|2016 USGBC Illinois Board Candidates|
|Ellen Bell, Environmental Defense Fund||Ellen Bell manages the Environmental Defense Fund’s Redefining Energy Efficiency Project which works with commercial office buildings and other partners in Chicago to develop new approaches that value efficiency, advanced energy management and existing and emerging technologies as a source of revenue and helping to build new markets where efficiency measures will be readily adopted. Previous work has also focused on accelerating energy efficiency project identification and implementation in commercial real estate through the EDF Climate Corps Building Energy Initiative in Chicago. Through year-round outreach and support from EDF Climate Corps fellows during the summer, she worked to help properties achieve target energy reductions and educate building owners and operators about energy efficiency opportunities specific to Chicago by plugging them into local resources and incentives.
Before her time with EDF Ellen was the Global Sustainability Manager for the Chicago-based East Balt Inc. baking company, as well as a legislative aide for Chicago Alderman Ed Burke. At East Balt, Ellen led initiatives across the company’s global footprint and worked to implement a strategy to benchmark, set goals for and execute a global sustainability and corporate social responsibility mission statement that refined and streamlined the company’s direction. She also actively participated on the sustainability sub-committee of an industry council comprised of 16 independent North American baking companies.
|Patrick Boyle, Sloan||Patrick Boyle, CSP, LEED GA is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Sloan Valve Company. He has 18 years of experience in the environmental health, occupational safety and sustainability field and has recently received his master’s degree from The Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology in Environmental Management and Sustainability. Patrick has championed Triple Zero campaigns for zero water wasted, zero waste to landfill, and zero energy growth and has successfully developed and implemented Management Systems based on ISO 18001 and ISO 14000 standards. His responsibilities including developing the company’s corporate responsibility strategy, implementing programs to drive citizenship performance within the company and elevating Sloan Valve Company’s profile as a leading corporate citizen.
Patrick has developed and implemented Sloan’s corporate Green House Gas reduction program and policy, works closely with global manufacturing facilities to identify environmental impact reduction strategies, initiated and managed product life cycle assessment and environmental product declaration projects, interfaces with the new product development teams to advocate for clean tech design, implemented green chemical alternatives to replace hazardous materials and implemented strategies to reduce corporate energy and water consumption. Patrick interacts with local and national architecture, design and engineering firms to promote the importance of water conservation.
|Lalo Edery, Tropic Construction Corp.||As Chief Operating Officer, Lalo Edery is responsible for managing the design and construction of all Tropics’ projects as well as the growth plan for the company. Mr. Edery has 27 years of experience in large and complex projects both in the U.S. and overseas. As Tropic’s COO, Mr. Edery has completed over $60 million in construction projects from single family homes to apartment complexes both new and rehab. In addition, under his leadership, Tropic has achieved a bonding capacity of $20 million and has secured several new clients including CEDA, CHA, Housing Authority of Cook County, Habitat, PBC, University of Chicago, UNO and IFF.
Prior to Tropic, Mr. Edery founded Moderno Design-Build, Inc., a design-build construction management firm with high-end residential projects. He also served as Senior Vice President of B2Bilt, a general contractor in Chicago. Prior to this, Mr. Edery was Vice President at Bovis Lend Lease where he was principal-in-charge of the Chicago Public School projects, a construction management assignment with $200 million annually. His portfolio includes projects ranging from $10 to $500 million such as Wyndham Chicago Hotel, 600 N Michigan, Chicago; 201 N Wells, Chicago; Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Barcelona, Spain; Hyatt Resort, Murcia, Spain; Wyndham Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Torre Mayor, a 60-story office building in Mexico City.
Mr. Edery holds a MBA degree from the University of Chicago, with emphasis in Finance and Marketing, a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University as well as a one-year degree of Master in Real Estate Development from the University of Cataluña, Spain. Mr. Edery is a member of the University of Chicago’s CEO Round Table and a board member of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association and a board member of the Housing Partnership Direct.
|David Eldridge, Grumman/Butkus Associates||David Eldridge is an Associate at Grumman/Butkus Associates in Evanston, IL, having worked at G/BA for fourteen years. Prior to G/BA earning a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, learning a strong love for the color orange in addition to mechanical engineering.
Projects during that time have focused on improvement of existing buildings through benchmarking, assessment for energy efficiency measures, and verification of results. Assessment work has included energy audits, building modeling, and sustainability consulting. Projects have included work at healthcare, higher education, laboratories, and hospitality clients among others.
Growing up on a farm in rural Illinois gives him a different perspective on life and provided many opportunities to operate equipment and maintain the facilities.
