Argonne receives U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter award

The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter will acknowledge eight winners in the sustainability realm during the organization’s Limelight awards celebration and fundraising event on May 23, 2013 at the National Hellenic Museum. Award recipients include airLab at Rosa Park Apartments, Argonne National Laboratory, Cuneo Hall at Loyola University Chicago, Joseph F. Clair, Lema Passive House, Roosevelt University, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda, and ZeroLandfill Chicago. This is the Chapter’s eighth annual award program which brought in over 75 nominations.

This is the Chapter’s eighth annual awards program which brought in more than 75 nominations. The Emerald Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, corporations, projects and technologies implemented across Illinois which advance both buildings and communities to become more sustainable, prosperous and healthy. The awards are given in four categories: Chapter Mission Award, Intent to Matter Award: Individual Leadership, Intent to Matter Award: Outstanding Organization, and the Green Innovation Award.

2013 Emerald Award winners:

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda will receive the Chapter Mission award, which recognizes an organization; public, private or institutional, or an individual that best advances the mission of USGBC–Illinois.
  • Joseph F. Clair will be honored with the Intent to Matter: Individual Leadership award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership in transforming the built environment.
  • ZeroLandfill Chicago will be accepting the Intent to Matter: Outstanding Small Organization award which recognizes a corporation or organization that has made significant strides to reduce their environmental footprint or improve the environment in a substantial way.
  • Argonne National Laboratory will receive the Intent to Matter: Outstanding Large Organization award which recognizes an organization that has made significant strides to reduce their environmental footprint or improve the environment in a substantial way.
  • The Green Innovation award recognizes buildings (new or existing), technologies, products, or programs that use innovative strategies to make a positive impact in the building industry. Four awards will be presented in the following categories:
      • Green Home – Lema Passive House
      • Green School – Roosevelt University
      • High Performance – Cuneo Hall at Loyola University Chicago
      • Occupant Engagement – airLab at Rosa Park Apartments

“The Emerald Award program is a showcase of the best and brightest contributors to a more sustainable built environment in Illinois,” said Katie Kaluzny, Interim Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter. “We applaud their efforts to make changes that positively impact the building community and Illinois cities.”

The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter’s 1,300 members represent the spectrum of Illinois’ green building community, from real estate professionals, architects, engineers, designers and trade associations to contractors, product manufacturers, state and local government officials, homebuilders and homeowners. The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter is the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national non-profit, composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

Posted April 19, 2013