Welcome to “Green in the City,” a five-week environmental journalism reporting academy for high school students. This is our multimedia site.
We have examined the lingering evidence of environmental racism—from food deserts in Englewood to the effects of pollution on urban neighborhoods such as Altgeld Gardens and Little Village.
After taking the “toxic tours” and interviewing those most affected, we highlight here some of the heroes of those communities and what they have done to reverse and alleviate the damages.
You will find stories about urban gardens that have cropped up throughout the city as educational tools and food resources.
We cannot live without water but that most essential source of life has been compromised. We recount a threat to Lake Michigan waters and explain the dangers of the plastic bottles we drink from.
As young environmental journalists, we have told the stories in various forms. We have taken our own photos and videos.
This site reflects our work covering this beat. This is what it means to be green in the city during the summer of 2009.