WANTED: Environmental champions to apply for the Illinois Sustainability Awards  

April 26, 2017

Illinois sustainability champions have made huge enhancements to the quality of life and the profitability of our state’s economy since 1987. Each year they are recognized with the Illinois Sustainability Awards (ISA).

Big deal? You bet!

Last year participants in the ISA program saved 112 million gallons of water, 36.9 trillion watts of electricity, and avoided releasing 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into our skies.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Awards, the nation’s longest standing state environmental award program, through which companies, municipalities, and organizations are celebrated for their success in minimizing their environmental impact and maximizing their budget impact by saving money.

For more than 30 years public and private Illinois organizations have discovered that lean is green by eliminating wasted energy, water, and material in their manufacturing and other activities. The Illinois Sustainability Award is an opportunity to be recognized as a leader in your sector for environmental efficiency and sustainability.

An online video shows how four recent winners did it. The video is a tribute to the award-winning work of the Cook County Department of Environmental Control, the Cook County Sherriff’s Recycling Program, Carus Inc., and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Applications are available on the ISA website: www.istc.illinois.edu/istcawards. They will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4. The website also contains a wealth of information and tools to help in developing a winning application. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 awards ceremony are also available: questions can be referred to istc-info@illinois.edu.

The 2017 Illinois Sustainability Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago. The awards program is a service of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact: Irene Zlevor

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