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Freightway is Pulling Out of the Station

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The St. Louis Freightway officially got underway on Wednesday, April 27, at a Freight Summit hosted by the Bi-State Development Agency.

The Freightway, the new name for the effort formerly known as the St. Louis Regional Freight District, is the public-private effort to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multi-modal freight hubs and distribution center in the nation. The effort will include marketing, advocacy, and development plans, including recommendations for major infrastructure improvements and how to pay for them.

The keynote speaker at the Freight Summit was Administrator Gregory G. Nadeau of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Nadeau oversees the $43 billion federal highway program and leads the nation’s effort for infrastructure funding. He spoke about the connections between investments in transportation infrastructure and economic growth.

The St. Louis Freightway has been in the planning stages since at least 2013, when the East-West Gateway Council of Governments released the final 300-page report of the St. Louis Regional Freight Study prepared by AECOM Technical Services, HIS Global Insight, and Civil Design, Inc., which looked at the region’s strengths and made recommendations for leveraging those strengths in an economic development strategy.

The freight district later was created as an enterprise of the Bi-State Development Agency. Eleven months ago, Mary Lamie was named the executive director of the district by the Freight Working Group, which included representatives of St. Clair County, St. Charles County, St. Louis County, Monroe County, Madison County, St. Louis City, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, East-West Gateway, Bi-State, the Terminal Railroad Association, and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois.

Bluegrass Lawn Offers Free Trees to Businesses

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Landscaping firm gives back by celebrating Arbor Day

The annual Arbor Day encourages groups to plant and care for trees in their communities. Bluegrass Lawncare LLC has taken this to heart by offering to plant a free tree at commercial businesses. The St. Louis-based full-service landscape company has teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to celebrate this annual event, which falls on April 29, the last Friday in April, throughout much of the country.

Over the next several weeks, Bluegrass will plant a Colorado blue spruce for businesses and commercial property owners that contact the company. Besides planting these hearty trees, Bluegrass will spread mulch to help retain moisture for the sapling and place a protective barrier so the sapling can grow. Once mature, a Colorado blue spruce grows to a height of 50 feet to 70 feet, with a spread of 10 feet to 20 feet.

“We understand the value of trees to our environment,” said Chris Darnell, head of marketing and business development for Bluegrass Lawn. “Trees are an enormous resource in combatting climate change, cleaning our air, conserving energy, preserving water, beautifying our community and so much more. It’s our way of giving back to the businesses that we serve and to the community in which we live.”

Any business or commercial property owner in the St. Louis region only needs to call Darnell at Bluegrass Lawn for a free tree. He can be reached at (314) 383-7099.

About Bluegrass Lawn

Founded in 1982, Bluegrass Lawn is a full-service landscape and maintenance company. Based in Bridgeton, MO, the company’s commercial services include design and installation of landscaping, hardscapes and stone walls; maintenance with irrigation, shrub and tree care, aeration, lawn care, irrigation, and soil and mulch; and snow and ice removal. It also offers residential lawn care service.


Northern Power Systems Announces Fully Integrated Energy Storage System

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Submitted by CK Power

Northern Power Systems Corp., a next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced the release of a new product that enables developers and end-users to acquire a fully integrated energy storage system tailored to their needs in terms of power and energy.

The Northern Power ESS (Energy Storage Solution) features the advanced FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system that has been featured in multiple technologies and applications. The system has a wide range of DC voltage optimization, able to be effective with Flow, Lithium, lead Acid or any other chemical battery, as well as mechanical storage options such as flywheels. Northern Power leverages its abilities and experience in grid integration and renewable optimization in order to deliver the best solution for the customer’s needs.

Diego M. Tebaldi, VP of Global Business Development for Northern Power Systems, commented “This is a great step forward—responding to market demand where customers are requiring a fully integrated solution.” He continued, “We are proud to partner with key providers across the spectrum of the main components, using our multi-year experience to select components that provide the better technical solution for the application required, and offer the market an easier to deploy standard and pre-configured solution.”

Northern Power Systems offers integrated Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) configurable for a range of applications. NPS ESS can be packaged into containers, shelters, trailers, or buildings with an output power range of 125 kVA – 2,000 kVA. The duration of rated power can be configured from 15 minutes to 4 hours.

Key Applications of this solution include:

  • Utility Grid Support – frequency regulation, VAR support/power quality, peak shaving/load shifting, sub-station resiliency, renewable integration
  • Behind-the-Meter – demand management, time-of-use, back-up power, critical load support
  • Hybrid Microgrids – remote/islanded operation, black start, renewables utilization/reduced fuel consumption

Northern Power is featuring this announcement at the Energy Storage Association industry conference in Charlotte, NC from 25th April 2016 – 27th April 2016 and will have a presence in booth #327.

For more information please reach out to 

About Northern Power Systems

Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines and power technology products, and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications, into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices.

New Business Opportunities Created at Lambert Airport’s 2016 Business Diversity Forum

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Roughly 400 people attended the Forum on Concourse B.

The 2016 Business Diversity Forum presented by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Business Diversity Development soared to new heights with 400 attendees on April 1. New enhancements included a dynamic keynote speaker, 22 roundtable discussions, and the presentation of individual Diversity Champion awards. The event showcased business development at Lambert Airport and provided opportunities for minority, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses to connect with prime contractors and airport decision makers.

Amber Gooding, Assistant Director Community Programs and Business Diversity Development welcomes 400 attendees.
Amber Gooding, Assistant Director Community Programs and Business Diversity Development welcomes 400 attendees.

