Archive for November, 2011

Aquaculture Conference December 5

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School is embarking on a journey to create and run their own recyclable aquaculture system, and hosting a conference open to the broader community – including YOU – on December 5 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The day will be crafted as a learning experience for students with presentations, videos, and hands-on opportunities.

If you are planning on attending, please send an e-mail RSVP.

Conference attendees will be eating lunch in the MRH cafeteria, home to many of the items that the school grows on campus.

Click here to view the event flyer.


Winners of the 2011 Sustainability Art Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the “2011 Sustainability Art Awards” which recognize architecture as art and artists as champions of sustainability.  The awards are not a commentary on the artistic or aesthetic value of the artwork; instead they are a reflection of the artwork as an expression of Sustainability in the Built Environment of the St. Louis Region.

The definition of sustainability used in the judging criteria derives from the LEED Rating system — LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — and the categories within this rating system:

Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Regional Priority
Awareness & Education
Innovation & Design

As well as the artist’s Expression of Concept

And now for the winners:

  • Richard Reilly – a participatory look at the regional status quo vis-à-vis sustainability
  • Missouri Botanical Garden Green Team – The Quilt
  • Christopher Manzo – A Treed Place of Play

Judges remarks include the following:

a participatory look at the regional status quo vis-à-vis sustainability:
“Innovative approach to entice the viewer to contribute to the piece of art as well as the movement.”

The Quilt:
“Seeing this compelling, highly creative, meticulous art surely makes the viewer appreciate re-use”

A Treed Place of Play:
“Tucked unobtrusively into a public space, snugged up against the sidewalk, it invites passers-by to hop off the trail and explore the structure.”

Congrats to incoming 2012 Chapter Board Members!

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Chapter’s 2012 Board elections. And congratulations to incoming board members:

  • Christy Cunningham-Saylor
  • Jaime Kelley
  • Nancy Rodney
  • Jay Swoboda

Thanks to outgoing board members Punit Jain and Tom Schultz!

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Elections for the 2012 Chapter Board of Directors are open from Wednesday, November 9 at 5 pm through Wednesday, November 16 at 5 pm.

Four board positions are open. Current Chapter members* are eligible to vote and will select four candidates as board members. Once elections are complete, the new board will meet to select their officers through dynamic elections.

2012 Board Candidates are:

  • Christy Cunningham-Saylor
  • Jaime Kelley
  • Nancy Rodney
  • Cristina Spicer
  • Jay Swoboda

Download the Candidates Bios.

* Current Chapter Members should have received an e-mail late afternoon on Wednesday, November 9 with voting instructions. If you did not receive this e-mail, it could mean that your membership has lapsed! Renew your membership now!

Questions? Contact Emily Andrews by e-mail or at (314) 577-0854.

Mid-Missouri Lunch ‘n LEED: LEED & Renewable Energy Techniques

How do renewable energy technologies fit into LEED?  There is nothing like a solar electric array to put a LEED project “over the top” in sustainability.  Solar electric, solar hot water, wind energy and other strategies can enhance a LEED project and approach zero energy footprint in many cases.  Learn how these exciting technologies can enhance your next project.

*This is an in-person, group viewing of a webinar.  Attendees will not be able to access the presentation remotely.* 

*Food will not be provided, rather we encourage you to bring your own sack lunch.* 

LEARNING OBJECTIVESLearn about real-world strategies for including renewable energy into LEED projects.

1.5 BD+C, O+M LEED Specific GBCI CE Hours, Project Systems & Energy Impacts

Thursday, December 1, 2011
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Conference Room 1B, Columbia City Hall, 701 Broadway, Columbia MO Map

$10/USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member, Free for Students.

Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then scroll down and click on the “Register” button under the “COLUMBIA, MO – LEED & Renewable Energy Techniques Lunch ‘n LEED” event listing.

QUESTIONS? Contact Lawrence Lile by email or phone (573) 657-0231


USGBC Missouri Gateway LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Mid Missouri

Click here to view a list of Attendees”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 it 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

Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13
8:30am-5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00 – 8:30am

Parks and Rec. Multipurpose Bldg,
810 Sandstone Dr. (3rd and Sandstone)
North Jefferson City, Missouri (a.k.a Cedar City)

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Contact us if you need a vegetarian meal or have other special dietary requirements.

