Archive for August, 2012

Free Electronics Recycling Events in Sept & Oct

St. Louis Community College and Midwest Recycling Center are teaming up to offer FREE electronics recycling this fall.  Anything with a cord will be accepted.

Click here for the full details, including dates and locations!

Members in the News – Lisa Thompson

Chapter member and Higher Education Committee chair, Lisa Thompson of EcoScapes Sustainability Solutions, was recently published in Retail Environments Magazine.

Her article, “Evidence Based Design: Taking Retail to the next level through Science”, ties together Evidence Based Design (EBD) and Sustainability; showing how EBD can apply to environments other than Healthcare.

Click here to view the full article!

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam.  Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

  • Introduction and Core Concepts
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Friday, December 7 and Monday, December 10, 2012
8:30am-5pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00-8:30am

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
**Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.**

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch


1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 2nd Edition, USGBC
2) USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide, USGBC
Both of which may be purchased on the USGBC Publicationspage of the USGBC website. Please plan for shipping time.
3) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 12 of the handbook.


Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.  Students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course which may be submitted to meet eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam.


Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Click here to register online.

Jaime Kelley, LEED AP is an environmental engineer with over 15 years of experience in sustainable urban planning and project management. She is a strategic, innovative thinker who brings sustainable development and design expertise to the implementation and management of both small and large projects. Jaime offers experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications through her past leadership on several LEED-registered buildings. Jaime currently serves as at-large member on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board of Directors.

Lois Sechrist, LEED AP ID+C works in the field of sustainability at Ascension Health.  She previously ran an independent sustainability consulting business and has over 25 years of experience in interior architecture and project management.  Lois was the project manager for two LEED-certified projects, has served on the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Green Schools Subcommittee and is chair of the University City Green Practices Commission.

This exam prep course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The LEED AP Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty portion.

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

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Recycling Comes Full Circle – Annual MORA Conference

Join the Missouri Association of Recycling (MORA) and the Composting & Organics Association of Missouri (COAM) for this annual conference September 10 through 12. Sessions will cover composting, Constructionn & Demolition Waste, recycling 101, storm debris management and more. Tours will visit the Missouri Botanical Garden and Busch Stadium as well as a St. Louis Composting’s largest facility.

MORA’s Annual Conference will be at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.

Learn more or register at

Building Green? Think Existing!

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View Christine Ramsdell’s Presentation
View The Greenest Building:  Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

In Partnership with the International Facility Management Association – St. Louis Chapter

It is often said that “the greenest building is the one that already exists.” Is it? Join us on September 11, as we tackle this topic with practical experience and hard evidence.

A groundbreaking study entitled The Greenest Building:  Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse was published in January 2012 as a report by Preservation Green Lab, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Through examination of indicators within four environmental impact categories -including climate change, human health, ecosystem quality, and resource depletion – the study concludes that building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. Moreover, it can take between 10 and 80 years for a new, energy-efficient building to overcome, through more efficient operations, the negative climate change impacts that were created during the construction process. Ralph DiNola, a member of the study’s Research Project Team, will join us remotely from his home in Oregon to present a synopsis of this research, their findings and its impact on the building industry.

We will then welcome Christine Ramsdell of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Enterprise has two LEED certified offices in St. Louis in reused buildings. Christine will impart her practical experience and expound on the elements that influence the corporate decision to either reuse existing buildings or construct new facilities. This will include considerations to the projects’ cost, time and environmental impacts as well as outlining the pros and cons.


Ralph DiNola, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, LEED Faculty is Principal of Green Building Services and an international life cycle building consultant. He is currently board chair of the International Living Future Institute and board member of the Cascadia Regional Green Building Council.  Ralph will be joining us remotely via Webex.

Christine Ramsdell is the Manager of Space Planning & Design at Enterprise Holdings, the largest rental car company in North America.
She is responsible for the strategic planning and construction of Enterprise’s campuses in St. Louis and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Christine will present in-person at Alberici.

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Alberici Headquarters,
8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114
map & parking instructions

FEE:  Free for all attendees!

