Supporting Global Goals Locally through Green Buildings

Learn more about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, their relevance to the St. Louis-area green building industry, and how to use them to better communicate and advance partnerships.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 to “promote prosperity while protecting the planet.” The 17 Goals are wide-ranging, challenging humanity to decouple economic growth from climate change, poverty, and inequality.

Green building supports many of the SDGs by reducing waste and contributing to healthier physical environments, but also by educating, creating jobs, reducing inequalities, and strengthening communities.

After learning about the Goals, their local relevance, and connection to green building, attendees will review LEED scorecards of local buildings through the lens of the SDGs and have the opportunity to apply the SDG’s to one of their own current or past projects.


  • Describe the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their relevance to the St. Louis-area green building industry.
  • Understand how green building supports and contributes to the achievement of specific UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Connect specific building functions to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Apply UN Sustainable Development Goals to your own projects.

Lacy 2018 headshotLacy Cagle, Director of Learning, Northwest Earth Institute
Lacy Cagle is the Director of Learning for the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) where she oversees the development of course books, EcoChallenge, and educational materials. She also oversees the development of the Drawdown EcoChallenge, a partnership with Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown. Lacy provides services and training to faculty and staff in higher education throughout North America.

In addition to her work at NWEI, Lacy teaches Foundations and Practice of Sustainability at Washington University. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Leadership in Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a Permaculture Design Certificate. She has been the director at the Zahniser Institute since 2010. Lacy is based in St. Louis and deeply involved in the OneSTL initiative (regional plan for sustainable development), and on the USGBC Missouri Gateway committee for Green Schools.

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hours and 2 AIA LU

May 21, 2019
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.

Click here to view a map detailing the location of the WEST entrance to the building.

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

Click here to register online.

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