A pair of environmental recognition programs have joined together to honor Illinois organizations that have accomplished significant achievements in protecting the environment and helping to sustain the future. Winners of the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards and the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact Awards Program were presented during a luncheon in Oak Brook, IL.
Twenty-one Illinois companies and organizations were honored with the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois. Since 1987, ISTC has presented Governor’s awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices that will also save money and help the economy. Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for an award. Organizations who were first time winners 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.
The 2012 Governor’s Sustainability Award winners are:
Sustainability Award (first time winners)
Advocate Health Care – Oak Brook
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. – Rosemont
CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business – Chicago
City of Moline – Moline
Clarke – Roselle
County of Will – Joliet
Flex-N-Gate Urbana – Urbana
Fluorecycle, Inc. – Ingleside
Knauz Automotive Group – Lake Bluff
The Label Printers LP – Aurora
Lawrence Foods, Inc. – Elk Grove Village
Naperville Park District – Naperville
Naval Station Great Lakes – Great Lakes
The Peterson Garden Project – Chicago
Quaker Foods & Snacks – Bridgeview
Testa Produce, Inc. – Chicago
Wight & Company – Darien
Caterpillar Technical Center – Mossville
Farmland Foods, Inc. – Monmouth
Vaughan & Bushnell Mfg. Co. – Bushnell
Village of Schaumburg – Schaumburg
The other recognition is for participants in the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact, which outlines environmental goals that colleges and universities may adopt on their campuses. The Compact includes objectives such as purchasing renewable energy, implementing green building practices, developing sustainable transportation options, improving water conservation, and incorporating sustainable dining practices. The program offers universities and colleges three levels of participation:
- Bronze: institutions making a commitment to creating a sustainability program and engaging the campus community.
- Silver: institutions which are ready to make targeted commitments to greening their operations and monitoring performance.
- Gold: institutions that are integrating sustainability throughout their campus and working towards measured improvement.
The twenty-one Illinois colleges and universities being honored, and their recognition level are:
Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago
Joliet Junior College – Joliet
Kankakee Community College – Kankakee
Lewis & Clark Community College – Godfrey
Moraine Valley Community College – Palos Hills
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Waubonsee Community College – Aurora
There were no colleges or university meeting the silver level standards this year.
Danville Area Community College – Danville
DePaul University – Chicago
Elmhurst College – Elmhurst
Heartland Community College
Lewis University – Romeoville
Lincoln Land Community College – Springfield
Northwestern College – Bridgeview
Northwestern University – Chicago
Roosevelt University – Chicago
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southwestern Illinois College – Belleville
Triton College – River Grove
Wilbur Wright College – Chicago