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Understanding Living Building Challenge 4.0 + an Intro to Core

This event is cancelled due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for future opportunities. To learn more about the Living Building Challenge, visit https://living-future.org/

The International Living Future Institute (ILLFI) believes that regenerative design should be attainable to everyone, everywhere. In that spirit, ILFI has two new certifications to fit any project, at any scale, in any location around the world: LBC 4.0 & Core.

LBC 4.0, the latest release of the Living Building Challenge, addresses the fact that not all projects face the same challenges or share the same opportunities while the newly introduced Core Green Building Certification℠ seeks to rapidly diminish the gap between the highest levels of established green building certification programs and the aspirations of the LBC.

In this workshop, you’ll explore how LBC 4.0 focuses on the relationship between impact and effort and maximizes the positive impacts specific to a project’s place, community, and culture. You’ll discover how Core certification positions equity, connection to nature, and the need for a building to be loved as important as water, energy and materials concerns. You’ll leave with an understanding of the requirements of both LBC 4.0 and Core certification and successful strategies for achieving the certification that is best suited for your project.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
4 Foundational LFA CE credits and 4 AIA LU|HSW

WHERE
Tyson Research Center (a Living Building Certified building!)
6750 Tyson Valley Road
Eureka, MO 63025 

FEE
General registration is $150.
LFI Members and current ILFI Ambassadors receive a 10% discount on registration.

REGISTER
Registration coming soon!

QUESTIONS?
Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.




Living Building Charette

This event is postponed – stay tuned for when we can meet in person again! 

Dig into the Living Building Challenge through an interactive exploration of how this sustainable design framework might be applied to a building within the St. Louis region.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Thursday, October 29, 2020
8:00 – 10:00 am 

WHERE
Washington University
Danforth University Center – Room 234
6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
Map & Directions

LOCATING THE PRESENTATION ROOM
DUC 234 is located on the second floor of the building. If you are parking in the underground garage and coming from the north end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left down the hallway and another left after the Fun Room and stairwell. The room will be the first door on the right. From the south end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left and another left, then a right before walking past the Fun Room and stairwell.

PARKING
Visitor parking is available for a charge at the DUC parking garage located underneath the building. Visitors pull a ticket and can pay hourly using a credit card, debit card or cash.

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




Women in Green & Project Drawdown

Hosted in partnership by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, AIA Women in Architecture, and 500 Women Scientists – St. Louis Pod to honor the “Sheroes” in our community. 

The 2020 Women in Green theme is “Sheroes,” which represents the female hero who excels under pressure and overcomes adversity. In this year of COVID-19, females in green industries are being asked to persevere, lead, and advocate for health and well-being in ways not previously encountered. To honor the Sheroes in our community, we bring together women who continually make a difference in green building, architecture, sustainability, and science, with a panel of our own Women in Green. Each organization will be providing one panelist to provide insight on the female perspective of the sustainability industry and real-life examples of sustainability solutions.

The unifying theme for the Women in Green panel discussion is Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Project Drawdown provides a framework that outlines solutions and three connected areas of action to prevent catastrophic climate change; drawdown human carbon emissions to zero, support carbon sinks to improve nature’s carbon cycle, and improve society by promoting equality, health and education to foster global change. 

MEET OUR “SHEROE” PANELISTS
Representing 500 Women Scientists – St. Louis Pod
DR. VICTORIA HERRMANN, President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute. In addition to managing the Institute and Board of Directors, her research and writing focus on climate change, community adaptation, resilient development, and migration. Victoria has testified before the U.S. Senate, served as the Alaska Review Editor for the Fourth National Climate Assessment, contributes to The Guardian and Scientific American on climate policy, and was named one of the most 100 influential people in climate policy worldwide in 2019 by Apolitical. She has published in many peer-review journals and her expert opinion has appeared on CNN, BBC, and NPR among others. 

