The Calumet Environmental Resource Center (CERC) is a unique resource library, meeting place and referral network where local community residents, government officials, nonprofit environmental organizations, and others can learn about and respond to pressing environmental issues in the Calumet Region.
CERC was established in 1991 through a joint effort of the Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center at Chicago State University, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Chicago Legal Clinic and is operated by the Neighborhood Assistance Center at CSU.
CERC works with numerous community organizations, businesses, and residents seeking to enhance economic development, protect the area's fragile environment, and monitor the health and safety of their communities.
CERC's extensive resource collection continues to grow daily and contains over 3,000 assorted reports, documents, maps, books, photographs and other resources that specifically focus on the Calumet region of southeastern Chicago, Cook County, and northwestern Indiana. As a comprehensive storehouse of government documents, industry profiles, and scientific research papers on past environmental pollution and current toxic hazards in the region, the center enables community groups and individuals to formulate effective strategies towards addressing local and regional environmental concerns.
Michael Siola is the research specialist in charge of the collection which is housed in the Paul & Emily Douglas Library housed at Chicago State University. The center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00AM until 5:00PM. An appointment is not necessary, but it is always best to call ahead so we may better coordinate your research activities.
You can come to CERC to:
- study hundreds of government documents, reports, and studies about the Calumet region
- examine historical maps and aerial photographs of Chicago and northwestern Indiana
- do a quick computer search of the documents housed in the CERC collection
- search the on-line catalogs of over 800 Illinois libraries via Illinet
- access toxic release information supplied by area business
- access numerous on-line databases that include updated information on water quality, pollution, toxic substances, contaminated sediments, zebra mussels, adverse health risks and the ecology of the region
- visit the websites and home pages of hundreds of environmental organizations worldwide
- consult with us on ways to better present information in map, GIS, or graphic form
- use interactive environmental education software
- learn more about using a Geographical Information System (GIS) for environmental issues
- meet and discuss environmental issues with representatives of local, state and federal government agencies, neighborhood organizations, and environmental activists
- train teachers about local environmental issues and develop curricula and lesson plans for classroom use in elementary and secondary schools
13th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference
Calumet Heritage Area - Revisited"
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Program: 8:30am – 12:45pm
Rail and Bus Tour: 1:15pm–5:00pm
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center
1215 North State Road 49, Porter, Indiana
This year’s conference theme is “A
Calumet Heritage Area—Revisited” Experts on
Heritage Areas from both inside and outside
the region will address the opportunities and
challenges presented by Heritage Areas,
and whether the time is right for the bi-state
Calumet region to seriously consider such a
designation. A narrated tour of one of the
nation’s most compelling landscapes by rail and
bus offers an unusual perspective on its natural and cultural heritage.
For more information, please visit the Calumet Heritage Partnership (CHP)
web site at http://www.calumetheritage.org/.
Click here to register for the 2012 Calumet Heritage Conference!
Calumet Stewardship Initiative (CSI)
Summer 2013 Calendar of Events
Looking for some fun and excitement during the upcoming summer months?
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and volunteer to help revitalize a little bit
of the Calumet region? Then check out the many events being sponsored by
CSI members across the Calumet region over the next few months.
Click here to download the Summer 2013 Calendar of Events!
You can also visit the Calendar of Events page on the CSI web site!
2010 Calumet Summit
Download copies of presentations from the 2010 Calumet
Summit held on April 27-28, 2010 at Purdue-Calumet University.
Chicago Climate Action Plan
Read the Introduction (500 KB)
Full Report (7.22 MB)
Calumet Area Ecological
Executive Summary (1.1 mb)
Full Report (2.1 mb)
Lake Calumet Ecosystem
If you are interested in becoming a member of the
Lake Calumet Ecosystem Partnership (LCEP), please
Michael Siola at (773) 995-2964 for more information.
Journey Through the Calumet
Communities In Motion in Southeast
Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Viaje Por Calumet
Visit the Field Museum of Natural History's online
exploration of what makes the Calumet region
such a cultural and ecological treasure.