Bruce Rauner, Governor
Green Youth Award Recipients
On November 15, 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 2003 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Director's Green Youth Awards are:
Boy Scouts of America Troop 677
The BSA Troop 677 goal is to offer cheerful, friendly service to help keep Stearns School Road in Gurnee clean and free of litter and other debris. They proudly achieve that goal with each visit. At least twice a year, the Scouts don safety vests and use orange garbage bags provided by the County to make the road safer and more pleasant to see by picking up roadside litter. Scouts are encouraged to sign up to assist at each of these cleanups, while the adults limit their role to safety and supervision. The result is not only a healthier, more pleasant environment, but also an increased focus by the scouts on ecological values and the benefit of teamwork.
Sherrard Jr./Sr. High School
After a new wing was added to Sherrard Junior/Senior High School, the construction resulted in a center courtyard. The science department converted this overgrown area to a mini-outdoor educational classroom. Several student groups worked on this project, including 7th and 8th grade math and science classes, high school biology and environmental science classes. This project is now a useable cross-curriculum component at the school. Now in its third year of development, the courtyard area is an ongoing project, with changes, updates, and replacement of growth.
Dundee Crown High School
"Environmental Science Projects"
Dundee Crown High School is truly an environmental school. The student-driven projects reduce school waste through recycling programs, improve water quality through monitoring, and improve habitats through restoration efforts. While the scopes of their existing projects are growing, new projects are being added. The students monitor two sites and have restored three acres of land and two miles of shoreline. Recycled materials collected include 365,000 bottles, 44,000 florescent bulbs, and 12.6 tons of paper per year. Through environmental awareness outreach programs, they have educated and enhanced public awareness of over 5,000 students and community members.
Rhodes School District 84.5
"Rhodes Recycling Project"
In 2003, Rhodes School District 84.5 was selected by Sea World as one of only eight schools in the United States to be an Environmental Excellence winner. This award was used to help their newest project—an electronics-recycling day. In addition to collecting as much electronic material as possible, they wanted to educate the public as well as schools on the area about why recycling electronics is so important. The total for the collection was over 52 000 pounds, far exceeding the original goal of 35,000 pounds.
Lawrenceville High School Riverwatchers
"First Annual Embarras River Clean up"
After Biology II students attended the Clean Water Celebration in Peoria, they were inspired to initiate the first annual Embarras River Cleanup. The group, named the Lawrenceville High School Riverwatchers, planned the project to get not only students involved, but the community as well. They were able to remove 1,240 pounds of trash from the river in one afternoon. The trash was weighed, sorted and recycled if possible. Old tires and batteries were taken to local stores for proper disposal or recycling, and the remainder was removed by the City of Lawrenceville and disposed of properly. Students learned the importance of recycling as well as preserving the ecosystem. Media coverage increased community awareness of the students’ efforts and hopefully will make them think twice before throwing trash into the river.
Cub Scout Pack #464
"Printer Cartridge/Cell Phone Recycling"
Originally started as a small fundraiser for Cub Count Pack #464, this project quickly became a great way for local people and businesses to reduce and recycle electronic waste. To date, they have prevented more than 2,000 printer cartridges and more than 300 cell phones from being thrown into landfills. The residents and businesses in and around Minooka have been staunch supporters of this recycling project and they continue to make it successful. Their community is more aware of recycling; the scouts have a better grasp of the good they can do; and they have kept toxic materials from polluting the environment.
Campbell Hill Cherokees 4-H Club
"Campbell Hill Recycling Station"
The Campbell Hill Cherokees joined forces with the Jackson County Health Department and the Village of Campbell Hill to sponsor a recycling station in town for the rural residents of Jackson County. 4-H Club members monitor the recycling station, pick up stray debris, ensure proper loading of the bin, and call the waste hauler when the bin needs to be emptied. To date, over 13,000 pounds of recyclable materials have been diverted from area landfills. This project educates the community on how easy recycling can be, provides a convenient recycling option for rural residents, and develops youth leadership skills within the framework of a sustaining environmental project that benefits the community.
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