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Emerging Professionals

The Illinois Chapter’s Emerging Professionals Committee is a partnership of young professionals and recent graduates dedicated to becoming and recruiting the future leaders of the green building movement. Being an Emerging Professional supports your community, the green building industry and the sustainability movement. Become a Chapter Emerging Professional and grow your industry connections to propel your career.  Click here to join the USGBC-Illinois Chapter and choose the Emerging Professional level for $45.00.

Meet your Emerging Professionals Leaders!

Chicago Branch
Dhurti Patel
Dhruti was born in London, UK and raised in Mumbai, India, and has been living in the Chicago suburbs, off and on, for the past 9 years. She attended University of Illinois Urbana Champaign for her undergraduate studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering and Construction Management. At University of Illinois, she was the second USGBC Students Chapter President, and during her term she launched LEED study sessions for students interested in pursuing LEED Green Associates accreditation. She is currently working as a structural engineer for Sargent and Lundy LLC.

Interest in being part of the Chicago Branch Emerging Professionals Committee – contact Dhurti Patel.

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Stay tune to learn more about the 2014 committee meetings!  Dates to be added soon!

USGBC National Emerging Professional New Member Initiative

This summer, the Emerging Professionals National Committee launched a new member initiative with the goal of 5,000 new Emerging Professionals by December 2015.

To learn more about the USGBC National Emerging Professional new member initiative visit

 Chapter Member, Juanita Garcia chosen as the Emerging Professional Regional Recruitment Chair for Illinois & Indiana

Juanita Garcia, LEED AP BD+C - Kroeschell EngineeringJuanita Garcia is an advocate for sustainable design. Her vision is for a greater connection to our environment in the spaces we live and work through a holistic approach to design that can have lasting positive effects on the health and well being of individuals. Her experiences as a licensed massage therapist and studying psychology in the Netherlands influence her approach.Juanita has been a proponent of LEED since working on her first LEED project in 2008. She was among the first to earn the LEED AP credential with a BD+C specialization in 2009. Juanita is a Mechanical Designer at Kroeschell Engineering and currently serves as the USGBC Emerging Professionals Regional Chair of Recruitment for Illinois and Indiana.


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Past Committee ChairsJohn Mlade, 2004 (Founding Chair)
Marcus Hale , 2004-2006
Kris Neurauter, 2006-2007
Dario Medina, 2008
Andrea Love, 2007-2009
Katherine Darnstadt, 2008 – 2010
Candis Queen, 2010 – 2012
Ryan Haase, 2010 – 2012
Jennessa Berg, 2012- 2013

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