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About The Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards

Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has presented the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award (Governor's Award) to organizations in Illinois that demonstrate a commitment to our economy, society and environment through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

The Governor’s Award is given to companies and organizations that implement techniques or technologies that reduce or eliminate pollutants, toxicity and other environmental impacts, including the amount of and/or toxicity of pollutants that would have otherwise been released into the environment. Sustainability includes processes such as raw material and solvent substitution, preventive maintenance programs, beneficial reuse of by-products, waste reduction and recycling, employee engagement efforts, and comprehensive environmental management systems or governing policies. Each year, Governor’s Award applications are accepted in the Spring. We then host an award ceremony and technical symposium recognizing award winners and all the great sustainability work being done throughout Illinois.

Interested in learning more about the Awards? Watch the recorded Webinar "Stand out in Sustainability: the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards" for more information about the Awards!


Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for the Governor's Award. Only one application will be accepted per facility or campus. Each application will be judged on its own merit and not in direct competition with other applications.

Activities that will be considered for a Governor's Award may include, but are not limited to:

Read about our previous winners HERE.

See sample Governor's Award applications HERE .

Evaluation Criteria

The application packet includes a full description of eligibility criteria. Here are some of the qualifications we look for:

The "Continuous Improvement Award" presented in prior years has now become unified under the "Governor's Sustainability Award" and no longer separately recognized. However, consideration and evaluation of activities associated with past award recipients will not be considered for the current year award. Organizations are not limited to the number of times that they are permitted to apply for and receive the Governor's Sustainability Award!

There is no target number of awards presented each year. Applicants will be grouped within each of the following categories:

Applicants must identify if the organization is subject to an environmental enforcement action or notice of violation from the U.S. or Illinois EPA. An organization that faces such a compliance action is not eligible to receive an award.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges. Technical experts from ISTC will review applications and site visits may be performed. The Governor's Office makes the final award decisions. By applying, an organization is giving ISTC consent to publish a summary of the award winning projects. ISTC is subject to Freedom of Information Act requests, so any part of an application that a company wishes to remain confidential should be clearly marked.

Contact Information

For questions about the Governor's Sustainability Awards, contact Deb Jacobson at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
1010 Jorie Blvd.
Suite 338
Oak Brook, IL 60523
630-472-5016 (voice)
630-472-5023 (fax)
Primary Contact
Cassandra (Cassie) Carroll

Deb Jacobson

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

One Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820

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