SUSTAINABILITY SAVINGS! GOING GREEN CAN SAVE YOU MONEY!

A series of Community Workshops Brought to You by

The Civic Knowledge Project

Go green and save money at the same time!

Come to our FREE workshops and learn how you can better respect the Earth, sustain the future, beautify your life, and save, rather than spend.

You will be helping your children and their schools as well!

Each workshop will focus on one or two areas highlighted in the Chicago Public Schools Environmental Action Plan.

For Example:

— increasing green space and gardens

— reducing waste

— improving recycling

Go beyond familiar cost-saving measures and learn new creative, innovative, and highly practical take-home tips.

Workshops include take-home materials that you will be able to use at home and at work as well as plenty of follow up opportunities for you to stay involved and keep saving!

Watch for the inaugural workshop schedule appearing on this site soon.  We will be launching in January.  For more information, or to request a workshop at a school or community center near you, please contact the Civic Knowledge Project at 773-834-3929 ext. 1 (http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu ) or e-mail Bart Schultz at rschultz@uchicago.edu

Sustainability Savings! Going Green Can Save You Money! A new community workshop series brought to you by the Civic Knowledge Project

The University of Chicago is home to some pretty smart people.  And they want you to be smart too–by going green and saving money at the same time.  Come to our FREE community workshops and learn how you can better respect the Earth, sustain the future, beautify your life, and save, rather than spend.  And you will be helping our children and their schools as well!

Each workshop will be keyed to one or two areas highlighted in the Chicago Public Schools Environmental Action Plan–for example, increasing green space and gardens, or reducing waste, or increasing recycling.  We will go beyond the familiar cost-saving measures involved in well-known greener, more sustainable practices to offer you some very creative, innovative, yet highly practical take-home tips and materials that you will be able to use at both home and work.  And we will offer you plenty of follow up opportunities to keep working to build a bridge to a better future for you own family and the human family.

Your involvement will help our young people and their schools do what they need to do!  The Earth and the Future need your help!

Watch for the inaugural workshop schedule appearing on this site soon.  We will be launching in January.  For more information, or to request a workshop at a school or community center near you, please contact the Civic Knowledge Project at 773-834-3929 ext.1 or e-mail Bart Schultz at rschultz@uchicago.edu

Have a cookie and a quote; It only matters if you vote!

Don’t miss the story at http://www.meadville.edu/Ab_News_VoteCPP.htm What a great group of young people!  And what great partners–thanks Dorothy, Chris, Qiyamah, and Alper House!

Cookies and Conversation today, Nov. 3, from 4:30-5:30 at Meadville-Lombard Theological School

Please join the young people from the Woodlawn Youth Solutions Program for a discussion of the election, civic knowledge, and their new club, which has them cooking up some wonderful local and organic–and highly educational–treats! Woodlawn Youth Solutions is a joint program of the Civic Knowledge Project, the youth center at the Christ’s Way MB Church, the Brickyard Garden, and Meadville-Lombard Theological School.

Washington Park Tree In Festival on Oct. 18th!

Please do join us for our next Tree In!  On Oct. 18th, we will meet in the Washington Park arboretum, in the picnic area in the northwest corner of the Park (near MLK Drive and 51st St.) from 11-1, to celebrate the aesthetic and environmental significance of our beautiful trees!  Urban forester Mark Duntemann will lead a highly informative tree tour, and there will be other fun educational activities to help parents, teachers, and kids learn about the wonders of nature right here on the South Side!  For more information, please call Bart Schultz at 773/834-3929.

Sustainability Partners Wins Champions of Sustainability in Communities Award!

The Civic Knowledge Project’s Partnering for a Sustainable Chicago network (Sustainability Partners) has been honored with an award from the Sustainable Endowments Institute–we are one of their “Champions of Sustainability in Communities” for 2009!  Please visit http://www.greenreportcard.org/report-card-2009/awards/champions-of-sustainability to read all about the good news!  Needless to say, the “Partners” in Sustainability Partners are what made this possible!  Best, Bart

Washington Park Nature Area Work Day!

Madiem KawaWashington Park

Celebrate Autumn by Connecting with Nature
September 20, 2008
Nature Area Volunteer Work Day
9am until Noon
(come when you can)

Meet in the parking lot of the field house
5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive
tools, gloves & refreshments are included but bring a friend
Contact the site steward: Madiem @ 773-203-3418

Welcome Arts and Environment Friends!

A very warm welcome to the crowd from Making Connections: Arts and the Environment!  Please do feel free to use this blog and our listserv to continue your networking!  You can add comments to this post, or , if you would prefer, send a post to Bart Schultz (at rschultz@uchicago.edu) to put up on this blog.

57th St. Beach Clean Up! Sept. 20th!

PLEASE PARTICIPATE!

ANNUAL SEPTEMBER ADOPT-A-BEACH EVENT

Who: You, your family, friends, business, school or community group

What: Pick up trash and record what you find

Where: 57th St. Beach/Hyde Park

When: Saturday, September 20th, 2008, 9 am to noon

Why: To help insure our beaches are clean for all generations

How: Register on-line at www.greatlakes.org by clicking on “Adopt-a-Beach”

Woodlawn Youth Solutions

Woodlawn Youth Solutions is a project that develops leadership skills in youth through public art and beautification.  WYS is transforming the planters at 62nd and Ingelside into community markers by redesigning, replanting, and relocating them with prominent community groups.  They will be beautiful, colorful, and Woodlawn-specific, serving as a marker of community involvement for all those who adopt them.  Apply to adopt a planter now!  Contact Dorothy Pytel, 773/289-6763, dpytel@yahoo.com   And watch our progress on our blog: http://woodlawnyouth.blogspot.com/

This project is being organized by Christ Way M.B. Church, architreasures, Brickyard Garden, the Office of Alderman Willie B. Cochran (20th Ward), and the Civic Knowledge Project at the University of Chicago.