Green Festival Speakers

Tammy Steels



Tammy Steels, Executive Director and founder of Urban Sustainability Authority. Her passion to help others was ignited very early in life by her mother. She is the recipient of the 2007 Centers for Disease Controls Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Fellowship. As Executive Director she has partnered with After School Matters and South Shore High Schools to implement the Exposure 101, an apprenticeship project, giving at risk youth the knowledge and skills to nontraditional careers, such environmentalist, organizers, public relations, lobbyist and economist to name a few.

The youth group formed Working Environmental Group in June 2006 to perform neighborhood, advocacy, outreach and services. The youth have performed neighborhood forums and plan to complete a Public Service Announcement on the hazards of secondhand smoke, poor indoor air quality and its affect on asthmatics. Other services created under Ms. Steels leadership includes providing free community life skill training every third Thursday in 2006 from March to October, developed an youth workforce preparation manual and provided training for the Illinois Department of Employment Hire the Youth staff and initialized research on the Southside beaches to help determine the frequency of closure.

She has created and delivered numerous environmental health programs, such as Asbestos Abatement, Respiratory Protection, Hazardous Waste Removal and Environmental Sampling for several major US corporations. She has held the position of Senior Safety Professional for commonwealth Edison, Environmental Health Director for Healthy Schools Campaign and Project Coordinator for the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Advance Distance Education. She is a mother, aunt and great role model living in South Shore.

Tammy Steels received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Illinois State University, is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health where she received a Master of Public Health and completed her Master of Business Administration in Marketing and NonProfit Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2004. With over 20 years of Environmental Health and Managerial experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, she is dedicated to preserving and improving the urban communities.

Currently she is a Board member for the Illinois State University Black Colleagues Association and South Shore Chambers of Commerce; a member of the American Planning Association, Metropolitan Planning Council, Advisory Council of South Shore Cultural Center, The South Shore Planning and Preservation Coalition, Association Forum of Chicago, Dixon Elementary Parent Teacher Association and Troupe Leader for Girl Scout of America, troupe 708.