Spring Public Workshop for the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor Grant Program, 3/13, 7PM

Want to help manage stormwater and prevent flooding in Logan Square? Interested in making green improvements to your property, no matter where you live?  Join us at the first public workshop for the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor grant program!


March 13, 2012, 7–9 pm
Hairpin Lofts, Logan Square Arts Center 2800 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago

Learn how the grant program works and get free consultation from design professionals on the kinds of projects – a green roof, rain garden, permeable paving – that make sense for your home or business.  Check to see if your property is in the corridor at www.logansquareh2o.org.

Why should you come?

  • Learn about the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor grant program
  • Learn about stormwater management and green infrastructure
  • Learn about other City of Chicago programs you can use
  • Get free design ideas for green infrastructure projects on your property
  • Have fun and meet your neighbors!

What should you bring?

Please bring aerial photos, blueprints or other schematics of your property to discuss with our designers.  Aerial images printed from Google Earth, Google Maps, or something comparable are sufficient.

Questions? Contact Josh Ellis at jellis@metroplanning.org

This workshop is free and open to the public, and no matter where your property is, you can benefit from attending.  Please note, however, only properties within the designated corridor are eligible for grant funding through this program. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must attend a program workshop, which will take place every three months, or until all grant funds have been awarded.  Additional workshops will occur at the same time and place on June 12 and Sept. 11.

The event is free, but please register.

C3 Leader Tameka Flowers: Getting 2 Know Green 101- Clean Up and Workshop, July 30

Getting 2 Know Green
Saturday, July 30
Meet at 13th and Homan
RSVP required: paperwerx4you@gmail.com

Join neighbors and organizations from the North Lawndale Community for Getting 2 Know Green 101.
Provide a clean up to the area near the Douglass Branch Library, 13th
Street Play Lot, CYC Community Center, and Village West Housing
Development. Win a free paper recycling bin designed by artists from Paperwerx Inc. and Neuro Kitchen Arts Collaborative.
Free Lunch and Discussion….All Ages Welcome!!!
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Treat Yourself to a Rain Barrel and Compost Bin at the next Sustainable Backyard Workshop, July 26

Sustainable Backyard Workshop
Tuesday, July 26
Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 N. Sacramento
RSVP: rainbarrel@cityofchicago.org or 312-743-9283

The Chicago Sustainable Backyard Program has received a lot of great attention, and more importantly, participation this summer. We are happy to share with you that the program was recently featured in Gapers Block, thanks to a great article by Chicago’s favorite gardening blogger, Mr. Brown Thumb

The Sustainable Backyard Program provides rebates on resources and tools that will help you transform your back, front and side yard into a sustainable and ecologically diverse landscape. So go ahead and treat yourself to that rain barrel or compost bin you have been meaning to install. The Department of Environmental will reimburse you up to 50% for your effort.

While you’re at your local garden center, check out the lovely range of native plants that will attract a range of beneficial critters to your yard, creating a diverse habitat and sustainable ecosystem-right in your backyard!

Rebate forms are available to Chicago residents for up to 50% off their next local purchase of:

TREES (up to $100 back)

NATIVE PLANTS (up to $60 back)

COMPOST BINS (up to $50 back)

RAIN BARRELS (up to $40 back)

Volunteer at the North Avenue Beach Clean Up and Join Forces with Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Global Alliance of Artists, Saturday, July 23, 9:00-11:00 am

Saturday July 23, August13, and September 10, 2011

What We Worry About: Chicago Writers on Protecting Our Beaches

Beach pollution caused 18,682 closings and swimming advisory days at ocean, bay and Great Lakes beaches in 2009. You can help! Take action through these beach clean-up events and hear the inspirational readings of Chicago writers about the importance of our beaches. Clean-ups will occur on Saturday, July 23rd, August 13th, and September 10th. Attend one or all events from 9:00-11:00 am at North Avenue Beach.

If you would like to participate, please RSVP at with Catherine Game at catherine.game@gmail.com. For more information visit www.globalallianceartists.org.

Make Your Conservation Efforts Count! Document Your Work With STEW-MAP

The United States Forest Service is reaching out to environmental stewardship groups (formal and informal) throughout the region to find out about them and where they are working. There is a long history of stewardship in the greater Chicago region but this is the first effort to try to pull together information on every environmental group or organization. We will create a region-wide map that shows who is working where.

Why participate in Chicago Stew-MAP?