David is active in ASHRAE serving as a voting member on technical committees for Building Energy Performance (TC 7.6), Health Care (TC 9.6), and the society's Certification committee.
At the same time David is a board member for International Building Performance Simulation Association, USA Affiliate (IBPSA-USA), serving as coordinator for the semi-annual meetings and helping secure sponsorships for that group.
Technical activity has included serving on ASHRAE certification exam subcommittees for BEAP and BEMP, participating as a subject matter expert for the NINS/DOE Job Task Analysis group for energy auditors, chairing the energy subcommittee and vice-chairing the IEQ subcommittee for GBI/ANSI standard revision, and working on ASHRAE SPC 211 developing a standard for energy audits.
|Jeff Gavin, Gavo Communications||Jeff Gavin, LEED Green Associate, is the owner of Gavo Communications, a sustainability-focused marketing services firm serving the energy, construction, and landscaping industries. Jeff often explores the question of “what’s next” in the world of sustainability and building design. He will bring that rigor and acumen to USGBC-Illinois as it embarks on what’s next as an organization. He recently explored and wrote for the construction industry exploring what sustainability might look like in the coming years including regenerative design, micro grids, eco-districts and green energy storage.
Jeff is finishing his marketing advisory role on the current Board. In that time he developed and wrote, with the assistance of a small crew of Board volunteers and staff, the Chapter’s first Annual Report. He also laid the groundwork for a future communication plan and rebranding effort as the Chapter adapts to the unique demands of the Chicago and greater Illinois market. Jeff spent five years with the State and Local Government Committee, including serving as co-chair. In his tenure, he led and facilitated the planning and execution of state-wide information programming, research and advocacy efforts tailored for state and municipal planners, trustees and other decision makers. His efforts were recognized by the Chapter and USGBC-National. Some key efforts included developing and launching three successful roadshow symposiums. Held across greater Chicago, The Green Codes Landscape was presented in partnership with the International Code Council and ASHRAE. Building a Sustainable Community advocated smart urbanism and neighborhood development earning the fellowship of multiple partners including the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Congress for the New Urbanism and Farr Associates. This program and Green Codes drew the interest of and were presented at the American Planning Association-Illinois and the Illinois Municipal League’s state conferences.
|Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill||Luke is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Fellow; He is also a Centennial Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering Department; Board of Directors for USGBC (United State Green Building Council), Illinois; Chairman of the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) Committee on “Tall Buildings”; Chairman of the Building Pressure Committee, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; Sustainable Committee with Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Part Time Professor at IIT; Chicago Council on Global Affairs Energy Roundtable Member; Member of the Chicago Sister Cities Program with China.
Luke Leung is a Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP. His work includes Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest man-made structure; Multiple times recipient of the “Excellence in Engineering” award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); Multiple times recipients of AIA awards, 2 awards from National Institute of Building Sciences, among others. Selected projects also include the General Motors Global Headquarters, Roche Diagnostic in Indianapolis, Beijing Finance Street, Embassy of Ottawa in China, Embassy in Beijing, Rolex Tower in Dubai, Pertamina Tower, 4 million square feet of net zero development, including a net zero supertall of 500 M, over 40 LEED certified projects including one of the first LEED Platinum EB 300 M tall tower and LEED Platinum building with the first large scale horizontal wind turbine in the city of Chicago etc.
|Jamie Peters, EnergySavvy||As Director of Client Solutions, Jamie Peters is responsible for growing EnergySavvy’s business throughout the Midwest. EnergySavvy is a 7-year old Seattle-based vertical SaaS firm focused solely on utility DSM. Jamie herself has nine years of energy efficiency and sustainability experience here in Chicago including launching Illinois’ first statewide Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, managing large-scale prescriptive and direct install utility programs, and developing tools and training for residential contractors.
Jamie is passionate about the positive impact energy efficiency can have on local communities and keeping utilities relevant for the next generation of customers. She's been a member of the USGBC Illinois board of directors for four years, holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and was recently elected President of the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) Chicago Chapter.
|Joanne Rodriguez, Tremco, Inc.||Joanne Rodriguez has over two decades of experience working within the building products and construction communities, with an emphasis on sustainable building impacts and high performance building envelope assemblies and coatings. She has worked with architects and engineers across the country in the development of specifications and drawings that are constructible and meet the highest technical standards.
In addition to being certified LEED AP through the USGBC, she is a former member of the Construction Specifications Institute Strategic Planning Task Team, past President of Chicago CSI, one of the original American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) members in west suburban Chicago, as well as a speaker and participant for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meetings in Chicago and Denver focusing on Women in the Workforce and Sustainable Buildings.
