Green4Good Committee

This is a year round committee that creates opportunities for the Willard Community to celebrate and participate in proper care of the environment. Some examples of G4G events are: National Bike and Walk to School Week, Pumpkin Smash, Earth Week, the River Forest Bike Exchange, and a student club that meets at lunch.

Halloween Pumpkin Smash

Don’t trash it, smash it! 🎃
Open to everyone in River Forest and surrounding neighbors — Join us Nov 4th from 9am-11pm to compost your pumpkins at Roosevelt Middle School. Tossing a pumpkin into a giant compost bin is just as much fun as you’d think. Bring your family! Bring your neighbors! Definitely bring your pumpkins! (But make sure you’ve removed the candles, lights, and other decorations, first!)

Halloween Costume Giveaway!

Halloween Costume Giveaway! Green4Good collects Halloween costumes for our annual Costume Giveaway. This is an opportunity to recycle gently used costumes for the Willard community. The Giveaway took place on Thursday, October 5 after school; but stay tuned for updates after Halloween for opportunities to donate this year’s costumes for next year’s Giveaway!

Green4Good Tips

Green4Good District 90 Facebook Page

Follow along on the Green4Good D90 Facebook page for tips and local resources.

ComEd Energy Assessment

Did you know that ComEd customers have opportunities to reduce energy usage with a FREE energy assessment that includes free & discounted products for your home (including, LED light bulbs, smart energy power strips, water saving shower heads & faucet aerators, and programmable thermostats)? This program has been vetted by one of our G4G members and she can vouch for the energy savings. Sign up here to schedule a free assessment or call 855-433-2700.

FreeCycle, Trash Nothing

Did you know that groups like the Freecycle Network and Trash Nothing, are just some of the many ways to pass along items you no longer need and help keep them out of our overflowing landfills?

Trash and Recycling Facts

  • Did you know that an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash- most of it plastic- is dumped in the world’s oceans every year? Work from the Algalita Foundation indicates there is six times more plastic than phytoplankton per weight and fifty times more plastic than zooplankton. The best thing we can do to start addressing this problem is reduce our consumption of plastic, especially plastic water bottles, plastic bags and single use plastic containers. Let’s all do our part for our kids’ future!
  • Did you know recycling 1 ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity? Consider reusing containers and reducing waste. The average child’s school lunch generates 67 pounds of waste over a year. Let’s pack them waste-free lunches in reusable containers with minimal packaging.
  • Did you know using cold water can save up to 80% of the energy required to wash clothes? Washing your clothes in cold or warm instead of hot water can save as much as 500 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. The average washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load, whereas newer, high-efficiency models use less than 28 gallons of water per load.


Green4Good committee activities take place throughout the school year.

The 2023 Pumpkin Smash was held November 4 from 9 am – 12 pm (Roosevelt Middle School)


Ginny Sara, Chair
Kelly O’Keefe

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