Reversing Global Warming through Material Specification


Explore practical strategies for prioritizing embodied carbon when selecting products and materials. 

Learning from experts in climate-friendly design, construction, and product manufacturing, participants will be empowered to ensure that their daily work contributes to creating a balanced climate.

This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution instead of less of the problem.

The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building’s carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2030, almost 75% of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon, NOT operational emissions. Building products can reduce their carbon footprint and even become carbon sinks that help remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Joey Shea, Manager of Mission Activation, Interface
(Joining Remotely:) Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA Building

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hours & 1 AIA/CES LU


USGBC 2020 State of the Chapter & Social


Join the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter at the STATE OF THE CHAPTER & SOCIAL on January 23rd as we kick off our 2020 programming! This FREE event – open to members and non-members – is one of the highlights of our year. Interested in sustainable development? Know a business or individual who is? Attend and find out how the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter can help you and/or your business play an important role in accelerating the implementation of green building principles. Come explore how you can engage with USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and contribute to a positive future for our community. This is the FREE networking opportunity of the year!

Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers; participate in the silent auction; and explore the recent sustainable renovations to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 building. All are welcome to attend the 2020 State of the Chapter & Social, please register here.


Looking for Green Businesses to Cast Green Shadows


The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education committee is looking for mentors to expose students to green jobs within the Missouri Gateway territory through a one-day shadow of local business people.  Participating companies get access to local students interested in the industry without the financial commitment of an internship.

Apply by September 15, 2016 to be matched in the Fall 2016 semester.

Mentors must have an active USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter membership and fill out an online application detailing their interest in becoming a Mentor and providing a list of activities in their typical workday. Depending on the number of shadow applications, mentors may or may not be called upon. Click here to view the Green Shadow MENTOR application.

Shadows must fill out an online application outlining any previous experience with green building, their interests in sustainability and the one day shadow program, as well as a reference such as an advisor or professor.  Click here to view the Green Shadow STUDENT application.

Selection and matching of Mentors and Shadows will be made by the program administrators based on the alignment of Shadows’ field of study and potential occupation with the mentors’ occupation and typical work activities.

Once a match is made, program administrators check the availability of the mentor and establish a mutually agreeable date.  After a date is agreed upon, the student will be responsible for calling the mentor to finalize logistics (meeting place and time).

After the shadow experience, both participants complete a follow-up questionnaire to rate the experience and give feedback to the program administrators.