Illinois Organizations Honored for Achievements in Environmental Protection

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

2014 Governor’s Sustainability Award Winners
AMA Plaza/330 N. Wabash Avenue, LLC (Chicago)
Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont)
Armstrong World Industries (Kankakee)
Baxter Healthcare Corporation (Round Lake)
Best Buy Co., Inc. (Downers Grove)
Carus Corporation (Peru)
Caterpillar Inc. (Joliet)
Caterpillar Inc. (Mossville)
City of Arcola (Arcola)
City of Aurora (Aurora)
City of Galena (Galena)
Eaton’s B-Line Business (Troy)
Gabriel Environmental Services (Chicago)
J.L. Clark (Rockford)
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (Chicago)
Nestlé, USA (Jacksonville)
Rockford Park District (Rockford)
SAVOR…Chicago (Chicago)
SIUE Environmental Resources Training Center (Edwardsville)
Sweet Beginnings, LLC (Chicago)
Thomason Machine Works, Inc. (Rockford)
UIC Facilities Management (Chicago)
Village of Franklin Park (Franklin Park)
Village of Park Forest (Park Forest)

“Investing in sustainability creates jobs, boosts our economy and is an investment in our future,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “These awards foster innovation and encourage our universities and businesses to build a stronger, greener Illinois.” Twelve additional organizations received Honorable Mention Awards to acknowledge organizations whose environmental efforts also embody the spirit of sustainability.

Since 1987, ISTC has presented Governor’s 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.

“The linkage between sustainable policies and success in our businesses, our organizations, and our communities has never been stronger,” said ISTC Director Kevin O’Brien. “We are proud to call attention to these champions of sustainability who help lead the way by improving our quality of life through their responsible stewardship of people, profit and our planet.”

Six college and university campuses were also recognized at the event by the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact for setting and meeting environmental goals their campuses. The Compact encourages public and private colleges and universities to incorporate sustainability into their campus operations, academic and research programs, student activities and community outreach.

Objectives include purchasing renewable energy, implementing green building practices, developing sustainable transportation options, improving water conservation and incorporating sustainable dining practices. The program offers universities and colleges three levels of participation: Bronze institutions are those who make a commitment to creating a sustainability program; Silver institutions are ready to make targeted commitments to greening their operations and monitoring performance; and Gold institutions are integrating sustainability throughout their campus and working towards measured improvement.

Four Illinois colleges and universities honored at the Gold level: College of Lake County in Grayslake, Chicago’s Columbia College, Knox College in Galesburg and Prairie State College in south suburban Chicago Heights. Elmhurst College achieved the Silver level while three institutions were honored at the Bronze level: William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, North Central College in Naperville and Oakton Community College in DesPlaines.

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