Chapter Updates

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  • 20 Feb 2015 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in becoming a member of the Central Plains Chapter? Join members for an impromptu after work social to learn about membership, volunteer opportunities, and network with members. Come enjoy a few refreshments on us, and a pick-up game of pool, ping pong, foosball, darts, arcade games, or shuffleboard.

    Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

    BRR Architecture's re:bar

    6700 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 


    This event is free and all are welcome!


    For more information, email Jay Guerra at


    Thank you to our event host! 






  • 06 Feb 2015 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Join the Chapter for our State of the Chapter and Social event on March 12 at Larson Binkley!

    Meet Chapter members and leaders while taking a look back at 2014 and a look forward at plans for the upcoming year. Committee chairs will highlight their activities and present a multitude of opportunities for you to get involved in 2015. We will also have a brief presentation by guest speaker Dennis Murphey, KCMO Chief Environmental Officer.


    This is a great opportunity to get to know USGBC Central Plains. We hope you will join us as we continue to work towards our goal of transforming the build environment!  


    5:30-6:00 pm - Registration & Networking
    6:00-7:00 pm - Formal Presentation
    7:00-7:30 pm - Additional Networking 


    Visit for more details.

    Register to Attend

  • 02 Feb 2015 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Greenbuild and USGBC are still looking for people to submit course proposals for Greenbuild Europe & The Mediterranean, as well as Greenbuilding Brasil. This is a great opportunity for you to share your experience and expertise with the green building community.

    Reviewers are looking for fresh content presented by experts on the session topic submitted. Presentation topics include affordable housing, codes and certification systems, energy efficiency, government and policy, net zero and more. For a full list of suggested topics, review the Greenbuild Call for Proposals. The call for proposals are available in English, Italian and Portuguese.

    Not sure how to submit a course proposal or find yourself somewhat intimidated by the process? USGBC offers a submittal guide and a webcast recording covering questions that you may have about submitting a proposal.

    More conference details  

  • 02 Feb 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    On January 21, the Central Plains Chapter, City Energy Project (CEP) and the KC Chamber hosted an Energy Efficiency Speed Roundtable event at Union Station.

    More than 100 attended the Roundtable event and had their choice of 15 different energy efficiency topics. The evening began with 4 rounds of 15 minutes each. Attendees were able to rotate between tables, hear presentations and engage in dialogue with a subject matter expert.
    Thank you to our event partners and sponsors who led the roundtable discussions.

    ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions-MidCon

    AEI Consultants

    Kansas City Power & Light

    Larson Binkley

    MC Realty Group

    MWE Inc.

    Optimum Energy Solutions

    Outcome Construction Services

    Siemens Industry



    U.S. Engineering Company 


    We also had three exhibiters providing information to attendees:
    • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager - EPA Region 7
    • Workplace Charging - Metropolitan Energy Center
    • PACE Financing - Missouri Clean Energy District

    City Energy Project News 

  • 02 Feb 2015 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    BUILDING THE HEARTLAND conference(formerly BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland conference) will be held August 31- September 2 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago's first LEED Gold hotel.

    "We wanted to broaden the conference content to provide discussion of new technology, the residential market, and the needs of owners, developers, and occupants of buildings," says Robert Cassidy, the Conference chairman. "BUILDING THE HEARTLAND will still be about 50% 'green' in content, with sessions that cover environmental responsibility, sustainability, resiliency, and healthy building."

    The 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND program will feature five tracks: 1) Technology (e.g., BIM, robotics, field tools, 3D printing); 2) Owner/Developer/Occupant panels ("What they want from their Building Teams"); 3) Residential (single-family, condo, apartment), 4) High-Performance Buildings (LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge), and 5) High-Performance Building Systems and Tools (e.g., energy modeling, biophilia, energy codes, materials, stormwater management).

    In addition to leading keynote speakers and networking events, the 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND also will feature an all-day LEED v4 workshop.  


    All education sessions will offer AIA CES or Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) accreditation-and, in most cases, both.
    Proposals for education sessions are due February 6th. Visit the BUILDING THE HEARTLAND website to learn more and submit your proposals. 

