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.

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.

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 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.

C3 Weatherization Weekend December 4!

‘Tis the season for weatherization!
C3 leaders will present weatherization workshops at select locations on Saturday, December 4. This series of free workshops will distribute complimentary weatherization kits, provide hands-on demonstrations and additional resources to get you on your way to weatherizing and energy efficiency this winter.

Visit our “Weatherization tab for more information about the program.
Remember folks, only Chicago residents are eligible to participate in this program. One kit available per household.

C3 Leader Serena Larkin hosts a workshop in Logan Square
Saturday, December 4
Logan Square Library
3030 W. Fullerton
RSVP is required. Please contact SLarkinEnvt@gmail.com to reserve your kit.

C3 Leader Danielle Rivera hosts a workshop in Bridgeport
Saturday, December 4
Bridgeport Library
3400 S. Halstead
RSVP is required. Please email weatherizingbridgeport@gmail.com to reserve your kit.

C3 Leader Jane Sullivan hosts a workshop in West Rogers Park
Saturday, December 4
Indian Boundary Park and Cultural Center
2500 W. Lunt
RSVP is required. Please contact 773-465-5293 to reserve your kit.

The Field Museum presents a FREE lecture 10.21.10

Photo credit: Windy City Harvest Kenneth Street Farm

Lecture Tonight:Food from Your Backyard: Sustainable Farming in Illinois

Lindsay Record, Illinois Stewardship Program
LaDonna Redmond, Institute for Community Resource Development
Angela Mason, Director, Community Gardening and Green Youth Farm, Chicago Botanic Garden

Laurel Ross, Urban Conservation Director, ECCo, The Field Museum

Join local and regional leaders as they discuss government policy and education initiatives that can contribute to sustainable food systems in Illinois. Leaders in the field will discuss steps that can be taken to support and build a sustainable food system and explore its impact on climate change in the region.

This event is FREE
Registration is strongly encouraged

Environmental Leadership Training Orientations begin this week! Are you registered?

Do you want to clean up your neighborhood but feel like it is too much to tackle by yourself?
Do want to improve recycling and and encourage waste reduction with your neighbors?
Are you interested in learning hands-on conservation techniques that you can share with your community?

If the answer is yes, then register for the Fall 2010 Environmental Leadership Training Series. To get started, you must attend ONE of the orientation dates below:

Thursday, August 26 – 7pm – 8pm
Washington Park, Senior Room
5531 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

Saturday, August 28 – 10am – 11am
Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 N. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612

Monday, August 30 – 12pm – 1pm
City Hall, 11th Floor
121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60602

To participate in the training course, you must attend one of the orientations above. The Fall 2010 training will be held at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd, Saturdays, September 11, 25, October 2, and 9 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. A mandatory field trip will take place on Saturday, October 16.

Green Field Day June 11 9:30-12:30 at IIT

Friday, June 11
C3 Trainee, Yvonne White-Morey:
On Track for the Environment –Greening a School Field Day Event

9:30 am -12:30 pm

The 4th Annual Chicago Virtual Charter School Field Day Event will be a lot greener this year as students incorporate green games with track and field events.

Yvonne will coordinate the addition of a Green Resource Center designed to educate students and their families on Recycling/Upcycling options, Vermicomposting, improving indoor/outdoor air quality by making green cleaning solutions and taking alternative transportation, energy efficiency and water conservation. Students will receive refillable water bottles. Families will take the $800 Savings Challenge.

Following awards and raffle prizes, families will gather on the lawn of Illinois Institute of Technology for a picnic lunch and hear a green literacy reading of Seeds of Change by Author Jen Cullerton Johnson, from her book based on the life of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. (Four C3 leaders or trainees willing to make ten-minute presentations on the environment to students and families are still needed.) 

For volunteer opportunities, contact C3 trainee Yvonne: ywm@alumni.depaul.edu

Earth Wine and Fire: Earth Day benefit party Fri April 23

Earth, Wine and Fire is a charity event intended to benefit the environment. It will occur on Friday April 23, 2010, the day after Earth Day, from 5-11PM (a movie screening of No Impact Man starts at 5:00; the party kicks off at 7:00). We expect it to be a fun party hosted by a small group of community folks who banded together to create an enlightened evening with a purpose. We intend to educate, incite action and enjoy. Buy your tickets in advance for a discount. $25 now; $35 on the day of the event. Includes: Entry, 3 tickets that can be used for drinks or the raffle, appetizers, music, entertainment and full access to all Nature Museum exhibits! Additional beverages available for purchase. Children 12 and under are free. Join the party! Buy your tickets at www.EarthWineAndFire.com!


