Archive for July, 2021

K-12 School Registration Open for the 2021-22 Green Schools Quest and Missouri Green Schools

Registration is now open for K-12 schools to participate in the 2021-22 Green Schools Quest and Missouri Green Schools

Green Schools Quest

The Green Schools Quest is an annual project-based challenge to schools to implement student-driven, no/low-cost sustainability projects with the help of a Green Mentor who assists with project ideas, implementation, and resources. In 2021-22, two program tracks are offered for schools to choose from: engage in one comprehensive six-month-long sustainability project, or participate in themed, monthly sustainability challenges October through March. In both tracks, teams document their work and submit their outcomes for a chance to win. Registration deadline is Sept 15 for Schools and Aug 31 for Mentors. Learn more at www.GreenSchoolsQuest.org

Missouri Green Schools

Missouri Green Schools is a new statewide recognition program which supports schools in taking a systems-based approach to improve student health, reduce environmental impact, and develop a culture of sustainability. It creates a pathway for state and national recognition, including serving as the conduit for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award, and provides a variety of one-on-one services to support under-resourced schools in achieving “green” goals and earning recognition. Learn more at www.MissouriGreenSchools.org

Learn More at Sept 8th Virtual Event

Join the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Missouri Environmental Education Association virtually on September 8, from 4:30-5:30 pm to learn more about both programs and how they can be leveraged together for greater impact. Whether your school is just getting started, already a green champion, or especially if you feel your school has been counted out – these programs are tailored to support your school in achieving green goals. 

Support Participating Schools

Community members interested in supporting schools participating in these programs may do so by serving as a Green Schools Quest Mentor or a Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorp VISTA! Click here to learn more about both opportunities as well as an Info Session for prospective GSQ Mentors on Aug 26th!




Help a Local School Go Green: Two Opportunities to Make a Difference This Year

U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC) and Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) are looking for passionate individuals to help schools improve their students’ health, reduce their environmental impact, and develop a culture of sustainability.

Make a difference in your community this school year by serving as a Green Schools Quest Mentor or a Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorp VISTA

BECOME A MENTOR IN THE GREEN SCHOOLS QUEST

  • The Program: The U.S Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Green Schools Quest is an annual project-based challenge to K-12 schools to implement student-driven, no/low-cost sustainability projects with the help of a Green Mentor. Students document and share their impact, and awards are presented at elementary, middle, and high school levels. The challenge is open to all schools within the USGBC-MGC service area (majority of Missouri – excluding Kansas City area – as well as southern Illinois) and participating schools represent the wide range of geographic, economic, and racial diversity that is found within communities throughout this area.
  • Mentor Role: Green Mentors are community volunteers who assist schools with project ideas, implementation, and resources. Additionally, they serve as role models and community connectors who expand students’ awareness of the wide variety of careers that relate to sustainability.
  • Time Commitment: Roughly 4-6 hours per month between October 2021 and March 2022, plus a 2 hour training in September 2021. 
  • Support Provided: Mentors receive an orientation introducing them to the program and resources which include project idea lists, community resources, checklists and tips to guide them, and more. Mentors may reach out to the GSQ program manager at any time with questions and for support.
  • Learn More: Visit www.GreenSchoolsQuest.org. Prospective mentors are invited to attend a Mentor Info Session on August 26, from 12 – 1 pm via Zoom. All are welcome! 
  • Deadline: Mentor registration is due August 31. 

SUPPORT SCHOOLS AS A MISSOURI GREEN SCHOOLS AMERICORPS VISTA

  • The Program: Missouri Green Schools is a new statewide recognition program which supports schools in taking a systems-based approach to improve student health, reduce environmental impact, and develop a culture of sustainability. It creates a pathway for state and national recognition, and provides a variety of one-on-one services to support under-resourced schools in achieving “green” goals and earning recognition. The program is co-managed by the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter (USGBC-MGC). 
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Role: VISTAs support low-income schools’ participation in Missouri Green Schools, ultimately helping students and communities to break free from the cycle of poverty. Five openings in the following positions are available:
    • Support VISTA – focus on providing one-on-one support to assist with action planning and progress tracking as well as outreach to expand program reach
    • Partner Network Coordinator VISTA – manage the development of a statewide network of organizations that desire to help schools lower their environmental impact, improve health, and shift to a culture of sustainability
    • Marketing and Communications VISTA – focus on raising awareness, participation and support of MGS throughout the state, and will develop skills in website and social media management
  • Time Commitment: Start October 25, 2021 for a one year term and work 30 hours per week, primarily remotely. VISTAs may also attend school or pursue outside employment during their term if desired.
  • Support Provided: Each VISTA receives a living allowance of $13,399, and will be provided with a laptop during the program service period. All MGS VISTAs will receive training in what it means to be a green school, a school that brings an environmental and equity lens to decision-making, as well as ongoing professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Learn More: Click on the position titles above to learn more about each. Contact Lesli Moylan at moylan@meea.org with any questions.
  • Deadline: Positions are open through September 2021, or until filled.



