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Peoria County Awarded Governor's Sustainability Award

Nov 2, 2016

Peoria County's Sustainability and Resource Conservation Department was honored with a Governor's Sustainability Award on Tuesday, November 1 during a ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago. They were among 25 organizations recognized for their commitment to sustainable business and operations.

The department received the award for its implementation of the internal sustainability plan since its adoption in 2011. This includes formation of the Green CREW (Conserving Resources and Educating Workers), monitoring electrical and water usage, reducing solid waste, and incorporating LEED standards in new building designs.

"We appreciate the opportunity to showcase and highlight the various building and operational improvements implemented since adoption of the internal operations Sustainability Plan," says Karen Raithel, Sustainability and Resource Conservation Administrator. "County staff has been instrumental in the implementation and success of the plan."

Some of the larger projects implemented since adoption of the plan include:

  • LEED Certified Buildings - Peoria Riverfront Museum in 2013 and Heddington Oaks in 2014
  • Lighting Upgrades - throughout 2012 and 2013 at the Juvenile Detention Center, Peoria County Jail exterior, and Highway Department North Station
  • Renewable Energy - Photovoltaic solar panels at Peoria County Jail in 2014 and our partnership with neighboring communities to secure 100% renewable energy aggregation
  • Operational Updates - scanning of all public records in Recorder of Deeds and County Clerk's offices in 2015 and the ongoing minimization of roadway salt and use of beet juice pre-brine
  • Employees -Green CREW formation in 2012, which lead multiple employee initiatives: sustainable purchasing events, CFL and battery recycling, weekly farmers market, and employee newsletters

For more information on Peoria County's sustainability plan, please call (309) 681-2550.

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