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Partnering for Sustainable Chicago

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Alliance for the Great Lakes
Julie Kelso

Adopt a Beach

17 N. State Street, Suite 1390

Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-939-0838

Angelic Organics Learning Center Chicago
Martha Boyd

6400 South Kimbark Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-288-5462

Angelic Organics Learning Center helps urban and rural people build local food systems. We offer opportunities to grow healthy food and a better quality of life, connect with farmers and the land, and learn agricultural and leadership skills. The Learning Center, a nonprofit organization, reaches more than 4,000 people each year through our programs at partner farms and urban growing sites in northern Illlinois and southern Wisconsin.

Liane C. Casten

1030 Asbury Ave.

Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: 847-869-9144

Fax: 847-869-9145

BioVison2020 aims to educate the public about the corruption of our food supply with new technologies that have not been proven safe.

Blacks in Green; Daughter’s Trust
Naomi Davis, J.D.

1417-19 East 79th Street

Chicago, IL 60619

Phone: 773-374-4323

Fax: 773-374-4658

Daughter's Trust, The Village Builders: Building Green, Self-Sustaining, Mixed-Income Micro Villages. A New Paradigm For Economic Development In Blighted & Gentrifying African American Communities.

The Boeing Company, Global Corporate Citizenship
Christy Uchida, Community Investor

100 N. Riverside Plaza, MC 5002-8450

Chicago, IL 60606-1596

Phone: 312-544-2303

Fax: 312-544-2077

In Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship, our role is to encourage and support our communities--to convene, listen, respect and fund their important work to make the world better.  We leverage Boeing's global objectives in five focus areas (education, arts and culture, health and human services, civic and environment) to achieve the greatest impact in communities where we live and work.

Brick Yard Garden
Dorothy Pytel

Garden Address: 6115 S. Woodlawn

Chicago, IL 60637

Mailing Address: 6121 S. Woodlawn

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-288-7984

The Brick Yard Garden is a community garden where urban dwellers have been cultivating vegetables, flowers, fruit and community since 1975.

The Burnham Plan Centennial
Laurie Scott, Program Manager

c/o Chicago Metropolos 2020

30 W. Monroe – 18th Floor

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-332-6179

Fax: 312-332-2626

To inspire our region’s communities, leaders and institutions to build on the success of the 1909 Burnham Plan and act boldly together to shape our future.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Patsy Benveniste, VP, Community
Education Programs

1000 East Lake Cook Road

Glencoe, IL 60022

Phone: 847-835-6945

Fax: 847-835-4484

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385 acre living plant collection and visitor destination museum with extensive program offerings in K-12 and post-secondary education (including partnered graduate programs with area universities); an extensive and rapidly expanding plant conservation and science research agenda; and a large urban agriculture, youth leadership and development and adult jobs training commitment in the city of Chicago and other off-site locations.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Anna D. Viertel, Coordinator

School Gardens

1000 East Lake Cook Road

Glencoe, IL 60022

Phone: 847-650-7305

Fax: 847-242-6348

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Community Gardening Department supports community gardening and urban farming through policy, funding, and youth programming initiatives. We run Green Youth Farms in several Chicago neighborhoods, build and support school gardens, offer mini-grants and training and technical assistance opportunities, and run an adult education program in an effort to train for green collar jobs.

Chicago Media Watch
Liane C. Casten

1030 Asbury Ave.

Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: 847-869-9144

Fax: 847-869-9145

Chicago Media Watch aims to alert the public about the stories hidden or blacklisted by the corporate press.

Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside Initiative
Mary Kenahan

Chicago Wilderness, 8 South Michigan, #900

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-545-1007

Fax: 312-346-5606

The Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside initiative is an effort to promote children’s health and foster generations of kids who care about nature enough to protect it as adults.

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Keith Holt

9 West Hubbard #402

Phone: 312-427-3325 ext. 244

Fax: 312-4274907

The mission of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, founded in 1985, is to improve the bicycling environmet wint and thereby the quality of life in the region. With more than 5,000 members, we do this by promoting bicycle safety, education and facilities, and by encouraging use of bicycle as an energy-efficient, economical and non-polluting form of transportation and as a healthful and enjoyable form of recreation.

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation recognizes the synergies between promoting bicycling and promoting walking and public transit. We align our advocacy with social equity and community improvement and we embrace the power of a broad multi-modal coalition to achieve our mission.

The Community Builders, Inc.
David Block

Senior Project Manager

1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60602


The Community Builders is the largest non-profit, urban housing developer in America. Since 1964, we have completed more that 21,000 units of affordable, mixed-income housing. We manage over 8,750 units of housing serving low-income families, the elderly, and special needs populations.

