Archive for May, 2011

State of Construction & Demolition Recycling in St. Louis

A free seminar presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway and Associated General Contractors of St. Louis

The St. Louis Region and the Midwest are blessed with much open space, which means that it is easy to overlook where our generated residential and commercial waste ends up. Our landfill tipping fees, i.e. “the cost to dump”, are relatively low compared to other parts of the United States as a result of the abundance of landfill areas. Many consumers, businesses and contractors think nothing of throwing things “away and out of sight.” However, it is not environmentally responsible to dispose of items that could be salvaged, recycled or reused. It is also irresponsible to think of our landfill space as unlimited. One day there will not be an “away” for our waste disposal.

With support from St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management, USGBC-Missouri Gateway, ReSource St. Louis and Missouri Enterprise have partnered to address the need to better understand C&D waste resources in the St. Louis area and build a business case for increasing waste reduction with the ultimate goal of reducing waste in our landfills and preserving the environment for future generations.

Join us for a free educational seminar on the State of Construction & Demolition Recycling in St. Louis.


  • Acquire a comprehensive background on the present “lay of the landfill” as it relates to common and existing practices for dealing with C&D end of project materials.
  • Identify current best alternative practices for dealing with C&D materials in the greater St. Louis area, encouraging a shift away from current dead-end strategies.
  • Examine the recycling needs of the building community, as they relate to LEED requirements and personal best choices.
  • Capture and expand upon possible business case options as they relate to LEED requirements and personal best choices.
  • Explore barriers to C& D recycling, dispelling the myths and offering sound metrics to encourage an embracing of recycling as opposed to dumping.
  • Recognize national case studies of technologies and approaches already in place elsewhere which provide significant monetary and environmental savings to communities and states.

Thanks to the Project Team who managed the focus groups and developed the C&D Toolkit and this Education Session!
Gary Steps – Butterfly Energy Works – Instructor
Jay Swoboda – EcoUrban – Instructor
Jen Loui – Butterfly Energy Works – Project Manager

2 GBCI CE Hours
2 AIA/CES Learning Units


Wednesday, June 22, 2011
3:30 – 5:30 pm

6301 Knox Industrial Drive (63139), Second Floor Assembly Room


Online on the AGC-St. Louis website:

Livable Saint Louis Conference

On Friday, June 3rd, TrailNet will be kicking off its Sustainable Community Plan, aimed at reconnecting urban planning, public policy, and public health to create vibrant communities that provided the highest quality of life for residents, from cradle to cane. The day consists of registration, breakfast, conference speakers and lunch; which is all held at the Eric P. Newman Education Center at Washington University Medical Center. Speakers include: Tom Downs of Former Amtrack CEO, John A. Powell of Kirwan Institute, Sec. Ray LaHood of the US Dept. of Transportation, and many other regional experts. Discounted registration fee for Trailnet members & students.

Click here for full program, online registration, and more

RFPs galore – USGBC-MO Gateway seeking auditor, graphic designer, short-term researcher

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has recently issued three –  count ’em –  three Requests for Proposals (RFPs):

Please feel free to share these opportunities with individuals or companies that are qualified. Questions? Contact Emily Andrews at (314) 577-0854 or

Background Materials for Graphic Designer RFP:  USGBC Chapter Communication Guidelines

Members in the News, Chapter Staff photo in NatGeo Daily News

Membership & Education Coordinator of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, Hope Breidenbach recently had one of her photographs published in the National Geographic Daily News online under “Pictures: America’s Top 10 Endangered Rivers.” The photo shows Hope’s finance and dog kayaking on Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic River – the Current River. The River’s 1.3 million visitors a year is becoming a conservation issue; as what was once only 13 public access points and campgrounds has expanded to over 130.

See Hope’s photo and read more about America’s Top 10 Endangered Rivers here.

Member in the News

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member Richard Ockers of Laclede Gas Company has recently been featured in an article of the St. Louis Beacon.

