Archive for March, 2014

Congrats to 2014 Growing Green Award Winners!

We are so pleased to be able to recognize individuals and organizations in our community that share our mission and vision to make every building a green building and every community a green community!

Awards were presented at the 6th Annual Growing Green Awards on March 27 to:

  • Emerging Leader: Maryville University’s USGBC Student Group
  • Education: MICDS
  • Operational Excellence: St. Louis Zoo
  • Restoration: Green Street St. Louis
  • Innovation: Gary Steps, Butterfly Energy Works
  • Community Champion: Deb Frank, Missouri Botanical Garden

Congratulations to the awardees and all the nominees. Download a list of all the 2014 Nominees. Learn more about their sustainable accomplishments here.

Learn more about the Growing Green Awards.

New Member Welcome Event

A special New Member only event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter welcomes new members to come socialize and get acquainted with the Chapter! Chapter officers, past and present, will be on hand to share the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet fellow new members while enjoying appetizers, beer and wine.

After new members have learned about the Chapter, they will tour Stinson Leonard Street’s LEED for Commercial Interiors Silver certified office space, while learning about the sustainable design, construction and operation features that contributed to their cerification. Stinson Leonard Street’s office is located within the LEED Core & Shell Gold certified Centene Plaza.

What: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

When: Wednesday, May 28, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Where: Stinson Leonard Street, 7700 Forsyth Blvd. Suite 1100 St. Louis, MO 63105 (map)

Parking: Free parking (with validated ticket) will be available to attendees who park in visitor spots on levels 1 and 2 of the Centene Plaza Parking Garage

RSVP: Click here to register online

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!

Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff at or (314) 577-0884.


LEED for Schools Certification in a 21st Century Learning Environment

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Building sustainable schools creates a healthy environment in which students can learn. Many schools utilize the LEED for Schools rating system as a goal-setting and performance metric for sustainable schools. School designers will describe the challenging yet engaging process of LEED certification, requiring involvement from and heightened collaboration between designers, constructors, faculty and building owners/operators. Using a case study – one of the Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA’s) most recent 21st Century School designs, Barkley Elementary School, located at Ft. Campbell, KY – the presenter will examine what building features and management practices aid certification. The speaker will highlight LEED challenges and opportunities presented by traditional schools and this “21st Century School,” which features include nine adaptable learning neighborhoods which will allow for new pedagogies and multiple modalities of learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the layout and design of an elementary school can facilitate sustainable design and LEED certification, comparing traditional and 21st Century learning environments/pedagogies.
  • Identify sustainable strategies, products, and management practices that can lead to LEED certification and also teach students to think “green.”
  • Assess the components and requirement of each level of LEED certification and discuss the coordination and cooperation necessary from designers, constructors, faculty and building owners/operators to achieve a desired LEED certification level.

Denise Breunig, Woolpert
Nadja Turek, Woolpert

August 7, 2014
Please also join us for an OPTIONAL TOUR OF THE FACILITY from 2:00 – 2:45 pm!

WHERE (New location puruing LEED certification)
I. Jerome & Rosemary Flance Early Learning Center
1908 O’Fallon Street, St. Louis, MO 63106

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Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

$30 for USGBC-MGC Chapter Members
$45 for Non-Members
SPECIAL RATE: $15 for school representatives (staff, faculty, admin)

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.

Thanks to our In-Depth Education Seminar Sponsors!

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.


March Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Green Schools Quest Mentors!

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 our Green Schools Quest Mentors for their hard work supporting the schools participating in the Green Schools Quest to implement low to no cost sustainability projects.

2013-14 Green Schools Quest Mentors

Alyse Garbisch,  HOK
Anna Vogel
Barb Anderson,  Oates Associates
Becky Finch,  Microgrid Solar
Bob Shaw,  MICDS
Brandon Walker,  Positive & Productive Innovations
Carolyn Green, Green Design
Chris Laughman, Graybar
Cindy Bambini, Brightergy
Erik Lueders, Parkway School District
Franklin P. Eppert, P.E., AFRAM Corporation
James Dice, Energy Systems Group
James M. Prince, M360, Inc.
Jessica Scott
Jessie Hoagland, Green Spiral Tours
John Hulse, StraightUp Solar
Katherine Golden, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden
Katie Belisle-Iffrig, Code Green Collaborative
Katy Mike Smaistrla, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Kerry Herr, CRB Engineers
Mary Ann Lazarus, MALeco
Mary Fitzgerald
Mary Kay Campbell, St. Louis Green
Melissa Breed-Parks, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
Michael Kulik, Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Michelle Rook
Mike Mueller, CJAP
Nancy Nafe
Natalie Ellis, University of Missouri – Columbia
Paul A. Williams, RideFinders
Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Randall Lewis, Walsh & Associates, Inc.
Rob Dedrik, MO State Recycling Program
Ron Morlen
Ross Watson, Jacobs Engineering
Sam Welge, M360, Inc
Susan Lanigan
Susan Maag, SLM Consulting, LLC
Todd Bundren, Lawrence Group
Tony Ruebsam, Northstar Management

The Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools in the Chapter’s territory to devise and implement creative, effective and no or low cost sustainability projects. Each school was paired with a volunteer mentor, who offered resources, advice, and help as the school developed, implemented and documented their project.

