Sweet Sustainability

  • 12 Jul 2016
  • 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
  • Attending this event earns 5 points on the Challenge’s High Performance Building Initiative Scorecard!

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July 12 Program

Sweet Sustainability

The U.S. is the world's largest chocolate market. Mars Chocolate North America has set a goal to make their offices and factories “Sustainable in a Generation” and, since 2011, Mars, Incorporated has aimed to achieve LEED Gold certification for all new major buildings globally. 

A shining example of this commitment is their state of the art 500,000-square-foot LEED Gold confectionery manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kansas.  One of several of Mars factories to have achieved zero waste to landfill, this facility boasts a wide range of sustainable features, including 100 percent renewable electricity, state- of-the art heat recovery systems, rainwater harvesting for sewage transfer in the office area and for landscape irrigation, low-emitting local and regional materials, and more.

Join us on July 12th to hear the sustainable story behind Food Engineering Magazine's 2015 Plant of the Year. M&Ms produced in the plant will of course be served!

For those participating in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge: Attending this event earns 5 points on the Challenge’s High Performance Building Initiative Scorecard!


Dave Peterson, Mechanical Engineer, CRB
Dave has over 34 years of experience in HVAC and utilities design for the Food, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Laboratory, Animal and other light industrial and research type facilities.  He has been responsible for all phases of projects starting from conceptual design through start-up and commissioning.  He has been with CRB for 24 years serving as a senior technical mechanical engineer and project manager.  He is a member of ASHRAE and ASME and also teaches at the University of Kansas.

Keith Higgins, PE, LEED AP is an Associate with CRB and has more than 10 years of experience as a Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer.  Keith recently relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles to support CRB’s Los Angeles office which opened in June 2014.  Keith has worked on a variety of projects with a concentration in the Laboratory/Life Sciences, Vivarium, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology fields. Keith is a member of ISPE, ASHRAE and the USGBC.

1 LEED Specific (BD+C) GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA/CES LU 

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 12, 2016
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Registration & Networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

WHERE:  Alberici Headquarters, 8800 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63114 map

Free for USGBC-MGC Members, STL Green Business Challenge Participants, and Full-time Students;
$20 for Non-members

REGISTER: Click on the Register button on the left side of this screen.

QUESTIONS? Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to Our Event Sponsor!



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.