“Diverse Opportunities to Create New Successes” was the Forum theme. “All of you here today inspire us to work very hard to create new partnerships in the business community,” said Amber Gooding, Assistant Director of Business Diversity Development and Community Programs, in opening remarks to launch the Forum.

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge announced, “The Airport just completed its best year of passenger service in the past seven years.”

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge welcomed attendees and outlined the positive strides the airport has made towards achieving the major objectives of its strategic plan: financial stability; growing passenger air service; improving the customer experience, and economic development. She noted that with the addition of eight new markets and expanded service in several existing markets, the airport just completed its best year of passenger service in the past seven years. In the area of economic development Hamm-Niebruegge said, “People are now coming to us about development projects, both aeronautical and non-aeronautical.”

Keynote speaker Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, Inc.
Keynote speaker Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, Inc.

Keynote speaker Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, Inc., one of the largest minority-owned companies in the United States, lived up to his reputation as a dynamic motivational speaker with a rousing talk on his SIT-EAT-GROW model for business success. He said that individuals must begin with personal foundational pillars grounded in faith. The crux of his SIT-EAT-GROW model is that you must have access to opportunity; you must be seated at the table in order to eat, which can, in turn, lead to growth.

Mr. Edward D. Golterman (October 19, 1926 -April 16, 2016)

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Edw D Golterman
Edward D. Golterman

Edward D. Golterman, respected businessman, entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of architectural acoustics, passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Mr. Golterman served in the U.S. Navy; studied at Miami of Ohio, Westminster College, and received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis after World War II.  He began his career as a salesman for his father’s business and took over the company just two years later after his father’s death. That business — the Herbert Golterman Company, began operations in 1946 selling chain link fencing and other building products to residential customers — later morphed into Golterman & Sabo, a leading manufacturer of architectural acoustical products.

A talented visionary, Mr. Golterman found the perfect technical and business partner in Steve Sabo, and together they established Golterman & Sabo (G&S) Inc. in 1950. As the post war baby boom began, the company saw opportunities with the educational market.  By the 1960’s, school chalkboards were their primary product.  They developed and held a patent on a trim system for chalkboards and soon became a major market leader. Many schools today have Golterman & Sabo chalkboards and markerboards in their classrooms.

In 1981, he worked with an HOK architect to design and build wood framed and fabric covered acoustical panels for an auditorium at Christian Brothers High School in St. Louis.  When the company could not find a contractor willing to install this new product, Mr. Golterman developed the installation method and installed the first G&S acoustical panels.  From that small project, the specialty acoustical product line grew to what it is today.

Over the years, Mr. Golterman introduced many products to the construction industry:  prefabricated stair systems, steel chalkboards, markerboards and custom tack board systems; but his most lasting contribution was developing the first fabric covered acoustical panels.

The company’s vision expanded when the third generation, Mr. Golterman’s sons Herb, Ned and Andy Golterman, joined the family business in the 1980s. Along with a team of dedicated and forward-thinking employees, the Goltermans have grown the business into one of the leading acoustical and architectural products companies in the United States. G&S continues to be an industry leader, garnering many awards in the construction industry over the years.

Mr. Golterman retired in 1995 at age 70, although he continued to consult in the business he loved, working with sons Herb, Ned and Andy.  A lifelong resident of Kirkwood, Missouri (a historic suburb of St. Louis), Mr. Golterman saw G&S Acoustics move from previous locations on The Hill and in South City to its current location at 3555 Scarlet Oak Boulevard in Kirkwood in 1999.

Mr. Golterman loved his hometown of Kirkwood, and he never lived more than a mile from his boyhood home on Jefferson Avenue.  He was a 60-year member of First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood.  Mr. Golterman served as head of the St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Committee and the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Committee.

Mr. Golterman will be remembered for his sense of humor and his love for his family, his Kirkwood community, gardening and the St. Louis construction industry. He is remembered for his honesty and fairness in his business dealings and well respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Golterman is survived by his wife, Molly Golterman (nee Stephens) and his five children:  Gail (Mike) Finney, Herb (Laura) Golterman, Ned (Nora Ryan) Golterman, Andy (Nancy) Golterman and Carol (Kevin) Diffendaffer, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Margaret Golterman; his first wife, Dorothy Golterman (nee Macdonald); and one son, Jack Golterman. Memorials may be made to Dirk’s Fund Shelter at

Ensuring Generator Longevity

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Submitted by CK Power

Light loading responsibly

While it’s not advisable to run generators below their optimal workload-to-fuel- consumption level, the reality on job sites and in emergency situations sometimes demands it. If this happens to be the case, regularly scheduled and preventative maintenance regimens become even more crucial for maintaining the health of the power system. Generators regularly expected to run on light loads should be subject to more rigorous maintenance regimens to ensure there’s no excessive wear or deposit buildup.

If generators must be run at light load for a period of time, then in general they should afterwards be run under an increased load. This raises the temperature and pressure within the generator’s cylinders, which helps to clean off deposits in the combustion chamber.

Light loading should be even more limited for natural gas generator sets. It’s recommended that they be run at a 0 to 30 percent load level only for half and hour, and from 31 to 50 percent load level for only two hours. All light loading should be followed by at least two hours of running at no less than a 70 percent load level.

