Archive for September, 2010

St. Louis Green Shadow Launches

Green Shadow

Local university students often wonder what life is like in the “real world.” Many of these same students are pursuing careers in the sustainable building industry. USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members have a wealth of knowledge and daily experience in the building industry and broader community working towards a more sustainable built environment. These considerations inspired the launch of the St. Louis Green Shadow program.

The purpose of St. Louis Green Shadow is to expose students to green jobs in the St. Louis region through a one day shadow of local business people.  Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship.

To make this program a success, we need you!

We are looking for Mentors and Shadows to participate in St. Louis Green Shadow. Mentors must have an active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership and fill out an online application detailing their interest in becoming a Mentor and providing a list of activities in their typical workday.Click here to view the St. Louis Green Shadow MENTOR application.

Shadows must be enrolled in a local college or university and fill out an online application outlining any previous experience with green building, their interests in sustainability and the one day shadow program, as well as a reference such as an advisor or professor.  Click here to view the St. Louis Green Shadow STUDENT application.

Selection and matching of Mentors and Shadows will be made by the program administrators based on the alignment of Shadows’ field of study and potential occupation with the mentors’ occupation and typical work activities.

Once a match is made, program administrators check the availability of the mentor and establish a mutually agreeable date.  After a date is agreed upon, the student will be responsible for calling the mentor to finalize logistics (meeting place and time).

After the shadow experience, both participants complete a follow-up questionnaire to rate the experience and give feedback to the program administrators.

If you have any questions about St. Louis Green Shadow, please contact Tony Ruebsam, Higher Education Subcommittee Chair.

Photovoltaics: Concept to Completion

Download PDFs of the presentations and the program attendee list:
Erin Noble’s Presentation (Renew Missouri – Rebates and Incentives)
Dane Glueck’s Presentation (Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association – System Selection)
John Berendzen’s Presentation (Emerson Data Center)
Mike Steinbaum’s Presentation (Solar  on Local Low-income Housing Units)
View a List of Program Attendees

As the name implies, this presentation will discuss Photovoltaic Systems from Concept to Completion.  Financial incentives available from federal, state, and local utilities will be discussed, as well as how to get financial incentive information on other localities.  Recent state renewable and energy efficiency policy victories and their impacts will be discussed, in addition to a preview of Renew Missouri’s future policy initiatives.

This presentation will discuss photovoltaic system components available, sizing of photovoltaic systems, solar production analysis, costs of photovoltaic systems, and return on investment for photovoltaic systems.  In addition, we will explore case studies of local photovoltaic systems within Missouri including architectural impact, bidding and negotiation process and other lessons learned.

Erin Noble, Co-Director, Renew Missouri, a project of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Dane Glueck, President, Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association
John Berendzen, Partner, Fox Architects speaking about the Emerson Data Center 100kW photovoltaic array
Mike Steinbaum, VP & Chief Operating Officer, Sunwheel Energy Partners, discussing solar arrays installed on local low-income housing units

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
5:30 -6:00 pm – Registration & Networking
6:00 -7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

AmerenUE Headquarters
1901 Chouteau, St. Louis MO 63103

Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members & full-time students
$20 for non-members

SPECIAL FOR LEED PROFESSIONALS: All LEED Professionals are invited to attend this program for FREE regardless of their membership status!

Visit our Event Registration page, then scroll down and click on the “Register” button under the Photovoltaics: Concept to Completion – October 12 Program event listing.

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

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!


Microgrid Energy

Call for Proposals: USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter 2011 Educational Programs

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. CST

How to Submit
All proposals must be submitted via the online proposal management system, available at Mailed, faxed, or emailed proposals will not be accepted.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2011.  USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.

Presentation Topics
In alignment with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s goal to expand local opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain CE Hours to fulfill Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements put forth by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), proposals which support education in the CMP categories accepted for CE Hours are encouraged. These categories are listed below in bold font, followed by examples of topics which fall under each category. Program topics may fit into more than one category.

