The Chicago Conservation Corps' student program has graduated roughly 6,500 students and teachers who have devoted some 150,000 hours of service since the program begin in 2006. New clubs start by auditing their trash, food waste and leaky faucets — their leak-finding program reportedly saved 1.5 million gallons last year. But many schools develop their own curricula.
We’re in bad shape if environmental action remains merely a holiday ritual like pumpkin carving. But there’s still something affirming about a day of service, or even just a bit of time set aside for personal reflection or a hike. Here are a few events around town.