Illinois Organizations Honored for Achievements in Environmental Protection

Twenty-seven Illinois companies and organizations were honored yesterday for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a ceremony in Peoria. ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

Since 1987, ISTC has presented Governors awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for the award. Winners are selected through a rigorous process of review and examination by ISTC technical assistance experts. This year 27 organizations received Governor’s Awards and 14 received honorable mention awards.

To further acknowledge organizations whose environmental efforts are worth noting, a new Honorable Mention category was included this year. Fourteen companies were selected for efforts that also embody the spirit of sustainability.

“In working for a greener tomorrow, these businesses and organizations not only preserve our resources, protect our environment, reduce their costs and increase their competitiveness, they also help develop more sustainable technologies and become our greatest allies in the diffusion of new ideas and new attitudes about how business is done in Illinois,” said ISTC Interim Director David Thomas.

The 2013 award winners are listed below.

2013 Governor’s Sustainability Award Winners

  • AbbVie – North Chicago
  • Aptar Cary Campus – Cary
  • Caterpillar Inc., Technical Center – Mossville
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District – Urbana
  • Chem Processing – Rockford
  • City of Joliet – Joliet
  • ComEd – Oakbrook Terrace
  • Eaton’s Cooper B-Line – Highland
  • Elmhurst Park District – Elmhurst
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County – Wheaton
  • Hilton Chicago – Chicago
  • J.L. Clark – Rockford
  • Jefferson Middle School – Champaign
  • The Label Printers LP – Aurora
  • Lewis and Clark Community College – Godfrey
  • McDonald’s Corporation – Oak Brook
  • Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus – Chicago
  • Multifilm Packaging – Elgin
  • Niles Township School District 219, with special mention to Beyond Green Partners – Skokie
  • Quaker Foods North America, Bridgeview – Bridgeview
  • Quaker Foods North America, Danville – Danville
  • United Airlines – Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago – Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Champaign
  • Village of Arlington Heights – Arlington Heights
  • Village of Bolingbrook – Bolingbrook
  • Village of Downers Grove – Downers Grove

2013 Honorable Mention Governor’s Sustainability Awards

  • Argonne National Laboratory – Argonne
  • CCI Manufacturing IL Corporation – Lemont
  • Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. – Rosemont
  • City of Evanston – Evanston
  • Clarke – Roselle
  • Clover Technologies Group – Hoffman Estates
  • Ecology Action Center – Normal
  • First Busey Corporation – Champaign
  • Illinois Department of Military Affairs – Springfield
  • Illinois Department of Transportation – Springfield
  • Illinois Green Business Association – Champaign
  • Lawrence Foods – Elk Grove Village
  • Portapure, LLC – Chicago
  • Will County – Joliet

Information on the Governor’s Sustainability Awards program, lists of previous winners, and information on technical assistance are available from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 61820, phone 217/333-8940,

The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the home of the Illinois State Scientific Surveys: Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. It was established by statute in 2008 and builds on the Surveys’ reputations for basic and applied research and service. The Institute provides objective, cutting-edge research and solutions to allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for Illinois and beyond.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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