Take the Recreation Master Plan Survey

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County recently launched a process to create a Recreation Master Plan, and they would like your input through an online survey.

The Recreation Master Plan will provide the District with a blueprint for how to enhance existing recreation opportunities and identify new ones compatible with our mission. The District has over 68,000 acres, offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, birding, golfing, cross-country skiing and more.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete but will allow you to provide input, preferences and comments. The survey will be open until August 10, 2012.

Please take the survey now!

C3 Leader: Larken Akins, 2012 Think Green Fair

The 2012 Think Green Fair will demonstrate to the community how small changes can make a huge environmental impact. Our community will learn and see how simple it is to recycle, compost, and conserve energy and resources. We will give the community a jump start to going green by providing tips, kits and resources. We want the community to not think green but to live green! This fair will be hosted by the Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation (IPCDF). The IPCDF is a 501(c)3 charitable entity of Chi Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. For more information please contact Larken Akins at larkenakins@yahoo.com.

Join C3 staff, volunteers and many many more, at CCGT 10th Anniversary event this Saturday

The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) is celebrating its 10-year
Anniversary this Saturday with a special event to promote green building and sustainable practices through vendor exhibits, presentations, games, food, guided tours, and entertainment.

The City anticipates more than 500 Chicago residents, small business owners, locally-based professionals and municipal employees will attend the anniversary event which will include:
• a “Build Smart” expo featuring 40 product/service vendors;
• presentations by experts discussing green incentives;
• games for everyone, including bag toss and a dunk tank (plus prizes for the kids);
• food supplied by local organic vendors;
• a solar powered DJ system and sound stage;
• raffle drawings for prize including weatherization kits, rain barrels, and compost bins

Admission is to the event is free, though pre-registered attendees will be eligible for prizes and more. Information about the CCGT Anniversary event and registration is available here.

Make a Boot Jack with the ReBuilding Exchange

You Need a Boot Jack!

A boot jack is the greatest shoe accessory you didn’t know you needed. This simple tool lets you take off muddy, wet, or super snug boots without using your hands or even sitting down (find a full description at Wikipedia). Students will saw the slab and heel for their jack from reclaimed hardwood lumber gleaned from the RX racks, pad the mouth with recycled leather scrap, and screw & glue it all together to make a unique and useful boot-removing tool. Students will receive instruction and safety guidelines for the chop saw, band saw, and drill.

Instructor: Alex Enarson
Class size: 8
Skill level: All
Tools used: Chop saw, band saw, hand drill

Friday June 15 3pm-6pm $65 single / $85 couple
Friday June 22 3pm-6pm $65 single / $85 couple

Learn more about this Make It/Take It class here or sign up for a series of classes at the Rebuilding Exchange here.

C3 is at the Chicago Green Festival This Weekend!


Attend the May 5-6 at Navy Pier to celebrate solutions leading us to healthier lives and greener communities.

Meet and hear community leaders, cultural icons and reknowned visionaries, including: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Karyn Calabrese, Reed Alexander, Jeffrey Smith, Laura Flanders, Greg Palast, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and a special satellite presentation from Bill McKibben.

Here’s what you’ll find:
* Find out about the dangers of GMOs and why your food choices are critically important.
* Celebrate World Fair Trade Day at the Fair Trade Stage.
* Learn how to homebrew and make your own mead at the DIY Stage.
* Get the latest in Chicago earth-friendly trends with the T.H.R.E.A.D.S. Eco-Fashion Show.
* Vote for your favorite local nonprofit to get the Ford Community Green Grant!
* Learn how to invest in local food, farms and rebuild our local economy.
* Take home tips to urban garden in your abode.
* Test drive the brand new FORD Focus Electric.
* Watch local celebrity chefs prepare healthy foods on a budget at the Good Food Stage.
* Bring the whole family for fun in the Green Kids Zone!
* Detoxify your home and school to keep your children safe and healthy.
* Enjoy a full weekend of free yoga and movement classes.
* Screen award-winning environmental films at the Sierra Club Green Cinema.
* Discuss the “do’s” and “don’ts” of establishing, financing and marketing your green business.
* Sample and shop with the greenest businesses in your neighborhood.

Discounted tickets are still available online. Purchase your ticket online to save time and money.  Check out www.greenfestivals.org to learn more and get a schedule.