Scheduled and preventative maintenance

Scheduled and preventative generator maintenance plans are a must for users looking to prolong the life of their generator equipment. For generators in critical applications, such as standby generators at hospitals, data centers and laboratories, generator maintenance plans are an absolute must.

Some components of a scheduled maintenance plan may be as simple as the user making sure generator exercisers are in place and working properly. These kick on the generator at set intervals to verify that everything is working properly.

Load bank testing is another critical element in a preventative generator maintenance plan. This test artificially boosts the load placed on the generator, usually to about the height of the generator’s output capacity. This helps to erase any effects of wet stacking or other buildup, and to verify that a generator is actually capable of performing at its peak output rate. It is generally recommended that load bank testing be conducted at least once per year.

The ambient conditions in which a generator operates will also have an effect on how often it should be serviced. Dust, moisture, salinity, altitude and extreme temperatures will all have a bearing on how often routine generator maintenance should be conducted.

In general, regularly scheduled “lifecycle” maintenance can save time and money by preventing downtime, allowing for small issues to be addressed before they become large ones and by prolonging the service life of the generator.


As is the case in many sectors of the power generation industry, the EPA’s final Tier 4 regulations are shaking up the way we buy and maintain diesel generators. Many of the diesel generators designed to meet Tier 4’s new emission standards are even less tolerant to light loading than previous models were. This is largely due to the fact that the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) components, which were introduced to reduce NOx emissions, must operate within a very narrow temperature range.

It’s also important to realize that final Tier 4 diesel generators cannot be operated without the additive diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). DEF is a non-hazardous solution that’s sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel engines to help to reduce NOx emissions. In addition to verifying a Tier 4 diesel generator is running with the proper levels of DEF, it’s also key to verify beforehand that a particular type of DEF is approved for use with the specific generator model.

Final Tier 4 engine standards are tweaking best practices for running diesel generators efficiently. While some of the effects are new to all of us, it’s always best to consult experienced engineers who know how this type of machinery will function with new components and additives. Consulting a professional before any adverse effects of inefficient operation have time to add up will help to prolong the life of final Tier 4 generator equipment.

Winners of the 2015-16 Green Schools Quest!

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Elementary School Category

  • 1st Place – Hancock Place Elementary School
  • 2nd Place – East Elementary (Alton)
  • 3rd Place – City Garden Montessori

Middle School Category

  • 1st Place – North Kirkwood Middle School
  • 2nd Place – Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
  • 3rd Place – Crossroads College Preparatory School

High School Category

  • 1st Place – Nottingham Community Access
  • Job Training High School
  • 2nd Place – Governor French Academy
  • 3rd Place – St. Louis University High School

Kudos to all 45 participating school and mentor teams! Read on to learn about the amazing projects that took place at each school this year!



Chesterfield Day School


Mentor: Fred Hof, Hof Construction

Chesterfield Day school students, determined to help pollinators in their fight against habitat loss, decided to give native pollinator plants to the community. In need of a warm environment to grow plants over the winter, they set out to build a greenhouse out of used 2 liter plastic bottles. Students researched and selected native plants, organized a bottle drive, and designed and constructed the greenhouse. Thanks to the students’ efforts, over 2,000 native plants will be distributed to the community!

Christ Prince of Peace School

Paper Weight

Mentor: Richard Schuessler, Huntleigh McGehee

Christ Prince of Peace 4th graders set out to create a green school from the inside out, focusing on waste reduction and energy use. After documenting current recycling practices and measuring the amount of waste created by each classroom, they worked on increasing recycling rates. Taking their message throughout the school, they educating their fellow students about recycling in class and in the cafeteria. Their enthusiasm even inspired the Knights of Columbus, who hold fish fries at the school, to increase waste diversion! Students didn’t stop there, exploring the energy used by their school and sustaining a vermicomposting system with their lunchtime food waste.

3RD PLACE WINNER: City Garden Montessori School

Taking a Triple Bottom Line Trip

Mentor: Katie Belisle-Iffrig, Code Green Collaborative

After learning about the 3 Ps of sustainability – people, planet, and profit – City Garden 4th and 5th graders engaged in an interactive sustainability scavenger hunt highlighting existing community assets, encouraging support of local businesses, green spaces and policies while providing information and examples about how these treasures benefit society, economics and the environment. Included in the scavenger hunt is the vermicompost bin the students created in their classroom! Sustainability pre- and post-tests, documentation and reflections recorded in journals made from scrap paper, and cross curricular and historical connections were incorporated into the project. By integrating technology into this otherwise low-tech project, they aimed to create a platform that could easily be updated and used in the future.

2ND PLACE WINNER: East Elementary School (Alton)

Recycling Reform

Mentor: Kimberly Petzing, Madison County Planning & Development

Single stream recycling was taken away from the Alton School District, but that didn’t stop these 5th graders! After studying waste and recycling, conducting waste audits of their homes and school, and visiting a landfill and recycling facility, they created an awareness campaign about recycling, educating students, teachers, and administrators throughout their district. They’re scheduled to present their findings to the Alton School Board and asking for a district-wide recycling or sustainability policy as well as the promise to consider reinstating single-stream recycling in the district in the future.

Educational Therapeutic Support at Madison School

Motivated by Monarchs

Mentor: Rob Kennedy, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

These students became champions for the monarch butterfly. Eager to share all that they learned about these important pollinators, they created posters, puppet shows, and art on monarch butterflies. They designed pollinator gardens, cultivated milkweed plants, and have big plans for their butterfly garden!

