USGBC - Illinois Chapter Sponsored Events @ NeoCon, June 14, 2011

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2011
  • 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
  • Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654

Online registration is available for the afternoon events at and the evening networking event online at Foresight Design Initiative here:

Join USGBC-Illinois at NeoCon!  We will be hosting two programs on June 14th: Bootcamp for LEED CI 2009 taught by Lois Vitt Sale of Wight & Company and a Green Building Walking Tour and Case Study of MMC Chicago presented by Perkins + Will. We are also pleased to be partnering with Foresight Design for a special  Green Drinks-Business Edition: The Business of Creating Sustainable Communities which will be held at Haworth's showroom and is FREE for Chapter members.

More program and registration information can be found below.

Bootcamp for LEED CI 2009
[AF12] (Association Forum 12) Tuesday, June 14
11 AM - 12 PM
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 14th Floor (Steamboat Room)
Credits: 1.0 GBCI CE hours
Fee: $45

Spend 60 minutes getting answers to essential questions regarding LEED 2009 requirements for professional accreditation and project certification. Questions continue to swirl around LEED accreditation and the evolving requirements for LEED certification. Take away cliff notes to navigate major LEED for Commercial Interior strategies. This one-hour session will answer these basic questions:

  • When and why should I consider being a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP ID&C?
  • What are the requirements for obtaining and maintain these credentials?
  • What are the prerequisites and major elements of LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors?
  • What makes a product green and what certifications support these green product attributes?
  • How do green leases and green tenant guidelines marry with LEED CI Certification?
  • What and where are the links between carbon and LEED certification?

Speaker: Lois Vitt Sale, AIA, LEED AP, Chief Sustainability Office, Wight & Company


LEED CI: Green Building Walking Tour [TR7] Tuesday, June 14
3 PM -5 PM 
Meet @ 2:30: Merchandise Mart, South Lobby
Tour Location: MMC Office, 155 North Wacker Dr.
Credits: 2.0 AIA HSW/SD and GBCI CE hours  
Fee: $50

After achieving LEED Gold certification in October 2010, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) has established the goal of LEED CI certification for all new projects going forward - two of which are planned here in the Chicago area in the coming year.   During this tour and case study, we will look at strategies employed to achieve LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors, the role of green champions in the success of a LEED project and how the initial goal of LEED certification for projects going forward has had operational and project implications for MMC as a whole. Speakers include the MMC LEED project manager, LEED Facilitator from the architect and LEED manager for the construction. We will address strategies employed and lessons learned  during the project and how these lessons have impacted MMC policies and procedures. The session will include a walking tour of the MMC Chicago Office and a formal presentation walking through case study aspects of the LEED CI process.

Speakers: Perkins + Will


Green Drinks-Business Edition: The Business of Creating Sustainable Communities
Tuesday, June 14
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Haworth Showroom
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 312
Chicago, IL 60654

Chicago has more LEED buildings than any other city in the world, but that doesn't make it a "green city."

At this special NeoCon Green Drinks, we will explore with renowned urban planner Doug Farr and development guru James Loewenberg the necessity of looking beyond green buildings to the larger systems in which they exist should we desire to create more sustainable and livable cities, as well as the barriers and opportunities for businesses that come with it. This journey into the vibrant intersection of design, business and the environments in which we live is not to be missed.

Presented by the Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter, Green Drinks-Business Edition is the premier place to connect with Chicago's forward-looking enterprises. Bring clients, connect with colleagues, and develop opportunities while enjoying über sandwiches and organic desserts from Hannah's Bretzel and responsibly crafted drinks from Koval, The Naked Grape, and Stone Brewing Co. in the newly redesigned (but always sustainability-focused) Haworth Showroom.


Doug Farr
President and CEO, Farr Associates

Doug Farr, AIA is the founding principal of Farr Associates, identified by the New York Times as "the most prominent of the city's growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects." Based in Chicago, the firm is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable planning and architecture practices in the country, holding the unique distinction of being the first firm in the world to design three LEED Platinum certified buildings. Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system, and his planning work at Farr Associates has helped certify three LEED-ND developments across Illinois.

Based on the firm's pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Doug authored the urban planning best-seller Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature in 2008.

James Loewenberg
Co-CEO, Magellan Development Group

A developer, architect, property manager, marketer and licensed broker, James Loewenberg has diverse real estate industry experience. While Loewenberg has continually raised the standards of urban living with four decades of innovative projects, he is creating an entire urban neighborhood with his latest project undefined 28-acre Lakeshore East. As developer of the largest parcel of downtown land under development in any major U.S. city, Loewenberg has been instrumental in this massive mixed-use project from its conception, drawing upon his deep understanding of the development process undefined from financing, design, master planning and marketing to garnering community and civic support.

5:30-6:15pm Business Networking
6:15-6:45pm Panel Discussion
6:45-7:30pm Business Networking

Selected Organizations that attended past
Green Drinks-Business Editions:

2 Point Perspective, 312 Aquaponics, Accenture, Baker & McKenzie, Bryan Cave LLP, Cannon Design, Chicago Energy Solutions, CNT, Compass X Strategy, Consolidated Printing Company, The Delves Group, Eagle Strategies, ELPC, EverLights, Five Winds International, GreenChoice Bank, Haworth, HJKessler Associates, IBM, I-GO Car Sharing, Levenfeld Pearlstein, NorthStar Green, Perkins+Will, PortionPac Corp, Recyclebank, Skiba Consulting, TerraLocke, USG Corporation, Vertical Green, Waste Management, West Monroe Partners, WRD Environmental, Zipcar…and many more.

Register for this program online at Foresight Design Initiative here:

Cancellation Policy: All Foresight tickets and/or event registrations are non-refundable. If an event is canceled or postponed by Foresight, participants will be offered a full refund. Please contact us if a personal emergency keeps you from attending an event. At Foresight's discretion, a refund may be offered in these cases.


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