Archive for February, 2021

LEED Safety First Pilot Credits for Re-Entering, Cleaning, and Disinfecting Buildings

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A USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Evening Program
LEED Safety First Pilot Credits for Re-Entering,
Cleaning, and Disinfecting Buildings

An Overview and a View to Date of the LEED Safety First Pilot Credits

LEED Safety First Pilot Credits are provided in direct response to COVID-19. The Safety First Pilot Credits focus on the safety of those working in the building as it is re-occupied. They are based on current, known information and may change as new science emerges about the virus and how it is transmitted.

COVID-19 has made us acutely aware of our workspaces, schools, stores, and that the places where we live, are three dimensional environments influenced by how we move through those spaces and by time. Together, we will take a look at re-entering and using our spaces, the air in our spaces, what we touch in our spaces and ask, “Are we doing enough?” “Where do we go from here?” and “How do we shape and form our post-COVID ecology?”


Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0884.

Ken is Principal and Founder of FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE +PLANNING+RESEARCH, an integrated architecture and planning, ecology design studio and research workshop, recognized with national, regional, and state awards in multiple disciplines, in Rhode Island.

Ken is a founding faculty member of the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation. Ken is the AIA Disaster Assistance Coordinator for the State of Rhode Island and the New England Region. He is a co-author of the AIA “Re-occupancy Assessment Tool V1.0, V2.0, V3.0” addressing COVID-19 and other COVID-19 response guidelines The “Tool” has been adopted by the USGBC as one of the initial Safety First Pilot LEED Credits.

Honored by Clean Water Action as their prestigious Environmental Advocate of the Year in 2018, the award marked the only time it was given to a person in the design or construction community. Founder and Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council RI, he co-authored the historic Rhode Island Green Buildings Act with RI being the first state incorporating LEED into public law. Ken then authored and was responsible for the historic amendments to the Green Buildings Act wherein LEED for Neighborhood Development, and SITES – The Sustainable Sites Initiative became public law, Rhode Island being the only State to do so.

Approved for 1 LU | HSW credit credit
Eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hour

Tuesday, February 09, 2021
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Virtual event via Zoom.
Registrants will receive login details prior to the event.

Free for USGBC-MGC Members
$10.00 for Non-members

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Apply for Living Future 21 Conference Scholarships from USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Invest in Your Professional Development – Apply for a LF21 Scholarship

Learn new technical information and practical solutions while building relationships with other people and organizations in the green building and sustainability industry when you attend the Living Future 2021 Inclusion + Unity Conference April 20 – 23, 2021 online everywhere.

**Multiple scholarships are available!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter believes everyone should have access to green buildings and green communities as well as green building education! Those eligible to apply for this scholarship include:

  • Individuals of diverse backgrounds and/or in under-represented socio-economic groups. 
  • Organizations or individuals that serve under-represented socio-economic groups and/or diverse communities. 
  • Emerging Professionals with an interest in the sustainability of our region. For the purpose of this scholarship, we will consider Emerging Professionals to be recent graduates or current students. 

Scholarship applications are due Monday, March 15, 2021 by 11:59 pm. A USGBC-MGC membership is not required.

**Multiple scholarships are available!

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has been at the forefront of attracting leading thinkers in sustainability, regenerative design, and the built environment hailing from industries ranging from architecture and manufacturing to government and nonprofits. Come together with the shared pursuit of a socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative Living Future, and apply for a Living Future 21 Scholarship today!

The Living Future 2021 Conference, hosted online by ILFI, April 20-23, 2021 provides you the opportunity to choose from over 40 sessions (with the ability to watch all recorded content), including case studies, tours, and networking meetups. View the current schedule here.


View the April 7-8, 2021 EcoCareers Conference, Green Shadow Scholarship Opportunity>

A Unique Pandemic Opportunity – Taking our GREEN SHADOWS to the 2021 EcoCareers Conference

Attend the NWF’s EcoCareers Conference as a USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter GREEN SHADOW!

The National Wildlife Federation’s ECOLEADERS Community is hosting an EcoCareers Conference preparing students and emerging professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing information on the latest trends from analysts and employers, clarifying career enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the green sector.

“Really great insight about the soft skills and was inspirational as someone who is currently struggling to find an entry into the sustainability job field.”

Students, faculty, and staff from high schools, colleges and universities and emerging professionals are invited to sign-up for our Green Shadow program and we will fully fund your attendance to the EcoCareers Conference, April 7 – 8, 2021 11:00 – 5:00 pm each day.

2021 Green Shadow applications to attend the April EcoCareers Conference are due Friday, April 2, 2021 by 11:59 pm.

**Know someone who would benefit from this EcoCareers Conference? Encourage them to sign-up for the Green Shadow program to receive FREE attendance! Share this link,

View the April 20-23, 2021 Living Future 21 Conference Scholarship Opportunities>

Brickline Greenway – Connecting People, Places, and Equitable Opportunities in St. Louis

A Green Buildings Are Better @usgbcmogateway
Coffee Break with Great Rivers Greenway

The Coffee Break Friday, February 5, 2021 featured Mark Vogl, Project Manager at Great Rivers Greenway District. Leading our Green Buildings Are Better community in discussion, Mark Vogl spoke on the development and projects of the Brickline Greenway. Formerly known as the Chouteau Greenway, Brickline will connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch and provide connections to Fairground Park and Tower Grove Park, running between Boyle Avenue and Sarah Avenue within the City of St. Louis.

View the LIVE recording here!