Governments across Illinois are adopting a green way of thinking and operating. The Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council helps state agencies, units of local government, and educational institutions improve the sustainability of their operations and policies. For more information on the Green Governments Coordinating Council, download the Green Governments Illinois Act [EXECUTIVE BRANCH (20 ILCS 3954)].
The GGCC consists of members from 15 state agencies and serves to improve the sustainability of Illinois government operations and policies. First formed by an executive order, the GGCC is now established under the Green Governments Illinois Act, enacted in October 2007.
Chaired by Governor Pat Quinn, the GGCC helps more than 70 state agencies, boards and commissions adopt a greener way of delivering services to Illinois residents. The GGCC also holds monthly subcommittee meetings to address specific projects and ongoing initiatives.
According to law, agencies' Green Team liaisons "shall be given full management support and provided with the necessary resources to meet the goals" of the Green Governments Illinois Act.
Green IT Challenge
The Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council (GGCC), chaired by Governor Quinn and comprised of 14 state agencies, is challenging all state agencies and personnel to take action to substantially reduce the total number of imaging devices in operation. Imaging devices include printers, photocopiers, fax machines, and scanners. Your participation in this effort will help the State save money by reducing administrative and operational expenses. For more information, click here.
The Green Governments Coordinating Council current subcommittees include:
- Energy Efficiency
- Green IT
- Green Schools (K-12)
Executive Order 11
On April 22nd, 2009 Earth Day Governor Quinn signed executive order 11 to reduce the environmental impact of state government operations.
The executive order directs state agencies to lead by example in waste prevention, energy efficiency and conservation, procurement, and water quality and conservation. By implementing these sustainability practices, agencies will not only benefit the quality of our air, land and water; they will also save Illinois taxpayers’ money by reducing utility bills, waste disposal fees, and other operating costs.
Read the Executive Order 11