Best K12 Innovator

Public-Private partnership in Illinois

A report outlining a plan to green all the schools in Illinois was released in March of 2011 as a result of a public-private partnership commissioned by the Illinois’ General Assembly’s October 2009 adoption of House Joint Resolution 45.

  • Introduced by IL State Rep. Karen May, HJR 45 brings together civic and corporate partners as a pilot project to support the greening of three existing school buildings in Illinois.  

  • This fall, one of the schools in the pilot, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, became the first public high school in the nation to receive LEED for Existing Buildings certification, in a plaque ceremony featuring IL Congressman Dold (R-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus.  

  • Shortly thereafter, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution congratulating all those associated with the Adlai E. Stevenson LEED certification process, and noted that “since 2007, the school has saved almost $1,000,000 in energy costs by adhering to LEED standards.”
Photo credit: Center for Green Schools