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Nominate Your Outstanding Volunteer

September 21, 2016

Volunteers play a central role in accomplishing our mission and promoting sustainable, healthy communities through green building. The Annual Meeting is the perfect opportunity to recognize all of our volunteers, and to give special recognition to volunteers that go above and beyond. Nominate your outstanding volunteer and see them shine at the Annual Meeting.

Ted Krasnesky, Catherine Krasner, Amy Coffman Phillips and Bianca Richier. Not present is Michael Eichhorn.

2015 Volunteer Recognition Recipients

Green Mind Award – Amy Coffman Phillips
This award recognizes the Chapter’s biggest Educational Advocate. This award is for a Chapter member who has dedicated their time to advancing the Chapter’s mission through growing our educational reach and impact in Illinois.

Green Sprout Award – Bianca Richier
This award identifies an Emerging Professional who has gone above and beyond to raise awareness and engage the community about getting involved and implement green building initiatives.

Green Champion – Catherine Krasner
This award recognizes an individual who has truly been a USGBC – Illinois Chapter Champion. A Chapter member that has shared the Chapter’s green building message to help advance the conversation about a sustainable future in Illinois.

Green Advocate Award – Michael Eichhorn
This award recognizes the Chapter’s Green Advocate. This award is for a Chapter member who has dedicated their time to advancing the Chapter’s mission-driven advocacy initiatives by advancing our work to engage community throughout Illinois.

The Chapter Leader Award – Ted Krasnesky
This award recognizes a Chapter volunteer that has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to drive the mission forward in 2015. This Member has advanced the Chapter through their innovation, leadership skills, passion along with member and community engagement. 

2016 Limelight Raffle Winners

June 28, 2016

Thank you again for your generous support of USGBC-Illinois at Limelight this year!

Check out the winners of all of the fabulous raffle packages below! If you were not present to win, please email Joan Martin at [email protected] to coordinate your prize pick-up.

Raffle Number Raffle Name And the Winner Is…
No. 101 Safe Ride Home Jim Saxton
No. 102 Fore! For Three Experience John Plunkard
No. 103 Custom Wine Dinner Rachel Traurig
No. 104 Beautiful Golf Get Away Ari Kobb
No. 105 Cozy Up with the Cubs Patty Lloyd
No. 106 We Kane, We Shaw, We Crawford Christine Gould
No. 107 Public Course, VIP Treatment Kate Bukowski
No. 108 Da Bears! R. Wills
No. 109 A Picture is Worth 1000 Words (2 Winners) Pat Gosselin and Rachel Traurig
No. 110 A Glass A Day Jim Saxton
No. 111 Art Matters Megha Shah
No. 112 Baseball in Luxury Evan Laprice
No. 113 Romantic Staycation Brady McNall
No. 114 Bullpen Bliss V. Plunkard
No. 115 The Total Package Tracy Korbus
No. 116 Food and Fun Ari Kobb
No. 117 Shine Bright Like a Diamond Sia Xeros
No. 118 Home Swag Claudia Mattison
No. 119 Please Belize Me! Neil Peck
No. 120 Destination Disney Daniel Wood
No. 121 Downtown Chicago Stephanie Townsend

 

USGBC-Illinois Releases Annual Report

May 27, 2016

Today, our new annual report is available on line. The report highlights the impact of our unique network of volunteers, members and donors have made in advancing the latest in sustainable communities here in Illinois. Check it out here

In addition to reporting on our fiscal health, the report features events like the GreenBuilt Home Tour, our partnerships to advance energy benchmarking and the difference community service projects, like the annual Green Apple Day of Service, have made.

Building on this success, we’re embarking on new grassroots initiatives to bring sustainability strategies to into every neighborhood. We plan to promote and support the implementation of no-regrets carbon drawdown strategies in Chicago’s neighborhoods while at the same time fostering livability and resiliency. Expect more on the future of this work at Limelight on June 23rd!

To read more about our work, download the full annual report on our website.

2016 Emerald Award Winners Announced

May 2, 2016

The Chapter is excited to recognize several outstanding leaders and stand-out buildings that have helped to position Illinois as a national leader in sustainability at the 11th annual Emerald Awards ceremony on June 23rd at Limelight to be hosted this year at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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.

The 11th annual Emerald Award winners include:

Michelle Halle Stern, President of the Green Facilitator, will be honored with the Intent to Matter: Individual Leadership award for her distinctive career in advancing green buildings with both seminal green building projects around Chicago and her pioneering approach to training and leadership in the architectural field.

