As a result of the rising population, a growing manufacturing sector, and global climate change, Chicago has been classified as one of the most polluted cities in the USA. This in turn has resulted in vulnerable populations suffering from the side effects of this pollution. The Environmental Sustainability project takes a multi-faceted approach to combating this issue by focusing on sustainability, recycling and environmental education initiatives.
Volunteers on this project can expect to work with sustainable community partners in community gardens, public parks and lakes, urban farms, and other outdoor spaces to assist efforts toward making these spaces clean and environmentally sustainable. You will help to combat the pollution in these areas by promoting the viable use of green spaces, tree planting, assisting with nature conservation efforts such as the removal of invasive species, and environmental education within the community via outreach programming, which in turn will help to make the city a healthier, safer and environmentally sustainable place for those who reside there.
If you like getting your hands dirty, working in nature and are passionate about environmental sustainability efforts then this is the project for you!
It’s important to note this project predominantly involves working outside and you should keep this in mind for the time of year you are choosing to volunteer. You should come prepared for the seasonal weather and be particularly aware that winter in Chicago can be very cold.
Why volunteer in Chicago?
Chicago’s magnificent architecture, theaters, museums, independent art galleries and world-famous food make it a fascinating place to visit for culture, cuisine and history. Sadly, the city ranks the 16th most polluted in the USA for ozone and particle pollution, mostly driven by vehicle emissions and extreme heat as a result of climate change. Volunteering on the Environmental Sustainability program enables you to contribute towards initiatives that help combat pollution in the city, which not only preserves native plants and animals - but can also help protect many lives.