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


A Forest For Earth Day

You can help protect one of the worlds most beautiful and diverse rainforest habitats when you participate and recycle with public schools in Chicago just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Recycle Tech Solutions (RTS), a local cell phone & electronics recycler, is working with individual Chicago public schools through RTS’s Dream Green collection program. Our program goal is to collect 25,000 cell phones among the 600 Chicago public schools before Earth Day on April 22nd of this year. Please speak to your schools environmental leader about ways you can participate.

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest – Planting a Billion Trees Campaign

Centuries ago, the Atlantic Forest covered nearly 330 million acres, an area roughly the size of the eastern seaboard of the United States. Today only 7 percent remains, much of which is in isolated fragments. Home to 130 million people, the Atlantic Forest has taken heavy hits from urban expansion, coastal and industrial development, agriculture, ranching and illegal logging. Despite the forest’s diminished state, 70 percent of Brazil’s population relies on it for its drinking water.

How Can You Participate in A Forest For Earth Day?

One qualified cellular phone, Smart Phone, PDA device or MP3 Player plants one tree. It’s that simple. When you collect and recycle with Dream Green, you’ll contribute to the goal of planting a billion trees and help the Nature Conservancy protect and restore Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

1-2-3 Easy Steps to Rewarding Recycling

1) Recruit your green team and set an initial collection goal of 200 cellular phones

2) Promote your program in newsletters, websites, letters, posters to local business’ and encourage students, parents, staff, teachers, PTA, community leaders to bring your school used cell phones, smart phones, PDA devices and Mp3 players to be recycled – I have 5 old cell phones at home!!!

3) Contact Dream Green (http://www.recycletech.org/dreamgreen.html) through the web at DreamGreen@recycletech.org and request shipping guidelines & postage – paid shipping materials after 50 phones / devices have been collected. We also provide postage paid envelopes for smaller shipments to be passed out to offsite locations.

RTS will donate $1.00 to the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign in your schools name for every qualified phone collected. For more information on the Plant a Billion Trees Campaign go to www.plantabillion.org

As a bonus, for every location, when 50 or more qualified phones are recycled in a single shipment, you will receive from the Nature Conservatory:

· Personalized certificate with signature photo of the Atlantic Forest commemorating your generosity

· Colorful fact sheet about the Atlantic Forest

· Plant a Billion Trees magnet set

· World map

· Four issues of Nature Conservancy magazine to keep you informed all year about the many places the Conservancy is working to protect. (Plus, we’ll rush the current magazine issue along with your personalized certificate!)

· Great Places E-Newsletter subscription to our monthly e-communication with local conservation updates, enviro-tips you can use and stunning nature photography downloads.

Best of all, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to protect this extraordinary wild habitat now and for future generations. Please help plant trees today!

Spread the word about West Nile Virus

2008 Chicago West Nile Virus Public Education and Community Outreach Campaign

West Nile Virus infection (WNV) is an illness conveyed to humans primarily by mosquitoes. In most cases, people infected with WNV either show no symptoms or have very mild flu-like symptoms, called West Nile fever. WNV is an urgent issue that needs to be taken seriously in the Chicagoland area every summer.

In a collaborative effort to assist the Chicago Department of Public Health in its 2008 Public Education and Community Outreach Campaign, the Chicago Department of Environment (DOE) will be distributing brochures and magnets to the public at DOE outreach events this summer. Examples include rain barrel distribution and blue cart recycling events. To ensure that information gets to as many people as possible, DOE welcomes the assistance of interested C3 leaders and trainees that can help distribute information to members of their community or neighborhoods.

If you are interested in assisting, please contact Jerry Attere at 312-744-9136 or jerry.attere@cityofchicago.org to receive brochures and magnets for distribution.

For more information on WNV, go to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s webpage that can be found under the City Departments link at www.cityofchicago.org and look for the West Nile Virus information under the Infectious Disease link.

DOE News and Opportunities – June 2008

Department of Environment News and Opportunities – June 2008
- June 7: Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Open
– June 9-11: NeoCon at Merchandise Mart
– June 13: Bike to Work Day Rally
– June 21: Environmental Resource Event at U.S. Cellular Field
– June 30: Registration Deadline for Solar PowerUp! for Kids
– Alert: Protect yourself and your family from West Nile Virus

Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Open

– Saturday, June 7, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– 1150 N. North Branch St.

