Archive for December, 2014

Thank you! A letter from 2015 Board Chair Erik Lueders

Erik at the Chapter's ECORIDE fundraiser

The USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter works tirelessly to make sure we are equipped with the knowledge and resources to make a meaningful, positive impact on the environment. As 2014 is wrapping up, I personally want to thank all of you who have helped us achieve so much.

To me, the Chapter is one of the single best regional organizations that actively works to reduce the built environment’s impact on our natural resources. This is evident in our monthly programs, ranging from energy efficiency to the human experience of biophilic design. Projects such as the 25 x 20 Benchmarking Campaign and the Green Schools Quest are engaging communities across the region to create a more sustainable environment while saving both financial and natural resources. These programs would not be possible without the financial support of our members, our sponsors, and YOU!

As a Chapter of more than 500 members, we are an influential force for positive change in the region. What we represent is the desire to grow our businesses, organizations, schools, and community in a sustainable way. We’re making a large impact, but there’s a lot of work to be done.

You may be considering making year-end donations to organizations that need support. While there is a long list of worthy causes that can benefit from contributions, I personally ensure that USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter is at the top of my list. Please consider donating $10, $50, $150, or anything that is meaningful to you so that we can continue to transform the built environment at the pace that we’d all like to see.

Donate today.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
-Jane Goodall

Thanks for your continued support. Have a very Happy Holiday season!


Erik Lueders, MBA, CEM, LEED AP
2015 Board Chair, USGBC – Missouri Gateway Chapter

State of the Chapter & Social

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

Kick off the new year with our annual State of the Chapter & Social on January 13, 2015! This FREE event, open to members and non-members, is one of the highlights of our year.

Meet Chapter members and leaders while enjoying complimentary wine and beer, and listening to the tunes of the Rhythm Changes – featuring the vocals of USGBC-MGC member Lynn Larkin. Connect with representatives from the Board of Directors, Mid-Missouri Branch, and the Advocacy, Emerging Professionals, Green Schools, Higher Education, Marketing, Membership, Programs, Technical, Growing Green Awards, and Scholarship committees. Learn about the wide-range of Chapter initiatives that volunteers have been engaged in throughout the past year as well as plans for the upcoming year – including opportunities for you to get involved in 2015.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming the new year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:00 pm – Formal Presentation
7:00-7:30 pm – Additional Networking

Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page (63114) map

Free to all attendees!

Click here to register online.

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.


Lawrence Group

Rosemann & Associates

Green Building Experts- Thomas Taylor LEEDs the Way

In the December 2014 issue of Metal Architecture, Thomas Taylor used his monthly “LEEDing the Way” column to discuss “Common Themes in LEED Projects.” He described the phases of a typical LEED project and roles of the project team members during every phase and how they interact with each other. Taylor’s “LEEDing the Way” column was launched in March 2011.

You can read the full column in Metal Architecture here.

Explore the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member directory to learn more about our members!

Green Building Experts- Mary Ann Lazarus featured in EcoBuilding Pulse 2014

Mary Ann Lazarus, AIA resident fellow, sustainability leader at HOK, and co-lead of the Building Design + Performance section for Hanley Wood’s Vision 2020, “spoke” in “Raise the Base, Stretch the Top,” an article published in EcoBuilding Pulse 2014, in which she encouraged industry professionals to expand and develop new collaborations, partnerships, and alliances.

You can read the full article in EcoBuilding Pulse 2014 here.

Explore the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member directory to learn more about our members!


Members featured in “Who’s Who In Energy”

Nine Chapter members were featured in “Who’s Who in Energy,” a supplement to the St. Louis, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio Business Journals, highlighting key players in 7 energy markets.

Executive Director Emily Andrews and Board Members Jim Curran of Electrical Connection and Tim Gaidis of HOK were recognized as energy leaders in our region. Featured Chapter members include Glenda Abney of the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Kevin Griesemer of G&W Engineering, Rick Hunter of Microgrid Solar, Paul Todd Merrill of Clayco, Doug Sitton of Sitton Energy Solutions, and Sam Welge of M360 Inc.

You can browse a list of all recognized energy leaders on the St. Louis Business Journal’s website.  Interested in learning more about Chapter members and their expertise? Browse our online member directory!

A letter from board chair Marjorie Melton- today is Giving Tuesday!

Today – Tuesday December 2 – is “Giving Tuesday”. If you are not familiar, it is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was created to kick off the giving season. It follows Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday. As you consider your end of the year giving, please join me in making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

I give for many reasons.

I give because I want a greener world for my granddaughter – and for yours too.

I give because I believe every person deserves to live in a green community.

I give because it makes me proud to say I am helping my community to become a greener community.

I give because our Chapter is one of the top performing USGBC chapters in the country (out of over 70!).

I give because our Chapter provides outstanding educational opportunities for those wanting to learn about green building.

I give because it’s the right thing to do.

I give because it’s the smart thing to do.

I give because the Chapter needs the support of those of us who care about green building and sustainable communities.

I am making a donation to USGBC-Missouri Gateway on Giving Tuesday. Will you join me?

Donate today.

Marjorie L. Melton
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 2014 Board of Directors Chair