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Greenbuild Chicago 2018

Greenbuild is Coming to Chicago in 2018!

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which was launched in 2002, is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Greenbuild features several days of inspiring speakers, industry showcases, specialty workshops, tours of the host city’s green buildings and invaluable networking opportunities. The event has been hosted in major cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, and Philadelphia – and Chicago in 2007 and 2010. On November 14 – 16, 2018, Greenbuild is coming back to Chicago for the third time and USGBC-Illinois is serving as the host chapter!

Greenbuild is expected to bring over 20,000 visitors and 32 million dollars in business to the Chicago area. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase local projects and expertise while bringing attention to issues of particular importance to our region. While Greenbuild is a meeting of national and international experts in the field during one week in November 2018, our goal is to leverage the event to engage the broader local community in discussions and activities that raise awareness around sustainability and the built environment throughout the year leading up to the event.

USGBC-Illinois/Host Chapter Role:
The Greenbuild team at Informa Exhibitions and USGBC (national) is responsible for overall conference planning and management, including running the process by which sessions are chosen, soliciting sponsors, managing registration, and conference greening.

The official duties for USGBC-Illinois as the Host Chapter include:

  • Forming an Honorary Host Committee for the City of Chicago
  • Forming a working Host Committee, which includes a minimum of six subcommittees
  • Recruiting and working with official Local Partner Organizations (roughly 20 -30) on conference promotion
  • Producing roughly 35 half and full day regional green building tours
  • Identifying and coordinating a Greenbuild Legacy Project – a permanent gift of service to the city that targets low-income populations, is community supported and has an educational component.
  • Working with local hotels and restaurants on greening their operations and promoting their offerings
  • Recruiting and coordinating 700 – 800 student volunteers

Outside of these official capacities, hosting Greenbuild is an opportunity for us to show-off Chicago and our region as a global model of a sustainable and culturally vibrant community. Visitors should come away from the conference recognizing the Chicago area is progressive and forward thinking in terms of its greening efforts, and more hip and culturally rich than they imagined.


Host Committee Overview:

  • Honorary Host Committee– The honorary host committee is to be comprised of dignitaries in our community who lend their name to our Greenbuild efforts, attend Host City events, and are on-call for specific asks.
  • Host Committee– The Host Committee will be led by two Co-Chairs who are the primary leaders of our Greenbuild efforts.  The Host Committee Chairs will help to plot our overall vision and work with subcommittees to set and ensure they are meeting their goals and timelines. This Committee will also be populated by the Chair of each subcommittee, the USGBC-Illinois Executive Director and a board liaison.
  • Subcommittees– Each subcommittee will be led by a Chair and Vice-Chair, and be made of approximately 15 additional volunteer committee members.
    • Local Partners and Regional Outreach Committee
      Objective: To create and/or strengthen relationships with local and regional governments, educational and cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations to ensure a strong local presence at Greenbuild 2018.
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    • Legacy Project Committee
      Objective: To identify and execute a Legacy Project as a means of service, education and thanks to the local community for hosting Greenbuild; to fundraise additional dollars for the project beyond seed money provided by USGBC.
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    • Greening Committee
      Objective: To work with the USGBC and USGBC-Illinois staff to convene conversations about and create educational opportunities around sustainable operations of the Chicago region’s hospitality and service industry; and promote green efforts of local businesses.
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    • Volunteer Staffing and Coordination Committee
      Objective: To recruit and coordinate logistics of 700-800 student and young professional volunteers to assist with on-site tasks related to Greenbuild 2018.
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    • Ambassadors Committee
      Objective: To ensure that USGBC (National), Informa and USGBC-Illinois are connected to the region’s sustainability VIPs; to cultivate relationships; and to deliver sponsorships for Greenbuild and Chapter-related Greenbuild activities (tours, Legacy Project, and special events, such as the Host Chapter Lounge and Host Chapter Party).
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    • Momentum Committee
      Objective: To build and maintain momentum with USGBC-Illinois member and partners during and after the year of Greenbuild by planning pre and post-Greenbuild events that capitalize on the momentum of Greenbuild 2018 and keep our members excited about the mission of USGBC-Illinois.
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    • Green Building Tours Committee
      Objective: To provide Greenbuild attendees with innovative and educational green building tours; to help identify and select green building tour sites and circuits; to plan the logistics of tour operation; and to execute the Green Building Tour Program on-site in coordination with USGBC.
      Read full committee description here>>

Host Committee Expectations:
Host committee members are expected to contribute 5-15 hours a month from October 2017 – November 2018. Committee Chairs are expected to spend up to 25 hours a month on their work. Most subcommittees will meet at least quarterly in person; however actual timelines will be determined by the Committee Chair.

Host Committee Benefits:
Volunteering for the Host Committee is a unique opportunity for local building professionals to get behind-the-scenes of this global celebration of green building and make it an even more memorable event than the past ones. Committee work offers opportunities to grow personally and professionally; to network with the region’s sustainability leaders, and to better the local green economy.

Committee Chairs/Vice-Chairs will be recognized in the Greenbuild 2018 program, and will receive complimentary conference registrations to both Greenbuild 2017 in Boston and Greenbuild 2018 in Chicago.

Host Committee Selection:
Interested candidates must complete an online application detailing availability, interest, professional background, USGBC-Illinois experience, skills, and attributes.

Host Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs will be appointed by the USGBC-Illinois Staff and Greenbuild Host Committee Chairs. The Subcommittee Chairs and Vice-Chairs will then vet applications for their respective committees. Final committee make-up is subject to USGBC-Illinois Board Approval.


Volunteer Applications are due by midnight on Monday, September 25, 2017.

Successful candidates for Chair and Vice Chair positions will be contacted by September 29. Successful candidates for Committee Member positions will be contacted on or before October 20, 2017.


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