18th Annual Emerald Awards for Green Building in Illinois Announced

2023 Awardees Highlight the Impact of Net Zero Action on Communities Chicago, IL – Illinois Green Alliance announced the recipients of this year’s Emerald Awards, dubbed the 2023 Path to Zero Trailblazers, for their ongoing efforts to mainstream net zero buildings in Illinois. The Illinois Green Alliance Emerald Awards were launched in 2008 to celebrate…

Share your input! The State of Net Zero Buildings in Illinois Survey is LIVE!

June 12, 2023

Provide valuable insight to improving our educational offerings, policy focus, and updating our net zero building list. In addition, take the survey for a chance to…

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Lessons from a Net Zero Building Operator: Management requires continuous monitoring and dedicated staff

June 11, 2023

By: Sam Stevens, 2023 Communications Intern   Completing a net zero building project is an incredible achievement, benefiting not only the owner and designer but…

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Meet our 2023 Communications Intern: Sam Stevens

June 7, 2023

Sam wrapped up her Communications Internship with Illinois Green in June 2023. In her role, Sam researched and interviewed experts about new net zero projects…

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Net Zero Building Case Study: Adlai E. Stevenson High School EBA I

June 5, 2023

Project Overview In 2021, the Adlai E. Stevenson High School East Building Addition became the first verified net zero energy building in Illinois. The all-…

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High Performance Building Case Study: Ford Calumet Environmental Center

June 5, 2023

Project Overview In 2021, the Ford Calumet Environmental Center opened in Chicago’s Southeast side. The LEED Silver building is located within Big Marsh Park, which…

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Net Zero Building Case Study: Carroll Community Center

June 1, 2023

Project Overview Carroll Community Center is one of the first net zero verified buildings in Illinois, earning PHIUS+ 2018 & Source Zero certifications. The building…

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39 Illinois Schools Recognized for their Sustainability Projects

May 24, 2023

Since October 2022, participating schools across Illinois have been hard at work identifying, planning, and implementing low-to-no cost sustainability projects for their schools and communities through the Illinois…

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2023 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honorees from the Illinois School Board of Education Announced

April 20, 2023

Award Honors Schools, Districts, and Postsecondary Institutions for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs, Improving Health and Wellness, Offering Effective Sustainability Education The U.S. Department of…

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Women in Green Building Recommend…

March 30, 2023

We asked attendees of our Women in Green Building Leadership Luncheon to share their favorite songs, books, and podcasts that inspire and empower. See what…

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Welcome from our 2023 Board Chair

February 8, 2023

Illinois Green has always been about people – the passionate building professionals effecting change in the built environment.   Our members represent every perspective in the…

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