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Get on our 2023 Education Calendar!

Call for Proposals 2023 – Buildings As Climate Solutions

Call for Proposals 2023: Are you a change maker in your industry? An advocate for climate protection, racial equity, and community? “SHOW ME” your Green Building SOLUTIONS. We can build our way out of climate change disasters. Review our Call for Proposals and get on our 2023 Education Calendar!

Your local U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter is now accepting 2023 PROGRAM PROPOSALS presenting immediate solutions to our communities’ immediate problems. Having the latest green building education is an ongoing feature of Missouri Gateway events. Are you taking actions beyond commitments? Then, you are ready to SUBMIT HERE to get on our 2023 CALENDAR BY: Monday, October 3, 2022 @ 5:00 pm CT. Together, we can transform our built environment.

Engaging, interactive approaches to enhance learning are desired!

Call for Proposals 2023. Circle logo with white background and light green, teal, and dark green colors reading, "Green Buildings Are Better" with a skyline of a windmill, three buildings, and school of same colors as graphic icons. Arched at top of circle inside reads, "I am a Green Building Professional."

Do you know a project or professional that is addressing immediate solutions to our communities’ immediate problems? Share this SUBMISSION APPLICATION by using the URL, https://bit.ly/ShowMeYourSolutions

In order for us to maximize collaboration with green building professionals and communities, and ensure our exchange of information benefits from the diversity, talent and expertise of our Missouri Gateway region*, preference will be given to educational content of a 200 – 300 level addressing:

1.) What needs to change with the way we build today? (Or don’t build?)

2.) Specific examples of Climate Adaptation & Resiliency

3.) Connecting Green Building and Environmental Sustainability Governance (ESG)

4.) Adaptive Reuse of our Buildings and Built Environment

5.) Shifting from Energy Efficiency to Carbon Reduction

6.) The national focus on Infrastructure – How do Buildings fit in?

The climate crisis is now, and resiliency in our built environment cannot be true without equity in our built environment. The “pandemic, high heat, flash floods, and electrical outages taught us that we need each other. We have solutions, we need public will; and public policy,” says USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter committee member Susan Armstrong MS, PE. Our Green Buildings Are Better community is asking, do you have the engineering and architectural solutions? Then,

“SHOW ME” your Green Building SOLUTIONS. 

*USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter territory covers the St. Louis metropolitan area, Southern Illinois, mid-Missouri and southwestern Missouri. Cities within Missouri Gateway’s territory also include Columbia (MO) and Springfield (MO).




Energy Efficiency & the Split Incentive Problem

Energy Efficiency & the Split Incentive Problem: Reframing Investment in Energy Efficiency for Building Owners and Tenants

YouTube thumbnail image of cover for event recording. Photo of brick houses in background with text on top in white with blue background reading, "Tuesday July 12, 2022 Solving the Split-Incentive Problem - Reframing Investment in Energy Efficiency for Building Owners & Tenants. Presented in partnership with Building Energy Exchange St. Louis and U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. Register for monthly evening programs: usgbc-mogateway.org/calendar. Right side with Missouri Gateway Chapter logo at top and BE-Ex STL logo on bottom right and salmon colored background with navy text reading, "@usgbcmogateway SPEAKER - Aaron Michels, Director of Operations, Energy Resources Group, Inc. PANELISTS - Kevin Bryant, Executive Founder, Developer & President, Kingsway Development. Jon Nichols, Director of Sustainability, Antheus Capital & Mac Development. Tristan Walker, Principal, Heritage Properties St. Louis."
LIVE recording, July 12, 2022 – Solving The Split Incentive Problem presentation and panelist discussion.

On the evening of July 12th, 2022, U.S. Green Building Council—Missouri Gateway Chapter hosted our monthly educational program with Building Energy Exchange St. Louis, a project of Missouri Gateway Chapter, at Rockwell Beer Company. Fueled by delicious appetizers and an open bar, the 53 attendees of the event listened to speaker Aaron Michels, Director of Operations at Energy Resources Group, Inc., discuss energy efficiency and energy inefficiency. Michels’ presentation first defined for us what the split incentive problem is, before going into consequences, case studies, and potential remedies of the issue. As defined by Michels,  

the split incentive problem is when landlords lack the appropriate incentives to implement energy efficiency measures, not only costing their tenants money, but also negatively impacting the environment by releasing more pollutants than necessary.  

Michels also highlighted how low-income tenants face energy poverty or a higher energy burden, meaning they allocate significantly more of their household income to energy expenditures than other renters. Since tenants have little power in the rental arrangement, this is a difficult situation to absolve. 

