Illinois Department of Transportation Receives State’s Highest Environmental
IDOT Sustainability Efforts Recognized with Green Government Honor
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L.
Schneider announced today that the Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) received a Green Government Award from the
Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council, recognizing the
department’s achievements in the fields of education and
outreach, transportation and efficiency and conservation. The
award was presented during the Annual Sustainable Symposium
recently held in Springfield.
“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious acknowledgement
of our environmental protection efforts,” said Secretary
Schneider. “Governor Quinn is committed to being a strong leader
in conservation, efficiency and environmental citizenship and
IDOT is proud to continue to work diligently to be a part of the
The Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council, chaired
by Governor Quinn, was created to improve sustainability
practices and policies. The council’s members are from state
agencies, as established under the Green Governments Illinois
Act. The council annually presents awards to state agencies that
have shown an exceptional commitment to improving environmental
quality in Illinois.
The award to IDOT was based on three sustainable efforts,
including IDOT’s annual Rain Barrel Design contest involving
schools across the state, a study in conjunction with the
University of Illinois to test the feasibility of energy crop
production in IDOT right-of-ways, and the development of a Hot
Mix Asphalt composed entirely of recycled rock and gravel. IDOT
is working toward more sustainable materials recycling that has
the potential for widespread usage and cost savings.
In 2013, IDOT plans to increase its green efforts in
construction, maintenance, operations, education and outreach,
fuel conservation efforts and purchasing.