Archive for April, 2016

LEED Showcase: LEED v4 & Living Buildings

The 13th Annual LEED Showcase will examine projects that have taken the plunge and decided to pursue either LEED Version 4 or Living Building Challenge Certification.

JPLC 2The Jan Phillips Learning Center at The College School is one of a handful of projects in the nation that is pursuing the Living Building Challenge. The learning center will boast net-zero energy use, net-zero water use, solar arrays, composting toilets, locally sourced materials, natural ventilation, and zero use of “Red List” chemicals in building materials.

Maplewood Massing_3.skpThe Maplewood Fire Station is one of the first projects in the Chapter’s territory pursing LEED v4 which, starting in October of this year, will be the only available LEED rating system available for registration. The new station will replace the existing fifty-year-old station, and provide a new home for Maplewood’s fire fighters.

HOK-St.-Louis-StairwayHOK’s St. Louis office is aiming to become the city’s first LEED v4 Commercial Interiors (CI) certification. The vintage building housing their new office space has been transformed using a variety of sustainable design strategies. Features include daylight harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, open office layout, bike storage, use of local, recycled, renewable and low-emitting interior materials, and more.

We will hear about their motivations to use these rating systems, design and construction features helping them to achieve these certifications, and any hurdles that they have had to overcome.

Ed Maggart, Head of School, The College School
Tim Wood, Sustainability Coordinator, The College School
Jon Emert, Partner, JEMA
Ron Finney, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Design Specialist, HOK

Submitted for approval of 1 LEED Specific (BD+C & ID+C) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES LU

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 (63103)

Free for USGBC-MGC Members, St. Louis Green Business Challenge Participants, & Full-time Students;
$20 for Non-members

Click here to register online.

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

Thanks to our Evening Program Sponsors!


Compi Distributors / Wilsonart

Support the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter on Give StL Day, May 3!

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter works to transform the built environment, because Green Buildings Are Better! Below, Education Committee member Annie Smith, Green Schools Committee member Katie Belisle-Iffrig, and USGBC-MGC Board Members Linda Goldstein and Richard Schuessler share the reasons they believe Green Buildings Are Better. They’re better because they conserve limited natural resources, better because they protect human health and wellness, better because they are key to healthy and vibrant communities.

 Annie Smith

The knowledge that green buildings are better drives the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter in all that we do! 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, like our Green Schools Quest and our work to provide faith-based communities and nonprofits with access to green building expertise and resources.

On May 3rd, the St. Louis Community Foundation is once again joining hundreds of community foundations across the country for the biggest day of giving in history. This year, consider supporting the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.

Make a donation to support our important work of providing everyone with access to green buildings and green communities, make a donation in honor of our 15 year anniversary, or make a donation simply because Green Buildings Are Better! 

Donate on May 3rd Here

Can’t wait until May 3rd? Click here to donate now.

Connect with Emerging Professionals at an upcoming event!

December Energy CareThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Emerging Professionals are recent graduates, young professionals and those new to the green building industry. EPs get together each month to network, share experiences and give back to the community.

Sign up to receive EP emails online here, and plan to join the Emerging Professionals at an upcoming event!

2016 Emerging Professional Events

Networking & Happy Hour at Arcturis
May 16th @ 5:00 pm
RSVP online here

Chapter Program: Danforth Plant Science Center Tour
June 14 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Learn more & RSVP Online here

Networking & Happy Hour at Venture Cafe
July 21 @ 5:30 pm

Earthdance Farms Service Project

Green Apple Day of Service
September 24 @ TBD

Chapter Program: Prarie Polycultures
Tuesday, October 18 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm

America Recycles Day Networking & Happy Hour
November 15 @ 5:30 pm
Anheuser Busch Biergarten

EnergyCare Service Project




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.

After new members have learned about the Chapter, they will tour LEED Silver Cupples 9, home to Mackey Mitchell Architects, and learn about  the sustainable design, construction, and operation features that contributed to the building’s certification.

What: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Event

When: Thursday, May 26, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Where: Mackey Mitchell Architects, 900 Spruce Street, Suite 500, St. Louis MO 63102 (map)

Parking and Entrance Instructions: Click here for parking instructions. Attendees should access the building lobby through the Flying Saucer and proceed to the 5th floor.

Register: Click here to register

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor!


Questions? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter staff at or (314) 577-0854.

Congrats to our 2016 Growing Green Awardees!

Last Thursday, USGBC-Missouri Gateway hosted the 8th Annual Growing Green Awards – this is our way of recognizing the accomplishments and hard work of the organizations and individuals that are transforming our built environment into greener and healthier places to live, work, learn, and play.

The 2016 Awardees are:

  • Restoration Champion: Western Specialty Contractors
  • Operational Excellence: Lewis and Clark Community College
  • Community Innovator: Gary Steps – Butterfly Energy Works
  • Emerging Leader: City of Maplewood
  • Community Champion: Forest Park Forever

Check out a short presentation about the winners here.










Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success, especially our sponsors:

  • OAK: Electrical Connection
  • SAPLING: Caesarstone, Paric, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
  • ACORN: Advanced Green Consulting, Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, KONE, Rosemann and Associates, Thompson and Coburn
  • MEDIA: The Healthy Planet