1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide, Second Edition, USGBC
2) USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide, USGBC
3) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 12 of the handbook.

Textbooks may be purchased on the USGBC Publicationspage of the USGBC website. The second edition covers LEED and its rating system categories in greater depth and utilizes more case studies in order to provide examples of the breadth and depth of green building.  Please note: Make sure you purchase the Second Edition. All purchases through the USGBC are final (no exchanges). The price is reduced if purchased as a set ($130 for employees of national USGBC member companies; $155 for non-members). Please plan for shipping time.


1) USGBC Colorado Chapter Study Guide/Practice Test, $65/$50 members, available here:

PREREQUISITES 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.

Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then scroll down and click on the “Register” button under the “JEFFERSON CITY USGBC-Missouri Gateway LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course” event listing.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

Jaime Kelley, LEED AP BD+C
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.

Lawrence Lile, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, QCxP is an independent consultant specializing in commissioning and LEED services.  He has 27 years experience in engineering, and has worked on several LEED projects in Mid-Missouri.  He is chair of the emerging Mid Missouri branch of Gateway USGBC chapter.

PLEASE NOTE This 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 Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

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

Thanks to our Sponsor!
Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department

Above and Beyond Chapter Volunteer Recognition-November

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 Gary Steps of Butterfly Energy Works and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Technical Committee.

Gary was nominated by Technical Committee chair John Aliberti for his outstanding commitment to the goals of the committee and his leadership in the Chapter’s September Program on Net Zero Case Studies. Gary led a Technical Committee team in recruiting program speakers and handled many program logistics. This included coordinating with a speaker who presented via webinar – a first for a monthly Chapter program!

Gary has also served on the Chapter’s Green Schools Advocacy Subcommittee. He is a member of the Chapter’s Speakers Bureau and has instructed several in-depth sessions for the Chapter in 2011.

Thanks Gary for all your great work on behalf of green building & the Chapter!

See previous Above and Beyond honorees here.

Members in the News

Congratulations to the Chapter Members, who represented their companies in winning the Heroes of the Planet Awards, presented by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Business Journal.

Chapter member, Randall Lewis, of Walsh & Associates, helped save his company approximately 85% on electric costs by installing a 100 kilowatt solar-panel array atop the warehouse. However, not all sustainability initiatives were as elaborate as installing solar panels.  Other newly adopted practices include putting in new HVAC units, installing a skylight, swapping out inefficient lighting fixtures, and recycling.

Chapter members, Marc Lopata and Rick Hunter, of Microgrid Energy, continue to attract some of St. Louis’ largest companies as clients in the energy efficiency realm. Last year, Microgrid Energy saved Busch Stadium $500,000 through energy efficiencies.  One of their major accomplishments is the facilitation of nontraditional partnerships between corporations and non-profit organizations, such one involving the Missouri Botanical Garden and Express Scripts.

Chapter member, Megan Ridgeway, of Arcturis, lies at the heart of the companies’ sustainability efforts, through the organization called the Green Team.  Arcturis’ Green Team has designed a workplace that reflects its sustainability efforts, as well as promoting employee education activities, lectures & luncheons, and community events, all focused on sustainability. The Arcturis building has also achieved LEED sliver certification for its office space.

Chapter member, Bill Carson, of McCormack Baron Salazar, educates residents in low income communities on how to promote green living. McCormack Baron Salazar builds sustainable urban housing, which are certified green, while going one step further and educating its residents on green living practices, such as unplugging things when not in use and conserving water. Carson states, “Unless our residents understand sustainability, then it won’t actually last over the long run.”

Congratulations to all the Heroes of the Planet!


Make It Right Presentations!

On November 11, attend a presentation by Jon Sader, the former Construction Director of the Make It Right Foundation. He will be speaking on the formula his team developed for building affordable LEED platinum homes.

A major part of the formula in building these Affordable LEED Platinum homes is the small duct high velocity (SDHV) Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning system and its ability to integrate with the advanced framing approach that was utilized in these homes.

The meet and greet will begin at 8:30am, followed by two repeat seminars, each lasting two and a half hours.  The event will be held at the Masonry Institute on South Big Bend Blvd.

For more information on the Make It Right Presentation click here