Archive for October, 2010

New Member Welcome Event

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter welcomes members who have joined the Chapter in the last six months to come socialize and get acquainted with USGBC-Missouri Gateway! 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 LEED Certified Enterprise Contact Center while enjoying complimentary breakfast goodies.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Enterprise Contact Center
8421 St. John Industrial Ln. St. Louis, MO 63114
Click here to view a PDF map of the parking and entrance

On the Event Registration Page of our website. Once on the webpage, scroll down and click on “Register” under the New Member Event listing.

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!


Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Staff at (314) 577-0225.

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

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 Alan Ely, Ely Consulting Engineer, LLC and member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee.

Alan Ely is the Program Committee member behind two of the most sought after programs in our 2010 calender – September’s tour of Washington University’s Tyson Living Learning Center and October’s Photovoltaics: Concept to Completion. While in the planning phases for the September program, Alan voiced the need for a program on renewable energies. As soon as the Program Committee agreed, Alan volunteered to take the lead on the renewable energies program as well! His commitment to securing knowledgeable speakers to cover key components of these topics greatly contributed to the success of these educational opportunities.

Thanks, Alan, for your contributions to the Chapter and our community!

Previous Recognitions

September 2010
Jan Niehaus,
Communication By Design, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Marketing Committee Chair

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

Building Enclosures – “Build Tight – Fit Right” ASHRAE-STL Short Course

ASHRAE-STL’s HRATEC short course focusing on Building Enclosures – “Build Tight – Fit Right”

Topics of discussion include:

  • Historical Perspective
  • Environmental Separation
  • Rain Control
  • Air Control
  • Pressures and IAQ
  • Heat, Air and Moisture Movement
  • Selecting the appropriate enclosure for different climates and occupancies
  • HVAC
  • Green Building/Sustainability

Tuseday, November 9th, 2010
7:00am-4:45 pm Educational Seminar (8.0 PDH)

For more information and to register, visit the ASHRAE-STL website.

Extreme Treehouses Site Visit – Oct 18

Be sure to attend the Site Visit on Monday, October 18 at 4:30 pm at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Ridgeway Visitor Center if you’re planning to participate in the Extreme Treehouses Design Competition! This exciting and fun competition celebrates the United Nations Year of Forests in 2011.

The deadline for submitting designs is November 15, 2010 and winners will be announced January 7, 2011.

Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden’s website for more information and get started on your extreme treehouse design today!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board Nominations Open!

Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again. With the upcoming November elections on many peoples’ mind, we hope you’ll still pay attention to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter elections!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for three (3) Board Members and one (1) Heartland Regional Council at-large representative. Nominations are due by midnight on Friday, October 29, 2010 to Elections will be held on-line November 3 – 12, 2010. Please note that in order to vote in the elections, you must be a Chapter member in good standing on Friday, October 29, 2010.

Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee.

For more information, please see the Election Guidelines, Nomination Form and Job Descriptions:

Election Guidelines

Nomination Form (MS Word Form)

Job Descriptions:

Tyson Living Learning Center earns full certification as a Living Building!

On October 12, 2010, two pioneering projects, Washington University’s Tyson Living Learning Center (Eureka, MO) and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (Rhinebeck, NY), became certified Living Buildings. After an extensive third-party audit – and four years of incredible effort, perseverance and performance – both projects demonstrated that they had fulfilled every Imperative of Living Building Challenge 1.3.

Please join us in congratulating these teams on their momentous achievement. Because of their accomplishment, the Living Building Challenge is no longer simply a theory of change: it is now a proven strategy for transforming the built environment.  This marks a pivotal turning point in the green building movement, proving that buildings can be designed and built to benefit the ecosystems they inhabit.

Summary information about each project is available on the CERTIFIED PROJECTS webpage of the International Living Building Institute website.

Click here to download the press release.

the accomplishments of these three projects mark a
pivotal turning point in the green building movement, proving that buildings can be designed and built to
benefit the ecosystems they inhabit. Summary information about each project is available at
“The Living Building Challenge calls

USGBC Congressional Advocacy Day

On September 29th, USGBC hosted their 3rd annual USGBC Congressional Advocacy Day. 40 advocates representing 26 states met with 100 congressional officials to promote green building legislation under consideration in both the House and Senate. These bills included the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, the Green Credit Enhancement Program Act, the PACE Assessment Protection Act, and the Federal Building Personnel Training Act.