In this article Ockers discusses Laclede Gas’ compressed natural gas (CNG) pump, which is priced at $1.89, well below the typical gasoline fuel cost! There is hope that more CNG pumps will emerge once this concept begins to catch on with the public.  But Ockers suggests that this will only happen when company fleets and corporate vehicles, who can afford the costs, make the conversions. CNG vehicles are largely created as conversions, but currently with the high costs it is likely that it will be a few years before the public catches on. Despite the initial costs, professionals estimate that we will see much more interest in this ‘go green’ concept than in the past.

To read the full article and more about the CNG pump click here.

Top LEED buildings in St. Louis

Be sure to have a look at the May 6-12, 2011 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal, which featured a list of the 24 highest-rated LEED-certified buildings in St. Louis. Buildings were ranked by LEED certification level and percentage of LEED points earned, with a list information such as special features, contractors, and LEED consultants/engineers. The top 3, all earning Platinum level, are Alberici Office Headquarters , William A. Kerr Foundation Office, and tied for third are Crossroads College Prep-Science Wing & Library and Novus International Global Headquarters. All others featured achieved an impressive LEED Gold Certification!

In addition Paul Todd Merrill, of Clayco and Chair of our Board of Directors, penned the commentary in the same issue stating that “our collective actions overcome the perception that ‘going green’ is too difficult or too costly.” Paul also discussed the various achievements our city has made in green building, while challenging all who are contemplating a construction project to consider LEED certification, “and help elevate our region as a leader in the green economy.”

Subscribers can find the full articles in the St. Louis Business Journal or a link to partial stories here:
Highest-rated LEED-certified buildings
Metro region to escalate green building numbers

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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-Missouri Gateway’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, December 9 and Monday, December 12, 2011
8:30am-5pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00-8:30am

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

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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 Publicationspage 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-Missouri Gateway 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-Missouri Gateway staff and receive confirmation from USGBC-Missouri Gatewaystaff that the texts have been reserved for them.
3) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 12 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 Event Registration page, then click the“Register” button under the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Winter.

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-Missouri Gateway 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.

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

Thank You to our Event Sponsor!

Green Schools Chair Selected to Attend USGBC National Training

Erik Lueders, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Green Schools subcommittee chair and Sustainability and Purchasing Manager for Parkway School District, has been selected to attend the 2011 USGBC Center for Green Schools Fellowship Training alongside the 2011 Fellows as a Guest Attendee. The training will include presentations from several successful school district Sustainability Officers as well as instruction from one of the country’s leading researchers on organizational sustainability. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with GBCI LEED Certification staff and USGBC national partners, the Coalition for Green Schools.

See more information on the Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program

The Shaw Professional Landscape Series

Shaw Nature Reserve is holding the Professional Landscaping Series on June 7-8, 2011. This division of the Missouri Botanical Garden is providing a great learning opportunity! Day 1, “Integrating Native Plants: Concept, Design, Installation, & Maintenance” will be held at Alberici Headquarters. Day 2, “Focus on Application & Design: Install & Maintain – Challenges & Success” is a bus tour of projects around St. Louis. Credit is available, and lunch is included in the registration price.

See more info on the Shaw Professional Landscape Series or send an email to

Monthly Evening Program in the News

The May 10th evening program has been featured in an article of the St. Louis Beacon. The article states that the U.S. Green Building Council has taken an interest on the subject because sustainability has become the watchword for new construction. Architects are turning to nature to draw inspiration for blueprints that work in harmony with the environment, often by emulating forms of life that already have developed successful methodologies for survival.

Taryn Mead, senior biologist at the Montana-based Biomimicry Guild, who specializes in biomimicry, a fast-growing science in which art really is imitating life — in the true biological sense of the term, will be speaking at the USGBC-MO Gateway Chapter monthly evening program.

Read the full article here & come see the Biomimicry presentation tonight at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shoenberg Theatre, from 5:30-7:30pm

More info for tonight’s program can be found on the USGBC website