Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Winner: City of Galena

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

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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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
TypeIllinois Sustainability Awards Case Studies
PublisherIllinois Sustainable Technology Center
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL
StatePublished - Dec 2015

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NameTN Series (Illinois Sustainable Technology Center)


  • Local government -- Illinois -- Environmental aspects -- Case studies
  • Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards
  • Energy efficiency -- Case studies
  • Green building -- Case studies


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