Getting to Zero Illinois Summit 2022

Oct 06, 2022 1:00PM—5:00PM


333 N. Green St.

Cost $49-59

Event Contact Maggie Olson | Email


Join Illinois Green on October 6th for our inaugural Getting to Zero Illinois Summit!

It’s time to make net zero buildings feasible, affordable, and so commonplace that every building in Illinois by 2050 is net zero. To help advance Illinois toward this goal, we are bringing together local leaders — owners, developers, operators and design teams — that are already working to make net zero buildings a reality. Participants will learn about the drivers for net zero buildings in Illinois, best practices for successful projects, and discuss opportunities to scale net zero building demand and adoption.

The Summit welcomes policymakers, designers, building owners, systems manufacturers, and commercial real estate professionals to share best practices and collaborate on opportunities to scale zero energy and zero carbon projects in the region.

Continuing Education: This program is eligible for self-reporting to GBCI for 3.5 CEUs. Reporting instruction and a certificate of completion will be provided.


Session 1What Does it Take to Get to Zero? 

During this fast-paced session, panelists will share net zero policy and industry trends, define the pathways to achieve zero, and explore what you can expect when you’re expecting net zero on your next project! 

  • Katie Kaluzny, Associate Director, Illinois Green Alliance
  • Gabriela Martin, Energy Program Director, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF)
  • John Mlade, Director of Sustainable & Healthy Environments, Wight & Company

Session 2 – Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Operating a Zero Energy Building

Hear from the building owners, operators, and commissioning agents working to ensure their projects meet 12 months of net zero performance! Project team members from the Carroll Community Center (Oak Park), Techny Prairie Activity Center (Northbrook), and Adlai Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire) will be on hand to share lessons learned and best practices post-occupancy.

  • Jason Jones, Sales Manager, Aero Building Solutions
  • Chris Lindgren, Superintendent of Parks & Planning, Park District of Oak Park
  • Jake Vest, Trades Manager, Northbrook Park District
  • Tianyao Zhang, Energy Engineer, Slipstream (Moderator)

Session 3 – From Design to Reality: Project Team Lessons & Successes

How does a project get from design concept to zero energy performance? Presenters in this session have had the unique opportunity to work with some of the first building owners in Illinois making a commitment net zero energy on their projects. Join Tom and Zhongdi as they walk us through the modeling process and resulting design decisions for several net zero projects in the region. 

  • Tom Bassett-Dilley, Owner, TBDArchitects
  • Zhongdi Chen, Energy Modeler, Wight & Company

Session 4 – Raising the Bar: Implementing the Living Building Challenge in Chicago

The new Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) campus – an early-childhood and K-8 charter school planned for the southwest side of Chicago – aims to be a global exemplar of sustainability with a specific target of achieving full certification under the Living Building Challenge. Join project team members to explore the design and construction process, lessons learned to date, and opportunities for replicability in Chicago!

  • Sachin Anand, Principal, dbHMS
  • Doug Farr, President & Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
  • Len Sciarra, Sustainable Design Leader, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design

Members receive a $10 discount to this event. Log-in now to view member pricing.

Ticket Pricing


$99 – Early Bird (ends September 9)

$119 – Regular


$49 – Illinois Green member

$59 – Non-member


$130 – Illinois Green member

$140 – Non-member Early Bird

$160 – Non-member Regular

Registration for both events is completed by adding a Limelight ticket on to your Summit registration.