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Membership Levels

February 23, 2012

USGBC-Illinois membership is for individuals, while National USGBC membership is for companies and organizations.  USGBC-Illinois membership allows any individual, regardless of whether or not his/her company/organization is a USGBC member, to affiliate with USGBC-Illinois and take advantage of the organization’s benefits.  There are eight levels of USGBC-Illinois membership:

  • Regular – $95/year 
    Available to individuals who are not affiliated with USGBC member companies/organizations
  • National Member Employee – $70/year 
    Available to individuals employed by or affiliated with USGBC member companies/organizations
  • Emerging Professional  – $45/year
    Available to individuals out of school and under 30
  • Student and Teacher – $30/year
    Available to students in accredited degree programs and for teachers working in Illinois schools.

 

In addition to the above membership levels, 3-year memberships are available.

  • Regular – $260/3-year period
    Available to individuals who are not affiliated with USGBC member companies/organizations
  • National Member Employee – $190/3-year period
    Available to individuals employed by or affiliated with USGBC member companies/organizations

 

New premium memberships with added benefits are now available!  Joining or renewing at one of the new premium levels below provides USGBC-Illinois with needed funding which will allow us to deepen our work as we strive for healthy, affordable, profitable, and sustainable homes, buildings, schools, and communities for all of Illinois and its citizens.

  • Contributor – $250/year
    Annual membership available to all individuals and includes text listing in our weekly newsletter (distributed to 6,000 individuals)
  • Benefactor – $500/year
    Annual membership available to all individuals and includes text listing in the our weekly newsletter (distributed to 6,000 individuals) and one complimentary ticket to an exclusive VIP event

 

Membership Contests

March 1, 2012

USGBC – Illinois Chapter has launched its 2011 Membership Contests.  These contests are open to new members, existing members that renew, members that encourage non-members to join, and more.  Contest details can be found below.  For a downloadable flyer about the contests, click the following link – 2011 Membership Contests.

Contest 1 – Members that join or renew during the month of February and select “None” in the LEED Professional Credential box in the application or the member profile are eligible to win a LEED Green Associate Study Guide with Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide.  Amy Mysz, a new Chapter member, was selected as the winner of this contest!

Contest 2– The Chapter Branch will the largest percentage growth during the month of February will win a $100 gift card.  Members are put in a specific Branch based on the zip code in their member profile.

Contest 3 – Members that join or renew during the month of May and enter “ID+C Contest” in the “Who/what encouraged you to join/renew?” field are eligible to win a LEED 2009 Green Interior Design and Construction Reference Guide or a complimentary registration to the July 22nd, ID+C 301: Implementing the Interior Design + Construction LEED Rating Systems in Chicago.  One winner will be selected for each prize from this group.

Contest 4 – Any Chapter member whose name is entered 10 times or more in the member profile field that asks “Who/what encouraged you to join/renew?” during the month of May will be eligible to win a LEED Green Associate Study Guide with Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide.  One winner will be selected from this group.

Contest 5 – The Chapter Branch will the largest percentage growth during the month of May will win a $100 gift card.  Members are put in a specific Branch based on the zip code in their member profile.

Contest 6 – Members that join or renew during the month of August and enter “ND Contest” in the “Who/what encouraged you to join/renew?” field are eligible to win a LEED 2009 Green Neighborhood Development Reference Guide.  One winner will be selected from this group.

Contest 7– Members that join or renew during the month of August and select “None” in the LEED Professional Credential box in the application or the member profile are eligible to win a LEED Green Associate Study Guide with Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide.  One winner will be selected from this group.

Contest 8– The Chapter Branch will the largest percentage growth during the month of August will win a $100 gift card.  Members are put in a specific Branch based on the zip code in their member profile.

Contest 9 – Members that join or renew during the month of November and enter “Homes Contest” in the “Who/what encouraged you to join/renew?” field are eligible to win a LEED for Homes Reference Guide.  One winner will be selected from this group.

Contest 10 – Any Chapter member whose name is entered 10 times or more in the member profile field that asks “Who/what encouraged you to join/renew?” during the month of November will be eligible to win a LEED Green Associate Study Guide with Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide.  One winner will be selected from this group.

Contest 11 – The Chapter Branch will the largest percentage growth during the month of November will win a $100 gift card.  Members are put in a specific Branch based on the zip code in their member profile.

Membership FAQ

March 1, 2012

How much is membership with USGBC – Illinois?
Chapter dues vary, based on your membership level.

Are dues prorated?
No, dues are paid annually on the anniversary date that you joined.

Why should I join USGBC – Illinois?

Individuals join the Illinois for a variety of reasons.  Some join to support USGBC-Illinois’ mission, others enjoy interacting with like-minded individuals, and some join to take advantage of the member benefits.  No matter the reason, join and become involved in the Illinois member community!

How can I join or renew my membership with the USGBC-Illinois?
Visit our Join or Renew Membership page.

How can I update the information reflected in my member profile?
Visit our Update Member Profile page, and follow the instructions.  Please note: changes to member profiles on the USGBC web site will not be reflected in your Illinois membership.  You must make these changes separately.

As an Illinois member, do I receive discounted pricing on LEED Reference Guides, LEED AP exam registration or Workshops/Technical Reviews?
Discounted pricing on these items are only available to National USGBC members.

How can I learn more about membership with National USGBC?
National USGBC membership is for companies or organizations, not individuals.  For additional information, visit the USGBC Membership section of this web site.

