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The 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.

Apply for the Award
Apply for the Award
Impact of Awards
Impact of Awards
2015 Ceremony
2015 Ceremony

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Why Apply?

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!

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.

Award Eligibility

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

Read more about Eligible Award-Winning Activities here!

Application Timeline

Become a part of an elite, state-wide network of Award winners!

Learn more about the Application Process here!

The Awards Ceremony

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.

To learn more about 2015’s award winners, please visit our Previous Ceremonies and Award Winners page - find photos, the program, 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. This video highlights the impact of their recognition, beyond the Ceremony and trophy.

Mark your calendar!

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

Support the Awards

Consider a sponsorship of the 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.

2016 Awards Ceremony Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors

Sloan Valve Company

Supporting Sponsors

Earth Friendly Products

Friends of the Awards

Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

One Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820

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