ANNUAL REPORT 2013
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It was my pleasure to serve USGBCMissouri Gateway as Board Chair for 2013 – together with our staff, members, volunteers, sponsors and donors, we accomplished so much. In 2013, we made a very strong effort to advance our mission and vision through on-going projects and programs. There is no doubt that our vision and mission are ambitious. Ensuring that every building is a green building requires the commitment and cooperation of many. Last year, we aimed to expand our member and community engagement in order to further our mission. Step by step – and with your help – we are getting closer to creating a place where everyone can enjoy the benefits of green building by living, working and learning in healthy buildings that mind our pocket books while also protecting the environment. At the beginning of 2013, we were one of 13 Chapters to receive a Strategic Investment Grant from the national USGBC. This additional support across the USGBC chapter community is intended to catalyze the market transformation required to achieve our collective mission. The grant allowed us to hire a third full time
Welcome from 2013 Board of Directors staff person! Johanna Schweiss, our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, started in May. Her time is well spent on member and community engagement and improving our volunteer development and resources. Through this grant, we are investing in the future of our organization to assist with the transformation of the built environment beyond buildings to communities and the people that are integral parts of those communities.
As a member of the Outcomes Committee, she ensured that green building metrics are included as a way to measure the region’s progress towards sustainability. We also worked with the cities of Wildwood and Maplewood through the Regional Environmental Internship Program to complete Climate Action Plans. As part of the same internship program, we placed an intern in Brentwood to develop a Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
One of Johanna’s biggest projects last year was launching our second LEED Community Project. In partnership with Forest Park Forever and 30 Chapter volunteers, we are working towards LEED certification for the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitors Center in Forest Park. In 2014, we look forward to the continued progress of this project and eventually celebrating the fourth LEED certification in Forest Park! Complimenting this community and member engagement, was the launch of a brand new program in May – the Green Schools Quest. We recruited Chapter volunteers and K-12 schools in our territory to participate. In September, we matched 39 schools with 40 green mentors to implement no and low cost sustainability projects – because where we learn matters. Winners of the Green Schools Quest will be celebrated at our seventh Annual Green Schools Event in April 2014 – and then we’ll launch the next round for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
Over the past year, we were thrilled to revive our Emerging Professionals group. Our cochairs, James Dice and Katie (Reitz) Dieckhaus, are doing a great job engaging individuals who are new to the Chapter and to green building with regular happy hours, building tours and volunteer opportunities. And related to Emerging Professionals, we are proud to have assisted in the formation of USGBC student groups at Maryville University, Southeastern Missouri State and Lewis and Clark Community College. These are the future leaders of the green building movement – and we hope they will “graduate” to be a part of our Emerging Professionals group!
Other partnership efforts in 2013 included a new relationship with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light as their fiscal sponsor. We look forward to developing this relationship with them in 2014 through a new voluntary energy benchmarking project. Our Executive Director was active with the OneSTL Plan for Sustainable Development.
There are so many more activities and successes we could share in this limited space. It has been my great honor to work alongside such a dedicated group toward the important goal of making every building a green building. We hope you will join us, SUPPORT US WITH YOUR DONATIONS, AND SPREAD THE WORD in the coming year! Our work and community influence is expanding because of the support of each of you. Thank you. Nancy Rodney, AIA, LEED AP 2013 Board of Directors’ Chair Annual Report 2014 | 3
USGBC-MISSOURI GATEWAY CHAPTER 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mid-Missouri Branch Representative, Adrienne Stolwyk, Simon Oswald Architecture
Chair, Nancy Rodney, Rosemann & Associates LEADERSHIP CIRCLE John Aliberti, Chair Elect, Marjorie Technical Committee Melton, M3 Representative Engineering Group Barbara Anderson, Secretary, Megan Advocacy Committee Ridgeway, Arcturis Chair Treasurer, Jaime Kelley, Todd Bundren, St. Louis Earth Day’s Green Dining Alliance Program Committee Representative Past Chair, Marc Rene Dulle, Lopata, Microgrid Advocacy Committee Solar Representative Executive Director, Chrissy Hill Rodgers, Emily Andrews Marketing Committee AT LARGE BOARD Chair MEMBERS Caryl Kinsey Fox, Christy Cunningham, Technical Committee DJM Ecological Chair Maren Engelmohr, Patrick Ladendecker, HOK Marketing Committee Erik Lueders, Parkway Representative School District Lynn Larkin, Jay Swoboda, Membership EcoUrban Committee Development Representative ADVISORS
Susan Lanigan, Green Schools Committee JoAnn Brookes, Washington University Representative School Of Medicine Peggy Lauer, Higher Linda Goldstein, Linda Education Committee Goldstein Consulting Representative Luis Naranjo, Wells Fargo Advisors
Paul Todd Merrill, Membership Committee Chair Lisa Anne Wynne, Higher Education Committee Chair STAFF Emily Andrews, Executive Director Hope Gribble, Education & Green Schools Coordinator Johanna Schweiss, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator 2013 INTERNS Amanda LaBrier, Regional Environmental Internship Program –Maplewood Climate Action Plan, Spring Ron Morlen, Regional Environmental Internship Program – Brentwood Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Fall Lauren Pattan, Program, Events & Marketing Intern, Spring & Summer Johanna Schwiess, Regional Environmental Internship Program – Wildwood Pollution Reduction Plan, Spring
Erik Lueders, Green Schools Committee Chair
Leadership Circle Representative, Barbara Allison Macon, Program Committee Anderson, Oates Chair Associates PHOTO CREDITS IN 2013 ANNUAL REPORT: Hope Gribble, Joe Scott, Julie Villa and Christee Zimmermann
To create and restore buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.
