Programs with schools and students are one way Illinois Green Alliance is reaching out and sharing carbon drawdown strategies in communities.

Through the following programs, Illinois Green can help you take action with the students and at the schools in your community. Work with students to plan a project about carbon drawdown strategies, or learn more about what you can share and do at a school building to help make them more efficient and promote sustainability to their student body.


Green Apple Day of Service

Parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations work together to transform schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service events. Register a school project or volunteer to help out at a school near you.


Epic Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge

CPS high school students and teachers attend professional development sessions and learn about carbon drawdown so they can create a project campaign for their school or community. Students research issues in their community and are paired with Illinois Green mentors to guide them through the process of creating a community-focused sustainability campaign. Learn more here.


Green Ribbon Schools

Illinois Green Alliance supports the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in recognizing schools that have active programs and are dedicated to promoting and education about sustainability. Check out this page for more information about the requirements for Green Ribbon Schools and the application process.


Youth Energy Efficiency Ambassadors

In 2018, Illinois Green partnered with City Incite to educate youth on the smart grid, utility energy programs, and home energy efficiency through hands-on training and field trips, after which they became local energy efficiency advocates. Learn more about our partnership and impact here. If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact Liz Wimmer.


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Volunteer with Illinois Green Alliance

Fill out our volunteer interest survey and visit our volunteer page to learn about all of the ways you can get involved.


What’s New

Check out upcoming events and the latest press release related to carbon drawdown in your community.