I work for a USGBC member company/organization.  How can I receive the discounted Chapter member rate and other member benefit discounts?
Each USGBC member is assigned a Corporate Access ID.  You will need this number.  To access this number contact USGBC at 1-800-795-1747 or email us at [email protected].

For any additional questions about membership with USGBC – Illinois or USGBC, please contact Joan Martin, Development Director (312-245-8300 x205).

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March 1, 2012


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Affinity Program

March 1, 2012

We are happy to offer USGBC – Illinois Chapter members new member benefits!  Our new Affinity Program will provide Illinois Chapter members with discounts on various 3rd party products and services.  Below is a the current list of companies that are offering Illinois Chapter members discounts.  Please note: USGBC – Illinois Chapter does not endorse the companies, products, or services listed below.

Members: To find out how to receive the discounts listed below, please visit the Member-Only Forum.

Companies: If you are interested in offering USGBC – Illinois Chapter members a discount on your company's product or service, please contact Joan Martin at 312-245-8300.  For a copy of the USGBC – Illinois Chapter Affinity Program policy, click the following link – Affinity Program Policy.

BuildingGreen

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 25% discount off regular annual subscription prices for BuildingGreen SuiteTM and LEEDuser.
  • About BuildingGreen – BuildingGreen is an independent publishing company committed to bringing their members accurate, unbiased, and timely green design information.

Eco Achievers

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 20% discount off online education through Eco Achievers.
  • About Eco Achievers – Eco Achievers is an Education Provider with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The Eco Achievers courses listed here are approved with GBCI for the LEED Credential Maintenance Program.

Engineered Tax Services

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 3% discount off their original fee.  Upon project completion, Engineered Tax Services will donate 7% of the original project fee to the Chapter.
  • About Engineered Tax Services – Engineered Tax Services helps commercial property owners, architects, designers, and energy consultants capture federal tax incentives available through the Energy Policy act of 2005 (EPAct).  EPAct provides the opportunity for qualifying buildings/renovations to generate tax incentives up to $1.80 sq/ft. for owners of private buildings or designers of public buildings placed in service after 2005.  These federal incentives help generate tax refunds or create an additional funding mechanism to promote green design.

I-GO Car Sharing

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a waived sign-up fee and renewal fee, special discounts on hourly and day rates, and access to our 7am-6pm business day rate.
  • About I-GO Car Sharing– I-GO Car Sharing, Chicago’s only local, non-profit, mission driven, car sharing company, provides thousands of individuals and hundreds of businesses with hourly and daily access to a fleet of over 200 low-emission cars, pickup trucks, minivans, and compact SUV’s in over 35 neighborhoods and 4 suburbs all over the Chicago region.

Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays

  • Member Discount – Members will receive 2 months free with a 12 month program agreement.  This offer is only valid with a minimum $100 per month rental or maintenance program.
  • About Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays – Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays provides plant and flower programs to commercial businesses, residences, hotels, and hospitals.  Research has shown that indoor plants increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, increase occupancy and retention, make buildings more welcoming, and improve the overall air quality of an environment.  Phillip's Interior Plants & Displays is a local, family-owned business since 1923, they are Green Earth Green Plants certified, and their employees have over 100 years of interior-scape experience.

Thorn & Associates LLC

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a free initial consultation ($150 value) and 15% off legal services.
  • About Thorn & Associates LLC – Thorn & Associates LLC is an environmental law firm whose work focuses on representing companies in environmental enforcement and litigation and helping companies obtain environmental permits, comply with environmental laws and regulations, and position products to take advantage of environmental laws.

Zipcar

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a waived application fee, a discounted annual fee, reduced hourly and daily Monday through Friday rates, and a special 7am to 7pm rate.
  • About Zipcar – Zipcar offers self-service, on-demand cars by the hour or day with locations throughout the Chicagoland area.  Zipcar allows for easy online reservations of a wide range of vehicles within walking distance of their home or office to save both time and money.

VK Sustainable Concepts

  • Member Discount – Members will receive substantial discounts on a wide array of marketing services, event planning and interior design services while helping the Chapter earn rewards from each project.  Click here for VK Sustainable Concepts portfolio of services and discounts for chapter members.
  • About VK Sustainable Concepts – VK Sustainable Concepts was founded with one goal in mind: to build value and strength to communities with sustainable solutions. By adopting a more holistic approach, we became the only full service interior design firm in Illinois able to offer sustainable solutions for business owners and local municipalities through marketing and interior design services. Determined to provide superior results tailored to meet specific and ever-changing individuals and businesses needs, VK Sustainable Concepts is committed to the restoration, conservation and preservation of our natural and built environment through time-tested and innovative sustainable practices. We are enhancing stewardship through envenvironmentally responsible design for today and for future generations.

 

Cadreas…coming soon!

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a 50% discount on their Professional Showcase Listing Subscription Fees.  Cadreas will donate 5% of gross revenue from various pay per click's and referrals to the Chapter.
  • About Cadreas – Cadreas will feature the largest online collection of image rich showcases and product showrooms in the industry.

GAPScore, Inc….coming soon!

  • Member Discount – Members will receive a free registration, online training, and listing of their own home for free (a $149 value).
  • About GAPScore, Inc.– GAPScore, Green Assessment Potential Score, is a tool for existing home owners and real estate pros that educations and rates a home's level of green attributes and potential for green aspects to be implemented.