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Other Green Events

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

To post an event, please click here to complete an event submission form. The USGBC – Illinois Chapter will review your request and post events that are appropriate for our membership.

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Webinar: University of Chicago New Construction Procurement Case Study: Securing Your Investment in Sustainability

Join AASHE and Second Nature for an in-depth look under the hood of the University of Chicago’s innovative procurement approach to establish a measurable energy performance requirement in their new construction RFP and contract. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Lab and AASHE member Seventhwave, the University of Chicago has embraced this new strategy in its sustainability and facilities standards and is piloting it in two new construction projects. Success stories and lessons learned from each project will be shared.

You will also learn about a U.S. Department of Energy grant initiative, Accelerate Performance, to scale this procurement approach across the country. The grant supports owners in setting energy performance goals and verifying that the contract requirement is met.

Click here to learn more and to view the webinar.
Free - On Demand
Proof is Possible U.S. Tour & Tiny House Lab

Advanced Energy Services has partnered with Go Green Northbrook to bring the 2016 “Proof is Possible Tour” to the Village of Northbrook. The Proof is Possible Tour is a nationwide, not-for profit, educational tour promoting the benefits of residential home performance testing and diagnostics that result in identifying specific, targeted energy-efficiency improvement opportunities for homeowners.

The “star” of the tour is the Tiny House Lab, which was constructed using the techniques employed to make homes energy efficient and comfortable and is the focal point of discussions with visitors about the importance of testing and green home improvements. The Proof is Possible Tour is being conducted by renowned building science experts Grace and Corbett Lunsford and their mission is simple: to revolutionize the home energy-efficiency improvement market by educating consumers and contractors of the benefits of scientific testing to ensure the improvement work is done properly.

The Proof is Possible Tour will include the following events and features:
• Free daily Open House Tours of Tiny House Lab
• Free Homeowner Home Performance testing educational seminars
• Free One-on-One Home Performance consultations
• Special incentives and promotions for Homeowners
• Free Go Green Northbrook Day
• Contractor Performance Testing seminar
• Realtor “Profit from High Performance Homes” seminar
• Engineering/Building a Tiny House seminar

Tiny House/Lab open house tours are held daily from 5-6pm with special showings and events on Saturday during the Go Green Northbrook Day. For more information, to sign up for tour updates or register for seminars or events, please visit
August 22 -27
Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook, 60062
AESP Chicago Summer Rooftop Party

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening with the AESP Chicago Chapter and friends at their third annual summer rooftop party. Come hang out on the rooftop, network with the industry and relax after work. This celebration will not follow the standard meeting format, but will be all about catching up with old colleagues, meeting new people and enjoying the summer evening.

There will be complimentary beer, wine and appetizers along with a spectacular view of the Chicago River and surrounding buildings from up on the 15th floor.

Click here to learn more and to register.
August 31 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lyric Opera House Rooftop, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago
IREM September Chapter Meeting: Introduction to the WELL Building Standard

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) believes that: Buildings should be developed with people's health and wellness at the center of design.

The WELL Building Standard® is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being.

The Introduction to the WELL Building Standard presentation provides an overview of the WELL Building Standard ideology, structure, and certification process. The medical basis for the concept categories is introduced along with design and construction strategies to create healthy buildings. The time has come to elevate human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvent buildings that are not only better for the planet - but also for people.

Click here to learn more and to register.

September 14 from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Maggiano's, 240 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 60523
Green Building Conference - Focus on Healthcare Facilities

USGBC-Illinois is partnering with the German American Chambers of Commerce of the Midwest for a Green Building Conference highlighting healthcare facilities. Environmentally sound practices in hospitals are gaining attention amongst health care providers across the United States. Reducing energy use and waste not only saves money, it also helps getting ahead of the regulatory curve and improves an organization’s standing in the community.

Mirroring American health care providers’ progress in the realm of energy efficiency, German hospitals have been able to reduce their energy costs by over 30%.

Catering toward this shared interest of American and German healthcare providers to improve their economic, environmental, and social bottom line, learn more at the Green Building Conference - Focus on Healthcare Facilities.

Attendees will have the chance to hear from experts about current trends in the healthcare facility improvements field, meet with companies that plan, construct and manage sustainable buildings, as well as network with industry peers.

Click here to learn more and to register.

This is a free event.
September 20 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago, Chicago Ballroom, 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
ASEG Tour Prairie Crossing Charter School

Join the Area Schools Environmental Group (ASEG) and the USGBC Illinois Green Schools Committee on a tour of Prairie Crossing Charter School. Located within the nationally recognized Prairie Crossing Conservation Community. Prairie Crossing Charter School is a K-8 public school where children learn the value of community and the environment. Recognized with both Green Ribbon and Blue Ribbon awards, Prairie Crossing demonstrates how the marriage of environmental learning and academic excellence creates natural leaders.

On the tour, you will...
Experience their sustainable schoolyard, where students grow food in over 40 raised beds and native plants attract birds, butterflies and provide versatile outdoor learning spaces.

Tour the first LEED certified school building in Illinois, where you'll learn about alternative energy sources, recycled and renewable building materials, efficient plumbing and lighting, and more...

Learn how our K-8 students learn in, from and about the environment on a daily basis.

Click here to learn more and to register.
September 22 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Prairie Crossing Charter School - 1531 Jones Point Road, Grayslake, IL 60030
Join Biomimicry Chicago to kick off the “Prairie Project!”

Join a diverse group of practitioners and end users of the built environment (designers, contractors, developers, policy makers, building managers) and engage in a process that will ignite the imagination and (co)create a vision for the long-term resilience of our cities: one that looks to our native ecosystems for inspiration!

During this kickoff event, we will:

Explore the grounds of the Lurie Garden with ecologists and learn about the inherent sustainability and resilience of our native ecosystems;
Learn about ecosystem services as applied to the built environment;
Learn about biomimicry as a method to broaden our collective solution space when looking to make positive change; and
Collectively (co)create a common vision for this project that will continue long after the initial event.

Click here to learn more and to register.
October 1 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Lurie Garden, E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60601

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You are invited to participate in ISEA's 2016 Illinois Solar Tour!

ISEA is excited to announce that the 2016 Illinois Solar Tour will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00am to 3:00pm!

Home and business owners with renewable energy installations are invited to open their homes to the public and share their passion, knowledge, and experience of owning, maintaining and living with renewable energy.

Visit this page for additional information about becoming a Solar Tour Host Site, and then if interested please fill out the Host Site Application and consider becoming an Illinois Solar Energy Association Solar Ambassador!
--> Don't have a solar installation yet? You can also register to attend the tour.
October 1 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Locations Across Illinois
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Surge Summit 2016: Humanizing the Energy Future

The Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), the nation’s only non-utility community of practice on smart grid education, is looking beyond the technological infrastructure that enables the next generation of energy services. The Surge Summit will explore the human elements of the evolving electrical system, connecting participants with the latest innovations in the field through a variety of interactive sessions.

These sessions will feature experts from diverse sectors, including community organizations, technology developers, and research institutions.

Click here form more information and to register.
September 27 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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