A pair of environmental recognition programs have joined together to honor organizations that have achieved significant achievements in protecting the environment and helping sustain the future. Winners of the Governor's Sustainability Awards and the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact Awards Program were presented during a luncheon in Oak Brook on Nov. 9.
Twenty-one Illinois companies and organizations have been honored with Governor's Sustainability Awards presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. ISTC is a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.
Since 1987, ISTC has presented Governor's awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices that will also save money and help the economy.
Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for an award. Organizations who are first time winners received the Sustainability Award. Those organizations that have won in past years, and are continuing their environmental efforts, are awarded a Continuous Improvement Award.
"These businesses and organizations have shown that it is possible to create and maintain conditions under which people and the environment can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social and economic requirements of present and future generations," said Manohar Kulkarni, ISTC director.
"We are proud that the village of Schaumburg continually works to protect the environment and helps sustain the future," said village President Al Larson.
The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the home of the Illinois State Scientific Surveys: Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. It was established by statute in 2008 and builds on the Surveys' reputations for basic and applied research and service. www.prairie.illinois.edu.
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) was established in 1985 and joined the Prairie Research Institute with the other surveys in 2008. Its mission is to be at the forefront of environmental and energy research and innovative technological advances that reduce wastes and protect natural resources.
It imparts this knowledge to the general public, businesses, state agencies, and the scientific community to improve the environment and economic viability of Illinois and other communities. www.istc.illinois.edu.