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About The Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards

Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has presented the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award (Governor's Award) to organizations in Illinois that demonstrate a commitment to our economy, society and environment through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. The awards are given to companies and organizations that implement techniques or technologies that reduce or eliminate pollutants, reduce waste, and conserve natural resources, as well as become advocates for sustainability within their community.

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

Interested in learning more about the Awards? Watch the recorded Webinar "Stand out in Sustainability: the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards" for more information about the Awards!

2015 Awards Ceremony

The 2015 program includes a morning technical session, industry-leading keynote, luncheon and the award presentations. The morning technical session will highlight trending national and local sustainability topics, but also provide key cost-saving, environmentally beneficial information from noted industry leaders. Following the luncheon, this year's keynote speaker will be Harry Moser, founder of Reshoring Initiative. He will discuss the environmental and economic benefits of reshoring manufacturing operations by American companies.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on October 27, 2015, at the Sheraton Hotel Chicago (301 E. Water St., Chicago). Registration for the Awards Ceremony will open in September 2015. Check back for more information and mark your calendars now!

Visit our Previous Winners and Ceremony Information page to view past ceremonies.


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

Activities that will be considered for a Governor's Award may include, but are not limited to:

For more information, read about our previous winners and view sample Governor's Award applications.

Evaluation Criteria

The application packet includes a full description of eligibility criteria. Here are some of the qualifications we look for:

The "Continuous Improvement Award" presented in prior years has now become unified under the "Governor's Sustainability Award" and no longer separately recognized. However, consideration and evaluation of activities associated with past award recipients will not be considered for the current year award. Organizations are not limited to the number of times that they are permitted to apply for and receive the Governor's Sustainability Award!

There is no target number of awards presented each year. Applicants will be grouped within each of the following categories:

Applicants must identify if the organization is subject to an environmental enforcement action or notice of violation from the U.S. or Illinois EPA. An organization that faces such a compliance action is not eligible to receive an award.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges. Technical experts from ISTC will review applications and site visits may be performed. The Governor's Office makes the final award decisions. By applying, an organization is giving ISTC consent to publish a summary of the award winning projects. ISTC is subject to Freedom of Information Act requests, so any part of an application that a company wishes to remain confidential should be clearly marked.

Contact Information

For questions about the Governor's Sustainability Awards, contact Deb Jacobson at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
1010 Jorie Blvd.
Suite 338
Oak Brook, IL 60523
630-472-5016 (voice)
630-472-5023 (fax)
Primary Contact
Cassandra (Cassie) Carroll

Deb Jacobson

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

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Champaign, IL 61820

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