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 - 4:30 PM):
500 West Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60661


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


Approved for 2.75 AIA LUs

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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

Vicki Worden, President & CEOGreen Building Initiative 

1:20 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.


2:00 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.

2:15 PM   BREAK


2:25 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.

3:15 PM  How Smart Building Technology Enhances Your ESG and Green Globes Certification Strategy

Thru Shivakumar, CEO + Co-founder, Cohesion

Chad Flores, Director of Product Management, Cohesion

ESG is a commitment to making a positive impact on the planet and a greater positive impact on our people. Doing so in a measurable, sustainable way improves business outcomes and raises asset value. Learn how Cohesion’s smart building technology sits at the center of your building’s operation, perfectly positioned to help you tell your ESG and Green Globes Certification story through real data related to each of your buildings - all gathered in a sharable, thoughtfully designed ESG Building Snapshot Report.

3:30 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.

4:05 PM   Danfoss is Engineering Tomorrow, Building a Better Future

Evangeline Klingbeil,  Business Development Manager ACR Influencer Channel, Danfoss 

Energy efficient technologies empower smart communities and industries to create healthier and more comfortable climates in our buildings and homes and to supply more food with less waste. 


4:20 PM   Closing Remarks

Megan Baker, Assoc. VP, Engagement, Green Building Initiative