Author Archive

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

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?”

SPEAKER


Kenneth J. Filarski, FAIA, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, AICP, CFM, SAP+AEER, NCARB
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.

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

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

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

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

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

SHARE
Share this event using URL, bit.ly/LEEDsafetyfirst and tag us @usgbcmogateway or use the hashtag, #greenbuildingsarebetter.

QUESTIONS?
Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at fbrandt@mobot.org or (314) 577-0884.

CONNECT 




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

Invest in Your Professional Development – Apply for a LF21 Scholarship today!

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.

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND LF21 HERE>




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 Tuesday, March 16, 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, bit.ly/greenshadowecocareer




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!




Connect on the Quest

Connect on the Quest is a monthly virtual gathering for school leads and mentors participating in the Green Schools Quest. It is also open to educators who are not yet participating, but would like to learn about the program and sustainability projects taking place in area schools.

It is an opportunity to:

  • Share your Green Schools Quest journey with fellow participants!
  • Hear directly from others on how they engaged students in the previous month’s challenge.
  • Explore ideas for the current and upcoming challenge themes.
  • Seek suggestions and resources to advance your school’s sustainability efforts.
  • Provide general input on the program.

The gathering will kick off with short presentations by participating schools. Are you interested in presenting? Please submit a proposal!

Rainbow of Sustainability Primer

The 2020-21 Green Schools Quest draws upon the principles outlined in the Rainbow of Sustainability. With this in mind, we recommend that Connect on the Quest participants have some familiarity with the Rainbow of Sustainability prior to the event.

Any registrants who are not yet familiar are asked to please review this flyer which provides an overview of this year’s program format and view the pre-recorded presentation: Applying the Rainbow of Sustainability prior to the event.

Connect on the Quest Schedule

  • November 10, 2020
    4:30 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
    We’ll hear from several schools about their work over the past month to engage students in the Importance of Place. Then, we’ll break into small groups to discuss how these projects might also relate to additional Rainbow of Sustainability principles that form the upcoming months’ themes.
    Register >
    Submit a proposal to present (5 minutes) by Nov 1 >
  • December 8, 2020
    4:30 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
    We’ll hear from several schools about their work over the past month to engage students in the Interconnectedness. Then, we’ll break into small groups to discuss how these projects might also relate to additional Rainbow of Sustainability principles that form the upcoming months’ themes.
    Register >
    Submit a proposal to present (5 minutes) by Dec 1 >
  • January 14, 2021
    4:30 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
    We’ll hear from several schools about their work over the past month to engage students in the Respect for Limits. Then, we’ll break into small groups to discuss how these projects might also relate to additional Rainbow of Sustainability principles that form the upcoming months’ themes.
    Register >
    Submit a proposal to present (5 minutes) by Jan 5 >
  • February 16, 2021
    4:30 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
    We’ll hear from several schools about their work over the past month to engage students in the Systems Thinking & Cycles. Then, we’ll break into small groups to discuss how these projects might also relate to additional Rainbow of Sustainability principles that form the upcoming months’ themes.
    Register >
    Submit a proposal to present (5 minutes) by Feb 5 >
  • March 16, 2021
    4:30 – 5:30 pm via Zoom
    We’ll hear from several schools about their work over the past month to engage students in the Social Justice. Then, we’ll break into small groups to discuss how these projects might also relate to additional Rainbow of Sustainability principles that form the upcoming months’ themes.
    Register >
    Submit a proposal to present (5 minutes) by March 5 >



Sacred Heart Catholic School Shines Light on Benefits of Energy Efficiency Measures

Sacred Heart Catholic School, located in Florissant, is a K-8 school specializing in Roman Catholic Education. Last summer, an LED retrofit of the entire building was executed, which has saved the school just over $11,000 in energy costs, 113,000 kWh of energy, and 93 tons of CO2.

Read the full case study here. Or check out some of our other case studies!




Advancing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Policy

We are excited to officially release Advancing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Policy in the St. Louis Region – a toolkit to help advocate for action and policy in the built environment that will help reduce climate change. We know this toolkit doesn’t provide all of the answers, but it sure does focus on a few of the most impactful and accessible actions – some of which have already been implemented locally.

Cities around the world have stepped up to set aggressive climate goals. Over 289 cities and counties have signed on to We Are Still In, an effort to support climate action at the local level by reducing greenhouse gas emissions 28% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, relative to a 2005 baseline. Locally, the City of St. Louis, Maplewood, and University City are signatories to We Are Still In. In October 2019, the City of St. Louis adopted an even more aggressive commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050. But we still have a lot of work to do to meet these goals – so let’s get to work!

Advancing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Policy in the St. Louis Region focuses on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Renewable Energy Strategies, and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure. The City of St. Louis is leading on many of the strategies outlined in this toolkit, thanks to support from programs like Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge and the City Energy Project. By compiling these resources, we hope to amplify the City’s work and the work of other local governments to encourage action for climate protection.

Download Advancing Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Policy in the St. Louis Region and help us work towards a healthier, more equitable, more sustainable and more resilient region for all of us who live, work, learn and play here.

A big THANK YOU to Washington University in St. Louis and Bloomberg Philanthropies for their support in developing this toolkit!




Check out our 2019 Annual Report!

We are on a mission . . .

for better, greener buildings that will tackle the challenge of climate change, while creating better places for living, working, and learning. From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change.

Annual Report Cover

Download a PDF of our 2019 Annual Report to learn more!

We are so proud of our accomplishments towards a greener future for our community, which is generously supported by our sponsors, leaders (board of directors committees), members, volunteers, and donors. Thank you to all who made 2019 a success.




Continue the Quest! A Primer on the 2020-21 Format and Themes

Are you interested in participating in the Green Schools Quest as a school or mentor this year? We hope so!

Regardless of whether you are a past participant, or new to the Green Schools Quest; whether you are currently registered to participate this year, or still debating if you will sign up – this webinar will help you better understand the reimagined format for 2020-21 and provide an introduction to the monthly themes. 

During this webinar, you will:

  • Review the program adaptations for the 2020-21 school year aimed at providing more flexibility for schools.
  • Discuss the primary challenge for 2020-21: To integrate sustainability into students’ learning.
  • Explore the monthly themes which represent principles of the Rainbow of Sustainability, a tool for applying the lens of sustainability to curriculum. 
  • Identify what qualifies as a Green Schools Quest project this year.
  • Ask any lingering questions you may have.

PRESENTERS
Hope Gribble, USGBC-MGC, Green Schools Quest program manager

Kat Golden, Missouri Botanical Garden EarthWays Center, Past Green Schools Quest Mentor, & Member of the GSQ Committee

Traci Jansen, Keysor Elementary School (Kirkwood School District), Past Green Schools Quest Participant, & Member of the GSQ Committee

WHEN
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 pm

WHERE
Virtually, of course!
You’ll receive the Zoom login details after registering. 

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

THE GREEN SCHOOLS QUEST PROGRAM
Each year, the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter challenges public and private schools across the region to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. Rather than complete comprehensive six-month projects, as Green Schools Quest participants have done in the past, for the 2020-21 school year, participating schools are invited to integrate sustainability into students’ learning through the lens of a monthly theme. We are currently seeking both School and Mentor participants. Applications are due September 30th.




USGBC-MGC Seeks Nominations for 2021 Board of Directors

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 2021. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Friday, September 5, 2020.

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 2020 board meeting.