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U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter

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Welcome to the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter!  The Illinois Chapter’s 1,400-plus members represent the entire spectrum of Illinois’ green building community.  We welcome real estate professions, architects, engineers, designers, contractors, product manufacturers, state and local government officials, homebuilders, homeowners, and anyone interested in supporting our mission.

The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter is the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national non-profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED® provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle.

The USGBC-Illinois Chapter furthers the work of USGBC through a variety of programs, events, educational and research initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and resources for the local green building community. Annually, the Chapter offers over 100 events and programs for its members and the general public.

Mission of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter

The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter is a nonprofit membership driven organization that advances buildings and communities that are sustainable, prosperous and healthy. We achieve this through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

Branches

The Illinois Chapter’s service region covers all of Illinois, excluding metro St. Louis. To better serve our members throughout the state, the Chapter has established six branches to bring programs and resources to various parts of our service region. The Chapter’s existing branches include: North/Northwest Suburban (Arlington Heights, Evanston, Gurnee, Northbrook, etc.); Southwest Suburban (Forest Park, Joliet, Kankakee, Palos Hills, etc.); Rockford/Northern IL (Rockford, DeKalb, Quad Cities regions, etc.); and Central Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, etc.).

To learn more about the USGBC-Illinois Chapter’s branches, visit our Branch Information page.

Committees

The Chapter’s skilled and diverse membership is its most valuable asset. Our members participate in a variety of committees that develop programs and events for various segments of the region’s green building community and/or assist the Chapter in a variety of operational functions that help us achieve our goals. Committees include: Education and Research, Residential Green Building, State and Local Government, Green Schools, Public Relations, Membership, Emerging Professionals, and Development.

To learn more about the USGBC-Illinois Chapter’s committees, visit our Committee Information page.

Chapter ProgramsPrograms

Annually, the Chapter offers over 100 events and programs for its members and the general public including:
• Tours of green buildings
• Policy-related roundtable discussions
• Monthly workshops that explore LEED points and concepts in practice
• LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associate study sessions
• Application-based training for contractors and tradespersons
• Regional networking and social events
• Regional speakers’ bureau that brings green building awareness to local government and community groups
• Collaborative programs with other professional and non-profit organizations
• A variety of resources to help make high performance green building the standard in the region

For a complete listing of USGBC-Illinois Chapter programs and events, please visit the Events Calendar page.

Membership

USGBC-Illinois Chapter membership is for individuals, while National USGBC membership is for companies and organizations. The benefits for  Chapter and National membership are different, and mutually exclusive.

To learn more about USGBC-Illinois Chapter membership levels and benefits, visit the Prospective Members page.  To learn more about national USGBC membership for companies and organizations, visit the national USGBC website’s USGBC Membership page.

State of the Chapter

At our Oct. 30 Annual Chapter Business Meeting, Interim Executive Director Katie Kaluzny presented our 2012 State of the Chapter report.  If you are interested in learning more about the USGBC-Illinois Chapter’s activities, please click on the following link to review a recap of the event and our State of the Chapter Report presentation.

Press Releases

For the latest information on the Chapter and its programs, check out our PR and News page.


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