Featured Event! Jackson Park Wooded Island Workday, 5/26, 10AM

Explore Park Stewardship
Jackson Park Wooded Island Workday
Saturday, May 26th
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact Jerry Levy at sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com
Join Park District Steward, Jerry Levy for a fun day of stewardship and education at the Jackson Park Workday.  Volunteers will meet at the Darrow Memorial Bridge, just south of the Museum Of Science and Industry. Activities can include pulling invasives, planting and general site maintenance. Jerry will also talk about the history of Wooded Island and the surrounding community.  Work gloves and tools are provided. Bring your own snacks and water and dress appropriately for outdoor work.

Featured Event! Neighborspace Howard Area Community Garden Workday, 5/19, 9AM

Explore Urban Agriculture
Neighborspace Howard Area Community Garden Workday
Saturday, May 19th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1715 W. Juneway Terrace
Join volunteers from Neighborspace, Openlands, and Chicago Cares for an exciting workday at this Rogers Park community garden, one of the oldest commmunity gardens in the city.
There are 50 vegetable plots housed in this garden and maintained by local gardeners.  They need help preparing vegetable beds, fixing a fallen fence, mulching pathways, turning compost and other garden-related tasks.  Gloves and tools are provided, however bringing your own tools would also be helpful (be sure to put your name on your items).  Bring snacks and water and wear clothes that can get dirty.

Chicago River Day 20/20 still has many events before River Day!

Twenty years ago, Friends of the Chicago River started Chicago River Day with 25 volunteers who dragged shopping carts, mattresses, and plastic bags from its banks. Today, this inspiring event has grown to 4,000 volunteers at 65 locations along the Chicago River.

Celebrate this amazing milestone through Chicago River Day 20/20 – 20 days of events and activities that commemorate this milestone and get people involved. There is something for everyone so scroll through the calendar on the website and see what you can do.  Events include lectures, tree planting, tours and, of course, Chicago River Day.

Climate Change Action Workshop for Community Organizations, 5/15, 10AM

You are Invited to a May 15 Climate Change Action
Workshop for Community Organizations
at The Field Museum

What do daycare, cooking, public art, and gardens have to do with climate change? Come to the workshop and find out!

When: Tuesday, May 15, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (optional tour: 12-12:30)

Where: The Field Museum

RSVP: By May 4th to Kristie Edwards (kedwards@fieldmuseum.org or 312-665-7485) with your name, organization, and email. RSVP early – space is limited.

Parking: We have a few free parking spaces available in the Museum’s West Lot, to be given out to the first respondents who request them. Please request parking when you RSVP. You will receive a confirmation email indicating whether we are able to fulfill your request. Paid parking is available in the adjacent Soldier Field lot. We encourage participants to take public transit.

Co-Sponsor: Chicago Wilderness – this workshop is a Chicago Wilderness Climate Clinic

Details: The workshop will share climate change education and action materials from the Museum’s newly launched Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit.  Field Museum scientists will present tools that you can use to educate your community about climate change in the Chicago region and engage them in meaningful climate action work, and partners from Pilsen will share their experience transforming a vacant lot into a climate-friendly native play garden. Presentations will be followed by a brainstorm discussion among participants about how to use Toolkit materials in their ongoing work. The workshop will conclude with an optional guided tour of the Museum’s new Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth exhibition, focused on using it to educate communities about climate change in both global and local contexts.

Participants will receive free Museum admission for the day for themselves and a few friends or family, and a 2012 Family Pass for one day of free Museum admission to use by the end of this year.

Fifth Annual 10th Ward Green Summit 2012 Partner Kickoff Tomorrow!

You Are Cordially Invited to the Fifth Annual 10th Ward Green Summit 2012 Partner Kickoff

April 27, 2012

Jovial Club

9615 S. Commercial Avenue

Chicago, IL 60617

9:00am Registration & Breakfast

9:30am-11:00am Program

RSVP to Graciela Robledo at 773.734.9181 Ext. 14 or gracer@claretianassociates.org

Claretian Associates – in cooperation with dozens of community organizations – will be hosting the fifth annual 10th Ward Green Summit Kick Off on Friday, April 27. The kick off begins at 9 a.m. at the Jovial Club at 9615 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago.

The mission of the 10th Ward Green Summit is to offer area residents a cohesive presentation of currently available green, eco-friendly and healthy initiatives designed to enhance the community’s quality of life and promote economic development, by taking into consideration the communities cultural and economic diversity.  This year’s summit will feature events from neighborhood clean up, recycling electronics, to environmental tours, and much more.

The 10th Ward Green Summit has attracted an audience that has doubled each year. Since its conception in 2008, 400 people participated in this daylong event. Now we host a month-long series of activities, that served 2,500 local residents and visitors in 2011.