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Green Schools FAQs 


1. How do I get a free energy audit for my school?

This service is offered free of charge by DCEO through the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC).  They can be reached at or 1-800-214-7954. Cool Schools Challenge is another option.

2. How do I set up a recycling program at my school, but may school won’t pay for pick up, delivery, or the bins?

Paper Retriever, Free Green Can, and DCEO has the Zero Waste program to help establish a program at your school.

3. How do I report on my progress on the Governor’s IL Sustainable Schools Compact program?

Contact Eric Heineman, at

4. Who can offer free consultation for a wind turbine on my campus?

5. What’s the deal with green cleaning?

For all information on the green cleaning law for both public and private schools, click here.

6. What resources are available for schools?

Healthy and High Performing Schools

Academy of Global Citizenship's Resource Guide to Building Your Ideal Sustainable Learning Environment

Green Cleaning Quick and Easy Guide

USGBC reports/handbooks/toolkits

7. What state grants are available for greening my school?

Energy Efficiency Portfolio EEPS is a part of Legislation signed into law that provides for incentives in the form of rebates and/or grants for ComEd and/or Ameren Illinois utility customers to encourage them to purchase and install high efficiency equipment and systems to reduce electricity use.

Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
The focus of the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program, through the State's Renewable Energy Resources Program, is to encourage utilization of smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois.

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation invests in clean energy development and land preservation efforts.  The Foundation supports programs and projects that will improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy resources and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats throughout the state. These programs include lighting upgrades and green building design grants, and other energy efficient investments.

DCEO Grants for Recycling and Waste Management
For traditional recycling grants, electronics recycling grans, recycling expansion and modernization programs, and the zero waste schools program.

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant application
Teachers may apply to receive funds for natural resources-related field trips with their students.

Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Action Grants
(available to schools, nature centers and youth groups)

Energy Efficiency Grants
As part of Governor Quinn's Capital Bill, Illinois State Board of Education is releasing $50 million dollars for school energy efficiency grants.

Rain Garden Grants
Students and community organizations can construct a rain garden to help control storm water runoff, improve wildlife habitat and address flooding concerns. This program is sponsored by the Illinois Conservation Foundation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.