Green Globes Chicago Workshop


Join GBI for a Green Globes Workshop and Networking Reception on July 14 in Chicago, IL.

GBI's Green Globes Workshop series allows the GBI community to come together in person to share innovative ideas and resources so that we may collectively reduce climate impacts by improving the built environment.


Workshop (1:00 - 4:00 PM):
500 West Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60661


Networking Reception (4:30 - 6:30 PM)
Little Toasted
300 S. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606

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Reach building owners, portfolio managers, the A/E/C community and real estate key decision-makers as they goal set and implement sustainability plans.

Workshop Agenda


1:00 PM   Welcome / GBI Introduction

Megan Baker & Emily Bowers, Green Building Initiative 

1:15 PM   Visualizing Environmental Justice Issues in Urban Areas with a Community-based Approach


Dr. Paul Sambanis,  Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and Curriculum Director of Emergency Management and Resilience Planning Graduate program

Dr. Fabio Miranda,  Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago


According to environmental justice, environmental degradation and benefits should not be disproportionately shared between communities. Identifying disparities in the spatial distribution of environmental degradation is therefore a prerequisite for validating the state of environmental justice in a geographic region. Under ideal circumstances, environmental risk assessment is a preferred metric, but only when exposure levels have been quantified reliably after estimating the risk. We adopt a proximity burden metric caused by adjacent hazardous sources, allowing us to evaluate the environmental burden distribution and vulnerability to pollution sources. In close collaboration with a predominantly Latinx community group (Southwest Environmental Alliance) in Chicago, we highlight the usefulness of our approach by developing dashboard and other ESG tools that shows how certain community areas in the city are likely to bear a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution caused by industrial roads.


1:50 PM   Advancing Building Electrification Projects at an EPIC Scale


Tracy Phillips,  Director, Sustainable Real Estate Solutions


"Beneficial electrification (or strategic electrification) projects are projects that involve the replacement of systems involving direct fossil fuel use (e.g. natural gas, propane, heating oil) with systems using electricity only. Beneficial electrification projects provide a path to buildings and systems supplied with energy from renewable energy production sources as opposed to energy production sources or systems that rely on fossil fuel use, resulting in overall emission reduction.

For existing buildings, conversion to all-electric HVAC systems usually involves variable refrigerant flow (VRF) or heat pump systems. Analyzing these system options can be involved and can come with a high cost associated with a high level of effort, requiring detailed building energy simulations or complicated spreadsheet analysis.

Bringing beneficial electrification projects to scale requires an analysis solution that can evaluate the energy savings, costs and financial projections of these systems quickly and easily to engage building owners early on and provide sound engineering and cost analytics to support investment decisions.

This session will present the EPIC (Energy Performance Improvement Calculator) tool, a technology-enabled software application that empowers energy professionals to conduct audits and system conversion analysis more time and cost-effectively, while still being able to provide technically sound analysis to support a building owner's investment decision-making particularly when considering conversion to costly all-electric HVAC systems.

2:20 PM   Leveraging Green Globes to Reimagine the Integrative Design Process for Rapid Turnaround Projects


Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED Fellow, US Northeast Sustainability Design Leader, Stantec 


This session explores how interiors projects, traditionally underserved by third-party rating systems, can leverage the wealth of strategies within Green Globes, in order to hit measurable sustainability targets, on budget and on time. The presenter will leverage his experience leading a Green Globes project for a confidential client, which was on a very tight timeline - this coupled with said project being the consultant's first foray into Green Globes! The session will explore how, in lieu of a traditional sustainability charette, a more direct approach can be taken to disseminate the multi strategies within Green Globes to a wide array of stakeholders in order to set the Basis of Design, early in the project, with periodic checkpoints throughout - a spin on integrative design more akin to how rapid turnaround projects, like interiors, are paced. The outcome of this case study will show that a project poised to achieve One Green Globe achieved Four Green Globes, on the same time and budget, simply through leveraging an innovative approach toward integrative design that aligned with, rather than was counterproductive to, the workflow of such a project. This methodology can be readily applied by anyone new to Green Globes, or even seasoned pros, and results in a distinguished project, happy teams, and happy clients.

2:35 PM   BREAK


2:40 PM   Maximizing Credit within the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy by Achieving Three or Four Green Globes


Eric Truelove,  GGA, GGF, CIEB & GP LEED AP BD&C, Green Building Resources, LLC


David Eldridge,  PE, GGA, GGF, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, BEAP, HBDP, Grumman | Butkus Associates


Gary Keclik,  AIA, CSI, GGA, GGF, LEED AP, Keclik Associates, Ltd


The Chicago Sustainable Development Policy requires development projects that are either receiving financial assistance or special approvals from the City to include sustainable design and construction elements. The policy allows building owners, designers, and contractors to select a sustainability strategy that is conducive to the project’s location, usage, budget, and other characteristics. Project teams may opt for Green Globes certification to meet sustainability requirements. The higher the certification rating, greater the number of points the project received under the Policy. This session will feature a panel of local and expert Green Globes Assessors, who will identify Green Globes criteria required to meet the goals of the Chicago Sustainability Development Policy. The panelists will also provide guidance and creative strategies for achieving required criteria and offer real applications of sustainability concepts by projects in the Chicago area.

3:20 PM   Teamwork makes the Dreamwork: Case Study on VA Johnson County


Ashley Eusey,  PE, GGP, LEED AP, WELL AP, Director of Sustainability, Hoefer Welker


Tehmina Husain,  GGP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Sustainability Consultant, Merrick & Company

Nate Sterns, Project Estimator, McCownGordon Construction

Sustainability in healthcare is often avoided due to project type complexity yet it is one of the industries that could use it the most! Although a Midwest, healthcare clinic might not be many people's first choice for a third-party certification, a Green Globes certification to verify sustainable design was the best value and care that could be provided for our Veterans. The rating system was a perfect intersection of the clinic's goals for a healthy, healing environment that had a positive impact on the environment and community around it. That sounds great on paper, but how does one actually accomplish these goals? Integrated process is often lauded as the key to third party certification success but how does it look in real life? Join Ashley Eusey and Tehmina Husain as they use the VA Johnson County project that successfully achieved two Green Globes to demonstrate credit synergies, design possibilities, and potential setbacks to be aware of in achieving certification. Although the presentation will center around VA Johnson County, Eusey and Husain will pull from their project experience as a team on other VAs as well to hopefully answer any questions prospective sustainable healthcare designers may have.


3:50 PM   Closing Statements

Megan Baker & Emily Bowers, Green Building Initiative