Urban Prairie Waldorf School: Early Childhood Water Pump

Students: 8 Staff: 8 Mentor: Katy Glynn Project type: Stormwater Management Location: Chicago, IL Grade levels: Early Childhood The Urban Prairie early childhood and woodworking teachers collaborated to create a water pump using a wine barrel and a hand pump, used to store water for outdoor gardening. Since the preschoolers spend much of their school day in the…

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William Beye Elementary School: Understanding Our Impact on the Environment

Students: 397 Staff: 11 Mentor: Brianna Galvan Project type: Waste Reduction Location: Oak Park, IL Grade levels: 9-12 William Beye Elementary School’s project won the first place award in the elementary school category for the 21-22 cohort of the Illinois Green Schools Project. Beye students focused on reducing waste in the lunchroom through sorting recycling,…

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John Barry Elementary School: Recycling & Gardening

Students: 18 Staff: 3 Mentor: Francisco Sobral Project type: Waste Reduction Location: Chicago, IL Grade levels: K-6 Barry’s project encouraged students to reuse and recycle in creative ways, including building bird feeders, toy marble rollercoasters, lava lamps and miniature cars using recyclable items, collected from around the neighborhood. They also created posters educating the entire school on…

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Whitney Young Magnet High School: Green Team’s Earth Week

Students: 15 Staff: 2 Mentor: Kitty Knauz & Emily Lanyon Project type: Various Location: Chicago, IL Grade levels: 7-12 Whitney Young worked on a multi-part plan to create sustainable change in the school while educating students and staff about being more environmentally friendly. Students formed a school Green Team to raise awareness among their peers through…

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Academy for Global Citizenship: Waste and Energy Vermi Challenge

Students: 27Staff: 3Mentor: Ajit NaikProject type: Energy & Justice at SchoolLocation: Chicago, ILGrade levels: 8 Academy for Global Citizenship won the Theme of the Year award for the 21-22 cohort of the Illinois Green Schools Project. Eighth grade students in AGC’s Sustainability Design class conducted a school-wide waste audit and identified ways to improve. Using…

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Solorio Academy High School: Zero Plastic Project

Students: 15 Staff: 1 Project type: Waste Reduction Location: Chicago, IL Grade levels: High School Solorio’s Zero Waste Club noticed the excessive usage, waste, and incorrect disposal of single-use plastics in the school lunchroom, so they created a plan to enact systemic change locally within the Solorio school building and throughout the Chicago Public School System. Students…

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Oak Park and River Forest High School: Building Sustainable Habits

Students: 20Staff: 85Mentor: Mike Denz, Alyson Sternquist & Ron RichardsonProject type: VariousLocation: Oak Park, ILGrade levels: 9-12 Oak Park and River Forest High School’s project won the first place award in the high school category for the 21-22 cohort of the Illinois Green Schools Project. The OPRF Environmental Club students created project teams to focus…

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Prairieland Kids Daycare and Learning Center: From Preschoolers to Master Gardeners

Students: 45Staff: 7Mentor: Stephanie RichardsonProject type: Native Food GardenLocation: Morris, ILGrade levels: Daycare Prairieland children, staff, and families worked together to build a multicultural garden. Families donated seeds and soil based on the foods they eat at home, and children and staff used recycled products to help with the starts of the plants. Two classes…

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Vernon Hills High School: School-Wide Zero Waste Strategic Plan

Students: 12 Staff: 4 Mentors: Damon Henrikson & Chris Philbrick Location: Vernon Hills, IL Grade Level: High School Our project was unique in the sense that we had already begun a Zero Waste program at Vernon Hills High School in our student cafeteria, however, there was no strategic plan in place for the project when…

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Uplift Community High School: Living Wall

Students: 75 Staff: 10 Mentors: Brian Meade, Jason Klinker, & Kelly McCaffrey Location: Chicago, IL Grade Level: High School Students worked with architects from FGM to design a living wall installation in the newly opened Innovation Lab. The wall is a collection of individually designed planter modules that interconnect for one watering system. The goals…

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