1ST PLACE WINNER: Hancock Place Elementary School


Mentor: Beatriz Juan Miranzo, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

With a goal of reducing the waste created by their cafeteria, Hancock Elementary’s fifth grade Green Team quickly noticed that the school used many plastic sporks each day. After collecting all the plastic sporks used in one week, students calculated that their building throws away over 2,000 pounds of plastic sporks in the school year! Students took their findings to the school district and requested real utensils. Thanks to their careful research and hard work, their request was granted! The Green Team is hard at work to share the benefits of their new real forks and spoons with the rest of the school, as well as tips and facts about going green.

Horace Mann Elementary School

The Natural Way

Mentor: Katherine Golden, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

Students in both of Mann’s kindergarten classes began this year’s Quest by creating a vermicomposting bin and engaging in trash bag relays and decomposer activities to build excitement and knowledge for reducing, reusing, and recycling. The team then composted leftover fruit scraps, allowing the worms to break down the waste and create nutrient rich soil. Their project was integrated into kindergarten curriculum in several ways. Math, literacy, science, and social studies were infused through counting, writing, reading, discussions, and research. Students journaled about their findings, conducted internet research, had open discussions, presented findings on composting and recycling via bulletin board displays and at PTO meetings, and engaged in scientific discovery through hands-on activities.

Kennard Classical Junior Academy

Gathering Place

Mentor: Amy Hargis, Saint Louis University

Kennard’s Green Team committed to support the school’s Outdoor Learning Garden committee in the creation of an outdoor learning space for science, math and art; as well as a place to be together as a group to read and eat lunch. Team members participated in meetings to determine mission, resources, goals and design of the Outdoor Learning Garden, and attended an orientation at Gateway Greening.  Students and adults participated in an outdoor clean-up and beautification event at Kennard as part of Green Apple Day of Service. The team also continued their work on waste reduction and recycling, including continued advocacy for a milk carton recycling program.

Mallinckrodt Academy

Project Whole Bananas

Mentor: Ian Cook, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

The fourth graders of Mallinckrodt implemented school-wide cafeteria composting one day per week after learning how food waste could be diverted into compost and made into compost tea as a part of their Sustainability Project Based Learning (PBL). At the conclusion of their project, students had diverted school-wide lunch food scraps for 25 days which resulted in 92 buckets totaling 1,125 lbs. going to their three-bin compost system. Their goal is to not only continue composting but to increase it to 2-3 days per week by next year. Students will continue to learn about decomposition through a composting PBL developed during this competition.

Mascoutah Elementary School

Clara Chlorine and Phil Filtration

Mentor: Mary Vandevord, HeartLands Conservancy

Five fourth grade classes at Mascoutah Elementary divided and conquered three areas of student interest.  The Water Quality Group tested water samples from the bathrooms, kitchen, and water fountains at their school, researched health impacts of water quality, and presented their findings to the other fourth graders. Students in the Water Treatment Group studied the water treatment process, then worked with their teacher to write a play. Students created costumes and props, then explained the water treatment process through performances as characters such as “Clara Chlorine” and “Phil Filtration.” The play was recorded and shared with their school, parents, and community. The Recycling Group wrote short scripts, letters and a newspaper article to spread the word on accurate recycling.

Ross Elementary School

Raising the Bar

Mentor: Steve O’Rourke, Microgrid Energy

The theme at Ross Elementary this school year is “Raise the Bar.” The Green Schools Quest team decided to help “raise the bar” by making it Green. Students focused on creating a communication campaign to reinforce the sustainable practices that were already in place. Their efforts culminated in the creation of a website,, and through presenting their ideas via skits and short plays. They engaged parent volunteers, a Girl Scout service team, and members from Cub Scout Pack 639 in their efforts.

Tillman Elementary School

Connecting the Dots

Mentor: Lesli Moylan

Tillman’s Sustainability Committee asked students to help solve two sustainability-related issues. The commercial composting service the school has been using for food waste began ticketing them for plastic contamination in their compost. To address this issue, students embarked on an educational campaign addressing what, why, and how to compost. Activities included creating classroom-scale compost bins to observe decomposition, discussions with the head custodian, and recording a performance of the “FBI Song” (Fungus, Bacteria, Invertebrates) which was shared on morning announcements. They also implemented an anti-idling campaign. Baseline data indicated annual idling time at the school was equivalent to a car taking 6 trips around the earth! Through education and outreach (including incentives for positive behavior), the campaign saw a 40.9% drop in idling!

W. Keysor Elemenatry School

Home Grown

Mentor: Rachel McShane, Professional Environmental Engineers, Inc.

Keysor Elementary set out to better utilize existing outdoor garden spaces and three hydroponic tower gardens to grow healthy, organic food and to find a way to share that bounty with the entire school and community. In addition, the school established new satellite garden sites through a partnership with a nearby church. Through use of all of these sites, Keysor was approved for participation in a Garden to Plate Initiative offered by their food service provider. Staff, families and community members created cold frames to enable winter produce production and engaged in sustainable gardening and eating educational opportunities. In addition, the school took steps towards their goal of obtaining National Wildlife Federation (NWF) habitat certification for green spaces on their grounds.

