The Illinois Sustainability Awards 2017 Winners

2016 Governor's Sustainability Awards Speakers

Keynote Speakers

John Bradburn

John Bradburn

John Bradburn is the Global Waste Reduction Manager for General Motors (GM). In this role, he leads the company’s landfill-free initiative, which has resulted in an industry leading 131 GM operations around the world that reuse, recycle, and convert to energy all waste from daily operations.

Mr. Bradburn is an expert in waste reduction and recycling, and is dubbed GM's MacGyver for devising unconventional uses for everyday waste. He frequently mentors other companies pursuing zero-waste goals. Bradburn's responsibilities also include directing GM’s design-for-the-environment program, implementing sustainable processes and technologies that reduce environmental impact and costs.

Mr. Bradburn frequently speaks at various sustainability-focused events and has been recognized by the Society of Automotive Engineers with four Environmental Excellence in Transportation awards for material development and reuse and recycling projects. In 2015, Bradburn received the Presidential Lifetime Service Award from the Office of the President of the United States for sustainability services to youth.

Mr. Bradburn has worked for GM for more than 35 years. He earned a Master of Science degree in hazardous waste management from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree in conservation from Northern Michigan University in 1978. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Kim C. Frankovich

Kim C. Frankovich

Kim Frankovich is the Global Sustainability Director of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (a subsidiary of Mars Incorporated). She is responsible for Wrigley’s sustainability strategy and embedding programs, policies and processes within functional, regional and local business units that will deliver Wrigley and Mars’ sustainability commitments. Prior to joining Wrigley, she was VP Sustainability for Solo Cup Company, a single use packaging manufacturer. Before moving to sustainability, she spent 12 years as a securities and finance attorney at Solo Cup Company, Baxter International and with law firms in St. Louis and Chicago. Kim holds a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, IN and a B.S. in Economics from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.

Additional Speakers and Moderators

Debra Jacobson

Debra F. Jacobson

Debra F. Jacobson, CSP, Senior Operations Manager manages the Technical Assistance Program at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

In addition to her work within Illinois, Ms. Jacobson is an auditor for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) and is also Director of the USEPA OECA funded Printer's National Environmental Assistance Center established in 1995, one of the 19 national compliance assistance centers.

Ms. Jacobson is an active member of numerous national, regional and local professional and trade associations, including the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA).

Kevin OBrien

Kevin OBrien

Kevin OBrien, Ph.D., is the Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) – an organization dedicated to the use of sustainability to drive economic development within the state of Illinois.  The ISTC assist organizations in enhancing their “Triple Bottom Line,” i.e., impact on people, planet, and profits. This enables job growth and regional development while maintaining the natural resources of Illinois.

Dr. OBrien’s over two decades of experiences range from early stage venture organizations to Fortune 500 corporations. This experience enables him to infuse entrepreneurial spirit within multi-national organizations. He has managed multi-million-dollar programs related to renewable and sustainable technologies and practices in the U.S. and abroad. His international project experience includes Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Among his professional awards are R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 award and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology Transfer. His experience includes close collaboration with the US Department of Energy on a variety of sustainable and energy efficiency based projects.

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan

Mark R. Ryan recently was appointed Executive Director of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois. Prior to that he spent 31 years at the University of Missouri. There he held the William J. Rucker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Conservation and a Curator’s Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Missouri (MU). For his last 10+ years he served as Director of MU’s School of Natural Resources.

Dr. Ryan holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Minnesota, a M.S. in Wildlife Biology and Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University. At the University of Missouri, Dr. Ryan received the prestigious Wm. T. Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence in 1993. And, in 2001 he was recognized with U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching. He received MU’s President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2004 and, in 2006, the MU Alumni Association awarded him their Faculty Alumni Award.

Dr. Ryan’s research program is focused on the ecology and conservation of birds in grassland, wetland, and agricultural ecosystems. His primary research foci since the early 1980’s has been related to endangered bird ecology and conservation (with special emphasis on Piping Plovers) and on the impacts of federal farm legislation on the population dynamics of grassland birds. He has published over 75 refereed journal articles, including several related to teaching and learning. Dr. Ryan was elected as a Fellow of The Wildlife Society, the international professional society of his discipline in 2012.

Lance Schideman

Lance Schideman

Dr. Schideman is a senior research scientist at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois. His research program there is strategically focused at the nexus of water and energy with a long-range goal of developing innovative systems that simultaneously provide bioenergy and water purification. A major achievement of his work in this area is the Environment-Enhancing Energy system, which combines algae cultivation and hydrothermal liquefaction to provide wastewater nutrient removal, carbon capture, and algal biofuel production. A recently published analysis of this novel approach showed the potential to replace all US petroleum imports with biofuels derived from wastewater inputs. While at the university, Dr. Schideman has also worked as an assistant professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, served as the director of thesis research for 17 students in three departments, and has been the faculty sponsor for the student chapter of the Water Environment Association and the Illini Algae Club.

Dr. Schideman previously worked for over 10 years as an environmental engineering consultant with Camp, Dresser & McKee (now CDM-Smith). While there his work included pilot testing and design of full-scale facilities for solid waste recycling and municipal water/wastewater treatment. These projects included leading-edge membrane filtration facilities in Manitowoc and Racine Wisconsin, and the teams working on these projects received several awards including the 2006 Best in Class Award from the Wisconsin Consulting Engineers Council.

Dr. Schideman received BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he also received a wide range of honors including the Ira O Baker Memorial Award, the Richard and Mary Engelbrecht Award, US EPA STAR Fellowship, and the American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award for his doctoral thesis. During his graduate studies, Dr. Schideman also worked at the US Geological Survey Water Resources Division to quantify trends in the nutrient loads of Illinois streams, and he spent one year as a visiting scholar at Qinghua University in Beijing, China as a part of the prestigious Luce Scholars Program.

Richard Winkel

Richard Winkel

Richard J. Winkel, Jr. is Director of Policy, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, where he is developing a policy research program related to natural and cultural resource conservation and management, initially focusing on water-related issues with special emphasis on supporting the Resilient Watersheds Initiative, as well as energy and public health initiatives.

Winkel is also the Director, Office of Public Leadership, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois, where he is responsible for leading the Edgar Fellows executive leadership program, its alumni, and a campaign to raise $8 Million to endow the program.

Winkel was an Illinois state senator from 2003 to 2007 and a state representative from 1995 to 2003. Winkel practiced law for 24 years in civil practice. Winkel earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A. Economics, 1979) and law degree at DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1982).