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.

Growing Forward Insight Sessions at the 2012 Green & Growing Fair

Growing Forward Insight Sessions at the 2012 Green & Growing Fair

Saturday, April 28th, 12-4pm

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
On behalf of GreenNet and all the community gardens that are so important to Chicago’s neighborhoods, you are invited to attend a special Insight Session for community garden leaders at this year’s Green and Growing Fair. At this 45-minute session, GreenNet wants to hear your thoughts on how together, we can make all of our community gardens more vibrant and sustainable.

The Insight Sessions are part of a larger initiative sponsored by GreenNet called Growing Forward, which is a year-long collaboration between gardens, gardeners, and garden support organizations across the City.

Diverse voices are wanted. To lend yours to this effort, please RSVP at http://growingforwardchicago.eventbrite.com
to share your insight about issues and opportunities facing Chicago’s gardens (and afterwards enjoy the fun at the annual Green and Growing Fair!).

The Insight Sessions are 45 minutes each and will be held at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm at the Green and Growing Fair on Saturday, April 28th at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

For more information about Growing Forward, please visit http://www.greennetchicago.org/growing-forward.

Earth Day is Just Around the Corner, but You Can Celebrate Every Day

Celebrate Earth Day by attending one of the many upcoming stewardship events coming up soon!   Can’t make it?  Check out our Event Calendar, which will be updated with exciting opportunities from stewardship events to festivals and everything in between to celebrate Earth Day all year long.


Explore Stewardship Across Chicago
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to get outside and clean up Chicago?  Events occur all month long. Register, if requested, with the event host and send any questions to the event contact.  Most sites offer gloves, bags and other necessary materials.  Please bring your own snacks and water bottle.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and activity.  Comfortable shoes that can get dirty are recommended.  All events are kid-friendly – feel free to bring the whole family!


Saturday, April 21st
9 a.m. – Noon
Locations Across Chicago
Register at the website.
Saturday, April 21st
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Humboldt Park & Little Village
Saturday, April 21st
9 a.m. – Noon
5531 S. King
Contact wpconservancy@gmail.com
Saturday, April 21st
Times Vary
Locations Across Chicago
Contact 311 to Register


Saturday, April 28th
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Halsted and 144th
Contact Eileen at 773-238-4221
Saturday, April 28th
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
4055 N. Kenmore
Contact adelorenzo@chicagocares.org
Saturday, April 28th
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6401 N. Stony Island
Contact Jerry at 773-955-6384

Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit from the Field Museum

Over the past two years, ECCo (Environment, Culture, and Conservation,  a division of the Field museum) staff have been working with partner organizations in four neighborhoods–Forest Glen, Bronzeville, South Chicago, and Pilsen–and across the Chicago Region (including us!) to turn their research on community assets into local projects and tools for education and action that relate climate change to our region and our lives.

They are pleased to announce the launch of climatechicago.fieldmuseum.org!

The website offers a range of multimedia tools to help others start local climate action projects that improve quality of life and address climate change at the same time. Tools are available in English and Spanish. They include:

●     video documentaries on community projects

●     a primer on climate change and its impacts on the Chicago region

●     a climate action comic book

●     a guide to climate-friendly food

●     action strategies for helping the region’s plants and wildlife adapt to climate change

●     educational videos

Request a C3 Speaker for Your Earth Day Event by April 2nd

Have an Earth Day event coming up?  Want a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker to come talk about environmental issues or host a C3 table at your event?  Consider requesting a C3 Speaker!

The C3 Speakers Bureau is a collection of  environmental community leaders that are actively engaged in protecting the environment and improving the quality of life in their communities. C3 Speakers have  experience leading and organizing grassroots environmental projects in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

C3 speakers are well versed in conservation topics like composting, local food access, rain barrel installation, recycling and reuse, general conservation and more.

Request a speaker here: www.surveymonkey.com/sbrequest by Monday, April 2nd for Earth day events.  Speakers are also available for community events throughout the year.  Check out the Request a Speaker tab above to learn more.

