Archive for October, 2013

Members in the News- Gary Steps and Patty Maher

Congratulations to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member and former Growing Green Award Recipient Patty Maher for receiving a “Kick Ass Award” from 52nd City, and to member Gary Steps for his inclusion in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article!

The St. Louis Kick-Ass Awards were adapted from an event in Austin, Texas in 2004. This grassroots, self-funded effort recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and projects that contribute to the health and vitality of the St. Louis region, especially the City of St. Louis.

Patty Maher's recent project at 3457 Wyoming Street.

Patty Maher was recognized for her “great track record of bringing dead South Side buildings back to life. Her Tiger Lily Development recently transformed a long-abandoned laundromat at the corner of Wyoming and Arkansas into two market-rate ENERGY STAR condos. In addition to her work efforts, Maher is an avid musician and singer, peace activist, mother of two, and advocate for various causes.”  Congratulations to Patty for the award! Check out the Tiger Lily Facebook page for photos of her recently completed development in Tower Grove East.

Gary Steps of Butterfly Energy Works outside of St. Louis's first Passive House. Photo by Laurie Skrivan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Gary Steps of Butterfly Energy Works was recently featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article “Passive House Stands Out From the Pack.” In the article author Jeffrey Tomich discusses the Passive House standard, the design of the region’s first Passive House in Dogtown, and the future of sustainable design with Gary. The Passive House Standard aims to minimize energy use and improve air quality and comfort. The first home in the region, designed for Dan Berg and Michelle Ong, was completed earlier this summer, and is expected to surpass net zero energy use by producing more energy than it consumes. Congratulations to Gary for the write-up!

Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition- October

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who have contributed significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. This month we are happy to recognize Lawrence Lile of Lile Engineering for his dedicated efforts to promote green building and sustainability!

Lawrence was nominated by Paul Todd Merrill, former board chair and current chair of the Membership Committee. A champion for green building in Mid-Missouri, Lawrence Lile is an incredible asset for the growing USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Mid-Missouri Branch and our USGBC community at large.

Whether embarking upon ventures such as developing a partnership with AIA-Mid Missouri and organizing events including Sustainapalooza 2013, or completing tedious tasks like recording and submitting event attendance lists – Lawrence always remains dedicated to bringing folks together around a common cause and assuring educational opportunities are readily available.

Lawrence has developed a number of seminars to increase the understanding and application of LEED, including “LEED: A View from the Job Trailer” and serves as one of the instructors for the Chapter’s LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course.

Additionally, Lawrence truly lives a sustainable lifestyle with PV panels at his eco-friendly home near Ashland and his hobby of building electric bicycles for his preferred mode of transportation! We appreciate the countless hours Lawrence has contributed to establishing the Mid-Missouri Branch and making our region a better place!

Call for Proposals: 2014 Educational Programs

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2014.

Proposals are due by Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM CST.

New this year, we are looking for “Out of the Box” proposals – those that break the mold on how green building education is delivered! Fresh, concise, inspiring, engaging and non-traditional.

Additionally, we are seeking in-depth workshops – extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals’ existing knowledge.

Preferred topics include:
• Resiliency
• Health & Wellness
• Sustainability: The Big Picture
• Sustainability: Local Success Stories
• Community & Cultural Context
• Innovations in Green Building Technology
• Owner & Occupant Experiences with LEED Buildings
• Building Performance: Ongoing Operational Performance
• Your Story: How has Sustainability/Green Building Inspired, Influenced, Changed You?

Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices!


Photo Contest Deadline Extended!

Have a photo of a green building or a sustainable practice to share? Enter the Chapter’s photo contest!
We’re looking for photos that celebrate the transformation of the built environment into a more environmentally friendly, prosperous, and healthy place to live, work, and learn.

The contest is open to all residents of the Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (territory map). Check out the photo contest rules before submitting.

We’ve extended our deadline until November 1st!
To submit, email your photo in jpg form to


  • FIRST PLACE: Complimentary one year Chapter membership & a canvas print of the winning photo donated by Schiller’s Camera and Video!
  • SECOND PLACE: Complementary pass to 1 In-Depth Educational Session
  • THIRD PLACE: Stainless Steel USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter Water Bottle

2012 1st place winner- Tim Montgomery

2012 2nd place winner- Tyler Kessler


2012 3rd Place winner- Allison Carmen