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

    The 2018 Sustainability Awards were presented on Tuesday, October 23 at the Union League Club of Chicago. We congratulate the Award winners on their achievements!

    To learn more about this year's award winners, visit our Previous Ceremonies and Winners page  - find photos, this year's program, presentations, and more!

    Support the Awards

    Thank you to our 2018 Awards ceremony sponsors! 

    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.

    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.