Archive for December, 2017

Resilient Design Studio: Resilient Design in K-12 Facilities

Review resilient design solutions for K-12 facilities and participate in an interactive design charette!

FGM Architects, in partnership with Washington University and the Rockwood School District, developed an undergraduate/graduate level studio project that analyzed resilient design in educational facilities. The design project was a new local 100,000 sf elementary school that specifically incorporated resilient design elements into the site design and building architecture.

This seminar will evaluate this project through a shocks and stresses assessment and resilient design analysis. Attendees will then participate in an interactive design charrette where they incorporate these resilient design elements for both the site and building design solutions.

Faculty and students from the WashU studio will participate in this program – sharing their learning experiences and presenting their design solutions to this real world resilient design program.


  • Evaluate Shocks and Stresses Assessment and Resilient Design Analysis
  • Review resilient design solutions provided by WashU students as part of their studio project
  • Participate in an interactive design charrette
  • Incorporate resilient design elements into both site and building features and identify specific design strategies

Steve Raskin, AIA, Principal, FGM Architects
Laura Severine, NCIDQ, LEEP AP, Interior Designer FGM Architects
Catalina Freixas, Washington University

2 GBCI CE Hours

March 6, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Saint Louis Lighting Group is hosting a complimentary Happy Hour immediately following the seminar which registrants are welcomed to attend.

Saint Louis Lighting Group
7414 Manchester Rd
Maplewood, MO 63143

Parking is available 1 block from the venue in the Marietta Parking Lot. From the Marietta Parking Lot, walk west on Marietta Ave, then cross Sutton. The back door of the venue is accessible via the alley in between Saratoga Lanes and Pie Oh My! The front door of venue is accessible from Manchester Road.

$30 for USGBC-MGC  Members
$45 for Non-members

Click here to register online.

11th Annual Green Schools Event

57 school/mentor teams are participating in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest (See who!). At each school, Green Teams are hard at work devising and implementing – with the help of a USGBC-MGC Green Mentor – creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their school.

Join us at the 11th Annual Green Schools Event, taking place as our April program, when we’ll announce the winners and celebrate participants of the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest!

Several winning schools will take the stage to tell the fun and inspiring stories of their experiences. Additionally, attendees will find out how they can participate in the 2018-19 Green Schools Quest, as schools or mentors.

1 GBCI CE Hour

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:15 pm – Networking, Poster Displays & School Tours
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

St. Louis University High School

4970 Oakland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
The event will take place in the Commons/Cafeteria space.

PARKING is available free of charge in the Saint Louis Science Center parking lot. Click here to view a map detailing parking, event, and entrance locations.

Free event for all attendees.

Click here to register online!


Ameren Missouri

St. Louis County Department of Public Health


Innovative Technology Education Fund

Madison County Planning & Development


BSI Constructors, Inc.

Hastings + Chivetta

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District
and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming

Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF) 

In partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, The Academy of Science – St. Louis, Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, and Sierra Club.

Explore the mission and metrics behind Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, including practical, local solutions in action.

The 80 researched-based actions mapped, measured, and modeled by Project Drawdown, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, offer humans the means to transform our climate crisis into just, livable world conditions. Project Drawdown’s research, shows that rather than stopping global warming at 1.5-2 degrees Celsius, we can actually begin to reverse global warming by 2050, using technologies and practices that already exist and are scaling today.

This program draws on Missouri efforts embodying some of the highest-impact Drawdown measures to transform our local Climate conversations into viable opportunities and optimism. Presentations will illustrate importance of Plant-Rich Diets, Green Roofs, Wind Power, Alternative Cement, Educating Girls, and Regenerative Agriculture.


  • Define Project Drawdown and its goals.
  • Describe the process and metrics used to determine the 80 most substantive solutions to global warming.
  • Examine multiple solutions to global warming.
  • Explore case studies of local solutions in action – showcasing practical applications and regional relevance.