She was recently invited to participate as an expert in the first ever Resilient Cities Summit at the Aspen Institute, hosted by the National League of Cities and USGBC, intended to address urban issues related to health, wellness, and resilient design solutions. Rodriguez is the co-Chair for the Tremco Group's Green Chemistry team and works to examine the potential hazards and risk posed to our employees, contractors and community through raw material and product usage. She also is on the EPA’s Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Pilot Panel for Paints/Coatings/Removers, helping to develop the technical framework of how the Federal Government will purchase materials now and in the future.
Joanne is on the HPD MAP, and continues to monitor trends related to transparency through USGBC, C2C, WELL Institute, ASID and a multitude of other organizations active in this sector. Her vast experience working across many stakeholders has proved to be beneficial in addressing complex issues related to material use, composition, durability and life-cycle impacts.
|Tony Spata, Hyatt Hotels||Tony Spata, PE, LEED AP is Director, Building Systems Design for Hyatt and oversees the technical design of their hotels in the Americas. Previously he was Corporate Engineer at McDonald’s, and Director of Architectural and Engineering Services at WD Partners. He has more than 35 years of experience in air-conditioning, power distribution and lighting design, with an extensive background in energy efficiency research.
A registered Professional Engineer in thirty-five states and a LEED AP, Tony actively participates on building code and standards committees, is a frequent speaker at industry events and has authored numerous articles for trade publications. He has addressed issues including: advanced ventilation strategies for improved indoor environmental quality, holistic integration of building systems with commercial foodservice operations, adaptive energy efficiency strategies, maintenance programs for national organizations, whole building commissioning and application of LED lighting and related controls.
Past professional assignments have included significant experience with: on-site combined heating, cooling and power involving engine-driven, micro-turbine and fuel cell generation; development of variable-air-volume kitchen ventilation strategies; and direction of efficiency upgrade programs for multi-site clients.
|Jason Westrope, DMA Property, LLC||Jason Westrope is a thought leader in the areas of green building and energy efficiency at DMA and dma|property. He has been influential in the founding, success and growth of both firms, serving as a Development Manager with DMA since 2007 and a Principal of dma|property since 2010. With more than 15 years in development consulting, development management and urban design, Jason has led numerous high-profile projects implementing green building practices and technologies. His work with DMA has included:
• Overseeing LEED Silver and Gold Certification processes for multimillion-dollar developments
• Playing a role in the creation of more than an acre of green roof in Chicago
• Managing two of the largest photovoltaic installations for their time on private class-A office properties in Los Angeles
• Leading energy use reduction efforts at hotels and other properties
As Treasurer of USGBC IL for the last two years, Jason has focused on continuing to improve the performance of the chapter and increasing the sustainability of the region through the organization’s collective efforts. He has worked closely with the Executive Director and Board to produce budgets and drive revenue activities that allowed the organization to return to operational sustainability. Jason also founded the Developer Leadership Circle with a fellow Board Member to position USGBC IL to gain more exposure in the private commercial real estate community.
Jason participated in the USGBC even before becoming a LEED AP in 2003. He has held numerous roles within USGBC IL. He served on the Education and Research Committee for seven years, implementing hundreds of green building education programs. He also participated in the Executive Search Committee that selected the current Executive Director.
Jason is active in related organizations and has co-chaired the HACIA Sustainability and Technology Committee, working to promote green building awareness, education and training within this large and influential Hispanic construction industry group. As a guest lecturer, advisor and design competition judge, Jason has shared his expertise on sustainable development from a commercial real estate perspective with many universities, including Columbia College, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida, where he earned the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Prize for his work on sustainable development of coastal communities. His background includes work with engineering and planning firms, architectural firms, landscape and urban design firms, not-for-profit community design organizations and development and property management companies.
Personally and professionally, Jason is committed to the principles and practices of sustainability and enthusiastic about the opportunity for the USGBC IL to further their use.
|Megan Zack, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture||Megan Zack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT is a Principal and the Director of Sustainability for Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA). HPA specializes in complicated mixed use new construction and renovation projects. Megan is at the helm of its sustainability initiative and manages the firm-wide best practices and protocols for sustainable architecture. By demystifying the LEED certification process, and proposing sustainable objectives in a pragmatic and cost-effective fashion, more real estate developers not only see the benefits, but actually choose to make their buildings green.
Megan has been recognized as a proven leader in her sustainable efforts and listed in ENR Midwest’s “Top 20 Under 40” and DePaul University’s “Top 14 under 40” alumnus. When not reviewing solar orientation for schematic design or reviewing energy model data to convert existing buildings into cutting edge LEED office buildings, Megan can be found sharing case studies of her work through various building tours and sustainability focused speaking events.