Take Action to Protect the Environment!

Unfortunately, Governor Rauner amendatorily vetoed a portion of HB3418 that would offer property tax relief to urban farms. The sponsors of the bill will ask the General Assembly to override the amendatory veto in November during veto session and we need you to to contact your legislator to ask them to support an override. Click here to support HB3418.
Chicago’s residential recycling is the worst in the nation–at only 9%. The City of Chicago currently has a managed competition program, with different vendors operating in different neighborhoods. Click here to take action and ask the Mayor and your Alderman to address this issue.
For years, the community of Willowbrook, Illinois has faced some of the highest cancer rates in Illinois and today that rate is more than nine times the national average. In the heart of this community, a sterilization firm by the name of Sterigenics has been emitting the chemical ethylene oxide while using it to sterilize a number of products. Recent research and reporting by the US EPA has confirmed ethylene oxide to be a Class 1 carcinogen, indicating both that ethylene oxide is a powerful carcinogen linked to the development of breast cancer and other cancer varieties, and that cancer rates may be far higher in Willowbrook because of exposure to this dangerous chemical.

Take action to support Senate Bill 3640 and House Bill 5983, which would immediately limit the use of Ethylene Oxide to the sterilization of medical products, phase out all use of Ethylene oxide by 2022, require the IEPA to submit new emissions standards for Ethylene Oxide in accordance with current scientific understandings of Ethylene Oxide, and more.

Partners for Parks and Wildlife

Partners for Parks and Wildlife (PPW) is a grassroots coalition that is dedicated to secure and increase funding for open space and park acquisition, natural area preservation, wildlife habitat protection and recreational opportunities in Illinois.

Learn More About Climate Change

The U.S. EPA’s website on climate change was once a great resource for basic scientific information on the topic and we look forward to the day that it is again. Until then, the City of Chicago is making sure its citizens have access to research and information.


One of the simplest ways to donate to the IEC is by contributing through EarthShare in your workplace charity campaign .