Unmatched training and support for leaders across Chicago.
We are C3: activists, environmentalists, community organizers, naturalists, volunteers, and professionals starting a movement. We believe that through grassroots sustainability initiatives we can improve the quality of life for all Chicagoans and spark a lasting change.
Since 2006, C3 has trained and supported 900 sustainability leaders in communities across the City of Chicago. Together, those leaders have completed 835+ projects with categories ranging from waste and composting to nature and food/products. In total, those leaders have dedicated 27,982 hours and have recruited 5,627 team members to bring these projects to life and make measurable impact.
C3 Leaders and projects can be found in neighborhoods across the city. From sleeping mats to composting workshops, every project has made a difference. Use the gallery below to learn more about some of our C3 Leaders and their impact.
UIC/Near West Side
which were donated to houseless neighbors
Old Irving Park
in neighborhood newsletter to 690 people
and educated them on weatherization
Chicago’s combined sewer system
Earth-friendly Halloween Trunk or Treat table
Halloween pumpkin composting
732+ visitors in less than a month
yogurt containers to seedling pots
Although no two C3 projects are exactly the same, every project is rooted in the environmental principles and skills based in five subject areas: water, energy, green space, waste, and community organizing.
Since 2006, C3 has provided unmatched training and support to Chicagoans looking to make a positive impact on the environment and their communities.
With 2.5x support, we can have 5x the impact.
By conducting a data-driven analysis of the potential of C3, we are building an exciting future for the program.
By 2028, We Will:
- Increase our reach to 1,044 C3 participants and 52,200 community members
- Increase equitable access to program resources matching the demographic makeup of the city
- Build a robust community of C3 Leaders to act as force multipliers for each effort and other Chicago sustainability organizations
- Generate more positive impact of C3 programs for the environment and for the people
We all want to do something. You can help.
Your support goes directly to community sustainability projects, not just an education program.
- Removes barriers to action
- Supports experts already working in the sustainability field
- Uplifts future community leaders
We can’t do it alone – your funds support the Nature Museum, build a robust volunteer base, and ensure museum staff can provide individualized, hands-on support for every project.
Ready to do something?
Ensure C3 continues to reach passionate leaders and ambassadors throughout Chicago. Contact us about sponsorship and funder opportunities.