Archive for June, 2010

Chapter Members in the News

Congratulations to USGBC-STL Chapter Members Nick Bristow, of Clayco and Seth Teel, of HOK. Nick and Seth have both been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2010 Class of 30 Under 30 winners!

See the full list of winners here.

USGBC-STL LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-STL’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

  • Introduction and Core Concepts
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Friday, July 23 and Monday, July 26, 2010
8:30am-5pm both days

Masonry Institute of St. Louis
1429 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117

$200.00 for USGBC-STL Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts, USGBC
2) USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide, USGBC
Both of which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website. The price is reduced if purchased as a set ($100 for employees of national USGBC member companies; $120 for non-members). Please plan for shipping time. A limited number of textbooks will be available for purchase from USGBC-STL at the registration desk on the first day of class for $100/set; to purchase these sets interested participants MUST reserve copies by contacting USGBC-STL staff and receive confirmation from USGBC-STL staff that the texts have been reserved for them.

3) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 14 of the handbook.

Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.  Students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course which may be submitted to meet eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Click here
to visit our NEW Event Registration page, then click the “Register” button under the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

Jaime Kelley, LEED AP is an environmental engineer with 15 years of experience in sustainable urban planning and project management. She is a strategic, innovative thinker who brings sustainable development and design expertise to the implementation and management of both small and large projects. Jaime offers experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications through her past leadership on several LEED-registered buildings.

Lois Sechrist
, LEED AP ID+C is a sustainability consultant with 25 years of experience in interior architecture and project management.  Lois was the project manager for two LEED-certified projects, has served on the USGBC-STL Green Schools Subcommittee and is an active member of the University City Green Practices Committee.

This exam prep course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The LEED AP Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty portion. If you are interested in pursuing the LEED AP BD+C credential, take this course to prepare you for the first part of the exam and take the USGBC-STL LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep course which will be offered in September 2010 to prepare for the second Specialty section.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-STL staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thank You to our Event Sponsor!

Masonry Institute of St. Louis-Color

7th Annual Green Building Tour

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USGBC-STL will be featuring the soon-to-be open William J. Harrison Education Center of St. Louis Community College at the 7th Annual Green Building Tour on the evening of July 13th.  This is a new 30,000 square foot development in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood is slated to open for classes in Fall 2010. The project is registered with the certification goal of LEED® Gold; a total of 46 points are being pursued.

The project boasts numerous green features, including:

  • Brownfield clean-up
  • Variable Refrigerant Volume heat pump system
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • 30%+ Energy & Water Savings
  • Bike commuter changing facilities
  • Interactive educational kiosk in lobby
  • High indoor air quality
  • Over 95% normal construction waste diverted & recycled or reused
    . . . And much more!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
5:30 – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30- Brief Presentation & Tour

William J. Harrison Education Center of St. Louis Community College
3140 Cass Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63106

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

Click here to visit our NEW Event Registration page, then click the “Register” button under the 7th Annual Green Building Tour event.  You will be prompted to enter your email address.  The registration system will automatically recognize current USGBC-STL Members, allowing members to register for free.  Pending New and Lapsed members should contact USGBC-STL staff directly to register.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-STL staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!


KWAME Building Group

St. Louis Community College

Look for this new GBCI CMP logo to identify approved courses.

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

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

Fear Public Speaking? Join the USGBC-STL Speaker’s Bureau

The fear of public speaking ranks among Americans’ top fears, surpassing fear of illness, fear of flying, fear of terrorism and often the fear of death itself.

Jerry Seinfeld once joked about a survey that found that the fear of public speaking ranks higher in most people’s minds than the fear of death. “In other words,” he deadpanned, “at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.” Can you relate? I can. Not that I would prefer to be the one in the casket, but I have definitely had my share of anxiety when it comes to public speaking. My profession requires making presentations to various groups. Whether it is to a selection committee to win project or to present information about a project that has been constructed, public speaking can play a major role in the duties of an architect, one that I feared for many years.

So, I decided to volunteer for the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau and pushed myself to overcome this fear. As I reasoned, I was interested in promoting green building and in volunteering some additional time for the Chapter. As an architect and LEED AP, I have knowledge on the subject, the audiences should be noncontroversial and interested in the topic, and I would probably learn something in the process. Most of all, I thought, I just might overcome one of my biggest fears.

After a few years as a volunteer speaker, all of my initial reasoning has proved to be accurate. I have come to enjoy the presentations and actually find myself looking forward to the next. Even though I misspoke during a recent presentation, saying ‘LEED Green Fellow’ instead of ‘LEED Fellow’ and had a few jokes thrown at me afterward, I survived and even laughed at my own error. So, I may not give a perfect presentation and still experience some anxiety, but the overall experience has been a very positive one.

Therefore, if you are interested in promoting green building but fear public speaking, like the rest of us, there is likely an opportunity for you as part of the USGBC-STL Speaker’s Bureau!

For more information about the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau, see To volunteer for the Speakers Bureau, contact Chapter staff at

– Submitted by Barbara Anderson, a member of the USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee, a member of the USGBC-STL Speakers Bureau and an an architect at Oates Associates.

Energize Missouri Industries

Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has recently announced the Energize Missouri Industries program, which was created to provide industries with the opportunity to realize measurable energy savings that will result in reduced energy costs and increased market competitiveness.

The program provides incentives that will allow small and large industrial companies to

  • benchmark their facilities
  • conduct energy audits, and
  • conduct energy systems retrofits.

Private companies located or with facilities in Missouri and classified under the following 2007 NAICS code sectors are eligible:

  • 31-33–Manufacturing
  • 493–Warehousing and Storage

See a more detailed list of eligible industries.

