Congrats to 2012 Growing Green Award Winners!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is proud to celebrate and recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices. Congratulations to another amazing class of Growing Green Awardees who were honored at the 4th Annual Growing Green Awards Celebration on March 29. Stay tuned for photos of the event!

Congratulations on 2012 Growing Green Awardees:

  • Emerging Leader: Citi
  • Education: Russell Barton – Parkway North High School
  • Restoration: Cannon Design
  • Innovation: AEP River Operations
  • Operational Excellence: Tarlton
  • Community Champion: Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

See all the nominees and learn more about each winner below!


(From left to right: Russell Barton, Parkway North High School; Carl Karlen, Cannon Design; Randy Weller, Citi; Joe Brantley, AEP River Operations; Dirk Elsperman, Tarlton Corporation; Keith Jones & Tim Dolan, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis)

Emerging Leader Nominees: Citi and St. Louis Artist’s Guild

Citi has made great strides in sustainability since 2010. By adopting the “Equator Principles,” they have made a corporate commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 25%, divert landfill waste by 40%, conserve water usage by 20%, achieve LEED certification for 15% of its global real estate portfolio and improve portfolio energy efficiency by 20% by 2015. Locally, Citi has 51 Green Team volunteers who promote the vision of “Responsible Consumption” through collaboration with the organization’s leadership, facility managers, food vendors and staff.


Education Nominees: Russell Barton – Parkway North High School; Butterfly Energy Works; Catalina Freixas – Washington University in St. Louis; Jennifer Loui – Green Education Foundation; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville


AWARDEE: Russel Barton, Parkway North High School
Russell Barton takes a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to sustainable education inside and outside the classroom. In the classroom, he developed a pilot AP Environmental Science Course for his students – which was a first in the school district and has since been offered at other schools. Russ recognizes the value of collaborating with the school, the district, the community and beyond to achieve maximum impact. Outside the classroom, with Russ’s leadership and support – his students have been national finalists in the Lexus/Scholastic Eco Challenge (where they created a plan to improve rain gardens at schools) as well as the Pepsi Refresh Project (where they proposed methods for enhancing the built environment with solar panels).


Restoration Nominees: Cannon Design, Green Street Development Group, Spinnaker St. Louis, Tiger Lily Development, Xiolink

AWARDEE: Cannon Design
When Cannon Design chose to relocate their office – they were presented with an opportunity that allowed them not only to reuse and restore a unique and historic structure in the City of St. Louis but also redevelop a Brownfield site and develop an interior space that supports the most forward-thinking workplace while still maintaining the historic integrity of the architectural features. Almost 99% of the existing walls, floors and roof structure were reused while 92% of the construction waste was recycled.  While many sustainability measures were taken during the restoration of the former steam generation plant, the one with arguably the biggest impact was Cannon’s commitment to reusing an existing building and identifying the reuse as an opportunity for creation rather than an hindrance of a vision.


Operational Excellence Nominees: Joe Abernathy – St. Louis Cardinals; Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Cannon Design; Graybar; Novus International; Tarlton

AWARDEE: Tarlton
In 2011, Tarlton took great strides that showcase their commitment to Operational Excellence. Though already housed in a LEED Silver building with improved performance, Tarlton installed a 25 KV solar array. This installation is expected to offset carbon emissions equal to planting 70 acre of trees. Three 10-foot ventilation fans have been installed (each utilizing the equivalent energy of a refrigerator light bulb) to regulate indoor air temperature. ‘Truck Tracker’ software is now being used to efficiently plan delivery routes to job sites and allows Tarlton to track their carbon emissions and plan for offsets. These are just a few of the operational practices that improve their triple-bottom line.


Innovation Nominees: AEP River Operations; Cannon Design; Eddie’s Bar & Grill; Perennial

AWARDEE: AEP River Operations
Boats, ships & other river-going vessels are rarely part of the conversation about the built environment. But with the launch of its “Go Green Project” AEP River Operations has changed that perception. At the heart of the project is the renovation of a 1973 towing vessel, the M/V Donna Rushing. This vessel was transformed into the most fuel-efficient, low-emission, energy-saving towing vessel on U.S. waterway. The extreme makeover of the Donna is the result of discussions between AEP mariners, environmental organizations, vendors and government agencies. The launch of the M/V Donna Rushing ushers in a new era of leadership in sustainable practices and promises to set the standard for all inland river vessels.


Community Champion Nominees: Great River Greenways District; Joe Edwards – Moonrise Hotel; Traci Sooter – Drury University; Straight Up Solar; Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

AWARDEE: Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis


It has been said of this year’s recipient, that “…they are helping others to help others…” which is a true measure of sustainability: not only leading, educating and implementing sustainability but enabling those being taught to become the teachers. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has worked with countless agencies to improve the sustainability of low-income housing and improve the energy efficiency of thousands of single family homes, HUD properties, homeless shelters and shelters for battered women, orphaned children and people battling addiction. Through rigorous efforts, including energy audits, energy modeling, weatherization, equipment upgrades, building envelope improvements and installation of air monitoring equipment for indoor health, the Urban League has been able to reach an often untapped audience to educate about ‘green’ and why it is important for all of us. And while they have said that that what they do may not be ‘glamorous’, it is endlessly rewarding.




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