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September Member Spotlight – Julie Villa

September Member Spotlight – Julie Villa

“I believe local cities and municipalities requiring improvements to the existing building stock will serve as a major push to reduce overall energy consumption and make our neighborhoods healthier places.”

Julie Villa LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Associate Architect, Ittner Architects
USGBC-MGC Member since 2014
Chair of the Higher Education & Emerging Professionals Committee

Sustainability passion: Green school design: as an educational planner and architect, I have the opportunity to create healthy and inspiring environments designed to be tools to teach sustainability to our next generation of learners. From early childhood through adults, green schools can be a hands-on method of incorporating important sustainability principles into the curriculum, in addition to being great spaces to learn.

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: As the chair of the Higher Education and Emerging Professionals committee, I’ve helped organize a lot of great events and volunteer opportunities, but my favorite are our recurring Community Garden Workdays at Fresh Starts Community Garden in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood. This month’s volunteer day will be our fourth workday there, and it will be great to see what’s growing in the beds we prepped in the spring. It’s always rewarding to get my hands dirty!

What will most impact the future of green building: I believe local cities and municipalities requiring improvements to the existing building stock will serve as a major push to reduce overall energy consumption and make our neighborhoods healthier places. It’s now easier than ever to design a new energy efficient building, but unless we make improvements to our existing buildings to make every building a green building, we won’t be able to make real strides. I’m so proud of our Chapter’s work in getting the City’s BEPS ordinance passed!

Favorite LEED Project: I helped design the tenant finish for 700 Market, the historic mid-century Philip Johnson building, now Spire’s headquarters, which was certified LEED Gold. It was my first ID+C project, and I found it very rewarding to revitalize a long-vacant building into a modern collaborative workspace, keeping a major employer in the urban core instead of building new office space outside of the city center.

As far as other LEED projects that I admire, the East End transformation of Washington University’s campus is a truly innovative re-envisioning of that iconic end of campus. As a graduate, I’m proud to say it exceeds every expectation I had for the transformation, and I expect it to set new standards for future campus improvements.

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: The Green Rock trail at Rockwood Reservation. Hiking trails are my happy place, and this is a favorite in the region – rocky, hilly, and so very green!




August Member Spotlight – David Charles

August Member Spotlight

“Collaboration amongst people from many demographics will hopefully shed light on these inequities”

David Charles, Resource Center Manager, American Institute of Architects.
USGBC-MGC Member since 2020
Active member of the Education Committee

Sustainability passion: My dual passion is infrastructure and the building materials used to execute it. Over the past couple years, I’ve really become interested in Green Building practices – including LEED and Passive House – that help improve quality of life for its users throughout the built environment. I’m equally fascinated by how rapidly new sustainable building products (for its envelope to interior finishes) enter the market every day! What I find inspirational about sustainability is a universal goal of improving how we interact with each other, our communities, and the greater planet.

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: While first acquainted years ago during my time at the Missouri History Museum, my most meaningful is as a current active member of the Education Committee. As now Resource Center Manager for AIA (American Institute of Architects) St. Louis, I am proud to exchange ideas and collaborate with dynamic people on educating the community on Green Building. Some meetings have gone past time due to our collaborative efforts – the knowledge I come away with is always worth the extra time!

What will most impact the future of green building: Accessibility (world-wide). While long-term global plans are in place, more consideration is needed for exactly where these changes will occur. New advances usually require ample research, technology, and (quite frankly) plenty of money. Most underserved demographics worldwide (some St. Louis neighborhoods included) benefit much later – if at all – from these life-improving advances. Collaboration amongst people from many demographics will hopefully shed light on these inequities and we can best improve the planet at once, realizing our responsibility to be global citizens.

Favorite LEED Project: What a hard choice – especially from the array in the St. Louis region. My top has to be the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum located in Downtown St. Louis. As part of the Missouri Historical Society’s long-term project to gain LEED status for each building (Missouri History Museum, Library & Research Center, & Soldiers Memorial), I was proud to see the MHS team (including Facilities & Sustainability Coordinator, Angela Moore) earn LEED Gold certification for Soldiers! shout-out to the architecture firm Mackey Mitchell for earning a 2019 AIA Design Distinguished Award on their work for Soldiers!

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: Forest Park! Without a doubt!! Especially in the last year, its vast space and beauty helped center me during an unsettling period. Prior, I worked in Forest Park almost half my life and allowed the unique opportunity to form my own special relationship with the gem! It was an honor to be profiled as a “Human of St. Louis”, in partnership with Forest Park Forever, to further share what it means to me. I advise you to click HERE because rewriting my whole story may take up more space than this profile allows.




July Member Spotlight – Lisa J. Reed

July Member Spotlight

“Isn’t picking a favorite LEED project like picking a favorite child?”