Representing the American Institute of Architects-St. Louis Chapter Women in Architecture
MARY ANN LAZARUS, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Architect and Consultant at Cameron MacAllister Group, Adjunct Faculty and Sustainability Program Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis. Drawing from her experience driving sustainability within an international design firm and across the architectural profession, Mary Ann has a deep understanding of how to work with firms to integrate greater sustainability and resiliency outcomes. She challenges Washington University in St. Louis to push the envelope and embed sustainability into every decision, building a community of students and instructors – redesigning the sustainability degree program. Mary Ann was also founder of the sustainable design initiative at HOK, and served as the Resident Fellow for AIA National on Sustainability and Design for Health.

Representing the US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter
ANGELA MOORE, MPPA, LEED AP O+M, TRUE Advisor, Facilities and Sustainability Coordinator for the Missouri Historical Society. Angela is responsible for sustainable operations and programs at the Missouri Historical Society, managing three entities; the Missouri History Museum, the Library and Research Center and Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. Angela gathers statistical data to analyze and gain a greater understanding of the organization’s sustainable practices and its social and environmental effects on St. Louis and on communities across America. Her most recent accomplishment with the Missouri Historical Society is a 2020 TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero-Waste Gold certification for the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, after receiving a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification in 2019.

Representing CREW St. Louis
MADELINE SMITH, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, LFA, Fitwel Ambassador, Sustainable Development Manager, Clayco enterprise. Madeline works to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment. She focuses on third party certifications, innovative sustainable technologies, building energy analysis, and assists in internal corporate responsibility. Her most recent accomplishment at Clayco includes the LEED Gold certification of the Washington University School of Medicine/BJC Mid Campus Center where, “from design to commissioning, the whole team remained focused on bringing a facility to life that would have substantial impact not only on the health of the overall environment but also with its occupants.” 

CONTINUING EDUCATION 
Submitted for approval of 1 AIA LU/HSW 

WHEN
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 pm

WHERE
Zoom – a link will be sent to registrants prior to the event

FEE
Free for all attendees!
Donations appreciated.

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




USGBC’s Executive Town Hall Meeting with Mahesh Ramanujam

Join USGBC for a Town Hall event with president and CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam featuring Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Communities.

A lot has changed over the past few months that is impacting our daily lives, but one thing has not: sustainability and resiliency are still at the core of building healthy, efficient and equitable buildings and communities.

Please virtually join USGBC on September 8th, for an engaging event featuring an address from USGBC’s President & CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam. This Executive Meeting is an opportunity to hear about Mahesh’s vision for the future of USGBC, how to harness the power of performance data and recertification, and how USGBC’s Living Standard campaign provides an important storytelling platform for creating a better world. There will be plenty of time for questions and dialogue from our audience.

Our vision for the future is stronger than ever. The global foundation for sustainability that we have cemented in place is indestructible. Let’s come together and help each other by sharing our best practices and our resilient behaviors within our local communities. Grab a cup of coffee and join us!

AGENDA

  • Opening Remarks and Local Updates
  • Keynote Presentation, Mahesh Ramanujam
  • Audience Q&A
  • Closing Remarks

SPEAKER
Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
Mahesh Ramanujam is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day. Transformative thought programs, partnerships, and initiatives continue to be at the heart of Ramanujam’s work today. He believes that sustainable living is not just about the physical building and rebuilding of our communities, but ultimately about our willingness to reimagine the way we treat each other. He envisions a world where construction is as much about compassion as it is about the convenience and efficiency of the structures themselves. And most importantly, behind every strategy, he emphasizes our universal responsibility to prioritize health and wellness, to make a commitment to the longevity of our planet, and to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.

WHEN
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
9:00 – 11:00 am

WHERE
Virtually

FEE
Free for all attendees!

REGISTER
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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




BIT Building Case Studies

Lessons learned from the first certified projects

BIT is a building performance improvement program for existing buildings encouraging the adoption high-performance best practices.

Launched in 2018, with the first certified project being award in December 2019, BIT contains 16 industry best practices that are cost-effective, practical and effective. It is structured to enable building operators to participate on their own schedules and within their own budgets, and offers third-party recognition for improvements.

