The Green Schools Mentor and Sustainable Facilities Mentor programs bring green building expertise to support sustainability projects at schools and nonprofits. Volunteers in these programs complete hands-on projects and share knowledge to advance sustainability in all building types.
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Green Schools Mentors
The Illinois Green Schools Project Mentors are volunteers from Illinois Green Alliance that have sustainability and green building expertise, including architects, engineers, designers, builders, and more.
Green Schools Mentors are matched with a school in the Illinois Green Schools Project to help them select, plan, and implement a no- to low-cost sustainability project.
- Mentors should have a passion for creating sustainable learning environments and working with schools.
- Attend a Green Schools Mentor Orientation.
- Commit to 2-5 hours of working with your school each month. Interactions with schools take a variety of forms including phone, email, video conferencing and in-person meetings.
- Attend the celebration event in May 2022.
- Be an active member of the Illinois Green Alliance. Learn more and become a member.
Registration is open now through September 19, 2022 for this program.
Once we receive your registration form, Illinois Green staff will follow-up with additional details and to confirm your participation. Before applying, please review the Green Schools Mentor responsibilities above.
Green Schools Mentors work 1:1 with a school in completing their sustainability project. The commitment runs from late September to early May of the following year, with options to reapply each cycle and continue the relationship through the summer.
Regular check-ins with your school and Illinois Green Alliance total 2-5 hours/month.
Sustainable Facilities Mentors
The Sustainable Facilities Mentor program is for members who would like to gain skills in sustainable operations, and use that knowledge to help buildings in their community meet sustainability goals.
Volunteers either build a connection with a building in their community or are matched with a participant building in the Neighborhood Power Project.
Sustainable Facilities Mentors provide support to nonprofit organizations by bringing green building knowledge to communities.
The 1:1 mentor relationship provides meaningful opportunities to address sustainable operations and help community buildings find solutions that are unique to their needs.
A Sustainable Facilities Mentor will undergo trainings, complete building assessments, and help organizations establish green teams to ensure continued success of the program.
Learn more about Illinois Green's strategic plan.
- 8 training sessions with Illinois Green staff on sustainable operations
- These sessions are held live and have an on-demand recording option.
- Total of 8-12 hours for the first two months
- Biweekly check-ins with your building and quarterly check-ins with Illinois Green staff
- Total of 2-5 hours per month
- Sustainable Facilities Mentors are encourage to make a 1-year commitment to the program, and may choose to continue mentorship at the end of the first year.