2015 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony

On October 27th, 2015, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center awarded nineteen organizations with an Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award – an Award that recognizes an elite group of committed leaders reducing environmental impact, contributing to the growth of a more sustainable Illinois economy. At the Awards Ceremony, the Emmy of sustainability awards, Harry Moser of The Reshoring Initiative was the luncheon’s keynote speaker, and the Technical Symposium panels before the Ceremony were jam-packed with information, tools and tips to increase sustainable activity in organizations throughout the state. View the complete recap, presentations and photos on the IL Governor’s Sustainability Award website.


a group of about 8 men and women dressed in business formal with the center man holding a winner's plackOne of the most memorable moments, outside of the Awards being presented, was when a few of the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award winners were highlighted through a short video. Their compelling stories of how the Award has affected their communities, companies, and their work was inspiring to all in attendance.


The impact of the Governors Sustainability Award reaches far beyond just the Award Ceremony. The Award recognizes and encourages the impact and outstanding work these organizations have accomplished, but it also motivates companies and organizations to drive further, breathing excitement and energy into the sustainability opportunities that lie ahead. Brenda Palms-Barber of the North Lawndale Employment Network & beelove said, “We’re just so proud to know that the work we are doing is making a difference and that our state recognized it.”


A longer version of the winner’s stories is also available, if you want their in-depth stories.


By prioritizing sustainability throughout their operations, programs, technology, products and company culture, they serve as a model within their industry and community.


If you’re a company, manufacturer, organization, community, non-profit or educational entity, apply to be an Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award winner now! Applications close May 20, 2016. View case studies, sample applications, evaluation criteria and more on our website.

We look forward to learning more about YOUR outstanding work in sustainability!