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  1. Article number 1 - Green Government Awards Recognize Individual Commitments to a Greener Illinois
  2. Article number 2 - Save the Date: Illinois Healthy & High Performance Schools Symposium
  3. Article number 3 - Innovation at Shepard High School: Building a solar-powered biodiesel system
  4. Article number 4 - Governor Quinn Announces Rockford Clean Water Projects
  5. Article number 5 - Governor Quinn Tours Mud-to-Parks Site in Chicago
  •  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."

  •  Save the Date: Illinois Healthy & High Performance Schools Symposium

    Lincolnshire, IL - Join Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Chapter of the US Green Building Council for the 6th Annual Illinois Healthy & High Performance Schools Symposium on Friday, April 18 (2014) at Adlai Stevenson High School.

    The event focuses on grades K-12 and initiatives that increase the health and wellness of students while decreasing the environmental footprint of schools. Attendees learn about high performance schools from experts in a series of panels, lectures and workshops.

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  •  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.

  •  Governor Quinn Announces Rockford Clean Water ProjectsGovernor Quinn Announces Rockford Clean Water Projects

    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.

  •  Governor Quinn Tours Mud-to-Parks Site in Chicago

    CHICAGO – July 12, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn visited an old steel mill site to showcase the final phase of the innovative Mud-to-Parks program, which makes use of reclaimed topsoil dredged from the Illinois River to create a new park near Lake Michigan. Mud-to-Parks is a component of Governor Quinn’s Millennium Reserve Initiative to restore habitat, rehabilitate brownfields and create green space in Chicago’s South and Southeast Side and south suburbs.

    The Mud-to-Parks project is the latest phase of a project begun in 2004 during which 232,000 tons of Illinois River mud have been shipped and spread over 25 acres at the USX site. Native grasses and small trees are now sprouting on land that was largely steel mill slag.

"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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