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  1. Article number 1 - Happy Earth Month 2014!
  2. Article number 2 - Illinois Government No Print Week
  3. Article number 3 - Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Conserve Lake Michigan Shoreline
  4. Article number 4 - Green Government Awards Recognize Individual Commitments to a Greener Illinois
  5. Article number 5 - Innovation at Shepard High School: Building a solar-powered biodiesel system
  •  Happy Earth Month 2014!Happy Earth Month 2014!

    In Illinois, we consider every day to be Earth Day. Protecting our natural resources helps to improve our public health, economy, tourism and quality of life. We take our stewardship duties seriously and Illinois State Government tries to lead by example. We invite you to explore our Earth Month website to learn about the wide array of initiatives we’ve undertaken to make Illinois a more livable place for future generations.

  •  Illinois Government No Print Week

    Illinois - In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Week, the State of Illinois encourages employees to participate in “No Print Week” from April 21-25, and try electronic alternatives to printing. During “No Print Week,” do your part for the environment and help the state save money! Instead of printing on paper, for example, forward emails electronically only, and scan or save documents to an electronic format to your computer.

  •  Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Conserve Lake Michigan Shoreline

    Chicago - In honor of Earth Month, Governor Pat Quinn visited a volunteer clean-up Saturday of Chicago’s Oak Street Beach to announce a $1.6 million investment in environmental and education projects along the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Millennium Reserve-Calumet region. The projects will be funded through the Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP), which was formed in 2012 by Governor Quinn to protect Illinois’ 63-mile Lake Michigan shoreline. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

  •  Green Government Awards Recognize Individual Commitments to a Greener Illinois

    Chicago - Governor Pat Quinn today announced the ninth annual report of the Green Governments Coordinating Council (GGCC) and recognized the work of model state employees for their dedication to sustainability and the environment.

    "Illinois is a leader in bringing green practices to the everyday operations of the government," Governor Quinn said. "This year's report shows we have made great strides toward reducing our environmental footprint and working more efficiently."

  •  Innovation at Shepard High School: Building a solar-powered biodiesel system

    Palos Heights, IL -Innovation and conservation collide at Alan B. Shepard High School. Led by physics teacher Brian Sievers, students have the opportunity to put their math and science skills to the test through the school's solar biofuel project.

    The students from Sheparad High School have been involved from the start, repurposing a hot water heater for refining oil. Beyond the initial engineering smarts and do-it-yourself mentality, students analyse samples of purified oil and cooking oil. They model fluid dynamics, bump up against entropy and learn how to communicate the science behind their work at the small-scale biofuel refinery.

"The public policy of the State and the duty of each person is to provide and maintain a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations."

- Illinois Constitution, Article XI

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