January 24, 2017
Join USGBC-Illinois and AIA Chicago for the Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium on April 20 in Chicago!
Resilient design is emerging as the design challenge for our age. Practitioners in the built environment must re-imagine our built infrastructure and social fabric to be adaptable to changing conditions, be they sudden abrupt changes such as natural disaster or chronic stresses such as endemic crime and poverty in addition to carbon reduction strategies.
The City of Chicago and the Great Lakes region is well positioned to not only survive but thrive through the stresses of the coming decades. We must act now to ensure a positive future for generations to come. The Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium will provide an opportunity for multiple disciplines in our region to meet and exchange ideas and best practices through lecture, panel discussion, and interactive workshops.
Questions? Contact Katie Kaluzny at [email protected] or by phone at 312-245-8300 x3.
February 14, 2017
Chicago, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and US Green Building Council – Illinois (USGBC-Illinois) announced on February 14th, 2017 the state’s three winners of the Illinois Green Ribbon School Award program. The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education. The three recipients are Chiaravalle Montessori in Evanston, Maercker Intermediate School in Westmont, and Western Trails Elementary School in Carol Stream. Click here to view the entire press release.
March 7, 2017
Reach your target audience by sponsoring one of our upcoming education and networking events. Program Sponsors are recognized in marketing materials, day-of signage, event announcements and through social media. Various levels to meet any budget and all sponsors receive complimentary tickets and a marketing table for the event.
5/18 Limelight Fundraiser
Contact Joan Martin for more information at 312-245-8300 X 205
March 14, 2017
January 25, 2017
Illinois earned third place in USGBC & LEED annual Top 10 list.
The results are in! All of the states that make up USGBC’s LEED Top 10 list have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority. View the list »
Illinois certified 151 projects representing 36,188,485 square feet of real estate, or 2.82 square feet per resident, in 2016.
“Illinois remains a green building leader year in and year out thanks to the passionate and committed network of sustainability professionals here,” said Brian Imus, executive director, USGBC – Illinois Chapter. “Building on this success and expertise, our network is already gearing up for more in the years to come. That means implementing green buildings and carbon drawdown strategies that will strengthen the health and livability of every neighborhood in Illinois.”
Take a second to congratulate yourself, your colleagues, your legislators, and your friends on a job well done!
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, Seventhwave
Ellen Bell, Environmental Defense Fund
Patrick Boyle, Sloan
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.
December 21, 2016
In fall of 2016, 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!). We now have opportunities available to volunteer on specific projects in 2017.
Please take a look at the opportunities below and click the application link to learn more. Each opportunity will require a different skill set and time commitment.
1. Community Engagement Committee:
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.
2. Chicago Green Resident Engagement Collaborative Volunteers:
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.
3. BIT AIDs:
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 energy, water, and waste baselines and working towards improvements. Learn more and apply here.
4. Standing Programs Committee:
Engage with leading thinkers in sustainable design and drive the conversation in Illinois’ green building community on the standing Programs Committee. Committee members will lead the selection, development and implementation of monthly education programs, panel discussions, and tours by volunteering time and expertise on the committee.
More information coming soon.
5. GreenBuilt Home Tour:
We want your smiling face to be a part of the 5th annual GreenBuilt Home Tour (July 22 & 23 from 10 AM – 4 PM)! Each year the GreenBuilt Home Tour features homes throughout Illinois, which highlight attractive, affordable, and sustainable building practices. The tour includes Illinois’ finest builders, designers and homeowners who have created healthy, energy saving green homes.
More information coming soon.
6. Green Apple Day of Service:
Parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations work together to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service events. This year, Green Apple Day of Service is Saturday, September 30th. Choose a track that focuses on a low-to-no-cost carbon drawdown, sustainability solution and work with a school in your community to support a project on or around September 30th (projects can take place anytime during the year).
More information coming soon.
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!
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!
January 25, 2017
New Report Shows Chicago Reduces Overall Carbon Emissions by 7% While Economy Expands, With Major Reductions Due to Improved Energy Efficiency in Buildings
On January 24th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in a press release that the city has reduced carbon emissions by 7% from 2010 to 2015, while also experiencing a 25,000 increase in population and a 12% increase in the region’s economy. Over 84% of the emission reductions that were achieved came from the energy used in buildings and from construction. For a summary of the report’s results, please see the Infographic.
Together, the energy used to power residential, commercial, and institutional buildings make up 73% of Chicago’s greenhouse gas emissions, and emissions from this sector have been reduced by 10% from 2010 to 2015. Many of the decreases are due to lowered electricity consumption as well as switching to a less carbon-intensive fuel mix to power the electricity supply. Some specific initiatives supporting energy efficiency improvements include Retrofit Chicago and the City’s Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.
By encouraging voluntary action, the Retrofit Chicago program celebrates and promotes additional energy efficiency improvements in commercial, institutional, municipal, and residential buildings across the City. Under Retrofit Chicago, energy efficiency improvements are planned, underway, or completed in over 23,000 homes and 132 large buildings collectively spanning over 75 million square feet. Also, 11 new properties have joined the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge, in which buildings commit to a 20 percent energy reduction within five years.
The City has now also released the third annual Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report, which provides an update on implementation of the City’s energy benchmarking ordinance. This policy now covers more than 3,500 properties across every neighborhood in the City, including all commercial, institutional, and residential properties 50,000 ft2 or greater. Nearly 2,700 properties spanning 733 million ft2 have reported energy use information under the ordinance. With a reporting rate of 91% (by square footage), participation levels in benchmarking and reporting remain at high level in Chicago. Collectively, the estimated savings achieved by properties benchmarking and reporting for either two or three consecutive years are approximately $17.8 million.
Also, the City has released energy data for more than 1,500 properties that reported for the first time in either 2014 or 2015. The dataset may be downloaded from the City’s Data Portal or may be viewed online in an interactive mapping tool allowing customized comparison, developed in partnership with the City Energy Project.
In addition to Retrofit Chicago and the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, Chicago has worked to improve the transparency of energy use information in the residential sector, and is the first and only jurisdiction to have energy use data into real estate listings (MLS) in the United States. Chicago has also utilized its buying power to remove coal from the power mix from the over $70 million of electricity its purchases annually to power public buildings, streetlights, and airports.
Chicago continues to lead the nation in providing comprehensive support for energy efficiency through these and other efforts.
The full greenhouse gas emissions report will be released later in 2017 and will provide information about comparisons between emissions for 2005, 2010, & 2015. The preliminary carbon reduction report can be found at: www.CityofChicago.org/Emissions
A summary Infographic is online at: http://bit.ly/2konSjk
The Energy Benchmarking Report can be found at: www.CityofChicago.org/EnergyBenchmarking.
December 16, 2016
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.