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Hangry? Find the Cure at the Green Dining Alliance Crawl!

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By Allison Macon, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Programs Committee

We’ve all been there.  It’s that moment – perhaps it’s after work, during work, could be any time really- when you need to EAT.  It can sneak up on you. You’re being a perfectly nice and happy person and then you’re “Hangry.” That’s “Angry” plus “hungry,” folks, a bad combo in my opinion. Particularly nasty when it’s early on in the summer and your home grown tomatoes have yet to flourish and you ate all of those beautiful radishes you planted in early spring. And the morels you hunted and gathered?  All eaten.  “Why did I bother sharing those?” you’re thinking.

You’re basically dying and you need a SNACK.

Added to the stress of your situation, you ask your friend or significant other, “Where should we eat?”  And they respond, “I don’t know.”  Or maybe even, “I don’t care.” YOU DON’T CARE?! A fit of rage is upon you and it’s beginning to look like someone’s sleeping on the couch…

BUT WAIT!  You’ve got options.  The Green Dining Alliance has been certifying restaurants in St. Louis to ensure you can dine out without compromising the environment or your stomach.

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA), an initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, is a restaurant sustainability certification program that works with restaurants to reduce their environmental impact by completing an on-site audit that evaluates all areas of operations.  St. Louis has a lot of these restaurants! In fact, Maplewood’s Special Business District has been named the nation’s 1st Green Dining District.

On Tuesday, June 9th from 5-7:30pm, the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter, the Green Dining Alliance and Maplewood Special Business District are partnering to offer a Green Dining District Crawl.  Check out Maplewood’s green dining district while having a drink and samples provided by participating GDA restaurants.

The evening will begin at with a brief presentation about GDA certification at Schlafly Bottleworks. Attendees will enjoy a free drink from Schlafly and then crawl to restaurants within the district.  The event is open to the public and $20, $10 for USGBC-MO Gateway members. Learn more and register for the Crawl today!

Green Dining Crawl - June 9

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course (Summer)

Distinguish yourself with a LEED Green Associate credential!

Passing the Green Associate exam will allow you to market your knowledge of the preeminent standards in the green building industry, and it is the first step in becoming a LEED Professional.

The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. This credential attests to basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips.

Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction and Core Concepts

·        Sustainable Sites

·        Water Efficiency

·        Energy and Atmosphere

·        Materials and Resources

·        Indoor Environmental Quality

·        Test Taking Tips

·        Practice Exam

Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24, 2015
8:30am-5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:15 – 8:30am

TBA in St. Louis

$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members
$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbooks costs are NOT included in course fee
*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch

1) Green Building and LEED Core Concepts 3rd Edition, USGBC, which may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website.
2) LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined within

PREREQUISITES: Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview.

Click here to register online.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

PLEASE NOTE This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED Green Associate exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks.  Registering and taking the LEED Green Associate exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the Green Associate credentialing exam as well as the first part of the LEED AP Specialty credential. The Specialty exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty.

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

ActOnEnergy BizSavers Program at St. Louis Regional Chamber

Learn how your business can SAVE ENERGY and RECEIVE CASH INCENTIVES by improving energy efficiency through Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy BizSavers program.

At this seminar you will learn:
• Which energy efficiency improvements are right for your business;
• How to receive cash incentives from Ameren Missouri for energy efficiency improvements;
• How to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Ameren Missouri Pure Power.


July 29, 2014: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

St. Louis Regional Chamber
One Metropolitan Square
211 N. Broadway
Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63102

Free to all!

Click here to register online

Contact Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy BizSavers program

Giving Tuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Well there’s a new day in the Holiday Season- a day to give back. December 3rd is now Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving.

This year, when you are thinking of making a year-end charitable contribution, keep the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and our Community Build projects in mind.

In November we’ll be posting regularly on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages about our work to provide everyone with access to green buildings and green communities. We are much more than a member group or a professional organization; along with providing valuable education and networking opportunities, we provide a wide range of community projects that we call Community Build.

Community Build includes:

Our Community Build projects support local governments, emerging professionals, local community organizations and the public to move along the path towards sustainability.

So stay tuned on social media to hear more about the specific impact of each of these projects and support our work to make green buildings and green communities accessible to all by making a donation on Giving Tuesday.

Donate Today

DIY Sustainability featured in St. Louis Beacon

Missed our recent DIY Sustainability event? Check out this great article in the Beacon to hear all about it!

The event’s pecha kucha (pronounced, as our mc Mary Ostafi teaches us in the photo above, pa-choch-ka) style presentations were fast paced and allowed us to cover quite a range of topics. Presenters discussed safe cycling, raising poultry, living in an eco-village, the construction of sustainable housing, DIY home energy monitoring, and home brewing beer. Many thanks to our wonderful presenters, to our sponsor Schlafly, and to St. Louis Green and St. Louis Earth Day for partnering with us on the event.

Member in the News- Jean Ponzi on!

Congratulations to Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager for the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member, for her recent article on! The article “Green Chamber of Commerce Program Helps St. Louis Pick up the Pace” highlights the successes of the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Green Business Challenge.

