Archive for April, 2012

2012 Sustainability Institute for PK12 Educators

Presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway, Webster University, Missouri Botanical Garden, & St. Louis Zoo

Explore sustainability and what it means for PK-12 educators during this 3-day institute (with an optional preconference on June 25th for those new to sustainability.)

The assurance of a productive, safe, viable future is marked by the interconnectedness of the human and environmental systems. At this Institute we will define sustainability in an educational context, present examples of PK-12 schools and resources for sustainability, and provide working sessions for educators to plan for how they can bring sustainability into their classrooms and institutions.

Our ultimate goal is to give educators the tools to cultivate a new generation of young people with the awareness, responsibility, and ability to take action for a beautiful, prosperous future.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and prepare to practice the principles of sustainability in PK-12 schools
  • Recognize local resources that can support curriculum and changes for sustainability
  • Collaborate with others to achieve goals and partnerships in sustainability
  • Create a community of advocates for sustainable schools

June 26 – 28, 2012, 8:00am-4:00pm
Optional Preconference on June 25

Webster University’s East Academic Building, 545 Garden Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

The cost of the 3-day Institute is $150. Preconference is an additional $35 ($185 total for both). Includes breakfasts and lunches.

Campus housing is available for $40 per night.

The Institute may be taken for 3 credits of graduate university credit through Webster University for $450. Students new to Webster University will need to apply for a graduate program or for non-degree seeking status. The $50 application fee will be waived. To register for credit, please contact Lori Diefenbacher by phone at 314-246-8054 or by email at

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Contact Lori Diefenbacher by phone at 314-246-8054 or by email at

New Member Welcome Event

A special New Member only event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter welcomes you to come socialize and get acquainted with USGBC-Missouri Gateway!  Chapter officers, past and present, will be on hand to share the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet fellow new members while enjoying complimentary appetizers and drinks.

After new members have learned about the chapter, they will tour SWT Design and learn about the office’s sustainable design, construction and operation features. The SWT Design office building is comprised of a home built in 1895 with a new studio addition which showcases the adaptive reuse of a 1950’s block building.  The two buildings are connected by a pedestrian bridge which allows stormwater to pass from the front of the property through a rain garden and into one of many percolation pits.  The SWT Design campus was selected as a pilot project in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) and boasts various types of green roofs, rain gardens, pervious paving, native plant materials and other green building techniques.

What USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event
When Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where SWT Design, 7722 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Parking is available in the parking lot behind SWT and the building immediately to the left of SWT. Overflow parking is available in the parking lots of Flowerama and Grace Church which is located across Big Bend.

RSVP Click here to register online.

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!

SWT logo

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


Growing Green Award 2012 Photos

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. Check out photos from the evening here.

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 in this presentation (PDF)!

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. Photo courtesy of Christina Bollinger.

Home Energy Efficiency – Free Workshop – April 14

In this one-day course taught by Dan Chiras, Ph.D., author of Green Home Improvement and numerous other books on home energy and energy efficiency, participants will learn many ways they can slash their or a client’s home energy consumption, reducing energy bills and improving comfort of their homes. Students will view numerous energy-saving measures implemented at The Evergreen Institute. Students will develop a ten-point plan to implement at home with the goal of cutting energy bills by 25 to 50%.

Topics include:
• How and where energy is used in homes
• How to identify energy waste in homes (home energy audits)
• Areas where the most significant savings can be made for the least cost
• Economic and environmental benefits of energy conservation and energy efficiency
• Key strategies for slashing energy consumption
• Hiring a professional home energy auditor and energy retrofitter
• Financial incentives for efficiency measures.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals interested in entering the home energy efficiency field
  • Energy professionals interested in furthering their knowledge of home energy efficiency
  • Homeowners interested in cutting their energy use, saving money, and reducing their ecological footprint
  • Builders who want to increase their knowledge of residential energy efficiency
  • Architects interested in increasing their knowledge of home energy efficiency
  • Students of architecture and environmental studies interested in learning more about energy efficiency
  • Educators wishing to learn more about energy efficiency
  • Utility company employee who want to learn more about energy efficiency
  • Building department officials, real estate agents, bankers, and insurance agents interested in learning more about home energy efficiency
  • Green building consultants who want to broaden their knowledge

Instructor: Dan Chiras, Ph.D.

Dates: April 14, 2012 at Gexpro in Fenton, St. Louis, Missouri. They are located at 1620 Headland Drive.

Time: 9 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: Workshop free; however, attendees are required to purchase the book Green Home Improvement by Dan Chiras for $40

To Register: Click Here

Materials Required:
Notepad and Writing Instruments
Lunch and drinks


Local Accommodations: click here

Directions: click here


Get Your Green On – Green Ball 2012!

Mark your calendar for the third annual Green Ball, a Celebration of all things GREEN in St. Louis! Sponsored by the Moonrise Hotel, the Green Ball benefits the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

– Groove to live music
– Dress in your best green digs for the green fashion contest
– Sip creative cocktails and local beer and wine…open bar
– Enjoy cuisine featuring locally sourced delicacies
– Complimentary valet parking for carpools of 4 or more
– Creative “green” attire is encouraged

 WHEN: Friday, April 27th, 7:00 – 11:00 pm

 WHERE: The Moonrise Hotel, 6177 Delmar in The Loop

 Fee: $60/person

Purchase tickets at

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In-Depth Seminar: LEED for Neighborhood Development

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The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System (LEED-ND) integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED-ND is a collaboration among USGBC, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council and recognizes development projects that successfully protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life in our communities.

