Illinois Green Schools Project

Go green in your school by participating in the Illinois Green Schools Project, a program of Illinois Green Alliance. The Illinois Green Schools Project brings together students, teachers, and staff to collaborate in a year-long project-based challenge to devise and implement creative no- to low-cost sustainable practices.

2021-22 Green Schools Project Impact

Urban Prairie Waldorf School: Early Childhood Water Pump

May 16, 2022
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William Beye Elementary School: Understanding Our Impact on the Environment

May 16, 2022
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John Barry Elementary School: Recycling & Gardening

May 16, 2022
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Whitney Young Magnet High School: Green Team’s Earth Week

May 11, 2022
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Academy for Global Citizenship: Waste and Energy Vermi Challenge

May 6, 2022
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Solorio Academy High School: Zero Plastic Project

May 6, 2022
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Oak Park and River Forest High School: Building Sustainable Habits

May 6, 2022
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Prairieland Kids Daycare and Learning Center: From Preschoolers to Master Gardeners

May 6, 2022
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Vernon Hills High School: School-Wide Zero Waste Strategic Plan

May 6, 2022
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Uplift Community High School: Living Wall

May 6, 2022
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Southside Occupational Academy: Southside Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program

May 6, 2022
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Murphysboro Middle School: Putting Waste in its Place

May 6, 2022
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Lockport Township High School: Learning and Living out ESG

May 6, 2022
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Libertyville High School: Whole-School Sustainability in Action

May 5, 2022
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Carruthers Elementary: A Year of Conservation and Creativity

May 3, 2022
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Pleasantdale Elementary School: Color the World with Butterflies

May 2, 2022
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Lincoln Middle School: Lincoln Goes Green

May 2, 2022
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Skinner North Classical School: Taking Charge of Energy Use

May 2, 2022
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Mother McAuley High School: Promoting Sustainable School-Wide Changes

April 29, 2022
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Lincoln Elementary School: Native Garden Classroom

April 29, 2022
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Wolcott College Prep: Energy Audit and Allyship in Action

April 29, 2022
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Half Day School: Zero Waste School Lunch Program

April 27, 2022
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Edgar Allan Poe Classical School: You Grow Edgar Allan Poe Garden

April 25, 2022
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Participating schools receive resources and support from a Green Schools Mentor to guide project implementation. Now in its second year, over 30 schools are implementing a sustainability project with educational tools and mentor guidance.

Learn more about this year’s optional project theme: Energy & Justice at School.

Impact from the 2021 Cohort

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Past Project Highlights

A mentor and student working on a project together
Kids turning a compost pile
Child planting seeds

Collaborating with others helps create stronger learning communities. I was excited to hear about the Illinois Green Schools Project because working together would allow us to share ideas with other schools and community groups. I enjoy hearing what other schools are doing and how we can improve our own green efforts.

Tracy Gordon
4th Grade Teacher, Half Day School in Lincolnshire, IL

Frequently Asked Questions

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2021-2022 Cohort Schools

  • Academy for Global Citizenship
  • Academy High
  • Baker Demonstration School
  • Carruthers Elementary School
  • Dundee Crown High School
  • Edgar Allan Poe Elementary Classical School
  • Half Day School
  • Homer Junior High School
  • John Barry Elementary School
  • Laura B. Sprague Elementary School
  • Libertyville High School
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Lincoln Middle School
  • Lockport Township High School
  • Mother McAuley High School
  • Murphysboro Middle School
  • Oak Park River Forest High School
  • Pleasantdale Elementary School
  • Prairieland Kids Daycare & Learning Center
  • Rickover Naval Academy High School
  • Skinner North Elementary
  • Solorio Academy High School
  • Southside Occupational Academy
  • Uplift Community High School
  • Urban Prairie Waldorf School
  • Vernon Hills High School
  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
  • William Beye Elementary
  • Wolcott College Prep

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Questions?

Connect with Green Schools Program Manager Liz Wimmer to learn more: LWimmer@illinoisgreenalliance.org