Archive for February, 2014

Spring Student Event

Join us for FREE bowling & green building resources!

On Thursday, March 20th, the USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter and the St. Louis Higher Ed Sustainability Consortium are hosting a get-together at the Pin-Up Bowl. This is a great way to connect with students interested in sustainability… and get your bowl on!

Click here to visit our Facebook event page and RSVP.

February Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition

The 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 Lynn Larkin of Design Extra for her dedicated efforts on the Membership Committee, Leadership Circle, Board and LEED Community Project!

Lynn was nominated by Paul Todd Merrill, Chair of the Membership Committee, for her tireless efforts to promote the Chapter. Lynn enthusiastically takes on whatever task the committee is faced with, whether it be welcoming new members to the Chapter, reminding lapsed members to renew, recruiting national members, or organizing the Chapter’s new member events.

Lynn serves as the Membership Committee’s representative on the Chapter’s Leadership Circle and as the Leadership Circle’s representative to the Board. Additionally, Lynn is volunteering with the LEED Community Project, assisting Forest Park Forever complete LEED Documentation for the Forest Park Visitor & Education Center. She is consistently enthusiastic, professional, and a pleasure to work with. Thanks to Lynn for your leadership and hard work!

How to Make CNG Work

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a fuel that is becoming a better option for transportation needs.  With a lower cost per unit of fuel combined with lower emissions of standard diesel or gasoline, CNG has the opportunity to save financial resources while also having a lower impact on the environment.  Parkway School District is excited to be dedicating 30 new CNG buses to the Parkway fleet along with a new fueling station.  Come learn how CNG can be effectively implemented through Parkway’s example by transitioning an existing fleet and outfitting maintenance garages and fueling stations to meet the needs of building owners and building code officials.


  • Distinguish how compressed natural gas systems work and how they can be incorporated into the built environment
  • Be able to identify the financial and environmental benefits of pursuing CNG
  • See what CNG vehicles are currently on the marketplace
  • Give examples of how Parkway School District was able to effectively begin a transition to CNG

Kevin Herdler has been involved with the Clean Cities program since its inception in 1993 and assisted in forming Atlanta’s Clean Cities program in Georgia. In 1998, Herdler relocated to St. Louis and became involved with the St. Louis Regional Clean Cities program. In 2000, he was appointed the executive director.  Herdler has been in the automotive field for 39 years and graduated technical school as a diesel technician. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Will Rosa has been the Director of Transportation at the Parkway School District for over 7 years.  Will continues to make strides in Parkway ensuring bus safety, effective maintenance, and implementing the CNG conversion.  Having 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, he’s seen it all.  Will is a graduate from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Will also returned to Parkway since he was a graduate of Parkway North High where his name is still on a wall for being an undefeated wrestling state champion his senior year.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour

April 3, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This presentation is part of a larger event. Registrants are welcomed to attend the entire event, or to solely attend the presentation at noon. The full agenda is as follows:
10:00 am – 10:15 am networking time
10:15 am – 11:30 am ‘Growing Up Green’ – Parkway Schools’ CNG Bus Dedication Event and Bus Demonstration
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – ‘How to Make CNG Work’

Parkway West High School
14653 Clayton Road., Ballwin MO 63011
Main Entrance.  Parking will be available and clearly indicated for attendees.


Click here to register online

Contact USGBC-MGC staff via email at, or phone 314-577-0225.

In Memory of Brooks Critchfield

It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Brooks Critchfield on January 15 after her battle with cancer. Brooks was a member of the Chapter for 8 years and a champion of sustainable design and construction. She oversaw the LEED process onsite for many projects, ensuring that the project team complied with green building requirements and guidelines. Since her passing, many Chapter members have shared their stories and expressed their respect for Brooks; the green building community will miss her leadership, expertise and great attitude.

Paul Todd Merrill, an active Chapter member, worked with Brooks on several projects. He said that “her drive, creativity and collaborative skills were instrumental in rallying design and construction team members on many complicated, budget sensitive projects.  We always appreciated having Brooks involved in our projects because she maintained attention to a project’s sustainable goals, offered constructive suggestions on detailed design decisions and was a watchdog for keeping us a responsible building partner.”

According to Jen Kissinger, also an active Chapter member who worked with Brooks, “She was extremely effective at making sure that the integrity of the LEED building process was respected and followed. She was a great teacher and example to all of us in the green building industry. Personally, Brooks was my mentor and role model of how to be a professional in this industry and be a great mother at the same time.”

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter has made a donation to Forest Park Forever in Brooks’s memory, and our thoughts are with her family. An obituary is available online here.