Applications sought for 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

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CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center announces applications are now open for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award (IGSA).

The IGSA is the nation’s longest standing state environmental award program. This award program acknowledges companies, municipalities and organizations for their efforts for minimizing their environmental impact and having positive economic and societal consequences for their sustainability actions.

The awards are a service of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Public and private Illinois organizations statewide who apply are implementing strategies to save money and resources by eliminating wasted energy, water and material in their manufacturing and other activities. Four recent winners demonstrate how they managed these efforts in this video. Those winners featured are: Nestle Inc. Jacksonville, Illinois; the City of Galena, Illinois; a small business called beelove in Chicago, Illinois; and the City of Arcola.

Last year’s winners include: Cook County, the Shedd Aquarium, AbbVie Inc., Saratoga Food Specialities and Western Illinois University.

Applications are available on the IGSA website.

Award applications will be accepted until Friday, May 20, at 5 PM. Officials say applicants can use the website’s many resources, such as case studies and sample applications, to develop their own application. Applications must be submitted online.

The 2016 Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at the Union League Club of Chicago, located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard.

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