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Participate in a Committee or Branch

Each Chapter committee and branch hold regular meetings where programs and initiatives are planned and all are looking for new members to engage to help grow our impact in the current year and beyond.  Working with the committees and branches is a great volunteer opportunity.  To learn more about participating in a specific committee or branch, please review the list below.  If you have further questions, please contact the Chapter at 312-245-8300.

Chapter committees and contact information:

The Chapter’s skilled and diverse membership is its most valuable asset. Our members participate in a variety of committees that develop programs and events for various segments of the region’s green building community and/or assist the Chapter in a variety of operational functions that help us achieve our goals.

Education and Research Strategy Committee – staff liaison: Katie Kaluzny

Strategies, plans and implements a wide-variety of green building educational programs. This committee is currently looking for volunteers for the following:
• Help determine the programming and assist during two credential maintenance days
• Help determine the programming and assist during a joint CSI/USGBC-Illinois Greener-by-Design, green products fair and conference
• Help develop and review RFPs (requests for proposals) for USGBC-IL educational sessions
• Participate with commercial real estate sub-committee (formerly Integrated Business Transactions sub-committee) to further develop programs of interest to the real estate community
• Participate with the research sub-committee – to identify one or more research projects and potentially participate in them

Emerging Professionals – Committee Chair: Miki Sankary – staff liaison, Joan Martin
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.

Green Healthcare Task Force – Committee Co-Chairs: Russell Smith and Michelle Halle Stern – staff liaison, Katie Kaluzny

Green Schools – Committee Chairs: Catie Krasner and Mike Eichhorn
Plans events and advocacy for school districts, schools, and school professionals.

Membership Strategic Committee – staff liaison, Joan Martin
Plans regular membership networking events to both provide opportunities and increase Chapter membership. This committee is looking for members to reach out and personally welcome new chapter members , recruit members to join and become active with the Chapter, and to plan the Annual Member Meeting and Networking events. This committee is currently looking for co-Chairs to work with the staff liaison at the Chapter level and for volunteers at the Regional branch levels.

State and Local Government – Committee Chairs: Sean Ziadeh and Christopher Chwedyk

Develops programs and events specifically for local and regional governments and policymakers. Also tracks local/state green building related legislation/policies and conducts green building related presentations for local governments.

Residential Green Building – Committee Chair: Jason La Fleur
This committee develops educational content for programs and provides training for advocates & experts specifically for the residential building market and homeowners.

Chapter branches and contact information:

The Illinois Chapter’s service region covers all of Illinois, excluding metro St. Louis.  Branches work within their region to provide green building education and advocacy outreach.  Each Branch has a steering committee with many dedicated sustainable professionals who work in tandum with the Chapter staff to support the green building professionals in their communities.  If you are interesting in working with any of these branches, please contact the branch chair.

North/Northwest Suburban Branch – Chair:  Nicole Keeler

Rockford/Northern Illinois Branch – Chair: Mike Dudek


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