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.

Volunteers needed for the 2008 Air and Water Show

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR the Chicago Air & Water Show – August 15-17, 2008
1600 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60610

This year we are having our Second Annual Water Bottle Awareness for the 50th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show which shakes up the lake front on August 15-17, 2008 which is the “LARGEST” free show of it’s kind in the United States. It is the city’s second most popular festival. Last year, 2,200,000 people watched the show. Imagine, about 2 million plastic water bottles will be discarded on the beach this year in a two days period.

Worldwide sale of bottled water a year is estimated to be between $50 and $100 billion (US) and increasing approximately 7 to 10 percent annually. In 2004, the US bottled water industry surpassed 6.8 billion gallons of water for that year, an increase of 8.6% over the previous year (Beverage Marketing Corporation, 2005) 22.6 Gallons of bottled water each person in the U.S. consumed in 2006, up 8.4 percent from the previous year.

The consumption of over 150 billion liters of bottled water per year necessitates the use of billions of plastic and glass bottles. Though the materials used are generally recyclable, many of these bottles, particularly those used in developing countries without recycling infrastructure, are discarded rather than recycled, with this trash having a negative effect on the environment. More than a billion Water bottles end up in the state’s landfills each year. (The Associated Press)

The plastic used to package the 6 billion gallons of bottled water sold in the United States somehow end-up clogging landfills and littering the landscape and spreading toxins into ground water. Nine out of 10 plastic bottles end up as litter. That’s 30 million discarded bottles a day. (According to Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures 2004)

Please email us at grace@mgracedesigns.com

Help save the environment. Your help is very much appreciated!
M. Grace Sielaff, C3 Leader

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.

Join the 2008 Bicycle Commuter Challenge, June 7-13

How green is your workplace? The 2008 Bicycle Commuter Challenge is now open to all companies who want to compete to be the most environmentally friendly company in Chicagoland. Sign up now at www.biketraffic.org/commuterchallenge.

Companies competing in the Bicycle Commuter Challenge strive to earn the highest percentage of employees biking for part or all of their trip to work during Bike to Work Week, June 7-13, hosted by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

“Bicycle commuting transforms the atmosphere at work – it boosts the health and energy of employees, encourages team spirit, lowers costs, and builds the organization’s reputation for being green,” said Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

For organizations and companies raring up to compete in the annual Challenge, designated Team Leaders get their office excited about commuting by bike. They recruit co-workers, track team-members’ biking trips, and offer tips on making bicycle commuting easy and fun.

Plus, team leaders distribute discount member cards to participating employees, which provide Bicycle Commuter Challenge participants the same discounts as Chicagoland Bicycle Federation members from May-July.

Participants can bike for all or part of their trip to work. They can also stop for a quick snack and tune up at Bicycle Commuter Stations located around Chicago and at suburban Metra stations.

Teams face off against companies of similar size and type, i.e. public agency, business, non-profit and bicycling-related business. Winning Bicycle Commuter Challenge teams receive fabulous prizes and are honored at a luncheon.

“Public esteem is a big incentive in this competition. It’s a sign of the vitality and vision of the organization when employees compete for health instead of parking spots,” Sadowsky said.

Register your company or organization at www.biketraffic.org/commuterchallenge or by calling (312) 427-3325. Individuals can also register in the Commuter Challenge.

Learn how to ride safely and comfortably to work at www.biketraffic.org/commute.

Natural Area Restoration Volunteer

Ross Peterson, Vice President of the Jackson Park Advisory Council is looking for natural area restoration volunteers for Jackson Park, Humboldt Park and other areas of the Chicago Park District. As part of this recruitment, he is asking volunteers to think about attending the Herbicide Training and Testing Workshop at the Brookfield Zoo on January 19th. Registration for this event ends today, January 7, 2008. Visit http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/illinois/volunteer/art23053.html to find out more.

If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer opportunities available through Ross Peterson, please contact him directly at 773-486-0505.

