ECCo's Urban Anthropology Team

Photo: Sarah Sommers

Working in the Chicago region, ECCo’s Urban Anthropology Team facilitates cross-cultural collaborations of diverse stakeholders from communities across the region to re-invigorate and strengthen their ties with the natural world. We draw on the Museum’s expertise in anthropology—one of the Museum’s four academic fields—and public education to help diverse groups identify connections between their cultural and natural heritage traditions, understand what they have in common, and develop innovative strategies for partnering on programs that simultaneously address environmental, social, and cultural sustainability.

ECCo’s New Allies for Nature and Culture website explains how we define sustainability and provides video examples of exciting projects in the Chicago region that aim to benefit both people and nature.

Current Projects

Engaging Chicago’s Diverse Communities in Climate Action

Go Green @ Your Illinois Library

Telling Our Stories: Creating Green Communities

Energy Action Network-Chicago

Chicago Cultural Alliance

Influential Projects from the Past

Our current projects build past projects focused on collaboration, social assets, community-building, and human-nature connections in the Chicago region:

Cultural Connections

Journey Through Calumet

Participatory Action Research

Creative Networks: Mexican Immigrant Assets in Chicago

Building Community in Lake Park Crescent

Informal Arts Study


Latest News on ECCo's Work in the Chicago Region

Quick Links to Download Our Tools and Resources


Learn about the work of the other ECCo Chicago Region Teams:

Applied Cultural Research Program

Urban Conservation Team

We also learn from our ECCo colleagues working with communities in the Andes/Amazon to help them recognize and build on the value of their cultural and natural resources. Learn more…