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Share Your Input: Volunteer Training

June 13, 2017

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.  Thank you!

Summer & Fall Volunteer Opportunities

May 31, 2017

The summer is just around the corner, and we would love to have your help volunteering during the second half of the year on USGBC-Illinois’ EPIC CHALLENGE.

We have a new round of volunteer opportunities for Summer and Fall 2017!  We hope that you’ll consider taking a look at upcoming volunteer opportunities by clicking here.  Once on that page, you can click the application links to learn more.

Each opportunity will require a little bit different skill set and time commitment. You can also reach out to us directly to learn more before or after applying. 

Statement from the USGBC-Illinois Board Chair

June 5, 2017

USGBC-Illinois Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement

USGBC-Illinois joins a growing list of American cities, states, public and private institutions, and private sector companies to reaffirm our commitment to address climate change. While we are deeply disappointed by this administration’s withdrawal from the historic Paris climate accord, we remain focused on the important work ahead.

We also remain hopeful. Carbon reduction solutions already exist. They’re well understood and expanding around the world. Many of these are “no regrets” solutions — actions that make sense to take regardless of climate impact. They have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies. They improve lives, create jobs and restore the environment. In fact, that’s the crux of our Epic Challenge, the USGBC-Illinois strategic plan to implement these carbon reduction solutions in every Chicago neighborhood.

Our organization represents 10,000 business leaders, community members and sustainability advocates. These individuals helped to establish Chicago as a global leader in sustainability. Now our movement must come together and lead.

I ask that you reaffirm your commitment to this issue and our organization. Become a volunteer or member and help us advance our Epic Challenge. With your help, we can create healthy, sustainable communities for all.


Chris Dillion, President of Campbell Coyle and
2017 Chair, USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors

2017 Limelight Raffle Winners

May 15, 2015

Thank you again for your generous support of USGBC-Illinois at Limelight this year!

Check out the winners of all of the fabulous raffle packages below! If you were not present to win, please email Joan Martin at [email protected] to coordinate your prize pick-up.

Raffle Number Raffle Name And the Winner Is??????
No. 100 Unique & Upcycled Marge Anderson
No. 101 Electric Bike Antuany Smith
No. 102 Choose Your Hue Adnan Akbari
No. 103 Grow Your Own Food Mark Bettin
No. 104 Backyard Composting Marge Anderson
No. 105 Divvy Commuter Essentials Robert Natke
No. 106 Good Morning, Alexa Jed Starner
No. 107 Plant a Tree Chris Lambert
No. 108 Set the Mood Heather Beaudoin
No. 109 Explore Chicago Marge Anderson
No. 110 Save Water in Style George & Kay Malek
No. 111 Ready for the Weekend Megan McKitternick
No. 112 Sit Well, Work Well, Feel Well Elena Savona
No. 113 Picture Perfect (5 Winners) Daniel Wood, Caryn Eldridge, Alina Tompert
Brian Earl and David Eldridge
No. 114 Fore! Fore Three Experience Mike Kenagis
No. 115 Weekend Joy Ride Mark Milby
No. 116 Capture the Moment (2 Winners) Brian Earl and Michael Skowlund
No. 117 Enhance your Wine Cellar Will Baker
No. 118 Watch the Champs in Luxury Mike Dudek
No. 119 Cubbies, Cubbies Dan Docel
No. 120 Guarenteed Fun Mike Kenagis
No. 121 4th of July Fireworks Tony Spata
No. 122 Cubbies & Marlins John Albrecht
No. 123 White Sox vs Oakland Katrin Klineberg
No. 124 Cubs vs Rockies Kelly Maynihan
No. 125 Dinner and a Ball Game Mike Kenagis
No. 126 Cubs & Pirates Daniel Wood
No. 127 All Kinds of Pampering Aryn Shaw
No. 128 Gather the Friends Jonathan Meyer
No. 129 Sip, Spill and Clean Rael Slutsky
No. 130 For the Home Chyanne Husar
No. 131 Ready to Mix and Pour (2 Winners) Hillary DeGroff & David Eldridge
No. 132 Chimay Grande Reserve Blue Tim Taylor
No. 133 Water Culture (3 Winners) Mary Andujar, Qianmin Zhang & Meg Boyle