REGISTER: Click here to register online

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

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Call for Proposals: 2013 Educational Programs

Submission Deadline: Monday, September 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. CST

How to Submit
All proposals must be submitted via the online proposal management system, which may be accessed by clicking here. Mailed, faxed, or emailed proposals will not be accepted.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2013.  USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.

Presentation Topics
Results from our 2012 membership survey indicated a high level of interest in the following topic categories. While all topics will be considered, preference will be give to those that fall within these categories.

  • Cost & Benefits of Green Buildings
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Design
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with LEED Buildings
  • Regional Low Hanging Fruit & Barriers for Pursuing LEED Certification
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Commissioning & Retro-commissioning
  • Green Municipal Success Stories
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Improvements to the Indoor Environment
  • Integrated Design Process

Session Formats
The following formats have been successful for past events and are recommended. Other formats will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Evening Program
    • 1 hour lecture presentation
  • Breakfast/Lunch Program
    • 1 – 1 ½ hour seminar
  • In-Depth Workshop
    • 2 hour seminar
    • 4 hour seminar
  • Green Building Tour
    • Brief presentation followed by tour of building

Educational Level
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter strives to offer a diverse selection of programs to reach a variety of educational levels. Presenters will be asked to indicate the level of technical depth of their proposed educational programs as described below.

  • 100-level (Awareness) Courses are designed for individuals who have limited or no prior knowledge of green building practices. Introduction of issues; general information.
  • 200-level (Understanding) Courses are designed for individuals familiar with green building principles. Presentations enhance understanding of the meaning of informational materials and explores general topic areas.
  • 300-level (Application) Courses are designed for individuals who are implementing and applying green building practices and principles. The use of previously learned information in new and concrete situations to solve problems that have single or best answers. Extended consideration of a topic.
  • 400-level (Mastery) Courses designed for individuals who have extensive prerequisite knowledge, skills or coursework. Sustained attention given to topic of concern (technique, process, theory etc). Creatively or divergently applying prior knowledge and skills to produce a new or original whole.

How to Submit
All proposals must be submitted via the online proposal management system, available at Mailed, faxed, or emailed proposals will not be accepted.

Program Policies

  • All proposals must be complete and inclusive when submitted.
  • Presentations must be delivered without endorsement, bias, marketing or sales orientation.
  • Upon acceptance of a proposal, presenters must agree to submit any additional information requested by the planning committee, such as outlines and presentation slides, in the requested timeframe. This information is necessary to secure continuing education units (CEUs) for various professions, including GBCI’s CMP requirements for LEED APs and LEED Green Associates.
  • Proposals are received with the understanding that speakers are providing their services without compensation.
  • USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter may request for a presentation to be modified in order to:
    • Fulfill CMP requirements.
    • Adhere to venue restrictions.
    • Reflect relevance of topic.
    • Fit within the allotted time scheduled.
    • Combine proposals as appropriate.

Submission Evaluation and Selection
All proposals will be reviewed by the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee. Reviewers will rate proposals using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter educational objectives
  • Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) category relevance
  • Timeliness of topic
  • Subject matter appeal
  • Practical application
  • Appropriate educational level
  • Speaker qualifications

Preference will be given to those who have not presented at a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter event in past years. New ideas and topics are encouraged and will be given preference in the selection process.

Proposal Timeline
Call for Educational Program Proposals Released:  Thursday, August 9, 2012
Submission Deadline: Monday, September 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. CST

For more information on submitting a proposal, contact Hope Gribble, Membership & Education Coordinator, at or (314) 577-0225.


Chapter Members & Staff in the News

Dave Zimmerman, of Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 and Emily Andrews, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Executive Director, were featured in a St. Louis Business Journal article about the new headquarters of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36, which is seeking LEED Platinum certification. According to the article, local leaders see the new building, which opened in April, as a tool for local economic development and an opportunity to showcase the green technical capacity of the local workforce.

Zimmermann says that moving forward, most projects will be renovations of existing buildings and their building provides a showcase for the region. Not only is the building toured nearly daily by those interested in learning about green building, it’s also performing! Though it’s five times larger than their old building, the new headquarters has had lower energy bills.

Read an excerpt of the story here. Note that only subscribers to the St. Louis Business Journal are able to access the full article online.