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 Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Announces Zero Waste School Grants

Thirty-one schools awarded funds to enhance recycling efforts

SPRINGFIELD � The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Bureau of Energy and Recycling recently awarded $153,000 in Zero Waste School Grants to 31 Illinois schools to implement or expand recycling, source reduction, and composting/vermicomposting programs.  The goal of the zero waste program is to motivate Illinois schools to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste, moving toward zero waste status. 

�This program is an excellent way for youth to get involved in recycling and other waste reduction efforts while learning how to reduce their impact on the environment. These are take-away learning experiences that students will use for the rest of their lives,� said DCEO Director Warren Ribley.

All Illinois public and private schools were eligible to apply for the program. Schools could apply under either Level I or Level II funding requirements.  Under Level I funding, schools are required to recycle at least white paper and one other material such as aluminum cans, and implement a minimum of three source reduction activities.  Level I funding is based on student population. 

Level II funding is based on project costs and must include composting/vermicomposting as an element of the overall zero waste plan, plus additional recycling and source reduction activities.  All grant recipients determined goals and projects according to results of waste audits conducted by the students. 

All grant applications were evaluated and scored with awards going to the highest scoring applicants.  

Recipients of fiscal year 2009 Zero Waste School Grants:

North East Region
Oak Park District #97, Oak Park:
   William Hatch Elementary School - $8,667
   William Beye Elementary School - $9,962
   Abraham Lincoln Elementary School - $9,997
   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Elementary School- $9,985
   Horace Mann Elementary School- $3,068
   John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School - $2,910

St. Philip the Apostle - $ 2,206, Addison

Pilgrim Lutheran School - $1,274, Chicago

Woodstock Community Unit School District #200, Woodstock:
   Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center - $2,625
   Dean Street elementary School - $2,125
   Greenwood Elementary School $ 2,447
   Mary Endres Elementary School - $ 2,625
   Olson Elementary School - $2,225
   Prairiewood Elementary School - $2,125
   Westwood Elementary School - $2625
   Creekside Middle School - $3,950
   Northwood Middle School - $4,015
   Woodstock High School - $6,025
   Woodstock North High School - $4,225

Freemont School District #79:
   Freemont Elementary School - $ 4,330
   Freemont Intermediate School - $4,330
   Freemont Middle School - $3,810

St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic School - $1,882, Prospect Heights

Argo Community High School District #217 - $8,590

Uno Charter School Network
   Officer J. Donald J. Marquez Charter School - $3,365

Chicago Public Schools
   Jonathan Burr Elementary School - $10,000

Indian Prairie School District #204
   Owen Elementary - $10,000

Community High School District #155
   Prairie Ridge High School - $ 8,990
   Crystal Lake South High School - $9,950

North Central Region

Tremont Community Unit School District # 702, Tremont
   Tremont Jr./Sr. High School - $ 3,430

South East Region

Kell Consolidated School District #12
   Kell Grade School - $833