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Once destroyed, nature’s beauty
cannot be repurchased at any price.
-Ansel Adams

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Stop Route 53/120 extension and Support a Better Transportation Vision

Join us in stopping the wasteful and destructive Rt. 53/120 extension through our valuable wetlands and open space and, instead, creating a better, more modern, efficient, sustainable and achievable multi-modal plan for Lake County.

Zero Waste and Sustainable Materials Management

The world is on an unsustainable path of using 50% more resources than can be replenished in a year, population growth is exploding and the waste of food and materials is significantly hurting the climate. Help us create a better way forward.

Advocacy 101 - Sharing Actionable Ideas

Empowering others to create positive change. Many people would like to create positive change or tackle an issue but haven’t the slightest idea where to begin. We teach the tools of advocacy.

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Zero Waste; Zero Hunger

Food Waste Reduction Pledges We advocate for a circular economy that supports waste reduction, materials reuse, recycling, composting...
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World Clean Up Day 2018

World Clean Up Day 2018 For World Cleanup Day, in September of 2018, over 16 million volunteers from...
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Sustainable Transit

Promote a more efficient, sustainable and forward thinking transportation system in Lake County. Lake County, IL has both...
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Stop the Rt. 53/120 Extension in Lake County

Stop Rt. 53/120 Extension in Lake County & Promote a More Modern, Sustainable, Efficient and Achievable Alternative Plan...
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Our Successes!                More Success Stories

No Incinerators in Lake County!

In 2008, in our first campaign, we, under the name, “Incinerator-Free Lake County”, led a successful effort to keep incinerators out or the county 5-yr. Solid Waste Plan. We were inexperienced but worked hard and were supported by many including our friends in the Sierra Club and many elected officials. To our delight, the County Board gave us a fair and open-minded hearing and agreed with us!


More Recycling in Lake County

In addition to opposing the introduction of incinerators into Lake County, we promoted a positive alternative solution to dealing with our discards; We asked the County Board to redouble their efforts in Waste Diversion. As a result of that effort, we are on track to reach the goal and now lead the State of Illinois in waste diversion rates!

of world forests cut for paper since 1937
of U.S. food is wasted
$200 Billion
U.S. Recycling Industry
of U.S. products are used once and then thrown away

It’s your backyard, so please join us, roll up your sleeves!


The “Story of Stuff” from the Story of Stuff Project, highlights the hazards of a disposable economy and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

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