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Our Impact


corner gardens tended


public events hosted


new trees planted


10-year Anniversary Summary (2010-2020)


Community Voice

  • Hosted 50+ public events bringing experts and the community together on climate, composting, energy, and water

  • Forged partnerships with 40th, 48th, and 50th Ward city council offices, as well as state and federal elected officials

  • Participated in annual lobby days in Springfield with Illinois Environmental Council

  • Organized annual bike and walking tours highlighting sustainability, preservation, and energy use


  • Organized Clean and Green Earth Days, in collaboration with local elected officials, bringing volunteers together with one objective: cleaning local parks, school, and public spaces

  • Spearheaded Green Schools initiative with 15 local schools, in collaboration with Ald. Osterman and IL State Senator Steans

  • Planted 150+ trees and awarded 50+ corner garden grants to beautify our neighborhood, enhance the urban canopy, and create habitat for wildlife

  • Restored native dune habitat at Osterman Beach, including the planting of more than 1,500 plants



  • Participated in Lake Shore Drive Visualization Task Force

  • Collaborated on concept design for the extension of the lakefront bike/pedestrian path from Hollywood to Thorndale

  • Supported efforts to make electric vehicle charging available to all communities in Chicago

Waste Reduction

  • Hosted 25+ residential recycling presentations for small- and mid-sized buildings

  • Established contact with 60 recycling block captains

  • Ensured that a 2 x 2 block area in Edgewater North was 100% compliant with new Chicago recycling ordinance

  • Supported and advocated for community composting programs



  • Supported a rotating loan for nonprofits to install solar panels, including at the Edgewater Historical Society

  • Conducted light efficiency survey of buildings, parks, and other publicly-lit areas in Edgewater

  • Supported diesel fuel emission reduction as part of the city’s diesel contracting ordinance

  • Participated in Citizens’ Climate Lobby group advocacy to place a fee on fossil fuel collection

See annual summaries here.
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