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Emerald Award Nominations

The USGBC-Illinois Chapter is proud to announce a call for 2014 Emerald Award Nominations!

The U. S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter is proud to announce submissions are now open for our 9th annual awards program. The Emerald Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, corporations, projects, and technologies implemented across Illinois which advance both buildings and communities to become more sustainable, prosperous and healthy.

Award winners will be announced and presented at USGBC-Illinois’ annual fundraising event, Limelight, on May 15, 2014, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. These awards are intended to recognize individuals and organizations in Illinois. They do not need to be USGBC – Illinois Chapter or USGBC National company members.

Emerald Awardees can include, but are not limited to, architects, engineers, contractors, developers, design teams, schools, governmental, non-profit organizations, and beyond.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Nomination forms are due by noon on Monday, March 10, 2014. Award winners will be notified by Friday, April 4.

Intent to Matter: Green Building Innovation

This award recognizes buildings (new or existing), technologies, products, or programs that use innovative strategies to make a positive impact in the building industry. (Buildings are not required to be LEED Certified to submit for this award, but must have been completed in the last 3 years.)  Up to five awards will be given from the following categories, not necessarily one from each:

1. Green Home, Housing or Community
2. Green Schools: Early Childhood, K-12 and/or Higher Education
3. High Performance
4. Technologies and/or Products
5. Occupant and/or Tenant Engagement

Some characteristics of potential award winners include organizations that:

  • Utilized new technologies and/or innovations in new construction
  • Initiated forward-thinking policies/procedures in ongoing green operations
  • Proposed an innovative solution to a green building challenge
  • Fostered regenerative processes in buildings
  • Found creative responses to limitations (monetary, site, resources, technologies, etc.)

Intent to Matter: Individual Leadership

This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership in transforming the built environment in a substantial way. One award will be given.

Some characteristics of potential award winners include individuals that:

  • Community leader, publicly committed to building sustainably
  • Implemented an innovative program and lead others to follow suit
  • Built an exceptional sustainable building(s) or remodeled an existing facility to outstanding sustainable standards
  • Has significant influence over the sustainable building/community movement in Illinois
  • Is considered a “game changer” in the green building movement and inspired others to follow suit

Intent to Matter: Outstanding Corporation and Organization

This award recognizes a corporation or organization that has made significant strides to reduce their environmental footprint or improve the environment in a substantial way.  Two awards will be given.

Some characteristics of potential award winners include organizations that:

  • Created strategic relationships or collaborations within the sustainable building community to help transform the industry
  • Lead in the design, development, construction or operations + maintenance of sustainable building(s)
  • Was recognized as an outstanding corporation/organization as evidenced by best practices
  • Made a significant reduction in carbon emissions, waste, toxic chemicals, or other negative environmental impacts
  • Contributed in a positive way to improving the environment (e.g. introduced regenerative processes in building design/operations, offered employee volunteer days, participated in ecosystem restorations, etc.)

Chapter Mission Award (Awarded by the USGBC – Illinois Board of Directors)

This award can not be submitted for, but will recognize an organization or corporation that best advances the mission of USGBC – Illinois.


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