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2018 Board of Director Candidates Announced

October 13, 2017

2018 USGBC Illinois Board Candidates   
wp_ellen bellEllen Bell, Environmental Defense Fund
Ellen Bell manages the Redefining Energy Efficiency Project. By working with commercial office buildings and other partners in Chicago, the project develops new approaches that value efficiency, advanced energy management, and existing and emerging technologies as a source of revenue, as well as helps to build new markets where efficiency measures will be readily adopted. By harnessing the power of markets, choice, and incentives, Ellen helps to unlock the economic, health, and environmental advantages of energy efficiency.

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Sloan_Headshots_BoylePatrick Boyle, Sloan Valve CompanyPatrick J. Boyle, LEED GA, is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Sloan Valve Company with 20 years of environmental and sustainability experience. He is responsible for creating and implementing Sloan’s global sustainability programs and educates local and national architecture, design and engineering firms on water stewardship and product transparency. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability, sits on USGBC’s Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WETAG) and is currently on the Executive Committee of the USGBC Illinois Chapter Board of Directors.

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Julia DeRosi,
U.S. General Service Adminstration
Julia De Rosi is responsible for overseeing GSA’s real estate strategy for federal properties and leased assets in the Midwest. Leading a group of high performing individuals in the Design and Construction Project Delivery Program, she manages a $1.5B program. She is responsible for innovative solutions to design, construction delivery and workplace strategies across GSA’s portfolio of federal agencies.

She is active in public and professional communities, participating and speaking at FBI, NASA, CURT, CMAA, CII and COAA. Julia is LEED AP O&M and currently serves on USGBC’s Community Engagement Committee, leading numerous Green Apple Days of Service. She volunteered in Hurricane Katrina’s rebuilding efforts and has a strong belief in both community and sustainability. She leads with that mission in mind.

She holds her MBA from Northwestern University- Kellogg’s School of Management and BBA from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. De Rosi currently resides with her family in Chicago, Illinois.

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wp_D. Farr Headshot ColorDoug Farr,
Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, Inc.
Doug is the president of Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm of optimistic architects and urban designers who plan and design lovable, aspirational buildings and places. The firm was named 2012 Chicago Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects. Under his leadership, Farr Associates has designed and certified a total of seven LEED Platinum buildings (two of which also achieve net-zero energy) and four LEED-ND Developments. A native Detroiter, Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Core Committee and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. Doug is the author of Sustainable Urbanism, and has a new book, Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future, coming out in late 2017.

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wp_foster-riceAngela Foster-Rice, United AirlinesAngela Foster-Rice is Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines, where she is responsible for United’s environmental strategy including sustainability measures, alternative fuels, and regulatory compliance.

She is an expert with the United Nations ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and on the Industry Council for the Clean Energy Trust.

Foster-Rice practiced environmental, health, and safety law for 16 years and holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Rice University.

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wp_connor jansenConnor Jansen, SeventhwaveConnor, PE, LEED AP BD+C, provides performance driven consulting services. He brings robust project experience delivering distinguished sustainable project across multiple typologies and regions. He currently manages the technical components of ComEd’s Affordable Housing NC Program and provides leadership for Seventhwave’s high-performance building consulting practice.

Underpinning his technical background and creative drive is a strong consideration to the challenges faced by all stakeholders when working towards an integrated solution. Regularly contributing to the industry, Connor has presented for conferences, provided studio critiques, developed AIA 2030 workshops, and is an active member in the USGBC Illinois Community Engagement Committee, Chicago Energy Benchmarking working group, and BIT.

Notable project accolades include: AIA COTE Top Ten Awards, LEED Gold and Platinum ratings, and net zero energy verification. Connor has also taught at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and California Academy of Art University on topics ranging from building management to climatic design principles.

