Archive for January, 2011

Bob Berkebile: WHAT’S NEXT for Green Building?

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In partnership with American Institute of Architects-St. Louis


As an architect for 45 years, Bob Berkebile, FAIA, is recognized repeatedly for outstanding sustainable design. He continues to blaze “step-lightly” trails in energy-conservation green building and regenerative design and construction. Berkebile describes the next stage of green building design and construction as “regenerative” where buildings give back. Regenerative buildings produce more energy and water than they use and manage all waste on site.

Join us on October 18 to listen to Berkebile share his views on what’s next for green building and the LEED Green Building Rating System, as well as what tools and resources are most beneficial when pursuing regenerative design and construction. Living Buildings, One Planet Community, and REGEN, USGBC’s tool to move beyond LEED Platinum, will be discussed.

Ten years ago, Berkebile was the keynoter at USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s first meeting. Bringing Berkebile back to help celebrate our 10-Year Anniversary, we look forward to what’s next for green building and the organization.


  • Identify primary economic, social and environmental forces driving public and private decisions about the built environment.
  • Discover how to select the most advantageous building and development types and locations for sustainable development.
  • Discuss green building tools and resources  such as the Living Building Challenge and REGEN, USGBC’s tool to move beyond LEED Platinum.
  • Examine what adjustments in communication and implementation strategies for design, development and construction teams that will improve desired sustainability outcomes.

1 GBCI CE Hour
1 AIA/CES Learning Unit


Tuesday, October 18, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Steinberg Auditorium at Washington University in St. Louis, located on Forsyth near the intersection of Forsyth and Skinker.
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, 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-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members, AIA-St. Louis members & Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Bob Berkebile event listing.

As we gear up for the 2011 ECORIDE on October 22, we’ll be raffling off a $50 gift certificate to Big Shark Bicycle Company, Fall Webinar Series Pass and an aluminum Chapter water bottle at the October monthly program.  Raffle tickets are only $5 each; ALL proceeds go to the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Scholarship Fund. You may purchase a ticket by credit card during the online event registration process or by cash or check at the October monthly program.

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


Washington University in St. Louis

Green Schools Happy Hour: LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Green Schools Subcommittee to learn about how to truly ‘go green’ by implementing the LEED for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) rating system.  Many schools have made great strides in ‘going green’ but few have an overall strategy to become more sustainable.  The LEED EBOM system provides an excellent framework for moving forward.  We will hear from Ralph Bicknese and Wanda Evans from the architectural firm Hellmuth+Bicknese about how to successfully implement LEED EBOM as they have for CitiMortgage.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
5:00 – 5:30 pm – Drinks & Networking
5:30 – 6:30 pm – LEED EBOM Discussion
6:30 – 7:00 pm – Drinks / Q&A

Eliot Room at the Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust St., St. Louis MO 63103 map

Free for all attendees!

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Green Schools Happy Hour: LEED EBOM event listing.

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

Thank You to our Event Sponsor
New System
for providing appetizers and beverages!

Tour of The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

NGRREC National Great Rivers Research & Education Center LCCC 10
In partnership with the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium

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The National Great Rivers Research and Education Field Station incorporates many sustainable elements and is registered with the certification goal of LEED Platinum.  The 35,000 square-foot building sits on eight acres leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers south of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill. Strategically located near the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers, the Field Station will serve as an international center for science, education and public outreach, related to key issues that will improve sustainable management of large rivers. It will also provide researchers access to the river and the riverine mesocosms and wet lab facililties will allow them to conduct unique experiments to expand our understanding of the structure and function of floodplain-river ecosystems, information that is vital to the development of conservation strategies to sustain the natural resources these systems provide and economic benefits derived from these resources.

Join us for a tour of the building and learn about the multitude of green design and construction features showcased in this unique structure including:

  • On site generation of electricity including solar, wind and an experimental hydrokinetic turbine facility
  • Cold water cooling system supplemented by river water connection and ice storage tanks for off peak hours
  • Landscaping with numerous types of native species and educational zones explaining types of plants and benefits
  • Vegetative roof with an observation deck (educational area) and ADA accessible ramp
  • Grey water system to feed toilets and urinals for flushing
  • On site sewage treatment system
  • Storm water collection system to capture 100 per­cent of roof water
  • Solar hot water system; All hot water will be heated by solar panels then stored for use
  • Three experi­mental types of pervious pavers never before attempted by IDOT
  • Recycled material used on project & 90 percent of construction related waste recycled
  • Extension of the Madison County Transportation Bike Trail onto the property

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
5:30 – 6:00 pm – Registration & Networking
6:00 – 7:30 pm – Brief Presentation & Tour  NOTE EARLY START TIME

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
1 Confluence Way / 2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton IL 62002
Click here for a map with directions to the building (PDF)

1.5 GBCI CE Hours


Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium Representatives & Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Tour of The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center event listing.

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

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

AAIC, Inc.

Native Landscape Contractors

Chapter Members in the News

Sunday, January 23, 2011

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member George Fujii of Tarlton was featured in an article in the Beacon discussing the state of St. Louis’ green economy. Chapter Executive Director, Emily Andrews, was also quoted.

