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Board of Director Nominations now open

August 22, 2017

Seeking Candidates for the 2018-19 Board of Directors

The USGBC-Illinois Chapter has an Epic Challenge to leverage the green building community to advance carbon drawdown strategies in a way that strengthens our neighborhoods by restoring the environment, creating jobs and advancing human health. We believe every resident in every neighborhood should benefit from tried and true sustainability solutions.
 
Our Board of Directors works to establish key partnerships and provides the strategic direction to make it happen. If you have a passion for advancing our mission − green and healthy buildings for all − and want to make a lasting contribution to our new direction, consider applying to be a candidate for the 2018-19 USGBC Illinois Board of Directors.
 
Nominations are now open. Nominees will go through an election process this fall and successful candidates will join the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. Please consider nominating yourself or qualified individuals who can help advance our work.
Please complete a nomination form no later than 5:00 p.m. CT on September 17, 2017. Nominees will receive further information regarding the elections process once we have received your nomination form.
 
We look forward to your nominations, and appreciate your support of the Chapter!
 
Chris Dillion

2017 Board of Directors Chair 
Campbell Coyle

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.


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Energy Efficiency Ambassadors

April 27, 2017

USGBC-Illinois is working with Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) to bring smart meter and energy efficiency information to communities.  As smart meters, data access, and connected devices roll-out across Chicago and Illinois, we need our green building and energy efficiency expert members to be on the front lines sharing information about how these technologies and programs can help save people money and have a positive impact on the planet.

Energy Efficiency Ambassador Volunteers will become experts on smart meter connected technology and related utility programs through trainings and testing out technology and energy efficiency programs first hand in their own homes.  Volunteers will then share what they have learned through in-person programs with their communities (neighborhood, work, community group), social media, and other platforms to educate individuals about their experiences.

To have an Energy Efficiency Ambassador speak to a group in your community or to get involved as an Energy Efficiency Ambassador volunteer, please contact Liz Kuehn at lkuehn@usgbc-illinois.org

BIT AIDs

April 27, 2017

USGBC-Illinois and BIT are working to pair individuals with an interest or expertise in sustainable operations and maintenance with non-profit facilities operators to support their implementation of the 16 BIT Building sustainability best practices, including establishing energy, water, and waste performance baselines and working towards improvements.

Elaton Energy Services

May 2, 2017

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Website:http://elatonnrg.com/
Mailing Address:1144 Franklin Lane, Buffalo Grove IL 60089
Primary Contact Name:Lana Kalmanovsky
Contact Phone:773-322-9951
Contact Email:lana@elatonnrg.com
Which most closely describes your business? Professional Services
Indicate professional licensing of key staff, where applicable:Building Operator Certification (BOC), Building Energy Technology (BET) Certificate
Indicate key markets for your organization:Commercial Office, Data Centers, Event / Convention, Healthcare, High Rise, Hospitality, Institutional / Government, Laboratories, Mixed Use, Multi-family Residential, Process / Industrial / Manufacturing, Restaurants, Retail, Schools (K-12), Schools (Higher Ed), Supermarkets
Please list core areas of company expertise:Our services include but not limited to:
• Energy use forecasts and expense budgets
• Monthly data analysis
• Energy efficiency projects implementation support
• Utility rate optimization
• New business utility coordination for engineering and construction
• O&M coordination for utility service requests and emergency response
• RFQ/RFP for electricity and natural gas supply and curtailment service
• ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager implementation: analysis, benchmarking, verification, reporting
Please list relevant experience providing energy services in the Chicago metro area:Elaton has performed energy consulting services for numerous properties throughout Illinois.

Since 2001, we have sourced electricity and natural gas purchases worth more than $120 million through RFPs and negotiations with alternative retail energy suppliers.

Elaton has coordinated utility interconnection for over 3 million square feet of new healthcare construction, including New Prentice Women’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Currently we benchmark more than 50 buildings and nearly 10 million square feet in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager using automated web services under its service mark, E-NRG Pro.
Please describe your experience that qualifies you to conduct benchmarking and data verification services, including specific training on use of Portfolio Manager, ASHRAE Level I, II or III audits (or similar):Elaton has a long history of providing benchmarking services for commercial buildings throughout Illinois. We conduct ASHRAE Level I and II audits on regular basis that helps our licensed professionals to do thorough data verification faster and more efficiently.

Since 2014, Elaton benchmarked and submitted numerous properties for Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance and now working with Evanston properties for Evanston Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.

Out dedicated team is fluent in using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and constantly going through new trainings to stay up-to-date on Portfolio Manager enhancements.

Elaton is a proud ENERGY STAR partner as well as one of the most active Portfolio Manager service providers nationwide.
Provide a brief summary of your experience providing building improvements to enhance energy performance:For the past 15 years, Elaton has been providing consulting services that included numerous energy efficiency projects. With Elaton guidance and support, our clients successfully participated and completed ASHE’s Energy to Care Challenge, Strategic Energy Management Program (CLEAResult), and Healthier Hospitals Leaner Energy Challenge. Our team members are working on regular basis with facilities engineers and helping them to find potential energy reductions through Smart Ideas and Retro-commissioning. In addition to that, we perform quarterly evaluations of energy efficiency measures and programs through our own software system as well as ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
If requested, how many references can you provide?More than 3
Entry Date4/20/17

Registration Open – Chicago Resilience Symposium on 4/20

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.

Learn more and register here.

Questions? Contact Katie Kaluzny at kkaluzny@usgbc-illinois.org or by phone at 312-245-8300 x3.

HKS, Inc.

