The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) trains citizens to take green advocacy and leadership roles within their communities. They sponsor and help individuals develop and promote many types of workshops to spread the word about environmentalism and energy efficiency & conservation efforts in Chicagoland.  These events are a great way to both get involved in your community and meet motivated, active, and committed members of our city who are making a difference by promoting awareness and educating their communities about greener ways  we can live and work together.   

Here are some upcoming workshops developed by Conservation Corps members and partner institutions (see more events in the C3’s activities calendar):

– November 28: Ashe Park Clean Up Day

– December 4: Greening Your Holidays

– December 9: Sustainability Careers

– December 12: Lincoln Park Conservatory Maintenance Day

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Ashe Park Clean Up Day

Saturday, November 28th, 10am-noon
Plot next to Arthur Ashe Park, 74th St. and S. South Shore Dr.

C3 Leader Qae-Dah Muhammad is hosting a community cleaning day at a site immediately adjacent to Ashe Park in the South Shore neighborhood. Volunteers will improve the site aesthetically by clearing trash, weeds, and sorting out any recyclable materials. A crew from Streets and Sanitation will be present to take photos of volunteers in action, which they will present to the Mayor at their monthly meeting. Qae-Dah is hoping this event will serve as an opportunity for community members to network and plan future South Shore conservation events. A hot lunch and hot beverages will be served. All volunteers will also receive a canvas gift bag for their time (while supplies last). For more information, call Qae-Dah at (773) 734-2250, or email

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Greening Your Holidays

Friday, December 4, 6pm-8pm
Washington Park District Center, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive

C3 Leader Tanya Lane has created a “Greening Your Holidays” program to teach participants how to reduce their footprint during the holiday season. At the workshop, participants will cycle through different stations where Tanya’

s project team will demonstrate how to reuse waste in decorations, alternatives to wrapping paper, and other green holiday tips. Workshop participants will also take home gift bags containing low flow showerheads, reusable water bottles, and aerators. For more information, contact Tanya at

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Sustainability Careers

Wednesday, December 9, 7:45am-5pm
Foresight Design Initiative, 4518 N. Damen Ave.

The Sustainability Careers Program was developed by experienced green professionals to provide the information and direction required to start on a new career path in the growing sustainability sector. The program features small group sessions to encourage interaction and to allow for attention to individual questions. The program is led by knowledgeable and skilled facilitators with diverse backgrounds in the sustainability field. These courses employ a variety of presentation modes to keep the workshops relevant, engaging and pertinent to attendee interests. Participants receive a 140-page resource manual and access to ongoing networking and job listings through an alumni-only LinkedIn group. For more information, please contact Foresight Design at (773) 271-1990 or visit

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Lincoln Park Conservatory Maintenance Day

Saturday, December 12, 9am-noon
2391 N Stockton Dr.

Lincoln Park Conservatory houses a wide variety of plant, flower, and tree species including a 50-foot-tall fiddle leaf rubber tree dating back to 1891. Volunteers assist Conservatory staff with many behind-the-scenes greenhouse maintenance activities. Since the Conservatory has a small staff, volunteers allow the staff more time to cultivate the Conservatory collection and programs. 

This work day is hosted by Chicago Cares; in advance of volunteering, please complete their volunteer orientation by visiting

After the orientation, find this project on the Chicago Cares calendar for sign up information.

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This post originated from the Chicago Conservation Corps’ promotional listserve.

The E.O. heartily supports the C3’s efforts, and many E.O. members have participated in their leadership training programs, which are a fantastic experience.

So, if you are interested in becoming a C3 Leader, check out their Leader Training Webpage for more info.

Note: Graphics from Qae-Dah Muhammad’s Ashe Park Clean Up Day