Illinois organizations awarded for environmental efforts


Submitted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Twenty-five Illinois companies and organizations have been honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future and improving the economy. The Governor Sustainability Awards were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a luncheon Oct. 27  in Champaign.   ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

Since 1987, the center has presented Governor’s Sustainability 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 an award. Organizations winning for the first time received the Sustainability Award. Those organizations that have won in past years and are continuing their environmental efforts are awarded a Continuous Improvement Award.

“These businesses and organizations have shown that it is possible to create and maintain conditions under which people and the environment can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social and economic requirements of present and future generations, said Manohar Kulkarni, ISTC Director.

2011 Governor Sustainability Award winners include:

Continuous Improvement Award: Argonne National Laboratory in  Argonne, Elmhurst Park District, Harris Corp. in Quincy, NOW Foods Inc. in Bloomingdale, PortionPac Chemical Corp. in Chicago, Uncommon Ground in Chicago.

2011 Governor’s Sustainability Award (first time winners): Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Business Program in Peoria, Cabot Corp. in Tuscola, City of Evanston,  City of Naperville, DuPage County, Earth Friendly Products in Addison, Gabriel Environmental Services in Chicago, GE Healthcare IT in Barrington, J.L. Clark in Rockford, John A. Logan College in Carterville, Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Lincoln Park Zoological Society in Chicago, Rock Valley College in Rockford, Sherwin-Williams Co. in Effingham, Solberg Manufacturing in Itasca, Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, University of Illinois at Chicago’s Office of Sustainability in Chicago, University of Illinois Retrocommissioning Group in Champaign, and the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Information on the Governor’s Sustainability Awards program, lists of previous winners, and information on technical assistance are available by contacting  the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at  (217)333-8940 or by visiting the organization’s website: