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Affinity Program

We are happy to offer USGBC – Illinois Chapter members new member benefits!  Our new Affinity Program will provide Illinois Chapter members with discounts on various 3rd party products and services.  Below is a the current list of companies that are offering Illinois Chapter members discounts.  Please note: USGBC – Illinois Chapter does not endorse the companies, products, or services listed below.

Members: To find out how to receive the discounts listed below, please visit the Member-Only Forum.

Companies: If you are interested in offering USGBC – Illinois Chapter members a discount on your company's product or service, please contact Joan Martin at 312-245-8300.  For a copy of the USGBC – Illinois Chapter Affinity Program policy, click the following link – Affinity Program Policy.


  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 25% discount off regular annual subscription prices for BuildingGreen SuiteTM and LEEDuser.
  • About BuildingGreen – BuildingGreen is an independent publishing company committed to bringing their members accurate, unbiased, and timely green design information.

Eco Achievers

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 20% discount off online education through Eco Achievers.
  • About Eco Achievers – Eco Achievers is an Education Provider with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The Eco Achievers courses listed here are approved with GBCI for the LEED Credential Maintenance Program.

Engineered Tax Services

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 3% discount off their original fee.  Upon project completion, Engineered Tax Services will donate 7% of the original project fee to the Chapter.
  • About Engineered Tax Services – Engineered Tax Services helps commercial property owners, architects, designers, and energy consultants capture federal tax incentives available through the Energy Policy act of 2005 (EPAct).  EPAct provides the opportunity for qualifying buildings/renovations to generate tax incentives up to $1.80 sq/ft. for owners of private buildings or designers of public buildings placed in service after 2005.  These federal incentives help generate tax refunds or create an additional funding mechanism to promote green design.

I-GO Car Sharing

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a waived sign-up fee and renewal fee, special discounts on hourly and day rates, and access to our 7am-6pm business day rate.
  • About I-GO Car Sharing– I-GO Car Sharing, Chicago’s only local, non-profit, mission driven, car sharing company, provides thousands of individuals and hundreds of businesses with hourly and daily access to a fleet of over 200 low-emission cars, pickup trucks, minivans, and compact SUV’s in over 35 neighborhoods and 4 suburbs all over the Chicago region.

Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays

  • Member Discount – Members will receive 2 months free with a 12 month program agreement.  This offer is only valid with a minimum $100 per month rental or maintenance program.
  • About Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays – Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays provides plant and flower programs to commercial businesses, residences, hotels, and hospitals.  Research has shown that indoor plants increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, increase occupancy and retention, make buildings more welcoming, and improve the overall air quality of an environment.  Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays is a local, family-owned business since 1923, they are Green Earth Green Plants certified, and their employees have over 100 years of interior-scape experience.

Thorn & Associates LLC

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a free initial consultation ($150 value) and 15% off legal services.
  • About Thorn & Associates LLC – Thorn & Associates LLC is an environmental law firm whose work focuses on representing companies in environmental enforcement and litigation and helping companies obtain environmental permits, comply with environmental laws and regulations, and position products to take advantage of environmental laws.


  • Member Discount – Members will receive a waived application fee, a discounted annual fee, reduced hourly and daily Monday through Friday rates, and a special 7am to 7pm rate.
  • About Zipcar – Zipcar offers self-service, on-demand cars by the hour or day with locations throughout the Chicagoland area.  Zipcar allows for easy online reservations of a wide range of vehicles within walking distance of their home or office to save both time and money.

VK Sustainable Concepts

  • Member Discount – Members will receive substantial discounts on a wide array of marketing services, event planning and interior design services while helping the Chapter earn rewards from each project.  Click here for VK Sustainable Concepts portfolio of services and discounts for chapter members.
  • About VK Sustainable Concepts – VK Sustainable Concepts was founded with one goal in mind: to build value and strength to communities with sustainable solutions. By adopting a more holistic approach, we became the only full service interior design firm in Illinois able to offer sustainable solutions for business owners and local municipalities through marketing and interior design services. Determined to provide superior results tailored to meet specific and ever-changing individuals and businesses needs, VK Sustainable Concepts is committed to the restoration, conservation and preservation of our natural and built environment through time-tested and innovative sustainable practices. We are enhancing stewardship through envenvironmentally responsible design for today and for future generations.


Cadreas…coming soon!

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 50% discount on their Professional Showcase Listing Subscription Fees.  Cadreas will donate 5% of gross revenue from various pay per click's and referrals to the Chapter.
  • About Cadreas – Cadreas will feature the largest online collection of image rich showcases and product showrooms in the industry.

GAPScore, Inc….coming soon!

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a free registration, online training, and listing of their own home for free (a $149 value).
  • About GAPScore, Inc.– GAPScore, Green Assessment Potential Score, is a tool for existing home owners and real estate pros that educations and rates a home's level of green attributes and potential for green aspects to be implemented.

Thank you to our Gold and Platinum Level Sustaining Sponsors!

USGBC-IL Platinum and Gold Level Sponsors