Seeking Nominations for 2022 Board Members!

Be a part of the green building movement & help us make every building a green building!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway is currently seeking nominations for At-Large board directors. All terms begin in 2022. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Monday, August 30, 2021.

Self nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominees must be a member in good standing with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and must currently serve or have previously served on a Chapter committee or as a Chapter volunteer. The online nomination form, can be found here.

For more information, please see: 

In 2015, USGBC-Missouri Gateway shifted our board nomination and election process, and no longer hold general elections. Nominations are still accepted from the membership. The Governance Committee collects nominations and ensures eligibility of nominees. The committee then consults a matrix of leadership needs to determine a slate to present to the board for approval. The committee expects to present a slate to the board for discussion at the October 2021 board meeting.




July Member Spotlight – Lisa J. Reed

July Member Spotlight

“Isn’t picking a favorite LEED project like picking a favorite child?”

Lisa J. Reed, PE, IALD, MIES, LEED BD+C, Founding Principal of Envision Lighting Design, LLC
USGBC-MGC Member since 2013
Active member of the Membership & Marketing Committee

Sustainability passion: My sustainability passion – same as my “everything” passion – is lighting! I look at everything through a lighting lens. Light creates clarity. It elevates the way we experience space. It gives life. Light also plays a significant role in sustainability, whether we conserve energy by using only the light that we need (don’t overlight spaces) or by being intentional about where we put light (eliminate light pollution) or by using lighting controls to only use light when we need it (turn ‘em off!) Additionally, I’m interested in equity and lighting equity issues. If it has anything to do with light, then it’s my passion!

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: Tough question – there have been many. This is an organization filled with sincere people who truly care about our planet and the people who inhabit it. Nearly every encounter with this organization, its members, leaders, and staff has been meaningful. One highlight has been participating in the Green Shadow Mentor program. I also want to mention the Membership and Marketing Committee. By volunteering on this committee, I have been able to get to know a small group of fantastic people.

What will most impact the future of green building: Communication. If we can rethink how we talk about green building and communicate the importance of it in an inclusive, non-partisan, apolitical way to get everyone rowing in the same direction, that will be pivotal. When people come together, we are unstoppable. As the mother of two young adults, I see the priorities of the next generation and I do have hope that the future is in good hands.

Favorite LEED Project: Isn’t picking a favorite LEED project like picking a favorite child? I don’t think I can do that! That said, the 4220 Duncan building in the Cortex District was special because that was the first time I was able to achieve the Light Pollution Reduction Credit, and the Envision Lighting Design team, alongside HOK and the HOK Lighting Group, worked really hard on the lighting selections, placements, and calculations to get it. Now we attempt and achieve Light Pollution Reduction regularly.

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: Have you seen The Awakening II near Chesterfield Central Park? This giant man (a 70’ aluminum sculpture) appears to be partially underground as he emerges from a long slumber. This has become my favorite outdoor meeting spot. The giant is whimsical and a little terrifying, and along with the Central Park Trail, it is a nice little nature/art combo that’s worth a visit. Tell the giant hello for me when you go. Better yet, let me know you’re going, and I’ll meet you there!




We’re Hiring – Building Energy Exchange St. Louis Director!

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter seeks qualifications for an individual to serve as the Director of the Building Energy Exchange-St. Louis. The Director will lead the design, development and operation of the Building Energy Exchange – St. Louis (BEEx-STL, formerly referred to as the St. Louis Regional Energy Hub) in order to build a transformational entity to accelerate innovation, create jobs, strengthen the economy and lead an equitable transition to a clean energy future. The Director will work in partnership with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Executive Director, its board, the BEEx-STL advisory board, the City of St. Louis, partners, and the local building community to identify and overcome barriers that are holding back high performing buildings in the St. Louis region.

To apply, please submit your qualifications, including resume, cover letter and 2 references as a single, electronic PDF to Emily Andrews at emily.andrews@mobot.org by midnight on July 30, 2021.

View the full job description here.

View the Executive Summary of the BEEx-STL business plan here.

Support for BEEx-STL is generously provided by founding sponsors: Ameren Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and technical advisors: Institute for Market Transformation and Building Energy Exchange (New York).