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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 >



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.




Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Case Studies

We’re collecting benchmarking and energy efficiency case studies to showcase how our Existing Buildings can be Climate Heroes. Got a good energy efficiency success story to share? Contact us at usgbc-mogateway@mobot.org.

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.

Bauer Equity Partners is located an eighth of a mile from the I-70 and West Florissant Avenue interchange in the City of St. Louis. Previously a dairy bottling plant, the building has undergone numerous renovations in order to reduce energy consumption, improve access and reduce stormwater runoff. Since the solar panel and white roof installation, the building has realized a 66% reduction of electric consumption.
Read the full case study.

City of Clayton – Bonhomme and Brentwood Parking Garages have both undergone major renovations to reduce overall energy consumption. From lighting improvements to solar panels, these two buildings are seeing significant savings. The Bonhomme Garage saves $3,000 per month and the Brentwood Garage saves $22,000 a year. Read the full case study.

Parkway Schools’ portfolio consists of more than 34 buildings and 3.3 million square feet. In 2017, Parkway School District improved energy performance by 11% from a 2015 baseline, making progress towards a goal of 20% by 2025. Energy savings were achieved by implementing outdoor LED lighting retrofits and dimming controls across all properties. Learn more about their progress to date, implemented projects and more on the Better Buildings Challenge website.

600 Washington

600 Washington, is a 25-story office building. Formerly known as One City Center, it is a 375,000 square foot office building with a variety of tenants, including several large legal and accounting firms. Read the full case study

Clayco has been using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark their St. Louis office since 2007. Using this tool gave them a baseline, as well as the motivation to raise their score. As a result of energy saving strategies and building improvements that they have implemented since 2007, their ENERGY STAR score has more than doubled. Read the full case study

Unigroup

UniGroup is a $1.7 billion transportation and relocation services company with headquarters in suburban St. Louis. UniGroup has embraced sustainability as a smart way to achieve cost savings. The company’s Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability led the charge to monitor energy usage, enabling the company to identify issues and resolve them quickly. As a result, they achieved the coveted ENERGY STAR certification. The company took full advantage of utility rebate programs to maximize the return on investments in energy-related projects. Read the full case study.




Call for Proposals: 2021 Educational Programs

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is accepting proposals for 2021 educational programs.

While proposals on all topics related to green building and sustainable communities will be considered, preference will be given to those that address one or more of the following:

  • Climate Solutions: Action Beyond Commitments
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Equity & Inclusion

Engaging, interactive approaches to enhance learning are desired.

Timeline

  • Call for Proposals Issued July 22, 2020.
  • Proposals due by Monday, September 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST.
  • Selected Speakers notified by December 4, 2020.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO USGBC-MGC!




LEED v4.1 EBOM Technical Workshop

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Hosted in partnership with USGBC West North Central Region.

LEED and Existing Buildings: Understanding certification, performance and LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance.

This virtual workshop will provide participants with a deep look into LEED v4.1 O+M and the information needed to pursue certification. The focus will be on understanding certification options, best practices for sustainable operations and maintenance, and the new options available through the LEED v4.1 beta using the Arc platform.

In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar on the green building industry with an outcome-based approach to LEED certification. The newest update to the LEED rating systems, LEED v4.1, represents a series of upgrades that will update the referenced standards to encourage leadership, respond to market feedback, and make the LEED rating system more accessible than ever before.

We will share success stories in regional case studies of certification to inspire users that you too can bring LEED to your portfolio of existing buildings.

INSTRUCTOR
Stefanie Young, Vice President, Technical Solutions

CONTINUING EDUCATION
GBCI Credit: 3 CE hours LEED Specific O+M
AIA Credit: 3 LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, September 9, 2020
1:00 – 5:00 pm

NOTE: There is also a LEEDv4.1 BD+C & ID+C Workshop being held on 9/8/20

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

FEE
$45 for USGBC-MGC Members
$60 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register now.




The Next Evolution of LEED: v4.1 (BD+C, ID+C)

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Hosted in partnership with USGBC West North Central Region.

This presentation will provide participants with a look into LEED v4.1 BD+C, ID+C, O+M and the information needed to pursue certification.

The focus of this virtual workshop will be on understanding the goals and outcomes of the LEED v4.1 beta. The newest update to the LEED rating systems, LEED v4.1, addresses lessons learned from LEED v4 project teams, updates performance thresholds and reference standards to ensure LEED remains a global leadership standard, and expands the marketplace for LEED.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Articulate the main goals of LEED v4.1 technical development
  • List the requirements of key LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C prerequisites and credits for success
  • Identify how LEED v4.1 for BD+C and ID+C increases accessibility throughout the rating system and positions LEED to continue to drive market transformation
  • Identify opportunities for continued building performance through LEED for Operations + Maintenance

INSTRUCTOR
Lisa Stanley, Director, Technical Solutions

CONTINUING EDUCATION
GBCI Credit: 3 CE hours LEED Specific BD+C and ID+C
AIA Credit: 3 LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
1:00 – 5:00 pm

NOTE: There is also a LEEDv4.1 O+M Workshop being held on 9/9/20

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

FEE
$45 for USGBC-MGC Members
$60 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online.