Archive for May, 2012

Best Practices in Green Purchasing on May 24 // Green Cleaning on May 23


Best Practices in Green Purchasing Workshop
featuring the Responsible Purchasing Network

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Washington University, Steinberg Auditorium

hosted by St Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium
and sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency
The Responsible Purchasing Network is hosting a FREE workshop at Washington University on May 24th! With support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the St Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium is excited to welcome RPN Executive Director Alicia Culver for an in-depth look at how our institutions can put their purchasing dollars to better use. 

This is a remarkable resource – coming specifically to our region through a unique opportunity made possible by EPA funding – not to be missed! This morning workshop is open to all those interested in influencing purchasing decisions, but an RSVP is required. Please contact Katy Mike Smaistrla to RSVP.

Green Cleaning Workshop

Wednesday, May 23
10:00 – 11:30am

Are you a user or vendor of cleaning products? Then you will find value in this special workshop opportunity.  The City of St. Louis will host a free Green Cleaning workshop on Wednesday, May 23, 2012from 10:00 to 11:30 am in the first floor conference room of City Hall West located at 1520 Market Street, St. Louis, MO. There is limited on-street parking, a parking garage at Scottrade Center. Union Station Metrolink.

This workshop will be conducted by Alicia Culver, Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network and co-author of Cleaning for Health: Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment.

Workshop Description

Find out how workplace cleaning impacts indoor air and water quality, employee health, and purchasing costs. Participants will learn about certified “green” cleaning products that:

  • are safer for workers and the environment
  • are safer for workers and the environment
  • can save you money
  • perform as well – or better – than conventional cleaning products
  • can earn LEED “green” building credits
  • protect buyers again false or unsubstantiated environmental claims (“greenwashing”)

An overview of best practices for safely handling and diluting cleaning chemicals and disinfectants (including compliance with OSHA regulations and CDC guidelines) will also be provided. Custodial staff and product vendors are encouraged to attend.

Register for the Green Cleaning workshop at


DIY Sustainability

Click here to view a list of attendees! (PDF)

Presented in partnership with St. Louis Earth Day and St. Louis Green.

Six local presenters will showcase their creative and inspiring DIY projects – sharing ideas for sustainable projects you can do at home to jumpstart your own personal green revolution. Presentations will be delivered Pecha Kucha style.  Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, Pecha Kucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Hunter Beckham, SWT Design – Creative landscaping at home
Hector Caiazza, Monkey Do Productions – How to make an electric car
Josh Davis, The Green Finned Hippy – Aquaponics
Timothy Dolan, The Urban League – Weatherization
Jenny Murphy, Perennial – Creative reuse of trash in St. Louis
Richard Reilly,  EarthWays Center – Remodeling a kitchen from unwanted furniture

WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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

FEE:  Free for all attendees!

REGISTER: Click here to register online

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

Thanks to our Program Sponsors!

Pizzo & Associates

Members in the News – Dan Andrews

Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 held their ribbon cutting and dedication for their new headquarters and apprenticeship training program last Friday, April 27. The building is seeking LEED Platinum certification. The energy efficient, reused building features solar thermal and solar photovoltaic as well as a green roof, rain water collection and 18 geothermal wells. Additionally, the building serves as a learning lab for Local 36’s apprentices, where they can learn new and old green building strategies and technologies.

Dan Andrews, coordinator of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 apprenticeship training program and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member, was featured both in a Post-Dispatch article on Friday, April 27 and in a Channel 5 news interview. Also featured in the Channel 5 interview was Crossroads College Prep School, a LEED Platinum building.

Staples Promotional Products Receives LEED Platinum Plaque!

Congratulations to Staples Promotional Products in Overland, MO who received their LEED Platinum Plaque last Thursday, April 26! The Staples’ office is certified under the LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System and is the 5th Platinum certification in the St. Louis area.

In the photo above, Bill Gossman, VP of Merchandising, Procurement and Logistics at Staples Promotional Products accepts their LEED Platinum Plaque from Emily Andrews, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Executive Director and Phil Hulse, Green Street Properties. The Page Business Center, where Staples is located, originally housed the Dorris Motor Car Company. The renovated building achieved LEED certification several years ago using the Core & Shell Rating System. Landis + Gyr, Staple’s neighbor in the building, achieved Gold certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors.

Members in the News – Rick Hunter & Jim Curran

Recently, the St. Louis Cardinals added solar panels to Busch Stadium to further their ongoing commitment to green the game of baseball. The Cardinals partnered with Microgrid Energy, the Electrical Connection and Sachs Electric on the solar installation, which will produce about 32,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy per year.

Rick Hunter of Microgrid Energy and Jim Curran of St. Louis Electrical Connection – both USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members – are quoted in an article about the new solar panels in the Creve Coeur Patch.

The two solar arrays at Busch Stadium are located on the roof of the ticket building on Clark Street and on a canopy in the left centerfield bleachers at the Ford Family Plaza. Learn more about the installation here.

The Cardinals celebrated the new solar panels with Solar Day at Busch Stadium on Sunday, April 29.