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Building Decarbonization: Why Does It Matter and Where do YOU Fit in?

  • 16 Aug 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Missouri History Museum


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Evening Educational Program

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As of 3 pm on August 16, online registration is closed. Walk-ins are still welcome at the event! 

Building Decarbonization:

Why Does It Matter and Where do YOU Fit in?

presented in partnership with 

AIA-St. Louis' Committee on the Environment, ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter and International Sustainable Institute for Laboratories St. Louis


  • An overview of the New Buildings Institutes' Building Decarbonization TOOL.
  • Actionable solutions to implement building decarbonization to meet 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1.
  • An understanding of funding and policy opportunities to mitigate carbon from energy use in the built environment.
  • A panel discussion from local Missouri Gateway professionals seeking market opportunities in decarbonization implementation and its impact on social and racial equity.


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The New Buildings Institutes' (NBI) Building Decarbonization Code presents the building industry with an actionable tool to leverage buildings in meeting the climate objectives of cities and states. We will review this tool, present its place within a spectrum of tools, policies, and funding opportunities related to building decarbonization and discuss concerns and opportunities of decarbonization from an equity perspective.

    Join your local building industry organizationsAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis' Committee on the Environment (COTE®), ASHRAE St. Louis (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), International Sustainable Institute for Laboratories St. Louis (I2SL) and Missouri Gateway Green Building Council, Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Missouri History Museum.

    Learn what tools are available and how you can implement solutions, what is happening around the country, and what the future brings when it comes to building decarbonization.



    Kim Cheslak, (she/her)Director of Codes, New Buildings Institute

    Kim is a building energy codes and policy leader and content matter expert that guides the future of building decarbonization policies throughout the United States. Kim leads NBI’s Code and Policy team in policy and code roadmaps, development and implementation for state and local jurisdictions across the U.S. working on advanced energy codes and building performance standards along with other supportive policies and programs.

    She has over 10 years of experience focusing on buildings and codes. Her career has included commercial and residential code compliance studies, working with local governments to maximize savings through adoption of and compliance with code, and managing sustainability portfolios. Kim was instrumental in the formation of Washington D.C.’s Green Building Division. She supports NBI’s broader engagement in building decarbonization through research, education, and market engagement opportunities.


    Colleen Autry, (she/her) Director of District Operations, Cortex Innovation Community

    Colleen Autry holds a BS in Sustainability from Washington University and is currently the Director of District Operations at Cortex in St. Louis. Orchestrating operations of the existing 200-acre campus, she strategizes and guides future projects through construction meetings with tenants and developers, and leads their security and parking teams. Since onboard Cortex - striving to bring sustainability to the forefront of every endeavor, Colleen has finalized and presented their Sustainability Action Plan with numerous stakeholders - adopted into action June 2022.

    Prior to her work at Cortex, Colleen was the general manager of an ecological restoration company that worked on a myriad of projects throughout the St. Louis and Midwest regions. She is a seasoned estimator and project manager with a heavy background in green infrastructure, specializing in native plant installations. She is also a licensed ISA Arborist. Outside of work, Colleen enjoys traveling and attending concerts with her husband and teenage daughter. They spend weekends hiking, kayaking and attending volleyball tournaments, as well as supporting local restaurants and breweries.

    Colleen welcomes you to explore the Cortex Innovation Community and enjoy an evening at Venture Café or one of the many green spaces!

    J. Gregory Carl, City Council Member & Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Olivette, Missouri 

      Greg Carl earned a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University. As a Systems engineer and consultant for Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), he worked with both internal and external customers from around the world; successfully leading diverse constituencies to complete large IT projects. Currently, Greg serves as a Council Member for the City of Olivette, bringing with him community empowerment and equity; advocating the Olivette City Council to be more inclusive, transparent, and accessible.

      Greg has served on the City of Olivette’s Planning and Community Design Commission since 2008 before becoming a Council Member in 2014. He leads Olivette’s sustainability initiative; working to achieve the United Nations Climate Neutral Now Initiative Silver Measure Level by completing a third-party verified greenhouse gas inventory for the city.

      Greg Carl bought his first home in Olivette and is a proud resident of more than 30 years. So much so, he is currently building a new one on the same lot and as Council Member has reviewed approximately 200 new home developments in Olivette, representing approximately 5% of the City’s single family housing stock. In order for the City of Olivette to achieve climate neutrality Greg proposes giving local contractors experience in building homes of; Economic Disaster Resistance and Life Safety, Flexible and Universal Design for disability and aging in place, and Advanced Home Automation; influencing local building practices and local governments. 

      Carlos Trejo, AICP, Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Olivette, MO

      Carlos Trejo is the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Olivette, leading the charge for planning, organizing, and directing all activities and staff related to the City’s community development functions including building plan reviews and inspections, code compliance, site planning, and economic development.

      A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, with master’s degrees in both Architecture and Urban Planning, he earned his AICP certification in 1998. Before joining the City of Olivette as their first full-time planner in 2002, Carlos served as a planning and zoning administrator in both Muskego, WI from 1995 to 1998, and Creve Coeur, MO from 1998 to 2001.

      Under the guidance of the City’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan, Carlos has navigated Olivette through a series of place making principles that have resulted in a renaissance in the community. In 2016, Carlos collaborated with the consulting firm Development Strategies, to develop an economic development strategy for redeveloping and investing on the Olive Boulevard corridor which has led to nearly $500 million in economic development activity. Projects includes a new community gateway along I-170, uniform streetscape standards, a series of new public spaces, and a framework for a pedestrian oriented City Center.

      Carlos is currently updating the 2006 Comprehensive Plan to re-engage the community in planning for the next 20-years. The new comprehensive plan will further the City’s land use policies as it relates to sustainable and equitable development.


      • Explain key components of Building Decarbonization Code and explore implementation options in applying the Building Decarbonization Code framework to planned building projects or local policy developments.
      • Differentiate role and scope of multiple types of policies and actions addressing building decarbonization.
      • Recognize and identify impacts of building decarbonization on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and historically marginalized communities.
      • Discuss how local municipalities, developers, innovation districts, and others are able to use Building Decarbonization Code as a tool to influence projects and incorporate into building operations.


      Submitted for AIA CES credit approval

      Eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hour


      Tuesday, August 16, 2021

      5:30 - 7:30 pm


      Missouri History Museum, AT&T Foundation Room
      5700 Lindell Blvd., 
      St. Louis, MO 63112

      Directions via Google Maps

      Connect with Metro Lines #90 or Forest Park-DeBaliviere  


      FREE for AIA-St. Louis Members

      FREE for ASHRAE-St. Louis Chapter Members

      FREE for I2SL St. Louis Members

      FREE for Full-Time Students

      $25.00 for Non-Members

      FREE for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members


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      Thank you to our event sponsor 


      Thank you to the members of our local Missouri and Southern Illinois green building and sustainability organizations.

      Evening Educational Programs are held 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month online until summer 2022 or at locations around the Gateway Region. Registration is required; all programs are FREE to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and full-time students; $10 for non-members. View previously recorded events here.

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