January 24, 2017
USGBC – Illinois and AIA Chicago are accepting proposals for our upcoming “Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium” from now until February 7, 2017 (date extended from 1/31). Chicago’s first ever Resilience Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.
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 drawdown strategies. The Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium as envisioned will serve to enhance the work the City of Chicago is currently undertaking and will provide an opportunity for a multiple disciplines in our region to meet and exchange ideas and best practices through lecture, panel discussion, and interactive workshops. We title this event “Chicago Thrives!” purposefully because we believe that 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.
Selection preference will be given to expertise and case studies of realized or potential solutions that address local solutions to resilient community/city planning, manufacturing, agriculture, livability, social justice, market trends, and/or relevant policy at multiple scales and leveraging a diversity of perspectives. Other related resilience topics will be considered. In your proposal, please be sure to clearly state how your topic is relevant and timely to the creation of more livable, just, and resilient human environments.
How to Submit
- Review the full details of the session criteria on the Call for Session Proposals.
- All proposals must be submitted via the Resilience Session Application Form by February 7, 2017 at 9:00 PM.
- Questions? Contact Katie Kaluzny at [email protected] or by phone at 312-245-8300 x3.
January 24, 2017
Nominations for the 12th Annual Emerald Awards are now open until February 17. The USGBC-Illinois Emerald Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, projects, and technologies that are helping advance buildings and communities to become more sustainable, prosperous and healthy in Illinois. Priority will be given to applications that exemplify the new Epic Challenge for carbon drawdown and the role green buildings play in strengthening communities.
Award winners will be announced the end of March and formally presented at our annual fundraising event, Limelight, on May 18, 2017 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
Intent to Matter: Individual
This award recognizes an individual who has exemplified leadership and inspiration in transforming the built environment in a sustainable and substantial way.
Intent to Matter: Organization
This award recognizes a corporation or organization that has made significant strides to reduce their environmental footprint or improve the built environment in a sustainable and substantial way.
Intent to Matter: Green Building Innovation
This award recognizes buildings (new or existing), technologies, products, or programs that have used innovative strategies to make a sustainable impact in the building industry.
Intent to Matter: Community Impact
This award recognizes an individual, community or coalition that have leverage sustainability knowledge to make a social impact in their community.
December 27, 2016
|Rand Ekman, HKS|
|Susan Heinking, Pepper Construction Company|
|Patricia Lloyd, Leopardo Companies, Inc.|
|Jeremy Manion, Office Depot|
|Dhruti Patel, Goby Inc.|
|Rick Tonielli, ComEd|
Rand Ekman, Susan Heinking, Patricia Lloyd, Jeremy Manion, Dhruti Patel and Rick Tonielli will join the following current board members to complete the 2017 Board of Directors:
Christopher Dillion, Campbell Coyle Real Estate (Incoming Chair)
Sandra Henry, Seventhwave
Ellen Bell, Environmental Defense Fund
Patrick Boyle, Sloan
Luke Leung, SOM
Jamie Peters, EnergySavvy
Tony Spata, Hyatt Hotels
Jason Westrope, DMA Property, LLC
Megan Zack, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
A HUGE thank you to our board members with terms ending in December 2016, Anil Ahuja, Jenny Carney, Marya Ryan, Laci Wilkes! We appreciate all of your time, dedication and leadership with USGBC-Illinois over the past several years.
