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Thank you again to everyone that attended the 2014 Summit on Wednesday, March 5th at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield!
We appreciated everyone taking the time to attend and share their knowledge to contribute to a set of highly productive discussions centered on sustainability.  We will be posting a summit summary and our speakers presentations below, as well as on the Resources Page.  
We would like to extend our special thanks to Don Schlorff, Executive Vice President at Busey Bank, Ed Choklek, Director of Business Development at FGM Architects and Julie Urlaub, Founder and CEO of Taiga Company for unselfishly donating their time and knowledge.
Thank you as well to Tom Keller, Lead Mechanical Engineer at Midwest Engineering Associates, Inc for your time, talent and input regarding the creation of the GO GREEN (Bingo) game, prize donations and generous welcome bag contribution.
Additionally, all of our employer and college members can stay up-to-date on IGEN and IGEA events and activities, get Career Pathways updates, receive information on webinars, trainings, and conferences from IGEN partners around the state, and read about the wonderful work Illinois community colleges are doing to advance the green economy each month in IGEN's Network News.  Sign up HERE!! 
We look forward to your ongoing participation in the IGEA and thank you again for making our 2014 Summit a success!


Presentation Materials


8:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM Introduction & Welcome!
Dr. Charlotte Warren, President of Lincoln Land Community College
8:45 AM Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) & IGEA Strategic Overview
Stephen Bell, IGEN Interim Executive Director
9:00 AM BINGO! From Tactics to Strategic Planning: Group Activity
9:20 AM Break
9:30 AM Key Note:
Julie Urlaub, Founder and CEO of Taiga Company and author of “The Business Sustainability Handbook”
10:50 AM Break
11:00 AM Successful Business College Partnerships:
Group Activity
11:20 AM Speaker:
Don Schlorff, Executive Vice President, Busey Bank
11:45 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Speaker:
Ed Choklek, Director of Business Development, FGM Architects
12:30 PM Networking Break
1:00 PM Round Table Roulette:
Share your ideas and best practices and get to know other conference participants, as we walk conference participants through a variety of topics related to the emerging green economy and building green connections.
2:15 PM Campus and Building Tour:
Explore Lincoln Land Community College’s campus! See how they are implementing sustainability and building community partnerships.
3:00 PM Closing Remarks

Guest Speakers

Julie Urlaub

Twitter: @TaigaCompany

Julie Urlaub is the Founder and Managing Partner of Taiga Company and the author of The Business Sustainability Handbook. Her popular blog, engaged Twitter following of 37,000+, and her large, loyal following on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+ has garnered her recognition as one of the top resources and thought leaders in social media engagement for sustainability. She has been recognized as Twitter's 10th most influential sustainability voice in America by The Guardian.

Her articles can be found on, Sustainable Industries, 2 Degrees Network and among other online publications. She has worked with a variety of companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, entrepreneurial businesses. Some of the more interesting work has been with People Towels, Dolphin Blue, and DSM.

Leveraging 15 years of business development and communications expertise in the Energy, Medical, and Information Technology industries, Julie now consults, writes, speaks, and advises clients on purpose-driven communications in the social space, and is fast becoming the go to speaker on social media and sustainability.

Not only does Julie walk the talk, she rides it too as an avid endurance mountain bike racer. She has competed in the National Ultra Endurance Series, the 24 Hour Mountain Bike National Championships, the 24 Hour Solo World Championships, and the Breck Epic and TransRockies stage races.

Julie holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a degree in Information Technology studies from Southern Methodist University.

Ed Choklek

Ed Choklek is the Director of Business Development for FGM Architects based out of Oakbrook, Illinois. In this role, Ed assists colleges, universities, school districts, and government agencies with finding the proper design solutions for capital improvement projects of all shapes and sizes. He also frequently consults and advises clients of FGM Architects on grant opportunities for capital improvements and on issues involving energy procurement and management, green building design and construction, and sustainability initiatives and programs. Prior to entering the architectural/engineering field, Ed worked for 15 years in the utility industry, with many of those years focused on serving the complex energy needs of very large corporations and institutions.

Ed has presented on a wide variety of sustainability, energy, and utility topics to higher education institutions and to government agencies at both state and regional conferences. In addition, he has spoken on behalf of the USGBC Illinois Chapter on green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance at multiple conferences. Ed serves in a leadership role with the USGBC Illinois Chapter through his involvement as Vice Chair for the higher Education Committee and as the USGBC Illinois Chapter liaison to the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN). He is a member of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers and the Society of College and University Planners. Ed graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering focused on utility and energy engineering.

Don Schlorff

Don Schlorff is an Executive Vice President with Busey Bank responsible for Corporate Administration. He also has the title of Director of Sustainability for Busey. He is currently the president of the Illinois Green Business Association board, Don is a proponent for sustainability across multiple community organizations. Don is chair of the Champaign County Chamber Public Policy Committee and has served as faculty member for the Illinois Bankers School; Board Member of the Illinois Bankers Operations School; East Central Illinois Workforce Development Commission; and Project Impact Committee for the City of Urbana. Active in the community, Don has chaired the Illini Prairie Chapter of the American Red Cross, and served for eight years at Parkland Community College teaching banking law. Don lives in Philo with his wife Mary and son Robert, and enjoys cooking, photography, hiking, and gardening.


Click HERE to learn about the 2013 Summit held at the College of Lake County in Lincolnshire, IL.

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