Webster Elementary School

No Sale Yard Sale

Mentor: Emily Spindler, FGM Architects

With a school population that consists of 87% poverty level, many families could benefit from receiving support in the form of goods and services. The team at Webster decided to arrange a “No Sale Yard Sale” where community members could come and shop from a donated collection of gently used shoes, clothing, and toys free of charge. The event was held a month before Christmas, and opened with their 1st Annual Free Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for all school families. Additionally, the school participated in the Trex Recycling Program which resulted in the collection of nearly 64 pounds of recyclable plastic, and The Shoeman Water Project which collects new or used shoes and directs them to a secondary market for reuse; revenue generated is then used to fund water projects in developing countries to provide clean water for their communities.

Westchester Elementary School

Down With Operating Costs!

Mentor: Alice Kranz

With the increased amount of technology in their school district, energy costs have risen and school leaders have been asked to help reduce costs at the building level. Westchester’s Green Team, spearheaded by fourteen fifth graders, aimed to help by seeking ways to reduce energy use in their school therefore reducing operational costs. To begin, students researched the energy audit process, designed an audit checklist specific to their school, and conducted an energy audit of their school building. The team created an informational video, educating students about energy audits and their school’s audit results. They created room specific feedback posters highlighting successes and tips for improvement which now hang in each room in the building. In addition, they educated families about ways to save energy at home, and continued to support existing sustainability initiatives at the school including no idling, composting and recycling.


Brentwood Middle School

Mission Possible

Mentors: Jon Youngman & Katie Belisle-Iffrig, Code Green Collaborative

The BMS team’s project was threefold. They started a worm compost and began composting in the cafeteria. Data collected over six weeks indicates they diverted an average of 40.7% of waste from the landfill. Using a Kill-a-Watt meter, students measured energy use of computers left on overnight, calculated savings that would result from turning off computers in the lab at night, and educated teachers on their findings. If all computer labs are turned off at night, they will reduce CO2 emissions by 12.93 Metric tons/year. Lastly, they have planned and are building a shade garden with native plants. Efforts were supported via educational posters and presentations to homeroom classes on these efforts and lessening one’s carbon footprint.

Coolidge Junior High

No Waste Can Hide

Mentor: Barb Anderson, Oates Associates

Students asked, “Why don’t we recycle like we did in elementary school?” The team was determined to expand the school’s recycling efforts which had been focused solely on paper. No waste can hide from these kids who collected batteries, old cell phones, crayon, markers etc. and sent them off to be recycled or repurposed. The team created a Classroom Trash Can Audit Report Card to be hung outside each classroom door to build students awareness of recycling efforts at school, and foster friendly competition. The project goals have been incorporated into the curriculum using Next Generation Science Standards. The team has devised a plan after the current school year and to carry on for next year.

3RD PLACE WINNER: Crossroads College Preparatory School

Hidden Gem

Mentor: Ross Watson, Jacobs Engineering

Crossroads has a LEED Platinum building, but few students and staff know about all of its green features. 32 seventh graders researched and became experts on the sustainability aspects of their school then educated their peers and community via tours of the building. Focus areas included: Brownfield Redevelopment, Rain Garden and Native Landscaping, Reducing Heat Island Effect, Energy Efficient Lighting, Solar Panels, Water Efficiency, Acoustic and Thermal Comfort, Volatile Organic Compounds, and Indoor Air Quality. To perpetuate this project, the seventh graders will be giving tours to the Board of Trustees and will be responsible for educating the new class of seventh graders about the green features of Crossroads then turning over the reins for conducting tours.


Garden Party

Mentor: Carolyn Green, Green Design

Forsyth School has maintained raised garden beds over the years in the Lower School space on campus and set their sights on expanding an outdoor classroom into the Upper School space. Throughout the school year, students, faculty, and staff learned about gardening through classroom activities, presentations, field trips, workshops, and leadership from the facilities department. This year’s education about gardening is part of the development of the ongoing Sustainability Curriculum documented in their school-wide curriculum-mapping program. The sixth graders will maintain the garden beds during the school year.

Hoech Middle School

Bring Back the Chickens!

Mentor: JoAnn Brookes & Becky McMahon, DJM Ecological Services, Inc.

In the past, Hoech created an outdoor classroom, complete with vegetable and native plant gardens, a green house, a small flock of chickens, and educational signage. However, the courtyard had been neglected in recent years.  The Green Club was determined to reinvigorate this space! They began by creating a mission and goals for their team.  They then presented their goals to the Ritenour School Board and pitched their plan to regain urban chickens. A new chicken coop was designed. Students took measurements of the courtyard and drew blueprints of the garden. Green Club members learned about native plants and how they should be maintained, as well as how to utilize the green house.

Holy Redeemer Catholic School

Greenhouse Effect

Mentor: Alan Ely, Ely Consulting Engineering

The Green Machines at Holy Redeemer began the year with gusto and determination to plant a winter garden! The first step was to scope out the best location on their campus. The team then engaged an Eagle Scout to design and develop the site and build four raised beds. An arched PVC framework tented with a clear plastic tarp was placed over one raised bed. Once completed, the beds were planted with organic spring greens destined for a Salad Bar Lunch at the school. Throughout the project, students discussed the meaning of “organic” and importance of making healthy food choices.

HONORABLE MENTION: Little Flower Catholic School

LED-ing the Way

Mentor: Franklin P. Eppert, PE

Last year, Little Flower students completed an Energy Star benchmarking study and found their building was horribly inefficient, garnering a score of 10 (out of 100). They were determined to increase energy efficiency at their school this year! After learning about the benefits of LED lights, students focused their efforts on converting existing T12 light fixtures to LED-compatible fixtures. They calculated the energy and cost savings which could be realized in converting their light fixtures to LED equating to a savings of 15,660 kWh and more than $1,600.00 annually. To show how easy it would be to make this conversion, students created an instructional video in which two students removed a fluorescent ballast and rewired an existing light fixture to accept LED lights. The students will be presenting this presentation and their findings to the Parish Finance Committee this Spring and recommending action during the 2016 summer break.