12th Annual Emerald Awards Announced

April 12, 2017

Top Leaders and Projects Recognized for Positioning Illinois as National Green Building Leader
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George Malek and Google to be honored on May 18th

May 5, 2017

Announcement from the USGBC-Illinois Board Chair

I’m happy to announce that the USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors has selected George Malek and Google to receive the 2017 Chapter Mission Awards. Celebrate with them and over 400 other green building professionals at the Emerald Awards Ceremony held at Limelight on May 18th.

The Mission Awards recognize achievements in Illinois that reflect USGBC-Illinois’ mission to bring the benefits of green building best practices to more people and more buildings.

Individual Mission Award: George Malek is honored for his many years of leadership in advancing energy efficiency in Illinois. In his professional capacity at ComEd and as a volunteer with a number of organizations over the years, he has demonstrated a true passion for piloting new ideas and advancing best practices that have positively impacted our communities.

Project Mission Award: Google’s Chicago office in the West Loop is raising the bar by being one of the first projects in the world to certify under LEEDv4, achieve Living Building Challenge Petal certification and WELL Building certification simultaneously!

I hope you’ll celebrate with George, Google and other sustainability leaders from across the region. Purchase tickets for the awards ceremony and celebration here to support our advocacy, education and community engagement to advance green buildings that strengthen our neighborhoods.

More details about the event and our sponsors can be found here.
Read the press release about all the Emerald Award winners this year here.


Chris Dillion, President of Campbell Coyle and
2017 Chair, USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors

Three Illinois Schools Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

February 14, 2017

Chicago, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and US Green Building Council – Illinois (USGBC-Illinois) announced on February 14th, 2017 the state’s three winners of the Illinois Green Ribbon School Award program. The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education. The three recipients are Chiaravalle Montessori in Evanston, Maercker Intermediate School in Westmont, and Western Trails Elementary School in Carol Stream.  Click here to view the entire press release.

Program Sponsor Opportunities

March 7, 2017

Reach your target audience by sponsoring one of our upcoming education and networking events.  Program Sponsors are recognized in marketing materials, day-of signage, event announcements and through social media. Various levels to meet any budget and all sponsors receive complimentary tickets and a marketing table for the event.

3/15 Drink Up & Drawdown (Carbon)

3/21 Prioritizing Sustainable Actions

3/23 Emerging Professionals House Party

4/12 Chiaravalle Montessori LEED Platinum Tour

4/20 Chicago Thrives! Resilience Symposium

5/18 Limelight Fundraiser

Contact Joan Martin for more information at 312-245-8300 X 205

Special Message from our 2017 Limelight Honorary Co-Chairs

March 14, 2017


Illinois in LEED Top 10 list for 4th consecutive year

January 25, 2017

Illinois earned third place in USGBC & LEED annual Top 10 list.

The results are in! All of the states that make up USGBC’s LEED Top 10 list have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority. View the list »

Illinois certified 151 projects representing 36,188,485 square feet of real estate, or 2.82 square feet per resident, in 2016.

“Illinois remains a green building leader year in and year out thanks to the passionate and committed network of sustainability professionals here,” said Brian Imus, executive director, USGBC – Illinois Chapter. “Building on this success and expertise, our network is already gearing up for more in the years to come. That means implementing green buildings and carbon drawdown strategies that will strengthen the health and livability of every neighborhood in Illinois.”

Take a second to congratulate yourself, your colleagues, your legislators, and your friends on a job well done!


Share the good news using the hashtag #Top10LEED on Twitter and Facebook.

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