Celebrate the Accomplishments of the Chicago Conservation Corps

Content Creator, including photographs: C3 Blogger Tom from www.letUbeU.com

Chicago Conservation Corps

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) has put together an impressive resume of accomplishments over the past 5+ years. In case you are new to C3, we are a group of over 400 volunteers and teachers (with 3 staff members to facilitate) who recruit and train more volunteers to organize environmentally-friendly projects around Chicago’s 50 wards.

Chicago Conservation Corps

Our projects consist of cleaning neighborhoods & forest preserves, organizing workshops that teach citizens how they can save money by reducing water and electricity consumption, and educating & inspiring Chicago Public School students to be leaders in the conservation movement in Chicago. We also have a Speakers Bureau which provides businesses and organizations with C3 Leaders who provide inspiration and resources to make your event more eco-friendly.

Chicago Conservation Corps

To date, our volunteer’s actions have provided many benefits to the city of Chicago. Please celebrate with C3 and show you care for the environment by following us on Twitter (@ChiConservation) or Facebook (Chicago Conservation Corps) and sharing some of our accomplishments below. To date:

  • 401 projects since 2006 throughout the city
  • Currently 83 active clubs in CPS schools
  • 1,500 students engaged in the program per year
  • 6,903 weatherization kits (for reducing heat loss in homes) installed in 2011-2012 heating season
  • Nearly 125,000 community members impacted by C3 projects
  • 9.4 million pounds of waste diverted from landfills
  • Nearly 300 acres improved through clean-ups and plantings

Thank you for reading. Remember, this is for your, my, and our children’s

Chicago Conservation Corps

All photographs were taken from The Field Museum’s exhibit: The Abbott Hall of Conservation Restoring Earth

C3 and CSI talk with WBEZ about Hegewisch Marsh

Joann Podkul of CSI




Check out this great coverage of C3 and Calumet Stewardship Initiative volunteers working in vernal pools at Hegewisch Marsh over the weekend. Michael Puente from WBEZ joined us to help uncover the great restoration and open space preservation work happening in the area.





Greencorps Calumet


This work would not be possible without the dedicated investment and leadership from community leaders (who are also C3 leaders) like Joann Podkul and Kevin Murphy of the Calumet Stewardship Initiative, Sharon Rolek of the Calumet Ecological Park Association and many more. Thank you to everyone that helped to make the day a great experience for all!






Vernal pool planting




To get involved in stewardship opportunities throughout Chicago in unique and beautiful nature areas right in your backyard, visit the C3 event calendar

University of Chicago Graham School Course-Sustainability and Social Justice

What: Sustainability and Social Justice

When: Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-9:00

January 12 through February 16

Where: University of Chicago

Gleacher Center

450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. (near Michigan Ave. and Chicago River)

Audience: Courses at the Graham School are continuing education courses and available to any interested student.  Students do not need to be in an degree-seeking program to participate.

Instructor: Robert Elchert

Details: This course will interest anyone seeking a better understanding of the growing connection between human and environmental rights, and of how to achieve social justice though sustainability and increase sustainability through social justice. Drawing heavily on Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, which demonstrates the therapeutic and educational applications of environmentalism, our group discussions will be based on readings, videos, and presentations from guest speakers from a variety of Chicago-based environmental organizations. With the exception of Last Child in the Woods, all course related material and other information will be available at Sustainability and Social Justice.

Cost: $335

Course Information & Registration Page

Class Page and Syllabus