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.

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.

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


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: 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.

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.