Archive for October, 2016

Nominate a Volunteer for Above + Beyond Recognition!


The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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. We are currently seeking Above + Beyond nominations for volunteers that have performed outstanding work over the past year!

Please complete this online form to nominate a current volunteer for Above + Beyond recognition. Nominations are due on December 31st by 11:59 pm.

Nominated volunteers will be recognized at the State of the Chapter and Social in January of 2017.

Announcing the winners of our 5th Annual Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 USGBC-MGC Photo Contest! In honor of the Chapter’s 15 year anniversary, the theme of this year’s contest was Green Buildings Are Better.

The contest was open to all residents of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory (Missouri & Southern Illinois). A panel of judges rated photos anonymously to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Attendees at our October 18 program Perennial Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes had the opportunity to vote for the people’s choice award.

And the winners are (drumroll, please)….

Roxanne Nagel, 1st Place WinnerFor her first place winning photo, “A Safe Haven,” Roxanne won a complimentary home energy audit from SmartHouse Heating and Cooling and a print of her photo courtesy of NovaColor.
Peter Baechle, 2nd Place WinnerFor his second place winning photo of a Webster University rain garden, Peter wins one year of Missouri Botanical Garden membership, a retail gift card, and a print of his photo courtesy of NovaColor.
Steve O’Rourke, 3rd Place WinnerFor his third place winning photo, “Rain Garden,” Steve wins a free pass to a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter In-Depth Educational Seminar, a retail gift card, and a print of his photo courtesy of NovaColor.
Roxanne Nagel, People’s Choice AwardRoxanne’s photo “Roof with a View” was selected for the People’s Choice Award by attendees of Perennial Polycultures: Sustainable, Edible Landscapes. Roxanne wins her choice of retail gift card, and a print of his photo courtesy of NovaColor.
Many thanks to the following establishments for their prize donations!
 SmartHouse Heating & Cooling

Hendel’s Restaurant
Cork Wine Bar


Benchmarking Jam

Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy your building consumes, and comparing your energy performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step toward saving energy and money!

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 buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, schools, congregations, non-profits and local governments are encouraged to attend.


  • Welcome
  • Congregational Case Study: A local house of worship will share their experience benchmarking and reducing their energy use.
  • You’ve Benchmarked, Now What? We will discuss how building owners can use their benchmarking results to inform plans to reduce energy consumption and local
  • Hands-On Help Session: Get hands-on assistance using the free, online ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

In order for this event to be a success, each building representative should bring:

  • Laptop or Tablet
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Energy Use Data
    • Attendees will need at least 12 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building. Bring the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee.
    • Historical energy use data can be downloaded on the Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas websites with an online account.
    • Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas have offered to provide Benchmarking Jam attendees with their historical energy use data. Scroll down to see the information you must provide to receive assistance. Requests are due to Johanna Schweiss by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 20th.
  • Property Use Details: Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.

Wednesday, November 30th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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

Free to all.

REGISTER: Click here to register as a participant or a volunteer

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers at the Benchmarking Blitz will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Experience with the free, online tool is required. To participate, select “Benchmarking Volunteer” when registering. Participants can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category.

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


Assistance with Data Collection

Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas have offered to provide Benchmarking Jam attendees with their historical energy use data. Provide the information below to Johanna Schweiss by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 20 to receive assistance.

  • Building Name
  • Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri Service Addresses
  • All Ameren Missouri Account Numbers associated with the building
  • All Laclede Gas Account Numbers associated with the building
  • Signed data release letters to Laclede Gas and Ameren Missouri on customer’s letterhead (templates available online here: Ameren Missouri, Laclede Gas)


Property Use Details needed for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager


  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Enrollment
  • Number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) workers
  • Number of computers

House of Worship:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Maximum seating capacity
  • Weekdays of operation
  • Hours of operations per week
  • Number of personal computers
  • Presence of cooking facilities (yes/no)
  • Number of commercial refrigeration/freezer units

K-12 Schools:

  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Gymnasium floor area (square feet)
  • High school – yes/no
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Student seating capacity
  • Months in use
  • Open weekends – yes/no
  • Number of personal computers
  • On-site cooking – yes/no
  • Number of walk-in refrigeration/freezer units
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated in 10% increments (10%, 20%, 30%, etc)


  • Gross floor area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of personal computers
  • Percent of floor area that is cooled (>50%, <50%, or none)
  • Percent of floor area that is heated (>50%, <50%, or none)


  • Gross Floor Area (square feet)
  • Weekly operating hours
  • Number of workers on main shift
  • Number of computers

All other building types should refer to this list

Large Scale Rainscaping Grants Program Deadline October 31,2016


Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. Below ground level, improved soils store and filter stormwater, allowing the surrounding area to slowly absorb it over time. Above ground level, native plants, basins, and water features create public green spaces that also help store water. Used effectively, rainscaping can reclaim stormwater naturally, reduce sewer overflows, and minimize basement backups.

The Rainscaping program of MSD Project Clear has announced  the fifth round of a rainscaping cost-sharing opportunity. MSD seeks to continue to build partnerships with municipalities, local government agencies, schools, community development organizations, and private developers through the Rainscaping Large Scale Grants Program.

Visit the Project Clear Website for the rules and requirements for partnering with MSD Project Clear, an application form, and a map showing the program area for the Rainscaping projects. Please note that the application deadline for the 2016 round of Rainscaping Large Scale Grants is 5:00pm on October 31, 2016.