Eco-Justice Collaborative
Lan or Pam Richart

1645 W. Jarvis Avenue

Chicago, IL 60626

Phone: 773-556-3417

The Eco-Justice Collaborative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the consequences of U.S. lifestyle choices on people and our planet. Through a variety of media, popular education presentations and events EJC seeks to provoke thought, open discussions and encourage changes that will bring about a more environmentally sustainable and just world.

The Environmental Action Group
Robert Elchert

3327 S. Halsted Street

Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: 773-517-3540

The EAG is a student organization through the School of Social Service Administration that seeks to highlight the connection between human and environmental rights its relevancy to social work practice.

The Experimental Station
Connie Spreen

6100 South Blackstone Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

The Experimental Station is a not-for-profit (501-c-3) incubator of innovative cultural, educational, and environmental projects and small-scale enterprises.

Faith in Place
Rev. Clare Butterfield

2532 West Warren Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: 312-733-4640

Fax: 312-733-4610

Faith in Place gives religious people tools to become better stewards of Creation. Since 1999 we have partnered with over 300 congregations, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Baha’i, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian, to conserve energy, develop renewable power and support sustainable farming.

Faithful Few
Denard Jacox

1448 E. 52nd Street, #164

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-426-3472

Advocate activities and events for At-Risk/ADD/ADHD children and young adults.

Rodger Field
Office of Regional Counsel

EPA Chicago

The Field Museum, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change
Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D.

1400 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60605-2496

Phone: 312-665-7480

Fax: 312-665-7482

The Center for Cultural Understanding and Change (CCUC) at The Field Museum uses problem-solving anthropological research to identify and catalyze strengths and assets of communities in Chicago and beyond. In doing so, CCUC helps communities identify new solutions to critical challenges such as education, housing, health care, environmental conservation, and leadership development. Through research, programs, and access to collections, CCUC reveals the power of cultural difference to transform social life and promote social change.

The Field Museum, Independent Scholar
Christine Dunford

529 N. Michigan Ave. #2

Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: 847-564-6198

Currently working with The New Allies for Nature and Culture at the Field Museum. I am also currently a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern completing a dissertation in the department of Performance Studies on how people deploy ideas of nature and produced nature to accomplish economic, political, and social agendas.

Gary Comer Youth Center
Marjj Hess, Garden Manager

7200 S. Ingleside Ave.

Chicago, IL 60619

Phone: 773-358-4070

Fax: 773-358-4089

Youth center and community outreach program located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Utilize rooftop garden and community spaces to improve the lives ofour youth and community.

Global Warming Challenge
Richard S. Treptow, Ph. D.

3905 Tower Drive

Richton Park, IL 60471

Phone: 708-747-0649


Dr. Treptow, professor emeritus of Chicago State University, is an environmentalist and member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He gives presentations and workshops on global warming to educational, community and governmental groups.

Vijayarani Fedson

5705 South Blackstone Ave., Apt. 2

Chicago, IL 60637


A recently-formed Taskforce of the HPKCC which is trying to raise awareness of the principles and practical details of sustainable living in the community.

Hyde Park Historical Society
Jack Spicer

5529 South Lake Park Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-493-1893

Jack Spicer Phone: 773-324-6017

IL Department of Natural Resources
Deborah Stone

Indiana University Northwest,

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Ellen Szarleta-Yancy, Ph.D., J.D.

3400 Broadway, MP 2117

Gary, Indiana, 46408

Phone: 219-980-6698

Fax: 219-980-6737

Urban university offering a Master’s in Public Affairs.

Jacqueline W. Henderson

1100 East 55th Street

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-752-9227 or

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Asaf Bar-Tura

610 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 500

Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312-663-0960 x110

Fax: 312-663-5305

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs combats poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities.

Julia Govis

5341 S Maryland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-288-0822 cell 630-802-6888

Keep Chicago Beautiful (KCB)
Joyce Kagan Charmatz, President

25 East Washington Street, Suite 1104

Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-863-6196

Fax: 312-863-6194

Keep Chicago Beautiful (KCB) Environmental Workshops for Teachers and Students Studying to be Teachers started in 1990 with a grant from the Chicago Community Trust which continue to receive race reviews from teachers, and students, in colleges and universities in the Chicagoland area.

