SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) --
More than three dozen Illinois
colleges, businesses and local governments are receiving honors for efforts to
improve the environment.
Gov. Pat Quinn delivered the 2012 "Illinois Governor's
Sustainability Awards" last week. The award recognizes "a strong
commitment to improving the environment through sustainable practices."
It has been administered by the Illinois
Center at the University of Illinois
since 1987. This is the first year college campuses were considered. Nearly two
dozen community colleges, colleges and universities were recognized.
Quinn says the awards encourage innovation on the part of universities
and business to create jobs by investing in environmentally friendly practices.