Archive for May, 2013

May 23 C&D Panel Materials

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis co-hosted a C&D Panel featuring three great presentations!

A View from the Dumpster: Construction and Demolition requirements in LEED by Lawrence Lile, Lile Engineering

Digging Deeper: Report on Hard to Recycling C&D Materials by Allison Carmen, Material Mix and Sara Graham, ReSource St. Louis

Deconstruction: A Viable Alternative to Demolition by Eric Schwarz, Refab

You can find the materials from this presentation, including presentations and handouts, posted on the home page of our Construction & Demolition Material Toolkit.

This program was supported by the St. Louis Jefferson-Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Green Schools Quest – applications open for schools & mentors!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter excited to launch a brand new program – the Green Schools Quest, which challenges public and private schools within the Chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools.


  • May 1, 2013 – Official launch of the Green Schools Quest
  • August 1, 2013 – Deadline for mentors to apply – see application
  • September 16, 2013 – Deadline for schools to apply – see application
  • October 2012 – March 2014 – Schools & mentors implement projects
  • March 14, 2014 – Conclude the 2013-2014 Quest
  • April 14, 2014 – Winners announced
  • Mid-April-May, 2014 – Awards presented

Learn more on the Green Schools Quest website – or contact the Chapter at or (314) 577-0854 with any questions!

Don’t Hit Snooze on Your Membership!


Are you a recently lapsed member? Not as involved with the Chapter as you’d like?

Don’t hit snooze on your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership! Join us in our efforts to transform the built environment:


Thanks to the membership committee, everyone at Design Extra, LLC, and Ramey Elliot at the Abacus Group for their hard work on the video!



Members and Sponsors in the News- Green Edition of the St. Louis Business Journal

Congratulations to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members Thomas Taylor, Grant Lanham, and Greg Mueller and USGBC-MGC sponsors Vertegy, BSI Constructors, and Cannon Design for their inclusion in the St. Louis Green LEED-ers edition of the St. Louis Business Journal!

BSI Constructors, Inc., a silver sponsor of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, is featured in an article  describing their 86,000 square foot MICDS (Mary Institute and St. Louis County Day School) facility. The building is targeting LEED Platinum and features solar panels, occupancy sensors, and daylighting.  The company’s LEED Silver certified Missouri Botanical Garden Monsanto Research Center and LEED Gold certified Shaw Nature Reserve Edgar Anderson Center are also featured in the article.

An article about Cannon Design, a gold sponsor of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, highlights the firm’s St. Louis University Doisy Research Center and Washington University School of Medicine’s LEED certified BJC Institute of Health. Both of these facilities feature energy efficient climate controls and use recycled and rapidly renewable materials.

Long time chapter member Thomas Taylor is featured in an article about Vertegy Inc., a restorative sponsor of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter. The article highlights Vertegy’s work to guide clients through the LEED certification process and mentions Vertegy employees and Chapter members Grant Lanham and Greg Mueller.

In addition, Emily Andrews, executive director of USGBC-MGC, and Deborah Frank, vice-president of sustainability at the Missouri Botanical Garden and founder and first employee of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter were both cited as area green experts in an article about the St. Louis region’s leadership in green building.

Check out any of the following articles in the May 10th edition of the St. Louis Business Journal for more about these Chapter members and sponsors:

Biophilic Design & Early Child Care Spaces

Lecture & Workshop for Educators, Administrators,
School Staff & Design Professionals

Click here to view a list of  attendees from 6.6.13

Click here to view a list of attendees from 6.7.13

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing new or retrofitting existing spaces where we live, work, and learn in a way that reconnects people with the natural world.


The term “biophilia” literally means “love of life or living systems.” Features include natural shapes and forms; natural patterns and processes; and characteristics of the natural world such as color, water, sunlight, animals and natural materials, and landscapes and geology.

