formerly citizens' greener Evanston

In a very short time we must rapidly accelerate progress on two huge and intertwined challenges:

Minimizing Greenhouse Gases
Maximizing Ecological Abundance

We Evanstonians are building on our town’s record of leadership in tackling these challenges.

Our Programs

We at Climate Action Evanston help speed progress through our programs. 

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Beyond Waste

In nature there is no waste: outputs from living things circle back to become useful inputs to other living things. This program works to speed up progress in extending the useful life of items and making more of Evanston's outputs valuable inputs.

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Edible Evanston

Regenerative agriculture practices produce an abundance of nutritious foods, sequester carbon in soil, and heal ecosystems degraded by industrial agriculture. This program creates local community around adopting these practices and equitably sharing the resulting bounty.

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Energy

Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced through improved energy efficiency, reduced fossil fuel consumption, and the use of renewable energy. This program works to speed the transition to more efficient use of electricity to cook food, heat spaces, heat water, dry clothes, and power vehicles.

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Environmental Justice Evanston

The harms caused by climate change and ecosystem degradation and the benefits derived from taking action to address them tend to be unfairly distributed. This program seeks to make them accrue equitably throughout Evanston.

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Natural Habitat Evanston

Conventional lawns and garden practices waste water, emit carbon and poison birds and pollinators whose populations are in dramatic decline. Natural Habitat works to return vibrant, buzzing life to Evanston public and private-owned landscapes.

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Climate Action Calendar

Evanston Summer Solstice Jam

Join us for a very special, free-to-attend, family friendly event: this year's Evanston Summer Solstice Jam. Music and fire artistry by the Chicago Full Moon Jam. Sponsored by Climate Action Evanston. Hosted by City of Evanston's Parks & Recreation. Learn more here.

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Jun 21
Fri
7:00 pm
10:00 pm
Arrington Lagoon, Dawes Park, Evanston

Jens Jensen Day — Recentering the Land and the People

Come to learn the story of the land on which Evanston’s Jens Jensen garden sits today. And stay to learn about how today’s land stewardship will restore aspects of the natural world that existed before Europeans arrived. Guest speakers include: Joseph “Zeke”Rupnick, chairperson of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Susan L. Kelsey, Board President, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, and Sharon Hoogstraten, photographer and author of Dancing for my Tribe, Potawatomi Tradition in the New Millennium.

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Jun 22
Sat
8:30 am
3:00 pm
Evanston Public Library Main Branch + Jens Jensen Gardens

Nurturing Nature Speaker Series: Urban Rats

Urban Rats: how to Manage them and let Wildlife Thrive

Larry Heaney, Negaunee Curator of Mammals, Field Museum.


Free (donation appreciated)

Register at the link below, or check out the full Speaker Series here.

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Jul 9
Tue
6:30 pm
7:30 pm
Zoom or in-person at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., 3rd Fl. Auditorium, Evanston, IL 60201

Nurturing Nature Speaker Series: Mosquitos

Climate and Sustainability: the Challenge  for Mosquito-Disease Control
Mark Clifton, Ph.D., Executive Director, North Shore Mosquito Abatement District


Free (donation appreciated)

Register at the link below, or check out the full Speaker Series here.

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Aug 13
Tue
6:30 pm
7:30 pm
Zoom

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Applications are now open to join Climate Action Evanston as a Student Board Member for the 2023-2024 school year. Selected students will be full voting members of the Board and will have the opportunity to direct Climate Action Evanston’s strategy and operations for the coming year, with a specific focus on youth engagement. Please pass the application along to any students (high school and above) who are currently living in Evanston and would be a good fit for this volunteer opportunity. Applications close at midnight on November 12th.

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Our programs are always seeking volunteers. Visit their home pages to learn more about the opportunities they offer.

Although we’re a volunteer organization, we have expenses. Increasing our revenues allows us to budget to do more. Help us build the capacity to better support all our programs, or target your donation to a specific program.

More About Us

Climate Action Evanston volunteers and staff collaborate with the city, local businesses, faith communities, other environmental organizations and residents to accelerate climate action to meet our city's CARP (Climate Action and Resilience Plan) goals throughout our inner suburb just north of Chicago. Formerly Citizens' Greener Evanston, we started in 2008 and worked with the City on its first climate plan.

Some Successes

Our Board of Directors and Executive Director

Jessy Bradish

Lives in Ward 3
Jessy Bradish
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

I have been a climate activist since college, because I believe it’s our generation’s responsibility to do everything we can to be good stewards and protect a liveable planet.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

I believe new ideas are best developed locally, and Evanston is a wonderful place to enact bold environmental policies. Evanston committed to climate action when we passed CARP. Now it’s time to make the plan a reality!

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

Climate action work is a great way to connect with passionate people working to make the world better. I recently loved participating in the intergenerational climate strikes in Evanston and Chicago which also received lots of positive press coverage. Now is the time to succeed on climate action!

Laura Bradley

Edible Evanston co-lead
Lives in Ward 9
Laura Bradley
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

We have been talking about the climate crisis for my entire life. This is an issue that impacts every aspect of our lives and we have known how to solve for decades. It is wonderful to be part of a community that is taking action to create meaningful change.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

As a life-long gardener, I was excited to find the people in Edible Evanston in 2013. I have learned and shared so much with this group and working with them over the years has created an undeniable connection to Evanston.

