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Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards

Since 1987, the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award has recognized private and public Illinois organizations who have implemented outstanding and innovative sustainable techniques or technologies, demonstrating a commitment to sustaining our environmental, social and economic health.

Governor's Sustainability Award winners are an elite group of committed leaders reducing environmental impact, contributing to the growth of a more sustainable Illinois economy. By prioritizing sustainability throughout their operations, programs, technology, products and company culture, they serve as a model within their industry and community.

Each year, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center honors Illinois Governor Sustainability Award winners at an Awards Ceremony in the fall. Organizations that attend the Award Ceremony have an opportunity to interface and network directly with leading sustainable organizations, speakers and keynotes and learn more about how organizations throughout Illinois are implementing sustainability.

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The Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award is the oldest, longest running environmental Award program in the state, and in the country. Previous awardees include:

  • Abbott Labs
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • United Airlines
  • Farmland Foods
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Quaker Foods North America
  • University of Illinois
  • DuPage County
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • ... and many more!

2016 Ceremony

Thanks for joining us for the 30th Annual Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards Ceremony

The 2016 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards Ceremony will be held on
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL


We hope you enjoyed the awards ceremony in recognition of those organizations that have shown a commitment to building a legacy for future generations and modeling a path for a sustainable Illinois economy.

The day began with a morning technical symposium and keynote, in an educational forum incorporating exhibitors and opportunities to network with leaders from throughout Illinois. The morning is sure to enlighten and engage all attendees!

The Award luncheon featured a second keynote, along with presentation of the Awards.

This event was an opportunity to showcase your organization by becoming a sponsor of the Awards. Are you interested in sponsoring next year's Awards? Sponsorship information can be found below, or contact Irene Zlevor at for more details.

Support the Awards

Consider a sponsorship of the 2017 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Ceremony! Continue the 30 year legacy of leadership demonstrated by organizations committed to the environment and the growth of a more sustainable Illinois economy. Sponsorship opportunities are available and offer a multitude of benefits and exposure for your organization. Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

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2016 Awards Ceremony Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Chicago Business logo and link to their website

Sustaining Sponsor

Sloan Valve Company logo and link to their website

Supporting Sponsors

DQI Inc logo and link to their websiteEarth Friendly Products logo and link to their websiteMarathon Petroleium Corporation logo and link to their website

Friends of the Awards

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd logo and link to their websiteIllinois Environmental Regulatory Group logo and link to their websiteWinergy group logo and link to their website

Why Apply?

The application period is closed for 2016, but start planning ahead for 2017!  By applying for the Award, your organization can benefit well beyond just winning a trophy. Benefits of winning the Award include: industry leadership, market differentiation, vetting organizational sustainability activities, Award-winner networking opportunities, promotional and marketing opportunities, and much more.

The Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award - focused on sustainability excellence - is an opportunity to be recognized for those accomplishments and help energize and drive organizations further through their sustainability journey.

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