Chapter Updates

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  • 15 Aug 2014 2:04 PM | Anonymous


    Be blue. Be green. Be Royal! Join USGBC Central Plains for a fun-filled Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. We'll be supporting "Water Awareness Night" presented by Grundfos, so come early to learn more about water conservation.

    Friday August 29th at 7:10 p.m.
    (First 10,000 fans get an eco-friendly baseball cap!)

    It's Buck Night! (hot dogs, small soda products and peanuts are just $1.00)

    Fireworks Friday (stay after the game for a fun fireworks show!)

    Tickets are $17.00 per person.  Friends and family welcome!

    Questions? Email

    Register Now

  • 07 Jul 2014 11:01 AM | Anonymous


    The USGBC Central Plains Chapter is now accepting education program proposals for the 2014 Continuing Education Blitz (aka Procrastinator's Day!)

    Event Date: Thursday October 2nd

    Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center KC

    Please read the below attachments for the program submittal process and forms. 

    2014 Call for Education Proposals

     Education Proposal Form


  • 17 Jun 2014 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    Registration for the 2nd Annual BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Expo and Conference is now open at

    BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland is a major conference and trade expo serving architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, real estate developers, government officials and community organizations in the Midwest. It is produced by Building Design+Construction and Scranton Gillette Communications/SGC Horizon, in conjunction with USGBC-Illinois, the Greening the Heartland Committee, AIA Chicago, the Chicagoland /Chamber of Commerce, and the Building Alliance (AGC)

    The three-day event will be held September 29-October 1, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, North America’s largest LEED Gold Certified hotel, and will feature product exhibits. The conference will present a full slate of education sessions, workshops and keynotes, with all sessions offering AIA and GBCI credits.

    The inaugural event in 2013 featured more than 70 accredited education courses and 40 exhibitors, and drew more than 600 attendees, including top-tier management from well-known companies and facilities, including: University of Chicago, Pepper Construction, DuPont, Federal Reserve of Chicago, Commonwealth Edison, Turner Construction, Harpo Studios, Crate & Barrel, St. Anthony Hospital, Hyatt Hotels, State of Iowa Department of Corrections, Walsh Construction, City of Southfield, MI, and Skidmore, Owings & Merill.

    For attendees or exhibitors to register and view more information on conference seminars, visit; or contact Harry Urban at; 847.954.7928.

  • 02 May 2014 1:42 PM | Anonymous



    A big thank you to Pratt Industries and Historic Green for executing another successful Earth Day Work Day at the Benton Community Garden. With their help, the garden is ready for the next season of community beauty and engagement!

  • 01 May 2014 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Residential Green committee focuses on the answer to that question, and how to spread the word to the broader community of building professionals and homeowners in our region. We invite you to be part of this team and get involved today!


    Goals and Action Items:

    ·        Find ways to bring greater awareness and buy-in of better building practices to promote efficiency, health, affordability and comfort to other building professionals in the area.

    ·        Locate and / or execute outreach to homeowners on sustainability in remodeling and why it should matter to them.

    ·        Bring broader awareness to real estate professionals; target MLS as a way to modify existing information in the system as a tool to promote awareness among homebuyers.

    These are just three goals the Residential Homes Committee is aiming to achieve. Although the Central Plains Chapter region is broad, our goal is to promote green building practices - through weatherization and product choices of low-embodied energy - within the Kansas City area first.


    The team is seeking new volunteers. If you're one of the following and passionate about Green Homes, please inquire today about how to get involved.

    • Architects

    ·        Builders

    ·        Real Estate professionals

    ·        Sustainable building practice consultants

    ·        Green product manufactures reps and dealers

    ·        Corporate sustainable program managers

    ·        Civil Environmental program managers

    ·        Energy efficient program managers at utilities and other non for profit's.

    ·        Interested parties/ homeowners

    If the Central Plains Chapter is going to attack sustainability completely, it will take enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to clearly define and act on the goals. Residential buildings account for almost as much as commercial in energy use - each 20% of the US' total energy consumption. It's time to get to work!


    To learn more about this team, contact Perry Quick and Mary English.

