SERVICE

2017 – Present

We strive to engage our community in service-oriented projects that further sustainable education, living and thinking.

Volunteer Opportunities

We work with local parks and gardens and organize service events around Hyde Park. With Covid-19, we shifted to virtual or socially-distanced volunteering. 

Some of our previous volunteer opportunities include: ​

  • Weeding, planting and preparing with the Vernon Park Garden Project, the Logan Park Garden, and the Brickyard Garden

  • Trash pick up in Hyde Park

  • PSI x Hillel Zooniverse Chicago Wildlife Watch

  • Zooniverse Penguin Watch

PSI member picks up trash in Jackson Park. We recovered 10+ bags of waste from the park in one morning (Nov 2020). 

PSI members pose with litter they removed from 57th Street Beach in collaboration with Alliance for the Great Lakes. The volunteers removed 42 pounds of trash (Nov 2021).

PSI volunteers removed trash along the Midway along with UChicago Hillel (Nov 2021).

Competitions

The Service project group also hosts competitions and trivia to engage the student body in sustainability events. We ran an iguana counting competition through Zooniverse, for conservation research on marine iguanas in the Galapagos.

 

We also ran a sustainability-themed mask design competition, where students submitted and then voted on designs. The winner received 5 masks printed with their design.

The winning design from Service's sustainability-themed mask design competition (2021)

Education

Our project group first worked with the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) to bring environmental knowledge into the classroom. Our work with NSP led to an established partnership teaching students about sustainability and a new PSI project group focused on this initiative—Environmental Education

In Winter 2022, we taught a lesson on sustainable agriculture for Splash! UChicago, a program that brings middle and high school students to UChicago to learn about key topics and ideas. Our lesson introduced Chicago high schoolers to the history of industrial agriculture and methods to improve and enhance the sustainability of modern agricultural systems. 

Organization and Support

We work to support local businesses and charities and raise awareness for service opportunities.

We organized fundraisers for Growing Home, succulent sales among UChicago students, and created a service event database for volunteer opportunities in Hyde Park.

We raised over $250 by selling sustainably produced chocolate to buy 25 copies of the “Love the Earth” book for local schools. The book focuses on environmentalism and the role women can play in initiating environment change.
 

"Love the Earth"
"Love the Earth"

With a focus on interactive activities, the "Love the Earth" American Girl book teaches young students about climate change.

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Chocolate Sales
Chocolate Sales

Service raised funds to purchase the books by selling sustainably produced chocolate.

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Volunteering
Volunteering

PSI members from other project groups could volunteer to help raise the funds.

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"Love the Earth"
"Love the Earth"

With a focus on interactive activities, the "Love the Earth" American Girl book teaches young students about climate change.

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Members of the Service project group for the 2021-2022 academic year.