CHICAGO – December 4, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his battle to improve Illinois’ environment by partnering with Environment Illinois to unveil the organization’s latest report, “America on the Move: State Leadership in the Fight Against Global Warming, and What it Means for the World.”
The report highlights the critical role states play in setting and leading U.S. environmental policy. The report also estimates that states’ actions will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 536 million metric tons per year by 2020.
“To preserve our environment for future generations and help create ‘green’ jobs now, Illinois has made a serious commitment to investing in green infrastructure and renewable energy technologies. We’ve made significant progress but there’s much more to be done,” Governor Quinn said. “I applaud Environment Illinois for its hard work and for keeping this critical issue at the forefront of environmental public policy debates.”
Illinois has already taken significant steps toward greenhouse gas reductions, making it an environmental leader and pacesetter among the country’s 50 states. Several of the report’s recommendations – such as adopting a state renewable electricity standard, a state energy efficiency resource standard and a statewide building energy code – have already been established in Illinois.
In addition, as recommended in the report, Illinois state government is leading by example by achieving LEED Silver standards for new construction and major renovation of state facilities, following Environmentally Preferable Procurement practices, and using only green cleaning products in all schools and state buildings.
A longtime environmentalist, Governor Quinn has made protecting natural resources a top priority. Shortly after taking office, Governor Quinn signed an executive order to reduce the environmental impact of state government operations and an agreement to purchase 100 percent wind power for all Springfield state buildings managed by the Department of Central Management Services.
“Investing in green jobs and clean technology will strengthen Illinois’ economy in the face of the national economic recession.” Governor Quinn said. “Standing up for our environment is the right thing to do, and also the smart thing to do.”
Governor Quinn was joined at today’s event by Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott, Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), Alderman Manny Flores and Environment Illinois Staff Attorney and Clean Energy Advocate Brian Granahan.