To initiate, develop and accelerate implementation of green building concepts, technologies and principles that promote environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to live and work.
Greener, Healthier, Smarter Buildings and Communities for Everyone Every year, we make progress towards ensuring that green building is accessible to all through our outreach, education, collaborations and partnerships. In 2013, we took several big leaps that support our mission of making every building a green building. We hired a third staff person to help improve our volunteer and member engagement and our community outreach efforts. We launched a brand new program – the Green Schools Quest – because where we learn matters. We started our second LEED Community Project, engaging volunteers to help a non-profit green their building. We also re-energized our Emerging Professionals group with regular networking opportunities and building tours and supported the development of three USGBC Student Groups.
We are as committed to our education and outreach as we have ever been. Through our big leaps, we have grown – our capacity for outreach and education has grown and our ability to reach further into the community to promote green building has also grown. In 2013, we continued to use Community Build as a means to expand our community engagement efforts and create partnerships with other non-profit organizations to promote sustainable development and green building in our community. Several Chapter initiatives and programs fall under the umbrella of Community Build, including the Green Schools Quest, Green Shadow, LEED Community Project, Regional Environmental Internship Program (REIP), Scholarship Program, Speakers Bureau and Sustainable Project Assistance. We are excited to report on these projects, as well as other efforts. Annual Report 2014 | 5
“Working on the certification of the Visitors Center in Forest Park has been a great learning experience for me. To actually go through the process, fill out the forms, and monitor the performance period of a building is something I would not have had the opportunity to do in my current position.” Diane Beaver, Project Designer for Cassidy Turley
“Working with North Kirkwood Middle School on the Green Schools Quest was a wonderful experience. The students and staff were clearly excited to help improve their school and community. From day one, the students worked hard to identify areas of need, come up with solutions, implement their ideas, and track the results. The energy the students and staff brought to the Quest was contagious and has helped me to refocus my efforts as a Designer of sustainable buildings.” Todd Bundren, The Lawrence Group
“In 2013 I had the honor of helping the Chapter revive the Emerging Professionals group. We meet once per month for a happy hour, green building tour, or community building event. Our gatherings provide those who are new to the industry with a fun, comfortable environment to get to know the Chapter and all that it can provide.” James Dice, Energy Systems Group
“Forest Park Forever is excited to partner with USGBC on the LEED Community Project for the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park. Finding innovative ways to improve how we operate and maintain this historic building greatly supports our mission to sustain Forest Park — now and forever.” Dave Lenczycki, Project Engineer for Forest Park Forever
“My experience with the Green Schools Quest was awesome. I learned how much money we spend on lights, how much money we can save by composting and how bad idling is. It changed my view on the environment by a huge amount. I used to think that all we could do to change the environment was ask the government about something and hope they approve. But now I see that we can do more than that. A person can take their own initiative and help the environment. I loved doing the Green Schools Quest and I would totally do it again if I got the chance.” Alex, Student at North Kirkwood Middle School
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2013 Highlights Launched the Green Schools Quest which challenges K-12 schools in our region to implement a no or low cost sustainability project with the help of a green mentor. 39 schools and 40 green mentors applied to participate and began meeting in October 2013 and will submit final projects in March 2014. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish. Increased collaborative efforts by working with nearly 40 diverse partners over the course of the year. This includes our on-going work with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and 19 building industry stakeholders on the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative, working with RideFinders and the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership to host the second annual Local Government Green Team Meet Up at the annual Green Homes Festival, and a partnership with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light as their fiscal sponsor. Focused on greening existing buildings through our educational program topics, including a lecture by Jenny Carney of YR&G, a monthly program in partnership with ASHRAE St. Louis on retrocommissioning and a five-part Lunch n’ LEED series about LEED for Existing Buildings developed and delivered by our 2012 LEED Community Project volunteers. Mid-Missouri Branch hosted their inaugural Sustainapalooza in October in partnership with the Mid-Missouri American Institute of Architects. It was hosted by the City of Columbia at their LEED Gold certified city hall and featured opportunities to earn continuing education – as well as a strawbale construction demonstration with help from the University of Missouri’s USGBC Student Group.
