- Youth Action
Hello and welcome to ACE’s Chicago Page! ACE Chicago opened its doors in July of 2009 and has educated more than 180,000 Chicago-area high school students in climate science to date! We are also proud to be working with more than 160 Action Teams in the Chicago.
With the support of our local partners, like Chicago Public Schools & The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, we’re connecting students to an amazing array of ways to get involved – from conducting energy audits to advocating for environmental justice and honing youth leadership skills.
The ACE Chicago Team includes: Chicago Education and Media Manager, Page May. The team is managed by Mid and Southwest Associate Director, Vernard Williams. Learn more about the Chicago Team here.
If we’ve been to your school – we want to thank you for working with us. We’d love to come back soon! If we have yet to visit, we are eager to work with you!
To contact ACE’s Chicago office, email Page at email@example.com. To book an Assembly at your school, click here.
Download a one page overview of ACE Chicago here.
Are you a Chicago Public School?
ACE is excited to work with Chicago Public Schools for the 3rd year:
- Biggest Loser Energy Competition: This is an approved service learning project for CPS students. ACE Action Teams at CPS Middle and High Schools are participating in ACE's Biggest Loser Energy competition - a race to see which school can drop the most energy by the end of Spring 2012 semester.
To submit your results for the competition and get credit for this or another project, click the "Mission Completed" button below.
***Please visit Chicago Public Schools' Energy Policy for guidelines and tips to energy savings.
What's your favorite part about working in Chicago?
Creating an "awakening moment" to high school students all over the region about the effects of global climate change--and what they can do right here in Chicago to change the world.
What’s the most inspiring student project you’ve worked on in Chicago?
The Carbon Emission Reduction Action Project (CERAP): Through a student-led energy audit, hundreds of thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide were saved from entering the earth’s atmosphere and over 5,000 students—many suffering the effects of environmental injustice—were taught how to help combat the issues afflicting their communities by reducing their collective carbon footprint! ACE has been CPS' community partner for this project for the past 3 schools years.
What are Chicago Action Teams doing? How are they doing?
What are some student blogs?
Field Correspondent Jenny discusses ways to go back to school, thrifty chic.
Jonny blogs about his work to ban styrofoam in the entire city of Chicago.
17 schools in the Chicago area joined together to put on "Project Greenway," an eco-fashion show.
Students at Wheaton-Warrenville High School created a spoof Halloween video that has a message about climate change.
A middle school team collects over 3,000 batteries in an e-waste drive.
For more blogs, check out Hot and Bothered.
What’s a fun fact about the Chicago team?
At Al Raby High School in Garfield Park, ACE Chicago had the pleasure of kicking off the Green Schools Initiative with our favorite Mayor, Richard M. Daley, and our favorite actor, Chevy Chase!
Region Specific Climate info
Learn more about the specific impacts of climate change in Chicago
- Temperature Increase: Due to climate change, it has been projected that the Midwest will see temperatures soar to that of southern Missouri by the year 2030.
- Human Health Hazards: Rising temperatures mean more frequent heat waves, the spread of water-borne and infectious diseases like West Niles Virus, and a reduction in air quality for urban areas. In 1995, a heat wave in Chicago killed an estimated 700 people. In fact, the popular definition of the term “heat wave” was coined as a result of the disaster.
- Solutions: Chicago is the leading City in the nation, perhaps the world, in implementing green roof technologies. Chicago has over 80 municipal and private green roofs for a total of more than 1 million square feet.