2ND PLACE WINNER: Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School

Rain Rain Garden

Mentor: Todd Hanger, FGM Architects

A rain garden had been planted at MRH-MS several years ago, but was not being used for classes.  The team was determined to increase its use as an instructional resource by improving the physical space to facilitate class use, increasing awareness, and providing teachers with instructional assistance. Students developed drawings and a model of an accessible walkway they would like to build through the garden; these were presented to and approved by central office staff. Students organized and led four early childhood classes about the water cycle, seed dispersal, pollinators, and pollution in a hands-on investigation of the raingarden. Several students made a music video with a rap, “Rain Rain Garden” to educate the school community about the importance of rain gardens and their tie to community and ecosystem health.

Marian Middle School

Trash to Treasure

Mentor: Shelley Simon, FGM Architects

The girls of the MMS STEM club noticed that there was little to no recycling was being done at their school, and that recyclables were not being sorted properly. Their primary focus for the Quest was to increase recycling awareness and participation. The group took a field trip to a large recycling station, and created a video to encourage recycling for display at an all-school assembly that the school’s maintenance team will be invited to. Additionally, they are preparing two projects for MMS’s Maker Faire in early April: a simple bird feeder designed using recycled materials and a Mason Bee House constructed of donated wood.

Nahed Chapman New American Academy

International Garden

Mentor: Stephen Herring, Republic Services

The science and social studies classes of Nahed Chapman challenged themselves with three projects. Students promoted recycling by designing and delivering recycle bins to every classroom and school office, then providing volunteers to retrieve the bins weekly. They began a ‘No Idling’ campaign to remind parents and bus drivers to turn off their vehicle engines while waiting, and have plans to lobby their representatives to pass legislation to limit idling to when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees. Additionally, the team designed and built a six bed International Garden with plants as diverse as their student body which is comprised of students from nearly two dozen countries.

1ST PLACE WINNER: North Kirkwood Middle School

Divide and Conquer

Mentor: Thomas Bruns PE, The Green House

The ecology class focused on six areas: Litter Removal – Removed nearly four hundred pounds of trash and recycling from Sugar Creek Valley Road and Sugar Creek;  Tower Gardening – Students learned about the advantages of vertical gardening and built a tower garden to grow vegetables near the school’s  front entrance; Rain Garden Improvements – Students addressed maintenance needs on a rain garden they planted last year to control run-off from the new science wing; Continuation of the No-Idling Campaign – Educated parents and incentivized them to stop idling their cars. Surveys indicate idling is down 15% from last year when they conducted a similar campaign; Cafeteria Waste Reduction; Plastic Grocery Bag Use Reduction through parent education.

Premier Charter School

Sustaining Sustainability

Mentor: Michael Rodney, M2 Architecture Studio

The team was comprised of five 6th grade students in the gifted program. They began by establishing short and long term goals, and discussing plans to ensure their programs would keep going and growing for years to come. After preparing and delivering a presentation to the school’s administration, the team started a pilot compost collection program during 6th grade lunch which quickly caught the eye of other grades. They built a composting drum followed by a larger composting bin. To perpetuate the project, the 6th graders actively recruit and mentor 4th and 5th graders to take over. Their lights-off campaign began by analyzing electric bills from the last 5 years and identifying was to decrease energy use. A program based on positive recognition of positive behavior was used to get teachers to flip the switch.

Rogers Middle School

Taking a Bite Out of Cafeteria “Waste”

Mentor: Joyce Gorrell, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

The robotics team at Rogers Middle School aligned their project with the Trash Trek Lego Robotics competition in which they had to design a robot to complete 12 environmental and sustainability oriented challenges. As the year progressed, they drew attention beyond their technological innovation as they took on waste reduction in their cafeteria. After a field trip to St. Louis Composting, the students created their vision of a composting project for their school cafeteria, and then began diverting unnecessary food waste from landfills to their community garden to be used as fertilizers. Students showed their project to the members of the Affton School District Board of Education and their work was featured in the quarterly Affton School District newsletter.

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

Draining Gains

Mentor: Ralph Bicknese, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects

When it rains, the playground at Saul Mirowitz retains water and looks like a huge lake. Classes spend significant amounts of time in outdoor learning areas and are greatly impacted when the playground is flooded. The 6th grade students wanted to investigate solutions for this problem. After working in small groups to research options, the team determined creating a french drain to channel the excessive water on the playground towards their rain garden would be their best route. Though they have more work to do before reaching their goal, students have identified necessary materials and next steps for moving the project forward.

The College School

High Five for Habitat Restoration

Mentor: Litzinger Road Ecology Center staff

The College School’s team focused on habitat creation and restoration on a ¾ acre site at their school’s La Barque Campus. Their goal was to remove invasive plant species, and then create a grassland with several small pools that would function to slow the movement of water into their creek and create micro-habitats. Students studied the area via Google maps, mapped out where five micro-wetland habitats would be constructed, dug the areas, and sowed seed they had gathered from surrounding plant life.  The team also engaged the larger community in removing an extensive amount of bush honeysuckle on the property.  To complement their work, students studied prairie and wetland ecosystems using the Nature Unleashed curriculum from the Missouri Department of Conservation.