Celebrate summer by ridding your home of unwanted chemicals, paints, and computers. Bring in your old computers, monitors, cell phones and household chemicals this Saturday to the City’s permanent facility at 1150 N. North Branch St., 2 blocks east of the Kennedy at Division St. for proper recycling and disposal. For a complete list of accepted materials, visit www.cityofchicago.org/Environment and click on “Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility” on the right-hand column.

– Monday June 9 – Wednesday June 11 at the Merchandise Mart
– Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

At NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair, discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 1,200 showrooms and exhibitors. Stop by the Chicago Center for Green Technology’s booth to learn about their programs and check out green product samples. For more information on NeoCon, visit www.neocon.com.

Bike to Work Day Rally
– Friday, June 13, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
– Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Riding your bike can help displace more than 238 million gallons of gasoline annually and reduce the amount of volatile pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, released by vehicle emissions. Choose the healthy alternative and become a bike commuter. The Bike to Work Day Rally challenges commuters to put down the keys, step off the bus and bike their way to work! Join fellow cyclists, local media celebrities, live bands and the City of Chicago at Daley Plaza for a day full of activities from 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Cyclists will enjoy live music and receive a free continental breakfast and T-shirt while supplies last. For more information, visit www.bikechicago.us or call (312) 744-3315.

Environmental Resource Event
– Saturday, June 21, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
– U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St.

Be Safe at Home: Exchange household hazards for environmental resources. Participate in the Department of Environment’s second Environmental Resource Event of the year. Take this opportunity to:
– properly dispose of your household hazardous waste
– recycle your old computers, monitors, laptops and cell phones
– keep medicines out of our water system by bringing them for proper disposal
– pick up a free compact fluorescent light bulb (limit one per household)
– drop off your old gas-powered lawn mower and receive a $100 rebate towards an electric or push mower
– reduce your landfill waste by purchasing a $30 outdoor compost bin and reuse rain water by investing in a $40 rain barrel (both are available to Chicago residents only, must pay with check or money order, limit 1 per household)

Questions? Call the Chicago Department of Environment at (312) 744-7606.

Chicago Solar Powerup! For Kids
– Session 1: July 14- 18; Session 2: July 21-25. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
– Registration ends June 30

The Chicago Center for Green Technology wants future scientists, engineers, and designers for the 3rd annual Chicago Solar Powerup! Solar Powerup gives students ages 9-11 the opportunity to design, build, and race model solar cars while learning about renewable energy sources. Students are give instructions in various design factors and then work in teams to build their car. Following testing, these workshops culminate in a series of one-on-one races in a tournament on Daley Plaza on Wednesday, July 30, to determine champions.

Please note: Registration is limited to 20 students per session and will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. Spots may only be reserved by the receipt of payment ($75, check only) no later than 2 weeks prior to the first class. Before mailing in payment, please call (312) 746-4155 for availability. Limited scholarships are available.

Alert: Protect Yourself and Your Family from West Nile Virus

This information bulletin is an advisory to assist members of the public in taking precautions to minimize their risk of exposure to the West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV infection is an illness conveyed to humans primarily by mosquitoes. In most cases, people infected with WNV either show no symptoms or have very mild flu-like symptoms, called West Nile fever. WNV is an urgent issue that needs to be taken seriously in the Chicagoland area every summer. Since WNV can affect anyone, we ask that the following steps be taken to prevent or minimize any chance of mosquito bites:

Get rid of sources of stagnant or standing water in your backyard or neighborhood, as mosquitoes can reproduce in standing water that exists for more than 4 days.

– Call 3-1-1 immediately to report any stagnant or standing water than needs to be removed – it is important to provide the location and number of days that the water has been there.
– Protect your skin by wearing protective clothing such as long pants, shirts with sleeves, and socks.
– Use insect repellants containing the active ingredient DEET (chemical name, N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). Products containing DEET are available in various liquids, lotions, and sprays and do not present a health concern as long as the product labels are read and directions are followed. DEET has been approved for use by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
– For more information, go to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s webpage that can be found under the City Departments link at www.cityofchicago.org and look for the West Nile Virus information under the Infectious Disease link.

