Archive for March, 2017

Advocacy Alert: #DefendClimate and Sign USGBC’s Letter to Preserve EPA Programs, including ENERGY STAR

The United States Office of Management and Budget released its plan for the proposed 2018 budget, which includes elimination of or deep cuts to vital programs.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy StarWaterSense and Safer Choice programs are all in jeopardy.

USGBC and many others in the building industry rely on these tools from EPA to create and sustain high performing green buildings! Our 20 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign uses ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to help building owners track and improve their energy performance. Portfolio Manager is also the basis for earning energy performance credits in LEED Building Operations + Maintenance. It is free tool with a proven track record that helps reduce energy use, lower energy costs, and protect the health of humans and the environment. Win-win-win!

SIGN USGBC’s LETTER NOW to ensure that the Energy Star, WaterSense and Safer Choice programs at EPA continue. 

Want to do more? Contact your elected official directly and let your support for these programs be heard. Below are a few talking points about ENERGY STAR that might be helpful.

  • ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency, with a brand awareness of about 90%.
  • In 2015 alone, American consumers and businesses saved over $34 billion with the help of ENERGY STAR.
  • Since 1992, ENERGY STAR has assisted companies and consumers save $430 billion on utility bills.
    Approximately 45% of the commercial building floor space in the U.S. has been benchmarked for tracking and analyzing energy consumption using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager.
  • Since 1999, ENERGY STAR has certified more than 28,000 buildings and more than 5 billion square feet of space.
  • ENERGY STAR has more than 3,100 home builder partners who constructed almost 1.8 million certified new homes since 1995. Many of these properties also pursue additional private sector certifications like LEED.

Additionally, President Trump recently signed an executive order rolling back the Clean Power Plan. This threatens our ability to limit and deal with climate change. We encourage you to contact your elected officials to express your support of the need to #DefendClimate. A few talking points below:

  • Climate change threatens human health and our ability to continue doing business. Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently asserted that climate change is real and a threat to American national security.
  • In a recent poll, 59% of voters oppose a repeal of climate change regulations.
  • Climate action is necessary to protect our future.

Find your elected officials contact information below:

USGBC will continue to monitor the budget situation and keep membership updated, but please feel free to be in touch with USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff or leadership if you want to get more involved!

Sustainability in Construction Administration

Presented in partnership with Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) – Greater St. Louis.

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

Join USGBC-MGC and CSI Greater St. Louis for a lunchtime program on sustainability in construction administration! The presentation will kick off with a discussion on creating construction administration documentation that incorporates both sustainability and LEED requirements as well as successful document submission. Attendees will then examine best practices for educating the construction team, site procedure impact, and record keeping from a contractor’s perspective. Presenters will  use the LEED Gold Washington University Olin Business School expansion as a reference point throughout the presentation. The expansion was completed in spring 2014 under an aggressive 20-month schedule for which Tarlton served as construction manager and William Tao & Associates as mechanical engineer.

Lisa Sombart, President & CEO, William Tao & Associates, Inc.
Sondra Rotty, Senior Project Manager, Tarlton Corporation

1.5 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hours and 1.5 AIA LU/CES

April 19, 2017

Lunch included from 11-11:30, presentation  from 11:30-1:00.

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

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$30 for NAWIC Members 
$45 for Non-members
Free for CSI members
***Lunch included***

USGBC-MGC Members and Non-Members, click here to register online.

CSI Members, click here to register.



Spring into Membership: Join or Refer a Member to Win!

Membership Contest Block Expanded 2












This contest is now closed.

Congratulations to our winners!

  • Drawing Winner: Spencer Ruggles
  • Most Referrals: Amy Hargis


The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Membership & Marketing Committee is excited to announce a membership contest!

From March 14 to May 8, new members that join the Chapter will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Big Shark Bicycle Company gift card, a $50 gift card donated by GoGreenSolarLighting/ STLOUISLEDs, and a $50 gift card to Lulu’s Local Eatery, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant.

If you’re a current member and you encourage a friend or colleague to join, you’ll also be entered into the raffle – once for each new member you refer. The member making the most referrals will win a Missouri Botanical Garden membership! Winners will be drawn on May 9 at the Green Building Showcase.

Membership makes the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s work to support buildings of all kinds to green their design and operations possible. Join to show your support of our efforts to green the places we all love!

And membership benefits you as well; join to receive free or reduced entry to all of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s educational events, access to opportunities to build relationships with our community of almost 500 members, and eligibility to serve on Chapter committees, community projects, and board of directors.

Review member benefits and levels online here, or head directly to the membership registration form!

Contest Details


  • Drawing Open:  March 14, 2017 @ 12:00 am- May 8, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
  • Winners Drawn: May 9, 2017 at Green Building Showcase

How to Participate

  • Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter to be entered into a drawing for the prizes listed below. Join online here
  • Encourage a friend, colleague or contact to join! Current members that are listed in the “who/what encouraged you to join” field of the membership application will be entered into the drawing once for each member they refer.
  • The member making the most referrals will win a Missouri Botanical Garden membership.


  • Drawing Prizes
    • $50 Big Shark Bicycle Company Gift Card
    • $50 gift card donated by GoGreenSolarLighting/STLOUISLEDs
    • $50 gift card to Lulu’s Local Eatery, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant
  • The member making the most referrals will win a Missouri Botanical Garden membership
Many thanks to the following  for their prize donations!
Missouri Botanical Garden
lulus-local-eateryGreen Dining Alliance
Lulu’s Local Eatery, a 5 star Green Dining Alliance certified restaurant. Your dining decisions matter! Choose one of the over 100 Green Dining Alliance certified sustainable restaurants for your next dining experience.








City of St. Louis Passes Building Energy Awareness Ordinance


The City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay recently signed the Building Energy Awareness bill, which requires buildings 50,000 square feet or larger to benchmark and report to the City their energy and water usage annually. The ordinance covers approximately 900 existing buildings. Benchmarking will allow building owners to see how their properties are using resources and will encourage owners to implement energy-efficiency measures.

With technical support and funding from the City Energy Project, the City of St. Louis is also now accepting applications for a new Technical Energy Advisor, who will assist building owners with their benchmarking efforts. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on March 24, 2017.

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

Join the USGBC-MGC for one of our Benchmarking Jams to get hands-on assistance using the free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Find an upcoming event on our events calendar here.