Illinois Department of Transportation, Erica Borggren, Acting Secretary
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GENERAL

By observing, researching and implementing sustainable business practices, IDOT will strive to meet the needs of the current generation while ensuring that the needs of future generations are also met. As a large and influential governmental organization, we are obligated to sustainability and seek to act as a leader of conservation, efficiency, and environmental citizenship in Illinois and throughout the country.

As a governmental entity responsible for over 140,000 miles of roads and streets, employing a staff of over 5000, occupying over 4 million square feet and with approximately 5000 vehicles in use, IDOT has a very significant environmental impact. Sustainability activities had been occurring in the Department for many years, but have not had a formal name attached to them. The Sustainability Practices Unit would be the formal conduit for the integration of sustainability into the Department. The Unit will identify on-going environmental initiatives, research new opportunities and recommend policy and program enhancements. Unit staff will strive to offer a balance of environmental vision while being logistically and economically pragmatic.

Specifically, the purposes of the Sustainable Practices Office are:
 

  • To make policy recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation and senior-level staff designed to:
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    • Identify sustainability opportunities that may provide the Department with significant benefit including grants and other financial savings.
       
    • Ensure compliance with the law by tracking all environmental legislation that affects the Department.
       
    • Promote, throughout the Department and the State, the conservation of resources, energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, pollution prevention, increased reliance on renewable resources, and other measures consistent with sustainable living.
       
    • Coordinate further long-range sustainable practices by the Department.


    • To act interdisciplinary and be involved cross-departmentally with other state agencies in order to maximize and achieve sustainable goals.
View Draft Version of the IDOT - Green Initiatives/Sustainability Committee Charter
View IDOT's Commitment To Sustainability - By Steve Massey

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