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Zero Waste Schools now in Lake County

Rondout Elementary School is a small school with big plans — get to zero waste. With washable dishes in the lunchroom and recycling well-established throughout the building, the school was already well on its way. They got a whole lot closer to that goal this past April with the launch of their zero waste lunchroom. […]

Lincoln School brings milk carton recycl...

Keeping a zero waste program going requires coordination and support that can be challenging for schools, especially when there isn’t more than one champion. Lincoln Elementary School in Oak Park District 97 started commercial composting and recycling in the lunchroom in the 2013-2014 school year, but for various reasons, the program didn’t stick. After years of […]

Nettelhorst Launches Zero Waste Schools ...

Nettelhorst Elementary School, a Chicago Public School located in the Lakeview neighborhood, launched a zero waste program in their lunchroom at the start of 2019. The program reduces waste through liquid diversion, recycling, tray-stacking, and a share table. It has been in the works since the pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school reached out to Seven Generations […]

Lake County Jail composting slashes garb...

In September 2018, the newly remodeled kitchen at Lake County Adult Corrections Facility opened, and with it launched a new food scrap composting system. With two full months up and running, what does this mean for the jail?  Much less garbage! The garbage compactor used to be picked up one to two times a week […]

Fox Valley Zero Waste Schools event spar...

On Nov. 28, 35 educators, school administrators, district staff, parents, and county recycling agency representatives gathered at the beautiful Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington for a meeting that sparked conversations and connections around zero waste initiatives in Fox Valley area schools and beyond. The event began with a presentation by Susan Casey, Zero […]

IL Institutions Reduce Wasted Food: How ...

View the recording of this webinar HERE, or download a PDF of the slides HERE. Next Monday, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., catch our webinar looking at how a jail, a museum, and a university have reduced wasted food and developed viable composting and food recovery programs. Register here: bit.ly/ILInstitutions Speakers will include key players from Lake County Adult Correctional Facility, […]

Food Scrap Composting in IL: Recent Legi...

Only a few years ago, Illinois had one municipal food scrap composting program. Today, there are nearly 25 municipal programs, ranking the state number four in the nation for communities with curbside collection (Streeter and Brenda Platt, 2017). According to the Illinois EPA,  the state is also now home to 45 permitted composting facilities, over […]

Southside Occupational Academy: Honored ...

In May, the U.S. Department of Education honored 58 schools across the country as Green Ribbon Schools. The award recognizes schools, districts, and institutions of higher education that reduce environmental impact and costs; improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and provide environmental education. This year Southside Occupational Academy High School (SOA), […]

Campus Sustainability Webinar Series

In collaboration with the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), SGA has created a two-part webinar series on campus sustainability geared towards Illinois colleges and universities. The first of which on April 26 was titled “Conducting a Waste Audit on Campus.” It focused on state-funded colleges and universities as it discussed Illinois mandates for recycling and […]