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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.




USGBC Product Solutions Showcase

Join USGBC for a three-day dynamic and interactive event to learn about sustainable products that reduce carbon emissions, energy, water and waste consumption while also enhancing health, resiliency and circularity AND improve LEED performance and process. Win – Win – Win!
Plus earn continuing education credit!

Learn more or register!

Flyer promoting 2022 USGBC Prodcut Solutions Showcase. Rectangle with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) logo top left and illustration of woman on laptop sitting down with illustrated product icons floating. Title reads, "2022 Community Education Series - Product Solutions Showcase"

WHEN:
July 26 – 28, 2022
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm CT each day

WHERE: Online!

COST:
If you are a current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter member, you can attend for FREE. E-mail emily.andrews@mobot.org for the promo code to attend for free. Not a Missouri Gateway Member? JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW!

  • USGBC Community Members – FREE
  • Student / Emerging Professional – $5.00
  • Non Member – $10.00

TOPICS:

  • Tuesday, July 26 – Energy & Carbon
  • Wednesday, July 27 – Waste & Circularity
  • Thursday, July 28 – Water & Health




Environmental Injustice in STL

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Environmental Injustice in STL, an evening educational program hosted in partnership by your local US Green Building Council (USGBC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) St. Louis Gateway Professionals.


The Environmental Racism in St. Louis report calls out environmental racism as—“the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color” —in St. Louis. While these disparities have been part of the long-standing discriminatory and profit-driven policies and practices known too well by black St. Louisans, the issue of environmental racism has rarely been addressed in the City (Environmental Racism in St. Louis report). At USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter we are here to change that and advocate for systemic changes to remedy these injustices and enhance public health with green building practices.

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm we will be hosting a panel presentation on the overall effects racism has on community health with a focus on St. Louis. Each speaker will dive into specific sectors of our local environmental racism – air pollution, racism by design – the urban heat island effect, waste and illegal dumping, and other major environmental issues that have a disparate effect on the health of minorities and other disadvantaged community members.

SPEAKERS

Reverend Rodrick Burton, Pastor, New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, Ward 27 St. Louis
Karisa Gilman-Hernandez, Community Empowerment Organizer, Dutchtown South Community Corporation
Gwen Mizell, Vice President, Sustainability & Electrification, Ameren Corporation – Missouri 
Catherine Werner, Sustainability Director, City of St. Louis

MODERATOR

Nicole Adewale, LEED AP, Principal, Founder, Director of Business Development, ABNA Corporation, active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Education Committee member, lifetime member of NSBE St. Louis Gateway Professionals.

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

WHEN
Tuesday, March 9, 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 Member
Free for NSBE Gateway Members
Free for Full-Time Students
$10.00 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

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

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

CONNECT 




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?”

SPEAKER

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


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.

CONNECT 




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.

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND LF21


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, bit.ly/greenshadowecocareer


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!




Connect on the Quest

Connect on the Quest is a virtual gathering centered on providing Green Schools Quest participants with opportunities to connect with each other and learn together. It is also open to educators who are not yet participating, but would like to learn about the subjects shared.

This year’s Connect on the Quest will focus on resources and education surrounding Climate Action.

Connect on the Quest Schedule

All are welcome! Events take place virtually from 4:30-5:30pm CT. Click on the dates to register.

  • January 11, 2023: Feeling Prepared and Empowered to Teach Climate Change!
  • March 1, 2023: A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet

Past Event Recordings




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.




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-MISSOURI GATEWAY CHAPTER!