INTENT TO MATTER:
OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION AWARD
Emerald Award Winners Announced
USGBC-Illinois will acknowledge several outstanding leaders and
stand-out buildings that have helped to position Illinois as a national
leader in sustainability. The annual Emerald Awards ceremony will be
held May 14th at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at
USGBC-Illinois' annual event, Limelight.
The Emerald Awards program is a showcase of the best and brightest
contributors to a more sustainable built environment by recognizing
outstanding individuals, organizations, projects, and technologies
implemented across Illinois.
The 10th annual Emerald Award winners include:
Colin Rohlfing, Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader in HOK's
Chicago office, will be honored with the Intent to Matter: Individual
Leadership award for his outstanding career to promote unique industry
collaborations that move sustainable practices forward and transform our
Niles Township High
School District 219 will be recognized with the Intent to Matter: Outstanding
Organization award for their comprehensive plan to leverage green
infrastructure to supercharge the achievement of every student and ensure the
next generation of eco-conscious citizens. The district works to reduce its
environmental footprint, and inspires its students, staff, and community to
become active participants in doing so.
Method will receive a Green Building Innovation award for the
industry's first LEED Platinum manufacturing facility in the historic Pullman
community. The facility exudes the company's core mission and its commitment
to the environment and sustainability.
University of Chicago's Child Development Center in Stony Island will
be recognized with a Green Building Innovation award. The Center
beautifully immerses the children with the natural world providing exciting
opportunities for discovery and sensory development while emphasizing the
natural landscape over the built one.
Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy will be acknowledged with a Green
Building Innovation award for the design team's remarkable efforts to
bring the first LEED Platinum rating to Chicago Public Schools. The project's
innovative water use and management, passive solar systems and health-focused
student environment set a high sustainability bar for K-12 schools.
Space to Grow: Greening Chicago's Schoolyards will receive the Chapter
Mission award recognizing the impact collaborations can have in building
better, brighter and healthier spaces to live, learn and work. This diverse
coalition of organizations is transforming Chicago schoolyards into spaces
that provide students and their community with opportunities for active play,
outdoor learning, environmental literacy and engagement with art, while
addressing neighborhood flooding issues.
Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy
Earlier this year, Illinois was
recently recognized as the state with the most LEED-certified (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) square footage per capita for the second
year in a row. The distinction places Illinois at the forefront in the
movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation.
"This year, the outstanding achievements in sustainable leadership being
recognized underscore why Illinois is leading the nation in green building
innovation," said Brian Imus, USGBC-Illinois Executive Director.
"We applaud their efforts to help make our buildings and communities
more sustainable, prosperous and healthy."
The public is invited to celebrate these sustainability leaders at Limelight
on May 14, 2015 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at 360 North
State Street, Chicago. Tickets to the event and
presentation of the Emerald Awards are available online. For more information
regarding Limelight, contact Joan Martin at (312)
245-8300 x205 or visit www.usgbc-illinois.org.
OCTOBER 11, 2014
CONTACT TOM JODELKA AT
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, 47 volunteers from District 219 performed
a combined 140 hours of natural areas restoration work at three sites
throughout the North Branch of the Chicago River. The sites were Linne
Woods, Somme Prairie Nature Preserve, and Watersmeet Prairie Grove. Work
included brush-cutting, seed collecting, and seed dispersal. All three
are important to improving the quality of our natural areas. Thank you
to all who made this event possible!
Water Bottle Filling Stations update October 17, 2013
Buildings & Grounds is pleased to share with you that over the past three years, thanks to GCSI's
investment in the bottle filling stations, Niles West High School has
saved 670,000 plastic water bottles from going to landfills
Cafeteria Implements New Recycling Program
Niles West News, by Ivana Kosir
Silver Bullitt - Time July 2, 2012
A Seattle office goes ultra-green by Tim Newcomb
Niles North Recycling Club
In October, 2011, the Niles North Recycling Club recycled 8,871.77 pounds of paper (4.44 tons) & saved 13.85 cubic yards of landfill space! Way to go!
10 Big Green Ideas - Newsweek, October 25, 2010
Environmental Education (Energy Bulletin)
Green failure: What's wrong with environmental education?
by michelle nijus