Ø Promote your stewardship work by putting your group’s website/contact info on the stewardship map for potential volunteers, funders, and others to see;
Ø Make sure your group or organization gets credit for the environmental stewardship work you are doing;
Ø See where stewardship is occurring—and where it isn’t;
Ø Find out about and connect with other stewards;
Ø Help us understand the groups and organizations that are doing environmental stewardship in our region.

Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Native Plants -Oh my! Sustainable Backyard Workshop, June 14

Join the City of Chicago Department of Environment for the first installment of the Sustainable Backyard Workshop series highlighting the many ways residents can create more environmentally-friendly landscapes in their back, front, and side yards.

June 14, 2011
28 E. Jackson, Suite 1800
6:00-8:00 pm
RSVP: 312-743-9283 or rainbarrel@cityofchicago.org

Learn more about the program at chicagorainharvesting

Get Tuned Up for Bike to Work Week, June 11-17

Image courtesy of Active Trans

Photo: Jason Greenberg

Join the Active Transportation Alliance for the 2011 Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge! Re-discover the joys of cycling and explore the utility and ease of cycling in an urban environment! Tone your muscles, support improve air quality, reduce your carbon output and make new friends. All of these benefits and more can be discovered next week during the Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge. Don’t stop there, keep the momentum by riding through the summer and maybe even until the Winter Bike to Work Week Challenge in 2012!

Be sure to stop in your local bike shop this week and get ready for the ride.

Hope to see you out there.

Photo: Jason Greenberg

Featured Event! Restoration Workday at Hegewisch Marsh-Saturday, June 11

Photo credit: Ryan Wilson

Saturday, June 11
9:00 am -12:00 pm
Meet at 13250 S. Torrence
RSVP: Jerry Attere, 312-744-9136

Dress in work clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit soggy and muddy.

Did you know that the Calumet Region is one of the most bio-diverse locations in our region and home to an astounding – 2,250+ species of plants and animals including threatened species like the black crown night heron and pie-billed grebes ! That’s more species diversity than Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, and Lincoln Park Zoo COMBINED!

Please join the Calumet Stewardship Initiative, the Department of Environmental and C3 for a unique restoration workday at Hegewisch Marsh. We will be helping with vernal pool planting, an opportunity only available in early summer. If you have yet to be a part of a workday in Calumet, please do not miss this opportunity to protect and support one of the most lovely and unique region in our fair city.

This is a great opportunity for students, families and nature lovers alike to gain hands-on experience in a beautiful nature area. Please join us!

Featured Event! NHS Chicago NeighborWorks Day tomorrow. Come out to Humboldt Park for an added bonus- Sustainable Backyard Demos!

Photo courtesy of NHS Chicago

Volunteer for a NeighborWorks Day project on Saturday, June 4!
Join in the fun during NHS’ 24th Annual NeighborWorks Day on Saturday, June 4. Volunteers are needed to paint, plant, clean vacant lots, landscape and garden.

During National NeighborWorks® Week, tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors and friends will be volunteering across the country in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

Come on out to the NeighborWorks site near you! Breakfast, lunch and a NeighborWorks t-shirt will be provided. RSVP to Lindsey Hammond lhammond@nhschicago.org or (773) 329-4133

Dreaming for Drake- West Humboldt Park
8:15 AM: 500 and 600 blocks of North Drake Ave. – Volunteers needed to paint porches, perform small repairs, plant vegetable, flowers and bushes, spread mulch and grass seed.

12:30 PM: Attend a Free Sustainable Backyard Workshopat the NHS Chicago WHP Neighborhood Center 3601 W. Chicago Ave. This program offered in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Environment and Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers provides instruction and demonstration on the use of Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Planting a Rain Garden and more. Prizes & Rebates for up to 50% on Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Trees and Native Plants will be available.
RSVP for workshop: cstewart@nhschicago.org or 773-329-4127

Living History – North Lawndale- Village West between 3400 & 3500 block W 13th Street near Homan- Beautification and Community Garden Enhancement – North Lawndale is home to more than 20 community gardens. Work will be done in one of the most famous, the African Gardens. Murals and plaques commemorating moments in North Lawndale’s history will be created and installed. Volunteers and residents will paint fencing around Village West Homes and plant flowers and plants around the walkways. There will be a cookout in the African Garden for all the residents and volunteers to celebrate the finished project.

Community Canvas – Back of the Yards/Garfield Boulevards- 2200 to 1700 W. 49th Street- Community Mural – Volunteers from local community organizations and residents will prepare this area for a new community mural. We will prime the surfaces with white primer, clean the debris in front of the wall and replace it with mulch. Murals will be painted during the course of the summer.