Leopardo Companies, Inc., based in Hoffman Estates, will be recognized with the Intent to Matter: Outstanding Organization award. Leopardo’s long-standing dedication to green building and continuous innovative efforts in shrinking the footprint of construction-related impacts on the environment includes a unique partnership with the Environmental Law and Policy Center and Respiratory Health Association that helped advance one of the first low-emitting projects in the Chicagoland area.

Three recently completed projects will be recognized with an Emerald Award for Green Building Innovation. These include the newly restored Chicago Motor Club building, a striking example of integrating state of the art environmentally sustainable technologies within the context of a historic preservation project; The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project that underscores the high performance possibilities of new technologies and materials combined with building design and integrated-systems innovation; and the Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch, a new civic, educational and social hub that leverages sustainable design as a support for the neighborhood.
This year, the Chapter Mission Award will be presented to an individual and an organization that reflect USGBC-Illinois’ new focus to implement carbon drawdown strategies in Chicago neighborhoods that improve the health, economy and social well-being of residents.

Arathi Gowda, leader of SOM Chicago’s elite Performative Design Group, will be honored with the individual Chapter Mission Award. Her role as an educator, practitioner and advocate in the field of planning and architecture have helped to advance the role sustainable infrastructure can play in strengthening neighborhoods.

Chicago-based United Airlines will be recognized with the organization Chapter Mission award for their decades-long commitment to sustainability. Earlier this year, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights from Los Angeles (LAX). United has improved fuel efficiency by over 33% since 1994 and incorporated green building standards for its facilities including their corporate headquarters and O’Hare airport cargo facility in Chicago and their suburban Chicago data center. The commitments they are making in Chicago to reduce their environmental footprint have global implications for reducing carbon emissions and setting an example for other large organizations to take action.

Earlier this year Illinois was recognized for the third year in a row for the top state for LEED projects. At this year’s awards ceremony, USGBC-Illinois will introduce plans to build on this success and go even further with ‘no regrets’ sustainability strategies that will impact more buildings and communities that have yet to be impacted by the green building movement.

“The achievements this year uniquely illustrate the future of sustainability and how Illinois will continue to lead the nation in green buildings and sustainable communities,” said Brian Imus, Executive Director of USGBC-Illinois. “These leaders and projects build on the success of LEED in Illinois by advancing new strategies that reduce carbon emissions while strengthening the health and economy of our communities.”

The public is invited to celebrate these sustainability leaders at Limelight on June 23rd, 2016 at the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington Street. 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 x 205 or visit www.usgbc-illinois.org

 

Join the Green Group Savings Program

January 25, 2015

The Chapter has partnered with Office Depot® GreenerOffice™ on our exciting Green Group Savings Program.  Chapter Members, Sponsors and Supporters can enjoy deep discounts for their sustainable office supplies and more!  Take advantage of the large catalog of savings as an individual or enroll the entire office.

Scroll down and click the register for savings button to start saving on sustainable office products and supplies.

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2015 Chapter Volunteer Awards Announced at Annual Celebration

November 7, 2014

5 outstanding individuals received the Chapter Volunteer Awards at the Celebration.  Congratulations to the recipients!

Ted Krasnesky, Catherine Krasner, Amy Coffman Phillips and Bianca Richier. Not present is Michael Eichhorn.

Green Mind Award – Amy Coffman Phillips
This award recognizes the Chapter’s biggest Educational Advocate. This award is for a Chapter member who has dedicated their time to advancing the Chapter’s mission through growing our educational reach and impact in Illinois.

Green Sprout Award – Bianca Richier
This award identifies an Emerging Professional who has gone above and beyond to raise awareness and engage the community about getting involved and implement green building initiatives.

Green Champion – Catherine Krasner
This award recognizes an individual who has truly been a USGBC – Illinois Chapter Champion. A Chapter member that has shared the Chapter’s green building message to help advance the conversation about a sustainable future in Illinois.

Green Advocate Award – Michael Eichhorn
This award recognizes the Chapter’s Green Advocate. This award is for a Chapter member who has dedicated their time to advancing the Chapter’s mission-driven advocacy initiatives by advancing our work to engage community throughout Illinois.

The Chapter Leader Award – Ted Krasnesky
This award recognizes a Chapter volunteer that has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to drive the mission forward in 2015. This Member has advanced the Chapter through their innovation, leadership skills, passion along with member and community engagement. 

2016 Limelight Raffle Winners

May 15, 2015

Thank you again for your generous support of USGBC-Illinois at Limelight this year!

