Local Green Building Organization Announces Seed Funding to Chicago-Based Organization


CHICAGO – April 30, 2018 – 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 2018 Greenbuild 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. Greenbuild 2018 is scheduled for Nov. 14-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

“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.


“The Greenbuild Legacy Project represents a long tradition that celebrates the community where Greenbuild is held each year by giving back,” said Kate Hurst, SVP, conference and events, USGBC. “Through this support, Project Exploration will continue to grow its outstanding STEM engagement with students, which is helping to create the next generation of sustainability leaders.”

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.

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


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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

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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 600 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 Informa, Global Exhibitions

With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Design, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Natural Products, Agriculture, and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, our transaction-oriented exhibitions and trade shows enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, we bring together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Our industry insight, coupled with our innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides them with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets. Informa Exhibitions is a division of Informa PLC, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business, creating unique content and connectivity for customers all over the world. Informa PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.


Media Contact:

Katie Kaluzny

Associate Director, Illinois Green Alliance

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