Green Festival Speakers

Doug Widener

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Doug Widener is the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council – Chicago Chapter. In this role, he is responsible for the management of the affairs of the local chapter, including formulation of new policies in concert with the Board of Directors. He is responsible for daily implementation of Chapter programs, events and initiatives and oversight of financial planning and budgets.


Prior to coming to the USGBC – Chicago Chapter, Doug served as Vice President of Education at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences. In this role, Widener was responsible for the funding, administration, research, development and implementation of all museum-based and outreach-educational programming for the museum. Doug also served as the co-Chair of the Education Team of Chicago Wilderness - a regional coalition of nearly 200 institutions working together to preserve the biological diversity of the Chicago region. Doug holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Outside of work, Doug enjoys writing fiction, reading, physical exercise, music, mountain biking, spending time in nature and spending time with family and friends.