Archive for November, 2019

Roots to Leaves: Learning, Implementing, and Teaching Sustainability in Schools

How do you teach your children to care for the world around them? How do you protect your students in the school environment? How do you promote a future generation of leaders who value sustainability? These questions are hard to answer – but, parents, students, educators, and activists across the globe collaborate every day to address these challenges. There are hundreds of resources offering tools to enhance processes of learning, implementing, and teaching environmental responsibility in schools. Nonetheless, finding the best tools to reach your unique goals can be tedious. In order to alleviate time-consuming research, the USGBC MO Gateway Chapter published the GSQ Educators’ Guide to Education for Sustainability as a resource for educators participating in the Green Schools Quest.

The guide highlights resources to strengthen your ability to enact change in your community. Inside you’ll find:

Professional development opportunities;

The first step to any successful project is a robust understanding of sustainability. The learning process never ends, which is why the guide recommends professional development summits supporting Education for Sustainability.

This year, the Green Schools Conference & Expo will be held in Portland, Oregon and feature three days of programing. Danni Washington, co-founder of The Big Blue & You and host of a STEM educational TV show, will keynote the event. Leaders and advocates will work together to share what they’ve learned working for visible, measurable and lasting progress in green schools. To learn more about the conference and register, check out the conference website here:

Programs to chart progress and accountability;

Implementing change works best with a plan of action and an accountability system. The guide offers a list of goals and reward programs such as Missouri Green Schools and the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools. These programs direct goal setting and timeline creation specifically tailored to schools.

And, guides to accessible sustainability education.

Teaching about sustainability can feel daunting. From water to energy to buildings, the undertaking seems unending. The guide provides an initial list of resources to help educators begin the process of incorporating sustainability into the classroom. Tools such as the UN’s World’s Largest Lesson and Webster University’s Rainbow of Sustainability approach are provided to unite teachers with established lesson plans that spark curiosity in students.

2020 State of the Chapter & Social

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This event is still on, regardless of rain or snow! 

Click here for important details regarding the event ENTRANCE and PARKING.

Online registration is now closed, though walk-in registrants are welcomed at the door of the event.

Join us at the State of the Chapter & Social on January 23rd as we kick off our 2020 programming!  This FREE event – open to members and non-members – is one of the highlights of our year.

  • Meet Chapter members and connect with representatives from the board of directors and committees.
  • Learn about highlights from the past year and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing volunteers.
  • Enjoy complimentary beer (thanks to Urban Chestnut Brewing Company!), wine (thanks to WFF Facility Services and Scout & Cellar!), and appetizers.
  • Find out how you can engage with USGBC-MGC to contribute to a positive future for our community.
  • Participate in the silent auction (see list below!)

This year’s event will be hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 where recent renovations to their building and parking lot boast substantial sustainable features. The 40,000 square foot building was built in 1960 and is on the National Register of Historic Places for modernist design. Renovations include a Solar Canopy on their parking lot that provides 160 kWh annually (enough to power 15 average sized homes) and electric vehicle charging stations; new HVAC system projected to save $22,000 annually and reduce kWH usage by more than 200,000; added insulation, a white roof and new windows; and water efficient fixtures.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming the New Year and contributing to our goal of transforming the built environment!

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 
5:30 – 8:00 pm (note extended timing)

Beginning at 5:30 pm – Complimentary Wine/Beer, Chili Bar & Networking

5:45 pm – Welcome from the host, and sustainable features of the building

7:30 pm – Brief remarks from Chapter Leadership

IBEW Local 1 Union Hall
5850 Elizabeth Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110 map

While building’s address is on Elizabeth Ave., the event entrance and parking are accessed via 59th street.

The event may NOT be accessed from the front entrance doors on Elizabeth.

Please look at this map detailing the event entrance and parking.

Free event for all attendees.

Click here to register online!