Submissions describing the schools’ successes were due earlier this month, and our judges are currently busy reviewing the results! Three outstanding participants in each category (elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school) will receive cash awards and trophies for their projects. The Green Schools Committee will present awards to winning teams and their schools at school or school board meetings between mid-April and mid-May, 2014.

Congratulations to all of our mentors for their hard work to make the Green Schools Quest a success! Winning schools will be showcased at the upcoming Green Schools Event on April 29, 3:30 – 6:30 pm at the Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School. Save the Date and stay tuned for further information about this free event.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Workshop

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You’ve heard it before:  You can’t manage what you don’t measure.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online, interactive energy management tool that allows you to measure and track your building’s energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time.

All building types can be entered into Portfolio Manager and receive energy and water benchmarks, as well as a comparison of performance against a national average for buildings of a similar type. All you need are your energy bills and some basic information about your building to get started.***

During this hands-on workshop, participants will utilize information they bring about their building to establish their building’s profile in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, benchmark their energy and water use, and compare their performance against a national average for buildings of a similar type.

By enrolling in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, you can take part in the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, an effort of the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative to challenge the region to reduce energy use by 25% by 2020. This is part of a two-part Energy Benchmarking Education Session. The first session, on April 10, 2014 is an Overview of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager featuring Mike Zatz, the manager of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Commercial Buildings Program.

Grant Lanham, Vertegy Consultants

Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 – 9:30 am

St. Louis Community College Corporate Campus
3221 McKelvey Road
Bridgeton, Missouri 63044


REGISTER: Click here to register for the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Workshop

*** In order for this workshop to be a success, each participant must bring:

  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building. You will need information regarding the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee. IF YOU REGISTER FOR THE CLASS FAR ENOUGH IN ADVANCE, OUR LOCAL UTILITIES MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION FOR YOU AT THE CLASS.
  • The building gross floor area and key operating characteristics for each major space type: Gross floor area (SF); Weekdays of operation; Hours of operation per week; Number of personal computers; Presence of cooking facilities; Number of commercial refrigeration/freezer units.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0884.

This event is generously supported by:

Energy Star Overview & 25 x 20 Energy Benchmarking Kick-Off

Michael Zatz, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will help us kick-off the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, an effort of the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative to challenge the region to reduce energy use by 25% by 2020 by benchmarking their buildings with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Mr. Zatz is responsible for oversight of ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager energy benchmarking tool, which has been used by over 300,000 buildings to evaluate and track their energy and water use. He will present an overview of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and discuss the many benefits of energy and water benchmarking.

This is part of a two-part Energy Benchmarking Education Session. Check out the second session, a hands-on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Workshop, on May 6.

Thursday, April 10, 7:30 – 9:30 am

St. Louis Regional Chamber
One Metropolitan Square
211 N. Broadway, Suite 1300
St. Louis, Missouri 63102 (map)


Click here to register for the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Overview

Questions: Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0854.

This event is generously supported by:


April Program & St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

USGBC- Missouri Gateway Chapter April Program: Cole Roberts

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, St. Louis Earth Day, and the Construction Specifications Institute have partnered to combine the Chapter’s April Program with the April 1st Plenary of the St. Louis Earth Day Symposium.

Join us for a presentation by Cole Roberts, Associate Principle of Energy & Resource Sustainability at Arup and co-author of “Two Degrees- Our Built Environment and the Changing Climate.”

Cole will discuss risk, vulnerability and integrated adaptation as they relate to climate change, as well as the notion of climate positive communities. The presentation will explore what to focus on today for future resilience. Please note the unique timing and location of this program!

WHEN: April 1, 1:15 – 2:00 pm – Formal Presentation
please arrive and check-in at 1:00 pm

While networking and food will not be provided for those only attending the plenary presentation, registrants are welcomed to pay a fee of $20 for lunch if interested in attending the Symposium’s lunch and networking period (12:00 – 1:15 pm).

WHERE: Powder Valley Nature Center
11715 Cragswold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122

FEE: Free to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members,
students, and Symposium attendees.

REGISTER: USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and students only attending the April 1st plenary should register on our website. All others may register for the Symposium, details are included below.

2014 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

The Earth Day Symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields.

The theme of the 2014 Symposium, “Regional Sustainability; Vision and Reality” uses the goals and objectives of the newly adopted regional plan for sustainable development (OneSTL) as a starting point; presentations will share case studies, best practices and strategies for implementing projects and plans that will contribute to achieving sustainability goals. Meet this year’s  keynote speakers and view the agenda.

