Archive for July, 2011

Artwork submission deadline extended to Sept 16 for ‘Sustainability and the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region’ exhibit

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is excited to partner with the St. Louis Artists’ Guild on the upcoming exhibit, Sustainability and the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region.

Sustainability and the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region is an examination of where we stand, as a culture of consumption, and where we may be headed in the future.  Focus on sustainability efforts and opportunities of the St. Louis regional built environment.

Examples of artwork illustrating the biggest consumers and the best conservationists is currently being sought.  The artist’s or designer‘s statement should explain the societal impact of the submission’s subject matter.  Artists, designers, architects, creators and design firms are invited to submit work in various media (including photography, three dimensional design, slides, video/film/digital, drawings, etc.) and are encouraged to consider many aspects of the theme.

September 16, 2011 • 5 pm

Friday, November 11, 2011 • 6–8 p.m

November 11– January 6, 2012

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Members in the New – 30 Under 30

Congratulations to Tony Ruebsam of S.M. Wilson & Co, who was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2011 30 Under 30 list!

Tony chairs the USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s Higher Education Subcommittee. We’re so proud that Tony’s listed his work with USGBC-Missouri Gateway as his most rewarding volunteer experience!

Learn more here.

Please note that you must subscribe to the St. Louis Business Journal in order to access the full article.

Members in the News

Cindy Bambini of 3 Degrees, Inc. and Linda Goldstein, Mayor of Clayton, are featured in a June 24 – 30 St. Louis Business Journal article about Clayton becoming the first city in Missouri to earn EPA’s Green Power Community status.

Green Power Communities must obtain 3 percent of their energy from alternative sources like wind and solar. Congratulations Clayton!

Read more on the Business Journal’s website or on the City of Clayton’s website.

Share your favorite example of building reuse

The Public Interest Network – a partnership of the Nine Network and the St. Louis Beacon – is seeking your input on buildings that you consider the best example of “adaptive reuse” of once classic buildings in the St Louis area.

Since we all know that the greenest building is an existing building, this seems an appropriate task for green building types! What’s your favorite old building with a new, green life? Respond to the Public Interest Network request here.

Greenbuild Scholarship Applications Due July 25

Greenbuild 2011 is coming up soon on October 4 – 7 in Toronto, Canada. The USGBC Greenbuild Scholarship Program provides all-inclusive trips to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to individuals entering into the green building industry.

In order to increase access to Greenbuild, the scholarship program is reserved for low-income individuals without the means to attend. Greenbuild is the ideal setting for those new to the green building industry to learn from green building experts, discover innovative technologies and companies that are transforming the industry, and to form worthwhile relationships within the green building movement.

Learn more about the scholarship or apply here.

Green Schools Happy Hour: Energy Star Benchmarking

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How Energy Efficient Is Your School?

Saving energy and therefore money is an important goal for all schools.
However, it's difficult to set goals and action plans if you don't know
where you're starting from. Energy Star Portfolio Manager is a free
web-based tool that anyone can utilize to benchmark and assess energy
usage of your school.  Portfolio Manager can also provide a 'grade' for
your energy usage including awards for the top performers! 

Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Green Schools Subcommittee
to learn more about this free resource as well as lighting strategies
to reduce your school's energy usage.  Erik Lueders, Resource
Conservation Manager for Parkway School District will kick of the
presentation by outlining a step by step process for how to get
started. A Lighting Associates presenter will then take a cross
section of different spaces ina a school and present recommended
control strategies for each space and identify the impact they
can have on energy usage.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
 5:00 – 5:30 pm – Drinks & Networking
 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Energy Star Benchmarking Discussion
 6:30 – 7:00 pm – Drinks / Q&A

Lighting Associates, Inc.
Lower Level Meeting Room
3216 South Brentwood Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63119 map

Free for all attendees!

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Then scroll down
and click the “Register” button under the Green Schools Happy Hour:
Energy Star Benchmarking event listing.

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

Thank You to our Event Sponsor!
Lighting Associates, Inc.

International Green Construction Code

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Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Missouri Association of Building Officials and Inspectors (MABOI)

This program will explore the theory, intent, background and general structure of the International Green Construction Code, the new code developed by the International Code Council (ICC) in partnership with AIA and ASTM.  An overview of the codes technical aspects will be discussed and insight will be given to designers as to how they might use the IGCC on their projects.


  • Explain how the IGCC relates to other green building programs and standards.
  • Discuss the fundamental differences between mandatory and voluntary adoptions
    and enforcement.
  • Explore the scope and intent of the IGCC.
  • Identify various unique aspects of the IGCC.
  • Describe the fundamental subject matter covered by each chapter of the IGCC.
  • Discuss how the IGCC will affect the practice of architecture.

SPEAKER: Dave Bowman, PE, Manager of Codes for the International Code Council’s Codes and Standards Group. Mr. Bower’s responsibilities include the management of all ICC standards development and the direction and coordination of ICC Staff when assisting or participating in standards development with other organizations. He also maintains the integrity of the referenced standards chapters of the I-Codes and assists code development as the Staff Secretary for the IBC Fire Safety Committee and the IBC General Committee. He provides portions of the IBC Commentary and is involved in the development of the ICC Performance Code.

1 GBCI CE Hour


WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2011
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE: Ameren Missouri, 1901 Chouteau, St. Louis, MO 63103 map

FEE: Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members, ASHRAE – St. Louis Members, MABOI Members, and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members.

REGISTER: Click here to visit our Event Registration page.  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the International Green Construction Code event listing.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

CxE Group LLC



Members in the News – 10 Years of Green Building

A plethora of Chapter founders and leaders are quoted in Construction News and Real Estate‘s July/August edition feature article: 10 Years of Green Building. The article looks at USGBC-MO Gateway’s history, growth, effect, and future in the context of local sustainable development over the past decade.

Chapter members Timothy Michels, JoAnn Brookes, Deborah Frank, Marc Lopata, Paul Todd Merrill, and Pat Justis are quoted.

“It has been an astounding decade for advocates of sustainable construction in St. Louis. Ten years ago, when Bob Berkebeile helped people in St. Louis start one of the first local chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building rating system had been on the market for only a year.

As of May 2011, there were 139 LEED buildings in the St. Louis area. Several area municipalities had adopted LEED ordinances for public buildings or publicly-financed construction. The local chapter had grown to over 500 members throughout Missouri, and architects, engineers, and contractors were implementing sustainable building practices on all sorts of projects that never applied for a LEED designation. . .”  Read more