CHAMPAIGN – The application period is open for the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards Program. The program is the state’s premiere honor for achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. Applications can be submitted on-line at www.istc.illinois.edu/ info/govs_awards.cfm.
The Governor’s Sustainability Award is the nation’s oldest continuing pollution prevention program, beginning in 1987. Last year, 27 business and organizations were recognized for their significant efforts in simultaneously advancing the “triple bottom line” (people, planet, profits) within their organizations.
“Advancing the “Triple Bottom Line” catalyzes economic and job growth within Illinois while still preserving our natural and cultural resources,” according to Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), which administers the award. ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for the award. Winners are selected through a rigorous process of review and examination by ISTC technical assistance experts. For more information, and to apply for a 2014 Governor’s Sustainability Award, please visit www.istc.illinois.edu/info/govs_awards.cfm. The deadline for submitting an application will be the close of business on May 15, 2014. Applications must be submitted online.
The Governor’s Sustainability Awards will be presented in the fall in the Chicago area.