The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council have once again teamed up with several area organizations and businesses to encourage employees to leave their cars at home during the 6th Annual Curb Your Car event from May 13th - May 18th, 2013 and instead bike, walk, run, or take the bus to work. Register your team, download your official Sangamon County Traveler Passport, print off flyers, check out the Challenge Guidelines and find out what incentives there are for participating. Please click here for more information.
Also, remember to join your fellow commuters for a group ride departing from Washington Park, led by experienced cyclists from the Springfield Bicycle Club, on the morning of Wednesday, May 15th!
During Earth Week this year, the State of Illinois is encouraging employees to mark April 22 as "No Print Day" to underscore the overuse of paper today and to reduce paper consumption.
The State of Illinois is committed to increasing awareness of unnecessary paper use, to protecting the environment and reducing its overall carbon footprint. Since January 2011, CMS' efforts to reduce the number of print, fax, copier and scan equipment has resulted in an estimated savings of more than $6.2 million. Please click here for more information.
CHICAGO - February 11, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn awarded a $250 million low-interest loan to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to move forward with crucial projects to update the region’s water infrastructure, clean up area rivers and improve public health. Financed through the governor’s Illinois Clean Water Initiative (ICWI), the projects will create 2,000 construction-related jobs and support an additional 8,000 jobs in local communities.
In October 2012, Governor Quinn launched the $1 billion Clean Water Initiative to help local governments overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines. The Illinois Clean Water Initiative, which does not use any new state tax dollars, will create an estimated 28,500 jobs across Illinois.
CHICAGO -- On Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, Governor Quinn keynoted the 2013 Sustainable Schools Symposium at Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus. The annual Symposium was hosted by the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, Loyola University Chicago and USGBC-Illinois Chapter, in Chicago.
The 2013 Sustainable Schools Symposium featured panel discussions, exhibits and speakers who addressed topics such as best practices for sustainability on schools and campuses and ways to reduce energy costs. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in tours of Loyola’s campus and observe first-hand the progress the university has made in implementing sustainable practices. Please click here for more information.
CHICAGO -- On January 16th, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director John Kim, Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) Executive Director Chris Meister, and labor union leaders to announce the award of a low-interest, long-term $15 million loan to the city of Chicago to replace about seven miles of drinking water pipeline.
In October 2012, Governor Quinn launched the $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative to help local governments overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines and create or support 28,500 jobs across Illinois. The Chicago project will support hundreds of jobs and modernize local water infrastructure in the city.
"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
- Illinois Constitution, Article XI