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Volunteer in 2017

At the end of 2016, we announced our new four year EPIC CHALLENGE and the bold new direction for USGBC-Illinois.  Many of you filled out our volunteer interest survey at that time (thank you!).  We now have our second round of opportunities available to volunteer on specific projects in 2017.

Please take a look at the opportunities below and click the application link to learn more. Each opportunity will require a different skill set and time commitment.

We also want to hear from you!  We are excited to be offering new volunteer opportunities that allow our members to share their expertise and bring carbon drawdown solutions to neighborhoods across Chicago.  To ensure that our volunteers have the skills to work with new partners and communities, the Community Engagement Committee wants your input on volunteer training topics that would be relevant to you as a USGBC-Illinois volunteer.  Click here to take the short survey. 

1. GreenBuilt Home Tour: 

We want your smiling face to be a part of the 5th annual GreenBuilt Home Tour (July 22 & 23 from 10 AM – 4 PM)!  Each year the GreenBuilt Home Tour features homes throughout Illinois, which highlight attractive, affordable, and sustainable building practices.  The tour includes Illinois’ finest builders, designers and homeowners who have created healthy, energy saving green homes.

Learn more and sign-up for a 4-hour shift here.

2. Emerging Professional Sustainability Camp Volunteer
The Emerging Professionals are hosting a one day sustainability camp in Bronzeville for middle school students on August 8th!  The are seeking volunteers to serve as counselors during the day camp. Counselors will help move students to different activities around the facility. No experience is required but a cheerful attitude is mandatory. Sustainability knowledge is a plus.  

Learn more and apply here!

3. Member Ambassador:

Are you a USGBC-Illinois member and want to share how you support the mission? If you answered yes, then this is the volunteer role for you!  Share your knowledge about USGBC-Illinois by volunteering as a greeter and host at upcoming events, including new member breakfasts, networking events and education programs.

Learn more and apply by contacting Joan Martin.

4. Building Sustainability Coach (BIT Aid):

Become a BIT Aid in Chicago – BIT is looking to pair individuals with an interest or expertise in sustainable operations and maintenance with non-profit facilities operators who have requested volunteer support to help them implement the 16 BIT Building sustainability best practices, including energy, water, and waste baselines and working towards improvements.  

Learn more and apply here.

5. Green Apple Day of Service: 

Parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations work together to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service events.  This year, Green Apple Day of Service is Saturday, September 30th.  Choose a track that focuses on a low-to-no-cost carbon drawdown, sustainability solution and work with a school in your community to support a project on or around September 30th (projects can take place anytime during the year).

More information coming soon.


If you are interested in getting more involved with the Epic Challenge, but the current opportunities aren’t quite right for you, please complete this survey (if you haven’t already) to help us better understand your interest in advancing sustainability in Illinois and engaging in our Epic Challenge!

Thank you for considering these volunteer opportunities, and please share with your friends and colleagues if you think they would be a great fit as well!

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