Who we are
Environment Illinois is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We believe there’s something special about Illinois — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s the light shimmering off Lake Michigan, the wild beauty of the Illinois and other rivers, or Galena’s rolling hills, Illinois’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values we share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. That’s the idea behind Environment Illinois. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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What we do
Funded by supporters like you, we research the challenges confronting Illinois’s environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about Illinois’s environment, our elected officials hear plenty from oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make your voice heard — using methods like petitions, emails, letters and phone calls, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
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Join thousands of your friends and neighbors in protecting our air, water and open spaces by becoming a member of Environment Illinois today.
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Putting your support to work
Environment Illinois has a proven track record of winning real results for our environment.
- Get Illinois Off Oil. What will an oil independent Illinois look like? Cities with an expanded public transit and a friendlier attitude toward walking and biking. High-speed rail and electric cars rather than oil burning vehicles. This not a distant dream- the technologies neccessary to accomplish these goals already exist. All we need is the right combination of policies to build a cleaner, stronger Illinois.
- Protect Lake Michigan. Whether it's spending a day south of Chicago at Rainbow Beach or an afternoon sailing up north, we all treasure our time at Lake Michigan. But the lake is subject to increasing threats from toxic dumping, sewage overflows and agricultural runoff pollution, while the invasive Asian carp threatens to replace local fish populations. We're working to protect Lake Michigan and the rest of our waterways from these threats, and keep our waters clean and beautiful for future generations.
- Happy Healthy Illinois. For years, factory farms have been allowed to discharge excessive amounts of livestock waste and other pollutants into Illinois' waterways- not because rules for agricultural pollution haven't been in place, but because the state has been unable to enforce them. Until now. This summer, Environment Illinois celebrated an important victory for our rivers, lakes, and streams when the General Assembly passed a bill that will stregthen the state's ability to enforce pollution limits for factory farms.