Open House at Pivot, Feb 27

Education and fashion unite to promote a smarter, greener future for Chicago

What: Pivot, Chicago’s first eco-boutique, hosts an open house event to benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship, a new Chicago Public Contract School on the Southwest Side. Opening for Kindergarten and First Grade students in August 2008, the school aims to be a national model for sustainable education by empowering all children to become active world citizens. It will be the only Chicago Public School with a core mission to incorporate environmental and international mindedness into all aspects of their innovative curriculum design.

Five of the school’s sustainability and wellness initiatives will be highlighted at the Pivot event, including an organic garden, solar energy installation, yoga, nutrition education, healthy breakfast and lunch. Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about sustainability and how to support the school’s initiatives. 15% of the evening’s sales will also be donated to the school.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 6 pm to 9 pm
RSVP: pivot@pivotboutique.com or 312.243.4754

Where: Pivot, 1101 West Fulton Market (corner of Fulton Market & Aberdeen)

Limit U.S. Steel’s discharge to Lake Michigan!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to hear from you to limit U.S. Steel’s discharge to Lake Michigan!

Action Needed Now:

· Attend EPA public hearing Dec. 11 or submit written comments

The U.S. EPA has scheduled a public hearing on Dec. 11 in Gary, Ind. to invite comments on a draft water pollution discharge permit for U.S. Steel Corp.’s Gary Works plant.

This is an opportunity to air your concerns about the proposed permit and to help ensure that pollution discharges to Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes are in keeping with long-standing federal Clean Water Act standards.

EPA has raised concerns about the permit, several of which echo those outlined by the Alliance in written comments to Indiana regulators back in October. Though an important step toward protecting Lake Michigan and the Grand Calumet River, EPA’s objections don’t resolve all the issues raised by the Alliance and other groups that have registered concerns about the permit. Your voice is needed at the public hearing to ensure that all of the permit issues are fully addressed by EPA.

The EPA is convening the hearing in response to a large number of requests from environmental groups, the public and public officials, who cited objections to the draft permit issued by Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management.

When finalized, the permit will allow the Gary Works facility — the largest fully integrated steel mill in the country — to discharge significant levels of mercury and other pollutants into the Grand Calumet River, a tributary to Lake Michigan.

Issues to mention at the hearing or in your comments to EPA include:

U.S. Steel should not be given a five-year pass on discharges of pollutants — including mercury, ammonia and cyanide — that are detrimental to water quality and the people and wildlife dependent upon the Great Lakes.
U.S. Steel’s production activities cannot be allowed to impede the region’s progress and investments towards environmental remediation and restoration along the Grand Calumet River and Lake Michigan shoreline.
The final water pollution discharge permit must require substantial reductions in the discharge of cyanide, chromium, oil, grease and thermal pollution to the Grand Calumet River.
The final permit must ensure a reduction in storm water runoff, which contains unknown quantities of pollution, to Lake Michigan.

For Great Lakes restoration to succeed, everyone’s help is needed to ensure the enforcement of existing regulations in addition to advocating for improvements that further Great Lakes health.

Action Needed: Provide comments to U.S. EPA on U.S. Steel’s permit extension

· Attend the EPA’s public hearing and urge that all the permit issues be fully addressed. Scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the hearings will be held in Indiana University Northwest’s Savannah Auditorium, located at 3400 Broadway Ave, Gary, Ind.

· If you cannot attend the hearing in person, submit your comments to EPA in writing or online.

Comments may be submitted in writing between Nov. 9 and Dec. 28 to:

David Soong
EPA Region 5
NPDES Programs Branch (WN-16J)
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604.

Comments may be submitted online to EPA’s Web site at www.epa.gov/region5/publiccomment/ussteel-pubcomment.htm, or faxed to 312-886-0168.

For more information visit http://www.greatlakes.org/news/100307.asp or contact Lyman Welch, Manager of Water Quality Programs at 312-939-0838 ext. 230 or lwelch@greatlakes.org.

