Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council

The Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council consists of members representing 15 state agencies and serves to improve the sustainability of Illinois government operations and policies.  First formed by an executive order, the Council is now established by law under the Green Governments Illinois Act (Public Act 95-0657), enacted on October 17, 2007.  Click here to read the text of the act.

Chaired by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, the Council helps the more than 70 state agencies, boards and commissions adopt a “greener” way of delivering services to Illinois residents.  The Council’s priorities include increasing green purchasing, reducing pollution and waste, facilitating green building practices, and promoting green policies.  Each year, the Council hosts three symposiums – tailored toward state agencies, municipalities, and universities – to foster exchange of ideas and best practices for protecting the environment.

The Council's member agencies include the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Capital Development Board, Department of Central Management Services, Department of Agriculture, Governor's Office of Management and Budget, Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services, Department of Public Health, State Board of Education, Board of Higher Education, and Waste Management and Research Center.

State Agencies

The Green Governments Illinois Act requires each state agency to create and adopt a sustainability plan. Due to the enactment of the Green Governments Illinois Act after the expiration of certain deadlines contained in the act, the Council has established an extended schedule of deadlines for fiscal year 2008 (see link below).

Each state agency must convene an environmental sustainability committee led by the agency’s designee to the Council. To find your agency designee, please click here. Feel free to contact the designees with any ideas or suggestions for ways to build healthier, more environmentally sound workplaces in our state.

Municipalities and universities may participate voluntarily in the requirements of the Green Governments Illinois Act.

State Agency Sustainability Plan Resources

The Council is creating guidance to help state agencies adopt sustainability plans. An online sustainability assessment, planning and reporting tool will be available on this site after February 1, 2008.

Schedule of Deadlines (.pdf)

For further assistance in creating a sustainability plan for your agency, please contact one of the following Council members:

Local Governments

The Council primarily works with state agencies to make their facilities and operations greener. Much of this expertise is also applicable to local and county governments. The Lt. Governor's staff is always available to consult with local and county governments. Please email us at GreenCouncil.ltgov@illinois.gov for help on your community projects.

How Do I Get Started?

The first step is to evaluate how “green” is your agency. Take Green Employer Test to discover ways to make your office or organization more environmentally friendly and efficient.

Learn about innovative green strategies in the Greening Your Community guide .

Green Government Awards

The Council annually presents awards to state agencies that have shown an exceptional commitment to improving the environmental quality of Illinois.

Congratulations to the 2007 Green Government Award recipients: