Whitney M. Young High School: Green Team

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Energy Conservation, Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste Reduction, Water Conservation Students: 45 Staff: 5 Mentor: Ajit Naik, Baumann Consulting Location: Chicago, IL Grade Levels: 9th – 12th The Project As a participant in the 2022-23 cohort of the Illinois Green Schools Project, the Whitney Young Green Team counts this year a…

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River Trails Middle School: Green Cafeteria

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste Reduction Students: 70 Staff: 15 Mentor: Jason Meyering, Jason Meyering Architecture Location: Mount Prospect, IL Grade Levels: 6th – 8th The Project As a participant in the 2022-23 cohort of the Illinois Green Schools Project, River Trails Middle School desired to green up their cafeteria space…

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Solorio Academy High School: Community Green Space & Waste Reduction

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Habitat Restoration, Native Plant Garden, Outdoor Learning Space, Waste Reduction Students: 25 Staff: 2 Mentor: Jan Clarence Concepcion, HUSArchitecture Location: Chicago, IL Grade Levels: High School The Project Students at Solorio Academy High School developed a plan for improving the campus green space and involving the community in bringing the…

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Murphysboro Middle School: Earth Day, Every Day!

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Energy, Habitat Restoration, Outdoor Learning Space Students: 36 Staff: 2 Location: Murphysboro, IL Grade Levels: 6th – 8th The Project As a participant in the 2022-23 cohort of the Illinois Green Schools Project, the Murphysboro Middle School Eco-Action club hosted an environmental sustainability conservation campaign during the month of April…

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York Community High School: Exploring Water Quality

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Water Conservation Students: 25 Staff: 2 Mentor: Chris Philbrick Location: Elmhurst, IL Grade Levels: High School The Project York Community High School’s project spanned the entire school year, majority-led by 25 students in Eco Club. They learned about water quality, did a school water audit, participated in various local…

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Whittier Elementary School: Lunchroom Waste Audit

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste Reduction Students: 45 Staff: 5 Mentor: John Mlade, Wight & Co. Location: Downers Grove, IL Grade Level: 5th Grade Winner: Creative Use of Resources Award Whittier’s project was recognized with the Creative Use of Resources award by the panel of Illinois Green Schools Project reviewers.…

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Glen Ellyn School District: Water Conservation Initiative in District 41

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Water Conservation Staff: 1 Parent Volunteers: 2 Mentors: Gilbane Co. Location: Glen Ellyn, IL Grade Level: 3rd & 5th The Project The Glen Ellyn Green Team, composed of mentors from Gilbane Building Company, District representatives, and two dedicated parent volunteers, came together to review and update the district’s water…

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Half Day School: Zero Waste Lunch Room Challenge

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Waste Reduction Students: 40 Staff: 5 Mentor: Eileen Grace Whitemiller Location: Lincolnshire, IL Grade Level: High School Winner: Path to Zero Waste Award Half Day School’s project was recognized with the Path to Zero Waste Award by the Illinois Green Schools Project reviewers. The Project Half Day School’s composting…

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Marion Junior High School: Climate Solutions 101: Middle School Edition

Project Type: Path to Net Zero Students: 105 Staff: 1 Mentor: Tiffany Sulser Location: Marion, IL Grade Level: 7th grade The Project Marion Junior High School teacher Tiffany Sulser incorporated activities into her 7th grade class’ regular “Earth’s Changing Climate” Amplify Unit, designed to educate students about possible solutions to mitigate climate change. Students learned…

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