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VOA's Marina Panos is bringing a sustainable mindset to Chicago, starting with its youth, which is part of the reason she's one of the speakers at Thursday's Bisnow  Sustainability Breakfast & Schmooze.
VOA's Marina Panos
Working as a LEED consultant on Roosevelt University's 32-story vertical campus, which broke ground last month, she's helped VOA design the buildings  terraced green roofs, glazed windows and low-flow plumbing. Her interest in the environment started early, when she planted trees at her high school to help earn a Chicago Community Green Award. She's now helping get as many VOA architects as possible to earn their  LEED-AP. Marina says one of the biggest trends she's seeing is to add more daylighting to newly designed buildings. VOA's new offices, which are partially lit by a skylight in the atrium, are a good example. You can hear more trends this Thursday morning, so sign up today!
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JLL's Helee Hillman
JLL's Helee Hillman  is also leading the charge for young minds in sustainability. On the project management team since 2005, Helee has helped green the McDonald's Corporate Campus in Oak Brook (now LEED EB-Platinum) and MasterCard's GTO HQ (LEED EB Gold in 2009). She is now working with other clients on LEED EB/CI projects including: Bank of America' s newly acquired Merrill Lynch offices and Cisco's new Field Sales Office in Rosemont. JLL now has 540 LEED-APs globally. Helee says that LEED certified projects have started to show an ROI within the first 12 months, making the upfront costs of going green less intimidating to the end-users.