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Other Green Events

The USGBC – Illinois Chapter promotes green building and sustainability events throughout Illinois!

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Connecting Your Community with Climate Change Workshop

Have you wanted to engage your students or community members with climate change, but found it a challenge to translate abstract concepts into something meaningful to their every day lives? Learn how to engage people in locally relevant climate solutions using the place-based tools and activities developed by the Connect Community+Climate+Action project. Tools are adaptable for use with multiple audiences, from middle school students to church groups to community-based non-profits.

The workshop is geared towards professionals and educators at schools, museums, and other non-profits interested in integrating climate change into their program portfolio. Lunch is included with registration.

Click here to learn more and register for this FREE event.
October 25 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Greener Clean Schools Forum

Join the Healthy Schools Campaign and ISSA for the Green Clean Schools Forum. The event brings together leading university facility operators to raise awareness about green cleaning best practices, products and trends that will help elevate their cleaning programs to new heights. From making data-driven decisions, to selecting green products and equipment, to hands-on demos of the latest technology, the Green Clean Schools Forum is designed to change how schools are cleaned-with health and the environment top of mind.

In addition to learning green cleaning best practices from leading education facility directors, this unique two-day event offers built-in networking events as well guided tours of the trade show floor.

Click here to learn more and register for this event.
October 25 - 27
McCormick Place, Chicago
Building Design+Construction's 6th Annual Under 40 Leadership Summit

Groundbreaking Solutions for AEC Professionals

USGBC IL discounted rate $275 (standard rate: $395)

BD+C editors invite you to attend our 6th Annual Under 40 Leadership Summit. This year’s event, in Chicago, will convene more than 100 current and past 40 Under 40 winners, and other young AEC superstars, for leadership training, professional development, and networking.
This conference focuses on providing young professionals with practical advice, hard-learned lessons, and helpful tools for making the next leap in their career. The program includes interactive workshops facilitated by senior-level AEC professionals (including past BD+C 40 Under 40 winners):

To learn more click here!

To obtain the discount pricing for USGBC Illinois Members use code USGBCIL
October 26 - 28
Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites 198 East Delaware Place Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Greener Cleaning Workshop

Join the Green Sports Alliance and ISSA for the Chicago Greener Cleaning Workshop, which provides regional venue operators and partners to convene to learn, share and discuss how sports facilities can reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning.

Clean air, sanitary playing surfaces and overall environmental exposures are important to maintain a healthy, high-performing sports venue. Whether it be an elite professional sports team or a K-12 school, creating better places for all to play is a recipe for healthier athletes, fans and communities. This program will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn, share and discuss how sports facilities can reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning.

Click here to learn more and register for this FREE event.
October 27 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
McCormick Place, Chicago
Sustainable Architecture: Transform Your Portfolio

Every firm has at least one or two showcase projects that have reached aspirational sustainable design goals. How do you achieve those goals across your entire portfolio? It’s a challenge, but not impossible. Join us to examine a holistic approach that empowers the entire design team to make incremental improvements that result in more sustainable buildings. Learn strategies to encourage firm-wide sustainability from three local Chicago architects that have successfully integrated sustainability into the firms where they work.

Learn more and register here.
October 27 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
FREE Webinar

SusArch 4
Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Ceremony & Symposium

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, the nation’s longest running preeminent environmental and sustainability award. The event will celebrate and recognize its latest honorees – winners of the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, at our Awards luncheon. The program will be featuring morning keynote John Bradburn, Global Waste Reduction Manager, General Motors, and Kim Frankovich, Global Sustainability Director, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, a subsidiary of Mars, Inc., who will be speaking at the luncheon.

Additionally, the morning session will focus on emerging technologies that feature economic opportunities addressing carbon emissions and water quality. Speakers will include Kevin O’Brien, PhD and Lance Schideman, PhD of Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Don’t miss out on this year’s celebration – Register now! Registration starts at $50 for the morning session only, $95 for the luncheon only and $130 for all-day admission.
November 1
Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson St.
Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Illinois District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities. This conference brings together trade experts, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels, one-on-one meetings and extensive networking to address opportunities and demand for new technologies to make cities more sustainable. Your firm will leave this conference with the critical next steps needed to transform market potential to market success in markets of interest across the world.

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities attendees will:

• Learn about 21st century infrastructure projects – and how to build the strong partnerships needed to win business.

• Understand the demand for new technologies that improve standards of living, create "showcase cities,” increase efficiency, and promote cybersecurity.

• Explore green technologies and disaster mitigation to make cities more sustainable.

Click here to learn more and to register.
November 1 - 3
Swissotel Chicago, 323 E Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Built Positive Workshop

Join BuildingGreen, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, and Google for the Chicago session of this national workshop series. This event is a three-hour interactive workshop that will bring together sustainability thought leaders in the built environment to help identify new opportunities to add value to their projects while bringing project values to life.

Facilitated by Nadav Malin, president of BuildingGreen, the high-energy sessions will explore design methodologies, material health programs, product and systems innovations, and a new definition of waste. Attendees will investigate and develop concepts for design, use, disassembly, and reuse that are fundamental to creating positive material flows and realizing positive outcomes for people, planet, and business.

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November 14 from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Google, Chicago

LED Specifier Summit Midwest

The fourth annual LED Specifier Summit is a one-day product showcase and conference dedicated to educating buyers and specifiers about the latest commercial, architectural and decorative LED lighting products and practices. As a USGBC, AIA, IDCEC, LA CES and NCQLP Education Provider, the event caters to architects, lighting designers, engineers, interior designers, energy consultants, facility managers and other professionals who seek the latest, most relevant information and solutions available in the fast-changing LED lighting world.

Entry to the exhibit area is free; early bird rate for the conference is $199 (includes 5 seminars and lunch). Find complete details at
November 15
Navy Pier

Fall for the USGBC Northwest Indiana Branch

Join the USGBC Northwest Indiana Branch for an evening of networking and an overview of their LEED Education Program. Also, enjoy a guided tour of the LEED Gold certified IBEW 697 Lake County Electrician's Facility, featuring special guests, Dan Waldrop, Business Manager, IBEW and Jeff Lewis, Project Architect, Shive-Hattery.

Click here to register.
November 17 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
IBEW 697, 7200 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410

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