Introducing the Building Energy Resource Hub

Dear Illinois Green Community, Last week we launched the Building Energy Resource Hub, with the help of our project partners.    This new resource for Chicago & Northeastern Illinois stakeholders to provide critical training and resources, ensuring that the region can meet aggressive climate action goals within the buildings sector, while building an inclusive green…

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The Illinois Green Schools Project is back for the 2023-24 school year!

The Illinois Green Schools Project registration is now open! This is a year-long sustainability challenge designed for K-12 schools across Illinois. Gather students, teachers, and staff from your school to form a green team and meet regularly to design and implement a year-long, no-to low-cost, sustainability initiative at your school. Now in its 4th year,…

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Meet our Summer 2023 Outreach Engagement Intern: LeNece De Salle

LeNece De Salle will be wrapping up her summer internship with Illinois Green Alliance next week. In this role, she . She is currently a 4th year student at Columbia University Chicago studying design management and interior architecture. At Illinois Green Alliance, she focused on the Illinois Green Schools Project and Hub Resource, taking on…

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What Mayor Johnson’s Transition Report Means for Net-Zero

On 7/6, Mayor Brandon Johnson submitted his transition team’s 223 page set of policy recommendations for the new administration. In this report, the new mayor pledges his support for “Securing a just transition to an equitable decarbonized Chicago” as an environmental justice goal. We dove into this report to learn the specifics of the Mayor Johnson’s net-zero goals.

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Illinois Green Member to Bike 400 Miles for Climate

Longtime Illinois Green member and event speaker, Nate Kipnis, FAIA, LEED BD+C will be fundraising for Illinois Green by participating in the Climate Ride, a 400 mile bike ride from Burlington, VT to Bar Harbor, ME this September. Kipnis has previously participated in the Climate Ride in 2014 and 2018. Nate has personally personally been…

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Share your input! The State of Net Zero Buildings in Illinois Survey is LIVE!

Provide valuable insight to improving our educational offerings, policy focus, and updating our net zero building list. In addition, take the survey for a chance to win a ticket to the Limelight Gala on October 12. One winner will be selected after the survey closes on June 30. We want to hear from all professionals, regardless…

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Lessons from a Net Zero Building Operator: Management requires continuous monitoring and dedicated staff

By: Sam Stevens, 2023 Communications Intern   Completing a net zero building project is an incredible achievement, benefiting not only the owner and designer but also the community. However, the journey doesn’t end there. Managing a net zero building involves continuous system monitoring, an informed and dedicated staff, and adaptability when troubleshooting new technologies. We…

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Meet our 2023 Communications Intern: Sam Stevens

Sam wrapped up her Communications Internship with Illinois Green in June 2023. In her role, Sam researched and interviewed experts about new net zero projects and wrote case studies on up-and-coming net zero buildings. She also crafted blog posts, ranging in topics from how to manage a net zero building to overviewing the differences between…

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Net Zero Building Case Study: Adlai E. Stevenson High School EBA I

Project Overview In 2021, the Adlai E. Stevenson High School East Building Addition became the first verified net zero energy building in Illinois. The all- electric powered project achieved Zero Energy Certification from the International Living Future Institute. Project Team Owner: Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 Architect: Wight & Company MEP, Structural Engineering:…

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High Performance Building Case Study: Ford Calumet Environmental Center

Project Overview In 2021, the Ford Calumet Environmental Center opened in Chicago’s Southeast side. The LEED Silver building is located within Big Marsh Park, which is a part of the Chicago Park District’s largest reclamation projects. Project Team Owner: Chicago Park District Architectural Design: Valerio Dewalt Train General Contractor: Chicago Commercial Construction Civil Engineering: Primera…

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