  • Project Site Factors
    • Considerations for Site Selection
    • Community Connectivity
    • Development
    • Zoning Requirements
    • Climate Conditions
    • Green Management
  • Water Management
    • Types and Quality of Water
    • Water Management
    • Water Treatment
    • Stormwater
    • Irrigation Demand
    • Chemical Management
    • Specialized Equipment Needs
  • Project Systems and Energy Impacts
    • Environmental Concerns
    • Green Power
    • Energy Performance Policies
    • Building Components
    • On-Site Renewable Energy
    • Third-Party Relationships
    • Energy Performance Measurement
    • Energy Tradeoffs
    • Sources
    • Energy Usage
    • Specialized Equipment Power Needs
  • Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials
    • Recycled Materials
    • Locally (regionally) Harvested and Manufactured Materials
    • Construction Waste Management
    • Building Reuse
    • Rapidly Renewable Materials
    • Food Materials
    • Material Acquisition
    • Chemical Management Policy and Audit
    • Environmental Management Plan
    • Neutral Homes
  • Improvements to the Indoor Environment
    • Minimum Ventilation Requirement
    • Tobacco Smoke Control
    • Air Quality
    • Ventilation Effectiveness
    • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
    • Low-Emitting Materials
    • Indoor/Outdoor Chemical and Pollutant Control
    • Lighting Controls
    • Thermal Controls
    • Views
    • Types of Building Spaces
    • Ergonomics
    • Acoustics
    • Residential Requirements
  • Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
    • Integrated Project Team Criteria
    • Durability Planning and Management
    • Innovative and Regional Design
    • Design Workshop/Charrette
    • Ways to Earn Credit
    • Education of Building Manager and Operations Staff
    • Education of the Homeowner or Tenant
  • Project Surrounding and Public Outreach
    • Codes
    • Infrastructure
    • Zoning Requirements
    • Government Planning Agencies
    • Public–Private Partnership
    • Traffic Studies
    • Reduced Parking Methods
    • ADA/Universal Access
    • Transit-Oriented Development
    • Pedestrian-Oriented Streetscape Design
    • Information on Available Community Resources
    • Preferred Location
    • Site Selection in Collaboration with Developer
    • Planning Terminology
    • Land Development Phases
    • Development Footprint Reduction Methods
    • Streetscape Planning
  • Synergistic Opportunities and LEED Application Process
    • Project Requirements
    • Costs
    • Green Resources
    • Standards that support LEED Credit
    • Credit Interactions
    • Credit Interpretation Rulings/Requests and precedents that lead to exemplary performance credits
    • Components of LEED Online and Project Registration
    • Components of LEED Score Card
    • Components of Letter Templates
    • Strategies to Achieve Credit
    • Project Boundary; LEED Boundary; Property Boundary
    • Prerequisites and/or Minimum Program Requirements for LEED Certification
    • Preliminary Rating
    • Multiple Certifications for Same Building
    • Occupancy Requirements
    • USGBC Policies
    • Requirements to Earn LEED AP Credit

Session Formats
The following formats have been successful for past events and are recommended. Other formats will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Evening Program
    • 1 hour lecture presentation
  • Breakfast/Lunch Program
    • 1 – 1 ½ hour seminar
  • In-Depth Workshop
    • 2 hour seminar
    • 4 hour seminar
  • Green Building Tour
    • Brief presentation followed by tour of building

Educational Level
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter strives to offer a diverse selection of programs to reach a variety of educational levels. Please indicate the level of technical depth of your proposed educational program as described below.

  • 100-level (Awareness) Courses are designed for individuals who have limited or no prior knowledge of green building practices. Introduction of issues; general information.
  • 200-level (Understanding) Courses are designed for individuals familiar with green building principles. Presentations enhance understanding of the meaning of informational materials and explores general topic areas.
  • 300-level (Application) Courses are designed for individuals who are implementing and applying green building practices and principles. The use of previously learned information in new and concrete situations to solve problems that have single or best answers. Extended consideration of a topic.
  • 400-level (Mastery) Courses designed for individuals who have extensive prerequisite knowledge, skills or coursework. Sustained attention given to topic of concern (technique, process, theory etc). Creatively or divergently applying prior knowledge and skills to produce a new or original whole.

