Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has presented Governor's awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.
Sustainable technology encompasses any technique or technology that reduces 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, and implementation of programs that support pollution prevention (e.g. ISO 14001).
In 2012, in coordination with the Governor’s Green Governments Coordinating Council, ISTC presented the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact Awards (Compact) in conjunction with the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards. The Compact Awards are intended to recognize public and private colleges and universities within the State of Illinois for their sustainability efforts. The Compact is a separate recognition program. Details about that award process can be found here.
Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for an award. Only one application for a Governor's Award will be accepted per facility. 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:
Applicants' projects will be evaluated by criteria as detailed at the end of the application. Some of those areas are:
Governor's Sustainability Award
This recognition will encompass all Governor's Sustainability Award recipients, both first time recipients and those who have previously won the award and have continued to build upon their successes. The "Continuous Improvement Award" presented in prior years has now become unified under the "Governor's Sustainability Award" and no longer separately recognized.
There is no target number of awards presented each year. For the 2013 award, applicants will be evaluated and ranked 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 project. 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.
For questions about the Governor's Sustainability Awards, contact Deb Jacobson at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
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