2019 Emerald Award Nominations Due by March 6, 2019

The Illinois Green Alliance is proud to announce submissions are now open for our 14th annual awards program. The Emerald Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, corporations, projects, and technologies implemented in Illinois which advance both buildings and communities to become more sustainable, prosperous and healthy.  Award winners will be announced in early April and presented at Illinois Green’s annual fundraising event, Limelight, on May 14, 2019, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago.

The Emerald Awards recognize individuals, organizations, teams, programs, technologies or projects that demonstrate exemplary commitment and achievements in transforming the built environment by engaging, educating and empowering sustainable communities.

Emerald Award nominees can include, but are not limited to, architects, engineers, contractors, developers, design teams, community organizers, schools, initiatives, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and beyond.

Nominations are open through March 6, 2019.

View the full Emerald Award nomination criteria before completing the nomination form in Wufoo. (Up to five awards will be given.)



The 2018 Emerald Award winners included:

Molly Meyer, CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems, was honored with the Emerald Award for Individual Leadership award for her distinguished career as a green business innovator whose contributions are helping to democratize access to natural spaces and elevating the triple bottom line. She is advancing the green building movement in Chicago and beyond as a business owner and in her commitment as a volunteer with organizations like Openlands.

Lumin, a free mobile notification service for utility customers, was recognized with the Emerald Award for Green Innovation. The tool will help low and moderate income residents manage their energy bills in ways that advance energy efficiency, save money, and encourage community engagement.

Lakeview Pantry’s transformation of a dilapidated pet daycare into their first permanent home was recognized with the Emerald Award for Community Impact. The building project provides a sustainable sense of place to engage residents and fight hunger, demonstrating the role green buildings can play in strengthening communities.

Lois Vitt Sale received the Illinois Green Mission award, which recognizes an organization or individual that best exemplifies the mission of Illinois Green. As a true challenge-seeker, Lois was an early pioneer of sustainable design as an architect with the firm Wight and Company. Recognizing early in her career the impact green building can have on communities, she became a leading advocate and educator for sustainable innovation, contributing immeasurably to the growth of the green building movement in Chicago. Her projects and her commitment have garnered a well-deserved national reputation and helped advance Chicago’s reputation as a hub of green building innovation.

Jenny Carney was also honored with the Illinois Green Mission award for her tireless call to use sustainability best practices to improve the quality of life for everyone. In her role at YR&G and now as a Vice President with WSP, she has built a national reputation as a sustainability leader. However, it is her work leveraging that expertise to give back that best exemplifies the intent of the Mission Award. She has volunteered countless hours leading new initiatives that bring the benefits of green building to more people in more communities.