Lisa J. Reed, PE, IALD, MIES, LEED BD+C, Founding Principal of Envision Lighting Design, LLC
USGBC-MGC Member since 2013
Active member of the Membership & Marketing Committee

Sustainability passion: My sustainability passion – same as my “everything” passion – is lighting! I look at everything through a lighting lens. Light creates clarity. It elevates the way we experience space. It gives life. Light also plays a significant role in sustainability, whether we conserve energy by using only the light that we need (don’t overlight spaces) or by being intentional about where we put light (eliminate light pollution) or by using lighting controls to only use light when we need it (turn ‘em off!) Additionally, I’m interested in equity and lighting equity issues. If it has anything to do with light, then it’s my passion!

Most meaningful experience with USGBC: Tough question – there have been many. This is an organization filled with sincere people who truly care about our planet and the people who inhabit it. Nearly every encounter with this organization, its members, leaders, and staff has been meaningful. One highlight has been participating in the Green Shadow Mentor program. I also want to mention the Membership and Marketing Committee. By volunteering on this committee, I have been able to get to know a small group of fantastic people.

What will most impact the future of green building: Communication. If we can rethink how we talk about green building and communicate the importance of it in an inclusive, non-partisan, apolitical way to get everyone rowing in the same direction, that will be pivotal. When people come together, we are unstoppable. As the mother of two young adults, I see the priorities of the next generation and I do have hope that the future is in good hands.

Favorite LEED Project: Isn’t picking a favorite LEED project like picking a favorite child? I don’t think I can do that! That said, the 4220 Duncan building in the Cortex District was special because that was the first time I was able to achieve the Light Pollution Reduction Credit, and the Envision Lighting Design team, alongside HOK and the HOK Lighting Group, worked really hard on the lighting selections, placements, and calculations to get it. Now we attempt and achieve Light Pollution Reduction regularly.

Favorite place in the St. Louis region: Have you seen The Awakening II near Chesterfield Central Park? This giant man (a 70’ aluminum sculpture) appears to be partially underground as he emerges from a long slumber. This has become my favorite outdoor meeting spot. The giant is whimsical and a little terrifying, and along with the Central Park Trail, it is a nice little nature/art combo that’s worth a visit. Tell the giant hello for me when you go. Better yet, let me know you’re going, and I’ll meet you there!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Lynda Morrison

LMorrison 12-17 The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Lynda Morrison of St. Louis University, a committed member of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Advocacy Committee.

 

Lynda was nominated by Linda Daniel, fellow Advocacy Committee members, for her work to support numerous congregations as they benchmark their energy use and implement energy efficiency projects.

 

Lynda has been involved with the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for several years, consistently serving as an eloquent advocate for the importance of environmental work by houses of worship.  Faith-based organizations own and operate over 400,000 buildings in the United States. Implementing sustainable strategies in the operation of their facilities allows congregations of all faiths and denominations to save money, reduce their environmental impacts, and exemplify the teachings of creation care.

Lynda has supported her own congregations, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and First Congregational Church in Webster Groves, to benchmark their energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and then work to reduce their energy use. And she has worked diligently over the past several years to mentor other congregations to do the same.

 

Kudos to Lynda for her hard work! Volunteers like Lynda are crucial to our work to make every building a green building!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Tom Miller

Tom Miller The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Tom Miller of Energy Resources Group.

 

Tom volunteered at numerous hands-on Benchmarking Jams in 2017. He put his benchmarking and energy efficiency expertise to good use helping building owners and managers use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, understand the results they got from the tool, and consider their next steps for improving building performance.

 

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the energy used by buildings in the United States is responsible for almost 40% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. Locally, we see an even bigger impact. In 2015, buildings accounted for 77% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the City of St. Louis (2015 GHG Inventory).

 

Given their contributions to regional and national greenhouse gas emissions, buildings have a significant role to play in the urgent challenge of climate climate change. Benchmarking is a crucial first step for building owners and managers looking to reduce their costs and their environmental impacts.

 

Volunteers like Tom are a critical part of our work to support all buildings move forward with energy efficiency. Thank you Tom!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Frank Eppert, Ross Watson, Kat Golden, Ralph Bicknese and Mary Fitzgerald

merged images 2.0The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contributesignificantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize five dedicated members who have served as Mentors in the Green Schools Quest every year since the launch of the program five years ago. They are Frank Eppert of ABNA, Ross Watson of Jacobs, Kat Golden of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Ralph Bicknese of Hellmuth+Bicknese, and Mary Fitzgerald. Thank you!

These dedicated mentors were nominated by Carolyn Green, our Green Schools Committee Chair.

Frank Eppert of ABNA.  We honor Frank’s commitment to the goal of “Greening” the schools he has mentored.  In his five years of participating with the Green Schools Quest, he has steadily grown the sustainability achievements of the Little Flower School from creating garden boxes to benchmarking the energy usage of their building to ultimately executing a plan to replace outdated light fixtures, one classroom at a time. Thank you Frank for going above and beyond to provide meaningful mentorship to this school and its students.

Ross Watson of Jacobs.  We appreciate the many hours of time and expertise given by Ross to the Green Schools Quest projects at the schools he has mentored.  He has been a participant all five years of the program’s existence.  His work with students includes conducting energy audits, energy benchmarking and monitoring CO2 levels to improve indoor air quality.  We thank Ross for his work to provide technical leadership and exposure to vital energy and air quality measurement tools for so many young people.

