Community Profiles

This site focuses primarily on the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois. However, the experiences, challenges, and accomplishments of other communities are highly relevant to the sustainable future of Schaumburg and other suburbs.

In the fall semester of 2013, students in Prof. Mike Bryson’s online SUST 210 Sustainable Future class researched a wide range of suburbs and small cities here in the Chicago region as well as in other states to discover how far along the road to sustainability our communities have come. The case studies in this section detail the efforts made by local governments, businesses, organizations, and citizens to make their communities more energy- and resource-efficient, less wasteful, and more equitable. At the same time, the students’ research illustrates the obstacles and other challenges these communities face, and critically examines needed areas of improvement.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these essays are the result of undergraduate student research projects and do not represent the opinions or official position of the Sustainability Studies Program or of Roosevelt University.

Banner photo credit: Joe Stacy, Schaumburg IL