Please Note: Although we would like to fulfill all requests, this is not always possible since we depend on volunteer availability.  In the case that C3 is not able to attend your event, we will do our best to inform you of our availability 1 week prior to the scheduled event date. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sustainable Backyards Workshop, 3/27, 6 PM

Explore Stormwater Management

Sustainable Backyards Workshop

Tuesday, March 27th

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Chicago Center for Green Technology

445 N. Sacramento Blvd.

Register or learn more at www.chicagogreentech.org or call 312-746-9642

Learn how to make your back, front or side yard more environmentally sustainable. This workshop will cover the basics of installing a rain barrel, setting up a compost bin, planting a tree and more. Spring is a great time to plant a native garden and trees in your yard. You will also learn about the City’s rebate program and how Chicago residents can receive up to 50% off of their next tree, native plant, rain barrel or compost bin purchase.

Restoration Workday at North Park Village Nature Center, 3/18, 9AM

Explore Garden Stewardship

Restoration Workday at North Park Village Nature Center

Sunday, March 18th

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5801 N. Pulaski

No registration necessary. Call 312-744-5472 for more information.

Enjoy a day in the woods of the North Park Village.  Help remove invasive plants like buckthorn; plant and/or remove trees; and learn about native landscapes.  Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided.  Be sure to check out the Nature Center after the workday for kid-friendly activities and educational information.

C3 Leader, Stephanie’s Wet ‘n Wild Chicago Water Workshop, 3/13, 5PM

Explore Water Conservation

C3 Leader, Stephanie Douglass hosts a Free Wet ‘n Wild Chicago Water Workshop

Tuesday, March 13th

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Uncommon Ground

1401 W. Devon Ave.

To register or learn more call 260-ALL-GROW

Why does your basement smell when it floods?  Should you drink hot water from the tap?  How do all those green roofs affect driving conditions after a storm?  Get some answers and learn easy and fun ways to conserve water in your home.  Materials, raffle, and food discount provided.

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.

Homegrown Chicago Accepting Applications

The HomeGrown Chicago community food garden network, sponsored by Openlands, is a training program that focuses on fostering neighborhood groups to assess, plan for, and build long-term stewardship for community-managed green spaces.

The objectives of the program are to promote increased growing and consumption of healthy and affordable local food, establish productive uses for vacant lots, build personal connections among neighbors, and reinforce a citywide network of local gardeners for the exchange of ideas and experiences.

HomeGrown Chicago provides participants a series of four workshops (see schedule below) annually that focus on:

  • Finding and securing land,
  • Establishing a sustainable organizational structure,
  • Designing a garden and growing food organically, and
  • Building garden structures.

The program also provides customized workshops for garden groups; offers a program manual; donates lumber, soil, seeds, and other materials; and encourages participants to share advice and seeds at the beginning of each growing season.

  • Workshop 1-  March 24, 2012 – 9:30  a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Meet successful allotment gardeners and learn the history of this movement.  Learn how to find, test and secure land for your garden.
  • Workshop 2- March 31, 2012 – 9:30  a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Learn how to establish a healthy organization as the first step to ensure that the garden is run effectively, cooperatively and sustainably.
  • Workshop 3-  April  7, 2012 – 9:30  a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Designing the garden, and growing vegetables organically.
  • Workshop 4- April 14, 2012 – 9:30  a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Hands-on demonstrations of building & installing garden structures such as raised beds & trellises in a garden.

Workshop participants will receive a manual, garden materials,  technical assistance and membership in the HomeGrown Chicago Food Garden Network.

Registration: HomeGrown is for groups, not individuals. A minimum of 4 people from each garden is suggested. Tuition for the program is $150.00 for four members and four classes. Registration is limited and starts January 13, 2012 , ends March 10, 2012. For an application contact Julie Samuels (312.863.6256) or click here.