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Sierra Club – Northwest Cook County Group
Arlington Heights
847-823-9205
Mission: To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places on Earth
To practice and promote the responsible use of Earth’s ecosystems and resources
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of our environment
To use all lawful means to carry out these objectives

Sierra Club – Valley of the Fox
Batavia
Mission: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Sierra Club – Illinois Chapter
Chicago
312-251-1680
Mission: The Illinois Chapter of Sierra Club is comprised of 14 local groups, with volunteer leaders who guide efforts to protect, explore and enjoy their communities. Local groups host various events such as committee meetings, public educational programs, fundraisers and outings. They engage in campaigns to make change at the local, state or national level and are always looking for new volunteers to help out.

Sierra Club – Chicago Group
Chicago
312-251-1680
Mission: The Chicago Group of the Sierra Club is dedicated to conserving, protecting, and exploring nature in our city and the state of Illinois.

Earth Hero
Chicago
312-622-5629
Mission:  We believe a billion compassionate activists can restore a healthy earth where life can thrive, so we are motivated to inspire people and their communities to join the global climate movement. Our team is focused on providing tools and ideas that empower all who want to reduce emissions and care for our shared planet.  We help people to effectively respond to the climate emergency while strengthening their resilience and quality of life.

Chicago Environmental Network
Chicago
708-688-8396
The purpose of the CEN website is to inform the public about opportunities to get involved in environmental issues in the greater Chicago metropolitan area and to promote public participation in environmental activities. Member organizations offer a wide variety of opportunities that let you participate in conservation activities and educational programs.

Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago
Chicago
312-651-7900
Mission: Opened in 2007 to focus primarily on the opportunities and challenges facing the industrial Midwest, this LEED-certified space overlooks the Chicago River in the city’s historic Civic Opera House. The renovation was the first tenant improvement in the world to achieve certification through the Living Building Challenge. Energy-efficient features include lighting systems that adjust to daylight conditions and smart plug sensors that automatically power down electronics.

The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
Chicago
312-580-2100
Mission: The Nature Conservancy and its partners have protected more than 100 sites throughout Illinois in the past 60 years. These sites include diverse habitats like prairies, savannas, forests, wetlands and rivers.

The Climate Reality Project: Chicago IL Chapter
Chicago
Mission: Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

Climate Reality Campus Corps: Columbia College Chicago Chapter
Chicago
Mission: Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

Climate Reality Campus Corps: DePaul University Chapter
Chicago
Mission: Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

Sierra Club – Black Hawk
Chicago
815-964-7111
Mission: – To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.
– To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources.
– To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
– And To use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Izaak Walton League of America – Des Plaines
Des Plaines
847-824-4509
Mission: The Des Plaines Chapter is a 501C3 tax exempt organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of America’s soil, woods, waters, air and wildlife. All of our funding comes from donations and contributions through activities and events and from people like you.

Izaak Walton  League of America – Dolton Ikes-Calumet Region
Dolton
708-849-5155
Mission: The League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.

Izaak Walton League of America – Elgin Chapter
Elgin
847-742-3205
Mission: The Elgin Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is defenders of soil, air, waters, and wildlife.

Sierra Club – Sauk-Calumet Group
Frankfort
815-936-9040
Mission: 1. Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.
2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources.
3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Sierra Club – River Prairie Group (DuPage Co.)
Glen Ellyn
630-853-5505
Mission: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Sierra Club – Woods & Wetlands Group
Ingleside
Mission: Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.
Let’s explore, enjoy, and protect the people, plants, and animals of the northeast corner of Illinois … together.

Izaak Walton League of America – Chicago #1
Lansing
708-895-0850
Mission: The League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.

Izaak Walton League of America – Walter Sherry Memorial Group
Lockport
Mission: The League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.

Frank Anetsberger
Northbrook
847-564-3266
Mission: The League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.

The Climate Reality Project: Northern Illinois Chapter
Rockford
Mission: Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals – IAEP
Rosemont
224-534-9478
Mission:
IAEP provides professional development certifications to attendees of its educational seminars, workshops and webinars;
IAEP unites practitioners in business, government and education in the fields of environmental planning, research, management, and evaluation through our social networking gatherings;
IAEP promotes public and professional informed awareness of issues affecting environmental quality;
IAEP incorporates environmental concerns in planning and decision making; and
IAEP provides research grant awards to students enrolled in environmental studies programs.

Environmental Groups in Central Illinois

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Izaak Walton League of America – Havana Chapter
Astoria
309-241-7768

Prairie Rivers Network
Champaign
217-344-2371
Mission: At Prairie Rivers Network, we protect water, heal land, and inspire change.
Using the creative power of science, law, and collective action, we protect and restore our rivers, return healthy soils and diverse wildlife to our lands, and transform how we care for the earth and for each other.

Izaak Walton League of America – Decatur
Decatur
217-422-4237
Mission: Our mission is to conserve, maintain, protect, and restore the soil, water, and other natural resources for future generations. Passing these values down through our youth ensures that our efforts for conservation will be continually preserved for years to come.

Izaak Walton League of America – Peoria Chapter 
East Peoria
309-681-4010
Mission: With great ambition on educating the public on the importance of conservation of the soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife, the membership commenced on locating a quality location to build a clubhouse.

Izaak Walton League of America – Geneseo Chapter
Geneseo
309-944-6522
Mission: Our focus is to get youth energized about the outdoors. We hold a Public Ice Fishing Tourney, two club fish fries, two club breakfasts, and a public ham and bean soup dinner yearly. Monthly meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM that include refreshments and a guest speaker on an outdoor-related topic.

