Archive for May, 2017

Disinvestment & Reinvestment in Midwestern Cities

Presented in partnership with St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO).

Click here to view Sal Martinez’ presentation (PDF)
Short videos of Olon Dotson discussing his Fourth World Theory are available via the links below:

Fourth World Nation – Part I
Fourth World Nation – Part II
Fourth World Nation – Part III

Sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present generation while also ensuring that future generations can meet their needs.” Sustainability in the built environment is typically associated with reducing the environmental impact and increasing the resilience of materials and systems. However, there is additionally a social dimension to sustainability in the built environment, one that considers the impact that architecture, urban design, and development patterns can have in reinforcing segregation, disinvestment, and impoverishment.

Professor Olon Dotson will discuss the social dimension of sustainability, examining from an architectural perspective the extent of the distress and abandonment commonly found in the cores of American cities resulting from de-industrialization, historic segregation and discrimination patterns, suburban sprawl, erosion of a viable tax base, crumbling infrastructure systems, disinvestment in urban school systems, and environmental justice issues.

He will share how reflecting directly on these “fourth world conditions” as a product of the racialization of place can help the architecture and other development professions begin to tackle them productively.

Mr. Dotson will be joined by Sal Martinez, the current board president of the Community Builders Network and the executive director of North Newstead Association. Mr. Martinez will present some of the latest development initiatives underway in the Near North neighborhoods of St. Louis, including the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility and the implementation of the Near North Side Master Plan through a HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant. These initiatives represent a first move towards reinvestment in the built environment of distressed areas.

Olon Dotson - Photo croppedOlon Dotson, Associate Professor of Architecture at the Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning Olon Dotson’s primary research interest and focus has been in the health, vitality, and quality of life in inner-city communities. He introduced the concept of Fourth World Nation and has lectured about Fourth World Theory in a multitude of contexts including, but not limited to the World Architectural Congress in Durban, South Africa, Lawrence Technical University, Tuskegee University, Spaces and Flows Conference, and The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference. Mr.Dotson has published several articles about the topic of Fourth World Theory and has instructed a Fourth World Theory Course at Ball State for several years. The evolution of this topic contributed to the creation of a Minor in Social and Environmental Justice for undergraduate students, and a Certificate in Social and Environmental Justice for Graduate Students in the Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning, Department of Architecture.

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Sal Martinez, Executive Director of North Newstead Association.  Mr. Martinez has established himself as a force in the comprehensive revitalization of the St. Louis region from his work in the Vashon/Jeff-Vander-Lou Initiative  and the St. Louis Housing Authority.  Martinez has been recognized for his work and service by the St. Louis Argus Newspaper, Better Family Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri just to name a few.  Martinez is also the co-founder of The Minority Contractor Initiative which provides training, capacity building and technical assistance to minority and women owned construction firms in the St. Louis region.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30
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 and Students,
$20 for Non-members

Click here to register online.


Lawrence Group

Membership Contest: Build Your Knowledge. Build Your Network. Build Your Community

Membership Contest

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

From May 9 to June 12, new and renewing members will be entered into a drawing for:

  • $50 gift card to Three Kings Public House, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant
  • $50 American Express gift card donated by St. Louis Lighting Group
  • A free tour for 12 of EarthDance Farms.

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 Saint Louis Zoo membership!

Winners will be drawn on June 13 at the Monthly Evening Program.

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. Build your knowledge, build your network, and build your community by becoming a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member!

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

Contest Details


  • Drawing Open:  March 9, 2017 @ 12:00 am- June 12, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
  • Winners Drawn: June 13, 2017 at Monthly Evening Program

How to Participate

  • Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter or renew your membership to be entered into a drawing for the prizes listed below.
  • 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 1 year of Saint Louis Zoo Membership


  • Drawing Prizes
    • $50 gift card to Three Kings Public House, a Green Dining Alliance Certified restaurant
    • $50 American Express gift card donated by St. Louis Lighting Group
    • A free tour for 12 of EarthDance Farms.
  • The member making the most referrals will win 1 year of Saint Louis Zoo membership


Many thanks to the following  for their prize donations!
St Louis Zoo
Saint Louis Zoo
three-kings-public-houseGreen Dining Alliance
Three Kings Public House, a 4 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.
Saint Louis Lighting Group
EarthDance Farms sustainably grows food, farmers and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.






Benchmarking Jam

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Join the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the St. Louis Green Business Challenge for a 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, water, and waste consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. All buildings benefit from benchmarking: businesses, institutions, schools, congregations, non-profits and governments are encouraged to attend.

Following an overview of the basics of benchmarking, volunteers will assist building representatives to enter their data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and review the results.


  • Welcome
  • Why Benchmark? An overview of the benefits of benchmarking, the 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign, and the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance.
  • Benchmarking Basics: Learn how to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including answers to common questions
  • 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 website and requested from the Laclede Gas customer service team.
  • Property Use Details: Additional required information varies by building type. See the list below.
  • Portfolio Manager Account: Attendees should create a Portfolio Manager account online here prior to the event.

Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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

Due to construction, google maps and GPS may not be accurate. Please refer to the map and directions in this pdf when planning your trip.

Please Note:

  • You will park and enter on the west side of CBEC, closest to Kingshighway Blvd.
  • Shaw Blvd. is currently closed in both directions as indicated by the orange stripes in the map below, making the main entrance to the west parking lot inaccessible.
  • Visitors should enter into the CBEC east parking lot (closest to Vandeventer), then take the one-lane access drive on the north side of the building to the west parking lot.
  • This pdf includes detailed directions.

CBEC Map 6.22.17

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.

Property Use Details needed for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

Full details are available online here.


  • 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

For more details or for property use details needed for other building types, refer to this list.