Dear valued partner,
The progress this past year makes me more excited than ever about our big
bold vision to decarbonize every building in Illinois.
There has been unprecedented momentum in making Illinois a recognized
national leader in net zero building design, technology, and operations.
My optimism is rooted in the amazing community of members, partner
organizations, allies, and volunteers that make Illinois Green’s work possible
every year. Thank you!
A few of my favorite highlights from this past year
- The Getting to Zero Illinois Summit included over 200 attendees. The program allowed for dialogue with owners, operators, and designers of net zero buildings and concluded with a standing room only Emerald Awards Ceremony recognizing trailblazers advancing net zero in Illinois.
- The Building Energy Resource Hub was launched. With the support of partners like Elevate, BOMA Chicago, the Illinois Finance Authority, ComEd, and the City of Chicago, this new project will better serve building professionals and owners with the resources and tools they need to meet our region’s climate goals.
- Over 250 building professionals voiced support for decarbonization policy. The call to action has encouraged Mayor Johnson to consider new policies like a building performance standard for existing buildings and an all-electric policy for new construction. Meanwhile, Oak Park passed the first-of-its-kind building decarbonization policy in Illinois with implementation support from Illinois Green’s Building Energy Resource Hub.
- 30 schools enrolled in the latest cohort of the Illinois Green Schools Project. Schools from Carbondale to Libertyville are participating and will implement a sustainability project with support from Illinois Green mentors.
- The Auxiliary Board hosted the third annual Race to Net Zero 5K. The event, organized by our young professional leaders within our membership, was successful in raising nearly $10,000 to support this coming year’s green schools sustainability projects.
- Over 3,600 people attended an Illinois Green event this year. With the help of our volunteer-led Programs Committee and support of our partners, we provided education on the latest trends and technologies and networking with other professionals.
Reflecting on this work, I’m reminded that Illinois Green is a community. You make this work possible, and I’m grateful for your dedication, support, and partnership.
I’m looking forward to the year ahead and the opportunity to build on the success and momentum from this past year.
Illinois Green Alliance
P.S. — This year we were thankful to add three new staff members to our team. Miranda Wright (Education & Engagement Manager) in April, Ryan Wilmington (Policy & Communications Associate) in July, and Kindy Kruller (Senior Program Manager) just last week! It has been truly an inspiring year of growth for our staff and our community.