Sustainable Risk Management and Disaster Response

  • 10 Oct 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Alberici 8800 Page Ave. St. Louis, MO 63114


  • For individuals who do not hold a current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Membership

Registration is closed

October 10 Program

Sustainable Risk Management and Disaster Response

SPEAKERS: Stephen Bushnell, President, Stephen Bushnell + Associates and Richard Schuessler, Account Executive, HM Risk

Each year, US Insurers, Federal and State Governments, and citizens spend close to $50 billion to recover from floods, fires, water damage, wind and hail and other natural disasters. Are we getting the best return on this enormous investment? Is the built environment made any more sustainable after this money is spent? This program will explore the connections between risk management, green buildings, and sustainable business practices, offer idea about how to better manage the disaster risks we face and introduce the recently formed Sustainable Disaster Response Council (SDRC).

  • Explore the connections, similarities and synergies between risk management, green buildings, and sustainable practices.
  • Identify risk management best practices to increase resilience and sustainability in the face of disasters.
  • Define disaster in terms of local risks, specifically exploring risks in the St. Louis area.
  • Introduce the recently formed Sustainable Disaster Response Council.

Stephen Bushnell
is widely recognized as a risk-focused expert on green buildings, sustainable manufacturing and operations, and the broader business, economic and risk management implications of climate, energy and other sustainability challenges. A highly experienced insurance and risk management professional with more than 40 years of experience, Steve led the development of the industry’s first dedicated insurance policies and risk services for green buildings.

He has served in advisory or board capacities for organizations like California Sustainability Alliance, the Green California Summit, UL Environment and the U.S. Green Building Council – where he was the first representative of the insurance industry elected to USGBC’s National Board of Directors, serving from 2012 - 2015. He currently sits on the newly formed USGBC Advisory Council.

Richard Schuessler is an Account Executive at HM Risk. Richard is a life-long St. Louis resident and Truman State University finance graduate. He started with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company/Allianz out of college. With Fireman’s Fund being the first insurance company to provide specific insurance coverage and discounts for green buildings, Richard quickly became involved with green insurance and the local USGBC Chapter. He has focused his volunteer efforts on government advocacy at the State and Federal level.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for USGBC-MGC Members and full time students
$20 for Non-members

Click the “Register” button on the left side of this page.


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QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at or (314) 577-0225.


Flance Learning Center opened to students in June 2014, and aims to be an exemplary early
learning center, serving children of all incomes and backgrounds, six-weeks to six-years of age in a new, $11.5 million facility. The center’s design team placed heavy emphasis on ensuring that indoor and outdoor spaces were resource-efficient, free of toxins, healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective.  In recognition of this emphasis on health and environmental
sustainability, Flance Center is registered to become only the 4th LEED for Schools Certified
Preschool in the world.   Universal Design features are also incorporated to create a convenient
experience for staff and students, regardless of physical ability, thereby creating an environment in which special-needs and typical-needs children can thrive side-by-side in the same classrooms.