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.


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

During the 2019-2020 school year, Illinois Green is expanding the Youth Energy Efficiency Ambassador Program to work with Chicago high schools! Learn more about the program pilot here and check out a recent article about the program here. If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact Liz Wimmer.


Epic Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge

During the 2018-2019 school year, CPS high school students and teachers attended education sessions and learned about carbon drawdown solutions for their school and community. Students researched issues in their community and were paired with Illinois Green mentors to guide them through the process of creating a community-focused sustainability campaign. Learn more here.


Want more information about programs with schools? Get in touch! Contact Liz Wimmer at


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.