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2014 Emerald Award Winners Announced

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April 23, 2014

Press Contact:
Brian Imus, Executive Director
312-245-8300 x201

Leaders Recognized for Positioning Illinois as National Sustainability Leader

Chicago, IL – The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois (USGBC-Illinois) will acknowledge several outstanding leaders and stand-out buildings that have helped to position Illinois as a national leader in sustainability. The annual Emerald Awards ceremony will be held May 15th at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at USGBC-Illinois’ annual event, Limelight.

The Emerald Awards program is a showcase of the best and brightest contributors to a more sustainable built environment by recognizing outstanding individuals, organizations, projects, and technologies implemented across Illinois.

The ninth annual Emerald Award winners include:

Sachin Anand, Principal at the Chicago-based firm dbHMS, will be honored with the Intent to Matter: Individual Leadership award for his distinguished career and community service that exemplifies leadership in transforming our built environment.

The Village of Hoffman Estates will be recognized with the Intent to Matter: Outstanding Small Organization award for their significant strides in promoting green building development and cutting edge energy code programs that will save tax dollars and lead to a reduction in carbon emissions.

McCaffery Interests, Inc. will receive the Intent to Matter: Outstanding Large Organization award for their achievements in promoting sustainable community design. In particular, the bold vision for the 600-acre Chicago Lakeside development is a transformative model for urban planning made possible by creating unique partnerships with SOM, U.S. Steel and the City of Chicago.

Walgreen’s new retail store in Evanston – the first Net-Zero energy retail pharmacy in the world – will be recognized with the Green Innovation award. The store will generate more energy than it consumes and is already encouraging other retailers to rethink what it means to go green.

W.W. Grainger Inc., headquartered in Lake Forest, will be acknowledged with a Green Innovation award for their new 27,000 square foot enterprise data center. It is expected to be certified as the first data center in the world certified Gold under the USGBC’s LEED v4 for Data Centers.

Farr Associates will receive the Chapter Mission award, which recognizes an organization or individual that best advances the mission of USGBC–Illinois. Located in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable planning and architecture firms in the country.

Earlier this year, Illinois was recently recognized as the state with the most LEED-certified (Leadership in Environmental Design) square footage per capita. The distinction places Illinois at the forefront in the movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation.

“This year, the outstanding achievements in sustainable leadership being recognized underscore why Illinois is leading the nation in green building innovation,” said Brian Imus, USGBC-Illinois Executive Director. “We applaud their efforts to help make our buildings and communities more sustainable, prosperous and healthy.”

The public is invited to celebrate these sustainability leaders at Limelight on May 15, 2014 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at 360 North State Street, Chicago. Tickets to the event and presentation of the Emerald Awards are available online. For more information regarding Limelight, contact Joan Martin at (312) 245-8300 x205 or visit

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About the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter
USGBC-Illinois ( is a non-profit, membership organization that represents the entire spectrum of Illinois’ green building community, from real estate professionals, architects, engineers, designers and trade associations to contractors, product manufacturers, state and local government officials, homebuilders and homeowners. USGBC-Illinois works to promote green buildings and foster a robust sustainability community with more than100 annual programs, events, education and research initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and resources throughout its network of five local branches: Chicago, Central Illinois, Greater Southwest Suburban, North/Northwest Suburban, and Rockford/Northern Illinois.


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