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!

C3 Events and Opportunities: September 2009

You Care. Do Something. We’ll Help.
The following is a list of events coordinated by our C3 Leaders, as well as volunteer opportunities facilitated by our C3 Partners. For a full listing of events, visit the C3 Calendar.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

– September 10, 12, 14: C3 Environmental Leadership Training Orientation Sessions
– September 12: Chicago Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Distribution
– September 12: Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Harvest Fest
– September 13: Faith In Place Conservation Cafe
– September 19: Adopt-A-Beach Annual Clean Up Day

C3 Environmental Leadership Training Orientation Sessions

– Orientations in the next two weeks

There is still time to apply for the Fall 2009 C3 Leadership Training Series. Join a growing network of volunteers working together to conserve and improve Chicago’s environment. Learn from community and environmental leaders about urban environmental challenges and opportunities for change; then lead an environmental service project in your community with C3 support and resources.

Attend one of the orientations listed below and fill out the online application. You must attend an orientation session to be considered for the program. To reserve an orientation seat, contact (312) 743-9283 or conservation@cityofchicago.org.

Thursday, September 10, 7pm – 8pm
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60649

Saturday, September 12, 10am – 11am
Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612

Monday, September 14, 12pm – 1pm
Chicago Department of Environment, 30 N. LaSalle St. 25th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602

To apply for the C3 Leadership Training Series, you must be a City of Chicago resident and attend one orientation. The Fall 2009 training will be held at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd, Saturdays, September 26, October 3, 10, and 17. A mandatory field trip will take place on Saturday, October 24. A $75 fee covers course participation and project support. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Chicago Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Distribution
– Saturday, September 12, 10am-2pm
– Young Building Parking Lot, 5555 S. Ellis Ave.

C3 Leader, Sarah Mandli is hosting the final City of Chicago sponsored rain barrel and outdoor composter distribution event of the year. Reserve a composter and/or rain barrel while supplies last by sending an email to binsandbarrels@gmail.com. All reservation emails must be received by this Friday, September 4th. This distribution event will include information tables on installation, use, and environmental benefits of rain barrels and composters. The cost is $45 for rain barrels and $35 for composters (less than half retail prices). Reserve yours today! Include your name, address, and what you would like to reserve. Limit one composter and/or rain barrel per household.

More information is available at www.cityofchicago.org/rainbarrel.

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse Harvest Fest
– Saturday, September 12, 1pm-4pm
– 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave

Organizers of the Kilbourn Park Harvest Fest are looking for two volunteers to lead environmental outreach programs during the festivities. The first volunteer would work as a rain barrel presenter. This presenter would teach visitors about stormwater management and rain harvesting. The second volunteer would work as a Chicago Climate Action Plan presenter. This presenter would talk to visitors about the $800 Savings Challenge and personal conservation changes that can help make a difference. Interested volunteers should contact Kirsten Akre at (773) 685-3351.

Those not interested in volunteering are still encouraged to attend the festival. There will be gardening and cooking demos, craft-making for adults and kids, as well as yoga and live music. Bring your family – there will be something to spark the interest of gardeners of all ages. This event is free to all.

For more information, visit the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse website.

Faith In Place Conversation Cafe Workshop
– Sunday, September 13, 1:30pm-4:30pm
– Illinois Institute of Technology, 35th and Michigan Ave.

Faith in Place’s annual fall workshop on spirituality and conservation will be wildly different and very fun this year. Early birds can arrive at 12:30 for a guided tour of the architecture of the meeting site – The Illinois Institute of Technology. Registration begins at 1pm and the event opens at 1:30pm with a panel of congregation members speaking to a larger vision for the green world and green faith in it. From 2-3pm, the vendor fair opens, including solar and geothermal vendors, architects, seminarian speakers, info about green congregations and youth programs, information about the Chicago Climate Action Plan and more. Then the conversation goes deeper with a final plenary in the world cafe style. This is your chance to speak in a deep and meaningful way to members of other congregations like your own.

For more information and to register, download the flyer.

Adopt-A-Beach Annual Clean Up Day

– Saturday, September 19, 9am–12pm
– Beaches and tributaries throughout the Great Lakes Midwestern coastal areas

Be a part of the world’s largest beach cleanup! Join thousands of volunteers in trash removal and water data collection at beaches and shorelines throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. This event is more than just a cleanup; it’s a celebration of the Great Lakes. Sign up for a designated location of your choice and come for a few hours of fun and community involvement.

