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Surplus With a Purpose (SWAP)

The Demon Surplus With A Purpose (SWAP) program is an initiative that aims to educate students on the ways in which upcycling their items can help reduce waste while also providing materials for others and helping sustain a Vincentian mission here at DePaul. This initiative began in 2009 and raises money for the Office of Mission and Values' Vincentian Assistance Fund, which goes to directly help students in emergent need. All items left over are donated to an array of nonprofits in the Chicagoland area.For more information, visit Housing Services

Surplus With A Purpose (SWAP) at DePaul from DePaul Housing Services on Vimeo.


The student-led DePaul's Environmental Concerns Organization (ECO) Service Club, part of the DePaul Community Service Organization (DCSA), meets to engage in service every Saturday at Eden Place Nature Center in Chicago's Fuller Park neighborhood.

ECO's members work to better educate themselves and others in the DePaul community about how to live environmentally sustainable lives. During the winter ECO does advocacy work and during warmer months volunteers at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Service Site: Eden Place Nature Center ( 1481 Ring Rd # 1 Calumet City, IL 60409); Saturdays 11:00am-2:00pm

Coordinators: Contact ECO Service Club co-leaders: Sophia Robinson and Andraya Jorgensen

Learn about Earth Week at DePaul.

SGA/Environmental Concerns Committee

The Student Government Association (SGA) has created a committee called the Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC). The ECC is focused on environmental issues on the DePaul campus, and is always welcoming students to become involved and share their ideas to promote sustainable lives both on and off campus.
For more information, please contact: Joseph Arcus at arcus.joe@gmail.com.

Urban Agriculture - Eden Place STEM Service Learning Grant

This project is a collaboration between Eden Place Nature Center in Chicago’s impoverished Fuller Park neighborhood, DePaul and Chicago State University. Community members, students, and faculty involved in the project will organize the community to help create security and access to healthy food systems.
Participants practice the basics of urban agriculture while working at Eden Urban Farms – a year-round farm serving the local community that is located in a food desert (impoverished areas where residents have limited access to nutritious sources of fresh produce). Students in the Environmental Communication Workshop at DePaul are developing a social marketing campaign that promotes the produce at Eden Urban Farms but will also encourage the increased consumption of locally grown produce.
Contact Barb Willard for more information.

Environmental Stewardship Community Internship (ESCI)

ESCI provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for environmental science/studies students to experience community-based environmental stewardship in the context of urban agriculture and youth development. The internships are based out of the Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) on the South Side of Chicago. The interns support the garden department’s offerings as part of the GCYC’s academic enrichment/summer camp for youth ages 8 -12 and the Green Career Exploration program for youth ages 13-18.
Through support of the Department of Environmental Science and Studies and the Steans Center for Community Service Learning, the interns will support educational programming for youth ages k-18 at GCYC. ​