Welcome from our 2023 Board Chair

Illinois Green has always been about people — the passionate building professionals effecting change in the built environment.


Our members represent every perspective in the building industry — from designers to electrical engineers, developers, building operators, and many others committed to sustainability. We’re united by a shared belief in better buildings for everyone, and each member brings their unique expertise to the conversation.


I am looking forward to this term, and I am honored to be the 2023 Chair of the Board of Directors for Illinois Green Alliance as we make great strides to decarbonize Chicago and the State of Illinois! As we reach the halfway point in our 2021-2025 strategic plan, we have a robust strategy in place to accelerate and solidify Illinois Green’s place in our market, lead lasting change in new ways, and create the positive impact that we want to see in the world.


Illinois Green has long been the local organization most aligned with my professional career, and I would like to give back to it in the most meaningful way I can – by guiding its future growth and strategic direction. We are at a critical moment for sustainability. With efforts around carbon drawdown, green infrastructure, EDI, resilience, and health & wellness continuing to mature across our industry, we nonetheless face unprecedented obstacles, and are pressed by an urgency never experienced in the past. It is time to double down our efforts to ensure that we continue to reach new audiences, grow the depth of expertise of practitioners, impress upon policy makers and other influencers, and quickly move beyond the “sustainability status quo.”


There is so much momentum in our industry this year. I hope you will join Illinois Green and our community of passionate green building professionals, growing and sharing their expertise to make buildings better places to live, work, and play. We’re not backing down on the biggest opportunities to tackle climate change in Chicago and Illinois, and we need your support as we implement our biggest project yet — a building decarbonization hub for Chicago.


I look forward to meeting you at one of our many education and networking events, and I, along with the staff, are motivated by the dedication of my peers in the industry.



John Mlade

2023 Board Chair, Illinois Green Alliance

Director, Wight & Co.