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

The Food Forest is a huge part of Edible Evanston, but my favorite story is a letter we received from a young man that we supported through the New Gardener Program who moved forward to study urban agriculture in college. The idea that we were part of what inspired him carries me.

David Cook

Beyond Waste Program Lead
Lives in Ward 7
David Cook
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

I have witnessed the unsustainable and harmful spread of waste throughout the United States. I became involved in climate action because I want to work with leaders who help others learn how to sustainably reduce waste, protect the environment, and live more equitably.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

I realized that Climate Action Evanston is one of the leading organizations in Evanston which advocates for the environment. Their members not only talk the talk, but take significant actions to improve the environment in Evanston, all while advocating for climate justice throughout the community.

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

I do not have a green thumb but, I changed some of my lawn into a pollinator garden. I dug up the grass and planted indigenous plants that harbor pollinators. Thankfully, the plants grew well with little care. During the summer my garden now comes alive with all sorts of butterflies and pollinators.

Isabella Franconeri

ETHS Student, E-town Sunrise Liaison
Lives in Ward 1
Isabella Franconeri
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

All of the climate work I do now was sparked by my 4th-grade teacher Ms. Cleveland. She ran our school's Roots and Shoots club and always emphasized the importance of young people in the Climate movement. She empowered me to advocate for my community and my future.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

E-town Sunrise! We were assigning leadership roles for the year-- wanted to establish a relationship with Climate Action Evanston-- and I ended up as "CAE Liaison". Initially, my only responsibility was to attend board meetings, but Climate Action Evanston has become much more to me than that.

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

I've gotten my family to start composting (thank you Collective Resources!), bike to school, and run 6A lunch meetings for E-town Sunrise during the school year. They may be little things, but that's what I can control by myself! I believe my biggest impact is as part of a team, so I'm here :)

Joel Freeman

Energy Program Lead
Lives in Ward 7
Joel Freeman
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

My involvement with building energy efficiency began in the 1980s. Reducing building energy was primarily an economic consideration then, along with resource preservation. The connection of buildings to GHG emissions and global climate change made water, energy, and grid use an elevated priority.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

I participated early in the predecessor organization, Network for Evanston's Future, and was co-chair of the Mayor’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan Working Group that produced the CARP document. Climate Action Evanston was a natural fit to continue the pursuit of Evanston's climate action goals.

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

To my home I've added attic insulation, new windows, rooftop solar, and electric cooking appliances. Heat pump water and space heating soon to follow. I initiated use of a composting service at home and at my work place. Owned hybrid cars for 13+ years. Work project energy savings received awards.

Jerri Garl

Environmental Justice Program Lead
Lives in Ward 8
Jerri Garl
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

The future of my children and grandchildren has always been my motivation to fight for change. Throughout my career as a state and federal regulator, I worked to shape environmental policies that support climate mitigation and resilience.  It's the most important challenge of our lifetime.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

EJE is committed to bringing a climate equity lens to improve the quality of life in our community and to advance opportunities for full public engagement in local decision-making, especially in under-served neighborhoods, which are hardest hit by climate change.

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

As a former member of the Environment Board, we helped get the Climate Emergency Resolution passed by City Council. This resolution underscored the importance of environmental equity and environmental justice in CARP implementation, to ensure the future health and well-being of future generations.

Jack Jordan

Executive Director
Lives in Ward 1
Jack Jordan
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

As part of Gen Z, climate change has always loomed large as both the crisis and opportunity of my lifetime. Challenging as it is, imagining and creating a more just world for all living things gives life tremendous purpose. I intend to accelerate action today, tomorrow, and the rest of my life.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

I learned about Climate Action Evanston as a Northwestern student where I majored in Environmental Science and American Studies. I worked with the organization to write my thesis on the history of resident activism and climate action planning in Evanston. I am thrilled to be involved!

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

I develop utility scale solar and wind projects in my day job, but I am most proud of my volunteer efforts to plan the Generations of Environmental Justice Earth Day event in 2022, and my senior thesis, which helped the City of Evanston dedicate funding for more sustainability staff.

Peter Laundy

Lives in Ward 3
Peter Laundy
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

Concern that we humans are acting too slowly to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss, and hometown pride in Evanston's leadership in taking action.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

Encouragement to join from the founder of its predecessor organization, its mission, and seeing it as a way to fulfill my desire to get off the sidelines and take action.

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

Winning a unanimous City Council vote to overturn the denial of solar panels on our home's rooftop, leading to rewritten historic district rooftop solar rules. Also our lawnless garden. It's low maintenance and it integrates habitat value and landscape architecture.

Catie Lott

Natural Habitat Evanston Program Co-Lead
Lives in Ward 6
Catie Lott
What moved you to get involved in climate action?

After years of complaining about why people weren't doing something, I decided to put my money where my mouth was and focus on sustainability.

What led you to Climate Action Evanston?

I was looking for a volunteer opportunities to help birds, bees, and butterflies and stumbled upon Natural Habitat Evanston's Facebook page. I began volunteering with NHE and couldn't get enough of decreasing lawns and increasing wildlife habitat.

Any personal success in climate action you'd care to share?

By creating native Prairie in my yard, local park, schools, and encouraging others to do the same, I feel a sense of hope. We can eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and use plants and soil to draw down atmospheric GHG. And the side effects are a healthier planet for all beings.