Archive for November, 2013

Forest Park Forever Partners in LEED Community Project

We’re excited to announce that Forest Park Forever and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter will be partnering through the LEED Community Project to certify the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park!

The LEED Community Project harnesses volunteers to green non-profit building operations through the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system. The LEED Community Project began as a pilot in October 2011 working with the Missouri Botanical Garden on the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education – where the Chapter offices are headquartered.  Through the hard work of the volunteer team, the facility achieved LEED Silver certification in December 2012.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter volunteers will be gathering on December 12th to start the documentation process for the Forest Park Visitor Center. Volunteers will earn continuing education hours and  the eligibility to apply for a LEED AP exam while helping a treasured cultural institution green their building operations.

Interested in participating in the LEED Community Project as a volunteer?

Volunteer Benefits

  • Earn Continuing Education for your LEED Professional Credential
  • Earn eligibility to apply for a LEED AP Exam
  • Help a treasured cultural institution green their building operations
  • Help the USGBC- Missouri Gateway as we work to make every building a green building

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member or a participant in the RCGA St. Louis Green Business Challenge.
  • Basic knowledge of LEED EB:O&M (review resources available on LEED Community Project page)
  • Attend project kickoff: Register
  • Participate through entirety of project, taking responsibility for at least one LEED credit, and attending monthly check-in meetings.

Creative Exchange Lab hosts CONTEXTCONTRAST: ST. LOUIS

The Creative Exchange Lab /Center for Architecture and Design Saint Louis (CEL) will open the first exhibition in the new series “CONTEXTCONTRAST: ST. LOUIS” at its Washington Avenue location on November 22, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

The evening’s program will be a conversation featuring Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim, principals in the firm Axi:Ome llc, architects of the new University of Missouri – Saint Louis building in Grand Center that houses St. Louis Public Radio as well as media classrooms, labs and academic offices that opened in September of 2012. The conversation will center around their process and a discussion of the direction of the role of new architecture in this era of rapid change in the St. Louis built environment.

This exhibition is a continuation of the dialogue begun with “Context/Contrast : New Architecture in Historic Districts 1967-2009”, recently on view at CEL and developed by AIA New York and The Center for Architecture, that explored a selection of new commercial and residential projects and how they relate to the surrounding architecture and historically significant communities in which they are located.

“CONTEXTCONTRAST: ST. LOUIS” will be on display through December 31, 2013, at Creative Exchange Lab/Center for Architecture and Design, 3307 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO.

Chapter Board Election Results

Congratulations to the following Chapter members who have been elected to the board for a 2-year term starting in 2015! We’re pleased to have Barb and Christy return to the board and that Nick and George will join us as new board members.

  • Barb Anderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C – Oates Associates
  • Nick Bristow, LEED AP BD+C, CBCP – Clayco / Forum Studio
  • Christy Cunningham, LEED AP BD+C
  • George Fujii, LEED AP – Tarlton Corporation

Thanks to our 2013 outgoing board members: JoAnn Brookes, Maren Engelmohr, Marc Lopata, Jay Swoboda, and Megan Ridgeway – we appreciate your contributions and service to our mission!


Chapter Board Elections – November 7-12

Chapter Board Elections – Nov 7-12, 2013

USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter Board Elections will take place from Thursday, November 7 through Tuesday, November 12. In order to vote, you must be a current member of the Chapter.

The candidates are:

  • Barb Anderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C – Oates Associates
  • Nick Bristow, LEED AP BD+C, CBCP – Clayco / Forum Studio
  • Christy Cunningham, LEED AP BD+C
  • George Fujii, LEED AP – Tarlton Corporation
  • Carolyn Gaidis, RLA, ISA, CLARB, LEED Green Associate – L.A.N.D.+, LLC
  • Steve O’Rourke, NABCEP PVTS – Microgrid Solar

We will elect four individuals to the Board of Director in general positions. The Board will identify from these newly elected members and the existing members the specific officer assignments through Dynamic Elections. Open positions include; Chair-Elect (1 year term, becomes Chair in 2013 and Past Chair in 2014), Secretary (2 years), At-Large (2 years).

Please see more information about the candidates here.

Additional Board Election Information:

Giving Tuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Well there’s a new day in the Holiday Season- a day to give back. December 3rd is now Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving.

This year, when you are thinking of making a year-end charitable contribution, keep the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and our Community Build projects in mind.

In November we’ll be posting regularly on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages about our work to provide everyone with access to green buildings and green communities. We are much more than a member group or a professional organization; along with providing valuable education and networking opportunities, we provide a wide range of community projects that we call Community Build.

Community Build includes:

Our Community Build projects support local governments, emerging professionals, local community organizations and the public to move along the path towards sustainability.

So stay tuned on social media to hear more about the specific impact of each of these projects and support our work to make green buildings and green communities accessible to all by making a donation on Giving Tuesday.

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