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Evening Program: Inspiring Greener Building Materials

April 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Presented in partnership with American Institute of Architects – St. Louis Chapter Committee on the Environment,
American Society of Interior Designers Missouri East, International Interior Design Association Gateway Chapter,
and Missouri Gateway Green Building Council
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The choices we make about materials in our buildings can affect everything from indoor air quality to construction waste to broader human health and environmental impacts from materials ingredients, sources, manufacturing, and transport. But the process of selecting materials can be complicated and confusing. How can you best evaluate products and finishes in our buildings so that decisions are best for budgets, building occupants and the environment? This program will address this question and more using the American Institute of Architects Materials Pledge as a basis for discussion. The program will include information on the efforts to make transparency and optimization information easily accessible through the mindful MATERIAL Collaborative and their Common Materials Framework and the efforts of the Interior Design community in creating this national pledge.



ralph bickneseRalph Bicknese, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow, Principal @ Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Ralph is an architect and a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth-Bicknese Architects. Ralph is passionate about integrating design excellence with exemplary environmental performance to evoke positive impact and enrich life – at scale. Ralph helped found the Missouri Gateway Green Building Council, where he has held numerous leadership positions. He initiated the Katrina Charrettes at Greenbuild 2005, was a contributor to The New Orleans Principles and serves on the City of Maplewood Sustainability Commission. He is a member of the AIA Sustainable Leadership Group, and has participated in over 50 LEED projects, including the LEED Gold certified Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center, and 11 projects seeking Living Building Challenge certification.

Lona Rerick Lona Rerick, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, LFA, Principal @ ZGF
Lona Rerick is a sustainable designer and specifier at ZGF Architects focusing on materials selection and transparency. She guides clients, design teams and contractors through the intricacies of system materials selection, product research for locations and writing specifications to assure that project goals are met during construction. Lona leads ZGF Architects Project Performance Team’s efforts to select and specify low-impact, healthy materials. She currently serves on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’ s Board and AIA National’s Materials Knowledge Working Group which created the Materials Pledge. Lona is also a member of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group, serves on the mindful MATERIALS Steering Group and is the founding co-Chair of the Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative.

Rachelle Schoessler Lyn Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow. Sustainability Director @ BKV Group
With over 25 years of experience, Rachelle has devoted her career to design excellence, specifically focused on sustainability innovation and an emphasis on the impact of design on the health and well-being of the people that occupy the spaces we design. Rachelle is a Board Member on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, one of the original authors of the Minnesota B3 Guidelines (Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond), and a co-founder of the USGBC Minnesota Chapter. Awarded the LEED Fellow distinction in 2013 and the ASID Fellow distinction in 2009, Rachelle has also served as the national board chair for ASID and is the past chair of the AIA Material Pledge.


Free – Members of Missouri Gateway Green Building Council, AIA-St. Louis, ASID Missouri East and IIDA Gateway Chapter
Free – Students
$25.00 – NON-Members

To be submitted for AIA CES Approval


This event will be recorded and shared on our website. Registration/attendance at, or participation in Missouri Gateway Green Building Council programs and activities constitutes an agreement by the registrants to allow the organization to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the attendee’s image, in photographs, video, and electronic reproductions of such events and activities.

Missouri Gateway Green Building Council is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number R341. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES (cessupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3). This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.


April 11
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Overland, MO 63114 United States
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