Celebrating movers & shakers in green building

Our Annual Limelight Gala & Emerald Awards Ceremony is the largest annual gathering of sustainability professionals in Illinois.

Save the date! The 2022 Gala is October 6.

This year's Limelight Gala celebrates Illinois Green's 20th Anniversary! Information about tickets and sponsorship is coming soon.

Relive the 2021 Limelight Gala, held at the Willis Tower.

Illinois Green Alliance Emerald Awards

The Illinois Green Alliance Emerald Awards, launched in 2008, recognizes outstanding individual or organizational achievement helping to put Illinois a path to 100% net zero buildings by 2050.

Each year awardees are determined by the Illinois Green Alliance governing board and honor the industry influencers, advocates, and thought leadership advancing net zero design, technology, and policy.

if you'd like to suggest a potential awardee our Board of Directors should consider, fill out the contact form.

Awardee suggestions can be made at any time of the year. Awardees are selected by September 1 and recognized at our Emerald Awards Ceremony in October.

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2021 Emerald Award Recipient

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, one of this year’s honorees, was founded in 1999 with a mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and preservation of natural areas. To date, the foundation has contributed over $10 million through their Net Zero Energy Building Program and over $140 million to support energy efficiency. Currently there are 9 net zero projects in development that are being directly supported by the Foundation. The Foundation’s stringent guidelines for sustainable buildings catalyzed net zero projects in Illinois. By leveraging their power in incentivizing the highest performance buildings, they have laid the foundation for a net zero building landscape in the state.

Featured photo: Techny Prairie Activity Center in Northbrook, IL, funded by ICECF.

2021 Emerald Award Recipient

Tom Bassett-Dilley

Also to be recognized at this year’s awards ceremony is Tom Bassett-Dilley. As an architect, he has made meaningful contributions professionally and personally to advance high performance building design and best practices. His decades-long passion for making a positive impact on the environment is reflected in his work as an architect, specializing in Passive House technology and zero energy buildings. His firm has worked on more than a dozen projects that have been designed to net zero standards. His commitment to address climate change through building design extends beyond his professional work, volunteering to share his experience on committees and in educational events, serving as a founding member and past President of the Phius Alliance Chicago Chapter, and most recently developing a new online tool for homeowners to consider decarbonization actions they can take in their own home.

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