Photograph of audience in beer brewing event space. Attendees, sitting at high top tables, foreground, and in chairs with presenter and presentation screen in distance.
July 12, 2022 evening educational program attendees at Rockwell Beer Company while Aaron Michels presents, “Solving The Split Incentive Problem – Reframing Investment in Energy Efficiency for Building Owners & Tenants.”

However, Michels did provide some ideas for eliminating the issue. First, he proposed a need for increased awareness, education, and outreach among owners, tenants, and the brokerage community about the value of green leases. A green lease, in simple terms, is   

a rental agreement whereby a tenant shares the cost burden of sustainability initiatives with the building owner1.

These initiatives include expenses such as water and energy conservation, waste reduction, and recycling. Initially these investments will likely infer a cost on the parties, but will ultimately lead to savings down the line, as energy bills can be greatly decreased. 

Another remedy could be energy efficiency mortgages (PACE financing)—externally funded loans attached to the property. A benefit of this action is that capital improvements can be done at one time but paid off in installments. A third solution is on-bill financing, where capital improvements are tied directly to utility company payments and for large residential; increased incentives to counter the split incentive. On a more macro level, green building codes can be stricter, which has the potential to benefit all new housing developments, including buildings for low-income tenants. An additional policy response that has the potential to be effective is a weatherization assistance program, engaging tenants to help improve their leased space.

Photograph of 3 panelists and 1 presenter sitting at a table, inside a beer brewing event space, while attendees, 4 people pictures crowd the table for conversation. Five, large silver beer cellar tanks in background.
Speaker far right in blue, Aaron Michels and panelists from right to left; Tristan Walker, Jon Nichols, and Kevin Bryant with program attendees after Q&A at Rockwell Beer Co.

After we had a clear and comprehensive perspective on the split incentive problem, members had the opportunity to ask questions to a series of panelists who are experts in their field. The panelists included: 

  • Kevin Bryant, Executive Founder, Developer & President of Kingsway Development 
  • Jon Nichols, Director of Sustainability at Antheus Capital & Mac Development  
  • Tristan Walker, Principal of Heritage Properties St. Louis 

There were multitudes of questions ranging from “how can landlords/management companies be incentivized to improve energy efficiency” to “what can individuals do if they have a short-term lease, but still want to improve energy efficiency.”  

It was clear from the diversity and number of questions that the audience was engaged and excited to learn about the tangible changes that can be made to improve our energy footprint. I believe it is fair to say that every attendee left the program with new ideas and hope for a more equitable and environmental future. If you were not able to attend this event and would like to see what you missed, view the July 12, 2022 program recording, Solving the Split Incentive Problem – Reframing Investment in Energy Efficiency for Building Owners & Tenants.

YouTube thumbnail image of cover for event recording. Photo of rooftop solar panels with St. Louis Arch in background with text on top in navy blue with orange-yellow background reading, "Tuesday July 12, 2022 Building Energy Performance Standards - Info Session. Presented in partnership with Building Energy Exchange St. Louis and U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. Register for monthly evening programs: usgbc-mogateway.org/calendar. Right side with Missouri Gateway Chapter logo at top and BE-Ex STL logo on bottom right and salmon colored background with navy text reading, "@usgbcmogateway SPEAKER - James Kelly, Civil servant for the City of St. Louis, Office of Building Operations. Cara Spencer, (previous) Building Energy Exchange St. Louis (BE-Ex STL) Director, Alderperson, City of St. Louis."
LIVE recording, July 12, 2022 – Building Energy Performance Standards Info Session & Building Energy Exchange St. Louis presentation.

Sources: 

Bird, S., & Hernández, D. (2012, September 1). Policy options for the split incentive: Increasing energy efficiency for low-income renters. Energy policy. Retrieved August 3, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4819331/  

Building Energy Performance Standards Info Session – Building Energy Exchange St. Louis, City STL. YouTube. (2022, July 23). Retrieved August 3, 2022, from https://youtu.be/2i8cK095ZL8  

YouTube. (n.d.). Usgbcmogateway YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved August 3, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMyElVIJligezzBnnIOsORw 

A reflection post of the July evening educational program, “Solving The Split Incentive Problem – Reframing Investment in Energy Efficiency for Building Owners & Tenants” with resource links and live event recordings; written by Avery McCammon, Washington University in St. Louis undergrad student, summer 2022.




Nominations Open for 2023 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 seats on our Board of Directors. All terms begin in 2023. Nominations are due by 5 pm Central Time on Monday, August 8, 2022.

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 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 September 2022 board meeting.




Building Energy Exchange STL – Hiring it’s next Director!

We are hiring!! We are searching for our next Building Energy Exchange STL Director!

View Job Description or Apply!

Logo. Building Energy Exchange St. Louis with salmon and grey colored block text and 'BE-Ex' letters for logo.

