CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Shedd Aquarium today kicked-off the first phase of the institution’s clean-energy initiative with the installation of 913 photovoltaic solar panels on top of the aquarium’s world-class marine mammal pavilion. In an event held on the roof of the Abbott Oceanarium, the Governor, along with Shedd leadership and Illinois sustainability champions, unveiled the 265-kilowatt project that is the biggest solar panel installation in any cultural institution in the state of Illinois funded through a public and private partnership.
“Shedd’s green energy efforts demonstrate how Illinois is paving the way in advancing next-generation clean technology and sustainable energy,” Governor Quinn said. “
Davis, CA - The Office of Governor Pat Quinn participated in an informational workshop with the Zero-Emission Market Acceleration Workshop at the University of California-Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy. The workshop focused on electric vehicle infrastructure and provided participants with information regarding best practices and policies for expanding zero-emission vehichle fleets in states and municipalities.
"Our goal is to be home to the largest network of fast chargers in the nation. As our state and nation face rising gas prices, Illinois consumers are ready to embrace this common-sense, clean-energy transportation option," said Governor Quinn after the workshop.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn was joined by thousands of water professionals from around the world to officially open the 86th annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®) at McCormick Place in Chicago. Governor Quinn is committed to protecting the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure and in recognition of the conference, he proclaimed October as “Water’s Worth It” Month in Illinois.
“Governor Quinn’s Clean Water Initiative is absolutely vital for growing our economy and protecting Illinois’ environment for this and future generations,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett said.
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn announced more than $730,000 in investments to support local environmental education projects along the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Millennium Reserve-Calumet region. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
“These important investments will protect and manage the incredible natural and cultural resources surrounding our beautiful Lake Michigan,” Governor Quinn said. “They will also involve thousands of students and residents of nearby communities in creating a better environment for all.”
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn awarded two low-interest loans to the Rock River Water Reclamation District (RRWRD), totaling more than $15 million to connect the Village Of Winnebago to the larger and better equipped RRWRD treatment plant. This investment will help the RRWRD complete significant upgrade and repair work that is needed to reduce area sewer backups. Funded through Governor Quinn’s $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative (CWI), the projects will help meet the clean water needs of 240,000 area residents and create 188 direct and indirect jobs.
"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