Advanced Volunteer Speakers Bureau efforts through a partnership with the Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association on their “Sustainable Tower Grove” series, which included 7 presentations to 130 individuals delivered by Chapter volunteers. The presentation was titled, “We Can Do This: How to Cool Down and Ramp Up with Energy Efficiency and Renewables.” Debuted a new opportunity to discuss complex green building topics with the Technical Committee’s “Tech Talks.” These conversations among topic experts were facilitated by Technical Committee volunteers and included, “Operating Solar PV Off the Grid” and “What Influences Your Materials Selection?” Assisted YOURS Market through our Sustainable Project Assistance (SPA) with an energy and water analysis of their building and garden. Through SPA, we match a community need or project with a Chapter member, committee or another organization. In our first official project, we matched YOURS Market, in the City of St. Louis’ Baden Neighborhood with an interested and very capable party at Washington University – John Murphy, a research associate in the Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering Department worked with graduate students Jason Li and Vera Jin to provide an energy audit and a rainwater harvesting feasibility study to help YOURS prioritize future actions and projects. Launched the second LEED Community Project in partnership with Forest Park Forever - 30 Chapter members are volunteering to assist with the LEED for Existing Building certification of the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitors Center in Forest Park. Volunteers gain experience working on a LEED project, a nonprofit gains a more efficient and healthier building and Forest Park will gain its fourth LEED certified project.
We are grateful to all our volunteers – our board members, our committee members and our project volunteers – who contribute their time, talent and passion for green building and sustainability. In 2013, we are proud to have had nearly 160 volunteers contribute 4,000 hours on behalf of the Chapter’s mission. Our volunteers make a difference through the Green Schools Quest, the LEED Community Project, our Speakers Bureau, our board of directors and the committees and working groups listed below. Advocacy: Promote and advocate green building practices and policies to organizations, government entities, market segments, and the general public; act as a resource for green building information, and help others overcome barriers and deal with issues related to implementation of green building; oversee the Speakers Bureau. Green Schools (K-12) Committee: Encourage, educate and provide tools to local schools and school districts to adopt green building; oversee the Green Schools Quest.
Marketing: Develop strategies to enhance communication to the community and with and among Chapter members; oversee Green Building Experts. Membership: Recruit, retain and engage members as well as developing a membership base that assures representation from all membership categories and the broader community. Programs: Develop opportunities for Chapter and community members to expand their knowledge of green building principles and practices through monthly programs, green building tours, LEED exam prep and in-depth programs. Technical: Spearhead research both as a conduit to the Chapter and as champions of local green building related research; oversee quarterly Tech Talks. Growing Green Awards Working Group: Coordinate annual Growing Green Awards, which celebrate individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices. Scholarship Working Group: Plan the annual ECORIDE bike ride fundraiser and coordinate scholarships to provide green building & sustainability education and training for those who normally would not have access. Emerging Professionals Task Force: Engage and welcome Emerging Professionals by facilitating the integration of future leaders into Chapter groups and committees, creating community-building events and coordinating with the Membership and Higher Education Committees.
Higher Education Committee: Educate, initiate dialog, and seek to accelerate implementation of green planning and building design within the wider context of campus sustainability to promote healthy, productive and engaging places to live, learn and teach; oversee the Green Shadow program. Annual Report 2014 | 9
2013 Supporters and Sponsors ANNUAL SPONSORS
RESTORATIVE Vertegy, An Alberici Enterprise
Electrical Connection Express Scripts
GREEN SCHOOLS ANNUAL Brightergy
PLATINUM Color Art Integrated Interiors
Guarantee Electrical Company
St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership *
Missouri Botanical Garden
Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.
