Bruce Rauner, Governor
Educational Materials and Resources
Environmental Educational Materials
Series of fact sheets on topics related to air pollution. The fact sheet titles include:
2 pp. Target: Grade 9-adult. FREE. Limited.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
This booklet describes how to safely manage and dispose of household
hazardous waste such as used motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline,
lead acid batteries, oil-based paints, solvents and latex paints.
Nonhazardous Solid Waste Management and Landfill Capacity in Illinois
report on nonhazardous solid waste handled in Illinois,
including amounts landfilled, composted and incinerated.
Also contains current recycling information by county, and
data on the volume of waste accepted at landfills in each
region, as well as the reported remaining landfill capacity
by region. Amounts of the nonhazardous solid waste handled
by municipal solid waste transfer stations are also discussed.
A Guide to Illinois Lake Management
Covers lake problems and discusses how to deal with them. Offers
lake management benefits and costs.
A Log Book of Your Lake
Student’s personal journal to take down to the lake and
explore its environment.
The Condition of Illinois Water Resources, 1999
Booklet. Quality of Illinois rivers/streams, inland lakes, Lake
Michigan, wetlands and groundwater.
Hands on Lake Ecology - Teachers Guide and Student Workbook
This workbook and companion guide, complete with activities and
experiments, covers everything from water properties and food
chains to lake testing and classifying.
Know Your Watershed
Booklets. Designed to provide guidance for building a voluntary partnership to protect your watershed, developing a watershed management plan and implementing that plan. Eight guides: Building Local Partnerships, Getting To Know Your Local Watershed, Leading & Communicating, Managing Conflict, Putting Together A Watershed Management Plan, Reflecting on Lakes, Wetlands: A Key Link in Watershed Management, Groundwater & Surface Water: Understanding the Interaction. Published by Conservation Technology Information Center. 1998. Target: Grade 9-adult. FREE. Limited.
All booklets are available online at: http://www2.ctic.purdue.edu/KYW/Brochures/GetToKnow.html.
Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider
tips and resources to help school identify “opportunities” and
focus on common-sense enhancements that can be made in daily
operations to improve learning conditions and lower operating
The Petals of Flower Hill
Coloring book. Story about keeping the air, land and water clean.
Environmental Education Programs
Environmental Pathways - Youth Investigating Pollution Issues In Illinois
Materials include teacher’s guide, posters for display in classroom and information on statewide poster and poetry/prose competition. The guide was designed to meet the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence. It is correlated to the Illinois Learning Standards.
The guide and the information for the statewide poster and poetry/prose competition are available on the Illinois EPA’s Website. Educators who do not have access to the Internet and/or cannot print materials from the Internet, will have the option to request a copy of the materials. Registration forms are mailed directly to fifth and sixth grade teachers in mid September. Materials are free and are mailed out in early December to participating teachers. Optional poster, poetry/prose contest includes awards for participation plus special recognition for top six finalists. Winning posters have been used in Agency publications and exhibits.
Governor’s Green Youth Awards Program
The Green Youth Award is an annual awards program sponsored by the Illinois EPA, that recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of youth in Illinois who are working on environmental and conservation friendly projects. Eligible projects involve one or more of the following categories: waste reduction, prevention or reduction of pollution in the air, water or land; restoration, preservation or enhancement of natural areas; and energy or water efficiency. Applications can be obtained online or by calling 217/557-7826.
Lake Education Assistance Program Grant Package
The Illinois EPA’s Lake Education Assistance Program (LEAP) provides funding for various watershed related projects. LEAP offers maximum awards on a $500 per school and/or other not-for-profit organization basis. Schools and other not-for-profit organizations can apply for financial help for group or individual attendance at field trips, seminars, workshops or other events related to inland lakes or lake watersheds. The Illinois EPA will grant approximately 100 awards per fiscal year. Two application periods are offered annually, September 30 and January 31. Application forms for LEAP assistance can be obtained from the Illinois EPA, Bureau of Water, P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, Illinois, 62794-9276, phone 217/782-3362.
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