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.

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

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!

C3 Spring Leadership Training Dates Announced

You care. Do Something. We’ll Help. The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Spring 2009 Leadership Training Course. During the training, you’ll learn from community and environmental leaders about urban environmental challenges and opportunities for change; then you’ll lead an environmental service project in your community with C3 support and resources. For more information, visit www.cityofchicago.org/Environment/C3.

Attend one of the orientations listed below to learn more. For questions or to reserve a seat, please contact (312) 743-9283 or conservation@cityofchicago.org.

Wednesday, March 11 – 7pm – 8pm
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60649

Saturday, March 14 – 10am – 11am
Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612

Monday, March 16 – 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 Spring 2009 training will be held at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd, Saturdays, March 28 and April 4, 18, and 25 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. A mandatory field trip will take place on Saturday, May 2. A $75 fee covers course participation and project support. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Southeast Environmental Task Force Recycling Workshop

From our friends at the Southeast Environmental Task Force:

Recycling: Why? and How?

Join us for our first monthly Environmental Workshop!
This month the topic is RECYCLING. Learn why it is important to recycle and how to recycle most affectively. There will be speakers from the Chicago Department of Environment and the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation; Sharon Rolek, Chicago Conservation Corp Leader will also present her expertise in the area. If you are already a recycler then this is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the process. Be sure that you are recycling in the most effective way possible.

The workshop will take place at:
Southeast Environmental Task Force Office
13300 S. Baltimore
Chicago, IL 60633
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

For more information call Jessica Cañas at 773-646-0436

Community Bike Programs Forum – Feb 9

Attend the Community Bike Programs Forum Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. The forum will introduce many different types of existing and possible future bicycle programs based in communities and supportive resources in Chicagoland.

The forum presentation is by the Chicagoland Consortium to Support Community Bike Programs and West Town Bikes.

For more information or to RSVP please email sarahm@westtownbikes.org or call Keith at 312-427-3325 ext. 244. Download the flier at http://www.biketraffic.org/docs/pdf/community_bike_programs_forum_flier.pdf

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!

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


Contracting in Good Faith

Join Faith in Place and Interfaith Worker Justice for a co-sponsored workshop on building or remodeling as a congregation. The workshop on Sunday, November 12 will cover topics including:

  • Green building for congregations
  • The Energy Star self-audit program for congregations
  • Tips from experts on how to fund new building programs
  • How to verify good labor standards by congregational contractors

Register by phone with Clare Butterfield (773.235.4640). Chicago congregations whose members register will receive 100 compact fluorescent light bulbs. For more information, see http://faithinplace.org/events.php?ID=27.

Chicago Conservation Club for Teachers

Thanks to all the teachers who participated in last Thursday’s Get-together.

We are excited to have 30 teachers at 22 schools leading after-school environmental service clubs with their students.

As promised, here is the powerpoint presentation that was shown. Good luck with your surveys and projects!

Contact me (312-744-3634 or sbeazley@cityofchicago.org) with questions or comments anytime — or if you are a teacher who is interested in joining next year’s program!

Land Presentation for Teachers

Resources for developing your project

Here are some useful resources to keep in mind when you’re developing your project proposal:

Project Proposal Worksheet: Please fill out this form by hand or type it up and submit it to your C3 liason by Friday, June 30.

12 Step Project Process Document: The steps to follow as you work with your C3 liason to plan and implement your project.

Materials Worksheet: This worksheet will help you think about the materials you will need to carry out your project.

Sample Project Checklist: A sample checklist from Chicago Cares that lays out the logistics of running a project.

List of Community Newspapers: As you start thinking about volunteer recruitment and community outreach, you might try contacting your local paper.

Wrap-up from Community Organizing Class

Thanks for a great final class! We were very excited to hear your project ideas, and we’re looking forward to working with you on finalizing your proposals and implementing your projects, whether you’ll be carrying them out now or after the fall classes.

We handed out a Course Evaluation on Saturday. Please send your completed evaluation by Monday, June 26 to:

Marissa Strassel:
30 N. LaSalle Suite 2500
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-5272 (fax)

In case you didn’t get a paper copy during class, here’s the electronic version of the Community Organizing PowerPoint handout. Finally, we also handed out a list of “What If…?” scenarios to consider when you work with volunteers.

Reminders and Docs from Water Class

Thanks to everyone for another great class Saturday. Who knew water could be so fun? Here are the materials and info you need to prepare for our last class, Community Organizing, on June 17.

Class To Do’s
- Self Test and Water Audit homework

Project To Do’s
- Contact and meet with potential partners from your asset map. Use the 12 Step Project Process Document as a guide.

- We’re excited to hear project ideas: Be prepared to say something about yourself and describe your top 1-2 project ideas. It should be quick and informal. Even if you won’t be starting your project until after you attend a make-up class in the fall, we’d love to hear from you.

- HHW: Bring in your Household Hazardous Waste to class June 17. A C3 Rep will be taking materials to the drop off center after class. If you have large items, be sure to let us know (if you haven’t already) so we can prepare for proper transportation. Leave a message with Marissa at: (312) 744-9137.

- Potluck: We thought it’d be fun to celebrate our last class together with a potluck. So, bring in something to share with the group! Neil’s crackers were a hit last week….

Water Class Demo Documents
In case you didn’t get a paper copy, here are the handouts that accompanied the demo stations: How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel and a few sketches of “Shady” and “Sunny” rain gardens.

Preview of the C3 Water Class

*note: we have updated this post with the final version of the Water class.

Get ready for Water! (Saturday June 10, 9:30, CCGT) Here is a DRAFT of the Water Class powerpoint if you’d like to review it before Saturday. We aim to move through this quickly so we have time for more discussion. We will have a double-sided copy of the final presentation for your review. See you then!