The District's Green4Good Committee comprises the Green4Good committees at each school, as well as several District administrators, all working toward making District 90 greener.
To promote a safe and healthy learning environment; encourage environmental stewardship at school and in the community; and foster a lifelong connection to the natural world for all District 90 students and their families.
One Earth Film Festival 2017
Students interested in filmmaking can enter the 4th annual One Earth, Our Earth Filmmakers Contest. Submissions are due on January 15, 2017. Workshops are available to help with getting your submission in order. For more information visit oneearthfilmfest.org.
Beyond the Bin
It can be challenge to know what can be recycled and where to recycle. The Beyond the Bin, a guide of recycling opportunities in Oak Park and River Forest, provides information on items suitable for recycling and locations that accept materials for recycling. This guide was compiled by the River Forest Sustainability Committee and the Oak Park Environment and Energy Commission, and offers more information about recycling. Click here to download Beyond the Bin.
Out of Bin Recycling Guide
Zero Waste Lunch Challenge
A child bringing a disposable lunch to school each day creates an average of 67 pounds of lunch waste annually.
Students are encouraged to bring lunches that include as many items as possible that can be eaten, reused, recycled, or composted and as few items as possible that must be thrown away.
You can help your child pack his or her waste-free lunch by including only what your student can eat, using reusable containers or bags, or buying non-perishable foods in bulk. In planning your child’s waste-free lunch, remember: if you pack any items that need refrigeration make sure you include a reusable ice pack to keep the items fresh.
Waste-Free Lunch Tips:
- Sandwiches in reusable containers.
- Whole fruits without packaging.
- Drinks in containers that can be reused, such as a thermos, or recycled, such as a can.
- Snacks purchased in bulk & brought in reusable containers.
- Reusable ice packs.
- Individually wrapped snacks
- Plastic baggies that are not reusable
- Disposable forks and spoons
Composting in District 90
Food scraps and organic materials (paper napkins, pizza boxes etc.) are composted during the lunch hour, in Roosevelt’s restrooms paper towels are sorted and there is sorting at most events. All 3 schools participate in the River Forest’s Curbside Compost Program with Roy Strom Company. This replaces the tumbler method that was formerly used, and allows all food scraps to be composted (before no meat or dairy was allowed in the on-site tumblers). In addition to food scraps, all organic material can be composted. This includes, paper plates, napkins, pizza boxes and wax paper. Click here to read more...
This quarterly e-newsletter provides updates on District 90's latest efforts to go green.
Green4Good in the News
Information You Can Use
A variety of flyers and websites with green and wellness tips.
The 23-page booklet Things that Kids in River Forest Can Do to Help the Planet
Lunchroom Composting Tips
Zero-Waste Lunch Tips
All Heads in Helmets
Bike Helmet Safety Tips
How to get started composting