Learn how diverse portfolios within the US and internationally are using BIT to drive facility-level continuous improvement as we explore lessons learned from the first certified projects.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe the 16 O&M best practices covered by the BIT Building framework
  • Explain the relationship between BIT and other sustainability tools, such as Energy Star and GRESB
  • Consider the role of building-level certifications in achieving corporate and portfolio sustainability goals
  • Prioritize implementation of green O&M strategies that are aligned with budgeting and contracting cycles

SPEAKER
Jenny Carney, LEED Fellow, Vice President, Sustainability, Energy & Climate Change, WSP USA
Jenny is a Vice President at WSP and Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change practice leader. She’s been working in the realm of sustainability in the built environment since 2004, pivoting from her early work as a field ecologist. Jenny oversees WSP project work related to enhancing the performance of real estate portfolios, including performance-based benchmarking, sustainability programming and reporting, building occupant and operator engagement. She is a co-founder of the BIT Building framework.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 AIA LU 

WHEN
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
8:00 am – 10:00 am 

WHERE
Virtual event via Zoom

FEE
FREE in celebration of National Energy Efficiency Day!

REGISTER
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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




LEED Tour: Maryland Heights Community Center

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A Dynamic Spot for Sport, Wellness & Engagement

Our Annual Green Building Tour will feature the LEED Silver Maryland Heights Community Center where the building’s striking exterior was inspired by the importance of access to natural light for human health and wellness. 

During the event, the project team will discuss the highly interactive feasibility study that served as the basis for sustainable design to meet the needs of current and future citizens and then give a facility tour that highlights the special attention to noise reduction from nearby I-270 traffic; the surrounding park that was designed to perform double duty serving as alfresco spaces for events like craft fairs, and the effort to retain as much outdoor space as possible.

SPEAKERS
David Polzin, Design Director, CannonDesign
Marc McManus, Mechanical Engineer CannonDesign
Elise Novak, Architect CannonDesign
Colin Hale, Energy Modeler CannonDesign
Tracy Anderson, Director of Parks and Recreation City of Maryland Heights

CONTINUING EDUCATION
1 LEED Specific BD+C GBCI CE Hour
1 AIA LU/HSW

WHEN
Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and full time students;
$10 for Non-members

If you’re a Maryland Heights resident or government official, please contact us for a complimentary registration. 

REGISTER
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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




Achieve Net Zero Cost Effectively

This event is postponed – please stay tuned as we rework our schedule!

Participants will be challenged to imagine opportunities for approaching the climate challenge through solid economics. A wide range of foundational topics will be discussed, including Policy Development for ensuring success, Site Energy Master Planning; goal setting, prioritization, and; economics for energy efficiency and renewable energy; community scale opportunities; funding sources; and more.

Energy Efficiency (EE) has always been “cost effective”.  Renewable Energy (RE) is now “cost effective”.  So why haven’t these really taken off.  Beyond the technical components, the seminar attempts to re-examine and recalibrate our mindsets so that we can build attitudes and mental constructs that truly support amplifying EE and RE efforts.  We have to re-vision the world as we know it in order to devise successful solutions to address the climate challenge and the existential threat/opportunity it presents.

SPEAKER
Tim Michels, President, Energy Resources Group, Inc.
Since 1975, Mr. Michels has been a principal of the firms that he has been involved with.  The common thread among the firms is their focus on Energy Efficiency, Appropriate Technologies, Renewable Energy and solutions to environmental problems.  He is a registered architect in the State of Missouri. He has taught courses in Solar Energy Design, Energy in Architecture, and Mechanical Systems at Washington University in St. Louis, and is presently teaching a graduate course on Energy and Buildings as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Energy, Environment and Chemical Engineering. Mr. Michels lectures widely on Energy Efficiency and on Solar Energy to lay and technical groups.  He has served on the ASHRAE Standards Project Committee 90.1, Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings, developing energy Efficiency standards for construction of new commercial buildings.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 AIA LU 

WHEN
Thursday, April 30, 2020
8:00 – 10:00 am

WHERE
Washington University
Danforth University Center – Room 234
6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
Map & Directions

LOCATING THE PRESENTATION ROOM
DUC 234 is located on the second floor of the building. If you are parking in the underground garage and coming from the north end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left down the hallway and another left after the Fun Room and stairwell. The room will be the first door on the right. From the south end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left and another left, then a right before walking past the Fun Room and stairwell.

