A climate action evanston program

Some Key Climate Actions YOU Can Take

Go Electric at Home

Convert from fossil fueled to electrically powered home heating, hot water, ovens, cooktops, clothes dryers and vehicles. Install rooftop solar if it makes sense, and invest in Community Solar if it doesn't.
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Change Your Household Habits

You can cut your home energy use with minimal effort by simply turning off lights when they're not in use - and a host of other actions.
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Look for Medium Scale Projects

How much attic insulation do you have? Are window and door weatherstripping in good condition? Are gaps sealed around construction points?
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Plan Ahead for Major Purchases

If you wait until the last minute to replace something you urgently need — like home heating or cooling, hot water, clothes dryers, ovens and cooktops — your options to "go green" will likely be limited.
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Get Informed About CEJA

The Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) in Illinois is investing in developing a renewable energy workforce with Black and Brown communities at the forefront. Solar energy has a critical role to play in our clean energy future. CEJA’s massive investment will allow more Illinois families than ever to reap the rewards.
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What WE are Doing to Accelerate Climate Action in Evanston

Assisting Development of a Natural Gas Phase-Out Ordinance

We're providing assistance to Evanston's Sustainability Coordinator with preliminary ordinance drafting.
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Propelling Illinois Stretch Energy Code Tracking

We're providing assistance to Evanston's Sustainability Coordinator and code officials for key points in favor of adoption.
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Creating an Evanston Rooftop Solar Photo Catalog

Creating a photo catalog of Evanston rooftop solar installations, based on the EcoHub map locations and enlisting volunteers from NU and ETHS to assist. If the opportunity exists, invite participation in the annual Illinois Solar Tour.
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Our Calendar

ETHS Green New Deal Event

The school board is expected to adopt a “Green New Deal for Schools” sustainability policy at this school board meeting. The policy would establish a new climate curriculum for classrooms, set targets for carbon and waste reduction, and increased biodiversity and local food sourcing, among other targets. If passed, the policy would make ETHS just the third school in the country with its own Green New Deal. To support the policy and celebrate this milestone, E-Town Sunrise and Climate Action Evanston are co-hosting a community building event starting an hour before the meeting, then attending the meeting.

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Feb 26
6:00 pm
8:30 pm
Starting at the Terrace at Evanston Township High School

The Evanston Winter Climate Action Accelerator

Join the City and Climate Action Evanston for an exciting afternoon of presentations and collaborative workshops focused on local climate solutions. This winter, our topic is Climate Literacy. We will be joined by speakers working to accelerate climate education and literacy in our community. Speakers from City of Evanston, ETHS, EPL, Northwestern, and Climate Education for Illinois.

Mar 2
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
Robert Crown Community Center, Multipurpose Room B

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The EEA Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by Hagerty Consulting an event presented annually by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the city of Evanston. Join us for the 14th annual in-person only screening  at Rotary International on March 8th! A second screening of the same films will be held on in August at James Park! All proceeds from the film festival support the operations and programming of the Evanston Ecology Center and help provide programs scholarships.

Mar 8
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston

Blueberry Awards Party. The Best Nature Books of the Year

Celebrate the best of children's nature literature from 2023! Hear from enthusiastic library staff, dedicated Ecology Center staff, and Evanston's Sustainability & Resilience Manager, Cara Pratt!

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Mar 14
7:00 pm
8:30 pm
Robert Crown Community Center

Unscheduled Events

2023 Illinois Solar Tour

Dates TBD. Usually a Saturday in late September or early October. Home and business owners with renewable energy installations share their passion, knowledge, and experience of owning, maintaining, and living with renewable energy. This FREE event offers the opportunity to tour innovative green homes and buildings, and see how solar energy can be used efficiently. The tour hopes to inspire people across the state to make sustainable energy choices that reduce carbon emissions, reduce costs, and support energy independence.

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Evanston Clean Energy Map

Here's where solar panels and geothermal systems been installed around town.

You're Needed! Here Are Some Involvement Opportunities

Support our mapping project

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Help us keep our map updated as we track Evanston's progress in the installation of solar panels, heat pumps, geothermal heating systems, vehicle charging stations, and infrastructure supporting people-powered modes of transportation like bicycling and walking.

Support our program by donating to Climate Action Evanston and earmarking your donation to support the Energy Program.