Archive for May, 2018

Missouri History Museum’s Benchmarking and Energy Conservation Efforts Honored With American Alliance of Museums Sustainability Excellence Award

The Missouri Historical Society’s energy benchmarking and energy conservation achievements were recently honored with an American Alliance of Museums Sustainability Excellence Award!

Participation in the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s voluntary energy benchmarking campaign, now Better Buildings Through Benchmarking, drove the Missouri Historical Society to pledge to reduce their energy use by 25% by 2020. Through energy benchmarking, an energy audit, and implementation of facility improvement measures, the Missouri Historical Society has conserved energy, realized operational cost savings, and extended the life of their operational equipment.

From the case study:

The Missouri Historical Society is a proud steward of sustainable practices in the St. Louis community. We strive to be educators at the forefront of sustainability, and we are constantly finding new ways to reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, MHS took its first steps toward increased sustainability through employee and community engagement. Three years later in 2012, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, Missouri Gateway Chapter, we took a pledge to reduce our energy usage by 25% by the year 2020. That pledge led MHS to take a closer look at our energy consumption and consider how we can better serve our community, our donors, and our world. We recognized that we needed to make fundamental changes to fulfill our promise, so we commissioned an energy audit of the Missouri History Museum. Its results compelled us to honor our commitment to minimize consumption of energy and materials and reduce our operational costs associated with energy usage.

Read the full case study online here.

Now Accepting Proposals for 2019 Educational Programs

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for educational programs to be offered in 2019.

USGBC-MGC strives to offer a diverse selection of educational programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices and to expand the opportunities for LEED Professionals to gain continuing education hours.

We are particularly seeking in-depth workshops – extended consideration of topics to build upon green building professionals’ existing knowledge.

Call for Proposals Issued May 24, 2018.
Proposals due by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.
Selected Speakers notified by October 8, 2018.

Preferred topics include:

  • Buildings & Human Health
  • Innovations in Green Building Technology
  • Restorative & Regenerative Buildings
  • Building Performance: Benchmarking & Ongoing Operational Performance
  • Owner & Occupant Experiences with Green Buildings
  • Community & Cultural Context
  • LEED v4
  • WELL, SITES, PEER, Edge, GRESB, Parksmart
  • International Living Future Institute (Living Building Challenge, JUST, Living Products, Zero Energy Certification, etc.)
  • Water
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Transportation
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Costs & Benefits

Think outside of the box, and support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s efforts to offer a diverse selection of programs to educate our members and community on current green building principles and practices!


New Member Welcome Social: Everly On the Loop


New Member Welcome Social: Everly on the Loop

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

Everly Model UnitThe U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter invites new members to come socialize and get acquainted! Chapter officers, past and present, will discuss the chapter’s history, highlight member benefits & opportunities, and answer questions.

Join us on the beautiful rooftop deck at Everly on the Loop, LEED Certified student apartments (LEED BD+C: New Construction – LEED 2009) .  Attendees will to learn how your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership can help you build connections, build your knowledge and build your community, learn more about the green features that contributed to the Everly’s LEED Certification, and take a short tour.


What: USGBC-Missouri Gateway New Member Welcome Social

When: Wednesday, June 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Where: Everly on the Loop, 4th floor rooftop deck
6105 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO 63112 (map)

Parking: FREE Parking is available adjacent directly behind the Pageant (adjacent to the Everly). Additional free parking can be found behind the Everly in the Metrolink Delmar Station Park-n-Ride lot. A lighted walkway will take you from the Delmar Station lot to the front of the Everly. Limited street parking is available on Delmar Blvd. This map highlights available parking.

RSVP: Click here to register online

Thanks to our Event Host & Sponsor! 

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Health and Wellbeing in Green Building

Click here to view Josh Jacobs’ presentation
Click here to view a list of attendees (PDF)

Wellness in buildings is shown to improve productivity, reduce missed days due to illness, and support overall occupant wellbeing. Green building rating systems and building codes are now incorporating wellness features to support occupant wellness.

This presentation explores the importance of wellness in buildings and looks at wellness criteria in building programs including LEED and Fitwel. Attendees will learn strategies for incorporating wellness into their green building projects.  The speaker will touch upon ASHRAE 189.1, IgCC, and CALGreen in terms of where health and wellbeing is integrated into these sustainable building codes.


  • Understand how health and wellbeing is being defined today in sustainable building.
  • Identify WELL features that align with LEED v4s focus on human health & wellbeing for example WELL feature 04 VOC reduction aligns with EQc Low Emitting Materials.
  • Identify LEED v4 credits that align with WELLs focus on human health & wellbeing for example MRc Building Product Disclosure and Optimization: Material Ingredients Option 1 aligns with WELL feature 97.
  • Understand the crosswalk documentation which will help them implement specification decisions for both LEED v4 EBOM and WELL such as Green Cleaning Policy (P) & Green Cleaning – Products & Materials and Feature 9 Cleaning Protocol.

Josh Jacobs, Director of Environmental Codes & Standards for UL Environment.
In this rolJJ headshot (533x800)e, Josh helps develop and track the environmental and codes, rating systems, and purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. As a LEED AP+ BD&C, he has been able to assist architects, designers, specifiers, and builders understand how to utilize products to build a more sustainable project. Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to ASHRAE 189.1, 2012 & 2015 NAHB National Green Building Standard, ANSI/BIFMA E3 joint committee, USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

1 LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M) GBCI CE Hour
1 WELL CE Hour

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
5:30-6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Please note, the speaker will present a seminar on SPOT, UL’s Sustainable Product Database, immediately prior to the evening program. More details on the SPOT seminar available here.

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

Free for USGBC-MGC Members & Full-Time Students
$20 for Non-Members

Click here to register online!


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hellmuth + bicknese architects

Negwer Materials 

2018 Green Ribbon Schools Honorees Announced

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the names of the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awardees, including four schools in the state of Missouri:

  • Bellerive Elementary School, Creve Coeur, MO
  • Green Trails Elementary School, Chesterfield, MO
  • W.W. Keysor Elementary School, Kirkwood, MO
  • St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, MO

Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 58 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

Congratulations to the 2018 Honorees!

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School Wins International “Best of Green Schools” Award

MRH MS GSQ award

MRH MS Students Best of Green Schools

MRH MS Best of Green Schools Award

Congratulations to Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School – Winner of the “Best of Green Schools” class of 2018 – an award presented by the Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network.

Recipients are chosen by a jury of green school leaders and advocates from around the country, and selected based on their demonstration of real change in our schools.

In the words of Jennifer Seydel, head of the Green Schools National Network, “Every movement needs leaders, and this year’s Best of Green Schools honorees reflect the transformative leadership that is needed to move the green schools movement from niche to mainstream.”

MRHMS believes that sustainable schools provide all community members with the greatest opportunities for success. It has integrated sustainability and green practices into its curriculum, including lessons in gardening, aquaponics, urban chickens, beehives, composting and rain gardens.

Maplewood Richmond Heights was also recognized as 2nd Place Winner in the 2017-18 Green Schools Quest Middle School Category!  This is the third time that MRH middle school has been acknowledged as a winner during the five years of the Green Schools Quest – clearly demonstrating leadership and creativity in response to the challenge to imagine and implement a new sustainability project for their school.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Education and Green Schools Manager Hope Gribble attended a MRH Middle School Town Hall on Tuesday, May 8th to present students with both awards. At the ceremony, she stated “It’s not only what you learn, but also where you learn that matters! You have contributed to making where you learn an institution that represents the best environmental efforts in schools across the country. You truly are national leaders and innovators in school sustainability!”

Learn more on Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Website.