PARKING
Visitor parking is available for a charge at the DUC parking garage located underneath the building. Visitors pull a ticket and can pay hourly using a credit card, debit card or cash.

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




21st Century Development: Regeneration, Sustainability and Equity

Regenerative design in the 21st century strives to provide sustainable development: a healthy environment for all people and living systems now and in a dynamic future. Professionals from architecture, engineering and other fields are partnering with public officials, private sector and nonprofit leaders to reimagine the practice of development and bring 21st Century Development concepts to life around the world.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Describe how regenerative design can be integrated into any community development project at all scales.
  • Examine the Living Community Challenge as a tool to guide the creation of regenerative development goals.
  • Develop a process to integrate regeneration, sustainability and equity into the design of a development.
  • Connect regenerative design to sustainable and equitable development.

SPEAKER
Richard Graves, AIA, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), University of Minnesota, College of Design
Richard is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research and an associate professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.  From 2012 to 2014, he was the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute, leading the operations and strategic efforts around all of the Institute’s signature programs. His research focuses on regenerative design as a fundamentally new approach that must be required of architecture across scales (from the building to the neighborhood to the city) to achieve sustainable and resilient urban development in a dynamic world.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 2 AIA LU

WHEN
Event postponed until 2021.

WHERE
TBA

FEE
$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




Regenerative Design as a Bridge between Sustainability and Resilience

The Rockefeller Foundation states: “We live in a world of increasing dynamism and volatility, where technology and greater interconnectedness have accelerated change and altered the way people live. Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems better prepared to withstand catastrophic events—both natural and man-made—and able to bounce back more quickly and emerge stronger from these shocks and stresses.”

The building community is trying to reconcile the progress made in creating sustainable design over the last twenty years with the new goal of “resilience.” There is a danger that as strategies are developed for resilience, the design community will forget about sustainability. In addition, there is the potential that some strategies developed for “high-performance” and sustainability in the current paradigm may decrease the resilience. It is important to find a pathway forward that creates both “resilience” and “sustainability.” Emerging focus on regenerative design presents the potential to create resilience and sustainability in the built environment.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Explore the connections between regenerative design and resilience
  • Develop regenerative design strategies
  • Review the implications of future climate models on energy design in the built environment
  • Analyze the role of different building types in a community resilience strategy

SPEAKER
Richard Graves, AIA, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), University of Minnesota, College of Design Richard is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research and an associate professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.  From 2012 to 2014, he was the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute, leading the operations and strategic efforts around all of the Institute’s signature programs. His research focuses on regenerative design as a fundamentally new approach that must be required of architecture across scales (from the building to the neighborhood to the city) to achieve sustainable and resilient urban development in a dynamic world.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of 1 AIA LU

WHEN
Event postponed until 2021.

WHERE
TBA

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Students
$20 for Non-members

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.




Green Building Showcase 2020

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Presented in partnership with American Planning Association (APA) – St. Louis Metro.

Explore the designs and sustainable attributes of three projects underway in the St. Louis area: Missouri Botanical Garden’s Jack C. Taylor Visitors Center, Forest Park Forever Nature Playscape and the Forest Park Waterways project.

Jack C. Taylor Center


The Jack C. Taylor Center is a new visitor center for the Missouri Botanical Garden. This two-level structure, on track to obtain LEED V4.1 Gold Certification, is slated for completion in 2022. It will be the new “Gateway to the Garden,” featuring expanded landscaping areas that will immerse the guest in the diverse plantings of the Garden from their first steps on the grounds and support the Garden’s mission “To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.”

Highlights include:

  • In the new grand lobby, ticketing and membership services will be streamlined.  
  • A large multifunction space and meetings rooms will expand the Garden’s ability to serve the community and serve as the host site for private films, events, conferences and educational sessions all year long. 
  • New dining options will include a grab-and-go location, as well as a sit-down café that will have expansive views into the Garden.  
  • On the south side, an attached glass conservatory will provide space for year round plantings and special shows and events. 

