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House Joint Resolution 45 LEED Task Force Report

Moving toward a sustainable future for Illinois Schools.

View the entire HJR45 LEED Task Force Report.

Read the 97th General Assembly Legislative Update and Monthly Spotlight March 2011 from our State & Local Government Committee where this report is highlighted and other important legislation is reviewed.

House Joint Resolution 45 (HJR 45), spear-headed by Representative Karen May (IL House of Representative, 58th District), was adopted by both the Illinois House and Senate on May 28, 2009 and October 29, 2009, respectively. The resolution created the HJR 45 LEED Task Force comprised of a member (or designee) from both parties of both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, representatives from several state agencies (DCEO, ISBE, CDB, and the Governor’s office), and led by the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter (USGBC – Illinois).

The Task Force was charged with authoring a report to recommend programmatic, financial, and other resources that can foster sustainability initiatives on a larger scale in Illinois schools.

The USGBC – Illinois Chapter Advocacy Committee and Branch Chairs along with Doug Widener, Chapter Executive Director and Paige Finnegan, Board Chair traveled to Springfield this week for Advocacy Day.  At a reception for the Illinois General Assembly along with other task force partners, this report was officially released.

For more information about this report, contact Doug Widener of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter at (312) 245-8300.

HJR45 Chapter Advocacy
Twenty percent of America goes to school every day. We spend almost 90% of our time indoors, and for one out of every five of us (more than 60 million people) much of that time is in school buildings. There are more than 130,000 schools in this country and each one can be better places to teach and learn through its natural and built environment.

Green schools save energy, water and money – hundreds of thousands of dollars each year – that can be reinvested in teachers, technology and textbooks. Improvements such as cleaner indoor air and increased access to daylight not only support the health and well-being of our kids and teachers, they raise academic performance and reduce absentee rates. The school facilities themselves can function as living laboratories to foster environmental literacy and support a generation of environmental stewards.

Illinois has some of the finest examples in the nation of high performance facilities and sustainable school programs. Some of this can be credited to the individual initiative of a teacher, administrator, board member, or student. Others have benefited from grassroots level community engagement. Most of these results can be linked to a policy.  There is still work to be done, however, with schools reporting nearly $10 billion of capital needs for new schools, building additions, and general repair work for the next two years. It is through policy enhancement that the groundwork that has been laid for sustainability in Illinois’ schools can be shared on a much broader scale by all schools in the state. This is where members of the 97th General Assembly can find common cause and look to the following for additional policy enhancement opportunities..more.

HJR 45 LEED Task Force Members/Acknowledgements
Special thanks to the HJR 45 Task Force Members. Without the dedication and leadership of the individuals below the Task Force’s work and this report would not be possible.
Task Force Appointed Members:
Representative Karen May, Illinois House of Representatives, 58h District, individual appointed by the
Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
Representative Robert Pritchard, Illinois House of Representatives, 70th District, individual appointed
by the Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives
Christopher Dillion, Campbell Coyle Holdings, LLC, individual appointed by the President of the Illinois
Daniel Bulley, Mechanical Contractors Association, individual appointed by the Minority Leader of the
Illinois Senate
Karen Shoup, Illinois State Board of Education, individual appointed by the State Superintendent of
Eric Heineman, Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, individual, appointed by the Governor, from the
Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council
Lisa Mattingly, Illinois Capital Development Board, individual appointed by the Executive Director of
the Capital Development Board
Kate Tomford, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, individual appointed by
the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Doug Widener, U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter, individual appointed by the Chair of the
U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter, who shall serve as the Chair of the Task Force
Task Force Additional Members
Mike Waldinger, AIA-Illinois
Mark Bishop, Healthy Schools Campaign
Stuart Brodsky, Cannon Design, Co-Chair USGBC-Illinois Green Schools Committee
Doc Kotecki, Energy Systems Group, Co-Chair USGBC-Illinois Green Schools Committee
Joseph Clair, Illinois Institute of Technology, former Board Chair, USGBC-Illinois
Ruth Harris, Adopt-A-School Program consultant,


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