Our staff is friendly – environmentally friendly.

Who gets the work done around here.

Anthony Santarelli


But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to do nothing… only the person who risks can be free.
—Leo Buscaglia

Anthony serves as Director of Program Development. He is responsible for directing and maintaining the business certification program’s nine Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to revise the Green Business Certification Standards. This involves coordinating with TAG members and other stakeholders throughout the certification development process.
Anthony is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Environmental Economics and Policy, and is a founding member of IGBA.

Cassie Carroll


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
—Robert Frost

Cassie Carroll serves as an adviser to the Illinois Green Business Association. As a co-founder of the organization in 2008, she brings her knowledge and expertise to drive IGBA’s strategic goals, develop key partnerships and relationships, and advise on the growth of the organization. Cassie previously served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) where she oversaw strategic planning, fundraising, outreach, partnership development and staff oversight. 

Cassie also serves as the IGBA representative and leadership coordinator of the Green Business Engagement National Network (GBENN) Leadership Team. She joined the GBENN Leadership Committee after the 1st National Summit for Green Business Programs in May of 2013. She brings a passion for growing sustainable business and uncovering opportunities and promoting the value green business programs bring to communities across the nation.

Full time, Cassie recently joined The Land Connection in March 2016, bringing experience in sustainable business program development, accreditation, non-profit management and grant writing. She oversees The Land Connection’s programming and supports the development of program funding for strategic organizational initiatives. 

Prior to joining the Land Connection, Cassie served in the role of Associate Sustainability Specialist at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, managing the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award program, and supporting the development of combined and affiliate programs under the Technical Assistance Program. 

Cassie enjoys growing local, organic foods in her own garden in Champaign, IL, as well as hiking, camping, cooking, and making a difference in her local community through volunteering and serving on various committees.

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