The Nature Playscape


The Nature Playscape is located in the heart of Forest Park, between the World’s Fair Pavilion and the Jewel Box. It is being created for current and future generations of St. Louis youth and their families. It has been designed to feature eight activity areas, including Mounds, Spring, Meadow, a Wetland and more that are located across seventeen acres of prairie and young forest landscapes. A series of ADA-accessible paths and boardwalks will connect the distinct areas. The Nature Playscape has been developed and designed by a dynamic team of national experts in the fields of design, architecture, urban planning and design, landscape architecture and play spaces. The process included interactive engagement with St. Louis youth from more than 20 schools, recreation centers and youth/education organizations.

Key Goals include:

  • Connecting children and families of all backgrounds and abilities with nature and promoting their physical, mental and emotional well-being
  • Engaging children’s senses as they explore, discover and learn
  • Providing an accessible, joyful and safe destination for nature-based experiential education
  • Transforming mowed turf into natural landscapes with native and diverse plant species
  • Promoting environmental stewardship among community members of all ages
  • Enhancing the overall Park experience for all visitors

Forest Park East Waterways


The Waterways project will restore and greatly improve one of Forest Park’s most iconic and beloved features: the river system and lakes enjoyed by visitors and wildlife alike. Registered as a Sustainable SITES project, it is in the southeast corner of Forest Park and includes the restoration of Bowl, Jefferson, and Round Lakes. The project will incorporate ecosystem services for the landscape and the Park; connecting the water way system, reducing potable water input in the Waterways, managing stormwater onsite, and restoring plantings to enhance the area.

Highlights include:

  • Beautifying three lakes, improving access to the shorelines and adding visitor amenities;
  • Creating a new channel and adding underground recirculation and stormwater collection systems to fully connect the Park’s river system and reduce water use;
  • Creating a new visitor overlook and waterfall at Jefferson Lake
  • Planting nearly 500 new trees 

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Submitted for approval of:
1 AIA LU/HSW
1 CM Credit

SPEAKERS
Mark Vanden Akker, Tao + Lee Architects
Mark Vanden Akker is an architect at Tao + Lee Associates with 10 years of experience in architecture and design. His previous projects include Ballpark Village Phase 2, Grant’s View Library, and Enterprise Pavilion at Shaw Park. Currently, Tao + Lee Associates are partnered with Ayers Saint Gross for the new Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Mark lives in Dogtown with his wife (also an architect) and two daughters. He enjoys playing and watching soccer, running, and brushing up on his drawing skills.

Frank Kartmann, Senior Vice President, Park Operations, Forest Park Forever
Frank Kartmann leads Forest Park Forever’s Park Operations division, overseeing the organization’s Department of Land Management and Department of Planning & Projects. Kartmann joined Forest Park Forever in spring 2016 after a 26-year career with Missouri American Water Company, including six years as its President. He was a founding member of the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership, a regional water and wastewater infrastructure education organization based in the St. Louis metro area that has been cited as a national model by the Water Environment Federation. Kartmann’s community awards include the World Bird Sanctuary’s Wildlife Conservation Award, Fete du Feather (2015), and the Missouri DNR Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence (2014). He is a registered professional engineer, licensed in the state of Missouri.

Justin Schmitt, Landscape Designer/Horticulture Project Manager, Forest Park Forever
Justin began his career in high school when he took a part time job at a garden center. This experience sparked his passion for plants. He went on to further his education in horticulture and obtained a bachelors degree from Southeast Missouri State. Since graduation he has worked on landscape installation and maintenance projects in St. Louis and Denver. Justin has worked his way up from crew member to operations management for various commercial companies. Most recently, he managed the local installation department of a national landscape services company. Justin holds certification as a landscape technician and is also an active member of the Gateway Professional Horticulturist Association.

Ted Spaid, Partner and Founder, SWT Design
Ted is known around the country for his tacit knowledge of park planning, landscape design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices. His vision and talent is infused in his firm’s practice, ever challenging accepted standards and methodologies. Ted was named ASLA Fellow in 2018 and, in 2012, he was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.

WHEN
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
5:30 – 5:45 pm – Opening Remarks & Introductions
5:45 – 7:00 pm – Formal Presentation

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

FEE
Free to all attendees!

REGISTER
Click here to register online!

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at hope.gribble@mobot.org or (314) 577-0225.