September 9, 2016
Mentor or Fund One of these Green Apple Projects!
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.
Please contact Liz Kuehn at (312) 245-8300 x204 or [email protected] for more information and to get connected to one of these projects.
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.
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.
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 http://ow.ly/QbXa300Tz2Y.
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
(*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)
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|
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.
May 2, 2016
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.
January 26, 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 Committee – January 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.