Roseland: A Neighborhood in Bloom – Roseland- 0-40 W. 108th street block- Beautification Project -We will work side-by-side with residents to beautify this block. Join us for painting fences and porches, cleaning a vacant lot and planting flowers. Stop by the Open Houses for our newly rehabbed NSP properties on the block.

Block by Block – West Englewood- Resource Fair and Beautification -NHS will host a resource fair and flower planting at a local church within the growing Block Club Network. Join us for planting flowers and small shrubs in the triangles at the corners of each participating block club network and for seniors who need assistance. Help us celebrate two newly formed Block Clubs!

Neighborhoods of Promise: A Showcase of Homes – Chicago Lawn/Gage Park- St. Rita Church 6243 S. Fairfield & St. Mary Star of the Sea Church 6435 S. Kilbourn-These community institutions will hold a “Showcase of Homes” for sale in the neighborhood. There will be opportunities for interested people to visit high quality and affordable homes in a designated area in the parish. Volunteers will help with registration and helping to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Empowering Our Community – Auburn Gresham/Englewood- 449 West 79th Street- Housing Resource Sidewalk Fair -Volunteers are needed to help canvass the neighborhood with information about NeighborWorks Day 2012 and NHS. Everyone is invited to meet the “new” Neighborhood Director! Mini workshops will be offered as well as one-on-one counseling with NHS staff.

Garlic Mustard Pull Mondays in Eggers Woods Throughout the Month of May

Garlic Mustard is one of the most aggressive invasive plants in our region. Support the ecological health and diversity of our open lands and green space by getting involved in Garlic Mustard Pull Challenge!

Join in the Garlic Mustard Pull Mondays at Eggers Woods each Monday until May 23 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Contact site steward John Pastirik if you plan to attend (773) 991-0613. Eggers Woods is located at East 112th street and Ave. E in the Calumet Region.

This event is a part of the 10 Ward Green Summit, which is a month long effort to highlight the many green initiatives as a result of direct community action to create a healthier and more sustainable region.

Blue City Cycles and Crust Organic Pizzeria Support C3ers on Chicago River Day

We want to give a big shout out to Crust Organic Pizzeria and Blue City Cycles for their support of the C3 River Day Challenge! C3 volunteers and supporters are encouraged to sign for Chicago River Day this Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at riverside locations throughout Chicago.
C3 will be participating at the following sites:
Origins Park
CTA Orange Line
Riverside Mall
18th street
Eugene Park
Fullerton Ave
Lathrop Trail
Berteau Ave
and more!

All participating C3 volunteers will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win some super cool prizes from the local businesses.
North side volunteers could win a gift certificate to Crust in Wicker Park
South side volunteers could win a free bike tune at Blue City Cycles in Bridgeport.
Everybody wins on Chicago River Day. Sign up before it’s too late! If you do sign up, be sure to check in with C3 before so you can get credit for your participation. See you out there!

Raffle winners will be announced Friday, May 20

Featured Event This Weekend at Little Black Pearl

Last week’s blizzard has left everyone drowning in snow. Severe weather can be a stark reminder of the importance of weatherization and winter preparedness. If you have not yet attended a weatherization workshop this year, this may be one of your last opportunities to learn about low-cost weatherization and go home with a free kit to install in your home.

Please join C3 staff and volunteers in partnership with the Little Black Pearl Workshop for this special weatherization workshop.

Advanced RSVP is required

C3 Leader Andres Hernandez Computer Recycling Drop Off Day, 2.19.11

Saturday, February 19th
Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson
RSVP: EwasteWorkshop@gmail.com or (773) 539-3018

A computer is a terrible thing to e-waste!

Technology changes rapidly, but one thing remains the same, the toxic trail it leaves behind when it is trashed.

Do you know what’s in your computer?
Do you know how to discard it?

Come to this workshop and learn more about e-waste and what you can do to reduce your toxic footprint. Then put your new knowledge into action by bringing in your old computer equipment to be recycled.

Weatherization Workshop at Green Tech U Tomorrow: 1.27.2011

Greencorps trainee Darlene Pope demonstrates weatherization techniques

Arctic winds, drafty doorways and high energy costs got you down this winter?

You don’t have to battle the icy temperatures alone. Join the Chicago Conservation Corps, eZing, Greencorps Chicago and the Chicago Green Homes Program for this fun, hands-on weatherization workshop.

We will show you the DIY tricks of the trade and provide you with your very own complimentary weatherization kit.

Please RSVP in advance, SPACE IS LIMITED. greentech@cityofchicago.org or 312-746-9642

Please limit one kit per household
This workshop is limited to Chicago residents only.