Erika Boeing is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Accelerate Wind, a 2016 Arch Grants Recipient. Erika has worked previously as a Systems Engineer at DRS Technologies, studied the interrelations between technology, society, and sustainability as a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands, and worked as a Research Fellow at Project Drawdown. She holds an M.A in European Studies on Society, Science, and Technology, and a B.S. In Mechanical Engineering.

Charlie Hopper is Director of Hardesty Renaissance Development Corporation, in Kansas City, MO. This enterprise is growing a community to grow an economy that grows communities – and addressing multiple Drawdown measures.

Nathan McKean is CEO of Breckenridge Material Company, a family-owned and operated company that has called St. Louis home since 1925. They are pioneering a new technology that chemically sequesters waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process to make greener and stronger concrete.

Mary Ostafi is Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL. She has been a leader in the urban agriculture movement for the past seven years, as well as a model and mentor for young urban farmers locally and globally. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from an acclaimed university in Sweden, is a licensed architect, a LEED AP, and St Louis Business Journal 40 under 40. Her background in architecture and interest in food equity led her to form Urban Harvest STL and pioneer the building of the first rooftop farm in St Louis, the FOOD ROOF Farm.

The event will be moderated by Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center.

Left Bank Books will be at the event with copies of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming for purchase!

1.5 GBCI CE Hour and 1.5 AIA LU

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30-6:00 pm –Registration & Networking
6:00-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

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

Free for all attendees!

Click here to register online!

Tree Preservation in Design and Construction

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Why do so many green building renderings show small newly planted trees? When in reality, here in Missouri, development is often set on lots with mature landscape trees or within native woodlands and projects could capitalize on this existing resource.

This presentation will make the case for preserving tree canopy on site to jump start the landscape’s ecosystem services such as improving human health and energy efficiencies. It will also cover the technical elements to a successful tree preservation project, including published BMPs and professional organizations that can help ensure trees stay healthy and structurally sound in the process.

Regional examples and lessons-learned will showcase the great potential and the possible challenges with tree preservation.


  • Calculate the value of mature trees on a project.
  • Discuss the technical requirements for tree protection.
  • Identify implementation challenges.
  • Explore regional examples and lessons-learned which showcase the great potential and the possible challenges with tree preservation.

Meridith Perkins, Urban Forestry Consortium Manager, Davey Resource Group
Ben Grossman, Great Rivers Greenway
Doug Seely, Beyond Housing

2 GBCI CE Hours
2 ISA for Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and BCMA-Management

January 23, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm

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.

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

Click here to register online!


Great Rivers Greenway

2018 Benchmarking Training

Presented in partnership with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St Louis, Downtown STL, Inc., and IFMA St. Louis Chapter. 


On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division.

Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by April 1, 2018 using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the City of St. Louis, and partners are co-hosting the following opportunities to learn how to comply.

Partner logos

The events below are free to all, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Benchmarking 101

An overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis.

Wednesday, January 24, 12:00-1:30 pm – lunch provided
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 01.24.18

Thursday, February 8, 12:00-1:30 pm  – lunch provided
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 02.08.18

Thursday, March 1, 3:30-5:00 pm
Missouri History Museum, AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63112
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 03.01.18

Benchmarking Jam

Get hands-on assistance with energy and water benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Visit event page for full list of needed information.

Volunteers will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Volunteers can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category. To participate, select “Benchmarking Volunteer” when registering. 

Thursday, February 1, 3:00-5:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

Wednesday, March 14, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Metropolitan Square, 9th Floor Conference Room
211 North Broadway, Suite 990, St. Louis MO 63102

NEW: Drop-In Benchmarking Help Sessions

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis are holding several drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions. Attendees will receive hands-on help to benchmark their energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report data to the City of St. Louis.

These events are free to all, but registration is requested. Attendees may drop in at any point during the help session. Attendees should bring a laptop and needed building information

All help sessions will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.