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Environment

General

Earth 911
Recycling centers, green shopping, energy conservation, household hazardous waste, kids, environmental education, composting, and numerous other resources.

Environmental Protection Agency
Federal agency that aims at creating a cleaner and healthier environment.

People & the Planet
Learn about food and agriculture, health and pollution, renewable energy, and more.

Recycling

Freecycle
Local network that arranges for area groups to give and get items for free.

Recycling Batteries
Details for disposing of all types of batteries.

Solid Waste Association of North America
An organization committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through emphasis on education, advocacy and research.

Waste Management
Information on what can and cannot be recycled.

Fair Trade

Fair Trade USA
Fair trade requires that farmers receive fair payment for their products. Fair Trade USA provides basic information about fair trade as well as where to buy fair trade products.

Green America
Encourages individuals on how to become better informed consumers. Promotes fair trade business practices and builds sustainable communities.

World Fair Trade Organization
A global community and verifier of social enterprises that fully practice Fair Trade.

Advocacy: Get Involved

The following groups monitor, preserve, and/or advocate for the environment. Each website has extensive information and offers a “Take Action” link where you’ll find pre-written messages you can send to decision-makers regarding environmental issues and other ways to make an impact.

Local

The Conservation Foundation
Northeastern Illinois organization dedicated to preserving and promoting stewardship of the environment.

DuPage County Birding Club
Offers field experiences and education that focus on nearby birding habitats.

Faith In Place
Educates people of faith on how to become good stewards of the earth.

Illinois Native Plant Society
Dedicated to the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native flora and natural communities of Illinois.

SCARCE
Located in Addison. Conducts presentations and workshops on the environment.

Food

Farmers’ Markets in DuPage County
Lists telephone numbers, location & hours, and directions for local farmers’ markets.

Food & Water Watch
Discusses problems of industrial agriculture and provides alternatives that work towards sustainability.

Local Harvest
Database for locally-grown foods.