Kenosha / Racine Land Trust
Peter Wardrip

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)
Kimberly Wasserman Nieto

2856 South Millard Avenue

Chicago, IL 60623

Phone: 773-762-6991

Fax: 773-762-6993

Our mission is to work with our families, coworkers, and neighbors to improve our environment and lives in Little Village and Chicago through democracy in action. We work for a real voice in building democracy, including if, how, when and where any development of our communities takes place, as the basis for environmental, economic and social justice.

Lutheran School of Theology Green Zone and the Web of Creation
David Rhoads

1100 East 55th Street

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-256-0774

Fax: 773-256-0782 and

The Green Zone fosters greening of the Lutheran Seminary in worship, education, building and grounds, lifestyle of members, and political advocacy. The Web of Creation ( provides environmental resources for faith communities.

Madiem Kawa

Washington Park Conservancy

Phone: 773-203-3418

Have fun while restoring Washington Park’s nature areas near the lagoons’ edge. Work Day 2008 Schedule: Every third Saturday from March to October between 9am until 12pm. Watch out for the details of the big aquatic planting day in May. Refreshments, tools, & gloves will be provided.

The Material Exchange
John Preus, Founder

5460 South Woodlawn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-640-6767

Material Exchange investigates the value structures that permit and encourage surplus, waste, and resource depletion, in a world where extreme material and intellectual need is common and visible. We invent objects and processes that consider ways in which value becomes attached to things. In so doing, we hope to invent, cultivate, promote, and foster micro-economies dedicated to experimental living.

McCormick Theological Seminary
Ted Hiebert

5460 South University Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-947-6341

ME4E: Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment
Emily Kenny

Meadville Lombard Theological School
Professor Michael Hogue

5701 South Woodlawn Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-256-3000(x233)

Meadville Lombard is an academically rigorous, unapologetically progressive Unitarian Universalist theological school, affiliated with the University of Chicago.

Meadville-Lombard Theological School
Rev. Qiyamah Rahman

The Morton Arboretum
Andrew Hipp

4100 Illinois Route 53

Lisle, IL 60543-1293

Phone: 630-725-2094

The Morton Arboretum
Edith Makra, Community Tree Advocate

Natural Path Urban Forestry Consultants
Mark Duntemann

5455 South Ingleside #1E

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-699-7284

Principally provide urban forestry management services to government agencies in the United States, Europe and South America. Also provide forensic and expert witness testimony in tree-related litigation cases.

North Side Green Party
Walter Esler

5046 West Wrightwood

Chicago, IL 60639

Phone: 773-637-6701

Fax: Same, call first

Green Local in North and Northwest Side Chicago. We work to further the 10 Key Green values. We have been active in the anti war effort, other energy issues, global warming, community issue, grass roots organizing, advocacy, and ballot access for progressive, environmental, peace, Green candidates.

Northwestern University Community-Based Participatory Research Program
Jen Kauper-Brown

750 North Lake Shore Dr., 11th Floor

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312-503-2942

Fax: 312-503-5388

The Program supports and promotes engaged research between local community organizations and academic partners that respects community input and builds upon the strengths of involving community partners in all aspects of research.

The Notebaert Nature Museum
Jill Riddell

Vice President of Exhibits and Strategic Initiatives

2430 North Cannon Drive

Chicago, IL 60614

Phone: 773-755-5145

The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment. The Academy improves quality of life in Chicago and the region by delivering superior environmental and science education programs to students and teachers, by offering Museum exhibitions and conducting public programs that foster green living, and by restoring local ecosystems and advancing scientific knowledge through collections and research.


On Site Services
Jack Preus

5460 South Woodlawn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773- 640-6767

Founded On Site Services in collaboration with Ken Dunn and the Resource Center. We accept tax-deductible donations of used cabinetry, office furniture and other bulk items such as building materials.

One Two One Art Collective
Theodore Boggs

2524 N. Campbell, #3

Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: 847-274-1687

Artists Group seeking social change through recycling materials, ideas, and information.

Joyce O’Keefe

25 East Washington, Suite 1650

Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-863-6263

Fax: 312-427-6251

Openlands is a 44-year old nonprofit conservation organization that works throughout the metropolitan area to protect open space. We do policy development, advocacy, greenways and trails planning, community greening and land preservation.

Shirlee Hoffman, Native Habitats Project Manager

25 East Washington Street, Suite 1650

Chicago, IL 60602-1708

Phone: 312-863-6257

Fax: 312-863-6251

Openlands, founded in 1963, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing public open space in northeastern Illinois. The Native Habitats program has been funded to install a limited number of native habitat demonstration gardens in highly visible locations during 2008 and 2009.

