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.