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2017 Board of Directors Announced

December 27, 2016

Rand Ekman, HKS
Susan Heinking, Pepper Construction Company
Patricia Lloyd, Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Jeremy Manion, Office Depot
Dhruti Patel, Goby Inc.
Rick Tonielli, ComEd

Rand Ekman, Susan Heinking, Patricia Lloyd, Jeremy Manion, Dhruti Patel and Rick Tonielli will join the following current board members to complete the 2017 Board of Directors:  

Christopher Dillion, Campbell Coyle Real Estate (Incoming Chair)
Sandra Henry,
Ellen Bell
, Environmental Defense Fund
Patrick Boyle,
Luke Leung, SOM
Jamie Peters, EnergySavvy
Tony Spata,
Hyatt Hotels
Jason Westrope,
DMA Property, LLC
Megan Zack, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

A HUGE thank you to our board members with terms ending in December 2016,  Anil Ahuja, Jenny Carney, Marya Ryan, Laci Wilkes! We appreciate all of your time, dedication and leadership with USGBC-Illinois over the past several years.


Volunteer with us in 2017!

December 21, 2016

Earlier this fall, we announced our new four year EPIC CHALLENGE and the bold new direction for USGBC-Illinois.  Many of you filled out our volunteer interest survey at that time (thank you!) and we would now like to introduce the first round of opportunities to volunteer on specific projects in 2017.

Please take a look at the 4 opportunities below and click the application link to learn more. Each opportunity will require a different skill set and time commitment.

1. Energy Efficiency Ambassador:

Are you interested in testing out smart technologies and energy efficiency programs in your home, apartment, or condo? Volunteers will share what they have learned with their communities, via social media, and other platforms to educate individuals about their experiences. Learn more and apply here!

2. Community Engagement Committee Member:

Are you outgoing? Like to make an impact in your community?  Do you like to be in everyone’s business?  Well, then we have the right committee for you.  Join the Community Engagement Committee and support our epic challenge by growing and engaging our membership. Learn more and apply here!

3. Green Resident Engagement Collaborative Volunteer:

Work with Affordable Housing property and facility managers to engage their buildings and tenants in ongoing energy efficiency strategies. Attend training, work with building personnel and co-develop a plan for implementation over the course of 2017. Learn more and apply here!

4. BIT AID Volunteer:

Become a BIT AID in Chicago – BIT is looking to pair individuals with an interest or expertise in sustainable operations and maintenance with non-profit facilities operators who have requested volunteer support to help them implement the 16 BIT Building sustainability best practices, including establishing energy, water, and waste performance baselines and working towards improvements. Learn more and apply here.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the Epic Challenge, but the current opportunities aren’t quite right for you, please complete this survey
(if you haven’t already) to help us better understand your interest in advancing sustainability in Illinois and engaging in our Epic Challenge – and we’ll be in touch in the new year!

Thank you for considering these volunteer opportunities, and please share with your friends and colleagues if you think they would be a great fit as well!

Going Bold

December 16, 2016

Sustainable communities are more important than ever…
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Did you miss the Annual Meeting? Learn more here.

November 7, 2016

Did you miss the USGBC-Illinois Annual Meeting?  Check out our 2016 recap, learn more about our Epic Challenge, and find out how you can get involved with USGBC-Illinois by clicking here.

Win Blackhawk Tickets

December 7, 2016

Be a USGBC-Illinois Member and win Blackhawk tickets

Join or Renew and be entered into our raffle for 2 tickets to AT Mechanical box suite.

Two ways to win:

  • Join or renew your membership and be entered in our raffle for two tickets to the January 24th Blackhawk game in a private suite with fellow sustainable professionals.
  • Want more chances to win?  Refer others to join or renew and be entered for more chances. (tell your friends to enter your name in the Who/what encouraged you to join/renew? field on the application and you will be entered into the raffle).



Have questions?  Contact Joan Martin at 312-245-8300 x5 or [email protected]

Just Approved: USGBC-Illinois NEW Strategic Plan

October 3, 2016



On behalf of the USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors and staff, we are excited to share with you our new four year strategic plan. You can read it here.

In crafting a bold new direction for the organization, the board was inspired by Paul Hawken’s new work around Project Drawdown. There was also a strong desire to bring the benefits of green building to more buildings and more people.

With that in mind, the plan includes three ambitious goals:

  • Engage 3,500 Chicago buildings in adopting one or more carbon drawdown strategies
  • Ally with partners in every Chicago community to advance resiliency and livability at neighborhood-scales
  • Train 30,000 to socialize and advance carbon drawdown strategies throughout Illinois.

This isn’t the first time USGBC-Illinois has set ambitious goals. Nearly 15 years ago, we set out to make LEED the premier green building rating system used in Illinois. Today, Illinois has the national distinction of having the most LEED square footage than any other state for three years running!

Most important to the success of the plan is the passion and expertise of sustainability-minded professionals like yourself. That’s why we hope you’ll consider taking this survey. It will help us better understand your interest in advancing sustainability in Illinois.

We hope, with your passion and expertise, you will help us build on Illinois’ reputation as a national sustainability leader by advancing no-regrets carbon drawdown strategies.

Download the epic plan here.


Register for Greenbuild: Oct. 5-7, 2016 in Los Angeles

August 17, 2016

Registration is open for the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 5-7. Join industry leaders, experts and green building professionals dedicated to sustainable building to share ideals, network, take in inspiring speakers and attend curated education sessions.

Register today at

Nissan LEAF Special Offer For Members

July 27, 2016

In honor of the GreenBuilt Home Tour, Nissan has partnered with USGBC-Illinois to offer a special Group Buy discount on the new Bigger Battery, 2016 Nissan LEAF SV, for all GreenBuilt Home Tour attendees and USGBC-ILLINOIS members at The Autobarn Nissan of Evanston.

The SV price is $25,884*, before the Federal Tax Credit.  To take advantage of the deal, bring this flier and contact Bruce Wittmeyer, at the Autobarn Nissan of Evanston, [email protected], 847-571-4976

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(*Must finance thru NMAC, with approved credit through NMAC, all incentives are subject to change and based on availability through Nissan at time of purchase)

USGBC-Illinois Releases Annual Report

May 27, 2016

Our 2016 annual report highlights the impact of our unique network of volunteers, members and donors have made in advancing the latest in sustainable technology and design 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.

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

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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