Positions available: Alliance for the Great Lakes

Alliance for the Great Lakes is hiring. See below for two available positions: September Adopt-a-Beach Assistant and Summer Intern.

September Adopt-a-Beach Assistant (2008) Job Description

Primary responsibility is to support the Outreach Coordinator in preparation of the annual beach cleanup event, September Adopt-a-Beach on Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 9 am – 12 noon.

This is a part-time temporary position anticipated to require 25 hours/week from May – September (approximately 16 weeks). This position also requires eight to nine hours on day of event, September 20th to assist with delivery of extra supplies and collection of data from volunteers. Access to a vehicle is necessary on day of event.

Specific tasks will be:
● Work directly with volunteers to recruit participants and site coordinators, coordinate and send materials as needed, respond to inquiries and conduct trainings;
● Promote the event to the media (including web, radio, print, television) through media releases, community calendar postings, Adopt-a-Beach postcards and other forms of outreach. Update media contact list of current contact information, appropriate method to submit media requests, and lead time. Solicit sponsors as needed;
● Work with Adopt-a-Beach groups to coordinate their participation and leadership in the event, including email and mail contact and sending out Adopt-a-Beach kits to Adopter teams with visits planned for September 20th;
● Work with online registration system to track coordinators and volunteers registered per site, help participants to register, run queries, troubleshoot as needed;
● Follow-up from event to thank volunteers and sponsors, coordinate and compile data (for Alliance and for The Ocean Conservancy), track media coverage and compile event photos as needed.

Individuals interested in applying for an internship should send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter by March 15th, 2008 describing why they would like to work for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Candidates will be contacted directly if they are selected for an interview. Please send applications to:

Alliance for the Great Lakes, ATTN: Outreach Coordinator, 17 N. State Street, Suite 1390, Chicago, IL 60602


Home to 20% of the world’s fresh surface water supply; consisting of five large bodies of water that cross two national boundaries; the Great Lakes are a priceless natural treasure. Formed in 1970, the Alliance for the Great Lakes (formerly the Lake Michigan Federation) is made up of volunteers and professionals working to ensure that people can rely on the Great Lakes for clean drinking water, safe recreation, and natural beauty. With offices in Chicago, Grand Haven, Mich., and Milwaukee the Alliance is the oldest independent Great Lakes citizens’ organization in North America. Our mission is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. For more information about the Alliance for the Great Lakes, please visit us at www.greatlakes.org.

With a focus on policy analysis, public involvement and non-partisan advocacy, an Alliance for the Great Lakes internship will help qualify emerging professionals for key environmental careers. Although Alliance internships are offered without pay, school credit can be arranged and we will work with applicants to recruit external fellowship support. The rewards are enormous for those who have a desire to protect one of the world’s greatest natural treasures.

Because the Alliance’s internship program is selective (a limited number of interns are chosen each year) interns will receive intensive hands-on experience by working directly with highly-qualified Alliance staff.
Interns will work directly on projects to restore fish and wildlife habitat, eliminate toxic pollutants, and conserve land and water resources. The Alliance will work with individual students to customize their internship based on their skills, interests, and experience. Some examples of possible duties may include:
• Public outreach and education via presentations to volunteers, schools, local governments, community organizations, etc.;
• Assisting with the research, formation and implementation of environmental policy;
• Media outreach (e.g. drafting press releases, expanding media contacts, pitching stories to the media, organizing press conferences) in partnership with Alliance staff; and
• Administrative/ office tasks as needed.

Many Alliance interns have gone on to become successful environmental professionals. Interns will require a variety of skill sets, but general qualifications must include:
• The ability to work with others in a small, friendly office setting.
• Good research, and written and verbal communication skills.
• Motivation to get results and learn quickly while not being hesitant to ask questions and seek guidance where needed.
• A willingness to “multi-task,” enhancing other areas of the Alliance’s efforts (such as membership) while performing direct internship responsibilities.
• Availability from May/June through August or later.