  • 24 Apr 2014 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Join Central Plains Chapter for this unique presentation by guest speaker Ryan Manies with Polsinelli. Guests will gain a better understanding of the legal ramifications of sustainable project contracts, specifically on minimizing the architect and engineer's liability associated with LEED certification on projects.



    Ryan Manies, Polsinelli

    Monday, May 19

    5:15-6:00 p.m. - Registration & Networking

    6:00-7:00 p.m. - Presentation

    7:00-7:30 p.m. - Office Tour



    Polsinelli's KC Office

    900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900

    Kansas City, MO



    Member:  $10
    Non-member:  $15
    Student:  $7
    Drinks and appetizers will be served.




    Visit to learn more about our featured speaker.  





  • 24 Apr 2014 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Join us in Hutchinson as Ed Clampitt takes us on a tour of the Siemens wind turbine nacelle assembly facility that opened in 2010.  This facility assembles nacelles and hubs for the company's 2.3-MW and 3.0-MW wind power turbines.  The nacelle is the structure atop of a wind turbine tower that houses the components converting the blades' rotation into electricity, including the gearbox, the drive train and the control electronics.  The hub is a solid steel casting where the three blades attach.  Once these components are assembled, they are shipped directly to the wind farm to be assembled with the remaining turbine components.  This facility also assembles the site parts kits, which include parts and pieces that are needed at each site during the erection of the finished turbine.

    This 300,000-square-foot factory has been awarded LEED Gold Certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as its incorporation of a variety of other sustainable strategies, making it the first building in Kansas to receive this rating.  The sustainable features of the building will be discussed, along with the process for producing the wind turbine components.


    To learn more about Siemens Wind Power, visit Siemens USA.

    Saturday, May 17 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM

    Siemens Nacelle Assembly Facility
    1000 Commerce St
    Hutchinson, KS 67501


    Member:  $5.00
    Non-member:  $5.00
    Student:  $5.00
    Lunch will not be provided at this event, but individuals are welcome to meet at the Carriage Crossing in Yoder following the tour.

    Carpools will leave the south parking lot of the Sedgwick County Park at 8:00 a.m. Donuts and coffee will be provided! If you are interested in getting a ride or are willing to drive please email Tom Nelson at

    Click here to register. Registration closes at noon on Thursday, May 15.
  • 16 Apr 2014 11:10 AM | Anonymous

    You're invited to attend an event on Association’s Trends Regarding High Performance Operations on May 7, hosted by the Built Environment Partners (BEP).

    The BEP is a collaboration and partnership of the local chapters or regional representatives of ASHRAE, BOMA, CoreNet, IFMA, IIDA, EPA and USGBC.

    Wednesday, May 7
    (Held in conjunction with the KC Commercial Real Estate Expo.)

    Overland Park Convention Center
    6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211
    Registration will open soon, so please Save the Date now.



    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Education Track 1

    Does Your Building's Environment Matter?
    Human Health & Productivity in the Workplace

    12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
    International/National Association President’s Round Table

    2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Education Track 2

    Kansas City’s Involvement in the City Energy Project




  • 28 Mar 2014 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Join USGBC Central Plains and Sherwin Williams for a presentation concerning High Performance Coatings, hosted at McCown Gordon's headquarters in Kansas City, MO.


    This course looks at some of the harsh environments found in commercial settings and provides the information you need to determine which project types and conditions would benefit from a particular coating.  The course will cover topics such as green coating options, protection from severe conditions, and how to achieve the best value for your clients.



    Wednesday, April 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Lunch/registration begins at 11:30 am

    Presentation begins at Noon



    McCown Gordon Construction

    422 Admiral Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106



    Sign up today. Space is limited.



    Free and lunch is provided.



    AIA/CES Credits: 1LU/HSW

    GBCI Credits: 1 CE hour


    Hosted by:

  • 25 Mar 2014 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    On Saturday, March 29, join the Green Schools committee for a garden build at Woodland Elementary. Grab your shovels, pick-axes and gloves and come on out to help!

    The build begins at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until the garden is finished, complete with plants and flowers. The raised planting beds will be built of stone retaining wall blocks - so plan for a day of digging, leveling out the stone wall, and filling dirt and planting.

    Feel free to sign up for any two hour shift, or all of them! 

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