JUNE 6, 2013 / 3:00-5:00 pm: This afternoon lecture will provide an overview of the theoretic concepts of Biophilic Design as well as an overview of concepts in early childhood development. The findings from recent research and an instrument to assess the biophilic design score of a child care space will be shard.

JUNE 7, 2013 / 1:00-5:00 pm: Participants interested in building upon information shared in the June 6th lecture will then work with the facilitator to apply these principles and insights into the design of a space. A case will be provided and the participants will work to develop design solutions. Finally, we will have a conversation about the potential issues in applying these design principles into the design of child development spaces.

Adrian Cerezo Caballero,
Associate Director for Conservation Education Research at Saint Louis Zoo

Lecture Submitted for 2 GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA LU.
Workshop subm
itted for 2 GBCI CE Hours & 2 AIA LU.

LECTURE: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
WORKSHOP: Friday, June 7, 2013, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Attendees may participate solely in the lecture, or in both the lecture and workshop (lecture attendance is required if participating in the workshop.)

St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Dr  St Louis, MO 63110
Lower Level of The Living World
June 6 Lecture – Classroom 3
June 7 Workshop – Classroom 2

The classrooms are located in the lower level of The Living World (The building you would walk into before entering into the Zoo), North Entrance of the Zoo. In the lower level, there are a set of double doors with the word “CLASSROOMS” posted above them.

Parking is available in the North Parking lot for $15.00 (Cash or credit card) or parking is free in the streets of Forest Park.  For more information regarding parking, please visit

Click here to view a map of the Zoo.

$30 – Lecture only
$75 – Lecture & Workshop
Open to the public; please pre-register.

Click here to register!

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0854.

Construction & Demolition Waste Panel

LEEDv4, Diversion Best Practices, and Deconstruction, Oh My!
Presented by USGBC-Missouri Gateway and Associated General Contractors of St. Louis

Click here to view a list of program attendees

The St. Louis Region and the Midwest are blessed with open space and low tipping fees, which means that it is easy to overlook where our generated residential and commercial waste ends up. Despite this, many contractors and owners are looking for ways to divert materials from our landfills – through reuse, recycling and smart planning. With support from St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management, USGBC-Missouri Gateway recently conducted two small research projects to learn more about the C&D credits in the next version of the LEED Green Building Rating System (LEEDv4) and to study some of the more difficult to C&D materials to reuse and recycle.

Join us for a free educational panel on Construction & Demolition Materials hosted by USGBC-Missouri Gateway and the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis on the State of Construction & Demolition Recycling in St. Louis. The panel will include a discussion of the recent USGBC-Missouri Gateway research projects as well as two local case studies – one on opportunities for C&D diversion on a Washington University project and the second on Deconstruction as an alternative to demolition.


  • Lawrence Lile, Lile Engineering – A View from the Dumpster: Construction and Demolition requirements under LEED Version
  • Allison Carmen, Material Mix and Sara Graham, ReSource St. Louis – Digging Deeper: Report on Hard to Recycling C&D Materials
  • Sara Graham, ReSource St. Louis and Gary Steps, Butterfly Energy Works – Washington University Pilot Project: Opportunities for C&D Waste Diversion
  • Eric Schwarz, Refab – Deconstruction: A Viable Alternative to Demolition

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hour and 2 AIA/CES CEH

WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE: 6301 Knox Industrial Drive (63139), Second Floor Assembly Room – Map

FEE: Free!

REGISTER: Register online through USGBC-Missouri Gateway or through AGC of St. Louis.


  • Acquire an understanding of the differences between C&D related credits in the current version of LEED 2009 compared to those in LEED version 4
  • Examine options for C&D materials diversion In Missouri and share best practices
  • Explore potential higher use solutions for difficult to recycle and reuse C&D materials
  • Recognize lessons learned from recent C&D Pilot and Deconstruction Projects in the St. Louis Region
  • Capture and expand upon possible business case options as they relate to LEED requirements and personal best choices.

This project is supported by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.