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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.

Congratulations to the nineteen 2015 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award winners, celebrated on October 27th at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers! Read about the winners and see photos here, read the press release from the event here and find speaker presentations here.

Applications for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award will open in early 2016. Stay tuned!

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.

Watch the video from our Director, Kevin O'Brien on the Awards!

The 2015 Application period is closed - check back in early 2016 for the application link!

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.

The 2015 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony was held on October 27th at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. We congratulate the nineteen Award winners on their achievements!

To learn more about this year’s award winners, please visit our Previous Ceremonies and Award Winners page - find photos, this year’s 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.

Thank you to all of our 2015 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award sponsors for supporting this 29-year legacy of leadership!



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!

Applications for the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award open during early March of each year, and close in May. Check back in the spring of 2016 for the next application period.

Start planning your 2016 application - Learn more about the Application Process here!

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