GLRPPR: Sector Resources: Documents: Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: City of Galena
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Promoting Pollution Prevention Through Information Exchange
About Us
E-Mail This Page
Funding Opps
Sector Resources
Topic Hubs™
Conferences & Training
Ask a Librarian
Mailing List

GLRPPR Sector Resource: Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: City of Galena

Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: City of Galena

The City of Galena, located along the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, is known for its grand, historic downtown district, its rolling hills, and its beautiful fall colors. What most people don't know is that the city is a sustainability leader in its region and in Illinois. The City of Galena has implemented, and is continuing to develop, a variety of sustainability initiatives for their quaint, Midwest destination city. These activities earned Galena a Governor's Sustainability Award in 2014. In 2012, the city decided to make sustainability their core guiding principle of government. They began with a logo competition for their "My Green Galena" slogan that would embody and brand the city's efforts throughout the town. The logo was later adopted as the widely used city logo. Galena has invested in different energy efficiency initiatives, such as LED street lights to replace the high pressure sodium units around town and smart upgrades at their city hall building and their police station, as well as other projects. Overall, the projects have avoided 329 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions per year; preserved 100 acres of green space; and saved taxpayers $46,799 annually through renewable energy production.


Illinois Sustainable Technology Center via IDEALS

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
December 2015

Associated Sectors:

GLRPPR is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).


One East Hazelwood Drive; Champaign, IL; 61820; (800) 407-0261;