Archive for December, 2011

State of the Chapter & Social

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It’s that time again – we’re kicking off the new year with our annual State of the Chapter & Social on January 10, 2012!

Meet Chapter members and leaders and take a look back at the Chapter’s history as well as a look forward at plans for the upcoming year. Enjoy complimentary wine and Schlafly beer while listening to acoustic tunes by Tom Hall. Committee chairs will highlight upcoming activities and present a multitude of opportunities for you to get involved in 2012. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming the new year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm – Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm – Additional Networking Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114) map


FEE: Free to all attendees!


REGISTER: Click here to visit our Event Registration page, then click “Register” under the State of the Chapter & Social event listing.

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


Thanks to Our Event Sponsor!


Submit your proposal for the 2012 Greening the Heartland Conference

The Greening the Heartland Conference brings leaders of the green building community together for three days of sessions, exhibits and networking. More than 35 sessions will address challenges, solutions and innovations in green building, design and technology.

The 2012 GTH Conference will take place May16‐18, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN and is organized around a broad theme of “Building Community” with an agenda designed to expand the target audience.

Tracks for breakout sessions include:
• Building & Design
• Green Tech & Infrastructure
• Ecology & Resources
• Community & Residential-­‐Scale

The Call for Presenters is currently open. Proposals are due December 31, 2011. Click here for more information!

City of St. Louis Sustainability Summit

The City of St. Louis kicked off it’s sustainability planning process with a bang this week. And rightly so. For the first time, the City is embarking on it’s very first comprehensive sustainability planning process. The summit began on Tuesday evening with an inspirational keynote address by Majora Carter,  who serves on the board of the national USGBC. Majora founded and was executive director of Sustainable South Bronx from 2001 – 2008, pioneering a green-collar job training program. She talked about Home (Town) Security, where economic and environmental security begin at the local level – in all of our home towns. Majora also reminded the full-house in attendance at the Missouri Botanical Garden that our home town is blessed with a wealth of resources, mentioning her particularly jealousy of our abundant and well-cared for green spaces.

Jean Ponzi of Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center & Majora Carter

The first phase of the City’s sustainability planning began before this summit with a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory of government operations and community sources. This week, the City began engaging the broader community – residents, community organizations, businesses and technical experts – in the first of three engagement efforts. With a theme of “Imagine” this week’s activities focused on celebrating the on-going sustainability efforts and successes in the City and collecting ideas, information and inspiration from community stakeholders. A draft plan will be presented for public review and comment in the Summer of 2012. Once public comments are incorporated, the final plan will be presented and implemented in Fall of 2012.

Wednesday morning found over 100 individuals at the Palladium for a technical work session. We heard James Hunt, Chief of Environmental and Energy Services for the City of Boston. And from John Norquist, president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism and former Mayor of Milwaukee. Both offered ideas and suggestions for St. Louis from their own cities and experiences. James Hunt suggested engaging our neighborhoods as agents of change – encouraging us to ensure that everyone feels like a participant in this process and this movement. John Norquist recommended doing away with our current zoning & replacing with form-based code. Good stuff.

More important than suggestions from other cities though, the 100+ individuals in attendance – city residents, city staff, sustainability experts, energy experts, educators, and more – were invited to be “Imagineers” by Catherine Werner, the City’s Director of Sustainability. Attendees broke into groups focusing on the following topics, really digging into the issues and discussing triple-bottom line solutions to improve and sustain quality of life in the City of St. Louis.

  • Prosperity, Opportunity & Employment
  • Education, Training & Leadership
  • Culture, Arts & Innovation
  • Health, Well-being & Saftey
  • Empowerment, Diversity & Equity
  • Urban Character, Vitality & Amenities
  • Infrastructure, Transportation & Efficiency

Dan Andrews, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, starts the tour of Chouteau Crossing with James Hunt from the City of Boston, Phil Hulse of Green Street Properties (the building's developer), Mayor Francis Slay and Majora Carter

After the Technical Worksession, Mayor Slay, Majora Carter and James Hunt – along with staff from the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) and other City departments – visited Chouteau Crossing, home to Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 and DynaLabs. The Sheet Metal Workers recently moved in and DynaLabs will move in mid-January. At the corner of Chouteau and Jefferson, the site has been vacant for many years. Now it’s an anchor in the neighborhood with a building targeting targeting LEED Platinum certification!

Dan Andrews talks with Mayor Slay & Majora Carter about the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 new building, housing both their apprenticeship training program and their union offices

Everyone admires Chouteau Crossing's green roof

The Sustainability Summit ended on Wednesday evening with a Community Workshop with Majora Carter at the History Museum – an opportunity for residents and community groups to share their ideas and solutions.


Learn more about the City of St. Louis’ sustainability planning efforts at

Learn more about Majora Carter’s work.

Learn more about the James Hunt’s work in the City of Boston.

Learn more about John Norquist’s work with the Congress of New Urbanism.

– Submitted by Emily Andrews, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Executive Director