How to Submit
All proposals must be submitted via the online proposal management system, available at Mailed, faxed, or emailed proposals will not be accepted.

Program Policies

  • All proposals must be complete and inclusive when submitted.
  • Presentations must be delivered without endorsement, bias, marketing or sales orientation.
  • Upon acceptance of a proposal, presenters must agree to submit any additional information requested by the planning committee, such as outlines and presentation slides, in the requested timeframe. This information is necessary to secure continuing education units (CEUs) for various professions, including GBCI’s CMP requirements for LEED APs and LEED Green Associates.
  • Proposals are received with the understanding that speakers are providing their services without compensation.
  • USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter may request for a presentation to be modified in order to:
    • Fulfill CMP requirements.
    • Adhere to venue restrictions.
    • Reflect relevance of topic.
    • Fit within the allotted time scheduled.
    • Combine proposals as appropriate.

Submission Evaluation and Selection
All proposals will be reviewed by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee. Reviewers will rate proposals using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter educational objectives
  • Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) category relevance
  • Timeliness of topic
  • Subject matter appeal
  • Practical application
  • Appropriate educational level
  • Speaker qualifications

Preference will be given to those who have not presented at a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter event in past years. New ideas and topics are encouraged and will be given preference in the selection process.

Proposal Timeline
Call for Educational Program Proposals Released:  September 10, 2010
Submission Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. CST

For more information on submitting a proposal, contact Hope Breidenbach, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Membership & Education Coordinator, at or (314) 577-0225.


Green building, USGBC and LEED were featured in a two-part story on NPR’s All Things Considered this past Tuesday and Wednesday (September 7 & 8).

The first part of the story, Green Building: A Real Estate Revolution?, features the University of Michigan’s commitment to LEED certification. After running the numbers, they found that the “intangibles” of LEED certification are worth it – certification sends an important message to prospective students, faculty and staff about the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

The second part of the story, Critics Say LEED Program Doesn’t Fulfill Promises, addresses some of the recent critiques of the LEED Green Building Rating System. Stoddard Elementary School in Washington D.C. is featured in the story along with Rick Fedrizzi,  the founder & CEO of USGBC.

“Above & Beyond” USGBC-Missouri Gateway Volunteer Recognition – September

USGBC-Missouri Gateway 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 Jan Niehaus Communication by Design and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Marketing Committee Chair.

Jan Niehaus – a long time member of the Chapter and the Marketing Committee – took over the reigns of the Marketing Committee as chair at the beginning 2010 and hit the ground running. She immediately built the committee, nearly doubling it’s size and it’s outputs. Most recently Jan and her committee have been responsible for creating this very feature of the website (Above & Beyond); completing several LEED Project Profiles and working on many, many more; vetting new Chapter names; hatching the Chapter’s efforts to celebrate our 10-Year Anniversary and choosing the Anniversary’s theme from contest submissions (10 Green Years & Still Building).  It’s no surprise that the committee chose a theme submitted by Jan since the Chapter benefits from her communications savvy on a regular basis! In addition to her role as Marketing Committee Chair, Jan is serving on the 10-Year Anniversary Steering Committee, taking a strong lead in our efforts to document the impacts of green building over the past 10 years.

Thanks, Jan, for your steadfast commitment to communicating the importance of green building and the Chapter!

Previous Recognitions

August 2010
George Fujii
, Tarlton Corporation

June 2010
Suzanne Mondello
, Synergy Integrators

May 2010

Marjorie Melton, M3 Engineering Group, USGBC-STL Advocacy Committee and Scholarship Task Force

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

USGBC-STL is now USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter!

