Our Strategic Plan
To advance our 2050 vision, we must act now to mainstream the technologies and building methods that make net zero possible for new and existing buildings. That's why, over the next five years, we will build on our experience promoting Carbon Drawdown strategies in the built environment by:
Educating building industry professionals
The professionals that design, build, and operate buildings are important advocates for net zero, and need a reliable source for the latest trends and technologies. We must deliver effective educational programs, convening diverse professional stakeholders and connect that expertise with other audiences like elected officials. By increasing our educational programs and developing new trainings and resources, like an online solutions center focused on net zero trends and technologies, Illinois will be a recognized leader in net zero building expertise.
Removing barriers to net zero buildings
Our expectations are too low; one net zero building at a time isn't good enough, and education alone will not make it happen. We need to understand and then fix the systemic financial and policy factors that hold back the implementation of net zero buildings everywhere. To overcome these barriers, we will advance new policies by convening high-performance building advocates and others key to supporting the passage and implementation of green building policy changes, like building performance standards and net zero building codes.
Demonstrating it can work everywhere
Just getting new construction buildings with the owners who have the means to build net zero won't mainstream the practice. We'll need to create a dynamic where existing buildings and any building type in any community has the financial and social capital to implement Carbon Drawdown actions that put us on the road to net zero. Through our engagement programs that will leverage the expertise and passion of our members, we will work with schools, community centers and affordable housing in often overlooked neighborhoods to demonstrate advancing net zero strategies is possible.