Local Organizations

Resources for Living Green
Better Bag Better Bag is a Benefit Corporation that supplies 100% compostable bags while educating about environmental stewardship. Consulting services are available to help you set up a composting program in your building or business.
Center for Green Technology The Chicago Center for Green Technology promotes and advances sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through our innovative offerings including: Green Tech U seminars; guided and self-guided tours; the Green Building Resource Center, and much more. The Center is open to the public — novices and professionals alike — six days a week and encourages you to stop by to visit their LEED Platinum facility. Click on any link in the menu above to learn more about what they offer, or please feel to contact them with your questions.  445 N. Sacramento Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612 Telephone: 312-746-9642;
Center for Neighborhood Technology The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has many resources that support the development of more livable and sustainable urban communities. They were a partner with the Alliance on the design and development of the rain garden in the Ferd Kramer Memorial Garden, which is designed to mitigate stormwater runoff in the South Loop.Check out:
CNT’s Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program offers City of Chicago residents information and rebates of up to 50% on purchases of sustainable backyard improvements, including:

  • TREES (up to $100 back)
  • NATIVE PLANTS (up to $60 back)
  • COMPOST BINS (up to $50 back)
  • RAIN BARRELS (up to $40 back)

CNT’s Energy Savers provides a one-stop shop for building owners to access technical assistance, financing options, construction oversight, and annual performance monitoring to help properties save energy, water, and money!

Sign up to receive the CNT enewsletter

Chicago Conservation Corps The mission of the Chicago Conservation Corps is to recruit, train and support a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods through environmental service projects that protect our water, clean our air, restore our land and save energy.
Chicago’s  Environment and Sustainability The City no longer has a stand-alone Department of Environment. The City’s Sustainability Plan provides guidance to residents on what the City’s environmental goals. Progress against those goals is provided online. Learn more about what the City is doing and what you can do by exploring the links below, by signing up for the monthly Chicago Sustainability E-News and by following it on Twitter.
Chicago Wilderness The Chicago Wilderness consortium is an alliance of more than 200 public and private organizations working together to protect, restore, study and manage the natural ecosystems of the Chicago region, contribute to the conservation of global biodiversity, and enrich local residents’ quality of life.
City Recycling Bulk recycling bins are currently at 18th& Clark (next to Metra tracks on west side of Clark; parking available). More locations are planned. More information, including where and when you can recycle electronics and hazardous waste, is located at this site.
Friends of the Chicago River Help preserve, protect, and foster the vitality of the Chicago River for the human, plant, and animal communities within its watershed. Many volunteer opportunities to get up close and personal with this resource that flows through our community. 411 S. Wells St., Suite 800; Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 939-0490;
Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club 200 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 505; Chicago, IL 60601-5908
Phone: 312-251-1680
Onyx Distribution Services A locally owned business, Onyx wholesales and retails earth-friendly cleaning and food service products
Openlands’ TreeKeepers: TreeKeepers are volunteers who have become certified by Openlands to give trees the care and maintenance they need to thrive in the urban forest.
Spare to Share Spare to Share is a sharing and collaboration network for residents within residential buildings. The sharing software helps people save money when looking for things (borrow, rent or buy from neighbors), make money (or goodwill) with their idle stuff, and get to know their neighbors. Property managers bring the private sharing network into their buildings as an amenity they offer to their residents which enhances the community feeling within the building.
Verizon Electronic Device Recycling Rewards Recycle your used devices with Verizon and you may be eligible to receive a Verizon Wireless gift card. They accept cell phones, tablets, netbooks and mobile hotspot devices from any carrier. For
every device recycled, Verizon will also make a $1 contribution to HopeLine® from Verizon.
Solar Action Alliance Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun. Check out their website,, to learn about opportunities to get involved with solar. This includes a petition, a blog full of informative articles, location-specific solar infographics, and much more!

National Organizations

Learn More, Do More at a Policy/Political Level
Earth Justice “because the Earth needs a good lawyer” You can sign up to get notices by email for action opportunities.  Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. They work for far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations and communities.
Environmental Defense They partner with businesses, governments and communities to find practical environmental solutions. You can sign up to get notices by email for action opportunities.
Natural Resources Defense Council Mission is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. You can sign up to  get notices by email for action opportunities.
Sierra Club Sign up for their newsletter  and daily Green Tips for all aspects of greener living, working, and playing. Political action opportunities.

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