Energy Saving Event

Sponsored by Gregory Bratton

Chicago Conservation Corp Trainee & Healthy South Chicago

Friday, November 2
Friday, November 9
Monday, November 26


Ada McKinley
8458 S. Mackinaw Ave
Chicago Illinois 60617

Free Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Free Weatherization Kits (November 9, 26)
And Energy Saving Tips

If you would like to help Gregory with his C3 project, email him at gbratton9396@yahoo.com.

Videos by C3 Leader Robert Aguilar

Check out Fall 2006 C3 Leader Robert Aguilar’s video projects at the sites below.

This is the submitted video for the Treehugger.com contest.
– What Can Regular People Do About Global Warming?
– Carrying Power: Solar Energy On The Go

This submitted version is broadcasting on CurrentTV.
-Sun Powered Purses

This is a submitted shorter version that is in a contest for Current
– What Can Regular People Do?

You can still help vote for Robert’s video! Congrats Robert on these inspiring projects!

Volunteer for Christmas tree mulching project 1/12/08

Dear C3 alumni,

I hope you are all having good luck with your projects. I’ve been working with the Bureau of Forestry, Chicago Park District, Wrightwood Neighbors, C3, and Scott Waguespack – 32nd ward Alderman on enhancing the current Christmas tree mulching program.

This year’s tree mulching event takes place January 12, 2008 from 8:45am to 2pm. Please save this date. To accommodate residents who are unable to drop trees off during the scheduled time, the Park District will set up a Christmas tree corral drop off at each location the week prior to the event. I plan to hold an information meeting for all volunteers ahead of time too (date TBD).

My primary goals for the project include:
· Increasing the number of trees recycled by 25%
· Adding 2+ volunteers per park (25 parks located strategically around the city)
· Providing refreshments to city employees and volunteers on the day of the event
· Increasing resident awareness of the program and early drop off option

Volunteer opportunities include:

Prior to event
· Assisting with flyer/sign distribution
· Obtaining a truck to pick up trees (possible donation)
· Obtaining refreshments for volunteers and city employees (possible donation)
· Driving a truck around the city to pick up trees in alley and move to tree corral (week before)

Day of event
· Distribute refreshments to city employees and volunteers
· Greeting & assisting residents with moving trees from their car to mulching machines (Note: Mulching machines must be run by city employees for liability purposes)
· Distributing promotional items to residents (tree saplings, weatherization kits, blue bags, etc)
· Driving a truck around the city to pick up trees in alley and move to tree corral (day of event)

I will send out a follow up email after my next meeting with the Bureau of Forestry planned in early November. The City hosts a press release prior to the event to recognize volunteers and organizations that help with the event. I hope to be able to hang signs and distribute flyers promoting other C3 community events projects and volunteer opportunities on January 12 during the event at each park.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions about this project. If anyone has contacts at companies/organizations (Whole Foods, Jewel, Home Depot, schools, etc) that could benefit this project by advertising, providing additional volunteers, or donations, please email me at chohenstein@sbcglobal.net or call me at 773.805.8562.

Further details will follow in the next few weeks.

Chris Hohenstein

Convenient Truths: A Green Video Contest

Channel your inner eco-critic. Seventh Generation, Inc. and TreeHugger.com asked citizens to share their solutions to climate change. Help out our expert judges by watching and rating the submissions.

I submitted two videos to the Convenient Truths: a green video contest.

My first film asks “What can regular people do about global warming? This film takes a look at how average Americans perceive the climate crisis while giving practical, everyday tips toward reducing our Carbon dioxide footprint.”

My second film takes a look at how one business has combined style with sustainability to create solar paneled bags. Its a great way to integrate renewable energy into daily life!

Here are the links…

What Can Regular People Do About Global Warming?

Carrying Power: Solar Energy On The Go


The End of Economic Growth

Carla Winterbottom sends this book recommendation…

The End of Economic Growth, by Charles Siegel

Many people have become disillusioned with economic growth during the last few decades, not only because growth causes environmental problems but also because the rising standard of living brings diminishing satisfaction.

