You can become involved with Sustain DuPage in many ways…

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and are completely volunteer run and supported. If you would like to see a prolific Sustain DuPage, please consider supporting us with a tax-deductible donation!

You can also donate a tax-deductible item from our…

•8.5 x 11in paper

•A battery-powered screwgun

•A food scale that can measure up to 50 lbs

•Permanent office space

•An easel, a whiteboard, dry erase markers

•Hatchets/carbon steel working knives

•Composted cow manure/soil

•Cardboard without tape or ink

•A lockable outdoor toolshed

•Large (round river) stones

• A 20 gallon Antique Cast Iron Cauldron (with no cracks and still food-safe)

•A mac-compatible projector and pop-up projector screen




Make sure you are signed up for our 6 e-newsletters, then invite your friends to do the same!


The Churchill Woods Protectors: Our volunteers meet at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve to restore the ecology of this 264 acre site! Restoration sometimes includes heavy labor like cutting brush, but we also have non-heavy days that include harvesting and spreading seed, river restoration, and more! We welcome volunteers of all ages, we ask that guardians supervise kiddos (with a 1:3 ratio of adults to kids!) Click here for more information! Or click here to join our facebook group!
EC3: Sustain DuPage has brought together the Environmental Commissions & Committees of DuPage County to unify as Illinois’ first Environmental Commission & Committee Coalition. These county-wide volunteers have joined the Coalition to collaborate with other member Environmental Commissions & Committees of DuPage County in order to pool our resources, inspiration, and expertise as well as to comprehensively further our individual Commission & Committee goals. Our meetings are open to the public. Click here for more information! Or click here to like our facebook page for updates!
LIFE Atlas: This group of volunteers is working to create a website that inventories the Locally Integrated Food Economy of DuPage County in a fun and exciting way. The finished website will serve as a tool to DuPagers who would like to buy local (but don’t know how!), DuPagers who would like to grow more of their own food (but don’t know how!), and small-business entreprenuers who know they want to open or strengthen a food establishment business (but don’t know how!) Click here for more information! Or click here to join our facebook group
Victory Garden: Through the Victory Garden we are empowering our community with agricultural and nutritional literacy! That means we provide in-garden one-on-one mentorship in how to grow food. Once we’ve grown the food we harvest it and cook it together to strengthen the bonds of community and receive communal cooking lessons! Click here for more information! Or click here to join our facebook group!

Our organization also teaches classes in sustainable living skills like basket weaving, tapping maple trees for syrup, sewing, and more! We post these opportunities regularly. Each class takes a lot of volunteer hours to organize and to supply with the necessary equipment. These are specialty classes that have a suggested donation to offset their cost. Since we have a goal to keep as much of our educational services free as possible, specialty classes make up a small percentage of our total operations.

Media shapes our community’s perception of itself and the world around us. Unfortunately, most media in our area is not written by journalists and so it is skewed with bias or misinformation. (This is a crisis across our whole nation, not just in DuPage). Our goal with our blog is to elevate eco voices to be heard throughout our community, providing an eco perspective for our neighbors and friends. We are ALWAYS looking for contributing writers. If you would like to contribute, read our writing guidelines and then send us your work!


Below you will find lead volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities.

Lead Volunteer:

Microfinance Consultant


Graphic Design Intern

Marketing & Communications Intern

Fundraising Intern


We regret to inform you that there are no employment opportunities at this time.

A percentage of sales from our Threadless shop is donated to Sustain DuPage. Although we don’t support rampant consumerism or the use of petro-based fabrics, swag is a great way to get the word out about our cause.

Check out our listing of DuPagers willing to share their sustainability Duskills with you! Click here!

Here at Sustain DuPage, we are all volunteers. No one receives a wage for the time they put in. That means, after a forty hour work week, people are still showing up to create a more sustainable DUPage County- and we are all humbled by what our community has been able to accomplish in spite of our realistic limits. One amazing way you can help Sustain DuPage would be to coordinate a lecture. 

Run time: One Hour

This engaging talk explores the conception of the earliest lawns of written history, the environmental effects of lawns in DuPage County and across the United States, the human health effects of lawns for DuPagers, the results of a case study conducted by Sustain DuPage on the culture of lawns in Glen Ellyn, and alternatives to lawns which can be employed in DuPage County. 

Do you attend a local church, school, gardening club, or other organization who would be interested in hearing an hour long educational lecture from Sustain DuPage? Would you be willing to put us in contact with a point-person to plan a time to give the lecture? Email us here.

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