The article covers St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s St. Louis Green Economy Profile which reports that St. Louis developed more than 8,500 “core green” jobs between 1995 and 2008 with the green economy growing by 54 percent in that period. This compares to 14,000 in the Silicon Valley area in the same time period, which grew at a rate of 53 percent.

Read the full article here.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Richard Reilly, of Trumpet Builders and Land Services, was interviewed for an article titled “Historic Homes Going Green” in the Kirkwood-Webster Patch. The article offers home improvement options and advice for those interested in implementing green building practices and saving money on utility costs.


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In partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo.

Biomimicry is an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. The Biomimicry Guild helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models through workshops, research reports, biological consulting, and field excursions.

The core idea in biomimicry is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. They have found what works, what is appropriate, and most important, what lasts here on Earth. This is the real news of biomimicry: After 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.

Taryn Mead’s lecture includes unique images of nature coupled with the technologies inspired by them to tell the story of a world in which humans fit in with the natural environment, meeting our needs while simultaneously creating conditions conducive for all Life. Building on case studies in the built environment, she will introduce the time-tested adaptations of the genius around us and provide the fodder for new questions, the answers to which will help create a vision for a sustainable future. Through the conscious emulation of Nature’s Genius, designers of our systems can imagine innovative sustainable solutions that will transform our world by mimicking nature’s forms, processes and ecosystems.

–  Explain the basic concepts of biomimicry
–  Explore the basic concepts of Life’s Principles and how they can be applied to design
–  Identify how biomimicry is being applied around the world
–  Discuss a theoretical approach for using biomimicry as a tool for sustainable design

Taryn Mead, Senior Biologist at the Design Table, Biomimicry Group
Taryn’s training in ecology and the socio-industrial aspects of environmental issues provides a systems-based platform for discussion of biomimetic principles and methodologies. As a Biologist at the Design Table for the Guild, she specializes in Nature’s functions at the ecosystem level. With a bird’s eye view on planning, architectural and production challenges, she provides insights into ecological principles that can be used to enhance the way designs fit into the landscape of a place. She guides clients through a design process that asks the local organisms how to flourish in the regional habitat conditions and incorporate ecosystem nutrient cycling into landscape scale designs. Her assignments include consulting with corporate clients, researching biological strategies, facilitating workshops with design professionals and biologists, creating tools to assist in the design process and managing the Guild’s internship program.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shoenberg Theatre
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110,  Directions

Free for all attendees!

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Biomimicry event listing.

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

ASP Enterprises
Energy Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Forest

USGBC-MO Gateway 2011 Educational Programs & Events

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is pleased to release a catalog of our 2011 Educational Programs & Events, which include workshops, lectures, building tours and more! We’ve added new opportunities this year, including three Lunch N’ LEED webinar series (get your year-long pass to these now!) and several in-depth programs.

Download the catalog here.

Questions? Contact Chapter staff at 314-577-0225 or

Want to attend educational programs at a discount or even for free? Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and help us transform the built environment into a healthier, more profitable and environmentally friendly place to live and work!

Chapter Members in the News

Tim Michels, of Energy Solutions, Inc, appeared on KWMU’s St. Louis on the Air on January 19. Tim spoke with host Don Marsh about home energy efficiency and what we can do in our own homes to save energy and save money on energy bills. He covered lots of topics from renewable energy to air sealing & insulation to return on investment.

Tim is a Chapter Founder and currently serves on the Chapter Technical Committee.

Hear the full interview here.

Regional Conferences – Greening the Heartland & Real Green

Save the date for these upcoming regional green building conferences!

May 19 – 21 – Real Green in Rogers, Arkansas – Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities now available. See the Exhibitor Package (PDF).

June 22 – 24 – Greening the Heartland in Cincinnati, Ohio – Call for Presenters open through January 21! Visit for more information or download the call for presenters here.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway 2010 Annual Report

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s 2010 Annual Report is now available to download. Learn what kept us so busy in 2010, view a listing of 2010 education and outreach program and events and check out our sponsors and supporters!

Want to help us produce an even better 2011 Annual Report? Join us! We need your help to make every building a green building – become a member, become a sponsor or join a committee!

Evidence-Based Sustainable Design

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This presentation delves into one of the latest trends in healthcare architecture; using research of the built environment to inform new designs and process improvements rather than depending only on intuitive design.  Evidence Based Design (EBD) has a broad potential scope of impact from which each organization and researcher selects what will be most beneficial to their goals.  Green building design, technologies, and processes are in constant development putting sustainability application in a state of permanent flux and experimentation.  Often, those new to sustainability will write off a sustainability concept if it doesn’t work perfectly on the first try.  EBD provides an intermediary step – rather than giving up on an idea, EBD uses an evolutionary process to collect and analyze data in such a way as to improve sustainability over time based on evidence.  By building on the body of existing research through EBD, design teams and building owners alike can positively move the sustainability movement forward.

Lisa Thompson, Sustainability/EBD Project Manager at BJC HealthCare

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114 map
Parking entrance and exit instructions

Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members, CSI Members, IIDA memers & Full-time Students
$20 for Non-members

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Evidence-Based Sustainable Design event listing.

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsors


Nurture by Steelcase