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    April 26, 2019
    First District Farm is One of the First in the Nation

    April 25, 2019 (Peoria, IL) Illinois Green Alliance announced the winners of the 14th annual Emerald Awards for 2019. The annual Emerald Awards program recognizes the unique green building leadership in Illinois by featuring the best and brightest individuals, projects, and technologies championed in Illinois.

    The Well Farm at Voris Field, 1013 SW Reed Avenue, was selected to receive the Emerald Award for Community Impact. The Well Farm is one of the first ‘stormwater farms’ in the country. As a community driven pilot project, the innovative urban farm approach to green stormwater infrastructure helps achieve community goals of access to fresh food, job creation, reduced flooding, and overall increased resiliency in a low-income, underinvested community.

    “The projects and leaders recognized are more than innovators in green building solutions, they are committed to making more people in more communities benefit from sustainable design, technology and construction,” said Brian Imus, Executive Director of Illinois Green.

    Illinois was recently recognized as the state with the most LEED-certified (Leadership in
    Environmental Design) square footage per capita. “This year, the outstanding achievements in sustainable leadership being recognized underscores why Illinois is leading the nation in green building innovation,” continued Brian Imus. “Limelight is an opportunity to applaud their efforts and celebrate the achievements of Illinois’ sustainability industry.”

    The public is invited to celebrate these sustainability achievements at Illinois Green’s annual
    Limelight Reception on Tuesday, May 14th at Venue Six10 located in the Spertus Institute at 610
    S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Tickets to the event and presentation of the Emerald Awards are available online. For more information regarding Limelight, contact Nicole Spicer at (312) 245-
    8300 x205 or visit www.illinoisgreenalliance.org.

    Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM at (309) 494-8800.
    Bill Lewis, Public Works Director
    (309) 494-8524