IDOT Rolls Out The Rain Barrels
School Competition to Promote Water
Conservation, Student Creativity
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation
announced today that 45 lucky elementary schools will receive
free rain barrels as part of a new contest promoting green and
sustainable practices. The winners – five schools from each of
IDOT’s nine statewide districts – will be recognized during
Earth Day celebrations in April.
“We constantly are searching for new and creative ways to
encourage conservation and green construction practices,”
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig said. “The IDOT
Rain Barrel Design Competition is one way to get our youngest
Starting today, elementary school districts across the state
will receive, via email, a blank template of a rain barrel’s
exterior for the students to decorate. Winning entries will be
chosen by IDOT based on which designs best promote water re-use.
Creativity and artistic quality also will be considered. Schools
interested in receiving more information can contact IDOT’s
Sustainable Practices Manager Steve Massey at 815.434.8414 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is March
Students who decorate and install their rain barrels will be
acknowledged by IDOT during Earth Day festivities April 22.
The contest idea earned IDOT a Green Government Award from the
Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council at the recent
Annual Sustainable Symposium in Springfield. The award, based on
demonstrating an exceptional commitment to improving the
environmental quality of Illinois, was in the Water Quality &
Illinois Correctional Industries, a division of the Illinois
Department of Corrections, as part of their expansive recycling
programs, is donating the rain barrels – previously used to
store liquid hand soap – at no cost to taxpayers.
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