Archive for October, 2012

Sustainable Communities Conference – November 1-3

Washington University in St. Louis is hosting a three-day Sustainable Communities Conference November 1 – 3 featuring the following exciting speakers and events:

Thursday, November 1 – Keynote Lecture by Bill McKibben
McKibben is one of America’s best-known environmentalists, a bestselling author and the founder of, an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement.

Friday, November 2 – Land Lab Competition, featuring a talk by Ron Sims, the former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development
This event will build on the public dialogue that began at the Open/Closed conferences and the Pruitt Igoe Now and GOOD Ideas for Cities competitions. Seeking innovative ideas for sustainability projects on St. Louis’s vacant lots, Land Lab Competition Teams are challenged to rethink the challenge of vacant lots into an asset that advances sustainability.

Saturday, November 3- Sustainable Citites Symposium, featuring Jason McLennan and Anna Lappe
Jason McLennan has played a pivotal role on the shape and direction of green buildings through the development of the Living Building Challenge and as CEO of the International Living Future Institute. Anna Lappe has co-authored or authored of three books and is the contributing author to nine others. For the last decade, she has been a key force in the growing international movement for sustainability and justice in the food chain.

For more information or to register for this FREE conference, visit Or download the event flyer.



Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference – October 29-30

The Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference, presented by Saint Louis University’s Center for Sustainability, Greensburg GreenTown, and GreenTown Joplin, aims to help cities faced by natural disasters to rebuild strong, livable communities by identifying ways to weave sustainability into the disaster recovery process, while increasing collaboration among all parties working toward this goal.

WHEN: Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30

WHERE: Saint Louis University

Featured Speakers include Eric Cesal with Architecture for Humanity’s Haiti Rebuilding Center; Mike Smith, Sr. Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solution; Daniel Wallach, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Greensburg GreenTown & GreenTown Joplin and Lynn Billman, Senior Energy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Lab.

For more information or to register, please visit

Livable St. Louis Conference – October 26

Join Trailnet for the 2012 Livable St. Louis Conference, Bold Community Visions, this Friday, October 26.

The conference features an excellent line up – from national speakers like Mick Cornett, the Mayor of Oklahoma City and Gary Toth from the Project for Public Spaces . . . to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Executive Director, Emily Andrews; Jessica Mefford-Miller, Chief of Planning and System Development at Metro and Michael Allen, an Architectural Historian and Director of Preservation Research Office.

Check out this commentary in The Beacon by Trailnet’s Chief Executive Ann Mack, where she discusses the conference and what St. Louis needs to become a Top 10 Livable City.

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration & breakfast, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Program

WHERE: Eric P. Newman Education Center at Washington University Medical Center
320 S. Euclid, St. Louis MO 63110

For more information or to register, visit

New Member Welcome Event

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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 breakfast beverages and snacks.

After new members have learned about the Chapter, they will tour Lawrence Group’s offices and learn about the building’s many sustainable features. The Lawrence Group is located in the Security Building, an 11-story office building that was built in 1892.The 128,000 square foot Romanesque-style, masonry structure at the corner of Fourth and Locust in downtown St. Louis was once a part of the city’s bustling financial hub and formerly housed the Noonday Club from 1893 to 1964.

In 2003, Lawrence Group purchased the building and began an extensive renovation that led to the achievement of LEED Silver certification. Upgrades included new HVAC, elevators to comply with ADA standards, installation of a new electrical distribution system and new plumbing with low-flow fixtures and motion sensors on the faucets. Additionally, the renovation includes numerous energy-saving design elements, such as low-emittance glass windows and a ”cool” roof coating helped rejuvenate the building and attract tenants. Positive factors in the renovation include the U-shaped design that allowed for natural light and fresh air to enter office spaces in an era prior to mechanically controlled climates, the building’s original design and the downtown location with nearby public transit.

WHAT: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

WHEN: Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00 am

WHERE: Lawrence Group, Security Building, 319 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 map

Parking is available at Mansion House (East side of Fourth Street, directly opposite the Security Building) and at the Hilton Garage, corner of Fourth and Olive, immediately adjacent to the building. Attendees are responsible for any applicable parking fees.

RSVP: Click here to register online.

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!

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

ENERGY STAR for Congregations

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your house of worship’s energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time.

Additionally, the ENERGY STAR Congregations Network provides free information, technical support and public recognition for congregations that take significant action against energy waste.

We invite representatives of local congregations to take part in a free workshop on ENERGY STAR for Congregations. As a workshop attendee, you will learn:

  • How to read and analyze utility bills to gain valuable insights into your parish’s energy use;
  • How to build an Energy Star Portfolio Manager energy model and benchmark your building;
  • How to track and measure energy and carbon emissions for your building; and
  • How to plan next steps for your energy audit

In order for this event to be a success, we will need each congregation representative to bring:

  • Laptop.
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • 24 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building.  If you don’t have this information readily available, contact your utility provider(s) as most will be able to easily supply this historical information.
  • The building gross floor area and key operating characteristics for each major space type.
    _______ Gross floor area (SF) _______ Maximum seating capacity_______ Weekdays of operation_______ Hours of operation per week_______ # of personal computers

    _______ Presence of cooking facilities – yes or no

    _______ # of commercial refrigeration/freezer units

  • Completed building survey (click here to access).

Sabine McDowell, LEED AP, Co-Chair of Grace Creation Care Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church, founder of

October 30, 2012
5:00-7:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 119
Free for individuals representing a congregation/religious organization
Click here to register for this event

Chapter Board Nominations Now Open!

Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again. It’s time USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Nominations & Elections!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is seeking nominations for three (3) Board Members. Nominations are due by midnight on Monday, October 22, 2012. Please send nomination forms to

Elections will be held on-line November 8 – 13, 2012. Please note that in order to vote in the elections, you must be a Chapter member in good standing on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer.

For more information, please see:

Election Guidelines

Nomination Form (MS Word Form)

Board of Director Job Descriptions