December 21, 2016
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|EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge: Mentor Application|
|Drink Up & Drawdown (Carbon)|
November 10, 2016
|Mailing Address:||333 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1810, Chicago IL 60601|
|Primary Contact Name:||Carol Freeman|
|Contact Email:||[email protected]|
|Which most closely describes your business?||Professional Services|
|Indicate professional licensing of key staff, where applicable:||Certified Energy Manager (CEM)|
|Indicate key markets for your organization:||Commercial Office, Healthcare, High Rise, Institutional / Government, Mixed Use, Multi-family Residential, Retail, Schools (K-12)|
|Please list core areas of company expertise:||Energy Management Services, Energy Benchmarking|
|Please list relevant experience providing energy services in the Chicago metro area:||Energy Benchmarking Services for many clients, Energy Management Provider for large school district, Utility Rate Analyst for large local government|
|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):||Trained on use of Portfolio Manager - Healthcare; Seasoned on use of Portfolio Manager - Many Sectors; Conducted many ASHRAE Level I and II audits|
|Provide a brief summary of your experience providing building improvements to enhance energy performance:|
|If requested, how many references can you provide?||3|
November 10, 2016
|Mailing Address:||180 N. LaSalle Suite 2210, Chicago, IL 60601|
|Primary Contact Name:||Ilana Cember|
|Contact Email:||[email protected]|
|Which most closely describes your business?||Professional Services, Design-Builder|
|Indicate professional licensing of key staff, where applicable:||Illinois Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Energy Manager (CEM)|
|Indicate key markets for your organization:||Commercial Office, Data Centers, Healthcare, High Rise, Hospitality, Institutional / Government, Laboratories, Mixed Use, Multi-family Residential, Process / Industrial / Manufacturing|
|Please list core areas of company expertise:||Commissioning, retrocommissioning, energy audits, trend data analysis, LEED consulting, energy modeling, IEMP|
|Please list relevant experience providing energy services in the Chicago metro area:||Commissioning services to multiple Chicagoland clients|
|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):||PE and CEM licensed engineers on staff|
|Provide a brief summary of your experience providing building improvements to enhance energy performance:||Operation diagnostics through trend data analysis, rigorous functional performance testing methodologies and project-specific templates|
|If requested, how many references can you provide?||More than 3|
October 17, 2016
For Composition of the Board.
Members of the Board of Directors shall have expertise in one of the following sectors. No more than 4 board Member s shall represent a single sector.
These sector categories include:
1) Building Product Manufacturers (including Building Controls, Manufacturers/Building Operations and Maintenance)
2) Contractors and Builders
3) Corporate and Retail
4) Educational and Research Institutions (both public and private including K-12, colleges and universities)
5) Environmental and Non-profit Organizations
6) Federal Government
7) Finance and Insurance Community (institutions, appraisers, accountants)
8) Professional Firms (including, but not limited to architectural, engineering, consultants, legal, design and technical)
9) Professional Societies and Trade Associations
10) Real Estate and Real Estate Service Providers (including building owners, developers, property managers)
11) State and Local Governments
12) Utilities, ESCOs and Energy Service Providers.
It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to approve the candidates recommended by the Elections Committee to ensure there is balance in the candidates
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.
July 29, 2016
September 17, 2015
Make an Impact!
The USGBC Illinois is pleased to announce a call for applicants for the 6 seats open for the 2017-18 Board of Directors. Participation on the USGBC Illinois board is a unique opportunity for local industry leaders to continue the Chapter mission that advances buildings and communities that are sustainable, prosperous and healthy. In particular, the Chapter is now focused on its new carbon drawdown epic challenge.
The USGBC Illinois Board is a diverse group of professionals composed of industry leaders from all aspects of the building industry. Diversity in interest and expertise is strongly encouraged, as is experience with community outreach in Chicago – the first focus for our drawdown strategies. Board service offers the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to develop meaningful relationships with other passionate and motivated individuals, and to make a difference in your local community. In return, board members are responsible for Chapter strategic guidance and support, attending meetings and representing the Chapter, and contributing to the Chapter’s financial health through sponsorship development and other revenue-generating activities.
Nominees will go through an election process in this fall. To start, please complete a nomination form no later than September 9, 2016. Once we have received your nomination form(s), individuals from the Chapter elections committee will follow up with nominees to explain next steps. If you have any questions about the election process please contact the Jamie Peters at [email protected] / 312-374-0936 or Joan Martin at [email protected] / 312-245-8300 x 205.