Kat Golden of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Kat has been an invaluable team member during the five years of Green Schools Quest by promoting the importance of the program and educating participants along the way.  The schools and students she has mentored have benefited from her passion in developing waste diversion projects such as composting, recycling and waste reduction.  Kat provides a useful resource in the form of a “waste audit kit” that schools can use as part of their sustainability projects.  Thank you, Kat, for bringing your expertise and consistent leadership to so many schools.

Ralph Bicknese of Hellmuth+Bicknese.  Ralph brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of building energy efficiency and all things “green” for schools.  He has given hours of expertise during his time as a Green Schools Quest mentor in the areas of building energy audits, reducing transportation energy usage, and construction of a winter garden.  Ralph often presents the Green Schools Quest awards to participating schools.  He has been a Green Schools Mentor all five years, since the program was started.  Thank you, Ralph, for serving as a true public advocate for the important work of the Green Schools Quest and the Green Schools Committee.

Mary Fitzgerald.  We appreciate the dedication and talents of Mary during each year of the five years of the Green Schools Quest.  She has worked with students and schools to increase their understanding and excitement in the areas of sustainable school practices.  During her work as a mentor, Mary served as an expert in establishing vegetable gardens, native landscaping and composting programs.  We thank Mary for her hours of service to the Green Schools Committee and the Green Schools Quest.

Within the past five years, collectively, these five mentors alone have helped students conduct energy audits, install rain barrels, benchmark their school’s energy use, kick-start recycling efforts and divert thousands of pounds of waste from the landfill, shift from disposables in the cafeteria to reusable silverware, advocate for conversions to LED lighting, install native plants and vegetable gardens, begin composting, monitor CO2 levels and improve indoor environmental quality – and more! We appreciate their commitment towards our vision of making every school a green school!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Jen Thomas

Jen ThomasThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Jen Thomas of Washington University’s Gephardt Insitute for Community Engagement for her leadership with the Membership & Marketing Committee!

Jen Thomas was nominated by fellow member and volunteer Jenn Derose for her leadership and promotion of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.  “Jen is hardworking, devoted to USGBC, and helped to get me involved.”

In addition to her leadership with the Membership & Marketing Committee, Jen served as a Green Schools Quest Mentor for the 2014-15 and 2016-17 school years. She worked with Chapter staff and several participating schools to compile a series of promotional images for the Green Schools Quest.

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Jen – thank you for your commitment and leadership!




Above + Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Linda Daniel

linda-danielThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Linda Daniel of Linda Daniel LLC for her hard work with the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Advocacy Committee to support faith communities as they green their houses of worship.

Linda was nominated by Admo Ogun, past chair of the USGBC-MO Gateway Chapter’s Advocacy Committee. Linda has mentored numerous churches and synagogues as they benchmark their building energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. She also took on the commitment of representing the Chapter on the planning committee for Greening Your Community, the joint program with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the Jewish Environmental Initiative. She is currently making plans to verify the application for what we hope will become our region’s first ENERGY STAR certified congregation!

Thanks for your hard work, passion and leadership Linda!

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Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Kristin McKee

kristin-mckeeThe USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Kristin McKee of Lockheed Martin Energy for her service with the USGBC-MO Gateway’s Advocacy Committee and her leadership organizing the Sustainability Plan Builder workshop with Thomas Dunn Learning Center.

Kristin McKee, nominated by Admo Ogun, past Advocacy Committee Chair, for her work leading the Advocacy Committee’s efforts to assist Thomas Dunn Learning Center green their building operations. She first helped them benchmark their building energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, then led the coordination and facilitation of a Sustainability Plan Builder Workshop this past April. Since that time, Kristin has been working with a team of volunteers to help Thomas Dunn meet their sustainability goals.

Thanks to Kristin for her hard work and leadership!

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Above & Beyond Volunteer Recognition: Katie Belisle-Iffrig

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway is committed to recognizing volunteers who  contribute significantly to the Chapter, devoting time and talents “above and beyond” on a particular project or program. We are happy to recognize Katie Belisle-Iffrig of Code Green Collaborative for her leadership with the Green Schools Committee, the Green Schools Educator Think Tank, and the Sustainability Institute for Educators.

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Katie was nominated by her USGBC-MO Gateway Green Schools Committee co-chair Ed Choklek for her deep dedication to sustainability initiatives with area K-12 schools and her leadership of the Green Schools Committee. Under her leadership, the Green Schools Quest has grown from 38 participants to nearly 50 participants. Additionally, the Annual Green Schools Event was revamped to increase student involvement. In 2015, Katie spearheaded the formation of the Green Schools Think Tank, a group of 25 educators who provide feedback to the Green Schools Committee for future initiatives and programs. Their periodic meetings have fostered a collaborative network of teachers who share ideas and best practices.

Katie – thank you so much for your contributions to the USGBC-MO Gateway’s green schools success!