ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION & JUSTICE RESOURCES
An asterisk (*) indicates affiliation with the Illinois Environmental Council.
BEAUTIFY SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
This an alliance which aims to promote and increase awareness of environmental issues concerning the beautification of the southern Illinois region, and to assist in beautification projects and education through community service.
This a coalition of Southern Illinoisans who are bringing together nature enthusiasts, educators, elected officials, local government entities, social and service clubs, businesses, tourism advocates, and others to clean up Southern Illinois in pursuit of a litter-free future.
Fighting for environmental justice across the U.S., including in Illinois. For Illinois-specific inquiries, please contact the Midwest Office.
Mailing Address: 311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 1400 Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 1(800) 584-6460
Organization concerned with clean energy, coal ash, and pipeline issues across Illinois. The organization links ecological responsibility with social justice, arguing that a “healthy earth community requires advocacy and action on urgent environmental issues in ways that connect with struggles for social and economic justice.”
Mailing Address: 919 West University Avenue Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: (773) 556-3417 / (773) 556-3418
ENVIRONMENT ILLINOIS /
ENVIRONMENT ILLINOIS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER
Mailing Address: 17 North State Street, Suite 1330
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 544-4430 / 1-800-401-6511 (member questions or requests)
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS*
Mailing Address: c/o Anita Purves Nature Center 1505 North Broadway
Urbana, IL 61801
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER*
Based in Chicago, the Environmental Law & Policy Center is dedicated to playing “a critical role advancing environmental solutions in Illinois.”
Mailing Address: 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1600 Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 673-6500
FAITH IN PLACE*
The goal of Faith in Place is to “empower people of diverse faiths and spiritualities to be leaders in advancing environmental and racial justice, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.” This is the parent organization of Green Guardians.
For general inquiries, please contact the main Illinois Office:
Mailing Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 920 Chicago, IL 60601
For inquiries about regional activities, please contact the Southern Illinois Coordinator: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rev. Wade Halva)
First Presbyterian Church Contact: Kathy Manfredi
ILLINOIS COALITION FOR CLEAN AIR AND WATER (ICCAW)*
This state-wide coalition is comprised of “family farmers and community groups advocating for sound policies and practices that protect the environment, human health, and rural quality of life from the impacts of large-scale, industrialized livestock production facilities.” Supportive resources available, including for food safety.
ILLINOIS ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
This council acts as an umbrella organization for a wide variety of entities concerned with the environment in Illinois.
Mailing Address: 520 East Capitol Avenue Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 544-5954
ILLINOIS ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION*
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 164
Wauconda, IL 60084
Phone: (847) 886-7008
Fax: (847) 416-4749
ILLINOIS FORESTRY ASSOCIATION*
The Illinois Forestry Association is driven by the “belief that forestry is good for our state and country and that healthy forests must survive for future generations.”
For most inquiries, contact the main office:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 224 Chatham, IL 62629
For Southern Illinois inquiries, contact a local Region 4 Director:
Phone: (270) 704-2687 (Landon Satterfield, SIU / Benton, IL)
ILLINOIS PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (PIRG)
Wide range of environmental concerns, including zero waste goals. Helpful website.
Mailing Address: 17 North State Street, Suite 1330
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 544-4433 / 1-800-838-6554 (member questions or requests)
ILLINOIS SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY CENTER (ISTC), PRAIRIE RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at University of Illinois, "helps organizations achieve zero waste at every step by being a resource for innovative disposal and reuse of materials. ISTC provides information and technical assistance that helps organizations improve their environmental footprint. We conduct waste audits and assist with materials management planning, supply chain optimization, and stakeholder engagement.” Through the Center’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP), it maintains Zero Waste Illinois, which provides waste audits and helps organizations achieve zero waste.
Mailing Address: 1 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820-7465
Phone: (217) 333-8940
For information on Zero Waste Illinois: https://tap.istc.illinois.edu/programs/zero-waste/
For information about initiatives in southern Illinois, contact Bill Auksel (Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Technical).
Phone: (217) 333-1783
KEEP CARBONDALE BEAUTIFUL
This is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that initiates, plans, and directs, cooperative efforts in litter control, recycling, community beautification, and environmental education. They are an affiliate of Keep Illinois Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.
LAND FOR LEARNING INSTITUTE
Promotes environmental education in southern Illinois.
Mailing Address: 1845 Texas Eastern Road Buncombe, IL 62912
Phone:(618)833-8030 / (618) 967-6876
MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE
This national organization is concerned with climate change, air pollution, toxic chemicals, and eco justice. It includes Illinois concerns and is a partner with Faith in Place.
Mailing Address: c/o Environmental Defense Fund 257 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
SEVEN GENERATIONS AHEAD*
The organization seeks to “promote the development of ecologically sustainable and healthy communities” through an interest in local food, zero waste, sustainability, and environmental education in Illinois.
Mailing Address: 1049 Lake Street, Suite 200
Oak Park, IL 60301
Phone: (708) 660-9909
SHAWNEE RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT AREA, INC. /
SHAWNEE RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Founded in 1967, the Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Area focuses on resource conservation, environmental education, and economic development in the lower 16 Illinois counties. Members of the Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Council include “conservation professionals, county representatives and committed community members who have a passion for resource conservation and community development, and a drive to improve our region.”
Mailing Address: 941 State Highway 146 West Golconda, IL 62938-4212
Phone: (618) 944-1736
SIERRA CLUB, ILLINOIS CHAPTER* and SHAWNEE GROUP
For more information about activities in Illinois, please contact the Illinois Chapter.
Mailing Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 1500 Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 251-1680
For more information about the local Shawnee Group’s activities, contact the chair.
TOUCH OF NATURE OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER
Touch of Nature's mission is to enhance the lives of all people through outdoor experiences. Community events include kids' camps in summer, Haunted Hollow in October, Maple Syrup Festival in March, and 10 miles of mountain bike trails.
Mailing Address: SIU, Mailcode 6888, Carbondale IL 62901
Phone: (618) 453-1121
First Presbyterian Church Contacts: Linda Brandon or Jane Swanson
US FOREST SERVICE
Shawnee District. The USDA Forest Service manages habitat for 220,000 miles of America’s fishable streams and rivers, along with 10 million acres of fishable lakes and reservoirs.
Email: General contact form
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