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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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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Thomas Elementary: Composting

Project Type: Waste Reduction, Collaboration with non-profit Students: 16 Staff: 3 Mentors: April Bartnick Location: Carbondale, IL Grade Level: 2nd & 3rd Grade In collaboration with a local non-profit, Thomas Elementary is introducing composting to the 2nd and 3rd grade. During the school’s breakfast and lunch times, students place their unwanted, uneaten in buckets, where it is…

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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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Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Waste Reduction Initiatives at Stevenson

Project Type: Path to Net Zero, Waste Reduction Students: 40 Staff: 5 Mentor: Eileen Grace Whitemiller Location: Lincolnshire, IL Grade Level: High School The Project Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s Waste Reduction Initiatives aim to bring Stevenson closer to net zero waste through three mini-projects that each target a specific area of school waste, including…

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Carmel Catholic High School: Responsible School Waste Plan

Winner: First Place High School Carmel High School’s project was awarded as the First Place High School by the Illinois Green Schools Project Reviewers. Students: 29 Staff: 15 Mentor: Stephanie Richardson Project type: Path to Net Zero, Waste Reduction Location: Mundelein, IL Grade levels: 9-12 The Project As a participant in the 2022-23 cohort of the Illinois…

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