Archive for December, 2010

Chapter offices are MOVING! Please update your address book

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff is moving the week of Dec 13! Along with the staff of the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, we are moving to new offices at the Garden’s Commerce Bank Science Education Center.

Please update your address books with our new mailing address:

4651 Shaw Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone number, email and web address remain the same.

Growing Green Awards – Deadline Extension to December 15

Growing Green Awards nominations will now be accepted through Wednesday, December 15 at 5 PM Central Standard Time.

Download the nomination package (PDF) or visit the Growing Green Awards page for more information.

As incentive to submit your nomination early – if nominations are received by 5 pm on December 10, the committee will review and let you know if anything is missing.

And this just in . . . Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of the national U.S. Green Building Council, will keynote the special 10-Year Anniversary Growing Green Awards Celebration on March 30, 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 17.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Growing Green Awards are meant to celebrate and recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

  • Corporate
  • Educator
  • Government
  • Innovator
  • Non-Profit
  • Residential

2011 Growing Green Awards Timeline

  • November 15, 2010 – Nominations Open
  • December 10 – Nominations close at 5 PM C.S.T. – DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL DECEMBER 15, 5 PM C.S.T.
  • March 30, 2011 – Winners announced at special 10-Year Anniversary Growing Green Awards Celebration featuring keynote address by Rick Fedrizzi, President & CEO of the national U.S. Green Building Council.

Sponsorship opportunities available at the Oak, Sapling and Acorn level. Download the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Sponsorship Package for more information.

For more information about the Growing Green Awards, visit the Growing Green Awards Page or contact the Chapter at (314) 577-0854 or

LEED Fellow Program Has Launched! Nominations open through Jan 7

GBCI’s new and most prestigious professional designation, the LEED Fellow, was recently unveiled. The LEED Fellow has been developed to honor and recognize distinguished LEED APs who have made a significant contribution to the field of green building and sustainability at a regional, national, or international level. The criteria for assessing potential LEED Fellows is based on five major dimensions of green building and sustainability that GBCI have identified to be mastery elements – Technical Proficiency, Education and Mentoring, Leadership, Commitment and Service, and Advocacy.

The LEED Fellow application process is a team effort between the nominator and nominee. Nominees for the LEED Fellow will be nominated by their peers. In the application process, the nominee and nominator will have multiple opportunities to document the nominee’s green building and sustainability knowledge, skills, and abilities in four of the five mastery elements.

The nomination period for the first class of LEED Fellows is open through January 7, 2011.

To be eligible, nominees must:
– Be a LEED AP for eight cumulative years and LEED AP with specialty Credential in good standing (The 2011 class will be from LEED APs who tested in 2001-2002 and have enrolled or tested to earn the LEED AP with specialty credential.)
– Document 10 years of green building experience
– Provide self attestation on contributing to a LEED Certified Project experience
– Agree to be nominee

-Must be LEED APs with specialty with at least 10 years of experience in the green building field
-Must provide four endorsers who will verify the nominee’s achievements -Can only nominate one nominee per year
-Cannot be LEED Fellow candidate during the year they make a nomination
-Agree to be nominator

Once the nominee and nominator are deemed eligible, they will receive a message with information on how to access the online LEED Fellow Portal where required forms will be available and completed forms will be submitted. The nomination portal opens for accepted nominees and nominators on January 15, 2011 and closes on April 7, 2011.

For more information, download the LEED Fellow Handbook or visit the GBCI website.

You may also contact the direct LEED Fellow information hotline at 202-742-3272.

Chapter Member in the News

Thomas Taylor, general manager of Vertegy, An Alberici Enterprise, was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Ask the Expert Column on Friday, December 3. The column focuses on the benefits of building green schools. Thomas provides practical green tips for those considering building a new school and for those looking to make improvements on existing schools. Since saving money on energy bills can translate into more money for our kids’ education, every action counts!

Read the full article here. And for more information on green schools, check out the Green Schools Resources page.

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

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 Don Thieman, A.S.P. Enterprises, Inc., a valued member of the Marketing Committee for several years.

Don Thieman

In addition to contributing great ideas and questions during committee discussions and brainstorming sessions, Don also serves as back-up committee secretary and—most important—he orchestrates the chapter’s ongoing Herculean effort to build a library of Project Profiles (case studies) of the LEED-certified buildings in our region.

When Don took on the Project Profile challenge in mid-2009, he started by crafting a questionnaire and letter to LEED building owners and recruiting a team of dedicated volunteer researchers to collect project information. Over the past 18 months, undaunted by non-responsive building owners, unwieldy Google Docs tools, and cumbersome templates, he has contacted owners himself, tracked volunteers’ progress, and worked with chapter staff to define a logical process and create practical tools. Because of Don’s persistence, organization, and dedication, dozens of Project Profiles are now in the pipeline.

Thanks Don, for your persistence and dedication in recognizing & celebrating the importance of LEED projects to our region’s green success!

October 2010
Alan Ely, Ely Consulting Engineer, LLC, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee.

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

August 2010
George Fujii
, Tarlton Corporation, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Task Force

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