As Jean states in the article “The St. Louis Green Business Challenge promotes sustainable thinking and practice in everyday business operations. Now in its fourth year, this St. Louis Regional Chamber program is growing sustainable expertise, pollution prevention and cost benefits across our region’s business community. The challenge has mobilized 145 companies, institutions and local governments — chamber members representing more than 110,000 employees — to understand and implement sustainability strategies every day.”

Jean is in an excellent position to understand the Green Business Challenge; in her role as a Challenge Resource Advisor, Jean visits participants at their workplace, provides problem solving support by email and phone, and assists participants prioritize the green actions best suited to their needs and culture.

Congratulations, Jean on your article, and thank you for your hard work to advance sustainability in our region!

Sustainable Tower Grove RFP: July 9th deadline

In preparation for the Sustainable Tower Grove – Power for People project, the Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association is seeking qualified vendors.  Sustainable Tower Grove is a Pilot Project for a Sustainable Energy Cooperative Purchase Program, where residential and commercial property owners can participate in purchasing specific technologies that assist with both renewable energy production (solar power) as well as energy efficiency (white roofs and energy audits). The program will significantly lower the economic barrier that exists for many to purchase these technologies, as well as provide a focused campaign to educate consumers on the technologies themselves and the economic benefits of a cooperative purchasing program. As part of the program, Sustainable Tower Grove is inviting proposals from qualified companies to be the sole contracted providers for design and installation for all Power for the People residential and commercial Solar Reflective Roof systems, solar systems, and energy audits.

Links to information about the project and application information are provided below:

Professional Solar Reflective Roof Installers

Professional Solar Services

Professional Energy Auditors

Information must be submitted by Tuesday, July 9th


Energy Star: Benchmarking Workshop

Sponsored by USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, BOMA St. Louis, and Ameren Missouri’s BizSavers™ Program

 Why benchmark your building? How to accurately benchmark? What are the benefits of benchmarking? The BOMA Green Committee has developed this timely educational session on how to accurately benchmark the energy performance of your building and how to use that information to differentiate your building. Information regarding the recently updated Energy Star Portfolio Manager will also be discussed.

 The workshop will include the following:

  • Gathering necessary energy consumption data
  •  Inputting building data (and examples of errors to watch for) 
  •  Categorizing different space types
  •  Benefits of having accurate information
  •  2013 Updates to Portfolio Manager 
  •  How to apply Ameren BizSavers™ Incentive Program to your ENERGY STAR projects

Parking and breakfast will be provided. Please park in the Stadium West Garage off of 8th Street.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

WHERE: Bank of America Plaza Conference Center

800 Market Street

St. Louis, MO 63101

FEE: BOMA Non-member Rate: $25

BOMA Member Rate: $0

Class size is limited . . . register today!

Click Here for more information



Don’t Hit Snooze on Your Membership!


Are you a recently lapsed member? Not as involved with the Chapter as you’d like?

Don’t hit snooze on your USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership! Join us in our efforts to transform the built environment:


Thanks to the membership committee, everyone at Design Extra, LLC, and Ramey Elliot at the Abacus Group for their hard work on the video!




The LEED EBOM Education Series consists of 5 sessions held on consecutive Thursdays April 25 – May 23.

Attending the entire series is highly recommended. 

April 25 – Introduction

May 2 – Sustainable Sites & Water Efficiency

May 9 – Energy & Atmosphere

May 16 – Materials & Resources

May 23 – Indoor Environmental Quality

This Lunch ‘n LEED series differs from the others, as it will be taught by live local instructors, as opposed to pre-recorded webinars.  Presenters will detail their experience working to pursue LEED EB:O&M for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC), which achieved LEED Silver in December 2012.

Pursuit of LEED certification for CBEC was a pilot for the Chapter’s LEED Community Project. Volunteers from USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter were recruited to assist with data gathering and analysis, development and implementation of policies and plans and documentation of building operations. This not only provided hands-on learning and direct experience with the LEED EB: O&M process, it also earned volunteers eligibility to qualify for a LEED specialty exam.

Volunteers met monthly from October 2011 to April 2012 in order to keep one another informed, managing several key parts of the
project, including interior and exterior lighting audits, the occupancy survey and the custodial effectiveness audit. They also assisted with policy, procedure and plan review, creation. The application for certification was submitted in July 2012. After a few rounds of clarification, Silver certification was awarded and accepted in December.

In 2013, the Chapter will be looking for another non-profit interested in greening their building with LEED EB: O&M. And we’ll be looking for more volunteers too! If you’re interested in this opportunity, you won’t want to miss this series of presentations!

1.5 GBCI CE Hours

Lunch will not be provided, rather we encourage attendees to bring their own brown bag lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Room 126

$40/USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member; $60/Non-member for a LEED EBOM Education Series Pass OR

$100/USGBC-Missouri Chapter Member; $150/Non-member for a 2013 Unlimited Lunch ‘n LEED Pass

Click here to purchase a LEED EBOM Education Series Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a 2013 Unlimited Lunch ‘n LEED Pass, click here.

Passes are non-transferable and valid only for the individual purchaser.

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