We are very pleased to announce that USGBC-St. Louis Regional and USGBC-Missouri Heartland Chapters have merged to become USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter. The national USGBC board recently approved the merger and name change and we’re in the process of making everything official – dotting the i’s, crossing the t’s, filing amendments to our Articles of Incorporation, updating the website.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff and board will remain headquartered in St. Louis and the Chapter territory will cover the St. Louis metropolitan area, Southern Illinois (which has always been a part of the St. Louis Regional Chapter territory), eastern Missouri and southwestern Missouri. Cities in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory include Springfield (MO), Carbondale, Columbia (MO), Rolla and Jefferson City. USGBC-Central Plains Chapter will focus their energy on serving Kansas and the western parts of Missouri such as Kansas City, Joplin, Carthage and Neosho.

The first USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Branch will be the Ozarks Branch and will serve the Springfield (MO) metropolitan area and the 417 area code. Branches focus mainly on programming, outreach and membership. As we get used to our new territory, we hope to see members in other parts of Missouri and in Southern Illinois form branches as well.

Please bear with us as we roll out a new logo, welcome new members, update the website and communicate to partners and stakeholders about the merger and name change. And please feel free to be in touch with Chapter staff or board with any questions!

ECORIDE to benefit USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Scholarship Fund

large Eco Ride logo

Pump up your tires, grab your helmet, and join the fun at the ECORIDE on Saturday, October 23!  Proceeds from the bike ride will help raise money for the Chapter’s brand new scholarship fund. The Chapter has given out scholarships to green building & sustainability trainings over the years to support our broader goal of transforming every building into a green building. By creating a permanent scholarship fund, we hope to increase our ability to provide education around green building practices and principles.

The purpose of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter scholarship program is to provide green building & sustainability education and training for those who normally would not have access or could not afford it. The scholarships will help people from our area attend national and regional sustainability conferences such as Greening the Heartland and Greenbuild, local professional development and continuing education and LEED exam preparation courses offered by the Chapter.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
9 am – noon (rain or shine)

The bike ride will be on the Riverfront Trail and will begin at the William A Kerr Foundation at 21 O’Fallon Street, St. Louis, MO 63102. There will be a 10 and a 25 mile route.

The William A. Kerr Foundation is located 4 blocks east of N. Broadway, and 7 blocks north of the Eads Bridge in Downtown St. Louis. The building is on the corner of O’Fallon St. and Lewis St. (Please note that N. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. becomes Lewis St. as it crosses Biddle St.)

Riverfront Trail Details
Map of the William A. Kerr Foundation

ADVANCE TICKETS: $20 per person or $50 per family
DAY OF THE EVENT: $25 per person or $60 per family
Registration fee includes an event water bottle and lunch afterwards!

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Then scroll down and click on the “Register” button under the ECORIDE event listing.

Sponsorship Opportunities for the ECORIDE are also available. Learn more here.

Green Your Existing School

Session: Saving Energy and Money for Your School using ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR and K-12 Schools, Jack Burnette, EPA

Session: Funding Energy Efficient Building Improvements
Overview of Federal, State and Local Incentives, Lou Brouk, Terra-Wise
Paid from Savings, Susan Noeth, Schneider Electric
Financing Green & Solar Development for Schools & Nonprofits, William Carson, McCormack Baron Salazar & Sunwheel Energy Partners

Session: Incorporating Sustainability into Your Existing Curriculum
Sustainable Efforts at The College School, Tim Wood, The College School
Incorporating Sustainability into Your Existing Curriculum, Katy Mike Smaistrla, Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center

Session: Creating a Healthy Learning Environment
Air Quality in a School Setting, Juliette Travous, Parkway School District
Creating Healthy Learning Environments, Steve Andert, Jim Hiltrop, and Bruce Levitt, William Tao & Assoc.

