Archive for January, 2013

Living Architecture 101 Seminar and Trade Show – February 27

This seminar and trade show offers excellent opportunities to learn more about modern living architecture and meet industry experts in the St. Louis area.  Living Architecture 101 will help engineers, architects, landscapers, planners, etc. understand the design and application of living retaining walls, interior/exterior living walls, pre-grown living fences, and green roofs.  An in-house trade show will feature local vendors associated with living architecture and green building in the St. Louis area.

Benefits of attendance:

  • Gain a greater understanding of living retaining wall systems (Design and engineering, plant selection, erosion control, irrigation, etc.)
  • Understand the basics about interior/exterior living walls, living fences, and green roofs
  • Great networking opportunity with green building and living architecture experts
  • Earn a certificate of attendance for 4+ hours of educational presentations
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Coffee and networking begin at 7:30am.  Presentations begin at 8:30 am.

The Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, 4359 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO


Click here to learn more about the event and to register.

USGBC-MGC Student Event

NEW DATE: April 4th!

Meet the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council!

Connect with students from all over St. Louis!

Find out more about careers in sustainability!

Eat, bowl, and have fun!

Thursday, April 4, 2013
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Pin-Up Bowl

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Many thanks to Joe Edwards, Pi Pizza, and the Pin-Up Bowl!


Understanding the National Climate Assessment – February 5

The 2013 National Climate Assessment draft has been released for public review until April 12, 2013 at This report, produced by more than 240 authors representing federal agencies, academic institutions, private industry and non-profit organizations, concludes that climate change, once considered an issue in the distant future, has moved firmly into the present.

This panel will explain the science behind the report, some implications for our region and what is being done at the national and international level to address this issue.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Anheuser-Busch Theatre, Saint Louis Zoo

Admission is free. No reservation needed.

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A Deeper Look at Local Efficiency Incentives

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Learn about the energy efficiency incentives from Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas that can lower the cost of raising the performance of your building with:

Tom Nigh, Ameren Missouri – Business Development Lead
Jim Travis – Laclede Gas Company – Project Support Specialist, Utilization Engineering

Click here to download the event flyer!

The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative (HPBI) is regional project organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC), and supported by 19 additional stakeholders, to increase the square footage of third-party verified green space in the St. Louis region. For more information about the HPBI, visit

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7:30 – 9:30 am

Raymond E. Maritz Theater at 1400 South Highway Drive in Fenton (63099)
Click here for Parking & Driving Directions (including map)

Free, but registration is required.

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

Authenticity & Sustainability – February 2

Join Modern STL on Saturday, February 2nd for Authenticity + Sustainability: Making the Most of Your Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece. Local design and preservation professionals will present on how to retrofit your mid-20th century home to 21st century sustainability standards, and how to utilize available preservation programs to benefit from tax credits and designate your home as historic.

Speakers include:

  • Richard Reilly, LEED AP, Residential Energy Programs Manager, EarthWays Center
  • Neil Chace, Architect, SPACE Architects and Vice President, Modern-STL
  • Michael Allen, Director, Preservation Research Office and President, Modern STL
  • Lindsey Derrington, Architectural Historian, Preservation Research Office and Secretary, Modern STL

WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd, 10am-2pm

WHERE: SPACE Architects, 4168 Manchester, Saint Louis, 63110

COST: $10 for Modern STL members, $15 for non-members. Lunch included.

Please RSVP to Nathan Wilber at by January 31st – seating is limited!

Learn more at


Greening the Heartland Call for Proposals – Due February 8

Greening the Heartland will celebrate its 10-Year Anniversary in Chicago in 2013. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Midwest regional conference, Greening the Heartland 2013 will present four days of education and networking opportunities in cooperation with BUILDINGChicago on September 9 – 12.

The conference Advisory Committee is now accepting proposals for presenters and topics. All proposals must be submitted online by February 8, 2013. Learn more here.

This year’s conference aims to encourage robust discussion of how the Heartland’s building industry is evolving to embed resilience into its solutions for the built environment as focused in the topic following topic areas: Health & Environmental Quality, High Performance Buildings & Building Science, Design for Resilience, Green Technologies & Materials, Natural Capitalism, Sustainable Community & Campus, Process, and more.

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New Category Added to EBie Awards!

The EBie Awards are a nationwide juried competition created by the Urban Green Council, USGBC New York . The awards celebrate people working in Existing Buildings, recognizing “unsung heroes” who have made great strides in improving environmental performance but whose accomplishments may otherwise go unheralded – not just building owners, but building operators, auditors, commissioning agents, lighting designers, plumbing engineers, and others. Unlike other awards, the EBies are based on measurable improvements in performance.

New this year is ann award for those people who work in multiple buildings: All Together Now, which recognizes the most improved portfolio across multiple sustainability categories, including water, waste management, stormwater, materials use, indoor environmental quality, and tenant engagement. Other categories include

  • The All-Arounder
  • Shine a Light on Me
  • The Reformed Drinker
  • The Smooth Operator
  • It Takes a Village
  • The Reformed Gas Guzzler
  • Verdant Brainiac

Deadline for submitting nominations is February 26, 2013. Learn more at

Members in the News – Wanda Evans, Hope Gribble, Richard Reilly, Caeden Sweet

The USGBC-MGC Green Shadow mentor program was highlighted in the Wed, January 16, 2013 edition of The Beacon.  Chapter member mentors, Wanda Evans and Richard Reilly, were interviewed, as well as member and Shadow Caeden Sweet and staff member Hope Gribble. The article provides a nice overview of the program, including insight from participants’ experiences. Click here to access the full article.

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course (Spring)

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 it 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, March 8 and Monday, March 11, 2013
8:30am-5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00 – 8:30am

Color Art Integrated Interiors
1325 N. Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 map

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway 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 Store page of the USGBC website.

3) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on pages 10 & 11 of the handbook.

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

Nick Bristow, Clayco
Lucy Williams, Lucy Williams Architecture


Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.  Students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course.

This 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 Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

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

Lunch ‘n LEED: Success with Campus and Multiple Building Certification

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What if you could streamline the certification and documentation process, cut back on incremental LEED costs, and find clarity and a definitive path when working on a multiple building project?

The On-Campus and Multiple Building Certification Program is a LEED certification program designed to help project teams easily and efficiently certify multiple projects located on one site, under the control of one entity. This program fits any organization certifying a number of projects on the same site or whose project scope includes part or all of an entire campus.

Campus Guidance provides a holistic, sustainable approach to project management and addresses the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in campus projects. Project teams can document a credit once for the entire campus through shared credits to capture economies of scale in the certification process. Implement Campus Guidance for your multiple building LEED projects and streamline your certification and documentation process saving time and money.  Join us to learn if Campus Guidance is right for your project.

1.5 LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C, O+M) GBCI CE Hours

This is an in-person, group viewing at the location specified below.  Lunch will not be provided, rather we encourage attendees to bring their own brown bag lunch to enjoy during the webinar viewing.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126

$10/ USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $15/Non-member per session OR
$100/USGBC-Missouri Chapter Member; $150/Non-member for a 2013 Webinar Series Pass

Click here to register for this single session.

Click here to purchase a 2013 Unlimited Lunch ‘n LEED Pass.

Passes are non-transferable and valid only for the individual purchaser.

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