About Environment Illinois
Environment Illinois protects the places we love, advancing the environmental values we share, and winning real results for our environment. What’s our key to winning? People like you. Stand up for clean air, clean water and the open spaces you care about by making a donation today.
Who we are
Environment Illinois is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America. 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 our 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 our 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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ACTION FOR THE PLACES WE LOVE AND THE VALUES WE SHARE
- To breathe clean air and drink clean water
Polluters are breaking the law and, too often, the government fails to stop them. Over the past 25 years, our national litigation team has filed dozens of lawsuits against companies that dumped illegal amounts of pollution into our nation’s air, rivers, bays and harbors — resulting in more than $250 million in court-ordered penalties and pollution reduction actions. With member support, Environment Illinois is holding polluters accountable. LEARN MORE
- To power our lives with 100% renewable energy
We’re promoting a bold, clear vision of a greener, healthier world — one powered solely by energy harnessed from the sun and the wind. We’re also taking steps to help build that future right now by encouraging campuses, cities, our state and Congress to commit to 100% renewable energy. Already, more than 50 cities across the country have adopted that goal, along with universities from Colorado State to Cornell. LEARN MORE
- To allow wildlife and wild places to thrive
Our parks, forests, mountains, oceans and the wildlife that call them home help make this country special. Now they need our help, as bees die off by the millions, public lands and waters are opened up to drilling and mining, and plastic pollution in our lakes and rivers puts wildlife at risk. Environment Illinois is calling for bans on bee-killing pesticides and single-use plastic, and standing up for the wild places and creatures we love. LEARN MORE