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The Illinois Sustainability Awards

Illinois Sustainability Awards

Since 1987, the Illinois 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.

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.

Each year, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center honors Illinois 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. 2017 Award applications will be accepted March 1 - May 4.

The Illinois Sustainability Award is the 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
  • Marathon Petroleum Company LP
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Quaker Foods North America
  • University of Illinois
  • DuPage County
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • ... and many more!

The Awards Ceremony - Save the Date!

The 2017 Sustainability Awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 24 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us for the day. The program includes a morning technical session, industry-leading keynote, luncheon and Awards trophy ceremony. The morning technical session highlights trending national and local sustainability topics, but also provides key cost-saving, environmentally beneficial information from noted industry leaders. Registration will open in early August.

Visit our Previous Ceremonies and Winners page!

Support the Awards

Consider a sponsorship of the 2017 Illinois 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. Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

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2017 Awards Ceremony Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsor

Com Ed Company logo and link to their website

Supporting Sponsors

DQS Inc logo and link to their websiteMarathon Petroleium Corporation logo and link to their website

United eco-skies logo and link to their website

Friends of the Awards

Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group logo and link to their website


Peoples Gas logo and linkNorth Shore Gas logo and link

Radtech logo and link to their website

Why Apply?

The application period for 2017 will open in early March, so start planning ahead! 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. View the "How to Apply" section to see what is needed to start working towards your application.

The Illinois 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.

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