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wp_lukeLuke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)Luke is the firm wide Director of Sustainable Engineering Studio for Skidmore Owings & Merrill; he is a LEED Fellow; Centennial Fellow from Penn State Architectural Engineering; Board of Directors for USGBC, Illinois; Ex-Chairman of ASHRAE “Tall Buildings” Committee; Part Time Professor at IIT; ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer; Presidential appointed member on ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee; His work includes Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest man-made structure; more than 80 LEED certified buildings, Pertamina Tower – the tallest and largest net zero building in the world etc.

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wp_RossenMarinov-001Rossen Mairinov, MasoniteRossen is a licensed Professional Engineer & LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). He received both his Master of Science in Construction Engineering & Management and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

His career began at A. Finkl & Sons more than 15 years ago. He then progressed through positions with increasing levels of responsibility at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the fields of engineering, quality control, independent third party testing & certification. As an early advocate of sustainability, Rossen pioneered and supported the inception of UL Environment. Rossen is presently the Director at Masonite, leading the development of various National Code & Standards.

He is passionate about science & technology, advancing public safety and sustainability for future generations. Rossen enjoys visiting National Parks, trailing Chicagoland’s Forest Preserves by bicycle and spending time with his wife and two children in their hometown of Northbrook, IL.

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wp_MS Headshot 2Mike Stopka,
MIST and Delta Institute
An architect by trade, Mike Stopka’s 17 year career trajectory has taken him to an interdisciplinary place, where measurable impact and human-centered design are of paramount importance. Mike plans to leverage his broad corporate, academic and non-profit experience and network for the USGBC-IL.

Currently, Mike runs MIST, a sustainable design, education and strategy consultancy, and holds a position at non-profit Delta Institute. Previously, he was Director of Sustainability at the University of Chicago and founded the sustainability department at the design firm, SCB. Mike’s education includes architecture (Illinois, Clemson) and business (UChicago Booth). He teaches and advises industry, institutional and civic groups, but his favorite pastime is fishing with his wife and 3 daughters.

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wp_Jason New HeadshotJason Westrope, Development Management Associates llcJason has a commitment to sustainability that’s evident across his career and personal life. His graduate research leveraged principles of sustainable urban design in service to climate resilience. As part of his professional leadership in commercial real estate, Jason has called for a shift in methods and materials that would better repair and protect the earth and heal communities. He became a LEED AP in 2003 and has been active at all levels in the USGBC since then. He strongly believes in the current direction of the organization and the urgency of its mission and he would be honored to serve a final term on the board.

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wp_Zack_0471R_5RMegan Zack, Hartshorne Plunkard ArchitectureAs a Principal at Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Megan Zack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads sustainability design strategies for the firm’s complex new construction and renovation projects, including the multiple-LEED-certified Harper Court. For her work driving HPA’s high-performing buildings and best practices for green architecture, she has been nationally recognized on ENR Midwest’s “Top 20 Under 40” and DePaul University’s “Top 14 under 40 alumni” lists. She has shared her perspective on sustainable design approaches, presenting case studies and building tours to illustrate pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to improving building performance. Megan has served on USGBC Illinois Chapter’s Board of Directors since 2016, and is seeking another term to continue promoting and implementing the goals of the council’s Epic Challenge initiative.

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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.

Left to Right Top Row: Dan McJacobson, Rael Slutsky, Tommy Zakrzewski; Bottom Row: Natalie Hicks, Lauren Tavel

Left to Right, Top Row: Dan McJacobson, Rael Slutsky, Tommy Zakrzewski; Bottom Row: Natalie Hicks, Lauren Tavel

2016 Volunteer Recognition Recipients

Natalie Hicks
Natalie consistently stepped up to take on critical volunteer roles in 2016. Early in the year, she played pivotal role for the USGBC-Illinois annual fundraiser by securing significant donations, which led to one of the highest fundraising Limelight events. Natalie also volunteered to fill a key leadership role as Co-Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee and has already created numerous events to bring together eager and engaged young professionals – an essential group to sustain and support the USGBC-Illinois community and mission.  

