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Demonstrating the viability of sustainable concepts and practices in urban environments through research, education, and hands-on projects.

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Projects

Cooking Matters | Elementary School Garden Programs

Cooking Matters | Elementary School Garden Programs

Disadvantaged kids from across Chicago learn to cook and eat what they grow with UHC's help

2011-

Marshall High School | Green Lungs Environmental Education

Marshall High School | Green Lungs Environmental Education

Disadvantaged East Garfield Park area Green teens Learn to Use Nature's Gifts Sustainably - both in and out of the classroom.

2011-2012

Northside College Preparatory High School | Master Plan & Teaching Farm

Northside College Preparatory High School | Master Plan & Teaching Farm

We reimagined an expansive public high school landscape as an educational, sustainable, accessible, and aesthetic whole. Now we're making it happen.

2010-

Northside College Preparatory High School | Joy Garden

Northside College Preparatory High School | Joy Garden

Reconnecting disabled students to their surrounding environment through restorative landscape technologies. Winner of Mayor Daley's 2010 "Gardener of the Year Award".

2009-ongoing

Sunlight of the Spirit Armitage Recovery Residence  | Gethsemane Community Garden

Sunlight of the Spirit Armitage Recovery Residence | Gethsemane Community Garden

A sustainable garden nourishes residents in recovery from addiction as well as a food pantry and a cafe.

Jamieson Elementary School | Brainstorming Event

Jamieson Elementary School | Brainstorming Event

UHC helps Jamieson Elementry envision the future of their schoolyard.

Urban Habitat Chicago Institute

Urban Habitat Chicago Institute

(UHCi ) Launched in 2012! - A coherent urban environmental educational program to provide hands-on training to a broad public, with a strong focus on urban agriculture.

2012-

Sunlight of the Spirit Fulton Recovery Residence | Green Building: Roof, Porch, Stairs...

Sunlight of the Spirit Fulton Recovery Residence | Green Building: Roof, Porch, Stairs...

A rooftop garden is just the first step in retrofitting a 4-building complex into a sustainable, regenerative community.

2010 -

Goethe Elementary School | Brainstorming & Design Event

Goethe Elementary School | Brainstorming & Design Event

A brainstorming event to re-envision a schoolyard

2011

True Nature Foods Rooftop Victory Garden

True Nature Foods Rooftop Victory Garden

Better than a green roof... a food-producing roof for this Edgewater business.

2005-present

UHC Lecture and Film Series

UHC Lecture and Film Series

Giving you the tools to address today's environmental concerns. Also find podcasts of previous lectures.

2006-present

Red Line Green Roofs Initiative

Red Line Green Roofs Initiative

The Future as seen from the Red Line

2009

Vertical Gardens Initiative

Vertical Gardens Initiative

If it's big and blank, it should be doing more than just sitting there. Let's grow on it!

2613 Garden

2613 Garden

Urban agriculture on a scale we can all relate to - the typical backyard.

2008

2607 Backyard Forest

2607 Backyard Forest

How quickly can Mike turn his backyard from a passive decoration into a living, breathing environmental machine?

2006-present

Deconstruction advocacy

Deconstruction advocacy

Deconstruction is the right thing to do at the end of a building's life.

2006-present

UHC Garden at James Park

UHC Garden at James Park

See just how our garden grows.

2007-2009

Tennessee retreat

Tennessee retreat

Designing a refuge for urban parents and children to be able to experience rural life.

Completed: Summer 2007

Do-It-Yourself: Seed Balls

Do-It-Yourself: Seed Balls

Fight the blight - fling some green

Completed: Spring 2007

Materials research

Materials research

Whassat crazy stuff?! Rather than satisfy ourselves with accepted ways of doing things, UHC likes to try it ourselves, make mistakes, learn, and produce hybrids of different things that might work in urban environments.

2005-present

Atsushi Kikuchi House deconstruction

Atsushi Kikuchi House deconstruction

In June 2005, UHC was notified days before a 1955 house designed and built by the Japanese watercolor artist Atsushi Kikuchi was to be demolished, and we salvaged as much material as we could in one week.

Completed: June 2005

Lawndale Carriage House adaptive reuse

Lawndale Carriage House adaptive reuse

An adaptive reuse of an 1890's carriage house to be used for education, community outreach, and demonstration of ongoing projects.

Completed: Summer 2005

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