The rating system encourages smart growth and New Urbanist best practices by promoting the location and design of neighborhoods that reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and creating developments where jobs and services are accessible by foot or public transit. It also promotes an array of green building and green infrastructure practices, particularly more efficient energy and water use—especially important in urban areas where infrastructure is often overtaxed. Projects may constitute whole neighborhoods, portions of neighborhoods, or multiple neighborhoods. Projects are often mixed-use, though small single-use projects that complement existing neighborhood uses may also use the rating system.


  • Describe key elements and unique features of LEED-ND
  • Analyze the principles of smart growth and New Urbanism and their role in shaping LEED-ND
  • Identify appropriate project types for LEED for Neighborhood Development
  • Recognize LEED for Neighborhood Development tools and resources

SPEAKER: Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates. Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country, recently certifying its sixth LEED Platinum building and third LEED-ND project. Farr was the founding chair of the USGBC LEED-ND committee, working to establish a national standard that integrates the principles of green building and smart growth, and is author of the urban planning best-seller Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. His planning work at Farr Associates has helped certify multiple LEED-ND developments across Illinois.

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA/CES CEH

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 pm

(Note Doug Farr will also be presenting at the USGBC-MO Gateway monthly evening program scheduled 5:30-7:30pm on May 8th. Click here for details on the evening program.)

Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center,
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63112

$30 for all attendees

Click here to register online

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


Ninth Annual LEED Showcase: LEED for Neighborhood Development with Doug Farr

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Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates and founding chair of the USGBC LEED-ND committee, will present a detailed examination of one local project and the rating system which it is registered under, LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). The project is the East Saint Louis Housing Authority’s Church Lane Gardens Master Plan.


  • Describe key elements and unique features of LEED-ND.
  • Build on current knowledge of various LEED rating systems and formulate how we ramp up and build smarter on a neighborhood scale.
  • Discover how new urbanism links projects together, fostering a walkable, livable more vibrant community without relying on personal vehicles.
  • Review a case study of a LEED-ND project in the St. Louis Metro area, focusing on challenges, opportunities and lessons learned.

SPEAKER:  Doug Farr, founding principal of Farr Associates. Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable practices in the country, recently certifying its sixth LEED Platinum building and third LEED-ND project. Farr was the founding chair of the USGBC LEED-ND committee, working to establish a national standard that integrates the principles of green building and smart growth, and is author of the urban planning best-seller Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. His planning work at Farr Associates has helped certify multiple LEED-ND developments across Illinois.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES CEH 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking,
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

(Note Doug Farr will also be speaking at the USGBC-MO Gateway In-Depth Seminar on LEED for Neighborhood Development from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on May 8th as a part of the City of St. Louis’ Sustainability Summit.  Click here for more info on the in-depth seminar.)

Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63103 map

Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members, ASLA Members & Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

Click here to register online.

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsor!


Farnsworth Group, Inc.

Rosemann & Associates


Mid Missouri Branch: Cleaning for Health – A Road Map for Success

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Lunch and Learn: Have you ever wondered about methods used to clean a building that promote the health of the occupants?  Three speakers at this event will reveal ways of minimizing health impacts of building cleaning.  Topics include:  180 Degree Assessment Program  from the Green Clean Institute,  immediate and residual impacts of the indoor air we breathe, how Columbia Public Schools has improved the quality of indoor air in the built environments children, staff and visitors spend their time, how State Farm Insurance has implemented Green cleaning to support a healthy environment, and how a Columbia city composting program can help your building reduce trash pickup fees.We will provide sandwiches and soft drinks, coffee and tea for a nominal fee of $7.  There is no fee for the program.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WHERE Columbia Chamber of Commerce
300 South Providence Road, Columbia Missouri

FEE $7 includes sandwiches from The Sub Shop, coffee, tea, and soft drinks.


Dave Thompson, Green Clean Institute President

Mike Jones, Columbia Public Schools Assistant Director of Custodial Services

Kenny Root, State Farm Insurance

Layli Terrill, Waste Minimization Officer, City of Columbia

Register for Mid-Missouri Branch – Cleaning for Health- A Roadmap for Success 

QUESTIONS? Contact Lawrence Lile  573-489-7844 email

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Green Clean Institute


Fundamentals Lighting Course – April 20 & 21

The Fundamental of Lighting Course is an introductory course hosted by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America – St. Louis Section covering the basic and most important principles of lighting. Over the two days, the following different topics will be taught:

1.   Basic Lighting Concepts, Vision & Color 5.    Lighting for Interiors
2.   Electric Light Sources and Ballasts 6.    Lighting for Exteriors
3.   Luminaries and Controls 7.    Important Issues in Lighting
4.   Photometry and Calculations

The new Fundamentals of Lighting Course is designed as the entry level course for those who have little lighting knowledge. The set of 7 instructional lessons is ideal for those who have very basic awareness of lighting and for those who are interested in a refresher course.

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012
The course will begin promptly at 8 AM each day and a lunch break will be included.

William Tao & Associates
7955 Manchester Rd #125
St. Louis, Missouri 63143
Web site:

A student manual and ready-reference will be provided to each student as part of the course fee, which is $275 for IES members, $325 for non-members and $175 for students.  There is a volume discount for company’s who enroll two or more people.  The charge per person is $295. There is a $20 late fee registration for each set of books that must be ordered after April 9nd 2012.

Please deliver all payments (via U.S. mail) me at the address below and registration forms (via mail, fax or email) to me on/before April 6, 2012. Please make your check out to “IES STL.”

Please contact Claudia Gabay-Jones (314-743-3213/ with questions or for more information.