Applications are due July 9th, 2010 by 4 PM CST.

For more information, see the MDNR website or contact the Energize Missouri Industries at 1-877-610-0831 or

June USGBC-STL Program Approved for 1 GBCI CE Hour

USGBC-STL’s June 15 Program, “Greensburg Kansas: Three Years into Rebuilding Green from the Ground Up”, has been successfully reviewed and approved by the USGBC Education Provider Program for 1 GBCI CE Hour.

Be sure to RSVP for the program and attend to earn 1 GBCI CE Hour!  Note: LEED Professionals are responsible for self-reporting all of their continuing eduction activities.

Chapter Members in the News

USGBC-STL Members Pat Justis, of AmerenUE and Marc Lopata, of Microgrid Energy, were featured in a Post-Dispatch article on June 10, 2010 entitled Energy savings is slow to catch on.

Post-Dispatch reporter, Jeffrey Tomich, discusses AmerenUE’s business energy efficiency incentives. According to the article, completed projects “will save 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year — the equivalent of power used by 4,000 homes.” About the same amount of energy savings are represented by projects in the queue.

While this is an impressive amount of energy and pollution saved, according to the article, AmerenUE would like to see more projects participate.

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

Accelerating the Pace of Green Construction in Certified Homes: SIPS and Pre-cast Foundation Systems


USGBC-Green Homes Subcommittee announces the second in a series: 2010 Green Homebuilding Field-Visit Lunch-and-Learns

Accelerating the Pace of Green Construction in Certified Homes: SIPS and Pre-cast Foundation Systems

In place of their monthly meeting, the USGBC-STL Green Homes Subcommittee meeting is coordinating a contractor and builder education event at a LEED registered home. All are welcome but this will be an intermediate level event with a focus on in-depth technical questions related to the benefits of structural insulated panels and insulated precast foundation systems. This event is targeted at contractors, builders, architects and developers curious about SIPS construction and precast concrete systems.

WHEN: Wednesday June 16 – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: At a Green Home!




COST: Event is free, but registration is required and limited to 25 attendees. E-mail to register.

Lunch will be provided by hosts, USGBC-STL Green Homes Subcommittee, Blue Brick Construction, Enercept Building Systems and Superior Walls.  


Clayton Green Power Community Challenge

Leading municipalities across the nation are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to become a Green Power Community (GPC). Green Power Communities are cities in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green power in amounts that meet targets set by the EPA.

In April, Clayton’s Board of Alderman committed to pursuing the GPC designation by unanimously passing a resolution to embark on an GPC Challenge via a joint effort of the City of Clayton, AmerenUE Pure Power and Clayton-based, Microgrid Energy.

The Green Power Community Challenge focuses on encouraging local businesses, residents, and non-profit organizations to support new sources of renewable energy and reduce the City of Clayton’s carbon footprint. In addition, Challenge events and activities will include a focused renewable energy education effort for Clayton residents and businesses, and in particular, the students in the Clayton School District.

The City of Clayton officially kicked off the Challenge on June 3rd with a luncheon at the Clayton Fire Station. Mayor Linda Goldstein (see photo below) shared several reasons why Clayton elected to participate in the Challenge, joining leading municipalities around the country in becoming an EPA Green Power Community:

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“In Clayton, we know today that renewable energy is here, in Missouri, and that it is working. We also know that increasing the amount of renewable energy in the Missouri power pool through the purchase of RECs or installation of onsite solar will reduce carbon emissions and promote local economic development.”

There are two ways that Clayton residents and businesses can help the City achieve the Green Power Community Challenge goal of 670 Megawatt Hours per month:

  • Enroll in AmerenUE Pure Power or any other Green-e certified voluntary green power program. Each Renewable Energy Credit represents 1 megawatt hour of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the grid, which means one less megawatt hour of conventional power. Each Renewable Energy Credit also represents the environmental benefit of displacing pollution from traditional energy generation with fossil fuels. And specifically, Pure Power Renewable Energy Credits support Missouri wind farms, which keeps environmental benefits working at home.


  • Install an onsite green power system. GPC Challenge partner Microgrid Energy is a Clayton-based business offering a 10% discount to any Clayton business or resident who installs during the Challenge (before April 22, 2011). Each kilowatt-hour of power generated from a Clayton based solar electric system will count toward the Challenge goal.

The good news is that either option supports more local and renewable energy sources. The even better news is that opting for one or even both will help the City of Clayton achieve its Green Power Community Challenge goal.

To learn more about supporting the Clayton Green Power Community Challenge or to find out how your community can get involved – see the City of Clayton’s press release or Ecology webpage or visit the  EPA’s Green Power Community Challenge website.

– Submitted by Cindy Bambini, an employee of 3Degrees and a USGBC-STL Green Schools Subcommittee member, and Rick Hunter, an employee of Microgrid Energy and a member of the USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee.

Sustainable Products Summit Presentations Available

Presentations are now available from the June 3 Certified Sustainable Products Summit.

See the full and final agenda. Or download the following presentations:

Sustainability: What is it and Why is it Important?
Mark Carter, Market Transformation to Sustainability

Identifying and Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainability
Bill Gregory, Milliken and Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth & Bicknese

Why Standards and Certifications: A Large Firm’s Perspective
Clark Davis and Mary Ann Lazarus, HOK

SMaRT – Validating an Organization’s Commitment to Sustainability
Denny Darragh, Forbo Flooring Systems

For more resources on sustainable products, check out the following resources:

Eco-Library Matrix (April 2009)

Perkins + Will Precautionary List

Living Building Challenge Red List

Whole Building Design Guide’s Environmentally Preferable Product Page