time by simply clicking on the Join or Renew Now option under the Membership tab on the USGBC-STL website and filling out an online application.

USGBC-STL Receives Award for CMP Education & Resources

While many USGBC Chapters are addressing the LEED Credential Maintenance Program and retooling their educational offerings, USGBC-STL is among the first Chapters offering a LEED CMP Information Session. And we’ve developed tools that are innovative and helpful resources to the building industry.  In recognition of these accomplishments, USGBC-STL was recently awarded a 2010 USGBC Heartland Region Chapter Award in the area of Organizational Excellence.

New CMP resources are available on the LEED Credentials page of our website and by clicking on the following links:

Additionally, we are working to assist LEED Professionals who are still struggling with how to report their continuing education hours – particularly with the prescriptive requirements. USGBC-STL asks program speakers to identify which of the six major categories of the prescriptive requirements for LEED APs credentialed under NC, CI or EB their presentation best fits under (project site factors; water management; project systems and energy impacts; acquisition; installation and management of projects materials; improvements to the indoor environment; stakeholder involvement in innovation; and project surrounding and public outreach) and includes in our program evaluation email these category suggestions for reporting LEED CMP continuing education hours.

LEED Professionals – stay tuned!  USGBC-STL will continuously develop resources and programs to help you achieve your continuing education requirements.  Be sure to check the Chapter website regularly for updates!

4th Annual Tour of Green Homes

Join USGBC-STL, Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center and the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri on the Fourth Annual Tour of Green Homes!

WHEN: Saturday, June 19, noon – 4 pm

COST: Free!

10 new and rehabbed home sites located around St. Louis and in Metro East. Features feature:

  • Water conservation measures built into an entire development – Rock Hill Trails, Wood River, Illinois (2 model homes)
  • Historic urban four-family completely rehabbed to save energy and water – DeMun neighborhood of Clayton
  • Professional energy audit demonstrations by Home Green Home and Mosby Building Arts at EarthWays Center in mid-town St. Louis
  • New certified-Green town homes and single family infill homes in south and central City of St. Louis, and
  • New custom Certified-Green homes in St. Louis County.

Homes will be staffed by builders, owners and Residential Green professionals to answer questions and discuss YOUR Green Dream House ideas. Visit any or all of the homes on this self-guided tour.

Download home locations from (map and information will be available closer to tour date). Learn about Green Home features at

Chapter Members in the News

USGBC-STL Member Jan Niehaus, of Communication By Design, recently penned an article for the April 2010 issue of the Missouri Environmental Insider, an electronic publication of the Associated Industries of Missouri.

The article, entitled Cap and Trade and CO2: Just the Facts, includes a primer on Cap and Trade, discussion of incentives available for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions and highlights industry that is taking voluntary action to reduce pollution and save money.

Pat Justis of AmerenUE and JoAnn Brookes of HOK – also USGBC-STL members – are quoted in the article, as is Erin Noble of Renew Missouri, the 2010 Growing Green Award Winner in the non-profit category.

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

May 19 CSI Workshop on Improving Your Practice’s Profitability by Improving Your Written Documents

Check out this upcoming educational opportunity provided by the St. Louis Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute:

“Front End” Documents: Improving Your Practice’s Profitability by
Improving Your Written Documents

Speakers include:

  • Steve Gantner (ArchImages)
  • George Everding (Cannon Design)
  • Jason Popelka, (Corporate Architect), MC and Moderator

WHEN: May 19, 7 am – 5 pm

WHERE: Engineers Club – 4359 Lindell Blvd (63108)

Download the event notice for more information.

PACE Legislation Passes in Missouri!

At the 11th hour legislation enabling PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) passed in Missouri. For more information on bill, see:

PACE allows commercial and residential property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits, paying their loans over 20 years via an annual assessment on their property tax bill.  For more information on PACE, see:

Midwest Energy & Climate Policy Conference

The fourth annual Midwest Energy and Climate Policy Conference will be held June 8-10 at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Union Station’s Marriott Hotel. The conference will bring together experts from across the region and country to discuss a myriad of climate and energy related topics, such as federal and state energy priorities, proposed legislative and regulatory actions, corporate response to carbon management, the future of coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, and the outlook for alternative energy research and initiatives. This conference is a great opportunity to learn more about these important topics and features an excellent line up of speakers, including:

  • Dr. Gavin Schmidt from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York
  • Dr. William Dannevik, Chair, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at St. Louis University
  • Henry Henderson, Director, NRDC Chicago Office
  • Senator John Warner (R-Virginia), and
  • Anita Maltbia, Director if Kansas City’s Green Impact Zone

The conference is sponsored by the Regulatory Environmental Group for Missouri, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Missouri Energy Initiative, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association. See the full conference schedule and details here.

June 8 – 10, 2010

Missouri Botanical Garden – June 8
Union Station Marriott – June 9 -10


  • $395 Standard Rate ($450 beginning June 2)
  • $295 for sponsoring organization members – includes USGBC-STL members! ($350 beginning June 2)

For more information or to register, click here.

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

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 happy to recognize Marjorie Melton, M3 Engineering Group, USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee and Scholarship Task Force.

Marjorie Melton is recognized for her great (and speedy) work coordinating the Greening the Heartland scholarship application, review and selection process!

Thanks, Marjorie, for your commitment and hard work!

Previous Recognitions

April 2010
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
Becky Finch, Missouri Lawyers Weekly and USGBC-STL Growing Green Awards Task Force

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