Using historical and international comparisons, this book shows that the United States reached a point where needs were satisfied several decades ago, when average income was only about half of what it is now. Since then, economic growth has not improved our well-being.

If we try to grow indefinitely, then global warming, rising resource prices, and other ecological problems will stall growth before most of the world emerges from poverty. There will be pockets of shaky affluence in the United States, Europe, and parts of Asia. And there will be a long series of crash programs to deal with ecological degradation and to get the world economy back on track.

But if economic growth ends when needs are satisfied, the world could become affluent during the twenty-first century, as the United States and Europe did during the twentieth century. By the end of the twenty-frist century, most people in the world could have a comfortable middle-class standard of living, as most Americans did in the mid-twentieth century, and could also have abundant free time.

Charles Siegel has managed to make this book both readable and pro-active. His assessment of the counterproductivity of our economy and consumer society is persuasive, lucid, fact-filled, and especially timely in an era when we must decide how much is enough for ourselves – and for a sustainable planet. – Jane Holtz Kay, author Asphalt Nation

Learn more about The End of Economic Growth…

How Much Water Does it Cost?

This from MoneyWeek recently…

“A typical meat-eating, milk-guzzling Westerner consumes as much as a hundred times their own weight in water every day,” says Fred Pearce, former New Scientist news editor and author of When The Rivers Run Dry.

That’s because it takes between 2,000 and 5,000 litres of water to grow one kilogram of rice, 11,000 litres to grow the feed for enough cow for a quarter-pound hamburger, 50 cups of water for a teaspoon of sugar and 140 litres of water to produce just one cup of coffee. The world today grows twice as much food as it did in the 1960s, but uses three times as much water to grow it. Two-thirds of all the water taken from the environment goes to irrigate crops. “This is massively unsustainable, and has led many people to conclude that the apocalypse wasn’t averted, only postponed,” says Pearce.

And the over-use of water doesn’t just apply to food production. Every T-shirt you wear will take 25 bathtubs of water to produce. Every small car uses 450,000 litres. If what you wear or drive is imported, you in the West are helping to empty rivers across the world. Water used for growing food and making products is called “virtual water”. Every tonne of wheat arriving at a dockside carries with it, in virtual form, the 1,000 tonnes of water needed to grow it, explains Pearce.

Fancy water as the new gold, or new oil? Getting more precious and powerful, all the time.

Online E-Conference: 14-30 April 2007

Carla Winterbottom shares this chance to chat more globally…

From Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism: Making the Shift

You are invited to EcoRes Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the free exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning society and climate change, invites you to join us for the first in a series of online e-conferences focusing on the ethical, political and socio-cultural aspects of climate change. The series, which will be offered free of charge, starts off in April 2007 with a two-week dialogue on a topic of increasing urgency: expanding and accelerating an ecocentric philosophy among societies around the world.

The need for such a shift has long been recognized. At the November COP gathering in Nairobi, Kofi Annan cautioned, “The question is not whether climate change is happening but whether, in the face of this emergency, we ourselves can change fast enough.” As US political hopeful Al Gore observed, based on the UN’s Rio Declaration of Environment and Development, “Our challenge is to accelerate the needed change in thinking about our relationship to the environment in order to shift the pattern of our civilization to a new equilibrium — before the world’s ecological system loses its current one.”

There is an impressive line-up of panelists and, I hope, equally impressive opportunities for online conversations with many people from everywhere.

learn more…

Sierra Club Air/Energy Film Festival

Join folks throughout Chicago for a film festival focusing on energy issues — ranging from fuel-efficient cars, to light switches, to international energy policies. Where we get our energy and how we use it are topics that are rapidly rising to the top of the list of concerns in America.
This film festival offers us an opportunity to learn more about the problems of global warming, air pollution and how to solve these problems through innovative technologies and proactive policies.

Maybe best of all, it gives us an opportunity to gather with likeminded folks to exchange ideas
on how to make a change in our energy future here in Illinois.

All shows are FREE and open to the public.

