This summer, the Southeast Environmental Task Force is offering several public tours of the environmental sites of interest on Chicago’s South Side that offer a close-up view of wastewater treatment systems, landfill and recycling facilities, hazardous waste and pollution sites — all united by a focus on environmental justice and urban sustainability.
All tours are conducted on a comfortable coach bus with minimal walking required, and feature SETF’s expert narrators / activist professionals. Each tour begins (10am) and ends (2pm) at the Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan & Randolph St. in downtown Chicago.
Deep Tunnel and Thornton Quarry Tour
Last chance to go deep into one of the world’s largest rock quarries, and to descend 250 feet below ground into the deep tunnel.
Saturday, June 20 – 10am to 2pm (cost $30)
Recycling Tour (jointly sponsored by the Chicago Recycling Coalition)
Visit a working recycling facility, compost sites, landfills, and a wastewater treatment plant; see how Chicago deals with its waste.
Saturday, July 18 – 10am to 2pm ($30)
Energy Solutions Tour
Visit the US’s largest inner-city solar facility; the massive BP refinery in Whiting, Ind.; and some more-innovative energy options being employed in Chicago.
Saturday, August 8 – 10am to 2pm ($30)
Visit www.setaskforce.blogspot.com or call 773-646-0436.