We’ve been around a while.

In 2001, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council was founded by 15 committed volunteers who believed that green buildings are better. Founded originally as the St. Louis Regional Green Building Council, we became one of the first six USGBC Chapters in the country. At that time, you could count the number of LEED buildings on your fingers. A lot has changed, but one constant is that your Missouri Gateway Green Building Council has been educating and advocating for greener, healthier buildings ever since.

Missouri Gateway Green Building Council Founders

Timeline Highlights


Inaugural program, held at the Missouri Botanical Garden, featured Bob Berkebile of BNIM, who gave an overview of green building principles to an audience of nearly 100 professionals


First Green Products Expo held, featuring keynote address by Nadav Malin Building Green


Leaders participated in organizing Gulf Coast Charettes post Hurricane Katrina


City of Clayton passed the first local LEED ordinance stating that all new government projects must achieve LEED Silver certification


City of St. Louis passed ordinance requiring LEED Silver or higher certification for any city owned new construction


  • First Annual Green School Event on “Greening Your School and District 101”
  • Hosted the 5th Annual Greening the Heartland Conference in downtown St. Louis. The conference drew 1200 attendees from around the Midwest


USGBC St. Louis Regional Chapter merged with the Missouri Heartland Chapter to become the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter, forming the Ozarks and Mid-Missouri Branches


Began collaborating with Webster University, Saint Louis Zoo, and Missouri Botanical Garden to produce the annual Sustainability Institute for Educators


Completed first LEED Community Project - LEED Operations & Maintenance Certification of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (also the Council’s home base)


Launched the Green Schools Quest


Launched the Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative, and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light


Launched “Green Buildings Are Better Campaign” to celebrate our 15-year anniversary


City of St. Louis passed “Building Energy Awareness Ordinance” requiring all buildings 50,000 square feet and larger to report energy & water use annually


  • Received the “Star Behind the Scene” Award at the Ameren Missouri Trade Ally Awards for our work supporting benchmarking and energy efficiency efforts in the City of St. Louis
  • St. Louis was chosen for the U.S. Department of Education’s annual Green Strides Tour, which featured local ED-Green Ribbon Schools – all of which participate in the Green Schools Quest


Hosted USGBC’s President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam for a LEED v4.1 Roadshow, which included awarding LEED Gold plaques for Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and the Visitor Center & Museum at the Gateway Arch


  • Debuted Equity & Inclusion Statement at the State of the Chapter
  • Launched Missouri Green Schools pilot in collaboration with Missouri Environmental Education Association
  • City of St. Louis passed a Building Energy Performance Standard – the first in the Midwest and the fourth in the nation


Launched Missouri Green Schools pilot with Missouri Environmental Education Association


  • Awarded over 20 scholarships for school representatives to attend the national Green Schools Summits
  • Delivered over 20 presentations and hired our inaugural Building Energy Exchange St. Louis director to support benchmarking, energy efficiency and the City’s Building Energy Performance Standard
  • In partnership with MEEA, named 6 inaugural Missouri Green Schools honorees – schools who have proved their commitment to improving the health and wellness of students and staff, lowering their environmental impact, and providing place-based education

Summer Member Social in 2022


  • Formally launched Building Energy Exchange St. Louis
  • Welcomed Members back to in-person events at our Summer Member Social in Forest Park


Became the Missouri Gateway Green Building Council and launched this awesome new website!