Five Questions with Chapter Chair Marc Lopata

The St. Louis Post Dispatch caught up with president of Clayton-based Microgrid Energy and current chair of USGBC-Missouri Gateway, Marc Lopata, to discuss Microgrid’s work reducing water and energy use at Busch Stadium, USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s partnership with the Regional Chamber and Growth Association to increase the amount of office space in the St. Louis area that’s independently certified as energy- or water-efficient by 50 percent, and these five questions:

Why is it important for the St. Louis area to have office space that’s certified as energy- or water-efficient?

What’s the biggest challenge in achieving the goal that’s been laid out?

What some common types of projects undertaken to make office space more energy efficient?

How quick is payback for building owners?

Beside solar panels, what kind of work has Microgrid done at Busch Stadium to make it more efficient?

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