Edwardsville High School

Growing the Green LYFE Network

Mentor: Stacey Towell, CxE Group LLC

Last year, students in the environmental club at Edwardsville High School founded a non-profit organization with the goal of connecting students and youth across the state of Illinois to share ideas and organize action plans for environmental issues: Green LYFE (Leading Youth for the Environment.) This school year, the team established a youth council of students from multiple high schools in their area. They formed partnerships with local environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and substantially supported their education and advocacy initiatives such as the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill through public outreach, presenting at community events, and regularly engaging political figures.

2ND PLACE WINNER: Governor French Academy

All for Plants, and Plants for All!

Mentor: Mary Fitzgerald

Students monitored the carbon dioxide levels in their classroom and found levels begin around 500 ppm then rise to 2000 ppm each day (levels between 1000 and 2500 ppm can result in general drowsiness.) Students researched which indoor plants were best for removing CO2 and placed these plants in their classroom. To expand, they are launching a competition in which classrooms create  upcycled planters and teachers implement lesson plans to support their goal of reducing CO2 levels to below 1000 ppm. The team also worked to advance their energy efficiency efforts. The school received an energy audit, then applied for and received Energy Star Certification as part of their Green Schools Quest project last year. This year, they began implementing recommendations from the energy audit and updated their Energy Star Portfolio Manager account. Lastly, the team took initial steps towards developing plans for an outdoor classroom for their school which is land locked and currently does not have a single blade of grass!

1ST PLACE WINNER: Nottingham Community Access Job Training High School

Recycling BENCHmark

Mentor: Alyse Garbisch, HOK

The benches around the school’s athletic field provide a resting place for teams waiting their turn during Fall and Spring Challenger Baseball games, most especially for students with physical disabilities – but several of these benches were rotting away and some had been built too low for high school aged bodies. The green team, comprised of students in the Grounds Maintenance and Horticulture classes, aimed to replace one or more benches. After finding a company that takes plastic caps and recycles them into benches, students began a campaign to collect plastic caps. Additionally, they designed and created two mosaic bench tops which will be built upon bases made from recycled plastic lumber. The team also made planting pots out of toilet paper tubes and grew plants to share with their community.

St. Joseph Academy

Transparency Matters

Mentor: Mary Patterson, St. Louis County Department of Public Health

The Earth Angels green team focused on improving recycling at their school. They began by surveying trash and recycling patterns, through which they made an important discovery: janitorial staff was collecting recyclables in black, plastic bags. Many waste haulers treat contents in black bags as trash so it’s likely that all of their recycling had been going straight to the landfill! The students are preparing a presentation to school administration to use transparent bags for recycling. The team visited a land fill and recycling center to gain insight and feedback for their efforts.

3RD PLACE WINNER: St. Louis University High School

Practice Makes Perfect

Mentor: Zach Carter, Farnsworth Group

The “Sustainabills” found that waste was not being properly sorted at their school, then set out educate the student body on the what, how, and why of separating recyclables, compost, and trash. They designed signage to assist with decision making; held meetings with the school’s administration to incorporate waste reduction into SLUH’s curriculum as early as the class of 2020; promoted efforts via the school’s student newspaper; created an informational video detailing what item goes into which bin which was shown at lunch for every class, ensuring the entire student body of 1,100 watched the video; and engaged Student Council Representatives in working with the Sustainabills to present on the topic in each homeroom.

Thanks to our Annual Green Schools Sponsors!

  • Ameren Missouri
  • Automatic Controls Equipment Systems
  • Brightergy
  • Madison County Planning & Development
  • RideFinders
  • St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership

This program is supported in part by the St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

KWAME/HR Green Joint Venture Team Begins Airfield Improvement Project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

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A joint venture team of Kwame Building Group, Inc. and HR Green (KWAME/HR Green) has begun work on a $7 million taxiway reconstruction project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The reconstruction of the taxiways known as Foxtrot and Juliet began this month and is scheduled for completion in July 2016. KWAME/HR Green is providing construction management services. The general contractor is Millstone Weber. The consulting engineer is Crawford, Murphy & Tilly.

The project includes the removal of 26,000 square yards of existing PCC pavement and replacement with new concrete pavement. The concrete removed from the old taxiway, originally constructed in 1979, will be recycled and reused as the base course cap and sub-base layer.

Also included in the project are new drainage systems, 6,700 tons of asphalt shoulders, asphalt service road, security fencing, airfield lighting, airfield directional signage and pavement markings. To avoid disruption of normal operations at the airport, portions of the work will be performed at night and on weekends.

KWAME/HR Green completed work on the $9 million reconstruction of the taxiways known as Delta, Echo and November in Fall 2014; and the $9.2 million reconstruction of the taxiway known as Echo and the north apron in Fall 2015.

KWAME also was the project manager for Lambert’s $62 million Airport Experience renovation project as well as the restoration of Concourse C and other areas following the EF4 tornado that hit the airport in 2011. The Airport Experience project won the 2015 “ENR Midwest Best Project of the Year Award: Airports/Transit.”

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top 15 pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services.

Information Technology Firm Marks 15 Years Serving St. Louis Area Businesses

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Dedication to Quality, Understanding Client Needs Highlight TDK Growth and Innovation

TDK Technologies, the St. Louis Information Technology consulting firm that has received national and regional recognition for growth and innovation, marks 15 years serving the technology and management services needs of St. Louis area customers. TDK opened for business April 4, 2001 and was recently named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the largest IT consulting firms in region for the fifth consecutive year. The company name is taken from the first initials of founders Terry Tucker,David Kocs and Kristin Tucker.

