Welcome from our 2024 Board Chair

2023 was a landmark year for Illinois Green Alliance and net zero buildings. In 2024, it is critical we seize the next opportunity to grow our impact! Last year with your help, Illinois Green Alliance’s events and programs reached over 4,000 people. We redoubled our efforts to advocate for building decarbonization policy – including pitching…

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Chicago to Introduce Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance

CHICAGO – Today, at a press conference at City Hall, Alderwoman Maria Hadden of Chicago’s 49th ward announced that Mayor Brandon Johnson will be introducing an ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to set decarbonization measures for all newly constructed or majorly renovated buildings. “Too many Chicagoans are having trouble paying their gas bills, and…

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Welcoming Our New Board Members

This year the Illinois Green Alliance Board Elections Committee are pleased to present the results of this year’s Board of Directors elections. The Board of Directors guides Illinois Green’s strategic vision — to make net zero buildings feasible, affordable, and so commonplace that every building in Illinois by 2050 is net zero. Illinois Green welcomes…

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What Mayor Johnson’s Transition Report Means for Net-Zero

On 7/6, Mayor Brandon Johnson submitted his transition team’s 223 page set of policy recommendations for the new administration. In this report, the new mayor pledges his support for “Securing a just transition to an equitable decarbonized Chicago” as an environmental justice goal. We dove into this report to learn the specifics of the Mayor Johnson’s net-zero goals.

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Pleasantdale Elementary: Zeroing in on Closing the Loop

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Habitat Restoration & Biodiversity, Food Garden, Outdoor Learning Space, Waste Reduction Students: 111 Staff: 5 Mentor: Theresa Johnston Location: Milledgeville, IL Grade Level: Kindergarten & 1st Winner: First Place Elementary School Pleasantdale Elementary’s project was recognized with the 1st Place Elementary School award by the panel of Illinois Green…

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Wolcott College Prep: Student Led Green Shield Certification for Healthy Schools

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Indoor Environmental Quality, Native Plant, Sustainability Plan Development, Waste Reduction Students: 6 Staff: 3 Mentors: Matt Johnson, Melissa Rodas Location: Chicago, IL Grade Level: 12th Grade The Project Wolcott College Prep brought Integrated Pest Management (IPM) expert Dr. Thomas Green to their school to provide students and staff with…

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Roosevelt Elementary: Composting and Keeping Plastic out of Landfills

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Waste Reduction Students: 15 Staff: 6 Mentor: Madeline Burnside Location: Park Ridge, IL Grade Level: 5th grade The Project The Roosevelt Green Team, composed of 5th graders on student council and parent leaders, set out to implement a composting system at their elementary school. Students helped with the project’s…

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Grace Holistic Center for Education: Solar Powered

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Energy Students: 24 Staff: 3 Mentor: Mike Denz Location: Yorkville, IL Grade Level: High School Path to Zero Energy Award Winner Grace Holistic’s project was awarded the Path to Zero Energy Award by the panel of Illinois Green Schools Project reviewers. The Project Students at Grace Holistic Center for…

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Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School: Zero Waste Lunch

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Waste Reduction Students: 18 Staff: 4 Mentor: Amreh Hopkins Location: Chicago, IL Grade Levels: 4th – 7th Winner: 1st Place Middle School Immaculate Conception St. Joseph’s project was awarded the 1st Place Middle School recognition by the panel of Illinois Green Schools Project reviewers. The Project As a participant in…

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