I represented USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and met with staffers from the offices of Senator Claire McCaskill, Representative Todd Akin, and Representative Russ Carnahan.

USGBC Congressional Advocacy Day 2010From L-R at USGBC’s 3rd Annual Congressional Advocacy Day: Congressman Russ Carnahan, USGBC CEO and Founder Rick Fedrizzi and Tony Ruebsam, chair of USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s Higher Education subcommittee.

For someone who had never participated in government advocacy, the entire experience was new to me. I have never advocated at any level of government, so there was certainly an intimidation factor going straight to the US Congress. Considering it was also my first time in Washington DC, I also had to adjust to the grandiosity of the Capital. To quote a fellow advocate, ‘I felt like a plebeian walking into Rome.’

Thankfully, the staff at USGBC headquarters did a great job preparing us for the seemingly chaotic nature of day to day activity in DC. They told us what to expect, what not to say, and most importantly to be on time (but not early).

Regardless of all the reassuring things USGBC staff told me the day before, I was still nervous as I walked into my first meeting in the office of Senator McCaskill. As one her staffers greeted us, I heard another on the phone with a constituent: ‘Sir, I understand you disagree with everything the President does, but there is no need to use profanity. If you continue to do so, I will have to end this conversation.’  I immediately relaxed, figuring if they are polite to the guy on the phone, they certainly won’t get upset with anything I have to say.

My meetings all went very well. I was able to speak to my experience as a general contractor and how the highest unemployment rates are within the construction industry. I explained how these pieces of legislation would infuse money into local economies and help this struggling industry recover and put the country on the path to a cleaner energy future.

As I asked the staffers to consider these pieces of legislation, I received requests for similar information: job creation potential, economic benefits, a list of LEED projects, and a list of companies that perform energy audits and efficiency upgrades.  Thankfully, Missouri is full of organizations that have been compiling this information for many years, such as USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, St. Louis RCGA, Missouri Department of Economic Development and Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

I returned from my trip invigorated about what USGBC and the thousands of volunteers are dedicated to achieving. Seeing the effort and commitment from both sides of the political spectrum gave me the sense not only that our elected officials understand the value of green building technology, but they are going to see it through. The cynic in me might say that is just political posturing, but the pragmatist wonders how they could argue against it.

Submitted by Tony Ruebsam, Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Higher Education subcommittee of the Advocacy committee and a project manager for S.M. Wilson & Co.

20% Discount on LEED Publications and USGBC Trainings

USGBC is offering a 20%  across-the-board discount on education products through Oct. 31, 2010!

To receive this 20% discount, enter promo code FALL2010 during checkout when purchasing LEED publications – including reference and study guides, online training and webinars, and instructor-led LEED workshops.

Click here for more details.

ONE 3 Conference Oct 7-8 – Springfield, MO

The Ozarks New Energy Conference is offering USGBC Members a discounted rate of $55 for the full conference! You can be a national USGBC member, a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member or a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter-Ozarks Branch member to take advantage of this offer!

The conference has a great line up of speakers including

  • Laura Lesniewski of BNIM Architects
  • Dru Buntin of Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and
  • Robin Carnahan, Missouri Secretary of State

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered at the conference for the green building sessions, plenaries and workshops.

WHEN: October 7 – 8
WHERE: Missouri State University in Springfield, MO
COST: $55 for USGBC members – please note, if members are embers interested in the $55 special rate must pay by check, rather than online, for membership verification purposes.

For more information, visit the ONE 3 Conference website at

Short Course on Clean Energy & Efficiency – Oct 5

Washington University’s Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering will host a day-long short course on energy and environment as pertains to the building environment. The morning session will examine current national trends in energy generation and use, and the implications of these trends on the environment.  In the afternoon, participants will learn of various methods for improving energy and water use efficiency, along with some promising renewable energy technologies.

WHEN: OCTOBER 5, 8:30 am – 5 pm
WHERE: Washington University in St. Louis
COST: $200 per person – pre-registration is recommended due to limited seating

For more information, visit the Washington University website.

To register, contact Kim Coleman, 314.935.5548