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Green Youth Awards

Green Youth Award Recipients


On November 16, 2002, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Renee Cipriano presented the first Green Youth Awards, recognizing 11 outstanding environmental protection and conservation projects by Illinois young people.

Winners for the 2002 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Director's Green Youth Awards are:

Pleasant Plains Middle School Green Team Recycling Club, Pleasant Plains

"The Environmentally Friendly School"

The Green Team recycles at its school, mentors a sister-club and the elementary school, helps maintain the Prairie Creek Habitat and conducts "no waste" lunch days.

Montessori School of Lake Forest, Lake Forest

"Purple Loosestrife Biological Control Program"

In order to restore and protect indigenous plant life on school property and throughout Lake County, these students breed loosestrife as food for beetles, which are then released into meadows and wetlands. As the beetles thrive and reproduce, the invasive purple loosestrife dwindles, thus giving native plant species a chance to survive.

St. Linus School 4th and 5th Grade Classes, Oak Lawn

"Kids Save the Earth Fair"

These students sponsored an Earth Fair at which K-3 students learned about the environment while playing games such as recycle bowling, separate the trash and aluminum foil basketball. Each game cost 1 cent and the money collected is used for the Kids Ave the Earth sponsored activities.

Westmer Elementary School

Westmer Elementary School 5th Grade Class, New Boston

"Westmer Waste Watchers"

At their school, the Westmer Waste Watchers recycle white paper, cereal bowls, maintain the butterfly garden and construct and maintain birdhouses. They participate in town clean-up days and write letters to encourage companies to use recyclable materials.

Sarah Gillespie, Newton

"Project Wet and Wild"

Sarah built two wetlands on her family property. She planted grasses, clover seed, wheat, Japanese millet, and buckwheat. She hopes to make the wetlands resemble a natural area, complete with native aquatic plant and animal species.

Edwardsville High School S.C.A.R.E. Club, Edwardsville

"Adopt the Watershed Nature Center"

Students Caring About and Respecting the Environment (S.C.A.R.E.) adopted the Watershed Nature Center, a 50-acre nature preserve, and assist with planting native species, maintaining trail systems for visitors, and serving as guides for younger visitors from elementary schools.

Kingsley Elementary School, Downers Grove

"Adopt a Park Volunteers"

These students volunteer in the Downers Grove Park District's Adopt A Park Program. They have made a 2-year commitment to beautify and remove litter from Ruth Powers Park.

Carl Schurz High School, Chicago

"Chicago River Project"

These students participated in the clean up of the Chicago River and created journals of their experiences to share with others. The students created a hands-on interactive demonstration display of the Project for their annual academic fair.

Mother McAuley High School Award Recipients

Mother McAuley High School, Chicago

"Energize McAuley"

Over 90 students organized into teams to conduct an energy audit of their school, addressing the areas of lighting, building efficiency, HVAC, and equipment. Over the next 5 years, the school will realize an estimated net savings of $47,000. The group put together a facilitation guide so that other schools will have a model to work from in addressing their energy issues.

Pontiac High School Ecology Class  Award Recipients

Pontiac High School Ecology Class and Pontiac Jr. High, Pontiac

"Pontiac Storm Sewer Stenciling"

This educational project combined students and local resources to increase public awareness on non-point source pollution. High school and junior high students stenciled warnings on local storm sewers to alert the community to the connections between storm sewers and environmental quality.

DuQuoin Middle School 7th Grade Science Class Award Recipients

DuQuoin Middle School 7th Grade Science Class, DuQuoin

"Learning As We Grow Project"

These students are involved in several educational initiatives including developing a wetland area, a native forest plot, and a wood duck nesting area. Students will collect and record data allowing future classes to compare and analyze it from year to year.

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