Welcome to the page for the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois chapter Emerging Professionals.

(Back row, left to right): Steph Townsend, Joe Popely, Jeremy Manion, Andy Stein, Ryan Anderson (Front row, left to right): Miki Sankary, Natalie Hicks, Lauren Tavel

About us

We are a diverse group of young professionals dedicated to achieving USGBC Illinois’ new Project Drawdown-inspired strategic plan, the Epic Challenge. We educate, foster collaboration and create action within Chicago’s architecture, design, energy, sustainability and engineering industries to help achieve the Epic Challenge’s three ambitious Illinois-specific goals. Together we can make our state and city more sustainable and prosperous. 

Have a question or want to get involved? Email us: usgbc.ep.chicago@gmail.com


Q: Does being an Emerging Professional mean I’m on the committee?

A: No. Emerging Professional is just a USGBC-Illinois membership designation.

Q: OK, so why should I join? 

A: For starters, registering as an Emerging Professional costs less than half regular annual membership. Plus, you’ll get access to a contingent of young professionals passionate about the same things you are. We put on Emerging Professional-specific events to engage the rising crop of sustainability professionals, such as happy hours, networking events and volunteer opportunities.

Q:  I’m not a member of USGBC-Illinois member. How do I join? 

A: Simple: visit the USGBC-Illinois membership page. If you’re unsure of your membership status or already have a membership and want to register as an Emerging Professional, contact Joan Martin at jmartin@usgbc-illinois.org.


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