Who are C3 Leaders?

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The mission of the Chicago Conservation Corps is to recruit, train and support a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods through environmental and sustainability service projects that protect our water, clean our air, restore our land and save energy.

C3 is an initiative of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, which – in collaboration with partner organizations – supports C3 Leaders by providing training, technical assistance, and resources.

Participate in hands-on demonstrations, “big picture” talks from experts, open discussions, case-studies, small group working sessions; these are all ways to explore Chicago’s sustainability issues and what you can do about them. In addition to exploring the issues, Leaders will work alone and in groups during the training course to develop their Leader Project and network with fellow Leaders.

Even those who already have a good understanding of sustainability issues will learn new things in this course. Special attention is given to teaching grassroots community organizing skills. Experts share their real-world experience with you, making important connections for future action.

The training course consists of:

A one-hour orientation meeting to give an overview of the course.

Five core classes that cover conservation principles and skills in:

  • Water: conserve water, manage stormwater, and improve water quality
  • Green Space: be a steward of Chicago’s open spaces
  • Waste: recycle, reduce, and reuse
  • Energy: use active transportation and make choices to promote energy efficiency
  • Community Organizing: recruit and manage volunteers, lead community projects
  • Project Development: complete a community asset map, manage a budget, make a plan and carry it out
  • Project Implementation: Design and carry out an environmental service project with support from C3 Partners and staff over the course of several months. Support includes project development guidance, mentoring on community outreach, and up to $250 worth of materials and supplies for the project. Learn more about C3 Leader Projects.

A training fee of $125.00 covers the five-class course, project support and materials. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Learn more about upcoming orientations and training series by visiting the C3 page on the Nature Museum website. It will be updated as training and orientation dates become available.

Questions? Contact Kristen Pratt.