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

C3 Events and Opportunities: July 2009

You care. Do something. We’ll help.
The following is a list of events coordinated by our C3 Leaders and Trainees, as well as volunteer opportunities facilitated by our C3 Partners. For a full listing of events, visit the C3 Calendar.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

– July 11: Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale in Lawndale/Pilsen
– July 11: Earth, Water, Fire and Air Workshop at the Life Force Arts Center
– July 11: Pedal Party in the Park in Rogers Park
– July 16: Green Families Adopt-A-Beach at Hartigan Beach
– July 18: Ecological Restoration at Powderhorn Woods
– July 19: Worm Composting in Logan Square

Pat Marshall: Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Distribution in Lawndale/Pilsen

– Saturday, July 11, 9am – 5pm
– Thomas Chalmers School, 2745 W. Roosevelt Rd.

C3 Leader, Pat Marshall will host a Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Distribution Event this coming Saturday at Chalmers School. Residents are asked to reserve their rain barrel and/or compost bin in advance, so please contact Pat at pdgrainbarrelcompost.marshall at gmail.com if you would like to purchase a bin or barrel. You must receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation in order to pick up a bin or barrel at the event.

Rain barrels are $45 and compost bins are $35 payable by check or money order ONLY (no cash), limit one rain barrel and one compost bin per household per year. Checks should be made out to “City of Chicago”. Barrels and bins are reserved for Chicago residents only.

Keith Green: Earth, Water, Fire and Air – Conservation, Sustainability, and Eco-Spirituality
– Saturday, July 11, 12pm – 3pm
– Life Force Arts Center, 3148 N. Lincoln Ave.

Earth, Water, Fire, and Air is a workshop to educate both the earth-based religious community and the general Chicago community about conservation efforts and air quality issues in Chicago. Attendees will take away home-made green cleaners, aerators for their sinks, powerstrips, reusable water bottles, and environmental literature to help get them started on making their lives greener. Email conservation at cityofchicago.org to reserve a spot.

49th Ward Green Corps: Pedal in the Park Party in Rogers Park
– Saturday, July 11, 10am-2pm
– Touhy Park, 7358 N. Paulina (across from the new Clark Street fire station)

The 49th Ward Green Corps is looking for volunteers who might like to help with the “Pedal Party in the Park” this Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help kids decorate their bikes with found objects and used wrapping paper, ribbons, etc. More info is located here.

Jen Khatchatrian: Beach Cleanup at Hartigan Beach

– Thursday, July 16, 10am – 1pm
– Hartigan Beach, 1031 W. Albion Ave.

Come out to Hartigan Beach every third Thursday of the month for a FREE family friendly event that includes food, drinks, beach sports, education, litter monitoring and water testing. Hartigan Beach is conveniently located next to the Loyola el stop so no parking is necessary; however, if you need to park there is ample street parking. Contact Jen at 773-960-1623 or feel free to text or email at chicagogreenfamilies at gmail.com.

If you can’t make it on Thursdays, weekend events are also scheduled every first Sunday of the month at the 12th St. Beach at Northerly Island at 1pm. More information is located on the C3 Calendar.

Friends of the Forest Preserves: Powderhorn Woods
– Saturday, July 18, 9am – 12pm
– Powderhorn Woods (on Brainard, just south of Burnham on Chicago’s southeast side)

Join Friends of the Forest Preserves for an ecological restoration workday. Ecological restoration consists of invasive species removal, trash collection, prescribed burns, and gathering seeds from a prairie or woodland to restore the natural health of the ecosystem. It’s a chance to get outside, meet new people and enhance our local ecosystems. Contact Alice Brandon at 312-356-9990.

How to Feed Red Worms in Logan Square: Vermicomposting Workshop
– Sunday, July 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
– Paseo Prairie Garden, Kedzie and Milwaukee Ave., in front of the South entrance of the Logan Square Blue Line
– Rain Location: Logan Square Neighborhood Association, 2840 N. Milwaukee Ave.

C3 Leader, Paula Levin and her project team will help participants build their own worm compost bins and learn how to care for them. Composting helps reduce waste, toxins and greenhouse gases. It also helps nourish gardens and house plants without costly, toxic fertilizers. For more information, email paulalevin8 at gmail.com.