Flexible hours are available. Individuals interested in applying for an internship should send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter by February 15th, 2008 describing why they would like to work for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Candidates will be contacted directly if they are selected for an interview. Please send applications to: Alliance for the Great Lakes, Summer Internship Program, 17 N. State Street, Suite 1390, Chicago, IL 60602

Donate your coats, shoes, and more

Four homes were involved in the latest fire in South Chicago on the block of 84th & Buffalo in the Bush Community area outside of the old steel mill area; on the same block as our community garden ‘The Bush Community Garden Of Hope.’

Three houses are completely damaged displacing (3) three families. No one was hurt because of the heroic efforts of neighbors who went door to door getting residents out of bed. The fire started in an abandoned building around 5am the morning of 11/15/2007. The Chicago Fire Department saved the fourth house and the whole neighborhood because the wind was carrying the flames throughout neighboring houses and trees. We want to thank all the heroes for a great job in saving lives and our neighborhood. The following individuals are in need of coats and shoes to replace what they lost:

8426 South Buffalo
Rosemary Ramos-Xlarge-Woman
Angelica Ramos-Xlarge-Woman
Maria Ramos-med-large-Woman
Dolores Esparza-med-large woman

8428 South Buffalo
Paul Esparza-X- large-man
Ray Esparza-2x-large-man

8430 South Buffalo
Max Esparza-2x-large- man
Suzy Esparza-large woman
Xavier Esparza 4yrs old-8-10-boys

8432 South Boffalo
Suie Cruz-5x-woman
William Cruz-3x-man
Michell Cruz-2x-woman
Margtra Cruz-4x-woman
Manueal Cruz-2x-man

Dolores lost her husband 2 yrs ago the day of the fire. Paul & Ray’s father house has to be knocked down and Xavier has Down syndrome in need of everything pull up’s size large. His birthday was in the beginning of the month and lost everything he got for his birthday.

The Ramos girls lost their mother a few years ago, Rosemary took the role of the mom and got her youngest sister in college. Most likely they will need other things such as home furniture, appliances, kitchen, bathroom and of course Christmas decorations.

We are asking that you please check in your hearts and this weekend for any items you may donate. You can e-mail me Gregory C3 Trainee at gbratton9396@yahoo.com or call me at 773-731-8187 or773-398-4801 and I can make arrangements for pickup

Gregory Bratton
Fall 2007 C3 Trainee

Open Book Peace Project

C3 Trainee, Catherine Trzybinski is organizer of the Open Book Peace Project. Visit the website to find out more www.openbookpeaceproject.org

The Open Book Peace Project (OBPP) is a grassroots effort to create an ongoing international dialogue about peace among diverse individuals and communities. The project gives individuals the chance to have their voices heard and their minds known. The project presents millions of people with the opportunity to participate as co-authors in a collective work — an experience that can, in itself, promote the spread of peace in the world.

A Smarter Season, November 27, 2007

Dear C3 Community,

I was a Spring 07 C3 trainee and am happy to announce that I have planned my project and would love for you to join me! This September I opened Pivot – Chicago’s first boutique devoted to eco-fashion. It’s been wonderful introducing people to fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, soy and others. I hope that reaching people through fashion/lifestyle choices can lead them to think about other steps they can take in their daily lives to live a more sustainable life.
I will be hosting a holiday event at Pivot and I will be featuring “stations” throughout the boutique that give guests tips on how to make their holiday season more eco-smart. From where and how to recycle Christmas trees and recycling old phones & gadgets when new ones are received, to gift wrapping using recycled materials. Event details are below. Thanks so much and I hope you are all doing well!

Jessa Brinkmeyer

Pivot celebrates its first holiday season and we hope you join us!

What: A Holiday Party
When: Tuesday, November 27, 6 to 9 pm
Where: Pivot, 1101 West Fulton Market

Enjoy 15% off all purchases, reusable gift bags, desserts, prizes and drinks. Pick up tips to make your holiday season eco-smart: from unique gift wrapping ideas and LED lights to greener gift ideas … start your season out right with Pivot!

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!