March 17, 2017

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Website:http://www.hksinc.com/
Mailing Address:111 West Washington, Suite 1700
Primary Contact Name:Tommy Zakrzewski
Contact Phone:312-262-9764
Contact Email:tzakrzewski@hksinc.com
Which most closely describes your business? Professional Services, Contractor, Professional Services
Indicate professional licensing of key staff, where applicable:Illinois Registered Architect (RA), Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
Indicate key markets for your organization:Commercial Office, Data Centers, Event / Commercial Office, Event / Convention, Healthcare, High Rise, Hospitality, Institutional / Government, Laboratories, Mixed Use, Multi-family Residential, Schools (K-12), Schools (Higher Ed), Sports Arenas / Venues
Please list core areas of company expertise:Creating places that enhance the human experience through Architecture, Planning & Development, Programming, Project Management, Structural Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Branding, Advisory Practice, Research, Sustainable Design, Architectural Design Interpretation and Integrative Energy Engineering.
Please list relevant experience providing energy services in the Chicago metro area:At our soul and in our daily practice, we are a service company. Our vast suite of capabilities allows us to intersect with one another, involve experts at every level, include our clients’ visions and improve each project we touch. A place is not merely a structure. It is a living, breathing element that resides in a larger environment, and must exist in a community and improve the experience of those who use it – as well as those who never will. We are a combination of artists and tacticians, imagining, coordinating and creating some of the world’s most iconic places.
Please describe your experience that qualifies you to conduct benchmarking and data verification services, including specific training on use of Portfolio Manager, ASHRAE Level I, II or III audits (or similar):Our Integrative Energy Engineering services are supported by ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professionals (BEMP), LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) and LEED Fellows, AEE Certified Energy Managers (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professionals (CMVP), Certified Passive Haus Consultants (PHIUS CPHC) and Living Future Accreditations (LFA). Our collective experience includes delivering comprehensive facility assessments, ASHRAE (I, II, and II) audits, benchmarking studies, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager services, Building and Community Carbon Emissions Inventory, Measurement & Verification, Post Occupancy Evaluations, Building Performance Modeling, Utility Bill Analysis, and LEED and WELL Building professional services.
Provide a brief summary of your experience providing building improvements to enhance energy performance:We understand a building’s position within the greater context. We recognize its impact on its immediate surroundings and the environment as a whole, and we continually work to be responsible stewards of our neighborhoods and our planet. It is with this spirit that we approach projects with not merely an attitude of how we can create a minimal footprint, but rather how can we inspire and motivate behavior within and even beyond the structure.
If requested, how many references can you provide?More than 3
Entry Date11/16/16

JLL

March 17, 2017

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Website:www.jll.com
Mailing Address:200 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
Primary Contact Name:Ron Roberts
Contact Phone:913-742-0890
Contact Email:ron.roberts@am.jll.com
Which most closely describes your business? Professional Services
Indicate professional licensing of key staff, where applicable:Certified Energy Manager (CEM), KS, MO Professional Engr
Indicate key markets for your organization:Commercial Office, Data Centers, Event / Commercial Office, Data Centers, Event / Convention, Healthcare, High Rise, Hospitality, Institutional / Government, Laboratories, Mixed Use, Process / Industrial / Manufacturing, Restaurants, Retail, Sports Arenas / Venues
Please list core areas of company expertise:All energy and sustainability related services. We have a staff of 40+ CEMS and over 100 sustainability professionals.
Please list relevant experience providing energy services in the Chicago metro area:We run the operations of dozes of Energy Star certified and certifiable buildings in the greater Chicago area. The head of our Energy & Sustainability Services team works out of the AON building as does our central regional team of energy and sustainability professionals. Virtually every one of our corporate clients who we run energy conservation programs for have sites in Chicago.
Please describe your experience that qualifies you to conduct benchmarking and data verification services, including specific training on use of Portfolio Manager, ASHRAE Level I, II or III audits (or similar):We have been an Energy Star Partner of the Year for several years running. We have a dedicated audit team filled with AEE certified energy auditors. We conduct over 50 ASHRAE level audits annually.
Provide a brief summary of your experience providing building improvements to enhance energy performance:Our energy services have saved our clients over $750M in energy savings to date. We run the energy management programs for over 30 large corporations with real estate portfolios spread coast to coast and around the globe.
If requested, how many references can you provide?More than 3
Entry Date1/5/17

Alert Energy

March 17, 2017

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Website:https://alertenergy.net
Mailing Address:585 Dundas St E, 3rd Fl, Toronto Canada, M5A 2B7
Primary Contact Name:Gregory Bonser
Contact Phone:855-989-6978
Contact Email:Gregory@AlertEnergy.net
Which most closely describes your business? Professional Services
Indicate professional licensing of key staff, where applicable:CMVP, ICP Accredited
Indicate key markets for your organization:Commercial Office, Data Centers, Event / Convention, Healthcare, Hospitality, Institutional / Government, Mixed Use, Restaurants, Retail, Supermarkets
Please list core areas of company expertise:Benchmarking, energy and water saving solutions, energy management plans and implementation, commissioning, measurement and verification
Please list relevant experience providing energy services in the Chicago metro area:
Please describe your experience that qualifies you to conduct benchmarking and data verification services, including specific training on use of Portfolio Manager, ASHRAE Level I, II or III audits (or similar):15+ years experience in making buildings more efficient. We use Portfolio Manager, we have conducted Level 1 - 3 audits, we have Certified Measurement and Verification Professionals (CMVP), engineers and data scientists on staff and are accredited by the Investor Confidence Project. We have developed our own software that goes deeper into the data to help building owners save energy and water.
Provide a brief summary of your experience providing building improvements to enhance energy performance:Audits and commissioning services to about 10,000,000 square feet of commercial buildings. LEED AP
If requested, how many references can you provide?2
Entry Date1/24/17

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