If you would like to be a lead volunteer, the Alliance for the Great Lakes is still looking for Site Coordinators for Rainbow Beach, as well as 71st Street Beach. Contact Sarah Santarelli at (312) 939-0838, ext. 228 or ssantarelli@greatlakes.org for more information.

Or join C3 Leaders, Mike Jones at Pratt, Hartigan, and Loyola Beach or Suzanne Meyering at Howard Beach (7600 N). Snacks and supplies will be provided.

For more information about any of the clean-ups listed above or to learn more about the day’s events, visit www.greatlakes.org/adoptabeach.

C3 Events and Opportunities: August 2009

You Care. Do Something. We’ll Help.
The following is a list of events coordinated by our C3 Leaders, as well as volunteer opportunities facilitated by our C3 Partners. For a full listing of events, visit the C3 Calendar.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

– August 1: Environmental Awareness Fun Booth at the Hope Festival
– August 8: Winnemac Park Stewardship Day
– August 15: Green Games
– August 22: Garden in the Sky
– C3 Leadership Application online!

Environmental Awareness Fun Booth at the Hope Festival

– Saturday, August 1, 11am – 2pm
– Robichaux Park, 9247 S Eggleston Ave.

C3 Leader Cheryl Chrismon has created a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink event to be held in conjunction with the Trinity United Church of Christ’s (TUCC) Hope Festival at Robichaux Park in the Washington Heights neighborhood. She will distribute CFLs, water aerators, reusable water bottles, and Chicago recycling brochures. Interested attendees will have the opportunity to make green cleaners and participate in other hands-on activities. Cheryl will also encourage Festival attendees to take the $800 Savings Challenge to learn ways to save money at home while helping the environment.

Winnemac Park Stewardship Day

– Saturday, August 8, 9am-11am
– Winnemac Park, 5100 N. Leavitt St.

The Chicago Park District is hosting a prairie restoration day at Winnemac Park on the city’s north side. Volunteers can expect to perform invasive plant removal, mulching, seeding, planting and seed collection. After the workday, volunteers are encouraged to take a walk on the park’s nature path and explore the prairie’s natural beauty. If interested, please meet by the two large trees west of the parking lot off of Damen Ave., just south of Foster Ave. For more information, contact Danielle Green at dgreen731 at sbcglobal.net.

Green Games
– Saturday, August 15, 10am-2pm
– 57th Street Beach

C3 Leader Laura Pawlik invites you to join her and her project team for a fun and interactive day at the beach. This year’s Green Games consist of a clean-up of 57th Beach, followed by a series of games focused on green living and enjoying the great outdoors. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the event and everyone will receive a small gift bag of green items. Participants from Wrigleyville and surrounding north side neighborhoods are invited to join the carpools heading south that morning. Email conservation@cityofchicago.org for more information or to sign up for the event.

Garden in the Sky
– Saturday, August 22, 9am – noon
– 7200 South Ingleside Avenue

Chicago Cares invites Chicagoans to come work in a beautiful garden unlike any other in the city. Volunteers will work on the rooftop garden at the Gary Comer Youth Center. This garden serves a very important role in the community, as vegetables grown here are used to provide healthy meals to children in the neighborhood. Volunteers will help with planting, harvesting, and other traditional garden tasks. Anyone interested in working with Chicago Cares is required to complete an online orientation session before attending the workday. Click here to complete the orientation. After orientation, find this project on the Chicago Cares calendar for sign up information.

C3 Environmental Leadership Training Series

– Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N Sacramento Blvd

The application for this fall’s Environmental Leadership Training Series is now available. Click here to apply today.

During the Leadership Training Series, you’ll learn from community and environmental leaders about urban environmental challenges and opportunities for change; then you’ll lead an environmental project in your community with C3 support and resources. To learn more, attend one of the orientation sessions listed below.

Thursday, September 10 – 7pm – 8pm
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60649

Saturday, September 12 – 10am – 11am
Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612

Monday, September 14 – 12pm – 1pm
Chicago Department of Environment, 30 N. LaSalle St. 25th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602

You must attend one of these orientations, in addition to filling out the online application, to be considered for the training series.

Classes will be held at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd, Saturdays, September 26 and October 3, 10, and 17, from 9:30am – 1:30pm. There is a mandatory field trip on Saturday, October 24. A $75 fee covers course participation and project support. Financial assistance is available upon request. Please respond to this email (conservation@cityofchicago.org) or call (312) 743-9283 for more information, or to reserve a spot at an orientation.