KONE Inc. * PROGRAM AND Sheet Metal Workers, Local Lighting Associates, Inc. EVENT SPONSORS 36 McCormack Baron Salazar William A Kerr Foundation ECORIDE – Sunwheel Energy Partners Aegis Metal Framing, LLC Microgrid Solar GOLD Better Life * Arcturis National Design Build Big Shark Bicycle Co. Services LLC Cannon Design Bworks * New Ground * CLAYCO Great Rivers Greenway Oates Associates, Inc. * HOK Group Icon Mechanical Parsons Brinkerhoff Laclede Gas Company L.A.N.D. + LLC S.M. Wilson McCarthy Building Loftworks LLC * Companies, Inc. Siemens *
Interface New System Janitorial Supply Trane Universe Daylighting Solutions GROWING GREEN AWARDS Arcturis Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc Cannon Design
Missouri Historical Society
M3 Engineering Group
M360, Inc. *
Pizzo and Associates
Moonrise Hotel *
St. Louis Construction News & Real Estate The Healthy Planet SILVER Acorn Landscape Architecture BSI Constructors Christner, Inc.
GREEN Geotechnology, Inc. Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
GREEN SCHOOLS EVENT
St. Louis Green Straight Up Solar
Koch Air LLC
Automatic Controls Equipment Systems, Inc
Open Field Designs, Inc. *
Charity Clothing Pick Up * Wiegmann Associates *
Elkay Manufacturing *
The Healthy Planet
MONTHLY PROGRAMS ASSA ABLOY DDS Certainteed * Compi Distributors, Inc. CxE Group Farnsworth Group FDH Engineering, Inc. Graybar Electric Company * Icon Mechanical Kimball Office * Lawrence Group Pinnacle Contracting, Inc. * Schlafly Shaw Contract Group
INDIVIDUAL DONORS Barb Anderson Emily Andrews JoAnn Brookes Christy Cunningham Kimberly Eilerts Maren Engelmohr Jay Gill Jesse & Sharon Gill Linda Goldstein Jaime Kelley Brian Kowert Marc Lopata Erik Lueders John May
Washington University in St. Marjorie Melton Louis Luis Naranjo NEW MEMBER EVENT Christner, Inc.
FOUNDATION & GRANT SUPPORT
Megan Ridgeway Washington University in St. Nancy Rodney Louis Jay Swoboda
Boeing Employee Community Fund Grainger Missouri Environmental Education Association and EPA Region 7 Small Grants Program St. Louis Earth Day Action Grant St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District
Jennifer Clark Jaclyn Davis Roger Denny Franklin Eppert Bob Evans Daniel Harper
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is a mission-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves our community and our members by promoting environmentally responsible, prosperous and healthy places to live, work and learn. The financial support and participation of members, individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors sustain our work towards a shared mission and vision. We are so grateful for these contributions. Sponsors who were new in 2013 are noted with an asterisk (*). Sponsors who have contributed for five consecutive years are in bold typeface.
“I have supported my local USGBC chapter since it was first founded. The dedicated group that operates our Chapter looks for ways to grow the organization through the growth of each of their members. I support USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, I have from the beginning and I will continue to do so in the future.” Thomas A. Taylor, LEED® AP BD+C, GSAS-CGP, Principal of Vertegy, LLC
Michael Hof Tim Michels Marcus Rivas
U.S. Green Building Council Theresa Samples William A Kerr Foundation
Dan Shifley Annie Smith Eric Vavere
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INCOME SUMMARY Grants
Chapter Membership Dues
USGBC National Member Revenue
Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2013 Checking / Savings
Accounts Receivable Prepaid Expenses
LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS
Property & Equipment
Liabilities Accounts Payable
Net Assets Unrestricted
Temporarily Restricted Total Net Assets
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS
INCOME SUMMARY USGBC National Member Review 7%
Individual Donors 2%
Salary & Benefits
Outreach & Advocacy
Advertising & Promotion
EXPENSES BY PROGRAM
Sponsors 23% Grants 39% Special Events 8%
Program Sales 10%
Chapter Membership Dues 11%
EXPENSE BY PROGRAM SUMMARY General Administration 6%
Special Events 2%
Special Events 7% Advertising & Promotion 2%
Membership Services 8%
Outreach 32% Community Projects 8% Outreach & Advocacy 3% Professional 3%
General Operations 16%
Salary & Benefits 59%
U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter 2013 Annual Report