Since its inception in 2004, Urban Habitat Chicago has promoted and demonstrated the viability of sustainable concepts and practices in urban environments through education programs and on-site projects. Recent activities include organic agriculture, storm water management, implementing restorative landscape technologies, vertical gardens and food producing roofs with schools, community groups and at stand alone projects.
Educating and involving the public in sustainability is Urban Habitat Chicago’s most important effort. We work with all ages and welcome the student of any background and level of experience. If you’re looking to enhance your current environmental education, build a garden for yourself or your family, or have goals to build a larger urban agricultural project, UHC can provide you with the skills and support to get started. Through workshops, internships, volunteer days, and free lectures, UHC has sought to educate and empower the public with knowledge and skills that will lead to greater urban sustainability efforts.
Building further on these initiatives, in 2012 we launched UHC Institute - a coherent educational program geared to provide more hands-on training to an even broader public, with a strong focus on urban agriculture. Key components of the program are multi-level workshop series, and field or administrative internships, all designed to build a functional level of independent capacity in participants.