Chicago – Illinois Green Alliance and Greenbuild formally announced the 2018 Greenbuild Honorary Host Committee, a list of Chicago area business leaders lending their name to welcome an international audience of sustainability leaders later this year at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild will take place Nov. 14-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The list includes the region’s leading Fortune 500 and privately held companies who have contributed to making Chicago a nationally recognized green building leader.

  • Jim Allen, President & CEO, SLOAN
  • John A. Buck II, Chairman & CEO, The John Buck Co.
  • Steve Easterbrook, President & CEO, McDonald’s
  • Chuck Floyd, Global President of Operations, Hyatt
  • Alex Gourlay, Co-COO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Anne Pramaggiore, Senior Executive Vice President Exelon, CEO Exelon Utilities
  • Jennifer Scanlon, President & CEO, USG Corporation

The City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel serves as the Honorary Committee Chair.

Honorary host committee members will be lending their name and sharing stories about their work in the coming months leading up to Greenbuild. These stories will be a chance to feature how companies headquartered in Chicago have been advancing sustainability for decades and are leveraging their national footprint to take what they are doing here and scaling it. The honorary host committee is hand-selected annually by the official host chapter of Greenbuild.

“From investing in electric vehicles and public transportation, to reducing electricity usage in our buildings and our streetlights, Chicago is taking decisive action to improve our environment while bettering our communities,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I am proud that Greenbuild is bringing experts from around the world right here in Chicago to discuss the best ways to confront climate change head on at the local level as we work towards building a 21st century, sustainable economy together.”

“As the official host committee of this year’s Greenbuild, we are thrilled with the prestigious panel of leaders we have assembled for this year’s committee and feel it speaks to the Chicagoland’s commitment to driving the green movement forward,” stated Brian Imus, Executive Director, Illinois Green Alliance.

For more information on Illinois Green and the organization’s role in Greenbuild, visit our website at

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About Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa and presented by USGBC, is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Each year, the three-day conference brings together 20,000+ attendees and 500 exhibitors from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates, and educators. For more information about the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, visit

About Illinois Green Alliance

The Illinois Green Alliance, a USGBC Community, is a membership directed non-profit organization working to transform the region’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. To do so, we engage community leaders and utilize member expertise in education and community outreach through targeted programs and initiatives focused around green homes, communities, schools and existing buildings. With hundreds of passionate members and volunteers who lend their time and expertise, Illinois Green provides nearly 75 educational programs, community engagement events, tours, and advocacy initiatives each year. For more information about the Illinois Green Alliance, visit


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Brian Imus
Illinois Green Alliance