Session: Green Resources for your School
MRH Seed to Table:  A School Based Sustainability Program, Debi Gibson, Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District
Green Cleaning, Mike Mosher, Pure Green Solutions
Green School Audit, Beth Mosher, St. Michael School of Clayton

Closing: The Road to a Green District, Erik Lueders, Parkway School District & Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Green Schools Subcommittee

Please check back for Keynote Presentation: LEED EB: O&M for k-12 Schools

View a List of Program Attendees

A FREE Workshop for School Educators & Administrators

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter’s third annual Green Schools Event will focus on greening EXISTING schools.

We are excited to expand this year’s event by offering breakout sessions enabling attendees to learn about components of greening existing schools which are of interest to their specific districts, and by welcoming Keynote speaker, Paul O’Malley, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, District 219 Niles Township High School, Skokie, IL, to discuss challenges and opportunities involved with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design(LEED) Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification of K12 facilities.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
7:30 am – 12:30 pm (detailed agenda below)

Harris-Stowe State University’s Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center – A LEED Silver building!
10 N. Compton Ave., St. Louis MO 63103

Parking is available in the lot on the EAST side of the building.  Overflow parking is available in metered spots along nearby streets. The event will take place on the second floor which is only accessible from the EAST side of the building.  Enter by taking the stairs or ramp from the parking lot.

Register on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Event Registration page.  Once on the Event Registration page, scroll down and click the “Register” button under the “Green Your Existing School” event. Registration deadline is October 11, 2010

7:30 – 8:00 am     Registration & Light Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 am     Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:00 am     Keynote Address: Green This School: LEED-EBOM for K12 Educational Facilities
9:00 – 9:15 am     Break
9:15 – 10:15 am   Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1 (detailed below)
10:15 – 10:45 am  Additional Networking & Snack
10:45 – 11:45 am  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2 (detailed below)
11:45 – 12:00 pm  Break
12:00 – 12:30 pm  Closing: Existing Schools Toolkit & Green Schools Resource Binder

Paul O’Malley, Asst. Superintendent for Business Services, District 219 Niles Township HS, Skokie, IL
Green This School: LEED EBOM for K12 Educational Facilities
District 219 Niles Township High Schools in Skokie, IL has the first two high schools in Illinois pursuing the USGBC’s LEED EBOM certification, with combined areas totaling over 1,000,000 square feet. The district’s goal is to create a benchmark LEED EBOM performance model that will encourage other school districts across the Midwest to pursue a more sustainable operation for existing facilities. Paul will review the challenges and opportunities involved with LEED EBOM certification of K12 facilities.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1 (9:15 – 10:15 am)
Saving Energy and Money for Your School using ENERGY STAR Does your school use more energy than it should?  Interested in saving money for learning? Jack Barnette of EPA Region 5 will discuss the different no-cost tools and resources that the ENERGY STAR program can offer your school district to help you reach your energy reduction goals. Hear how K-12 school districts have achieved different levels of recognition and expanded their participation with ENERGY STAR. Using Portfolio Manager, a no-cost benchmarking tool, school districts can track energy use over time and make informed operational and capital improvement decisions, as well as earn the ENERGY STAR label for their existing buildings.  Also, learn about ENERGY STAR’s Guidelines for Energy Management, Cash flow Opportunity Calculator, and ENERGY STAR’s PC Power Management software.

Funding Energy Efficient Building Improvements
Wondering how to pay for efficiency  upgrades at your school?
Schools continually need to maintain facilities and are increasingly looking toward more energy efficient options, yet many are faced with funding challenges.  This session will provide useful information on creative opportunities for funding energy efficient building improvements.  Lou Brouk of Terra-Wise will provide an overview of all local, state, and federal incentives available for schools.  Susan Noeth of Schneider Electric will discuss leveraging energy savings to fund the cost of facility improvements.  Lastly, a representative from McCormack Baron will highlight an emerging opportunity, Power Purchase Agreements.

