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Green Apple Projects Need Your Help: Mentor or Fund a Project

September 9, 2016

Mentor or Fund One of these Green Apple Projects!

Support These Projects

Southside Occupational Academy: Southside Occupational Academy in Chicago is in need of assistance with purchasing and selecting plants.  Additionally, the school hopes to install two tables into a concrete area and needs assistance adding these to their garden space.

Benito Juarez Community Academy: Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago is participating in Green Apple Day of Service for the 4th time.  The school is in need of assistance and materials to construct shade structures to protect plants, build garden beds, and start a sustainable compost project.

Autumn Creek Elementary School: Autumn Creek Elementary School in Yorkville has received donated fallen trees for their reading circle, but needs assistance removing grass and putting down tarp and mulch so they can place the tree stumps.

Lorca Elementary School: Lorca Elementary School in Chicago has an existing garden area that needs help!  The school plans to remove the existing, overgrown plants this fall and needs volunteers to help with removing plants this fall.  This school is seeking donations or a partner willing to lend out garden equipment including: small cloth gloves, black plastic visqueene, paper bags, shovels, rakes etc.

Curtis Elementary School: Curtis Elementary School in Chicago is hoping to start outdoor learning and gardening at their school by building raised beds for their students.  Help kick-off their journey by supporting the purchase of materials to build raised beds.  Students from the Columbia College InArch program will be helping to assemble the raised beds.

River Trails Middle School: River Trails Middle School in Mt. Prospect is planning their annual bike and walk to school day.  They need help with reusable water bottle and drawstring bag donations for about 100 students to help promote healthy choices an safe, sustainable ways to get to school.

Euclid Elementary School: Euclid Elementary School in Mt. Prospect has a strong student interest in birding and a well developed birding club.  Help support their birding club and Green Apple Day of Service showcase through donations for seed and suet.

Donate Here to Support these Projects

Please contact Liz Kuehn at (312) 245-8300 x204 or [email protected] for more information and to get connected to one of these projects.

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. 

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 Chapter Members

July 27, 2016

In honor of the GreenBuilt Home Tour, Nissan has partnered with the Chapter 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)

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


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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For Third Consecutive Year Illinois Ranks #1 in LEED

January 26, 2016

Press Release – Illinois Ranks #1 in 2015’s Top 10 States for LEED

Illinois number 1 LEED 2015

Volunteer with the Chapter in 2016

December 15, 2015

Thank you for your interest to volunteer with the Chapter!

Volunteers needed for the following Chapter Committees and/or Events:

2016 GreenBuilt Home Tour – Saturday and Sunday, July 23 – 24

Volunteer with us and learn about some very cool, green homes in Illinois! Home volunteers commit to a 3.5 hour shift and receive a complimentary weekend tour pass and t-shirt!  Volunteers are stationed at a specific home during the tour and are responsible for greeting guests, confirming registration, handling money for walk-in registrations, and assisting tour guides as needed.  In addition, volunteers must ensure promotional materials are in stock and attendees observe guidelines for each home.We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming sign-ups.

Standing Community Engagement CommitteeJanuary 28, 2017 until December 31, 2017
Do you want to contribute to your Community?  The Chapter will be accepting volunteers to assist in the planning and implementation of our Community Engagement Committee. Serving on the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) provides an opportunity to engage with leading thinkers on sustainable design and drive the conversation in Illinois’ green building community.  To learn more about the committee click here!  Application will be added in the 3rd quarter.

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