Illinois (Chicago)

Regional Coordinator: Don Wittmer, P.E.

Congratulations - List of Schools Participating in 2022 Future City Competition

2022 Future City Competition

We are pleased to announce the following schools are participating in the 2022 Future City Competition in the State of Illinois~ 

Twenty-three schools are registered for this year's competition focused on the theme: A Waste-Free Future on January 22, 2022. 

AFC Jr/Sr High School

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Cass Jr High School

Chicago State University

Crystal Lake Montessori School

Depue Elementary School

Divine Providence School

Dundee Middle School

Elmwood Junior High School

Forest Park Middle School

Heritage Middle School

Kingswood School

Lewis School

Lincoln Hall Middle School

Montini Catholic School

Muhammad University of Islam

Queen of All Saints School

Science Academy of Chicago

Shiloh High School

St Charles Borromeo Catholic School

St. Hubert School

Westmont Jr High

Wood Dale Jr. High School

A Waste-Free Future- what does it mean? 

Your challenge: Design a waste-free city that uses the principles of a circular economy.
What is a Circular Economy?

A circular economy is a way to design, make, and use things. It requires shifting our systems and will involve everyone and everything: businesses, governments, and individuals; our cities, our products, and our jobs.

A circular economy is based on three principles:

1. Design Out Waste and Pollution
Waste and pollution are not accidents, but the consequences of decisions made at the design stage. What if we looked at waste as a design flaw? How can we use new materials and technologies to ensure that waste and pollution are not created in the first place?

2. Keep Products and Materials in Use
We can design some products and components so they can be reused, repaired, and remanufactured. Making things last forever is not the only solution, we should be able repurpose items or recycle materials so they don’t end up in landfills.

3. Regenerate Natural Systems
In nature, there is no concept of waste. Everything is food for something else – a leaf that falls from a tree feeds the forest. By returning valuable nutrients to the soil and other ecosystems, we can enhance our natural resources.

Learn more about circular economies at

Register for the 2021-2022 Future City Competition at