Izaak Walton League of America –  Woodford County Chapter
Metamora
309-696-9196
Mission: Our mission is to conserve wildlife and to help people learn to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors.

Sierra Club – Heart of Illinois Group
Peoria
309-688-0950
Mission: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Sierra Club – Sangamon Valley Group
Springfield
217-793-2178
Mission: To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places on Earth
To practice and promote the responsible use of Earth’s ecosystems and resources
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of our environment
To use all lawful means to carry out these objectives

Illinois Environmental Council
Springfield
217-544-5954
Mission: IEC promotes sound environmental laws and policies. We encourage decision-makers in the private sector to go beyond minimum standards to establish new environmental best practices. We credit those who lead, innovate, and inspire others to follow their example.
IEC is working to establish stronger relationships among leaders in communities of color who are committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Climate Reality Campus Corps: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter
Urbana
Mission: Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

Sierra Club – Prairie Group
Urbana
217-353-5237
Mission: The Group’s conservation priorities include protecting the Mahomet Aquifer from contaminants, ending the use of coal, and creating more open space and natural habitats. If you would like to be more involved in the Sierra Club.

Environmental Groups in South Illinois

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Sierra Club – Piasa Palisades Group
Alton
618-462-6802
Mission: The Sierra Club is a non-profit, member-supported, public interest organization that seeks to:
Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth
Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources;
Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment;
Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”

Sierra Club – Kaskaskia Group
Belleville
618-977-9682
Mission: Our Kaskaskia Group was named after the Kaskaskia River, a tributary of the Mississippi River. The Kaskaskia River plays an important role in Illinois at approximately 320 miles long and the second largest river system in the state. Like the Kaskaskia River, we strive to play an important role in the community. We face a variety of new challenges locally that have the potential to adversely impact the environment and our quality of life. Our local group frequently addresses water quality and quantity issues, coal waste and threats posed by coal fired power plants, irresponsible land management and destruction of habitat and green space. We also strive to offer fun and enjoyable outings highlighting the wonderful things found only in nature. As we confront these challenges, we need your help and invite you to join us in our efforts to ensure a hospitable planet for future generations!

Sierra Club – Shawnee Group
Carbondale
Mission: 1. Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.
2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources.
3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

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Environmental Groups in United States

1% for the Planet...A global network of businesses, nonprofits and individuals working together for a healthy planet. More than $175 Million dollars given back to the environment.

314 Action- 314 Action was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists who believe in science.  We are committed to electing more STEM candidates to office, advocating for evidence-based policy solutions to issues like climate change, and fighting the Trump administration's attacks on science.

350.org- 350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of climate change.

Association of Environmental Professionals...to be the interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions.

American Bird Conservancy...to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Our commitment to bird conservation remains absolute, even while some other groups shift their mission to prioritize people over wildlife. We believe unequivocally that conserving birds and their habitats benefits all other species — including people.

American Farmland Trust...to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

Audubon ...to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Center for Biological Diversity...At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

Citizens Climate Lobby...Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Clean Water Action...To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.

Conservation International...Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

Conservation Land Foundation..to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.

Earth Island Institute...Earth Island Institute has been a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.

Earth Justice...Earthjustice was created by a small group of attorneys with a passionate belief that the power of the law could be used to preserve the environment.

Earth Watch Institute...To engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Earthworks... Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.

Environment America...Through Environment America, you protect the places we love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Environmental Defense Fund...to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

Environmental Working Group...to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

Forest Stewardship Council...to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests.

Friends of the Earth...fights to protect our environment and create a healthy and just world.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness ... is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.

Green America... to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Green Latinos...a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States.

Greenpeace ...Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace Fund... campaign on a variety of issues, centering on the following: Stop climate change, Defend our oceans, Protect ancient forest, Say no to genetic engineering, Eliminate toxic chemicals, End the nuclear age, Encourage sustainable trade and agriculture, Demand peace and disarmament.

Interfaith Power & Light - Interfaith Power & Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.

International Rivers...protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. We work to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world.

Izaak Walton League...To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Land Trust Alliance...To save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.

League of Conservation Voters...works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, as part of the Conservation Voter Movement along our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.

National Geographic Society...The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that pushes the boundaries of exploration to further our understanding of our planet and empower us all to generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

National Parks Conservation Association... protecting and enhancing America's National Park System for present and future generations.

National Wildlife Federation ...We believe America’s experience with cherished landscapes and wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these natural resources is a cause that has long united Americans from all walks of life and political stripes. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic represents a sacred duty and obligation to protect and build upon our conservation heritage for the sake of wildlife, ourselves, our neighbors, and—most of all—for future generations.

Natural Resource Defense Council...NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Ocean Conservancy... Ocean Conservancy is working with you to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges.
Together, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

Polar Bears International...to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate.

Rainforest Action Network... preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.

Rocky Mountain Institute... (RMI)’s mission is to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

Stand.Earth...believes that protecting our planet is everyone’s business. Because of our work, environmentally responsible businesses and governments will thrive. Natural systems will be protected, and the people and wildlife that depend on them will prosper. Markets will be more transparent and ethical.

The Climate Reality Project...To catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

The Nature Conservancy...to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

UN Environment Programme...to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Waterkeeper Alliance...strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development...to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by making more sustainable businesses more successful.

World Watch Institute...Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

World Wildlife Fund...to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.