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Illinois Environmental Law - Pollution and Sustainability : Administrative Agencies

This LibGuide serves as a reference aid for Illinois Statutory Law regarding environmental and pollution regulations, sustainability initiatives, and energy efficiency standards. Commercial groups are encouraged to use guide to meet state requirements.

Green Government

Green Governments Illinois Act

Executive Order 11

On April 22nd, 2009 Earth Day Governor Quinn signed executive order 11 to reduce the environmental impact of state government operations.

The executive order directs state agencies to lead by example in waste prevention, energy efficiency and conservation, procurement, and water quality and conservation. By implementing these sustainability practices, agencies will not only benefit the quality of our air, land and water; they will also save Illinois taxpayers’ money by reducing utility bills, waste disposal fees, and other operating costs.

The State of Illinois has an obligation to sustainability and "green government." Below are links to more information about how the Illinois government and its agencies are setting greener goals.

Illinois Attorney General

The Attorney General acts as the state's chief legal officer and is responsible for protecting the public interest of the state and its people. Currently, the Office of the Attorney General focuses on protecting consumers, advocating for women, keeping communities safe, advocation for older citizens, safegaurding children, defending citizens' rights, preserving the environment, helping crime victims, ensuring open and honest government, and building better charities.

Department of Public Health Environmental Occupations and Programs Statutes and Regulations

Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Agriculture (IDOA)

The IDOA was established as a regulatory and promotional agency in 1917 under the Civil Administrative Code.

Individual administrative bureaus operate within IDOA to direct programs and services toward the conservation of Illinois land and water resources; resources; promotion for the health and welfare of livestock and companion animals; oversight of state and county fairs; seed, feed, and fertilizer product regulation; management of fiscal matters of grain dealers and warehouses; outreach efforts for Illinois food and agricultural products; and the supervision of state horse racing programs. 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Department of Transportation

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS)

Capital Development Board Green Building Resources and Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Commercial Buildings