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.

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 – Registration Open!

    The 2018 Sustainability Awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 23 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Please register and join us for the day! The program includes a morning technical session, industry leading keynote speakers, luncheon and Awards presentation 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. Visit our Awards Ceremony page and Previous Ceremonies and Winners page for more information.

    Support the Awards

    Consider a sponsorship of the 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award Ceremony! Continue the 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.


    Why Apply?

    The application period for 2018 is closed, but you can start planning for next year! 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 “Apply for the Award” section to see what is needed to start working toward 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.