Show Times and Locations:

Tuesday, February 6. 6:00 PM
Center for Neighborhood Technology
2125 West North Avenue
Films: SUV City and Out of Balance
Co-sponsored by Conscious Choice and Center for Neighborhood Technology
Thursday, February 8. 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Funky Buddha Lounge
728 W. Grand Avenue
Film: Earth to America
Co-sponsored by Conscious Choice
Sunday, February 25. 1:30 – 5:00 PM
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, McCormick Room
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Films: Kilowatt Ours, Nobelity, The True Cost of Food, and Power Shift.
Co-sponsored by Conscious Choice
If you would like to join us after this event for dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant, please RSVP to Anne McKibbin at ch-programs@illinois.sierraclub.org.
Friday, March 2nd. 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Columbia College- Film Row Center
1104 S. Wabash/8th Floor
Film: The Return of Navajo Boy
Co-sponsored by Columbia College, Conscious Choice, Ground Swell Films, and Nuclear Energy Information Systems.

Special Art Exhibition on Sustainability and Locality

A special exhibition opens Friday, November 17th, and runs through January 5th, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Betty Rymer Gallery.

Negotiated Localities

Reception: Friday, November 17, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with artists’ discussion at 4:00 p.m. and curator remarks at 6:30 p.m. Reception will conclude with an Open Mic by Collective Inferno.

Curated by SAIC faculty members Cindy Coleman and Claire Pentecost in conjunction with the November 19th Visiting Artists Program symposium, this exhibition exposes the often unspoken questions behind the related concepts of sustainability and locality, and the impact these have on ecologically sensitive artistic practices.

Through this project, artists, designers, and writers demonstrate their experiments in sustaining through art. Because the idea of sustainability has achieved a wide, if increasingly opaque usage, participants in this exhibit are encouraged to propose their own definitions of sustainability through specific works or ongoing projects. The curators embrace both straightforward and unexpected approaches to putting the local and the sustainable into practice.

Participating artists and artists’ collectives include Collective Inferno (Irina Botea, Nikko Coleman, Odile Compagnon, Drea Howenstein, Michael Holmes, Angela Lo, Jayve Montgomery, Britney Rutherford), Earthscraper (Max Reinhardt and Simon Slater), Ellen Grimes, JAM, Adam Reid Janusz, Material Exchange (Sara Black, Charles McGhee Hassrick, and John Preus), Nance Klehm, Adelheid Mers, Jeroen Nelemans, Joy Olson, SIMPARCH, Bruce M. Tharp and Stephanie Munson Tharp, Kyoung Ok Yu, and Paper Chase 2006: A Collaborative Project Organized by Merry-Beth Noble.

Related events:

Collective Inferno recording sessions in the Betty Rymer Gallery (free and open to the public)…

Tuesday, November 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5, 4 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 12, 4 – 6 p.m.

Green Chicago Linkage

Here’s a collection of interesting local, organic, community, and/or green websites I’ve found recently:

Beyond Today – an organization (and a blog!) for Chicagoans who want to do more about the Environment and Social Justice. Interesting because they link to us (yay!) have great local and national links, innovative actions, and because somebody from their group is going to be in the new C3 class that starts Saturday. Welcome Julie!

BelieveChicago.org – sustainable city, the successor to the Building Green Bridges green events calendar. Anyone can post an event here. A good place to see what’s coming and also to share your own event and project invitations.

Edens Lost and Found – a PBS mini-series featuring Chicago’s own Michael Howard and other green good things happening in communities here, and in other big cities. They have a pile of resources and organizational links, discussion guides and such in their Chicago Action Guide. You can view the Chicago part of the documentary series, too.

EarthCharterChicago.org – the Chicago center of the Earth Charter community, interesting because they held a big summit event last year and this year are organizing many “mini-summits” they want to happen in living rooms all over the Chicago area. The offer a discussion guide for these.

Green Bean – a news and discussion forum dedicated to reporting on built, in-progress, and unbuilt green building projects in Chicago, written and maintained by Erik Olsen, PE. Erik is a mechanical engineer, green building advocate, and Green Projects Administrator for the Chicago Department of Construction and Permit, where he manages the Green Permit Program.

Thanks… to west north for some of these links, and this cool new use for parking spaces, among other cool green blog posts.