For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

ISBE Announces Green Ribbon School Awardees

​Prairie Trails School of Mount Prospect and Huntley Community School District 158 of Algonquin receive 2022-23 Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Award for their comprehensive approach to environmental education and management

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced that Prairie Trails School of River Trails District 26 in Mount Prospect and Huntley Community School District 158 of Algonquin have received 2022-23 Illinois Green Ribbon School Awards. The program awards schools, districts,​ and institutions of higher education with active programs, actions, and a dedication to sustainability. ISBE has also nominated both schools for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program to be considered for national recognition.

“A safe and healthy future for our children requires forward-thinking green initiatives,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tony Sanders. “ISBE is proud to highlight two exceptional schools that are leading by example and whose efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and offer sustainability education are deserving of national acknowledgement.”

“Prairie Trails is thrilled to be recognized for our efforts to promote environmental sustainability and responsible global citizenry,” said Prairie Trails Principal Amy Veytsman. “We are proud to have implemented the nation’s first net-zero, energy-renovated school that also meets the PHIUS+ Source Zero using 40-60% less energy than conventional buildings. Our students are at the heart of these efforts, and we hope this spotlight inspires schools across Illinois and beyond of what is possible for generations ahead.”

“We are excited that Huntley’s commitment to a cleaner, more viable world is being recognized by the State Board of Education,” said Huntley 158 Superintendent Dr. Scott Rowe. “Through reduction of water waste, investments in solar energy, propane buses, community health, and opportunities for our students to learn about the impact of sustainability, we are striving to create the community our children deserve.”

ISBE sponsors the award in partnership with the Illinois Green Alliance and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The U.S. Department of Education typically announces its winners on Earth Day, April 22, and invites awardees to an award ceremony in Washington, D.C.