From November 14-16, 2018, the Illinois Green Alliance (a USGBC Community) and the City of Chicago will host the 2018 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) organizes this annual event featuring several days of inspiring speakers, industry showcases, specialty workshops, tours of the host city’s green buildings.

Illinois Green Alliance, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the 2018 Greenbuild Conference Host Committee are pleased to announce Project Exploration’s Science Giants program as the recipient of the Project Exploration is a science education organization dedicated to making science accessible to youth from communities historically underrepresented in the sciences, especially girls and students of color.Greenbuild 2018 Legacy Project grant. Project Exploration is a science education organization dedicated to making science accessible to youth from communities historically underrepresented in the sciences, especially girls and students of color.

“Project Exploration’s legacy project really exemplifies Illinois Green’s goal for healthy, more sustainable communities for all,” said Brian Imus, executive director of Illinois Green. “The organization’s approach to education is exciting because they bring the benefits of science and learning to more youth in a way that has tangible, meaningful impacts on the communities they serve.”

Each year, the Greenbuild Host Committee selects a community project in the city where the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is taking place. This Legacy Project must be enduring, community-oriented, and have an educational aspect. This year’s grant totaled $12,500, and is funded through the Call for Proposals.“The Legacy Project is a unique way Greenbuild leaves a lasting impression of its mission on each city where the event takes place,”

“The Legacy Project is a unique way Greenbuild leaves a lasting impression of its mission on each city where the event takes place,” said Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild group director. “We enjoy engaging with the local community on this important project each year and continuing to share the message of sustainability. Project Exploration’s Science Giants is a great fit for this year’s project and we look forward to the impacts it will inevitably have in the community.”

Project Exploration provides high-quality out-of-school time programs to Chicago public middle and high school students, through which they engage in authentic science experiences and work alongside mentors and STEM professionals. The Science Giants program immerses high school students in environmental sciences and science outreach. Youth will build a garden bed and harvest for Inspiration Kitchens, a neighborhood restaurant that employs and serves homeless and previously incarcerated community members.

Past Legacy Projects include an interactive playground in Philadelphia, a green building educational center in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, and an urban food garden in Washington, D.C.