Archive for October, 2011

Chapter Board Nominations – Deadline extended to 11-7-11

Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again – Halloween? All Saints Day? Daylight Savings Time? Nope. It’s time USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Nominations & Elections!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for four (4) Board Members. Nominations are due by midnight on Tuesday, November 1, Deadline extended until noon on Monday, November 7, 2011. Please send nomination forms to

Elections will be held on-line November 8 – 15, 2011. Please note that in order to vote in the elections, you must be a Chapter member in good standing on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

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 or as a Chapter volunteer.

For more information, please see:

Election Guidelines

Nomination Form (MS Word Form)

Board of Director Job Descriptions

October Membership Drive!

“Don’t Hibernate, Regenerate” the October membership drive, is offering prizes for new members! All new Chapter members who are LEED professionals and join during the month of October will be entered to win FREE registration to an upcoming Lunch ‘n LEED  or In-Depth Seminar of his/her choice. Valued at $10 -$30. All new national members who join during the month of October received one free USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership for an employee of their choice. Valued at $70! Membership drives continue through the entire year, in honor of the 10 Year Anniversary of the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter!

For more information on the October membership drive, click here.

To join the Chapter or renew your membership, click here.

Members in the News

Hope Gribble, Membership & Education Coordinator for the Chapter, was interviewed by KMOV for “St. Louis sees rise in LEED certified buildings.”  Click here to view the clip.


Jim Stueber, director of facilities engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member, has recently been featured in an article of the St. Louis Beacon, “Jim Stueber makes little things add up to big energy savings.”

In this article Stueber discusses his efforts in making Wash U’s med school a more sustainable facility.  Stueber, who has been described as “naturally green at heart” guided others in taking the small steps necessary to drop energy use per square foot by about 60%.  Among other things, he helped switch the power plant from coal to natural gas and got people involved, encouraging simple behavior changes.

Click here for the full article and to read more about Stueber’s efforts in creaing a more sustainable built environment.

Insulation Technologies – In Depth Session

Of all the options that can be executed in the name of energy efficiency, insulation is probably at the top of the list. For new construction projects, it’s a choice that can make or break a home’s targeted energy performance. This seminar will present several favorite options, based on newest technologies.

Options reviewed will begin with the big picture – Whole Building Insulation such as Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) or Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs).  Then the discussion will move to a focus on other localized insulation choices, keeping an eye on proper application. These options include:
– Foams
– Blown Cellulose
– Batt Insulation
– Nano-gel
– Air-Gap construction
– Vertical Joists


  • Explain the importance of proper choice and installation of insulation layers
  • Describe the importance of proper building design to assure proper thermal barrier usage and durability
  • Explore Lessons Learned with proper and improper insulation choices
  • Discuss value and usage of emerging insulation technologies

Gary Steps, Founder and President, Butterfly Energy Works
Gary founded Butterfly Energy Works in 2004. Over the last six years, he has become recognized as a green leader in the St. Louis area, both as consultant to green building projects and as a test pilot for emerging green technologies.  He has completed the intensive Passive House Consultant Training and attended the National Passive House in Portland.  He is a member the Passive House Alliance and is the founder of the Heartland Passive House Alliance Chapter.

2 GBCI CE Hours

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 119.  Park and enter from the WEST side of the building

$30 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members, $50 for non-members

Online at  Scroll down and click the “Register” button under the Insulation Technologies event listing.

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

Continuing Education Classes

From October 24 to 28, St. Louis Community College will be offering a continuing education course on the topic of “The Business Case for Solar – Selling Solar PV Systems”, which will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Center for Workforce Innovation in Ferguson, MO.  This 5-day intensive course will focus on the business/financial case for solar photvoltaics (PV) as well as provide some of the technical basics.  It is for anyone who is interested in promoting solar as an extension of their business, including electricians, architects, home builders, and engineers.  If you plan to sell solar, this course will provide you with a solid understanding of why solar is a smart investment, and prepare eligible applicants for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification exam

Also being offered by STLCC, and in partnership with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, “LEED-ing The Way: Continuing Education Breakfast Seminars” presented by Ralph Bicknese, nationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainable design. This fall series of in-depth seminars will explore topics in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems, and are approved for LEED-specific continuing education hours under the GBCI credential maintenance program.  The session on “How to Submit for LEED Certification” will take place on October 13, 2011 from 7am to 9am. The session on “Daylight Modeling” will take place on November 30, 2011 from 7am to 9am.  All seminars include breakfast and are $30 for members and $49 for the general public. For more information on the “LEED-ing The Way: Continuing Education Breakfast Seminars” click here.