Awards Ceremony

The Illinois Sustainability Awards Ceremony is the premier sustainability event in Illinois, bringing together industry, business, communities, education, and non-government organizations to recognize their significant state-wide impact on our environment, society, and economy. This year’s agenda is displayed below.

32nd Annual Illinois Sustainability Awards

October 23, 2018
Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Street
Chicago, IL

About the Awards Ceremony

The program includes a morning technical session, industry-leading keynotes, luncheon and presentation of the awards, celebrating the annual presentation of this pre-eminent environmental award.


The day begins with a technical symposium, highlighting leading national and Illinois experts. Exhibitors from companies and organizations throughout the state provide an opportunity to network and learn more about services, products, and sustainable processes. Many opportunities for networking and connecting with attendees are provided throughout the day.


The Afternoon is the pinnacle of the day, announcing the Illinois Sustainability Award Winners. After lunch, a nationally-recognized keynote speaker will engage attendees and finalists with an important sustainability topic in our state. ISTC then announces the Award winners, presenting each winner individually with their Award and a highlight of their sustainability initiatives. The afternoon provides guests with the a opportunity to learn about sustainability initiatives of companies, communities, and organizations throughout Illinois, share information and best practices and network among some of the sustainable best of the best in Illinois.

We encourage you to attend the Ceremony for the entire day, but options are available to attend for just the Morning or Afternoon Sessions.

Read more about award winners on the Previous Ceremonies page!

2018 Illinois Sustainability Awards Agenda

Registration & Exhibitor Setup


Exhibitor Setup


Continental Breakfast & Registration


Technical Symposium


Moderator: Debra Jacobson, Associate Director, Technical Assistance Program, ISTC


Morning Keynote Address
Jacob Madsen - Director of Sustainability, SC Johnson


Exhibitor/Coffee Break


Panel: Water/Energy Nexus
Moderator: Ashlyn Stillwell, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Randy Conner - Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Water Management
  • Aaron Durnbaugh - Director of Sustainability, Loyola University
  • Kim Leftwich - President and CEO, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative
  • Catherine O’Connor - Director of Engineering, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago



Exhibitor/Coffee Break


Awards Ceremony




Award Ceremony
Moderator: Robert Flider, Director, Community & Government Relations, Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Mark Ryan, Executive Director, Prairie Research Institute


Keynote Address
Cathy Stepp - Regional Administrator, EPA Region 5


Illinois Sustainability Awards Presentation
Moderator: Shantanu Pai, Assistant Sustainability Researcher


Adjourn: Photo Session & Networking


Support the Awards

Thank you to our 2018 Award ceremony sponsors! 

2018 Sponsors

Sustainability Awards Case Studies

Questions? Contact:

Deb Jacobson
(Primary Contact)

Irene Zlevor