Illinois Green’s Sustainable Facilities Mentor program provides training to volunteers and empowers them to connect with community organizations to support their sustainable operations planning. The nonprofit and community organizations connecting with our volunteers are looking at their energy, water, waste, and air quality, thinking about things that can be implemented in their buildings, and starting green teams with their staff and communities. Read more about what our volunteers are helping with below.

Sustainable Facilities Mentor Case Study: Chicago Youth Center—Sidney Epstein

Community OrganizationsVolunteer and Impact
Working Bikes
Working Bikes gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.
With a volunteer, they’re examining their waste streams and looking for ways to recycle and repurpose bike tires.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository works to bring food, dignity, and hope to Cook County, and are the hub for more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other programs.
With a volunteer, the GCFD would like to start a green team to implement sustainability actions with staff.

St. Hedwig Catholic Church
St. Hedwig is a parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago, originally opened to serve the Northwest side’s Polish community. Now it welcomes all wanting a place to pray and enrich their Catholic spiritual life.
With a volunteer, St. Hedwig conducted walkthroughs of their facilities and is documenting their energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track moving forward.

Holsten Management
Holsten Management is a real estate management company focused on improving the quality of people’s lives and making communities stronger through affordable and comfortable housing.
With a volunteer, one of Holsten’s west side properties is beginning to track water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Management and discussing conservation strategies.

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Marillac St. Vincent provides programs and services in early childhood education, youth services, and community outreach to lift people out of poverty.
With a volunteer, Marillac St. Vincent is tracking their energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and has been accepted into the Neighborhood Power Project.

Chicago Youth Center – Sidney Epstein
The Sidney Epstein Youth Center provides children in the North Lawndale community with learning opportunities like a Maker lab, community garden, computer labs, a gymnasium and more to help them realize their potential and pursue success.
With a volunteer, the Sidney Epstein Youth Center has created a green team with their youth, focusing on different topics and doing related activities each month.

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