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Give Back to the Community

During our 10th year anniversary and in every year to come, USGBC-Illinois wants to ensure that the promise of green buildings and sustainable communities aren’t just for some Illinois residents but for everyone!   Given this, USGBC-Illinois believes strongly in supporting member-driven community service projects across our state.  There are several ways for members to participate in one or all of our community service projects outlined below.  We are still in the planning stages on many of these, so please check back often as we will be updating this page with additional details as we have them.

–  Chicago Public Schools LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance pilot project – USGBC-Illinois is working with Chicago’s Prescott school to assist the school in achieving the LEED EB: O+M certification.  Chapter members with knowledge of LEED EB: O+M, mechanical systems, energy conservation strategies, water conservation, and other issues related to ongoing sustainable operations are needed and encouraged to get involved.

– Rebuilding Together, April 28 – USGBC-Illinois’ Emerging Professionals Committee is sponsoring a team for this spring’s 2012 Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago project, a one-day community service project where teams assist families across the metro-region in a variety of home improvement projects.  For more information how to get involved, contact Joan Martin, Manager of Membership and Outreach at: [email protected].

– Northern Illinois Foodbank, Geneva, April 19– Join USGBC-Illinois’ Fox Valley Branch for a tour of Geneva’s Northern Illinois Foodbank and lend a hand volunteering.  Exact volunteer roles for the event will be determined based on organizational need that day.  For more information contact Joan Martin, Manager of Membership and Outreach at: [email protected].

– Habitat For Humanity Work Days – USGBC-Illinois will be working with Chicago’s Windy City Habitat for Humanity to assist with the building of its first two LEED certified homes beginning this spring.  In addition, USGBC-Illinois’ Rockford/Northern Illinois Branch will also be participating in a Habitat Humanity work day in Rockford.  For more information on the Chicago project, contact Katie Kaluzny, Associate Director at: [email protected] .  For the Rockford project contact Mike Dudek, Branch Chair, at [email protected].   If you would like to organize a Chapter work-day with your local Habitiat for Humanity or another group focused on affordable housing, contact Joan Martin, Manager of Membership and Outreach at: [email protected].

– Community Partners for Affordable Housing Work Days – USGBC-Illinois will partner with Highland Park’s Community Partners for Affordable Housing in a special Chapter work-day later this spring or summer.  CPAH buys and rehabs homes sustainably and sells them at below market rates to eligible families. 

– Illinois Green Schools Day of Service, September 29, 2012 – The USGBC-Illinois Chapter is inviting Illinois schools to take action in their schools or communities on the first annual Illinois Green Schools Day of Service, September 29, 2012.  We're also encouraging professionals in the green building community to serve as green schools mentors or day-of volunteers. Sponsorship is also tremendously important for a successful event.  Get involved today!  For more information, visit our Illinois Green Schools Day of Service web page; or contact Cortney Schiappa, Program Administrator, [email protected].

These are just some of the ways Chapter members can engage with other members in community service in 2012.  If you have additional ideas for this year, especially in regions of Illinois not referenced above, or have thoughts for the future, please contact Katie Kaluzny, Interim Executive Director at:

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