WHEN: April 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 2: 8:30 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Powder Valley Nature Center,
11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122


Full Conference (April 1-2)
$100 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members
$125 for non-members
$45 for students

Single Day:
April 1
: $75 for Chapter members, $85 for non-members,
$30 for students
April 2
: $50 for Chapter members, $60 for non-members,
$20 for students

REGISTER: Click here for more information and to register for the St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

Greenbuild Stories: Sean Madden, St. Louis Youthbuild

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is collecting stories from members who attended the 2013 International Greenbuild Conference in Philadelphia, and we’re excited to share Chapter member Sean Madden’s story below. Sean recently completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with St. Louis YouthBuild, and received a scholarship to attend Greenbuild from the national USGBC.

In November 2013, I was given the opportunity to go to Greenbuild as a USGBC scholarship recipient. The other 60 recipients came from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. It was a pleasure to be able to connect with like-minded individuals with new perspectives on the problems we are all combating.

While spreading the green mentality to all corners of the world is paramount to the success of future generations, we must not shy away from the poverty-stricken – and often dilapidated – urban centers within our own borders and zip codes. In St. Louis, and many cities across America, there are blocks upon blocks of not only unsustainable living quarters, but entire neighborhoods of unlivable “homes”.

While at Greenbuild, I was able to see how some other cities have dealt with large-scale affordable housing – most notably in Boston and Philadelphia. Seeing how these projects have achieved Passive House (a phrase which I learned at Greenbuild) and other certifications, opened my eyes to projects St. Louis needs to be thinking about in the very near future.

Beyond the big, multimillion dollar large-scale affordable housing collaborative efforts, there are simple measures companies, citizens and training programs can begin to employ to increase the longevity and sustainability of their current properties. Learning more of these methods is one thing I set my sights on for the New Year.

Being a part of the YouthBuild family, I got the opportunity to spend an afternoon at YouthBuild Philly: a charter school and the preeminent YouthBuild program in the country by almost all accounts. It was impressive to see how they work with 250 students a semester (St. Louis YouthBuild currently works with about 70 students every two years) and what kind of extra-curricular activities they offer their students.

The only thing about my time in Philadelphia that disappointed me was the Liberty Bell and Philly Cheesesteaks. Perhaps I was expecting more, or maybe Greenbuild set my standards so high earlier in the week that I should not have expected the rest of the city to live up that.

Thanks to Sean for sharing his experiences! Have a Greenbuild Story you’d like to share? Contact Johanna Schweiss, volunteer & outreach coordinator.

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is now accepting applications for our 2014 Greenbuild Scholarships. Learn more and download the application here.


Now Accepting Greenbuild Scholarship Applications!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway believes that everyone should have access to green buildings and green communities as well as green building education. Through our scholarship program, we hope to increase the participation of those interested in serving communities not typically represented in the areas of sustainability

We raised enough money at our annual ECORIDE in October 2013 to provide several scholarships to 2014 Greenbuild in New Orleans, LA October 22 – 24! We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to those living and/or working within our Chapter territory!

Scholarships are available in two tracks:

  • Track 1 – Full Scholarship (1 available)
  • Track 2 – Student or Emerging Professional Scholarship (3 available)

Scholarship applications are due April 15, 2014 – NEW DEADLINE: APRIL 22!

Download the scholarship application:

  • Track 1 – Full Scholarship – PDF or MS Word.
  • Track 2 – Student or Emerging Professional Scholarship – PDF or MS Word.

For more information about our scholarship program and the annual ECORIDE, visit our website here.


Demystifying the Costs and Benefits of Green Health Care Facilities

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Over the last decade, healthcare design has undergone a measurable shift as healthcare organizations have embraced LEED® certification and green building as standard practice. Also, sensitivity to costs has placed emphasis on cost control and reducing what may be perceived as “unnecessary” capital costs.

Given these market trends, many ask how much does it cost for a hospital to achieve LEED certification: how much added capital is required, if any, whether higher achieving projects correlate with higher capital investments, and uncertainty about the value proposition associated with certification. Despite an increasing number of completed projects, no consolidated survey of market data has focused on these issues since the 2008 study, Demystifying the Costs and Benefits of Green Health Care Facilities.

This presentation by one of the studies’ co-authors will share the results of a 2012 updated study based on interviews with project design teams representing 15 LEED-certified hospitals completed between 2010 and 2012. The study expands and updates the 2008 research to understand how capital cost premiums have evolved, reasons that influence hospitals’ decisions to pursue LEED, and what future trends and expectations are on the horizon for the industry.

Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow
Co-director of the Center for Maximum Performance Building Systems;
Founding Chair, LEED for Healthcare Core Committee;
Convener and Co-Coordinator, Green Guide for Health Care;
Co-Author, Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, 2nd edition, published by Wiley, July 2013;
Former Chair of USGBC and member of the first class of LEED Fellows

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 am

Gail will also be speaking on Sustainable Healthcare at our monthly evening program taking place on May 13 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Color Art Integrated Interiors, 1325 North Warson Rd. (63132)

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members; $45 for Non-members

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hour and 2 AIA/CES LU

Click here to visit our Event Registration page.

Thanks to our In-Depth Education Seminar Sponsors!

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.