Openlands, Community Greening Department
Julie Samuels, Glenda Daniels, Ena Kumar

24 East Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-863-6256 (Julia Samuels),,

Conservation Non-Profit Organization; Regional and City-Wide

The Resource Center Chicago
Ken Dunn

222 East 135th Place

Chicago, IL 60627

Phone: 773-821-1351

Fax: 773-821-7462

For over 30 years, the Resource Center, a non-profit environmental education organization, has led the way in demonstrating innovative techniques for recycling and reusing materials. Too often in the urban setting, abundant and important resources are wasted. Our recovery work aims to reverse waste and to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. We have been devoted from the beginning to the economic and educational revitalization of city neighborhoods through recycling, urban gardening and other programs that reclaim and reuse resources.

Soul Vegetarian Restaurant
Zarakyah Ahmadiel

205 East 75th Street

Chicago, IL 60619

Phone: 773-964-3604

Spheres of Influence
Sarah Warren, Ph. D.

480 North McClurg Court, Ste. 513

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312-595-1691

Fax: 312-595-1492

The mission of Spheres of Influence is to inspire action to save the planet from the threat of climate change, for tomorrow’s child.

TreeKeepers Program of Openlands
Jim DeHorn

5614 W. Cornelia Ave.

Chicago, IL 60634-4408

Home Phone: 773-282-5374

Office Phone: 312-863-6259

We are one of the early members of the “Citizen Forester” Movement, training volunteer arborists in “Urban Forestry Lite.”

The University of Chicago, Ecology and Evolution
Justin Borevitz

1101 E. 57th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-702-5948

The University of Chicago
Sabina Shaikh

Social Sciences Collegiate


Gates Black 219 (mail to Gates-Blake 310)

5845 S. Ellis

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-834-2325

The University of Chicago
Sonya Malunda

6030 South Ellis, Room 162

Chicago, IL 60649

Phone: 773-702-4568

Fax: 773-834-0379

The Office of Community and Government Affairs at the University of Chicago works in partnership with mid-South Side community to improve the quality of life for all.

The University of Chicago
Theodore L. Steck

920 East 58th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-702-1329

Fax: 773-702-3172

Undergraduate (B.A.) Program in Environmental Studies

The University of Chicago Religion and Environment Initiative (REI)
Dave Aftandilian

1300 E. 56th St., #1

Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-834-0621

REI is an interfaith student organization at the University of Chicago that organizes lectures, discussions, field trips, and other events that explore traditions of concern for the environment in various world and indigenous religions.

University of Chicago, Sustainability Council
Eric Heineman, Project Manager for Environmental Sustainability

5801 S. Ellis Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637

As part of the Office of the Vice President, the faculty, student, and staff members of the Sustainability Council promote and centralize the University's sustainability efforts.

The University of Chicago
Steven M. Wiesenthal

Associate Vice President and University Architect

Phone: 773-834-3529

Urban Earth Day, Kennedy- King College
Prof. Bonnie Harrison

740 W 63rd St

Chicago, IL 60621

Phone: 773-783-1140

Urban Lab
Martin Felson

3209 South Morgan Street

Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: 773-650-1130

Fax: 773-650 1129

Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn co-founded UrbanLab in Chicago in 2000 as a collaborative office practicing sustainable architecture and urbanism. UrbanLab is also a research laboratory actively engaged in examining cities and megalopolises.

Urban Sustainability Authority
Tammy Steels

27 North Wacker Drive, Ste. 145

Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-602-9763

Fax: 312-602-9795

Urban Sustain's mission is to improve the urban experience. Urban Sustain educate, lead, develop, and advocate reducing disparities for the low-income communities. USA fulfills this purpose through training, research, advocacy, community-based services and programs on issues of environmental health which affects education, and economic empowerment.

Urban Woods Project
John Preus

5460 South Woodlawn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: 773-640-6767

Founded in 1999, the Urban Woods Project builds cabinets, furniture, do remodeling and carpentry using salvaged materials and locally milled lumber.

Washington Park Conservancy
Madiem Kawa

Phone: 773-203-3418

Have fun while restoring Washington Park’s nature areas near the lagoons’ edge. Work Day 2008 Schedule: Every third Saturday from March to October between 9am until 12pm. Watch out for the details of the big aquatic planting day in May. Refreshments, tools, & gloves will be provided.

Watershed Planner; Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Sean Wiedel

333 Peterson Road

Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone: 847-918-7693

Fax: 847-918-9826

Zygon Center for Religion and Science
Christina Heisser

1100 East 55th Street

Chicago, IL 60615


Fax: 773-256-0682

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