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Illinois Tries to Lead in Being Green

Illinois Tries to Lead in Being Green

Illinois’ sustainability director says he’s trying to make state government as green as possible.

Eric Heineman says doing sustainability for a living, for him, started with an environmental science degree from the University of Vermont. He says Illinois boasts the greenest Governor’s Mansion in the state, with solar panels, charging stations, and chickens.

“They compost vegetable waste, they add their own fertilizer to the vegetable gardens,” says Heineman. “They are part of the whole ecosystem of the mansion.”

Heineman has been in his position in the governor’s office for about five years.

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