Bernhard TME

earthday365’s Recycling on the Go

IBEW Local 1 

Integrated Facility Services


Roof Top Sedums, LLC

Sheet Metal Workers Local 36


  • Sustainable Landscape Design
    Gift card for a Sustainable Landscape Design by Quiet Village Landscaping, valued at $500.
    Retail Value:  $500
    Generously Donated by: Quiet Village Landscaping
  • Gardener’s Delight
    $50 gift certificate to Garden Heights Nursery, rain gauge, gardening gloves, vegetable seeds, coper plant label signs, garden trowel, watering can, and cloth towels.
    Retail Value: $90
    Generously Donated by: Garden Heights Nursery
  • Missouri Wildflowers
    $35 gift certificate, tote bag, t-shirt, and ‘Bringing Nature Home’ book.
    Retail Value: $75
    Generously Donated by: Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, LLC
  • Home Energy Audit
    Detailed inspection and testing of your home in order to determine causes and recommended improvements to solve comfort and efficiency issues related to energy loss.
    Retail Value:  $300
    Generously Donated by: SmartHouse Heating and Cooling
  • Vintage-Inspired Area Rug
    Vintage-inspired area rug reminiscent of an iconic design of the fifties: the Nelson Ball Clock. Add a touch of Mid-Century modernism and transform any room with this retro-style rug! Flor style Hollin Hills, color Flint, size 5’ x 8’ 4”, includes all necessary Tactiles/ Flor Dots to install.
    Retail Value: $420
    Generously Donated by: Interface
  • Home Sweet Home
    $200 gift certificate for Woodard rug/carpet cleaning services
    Assorted goodies including candle, bar soap, cloth towel, and mug.
    Retail Value: $250
    Generously Donated by: Woodard Cleaning and Restoration
  • Wine Tasting
    Private In-Home Sampling Experience for up to 12 People – 90 minutes, Includes 8 bottles of wine and Wine Consultant.
    Retail Value: $300
    Generously Donated by: PRP Wine International
  • Bourbon Box
    Includes Woodford Reserve double oaked bourbon, Long Branch straight bourbon whiskey, Basil Haden’s bourbon whiskey, whiskey candle, savory crackers, Wisconsin cheddar, bruschetta, summer sausage and nuts.
    Retail Value: $175
    Generously Donated by: Kim Chapman at FleishmanHillard and member of the USGBC-MGC board
  • Weekend Getaway at Timber Farms and Ozark Forest Mushrooms
    Weekend stay (Friday and Saturday night) or the equivalent during the week at Beaver Lake House at Timber Farms and Ozark Forest Mushrooms. A tour of the mushroom farm is included!
    Retail Value: $350
    Generously Donated by: Dan Hellmuth & Nicola MacPherson
  • Weekend Getaway in Elsah, IL Cottage
    Weekend (two-nights) at cottage in Elsah, IL.
    Retail Value: $300
    Generously Donated by: Mary Ann Lazarus & Dan Jay
  • Diamond Box for Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
    Four (4) Cardinals baseball tickets in Diamond Box Section 140 (Row J, Seats 1-4) for Monday, April 20, 2020 vs Cincinnati Reds.
    Retail Value: $600
    Generously Donated by: Galt Industries
  • St. Louis Blues Game Jersey
    Retail Value: $90.80
    Generously Donated by: Mark Wilhelms at Midwest Block & Brick
  • Marathon or Half Marathon, plus VIP Tent
    One complimentary Marathon or Half Marathon entry, complete with VIP tent access, for the 2020 GO! St. Louis Marathon Weekend, set for March 29, 2020.
    Retail Value: $160
    Generously Donated by: GO! St. Louis
  • Custom Skateboard
    Made by and Generously Donated by: Paul Todd Merrill
  • Summer Camp at The College School
    Enrollment for one week of summer camp during the ‘Red, White & Blue Week’ (Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2) at The College School, a Green Ribbon School rooted in experiential education located Webster Groves.
    Retail Value: $200
    Generously donated by: The College School
  • The Screech Owl Box…The “Ultimate Green Building”
    Incorporate native habitats into your yard! This locally made box will have the correct design elements according to MO Dept of Conservation and Audubon, include a predator guard at opening, be easy to open for cleanout, proper drainage and ventilation, made of recommended long-lasting cedar, and include a “cleat hanging system” for easy installation.
    Generously Donated by: Membership & Marketing Committee Members and Penny Holtzmann
  • “Night on the Town” Basket
    Fox Club tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (includes 4 seats in Box K, club amenities, free parking, and private canopied entrance), two bottles of wine, a $35 Bailey’s restaurants gift card and $30 Uber gift card.
    Retail Value: $500 Generously Donated by: Higher Education and Emerging Professionals Committee Members
  • Chocolate Basket
    Generously Donated by: Education Committee Members
  • ‘Tech the Halls’ Basket
    This technology-themed basket includes: Siemens RDS120 Residential/Light Commercial Smart Thermostat, Dual band gigabit wireless router, Paradigm portable speaker, Solar-Powered toy car, Smart (sound activated) LED lightbulbs (x2), Smart Plug (x2), Smart Camera, and a $50 voucher for Home Depot.
    Retail Value: $640
    Generously Donated by: Advocacy Committee Members
  • “Zero Waste” Basket
    Including a TENbyTHREE handmade basket for shopping, Bee’s Wax reusable food wraps, reusable produce bags, Wool dryer balls, shampoo bar, cotton towels, travel coffee mug, water bottle, bamboo utensils, and a book: ‘Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash’.
    Retail Value: $140
    Donated by: Green Schools Quest Committee Members
  • Foodie Gift Card Collection
    $20 Companion Gift Card
    $20 Whisk Gift Card
    $25 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Gift Card
    $25 Boat House at Forest Park Gift Card
    $25 Mission Taco gift card
    Retail Value: $115
    Generously Donated by: Companion Bakery, Whisk Sustainable Bake Shop, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, The Boat House/Sugarfire, and Mission Taco.
  • JBL – Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
    Waterproof rating and rugged housing provide protection against water splashes or immersion, and voice-assistant integration lets you access Siri or Google Now from a mobile device. Built-in microphone accepts hands-free calls through the speaker. Connect to two devices simultaneously with this JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker for alternating playback.
    Retail Value: $80
    Generously Donated by: Lighting Associates, Inc

