A climate action evanston program

Some Key Climate Actions YOU Can Take

Should you begin to become aware of an environmental issue, follow our multi-step playbook to address it. Here are a few of the early steps. For greater detail and further steps read the current version of the playbook.

1 Stay alert to environmental inequities

Focus on what is feeling wrong, and whether it is disproportionately distributed within Evanston: environmental assets and opportunities to impacting quality of life being denied, environmental hazards or health risks being born.
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2 Define the injustice

Identify the environmental issue and location(s) where it is occurring. Document examples. Articulate impacts. List unsuccessful actions taken to address the issue. Identify potential solutions.
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3 Report instances

Calls to Evanston 311 get problems officially recorded. Repetition helps: report it every time you see it. Keep a log of your calls and other actions you’ve taken. Make your council member aware of the issue and your actions.
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4 Recruit and organize

Get others involved and encourage them to report issue instances to 311, or get involved when asked by others to advocate for addressing the issue. Multiple voices increase the likelihood the city takes notice.
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What WE Are Doing to Accelerate Environmental Equity in Evanston

Holding Listening Sessions

EJE has been holding community listening sessions to hear about Evanstonians lived experiences and how environmental justice impacts them. We are focused on residents in the 5th and 2nd wards. The information we gather from these sessions will help inform the City's Environmental Equity Investigation this spring.
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Conducting the Environmental Equity Investigation & Mitigation Plan

EJE is working with the City to conduct an independent, transparent and comprehensive Environmental Equity Investigation (EEI) that documents the lived experiences of residents subject to environmental injustices; analyzes cumulative impacts on their well-being and quality of life, and examines their root causes.
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Implementing the Environmental Justice Resolution

The resolution calls for the City to: incorporate environmental justice into City ordinances, codes, policies and processes in consultation with stakeholders, create a meaningful public engagement policy and decision making process in collaboration with the City's Equity and Empowerment Commission, develop and maintain a geographic information system (GIS) inventory of environmental justice areas.
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Completing Mapping Project

EJE is working with the City to complete the interactive mapping tool to identify environmental justice issues within the city, which should inform the Environmental Equity Investigation and the EJ Mitigation Plan. EJE assists and advises appropriate city staff to complete the GIS mapping tool and assists with public comment on its completeness and usefulness to the community and investigation.
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Environmental Justice Evanston (EJE) sees environmental equity as a basic human right, and defines environmental justice as the actions and activism necessary to protect that right. We are committed to highlighting inequities and reducing their disproportionate impacts on the health and quality of life for low income, Black, Indigenous, and all people of color in Evanston.

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

Learning in Places Event

Evanston-Skokie School District 65 is hosting a “Learning in Places” event. Parents and interested community members will hear from Dr. Megan Bang, a Professor of the Learning Sciences and Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University, and from Dr. Shirin Vossoughi, a Professor of the Learning Sciences focused on the social, cultural, political and ethical dimensions of human learning and educational justice. The event is family friendly and features an outdoor walk. 

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Feb 28
5:30 pm
7:00 pm
Bessie Rhodes School, 3701 Davis Street, Skokie

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

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

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Learn more about what environmental justice issues are impacting Evanston by following our Facebook and Instagram pages. We frequently update our pages to reflect current issues and work we are accomplishing with the City of Evanston.

Join Our Team!

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Our team is small and mighty and we can use your help! We meet once a month for an hour (on Zoom). Email us to find out how you can help.

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