“We deliver high quality software on time and on budget. Our customers get exactly what they want, when they want it. And our process supports that,” said TDK Principal David Kocs. “Customers really enjoy working with our people and our process because the combination delivers success over and over again.”

“Our focus areas have not shifted a lot in the last 15 years. We stick to the areas where we can provide value,” said TDK Managing Principal Kristin Tucker. “It’s Java, .Net, project management, analysis, QA, UI/UX, and mobile development. The most recent skill set we’ve added is in the Big Data space.”

As one of the few IT consulting companies owned and managed by IT professionals, TDK’s business-first approach to solving problems has repeatedly earned recognition, including being named to Entrepreneur magazine’s ‘Hot 500’ list of Fastest Growing Businesses along with two appearances on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. TDK client projects received Gateway to Innovation Business Innovation awards in 2009 and 2013.

“The track record is pretty crazy after 15 years. There have been ups and downs certainly; everybody has them. But we are unbelievably proud of what our team has been able to accomplish over those 15 years,” Tucker said.

Hear more about the TDK approach to IT staffing and project solutions in this short video:

TDK Technologies, LLC is a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), established in 2001, with more than 100 team members located in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Etegra Awarded Government Projects

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Etegra Tackles Seismic Retrofit of the Robert A. Young Federal Building

In 2014, the President Obama Administration emphasized the importance of the work and workers housed in the Robert A. Young Federal Building (RAY FB) with the following statement, “It is critical for the General Services Administration (GSA) to fund the seismic renovations [of the Robert A. Young Federal Building] at this time to provide shelter [and] a safer exit from the building following a seismic event. Structural failure would not only cause catastrophic loss of life for those in and around the building, but it would impede the ability of first responders in the central business district [of the City of St. Louis] to carry out their mission in the event of disaster.”

The RAY FB demands the intensive study of solutions and analysis of the project to develop a best value approach that considers many factors including; safety, efficiency, tenant health and comfort, reliability and accuracy, as well as cost.

The General Contractor for this retrofit is McCarthy Building Companies in collaboration with the Design/Build team composed of Gensler, Etegra, Thornton Tomasetti and William Tao & Associates. As part of the Design Team, Etegra, Inc. will design any occupied space based on the intense collaboration between the client, the building users and the Design-Build Team with constant attention to the life safety and operational needs of the building occupants. The coordination efforts are made even more complicated by the variety of governmental agencies, departments and offices that occupy the RAY FB with their diverse missions, operational practices, daily schedules, security requirements, and number of personnel.

The design process and the construction approach required to place concrete shear walls and steel framed seismic dampening devices in the fully occupied RAY FB will require collaboration between GSA project management, representatives of the tenant agencies and Design-Build Team of architects, engineers and builders. The issues, challenges and effects discovered throughout the construction process will require the patience, imagination and determination of all project stakeholders to implement the project successfully.

Etegra is a full service architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Services include architecture, engineering, construction management and environmental consulting.

You’re Only As Good As The Roof Over Your Head

Etegra, Inc. is taking part in the in the Army Reserve’s National Roofing Program. The U.S. Army Reserve began this initiative in 2005 and it has now entered into a full-fledged program to prolong the life of their numerous facilities. The program based on the assertion that consistent design, quality materials, and expert application could strengthen service life and reduce excessive roof maintenance and repair costs over time.

The Army Corps of Engineers has tasked Etegra to provide Registered Roof Observer (RRO) Services, requiring 100% surveillance during re-roofing construction projects. Etegra will perform these services for numerous roofs located at Army Reserve facilities across the United States. Additionally, Etegra is tasked with updating the asset management database upon completion of the roof.

Etegra’s RRO staff are considered experts in roof construction. To become certified as an RRO, an individual must have several years of roofing construction or roofing QA inspection experience, numerous hours of roofing continuing education, and pass the RRO exam

These are valuable qualities to have, given that the government has passed a mandate for all assets (roofs, buildings, railways…etc.) to be quantified into a database by 2016.

Federal Real Property Council, Guidance for Improved Asset Management (2004, December 22),

  • “Guiding Principles: The Guiding Principles serve as the [Federal Real Property Council’s] FRPC’s strategic objectives for real property management improvement. Agencies must ensure that all real property initiatives are carried out consistent with these principles.
  • Asset Management Plan: Each agency will draft an Asset Management Plan (AMP) that addresses, at a minimum, the FRPC Guiding Principles and the AMP required components. AMPs are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review and approval. The FRPC guidance includes a “shelf document” that agencies are encouraged to use as a template for drafting the AMP.
  • Property Inventory Data Elements and Performance Measures: The FRPC has identified and defined 23 mandatory data elements that will be captured and reported by all agencies. These data elements support the goals of the executive order, as well as the requirements of the Performance Measures Committee. Of the 23 data elements, four of the elements are also considered to be “First Tier” Performance Measures. In addition to these “First Tier” Performance Measures, agencies may choose to capture data on additional agency-specific performance measures. The FRPC’s intent is that agencies will report data at the constructed asset level; however, it is recognized that Agencies may initially report on a facility or other “building block””

Etegra is a full service architect-engineer (A-E) firm. Services include architecture, engineering, construction management and environmental consulting.

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