Check out the winners of all of the fabulous raffle packages below! If you were not present to win, please email Joan Martin at [email protected] to coordinate your prize pick-up.

Raffle Number Raffle Name And the Winner Is??????
No. 101 Safe Ride Home Jim Saxton
No. 102 Fore! For Three Experience John Plunkard
No. 103 Custom Wine Dinner Rachel Traurig
No. 104 Beautiful Golf Get Away Ari Kobb
No. 105 Cozy Up with the Cubs Patty Lloyd
No. 106 We Kane, We Shaw, We Crawford Chris Gould
No. 107 Public Course, VIP Treatment Kate Bukowski
No. 108 Da Bears! R. Wills
No. 109 A Picture is Worth 1000 Words (2 winners) Pat Gosselin and Rachel Traurig
No. 110 A Glass A Day Jim Saxton
No. 111 Art Matters Megha Shah
No. 112 Baseball in Luxury Evan Laprice
No. 113 Romantic Staycation Brady McNall
No. 114 Bullpen Bliss V. Plunkard
No. 115 The Total Package Tracy Korbus
No. 116 Food and Fun Ari Kobb
No. 117 Shine Bright Like a Diamond Sia Xeros
No. 118 Home Swag Claudia Mattison
No. 119 Please Belize Me! Neil Peck
No. 120 Destination Disney Daniel Wood
No. 121 Downtown Chicago Stephanie Townsend

 

 

Join the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition

March 23, 2015

2014 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report Released

December 18, 2014

The City of Chicago released its first-ever energy benchmarking report from data collected under the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. The 2014 City of Chicago Building Energy Benchmarking Report finds millions of dollars in savings are possible in the city’s largest nonresidential buildings. The findings are based on the first set of benchmarking data from 2013, provided by building owners and managers (or their representatives) who have measured, verified, and reported their energy usage with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

The citywide effort included 348 of Chicago’s largest buildings, representing 260 million square feet of space and approximately 11% of citywide energy use in buildings. According to the ordinance, municipal and commercial buildings 250,000 square feet and over were required to comply by June 1, 2014; the overall compliance rate was over 90%. (Infographic)

Overall, the median reported ENERGY STAR score of 76 out of 100 puts Chicago in line with other buildings of a comparable size in markets such as NYC and Washington, DC. The report details energy consumption and energy performance metrics for five sectors: offices, healthcare, K-12 schools, higher education, and other building types (such as malls, museums, and recreational facilities), providing an unprecedented view of energy use in the largest nonresidential buildings across the city.

USGBC-Illinois was a key partner in the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Working Group which worked to provide a Help Center, free online resources, a series of free trainings, and pro-bono data verification services. Many building owners, managers, and their representatives took advantage of these free resources: to-date, there have been over 800 Help Center interactions (by phone and email) and 375 individual participants in 16 free trainings.

Next year, residential buildings over 250,000 square feet and commercial buildings from 50,000 to 250,000 square feet will be phased in and will benchmark, verify, and report their energy use by June 1, 2015.

Ongoing and expanded support opportunities will continue in the new year. If you are interested in getting more involved with energy benchmarking education opportunities as a trainer or attendee, please contact Katie Kaluzny at USGBC-Illinois.

Visit www.CityofChicago.org/EnergyBenchmarking for continued updates on the ordinance, support, materials and training dates.

[email protected] | (855) 858-6878

2015 Board of Directors Announced

December 9, 2014

Congratulations to the following six candidates selected for the 2015 Board of Directors! We are very excited to have this great group of individuals leading the organization over the next two years.

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Susan Heinking
VOA Associates

Patricia Lloyd
Leopardo Companies

Marya Ryan
OneEarth Consulting

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Laci Wilkes
CBRE

Chris Dillion
Campbell Coyle

Anil Ahuja
CCJM

Susan, Patricia, Mayra, Laci, Chris and Anil will join the following current board members to complete the 2015 Board of Directors:

Jenny Carney, YR&G (Incoming Board Chair)
Michael Dudek, Larson & Darby Group
Sandra Henry, ComEd
Ari Kobb, Siemens Building Technologies
Luke Leung, SOM
Adam McMillen, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Jamie Peters, EnergySavvy
Rachel Scheu, Elevate Energy
Jason Westrope, DM Associates

A HUGE thank you to our board members with terms ending in December 2014, Ben Bischmann, Stuart Brodsky, Abigail Corso, Anthony Corso and Kimberly Lombardozzi! We appreciate all of your time, dedication and leadership with USGBC-Illinois over the past several years.

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