WHAT WE BELIEVE
Waste is an opportunity.
The best natural resource is the one that has already been extracted. Our work begins where others’ consumption ends, where energy would be otherwise lost to landfills or abandoned.
Innovation is imperative.
We can and will cultivate healthier, more sustainable cities by continuously and creatively disrupting old processes.
Together, people are strong.
Lasting, collaborative partnerships are key to creating environments where individuals, organizations and communities flourish.
Results demand action.
Action is the most effective stimulus for progress. We promote a hands-on approach to research, development and education.
Knowledge is power.
Access to information is essential for driving change. At Plant Chicago, we are committed to open-source distribution of knowledge.
We coordinate a variety of field trip programs about the science and social value behind our work. Our lab topics include: Aquaponics, Circular Economy, Life Cycle of a Salad, Native Pollinators, and Vermicomposting.
Plant Chicago's Local Circular Economy Leaders Network is a support network for small businesses interested in working with and learning from each other to co-create and cultivate a local circular economy in Chicago.
Our farmers market engages and strengthens the community with locally grown and locally sold produce. Activities include a kids table, cooking demonstrations and tastings, workshops, and food scrap drop-off.
Plant Chicago is partnering with The Urban Canopy to distribute Local Produce Boxes to our neighbors on the southwest side. Our office in Back of the Yards is a pick up site for Link card holders to pick up boxes of produce, bread, and eggs!
Photography by David Belkin
We’re working to make our cities healthier and more efficient by developing and sharing the most innovative methods for sustainable food production, energy conservation and material reuse.