Incorporating Sustainability into Your Existing Curriculum
Want to add green activities to your lesson plans?
Teachers and educators have a primary goal to meet the learning needs of students.  This is best accomplished with the application of a rich and varied curriculum which is supported by a stimulating environment.  The sustainable features of a school building act as a 3 dimensional textbook literally bringing subject matter to life.  Join Tim Wood of The College School to discover how educational facilities and sites can be teaching tools while simultaneously providing environmental benefits.  Katy Mike Smaistrla of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center will explore the many connections sustainable subject material can provide across curriculums, to the environment, and among the community.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2 (10:45 – 11:45 am)
Energy Efficient Green Schools
Are you looking for ways to cut utility costs? You can make your school buildings more energy efficient – Learn How!
Conserving energy saves money and is good for the environment.  Learn about energy efficient technologies and proven strategies to make your buildings more efficient.  Learn how to create high performance classrooms that can significantly improve the learning environment while reducing operating costs. Scott Hardwick  of Trane and Tim Michels of Energy Solutions will teach you about the energy audit process, developing a plan, overcoming barriers to implementation, and available grants and funding programs to ensure a successful program that gets results!

Creating a Healthy Learning Environment
Do your students have Asthma or Allergies? Are they always drowsy? Can they even hear the lesson?
Learn about the physical environment in the classroom and how it affects both health and learning.  From the design and consulting perspective, Bruce Levitt of William Tao & Associates will discuss designing for air quality and Jim Holtrop of AcoustiControl will speak on acoustics in schools.  From the district perspective, Juliette Travous of Parkway School District will share her everyday experiences in finding solutions to the most common environmental problems found in the classroom.

Green Resources for your School
Want to learn more about green cleaning? School gardens? Recycling at your school?
More schools are using green cleaning supplies. But what about health codes? And do they really work better? Mike Mosher of Pure Green Solutions will  provide and overview on the green cleaning industry while Beth Mosher of the St. Michael School will provide insight from her school’s experiences with green cleaning. Afterwards, Debi Gibson of Maplewood Richmond Heights School District will use her district’s Seed to Table program as an example of using the school garden as a teaching tool, gaining support from faculty and administration, community connections and the challenges and solutions of making gardens sustainable. Bill Guinther will wrap up the session with a discussion on recycling within schools, with a focus on  single stream programs currently being promoted in the recycling industry.

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc
CCS Group
CI Select
hellmuth + bicknese
New System Janitorial Supply
QRS Recycling
Schneider Electric
St. Louis Green

Greening Midwest Communities

Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway and other green building organizations and advocates from Missouri and the Midwest for this conference that will bring together industry, municipal, county, code and agency professionals that are working in the many aspects of community development and energy-efficient, green home building and remodeling.

Topics covered include Green Financing & Appraisals, Low Impact Development, Residential Indoor Air Quality, Stormwater & Erosion Control, Affordable Green Construction and MORE!

WHEN: October 19 – 20, 2010

WHERE: Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO

COST: $125 (before September 10) and $150 (after September 10)

For more information or to register, visit the Greening Midwest Communities Conference website.

Sustainable Communities Workshop

A workshop series of six sessions for local governments, leaders, and advocates given by  FOCUS St. Louis, Sustainable St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.  Each workshop runs from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and emphasizes key concepts on economic and quality-of-life benefits, best practices, and funding opportunities.  Coffee and bagels begin at 7:30 a.m.

September 28, 2010
Commerce Bank Education Center Missouri Botanical Garden
4651 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110

October 19, 2010 
Sustainable Stormwater Practices

Chesterfield City Hall
690 Chesterfield Parkway West, Chesterfield, MO 63017

November 30, 2010
Sustainable Transportation and Land Use

N.O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College
600 Troy Rd, Edwardsville, IL 62025 – Directions

February 15, 2011
Sustainable Materials and Service Procurement

Carondelet Community Center
930 Holly Hills Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111

March 15, 2011
Sustainable Energy Practices

City of Creve Coeur –City Hall
300 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

April 19, 2011
Sustainable Waste Management

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center at Lewis and Clark Community College

$10 for each session or $50 for the six session series.
The $50 fee is valid for an organization –send anyone you wish.

REGISTER online at

For more information, contact John Wagner at (314) 622-1250, ext. 105 or email