Welcome to the Green Era

Transforming Chicago — for the environment, for equity, for all.

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What is Green Era?

Green Era’s mission is to create more sustainable communities by supporting local food production through better management of biodegradable waste and access to soil. We’re transforming a 9-acre vacant brownfield on the South Side of Chicago into a renewable energy facility and green oasis for economic empowerment, clean energy, fresh produce, and vibrant communities.



Chicago’s total monthly food waste that Green Era Campus will begin to divert


New jobs created for the community, including construction jobs and permanent positions

42,500 TONS

Carbon dioxide offset by Green Era technology each year

Transform Local, Inspire Global

Green Era's mission is resonating around the world: in November 2021, the University of Illinois Chicago, Green Era Sustainability, and Urban Growers Collective presented at COP26, the United Nations 2021 Climate Change Conference, and won the inaugural Climate Challenge Cup in the Climate Change Adaptation category. We are honored to receive recognition of our community-led innovation and impact. The Green Era Campus is a global blueprint for equitable, sustainable urban development—all starting on the South Side of Chicago.


Together we have the power to meet and exceed our goals.

Let's solve Chicago's most complex issues.