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.
Click here for sponsorship and exhibitor information.
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 of the first phase, students now analyse samples of purified oil, as well as the cooking oil they put into the system. 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 students aren't the only ones that reap the benefits of the project, though. It has applications beyond the classroom that provide economic and environmental benefits.
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.
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.
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
- Illinois Constitution, Article XI