    More conference details 

  • 29 Oct 2014 1:41 PM | Anonymous


    Annual EP Pub Crawl - REGISTER BY OCT 31st!!!

    It's that time of year again! The Emerging Professionals are hosting their annual fundraising pub crawl on Saturday ,November 8th. This year we will be crawling through Westport. We have some amazing "Green" themed cocktails and draft specials set up for us at each bar so this is surely a year not to miss. Your registration fee for "Reuse the Kooz" will help us continue our goals in and throughout Kansas City, as well as get you an entry to our bar raffle, a revamped pub crawl shirt, a souvenir koozie.



  • 06 Oct 2014 3:54 PM | Anonymous


    What does Kansas City's sustainable urban future look like? Multi-modal transportation, integrated bicycle infrastructure, healthy streetscape - how does this change the way we interact with and plan for our communities? BetterBlockKC demonstrates forward-thinking planning strategies in real time, transforming a city block into a 'complete street.'

    On Saturday, October 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., BetterBlockKC will be transforming the block of Broadway Boulevard from Westport Road to W 40th Terrace. In partnership with BikeWalk KC, BetterBlockKC 2014 will launch a new B-Cycle station at this location, promoting the civic and environmental importance of active lifestyles. For the temporary display, we will show the full potential of our city by coordination of street performances, sidewalk cafes, and street park as a cohesive whole for the streetscape. 

    This year many of our USGBC Central Plains Chapter Emerging Professionals are participating in this year's BetterBlockKC working with local organization and like-minded professionals to create a more sustainable Kansas City.

    You can also make a contribution to BetterBlockKC 2014 through our campaign, at All donations are tax-deductible. Your contributions will be recognized through our media platforms, and you will receive a gift from us and our partners. 


    Thank you for your sharing in this vision of a better Kansas City, one block at a time! 


  • 01 Sep 2014 10:52 PM | Anonymous

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
    Refreshments and Networking at 8:00; Workshop to being promptly at 8:30 a.m.

    Anita Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO

    Lara Shopp, KC Chamber at

    USGBC Central Plains Chapter and the Kansas City Energy Project invite you to a one-hour workshop on building Energy Audits. This workshop will provide attendees with the critical elements needed to assess your building’s performance. It will answer the question, “What do I do now that I have benchmarked my building?” This is a workshop you will not want to miss. Led by expert Dustin Schafer, Vice President in charge of Technical Standards for Henderson Engineers, he will explain the industry standard definitions of commercial grade energy audits, and focus specifically on describing the different offerings available at each level of service. You should leave this presentation equipped with an understanding of the auditing process, and more importantly, equipped with the knowledge that you need to evaluate proposals from service providers.

    Dustin Schafer,
    Henderson Engineers
    Dustin Schafer, PE, LEED® AP BD+C, CEM, is a licensed mechanical engineer and  a certified energy manager with a background engineering design, sustainable and ecological design and project management. He contributes across a wide range of project disciplines including mechanical, architectural, electrical, controls and construction. Dustin takes a holistic view of facility design to meet the client’s budgetary and scheduling goals while maintaining an eye towards reducing total energy use as well as installed and operating costs. Dustin began his career as a process engineer in the biopharmaceutical industry after graduating with a degree in architectural engineering in 1999. He has been with Henderson Engineers since 2008 and serves as Principal-in-Charge of Technical Standards.


  • 29 Aug 2014 9:22 AM | Anonymous


    The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America is coming to Kansas City at the Burns & McDonnell Auditorium on September 6.


    Central Plains Chapter invites you to view an amazing series of films with themes relating to the natural environment. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmentally conscious groups across the country to host tour venues as a way to outreach into their communities and bring together a diverse audience. The goal is to use film to inspire activism. We hope to use the festival to increase a better community understanding of the connection we share with the planet and our roles as stewards to keep it healthy for future generations.


    There are approximately 120 minutes of film mixed with speeches from local thought leaders during the event. There will be time before, during intermission and after the event for dialogue and socialization. Beverages, light food and popcorn will be available. Get your tickets today for what promises to be a wonderful night of thought provoking film, activism, and inspiring dialogue!



    Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.



    Burns & McDonnell Auditorium

    9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO



    $15 for adult; $6 for students









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