Dan McJacobson
In 2016, Dan contributed his time and professional expertise to assist more than 550,000 square feet of property in completing their Chicago Energy Benchmarking reports. Dan provided reporting guidance and pro-bono data verification for a nonprofit museum and several affordable and senior housing properties.  By volunteering in the pro-bono data verification program in support of the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance, Dan is providing a critical service that helps expand energy efficiency efforts across Chicago and beyond, thus directly supporting the USGBC-Illinois mission.

Lauren Tavel
Actively involved in the Emerging Professional Committee and Annual GreenBuilt Home Tour, Lauren has volunteered her time and expertise in social media to promote the tour and mission of the USGBC-Illinois.  Utilizing numerous platforms she is instrumental in reaching new audiences. She thoroughly embodies sustainability ideals and sets an example for other Emerging Professionals. 

Rael Slutsky
Rael is an integral member of USGBC-Illinois’ Standing Programs Committee. His leadership and contributions in 2016 led to highly-valued programs on Commercial Urban Farming and Transit Oriented Development trends, while also offering guidance and praise to the whole volunteer team. Rael sees the possibilities and connections between design innovations, education and opportunities to meet our mission. His meaningful and impactful educational programming continues to drive USGBC-Illinois and our members toward sustainable and efficient communities.

Tommy Zakrzewski
Tommy went above and beyond in working with many senior housing and social service facilities to understand their energy use and comply with the Chicago Energy Benchmarking ordinance. Tommy worked to enter data, finalize the reports, perform professional verification, and answer follow-up questions for over 800,000 square feet of property in 2016. By providing support for energy benchmarking, volunteers, like Tommy, are serving as a key resource driving energy efficiency in buildings across Chicago, and beyond, which directly contributes to the USGBC-Illinois mission and also supports roll-out of the Carbon Drawdown Initiative.

Greenbuild 2018 Host Committee Call for Volunteers!

August 25, 2017

Learn more at the link below and apply by September 25, 2017!

Share Your Input: Volunteer Training

June 13, 2017

We are excited to be offering new volunteer opportunities that allow our members to share their expertise and bring carbon drawdown solutions to neighborhoods across Chicago.  To ensure that our volunteers have the skills to work with new partners and communities, the Community Engagement Committee wants your input on volunteer training topics that would be relevant to you as a USGBC-Illinois volunteer.  

Click here to take the short survey.  Thank you!

Statement from the USGBC-Illinois Board Chair

June 5, 2017

USGBC-Illinois Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement

USGBC-Illinois joins a growing list of American cities, states, public and private institutions, and private sector companies to reaffirm our commitment to address climate change. While we are deeply disappointed by this administration’s withdrawal from the historic Paris climate accord, we remain focused on the important work ahead.

We also remain hopeful. Carbon reduction solutions already exist. They’re well understood and expanding around the world. Many of these are “no regrets” solutions — actions that make sense to take regardless of climate impact. They have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies. They improve lives, create jobs and restore the environment. In fact, that’s the crux of our Epic Challenge, the USGBC-Illinois strategic plan to implement these carbon reduction solutions in every Chicago neighborhood.

Our organization represents 10,000 business leaders, community members and sustainability advocates. These individuals helped to establish Chicago as a global leader in sustainability. Now our movement must come together and lead.

I ask that you reaffirm your commitment to this issue and our organization. Become a volunteer or member and help us advance our Epic Challenge. With your help, we can create healthy, sustainable communities for all.


Chris Dillion, President of Campbell Coyle and
2017 Chair, USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors

2017 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 to coordinate your prize pick-up.

