SPRINGFIELD - Tuesday, Aprill 22 will be Earth Day in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn declared Monday, as part of his agenda to protect Illinois natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
“We want every day to be Earth Day in Illinois and everyone should do their part to help preserve, sustain and beautify our state,” Governor Quinn said. “Study after study is finding that Illinois is leading the way in sustainability – from the most communities using renewable energy to being number one in the nation for sustainable buildings. By working together we can keep the progress going and make Illinois the greenest state in the nation.”
In his effort to make Illinois the “greenest state in the nation,” Governor Quinn authorized green changes on the Governor’s Mansion - although he spends the vast majority of his time in Chicago.
The Governor set a green example for all Illinois residents by transforming the 159-year old Illinois Executive Mansion, visited by Abraham Lincoln and six other of our nation’s Presidents, into a model of sustainable living, Quinn’s office says.
In 2010, Governor Quinn planted his own vegetable garden inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama to help offer a healthy menu for Executive Mansion guests; installed rain barrels to divert rainwater out of the municipal sewer system and into the Mansion’s vegetable garden; created a compost pile to transform food scraps and landscaping debris into rich nutrients which are spread over the Mansion’s vegetable garden, shrubs and trees; and solar panels, donated by three Illinois firms, were installed to make Illinois the second Governor’s Mansion in the U.S. to go solar.