Illinois Green Policy Update: June 2024 

Illinois Advances Sustainability Goals in Spring Legislative Session Last month, the Illinois General Assembly wrapped up its Spring 2024 legislative session. The big climate news from the session was the passage of the Safety and Aid for the Environment in Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Act. While CCS can be used to reduce the amount…

Introducing the Building Energy Resource Hub

August 17, 2023

Dear Illinois Green Community, Last week we launched the Building Energy Resource Hub, with the help of our project partners.    This new resource for…

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Meet our Summer 2023 Outreach Engagement Intern: LeNece De Salle

August 3, 2023

LeNece De Salle will be wrapping up her summer internship with Illinois Green Alliance next week. In this role, she . She is currently a…

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What Mayor Johnson’s Transition Report Means for Net-Zero

August 1, 2023

On 7/6, Mayor Brandon Johnson submitted his transition team’s 223 page set of policy recommendations for the new administration. In this report, the new mayor pledges his support for “Securing a just transition to an equitable decarbonized Chicago” as an environmental justice goal. We dove into this report to learn the specifics of the Mayor Johnson’s net-zero goals.

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Illinois Green Member to Bike 400 Miles for Climate

June 26, 2023

Longtime Illinois Green member and event speaker, Nate Kipnis, FAIA, LEED BD+C will be fundraising for Illinois Green by participating in the Climate Ride, a…

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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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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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The Proposed Chicago Energy Transformation Code, Explained

June 30, 2022

Illinois Green congratulates Mayor Lightfoot & the Chicago Department of Buildings on the introduction of the 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code. The proposed code goes…

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