Pleasantdale Elementary School: Color the World with Butterflies

By Clare Zhang First thing every morning, the kindergarteners in Kara Mulder’s class run to check on the growth of their plants. They add food waste to the classroom compost buckets, then take them outside as a class to add to the bin in the school’s butterfly garden. This new routine is a result of…

Chicago-Area School, District and University Named Recipients of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Honors

April 26, 2022

By: U.S. Department of Education Award announced on Earth Day, recognizing efforts to reduce environmental impact and energy costs, improve health and wellness, offer effective…

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20 Visions of Our Green Building Future this Earth Day

April 22, 2022

To celebrate Earth Day this year – the year Illinois Green turns 20 years old – we wanted to share 20 visions and goals for…

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Meet the 2022 Programs Committee

April 18, 2022

The Programs Committee is a group of volunteers who lead the selection, development, and implementation of Illinois Green Alliance’s education programs. Find out how you can…

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18 Schools Received a Mini-Grant to Implement a Sustainability Project

March 29, 2022

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Illinois Green Schools Project Mini-Grant Awardees! The Illinois Green Schools Project, a program that brings together students, teachers, and staff to…

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Meet the Members of the 2022 Auxiliary Board

March 19, 2022

The Auxiliary Board is a diverse group of young professionals dedicated to supporting Illinois Green Alliance’s mission to promote green buildings and sustainable communities for…

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Welcome from our 2022 Board Chair

March 10, 2022

In 2021, we launched a new strategic plan that will lay the foundation for net zero buildings across Illinois. We’ve made immense strides in educating…

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What the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act Means for Green Buildings

September 28, 2021

by Brian Imus, Executive Director On September 15, the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act was signed into law by Governor Pritzker. This nation-leading law delivers…

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Announcing the 2021 Emerald Award Winners

September 7, 2021

by Illinois Green Alliance Illinois Green Alliance announced the recipients of this year’s Emerald Awards, dubbed the 2021 Path to Zero Trailblazers, for their ongoing…

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This sketch was created by Tattianna, one of several teaching artists who is contributing curriculum and/or methods for demonstrating knowledge using arts working in classrooms this year. She is with Uplift’s community partner, the hip hop arts collective Kuumba Lynx (KL).

Q&A with Illinois Green Schools Project Mentors — Uplift Community High School + FGM Architects

March 5, 2021

by Brian Meade, Nadia Lohse, and Kelly McCaffrey, Green Schools Mentors from FGM Architects The Illinois Green Schools Project, launched last summer, connects educators and…

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Black Lives Matter: A Statement from the Illinois Green Board of Directors

June 16, 2020

Dear Community, We mourn the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless innocent Black and Brown Men and Women…

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