Raffle Number Raffle Name And the Winner Is??????
No. 100 Unique & Upcycled Marge Anderson
No. 101 Electric Bike Antuany Smith
No. 102 Choose Your Hue Adnan Akbari
No. 103 Grow Your Own Food Mark Bettin
No. 104 Backyard Composting Marge Anderson
No. 105 Divvy Commuter Essentials Robert Natke
No. 106 Good Morning, Alexa Jed Starner
No. 107 Plant a Tree Chris Lambert
No. 108 Set the Mood Heather Beaudoin
No. 109 Explore Chicago Marge Anderson
No. 110 Save Water in Style George & Kay Malek
No. 111 Ready for the Weekend Megan McKitternick
No. 112 Sit Well, Work Well, Feel Well Elena Savona
No. 113 Picture Perfect (5 Winners) Daniel Wood, Caryn Eldridge, Alina Tompert
Brian Earl and David Eldridge
No. 114 Fore! Fore Three Experience Mike Kenagis
No. 115 Weekend Joy Ride Mark Milby
No. 116 Capture the Moment (2 Winners) Brian Earl and Michael Skowlund
No. 117 Enhance your Wine Cellar Will Baker
No. 118 Watch the Champs in Luxury Mike Dudek
No. 119 Cubbies, Cubbies Dan Docel
No. 120 Guarenteed Fun Mike Kenagis
No. 121 4th of July Fireworks Tony Spata
No. 122 Cubbies & Marlins John Albrecht
No. 123 White Sox vs Oakland Katrin Klineberg
No. 124 Cubs vs Rockies Kelly Maynihan
No. 125 Dinner and a Ball Game Mike Kenagis
No. 126 Cubs & Pirates Daniel Wood
No. 127 All Kinds of Pampering Aryn Shaw
No. 128 Gather the Friends Jonathan Meyer
No. 129 Sip, Spill and Clean Rael Slutsky
No. 130 For the Home Chyanne Husar
No. 131 Ready to Mix and Pour (2 Winners) Hillary DeGroff & David Eldridge
No. 132 Chimay Grande Reserve Blue Tim Taylor
No. 133 Water Culture (3 Winners) Mary Andujar, Qianmin Zhang & Meg Boyle



12th Annual Emerald Awards Announced

April 12, 2017

Top Leaders and Projects Recognized for Positioning Illinois as National Green Building Leader
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George Malek and Google to be honored on May 18th

May 5, 2017

Announcement from the USGBC-Illinois Board Chair

I’m happy to announce that the USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors has selected George Malek and Google to receive the 2017 Chapter Mission Awards. Celebrate with them and over 400 other green building professionals at the Emerald Awards Ceremony held at Limelight on May 18th.

The Mission Awards recognize achievements in Illinois that reflect USGBC-Illinois’ mission to bring the benefits of green building best practices to more people and more buildings.

Individual Mission Award: George Malek is honored for his many years of leadership in advancing energy efficiency in Illinois. In his professional capacity at ComEd and as a volunteer with a number of organizations over the years, he has demonstrated a true passion for piloting new ideas and advancing best practices that have positively impacted our communities.

Project Mission Award: Google’s Chicago office in the West Loop is raising the bar by being one of the first projects in the world to certify under LEEDv4, achieve Living Building Challenge Petal certification and WELL Building certification simultaneously!

I hope you’ll celebrate with George, Google and other sustainability leaders from across the region. Purchase tickets for the awards ceremony and celebration here to support our advocacy, education and community engagement to advance green buildings that strengthen our neighborhoods.

More details about the event and our sponsors can be found here.
Read the press release about all the Emerald Award winners this year here.


Chris Dillion, President of Campbell Coyle and
2017 Chair, USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors

Three Illinois Schools Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

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.

Program Sponsor Opportunities

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.

3/15 Drink Up & Drawdown (Carbon)

3/21 Prioritizing Sustainable Actions

3/23 Emerging Professionals House Party

4/12 Chiaravalle Montessori LEED Platinum Tour

4/20 Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium

5/18 Limelight Fundraiser

Contact Joan Martin for more information at 312-245-8300 X 205

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