New Waste Diversion Case Studies

What’s the best way to convince others to take steps to reduce waste in their on-going operations? We think it’s by sharing case studies and stories about others successfully implementing best practices in green operations!

We are pleased to share these new waste diversion case studies!

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum recently achieved LEED Gold certification for the museum’s stunning renovation and is now pursuing zero waste certification through Total Resource Use & Efficiency (TRUE) certification.

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School has participated in our Green Schools Quest since 2015. They won third place in the Elementary Category in 2018-2019 for the work featured in this case study.

Thank you to the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for their support of the Green Schools Quest and our on-going educational programming.

How to Make Compost - an educational sign from efforts to reduce waste at Saul Mirowitz.

How to Make Compost – an educational sign from efforts to reduce waste at Saul Mirowitz.

Signage used by the Missouri Historical Society when conducting waste audits at their buildings.

Signage used by the Missouri Historical Society when conducting waste audits at their buildings.

USGBC-MGC Receives Outstanding Service Award

USGBC-MGC staff member Hope Gribble accepts the award from Lesli Moylan, Executive Director of Missouri Environmental Education Association at their annual conference.

USGBC-MGC staff member Hope Gribble accepts award from Lesli Moylan, Executive Director of Missouri Environmental Education Association, at the annual MEEA conference.

On November 2, 2019, USGBC-MGC was presented with the 2019 Outstanding Service Award for Organizations by the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) in recognition of USGBC-MGC’s leadership in helping to advance green schools initiatives in Missouri and as an invaluable partner in moving MEEA’s mission for environmental literacy forward.