The Building Energy Exchange St. Louis (BE-Ex STL) is a project of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter. BE-Ex STL (pronounced ‘B’ ‘X’ STL) aims to advance building energy performance by mobilizing the professional expertise, funding, and technical resources our local real estate industry needs to address affordability, improve the health and comfort of residents, and position St. Louis as a resilient and carbon neutral region. Now that this new local energy hub supporting high performing buildings is up and running, we are seeking an ambitious and passionate candidate to accelerate the growth and success of Building Energy Exchange STL. 

This is a full time position with a full benefits package – APPLY NOW!

Thank you to Cara Spencer, the inaugural BE-Ex STL director, for setting us up for success. She has recently resigned and we have named Jessica Deem, NCARB / LEED AP BD+C as interim director as of June 27, 2022.




Six Missouri Schools Honored in Missouri Green Schools’ Initial Awards Round

Missouri Green Schools (MGS) just completed its inaugural year as a state level support and recognition program and selected its first round of honorees. Six Missouri schools have been awarded Sprout Level recognition for their commitment to improving health and wellness of students and staff, lowering their environmental impact, and providing place-based education. Schools that embark on the MGS journey are taking steps to make an impactful difference in the lives of their students, staff, and surrounding communities.

The following schools achieved Sprout Level by involving school administration, beginning to benchmark and track improvement, and setting goals towards further advancement of green and healthy practices:

  • Central High School, Springfield Public School District, Springfield
  • Central Primary School, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Ferguson
  • Forsyth School, Independent, St. Louis
  • Hixson Middle School, Webster Groves School District, Webster Groves
  • Patrick Henry Downtown Academy, St. Louis Public School District, St. Louis
  • St. Francis of Assisi School, Independent, St. Louis

Click here to read comments from each honoree on why they’ve committed to this journey.




2021 USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Membership Survey

2021 Membership Survey

We appreciate the time and consideration you will put in to enhance the growth and development of your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter experience, needs, and programs. The 2021 Membership Survey should take about 15 minutes with thoughtful responses. Thank you!

During our annual joint Board and Committee Chair meeting in September 2021, we will review the results of the 2021 Membership Survey and how we can incorporate your opinions and suggestion into:

  • Fostering Green Building Leaders of the Future
    • Green Schools Quest
    • Missouri Green Schools
  • Advancing Buildings As Climate Solutions
    • Education
    • Advocacy
  • Maintaining Organizational Sustainability

We are excited to hear your feedback about being a member of USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter! Thank you for being part of this Green Buildings Are Better community. We could not do this without you.

When you complete this Membership Survey you will be entered into a drawing to WIN A YEAR-LONG CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP and fun Chapter swag (a baseball cap + pint glass). Three winners will be drawn at random after August 11, 2021.




2022 Call For Proposals

2022 USGBC-MGC Educational Program Submission Application

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is currently accepting proposals for 2022 educational programs.

While all topics related to green building and sustainable communities will be considered, preference will be given to:

Proposals that demand ambition and action TODAY to accelerate sustainable solutions that will create a resilient, prosperous, and equitable future.

Engaging, interactive approaches to enhance learning are also desired. If you are a business developer and can submit a proposal on a colleagues behalf, please do so.

Program Proposals are due by Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST. This is a final proposal submission form. Please have the below requirements and greater details complete before submission, thank you.

  • Program Title
  • Program Description
  • Learning Objectives
  • Presenter’s Expertise
  • Attendee Engagement
  • Program Format
    • Evening Program: 1 hour
    • In-Depth Workshop: 2 hours
    • Green Building Tour
    • Coffee Break: 10 minute presentation, 30 minutes
    • Case Study: 20-30 minute presentation
    • Out of the Box: Fresh, concise, inspiring, engaging and non-traditional.

If you have any questions regarding educational program specifics please email Fredericka Brandt at fbrandt@mobot.org. Thank you in advance for submitting your proposal and participating in this Green Buildings Are Better community.




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.




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).




Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA positions now open for 2022-2023!

Missouri Green Schools is a statewide recognition program which focuses on supporting schools in taking a systems-based approach to identify and advance practices throughout their campuses, educational programming, and school culture that reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and provide place-based education.

Additional support is provided for schools that have 60% or more of their students qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunch, including one-on-one support to set goals and track progress and small grant opportunities. Key to providing this support, are AmeriCorp VISTA members!

As we look ahead to the 2022-2023 school year, Missouri Green Schools is hiring AmeriCorps VISTAs to serve in each of the following roles – click on each link to learn more and apply!

Positions are open for a one-year term. VISTAs work 30 hours per week and may attend school or pursue outside employment during their term if desired.

Missouri Green Schools is a joint program of the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the Missouri Environmental Education Association. Learn more about the Missouri Green Schools program at www.MissouriGreenSchools.org

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