Archive for September, 2016

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course – Dec 2016

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s  LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. 

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to USGBC and LEED
  • LEED v4 Core Concepts
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation and Regional Priority
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Practice Exam

Participants will receive access to an online exam simulator to assist with continued exam preparation at the conclusion of the course.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Please arrive and check in between 8:45 – 9:00am

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110

Park and enter on the WEST side of the building.

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publicationspage of the USGBC website.

2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within

Click here to register online.

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty. 

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

This program is supported in part by the 

St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District 

and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

New Member Welcome Social

An exclusive event for members who have joined the Chapter within the last six months!


The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come socialize and get acquainted!  Join us at Urban Chestnut’s Grove Brewery & Bierhall, Missouri’s First LEED Certified brewery. Chapter officers, past and present, will discuss the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions. 

After new members have learned about the Chapter, they will hear from Urban Chestnut about the sustainable design, construction, and operation features that contributed to the building’s LEED Silver certification.

Thursday, November 10, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110 (map)

Free, but registration is limited to new members and chapter leaders

Online Registration is now closed. New members and Chapter Leaders are welcome to register at the event. 

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

Perennial Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes

Click here to view a list of program attendees (PDF)

Click on the links below to view the presenters’ presentations:

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science St. Louis

Join us for a discussion on efforts underway to increase biodiversity and stewardship of natural resources within Midwestern building, agricultural, and native landscapes!

From the irreplaceable complexities of native prairie ecosystems, to benefits offered by prairie plantings in designed landscapes, to new innovations aimed at creating ecologically sound and resilient agricultural practices, our speakers will share their wealth of knowledge.

In her role as Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Carol Davit is among our region’s most purposeful and passionate advocates focused on the critical importance of prairies,  which once covered more than 15 million acres of Missouri and occupied a 160-million domain across North America.  While reinforcing the critical importance of conserving remnant prairies, Carol will focus in on success stories of vibrant prairie plantings at corporate campuses, homes, and public spaces throughout Missouri, reinforcing how prairies can and should be a core, foundational component when designing outdoor spaces for people.

Scott Allegrucci will share The Land Institute’s work on perennializing grain, oil seed, and pulse varieties – the kinds of plants that make up much of our human diet – as an alternative to the current commodity crop agricultural model.  This is not about integrating edibles into designed landscapes, but rather, about ecologically sound and resilient agriculture that can evolve beyond niche practices. Scott will be joined by Dr. Claudia Ciotir, postdoctoral fellow on the Perennial Agriculture Project Global Inventory. This collaborative research partnership between the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis University and The Land Institute is evaluating data on wild, perennial plant species toward eventual use in sustainable agriculture programs spearheaded by The Land Institute.

Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
Scott Allegrucci, The Land Institute
Dr. Claudia Ciotir, Saint Louis University

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Registration & networking
6:15 -7:30 p.m. – Formal presentation

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free to all attendees!

Click here to register online.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-MGC staff at or 314-577-0225.

Thanks to our Program Sponsor!

DJM Ecological

Benchmarking Case Study: Clayco

08 28 2016_Clayco Case Study The 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign challenges buildings in the St. Louis Region to benchmark their energy use. Energy benchmarking is the key to unlocking potential energy and cost savings. Since the campaign was launched, businesses, local governments, houses of worship, schools, and institutions have pledged to benchmark their energy use! 25×20 participants include Clayco, now featured in a benchmarking case study.

Clayco has been using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark their St. Louis office since 2007. Using this tool gave them a baseline, as well as the motivation to raise their score. As a result of energy saving strategies and building improvements that they have implemented since 2007, their ENERGY STAR score has more than doubled. Clayco has already met their goal to reduce their energy use 25% by the year 2020!

Four years ago, Clayco implemented on-going commissioning of the building, and has more recently started monitoring-based commissioning (Both of these commissioning strategies are new paths for enhanced commissioning in LEED v4). Through monitoring-based commissioning, they were able to realize energy savings with improvements to their economizer and morning warm up controls. They achieved even greater energy savings by updating their 1994 HVAC building management system programming with the latest 2016 energy savings controls, without any added cost.

Since taking the 25×20 Energy Benchmarking Pledge, they have seen months with as much as a 40% energy savings from their 2013 baseline. This amazing reduction in energy usage has helped Clayco reach their 25×20 goal several years ahead of schedule. They will also be close to ENERGY STAR Certification by the end of the year.

As well as energy savings, there have also been improvements to the interior environment including: greater amounts of outdoor air, faster regulation of temperature to within the thermal comfort zone, improved acoustic quality, and more responsive thermostat control. Through monitoring-based commissioning, potential issues have been resolved before they become an occupant issue. Clayco has been implementing changes based on user feedback, and has enough feedback to conclude that user comfort has increased along with the energy savings.

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, which was founded in 1984. Clayco has over 1,645 employees, offices in Chicago and St. Louis, and projects across the country.

You can view the full case study online here. Visit the 25×20 page of our website to see a full list of participants, browse other benchmarking case studies or take the 25×20 pledge! Contact Chapter staff at to be featured in a benchmarking case study.