Submit a nomination for the 15th Annual Emerald Awards!


The Illinois Green Alliance is proud to announce submissions are now open for our 15th 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.

The Emerald Awards Ceremony, coming up this year on May 21st, will be an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the exemplary commitment and achievements taking place in Illinois in transforming the built environment by engaging, educating and empowering sustainable communities.

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

Nominations will be accepted until March 20, 2019.


Award winners will be announced in early April. The public is invited to celebrate these sustainability achievements at Illinois Green’s annual Limelight Reception on Thursday, May 21 at Convene located at 16 West Adams in Chicago. Tickets to the event and presentation of the Emerald Awards are available online beginning March 16. For more information regarding Limelight, contact Katie Kaluzny at (312) 245-8300 x203.

Read about the 2019 Emerald Award winners here.