What we're about

Sustain DuPage is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit creating opportunities to learn and live DuPage sustainability culture.

Local economies are suffering, democracy is at stake, and scientists are telling us that our ecosystem might collapse.

This is because our entire society has been designed to perpetuate radical consumption.

What we need now is a complete metamorphosis.

We need to design a completely new way of life.

We need a sustainability culture.

That’s why we created Sustain DuPage.

Our nonprofit is a local platform for transformative action.

We’re building a new culture: a DuPage sustainability culture.

We are strengthening our regional economy, taking back our government, and preparing our communities for the dangers of climate change.

But seriously though, what do you actually “Du?”

We created five projects to achieve our mission of creating the DuPage sustainability culture we described above.

We call these our “Mission Projects.”

We are artists and artisans practicing sustainability within our art and artisanry, and we are using that art and artisanry to communicate environmental values and philosophy.

Join our Creators facebook group here! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sustaindupagecreators/)

We are a coalition of NGOs, DuPage Environmental Commissions & Committees of DuPage, and everyday citizens. Sustain DuPage organizes quarterly meetings to ensure cohesive vision and communication between the DuPage sustainability movement's various stakeholders. In order to comply with the Open Meetings Act, we use our facebook page to communicate about our upcoming events.

We grow food communally (all responsibility and abundance is shared equitably) in Wheaton, Illinois with regular hosting of cooking nights.

Join our Gardeners facebook group for updates! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sustaindupagegardeners/)

We are transforming seven acres of mostly buckthorn (a plant species out of balance with our local ecosystem) into an oak woodland planting which will provide maximum native biodiversity and food for humans and other lifeforms.

Join our Protectors facebook group for updates! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sustaindupageprotectors/)

We host regular reading group discussions focused on sustainability literature like books, articles, essays, and poetry. We hope to hone our critical dialogue skills to strengthen our community understanding and progress.

Join our Turners facebook group for updates! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SustainDuPageTurners/)

We hope you join our community and eco-movement!

More information at http://www.sustaindupage.com or on our Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/sustaindupage) or Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/sustaindupage)!

Upcoming events (5)

Sustain DuPage Gardeners: Workday!

Sustain DuPage Garden & Market Stand

Join us this weekend for a garden work day where we'll be planting, watering, and even harvesting some plants! We only have space and tasks for 10 people, so we request that you only RSVP if you are 100% sure you can make it and will be attending. Regarding COVID concerns, our community contains many members who are either at risk themselves or are in contact with immunocompromised individuals, so a proper facemask is mandatory. We also encourage the recommended 6 ft distancing from others while in the garden. Our group is limited to 10 people as to limit any potential exposure. Due to the sensitivity of plants in summer temps, we will be starting our workday at 8:30 AM so we won't be planting in the heat of the day. The Sustain DuPage Gardeners grow food communally in Wheaton, Illinois. We are at the mercy of the weather forecast, so please check the event for potential cancellations. No previous skill is necessary! Please wear clothes you can ruin, close-toed shoes, and your reusable water bottle! Go to www.sustaindupage.com/gardeners for more information!

Sustain DuPage Gardeners: Workday!

Sustain DuPage Garden & Market Stand

Join us this weekend for a garden work day where we'll be planting, watering, and even harvesting some plants! We only have space and tasks for 10 people, so we request that you only RSVP if you are 100% sure you can make it and will be attending. Regarding COVID concerns, our community contains many members who are either at risk themselves or are in contact with immunocompromised individuals, so a proper facemask is mandatory. We also encourage the recommended 6 ft distancing from others while in the garden. Our group is limited to 10 people as to limit any potential exposure. Due to the sensitivity of plants in summer temps, we will be starting our workday at 8:30 AM so we won't be planting in the heat of the day. The Sustain DuPage Gardeners grow food communally in Wheaton, Illinois. We are at the mercy of the weather forecast, so please check the event for potential cancellations. No previous skill is necessary! Please wear clothes you can ruin, close-toed shoes, and your reusable water bottle! Go to www.sustaindupage.com/gardeners for more information!

Distanced - Permaculture Home Tour!

Online event

We're taking another garden tour this year! Like the tour we took last year, this permaculture planting is decades old! Come learn about making biochar, passive solar, and living the good life. Masks required despite being outside. Please bring your own water bottle to help us prevent Covid transmission.

Sustain DuPage Gardeners: Workday!

Sustain DuPage Garden & Market Stand

Join us this weekend for a garden work day where we'll be planting, watering, and even harvesting some plants! We only have space and tasks for 10 people, so we request that you only RSVP if you are 100% sure you can make it and will be attending. Regarding COVID concerns, our community contains many members who are either at risk themselves or are in contact with immunocompromised individuals, so a proper facemask is mandatory. We also encourage the recommended 6 ft distancing from others while in the garden. Our group is limited to 10 people as to limit any potential exposure. Due to the sensitivity of plants in summer temps, we will be starting our workday at 8:30 AM so we won't be planting in the heat of the day. The Sustain DuPage Gardeners grow food communally in Wheaton, Illinois. We are at the mercy of the weather forecast, so please check the event for potential cancellations. No previous skill is necessary! Please wear clothes you can ruin, close-toed shoes, and your reusable water bottle! Go to www.sustaindupage.com/gardeners for more information!

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Sustain DuPage Gardeners: Workday!

Sustain DuPage Garden & Market Stand

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