A climate action evanston program

Some Key Climate Actions YOU Can Take

Leave the Leaves

It is the simplest first step.

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Add Native Plants

Prioritize Keystone species and Trees.

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Mow Less

The alternatives are nearly endless.

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Avoid Pesticides and Synthetic Fertilizers

Make our yards nontoxic.

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End Light Pollution

Light IF, WHEN, and WHERE you need it. Keep it amber-orange-red and minimized. Brighter isn’t safer.

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Make Windows Safe for Birds

Give birds and bats safe passage.

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How to get started

From Turf to Diverse: Cardboard Lasagna method.

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Pull Invasives

What is an invasive and what to do about them.

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Observe the seasons and share

Send us your nature observations. Help create an anecdotal record of the climate we are experiencing.

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What WE Are Doing to Accelerate Climate Action in Evanston

Our Pollinator Pledge

We encourage six steps for our families, community, the planet, and birds and pollinators too. In fact, we build our whole program around these steps (and a few more).

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Nurturing Nature Speaker Series

Dive into Chicagoland's diverse ecosystems with engaging, expert-led talks

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Trees For the 5th Ward

It's lost tree canopy due to redlining, smaller lots and narrower parkways, compared to other wards. Learn how we're working to grow its native tree canopy.

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Volunteer for Nature (Restorations in Evanston)

We encourage our members to volunteer for workdays in natural areas. We also advocate for and donate native plants to our community natural areas.

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Trees for Schools

How hot is an unshaded playground or sports field? Very. We help cool our schoolyards with free native trees.

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Helping Bugs, including the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

We spread the word, and swap native plants that improve habitat for insects and this endangered bug.

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No Mow May

Think outside the Lawn

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Our Calendar

Native Plant Sale: Chicago Bird Alliance (formerly Chicago Audubon)

Proceeds of the sale help to fund CAS’s successful bird conservation programs such as the push for a bird- friendly buildings ordinance. Order before April 26. Pick up will be at North Park Village Nature Center on the afternoon of May 26, 2024.

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Mar 2
10:00 am
4:00 pm
Online, pickup in-person

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

Native Plant Sale: Bird Buzz (Evanston Environmental Assn)

Sale Proceeds support the EEA and NHE's mission and the Evanston Ecology Center programs. Online sales begin March 8, 2024 during the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Collect your plants on Saturday, June 1: 12:30-4:30PM.

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Mar 8
6:00 pm
4:30 pm
Online, in-person

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

Nurturing Nature Speaker Series - Our Urban Wildlife

Our Urban Wildlife: Coyotes, Bats, Rats and other critters

Speaker: Seth Magle
Director, Urban Wildlife Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo
Free (donation appreciated)

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

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Mar 12
6:30 pm
7:30 pm
Zoom or in-person at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., 3rd Fl. Auditorium, Evanston, IL 60201

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

Edible Evanston’s 11th Annual Seed Swap

Get free seeds and share your saved seeds. In the lobby at Robert Crown Center.

We're happy to announce an indoor, in-person seed swap for our 11th Annual Seed Swap.

Come on out and get free seeds and share your saved seeds or seedlings you started (or seeds you did not use which were for growing season 2021 or more recent).

Limits will be posted as to the number of packets each family may take.

The seed swap takes place inside at the Robert Crown Center lobby, outside the library.

In collaboration with the Evanston Public Library.

No registration required. Just come and bring seeds to share if you have them.No registration required. Just come and bring seeds to share if you have them.
Mar 23
12:30 pm
2:30 pm
Robert Crown Center Library 1801 Main St. Lobby

Nurturing Nature Speaker Series: Bird Collisions

Bird Collisions: Hazardous Features and Easy Solutions

Speaker, Annette Prince
Director, Chicago Bird Collision Monitors
Free (donation appreciated)

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

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

You're Needed! Here Are Some Involvement Opportunities

Donating to Climate Action Evanston and earmarking your donation for Natural Habitat Evanston. You can further earmark your donation to one of our initiatives.

Take the Pollinator and Bird Pledge

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Join our Pollinator Pledge and let the city and landscapers know we care about sustainable yards. Take an optional yard sign to spread the word.

Join the Natural Habitat Evanston Newsletter


Stay updated on green goings on in Evanston, workdays, advocacy issues and more.

Buffalo Grass Anyone?

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$25/bag to local residents (pickup; no shipping). We also have some $5 seed packets of bottlebrush and little bluestem grass. While supplies last. Emails should include your phone number and which species you are requesting. Pay by check payable to Citizens’ Greener Evanston at pickup.

Volunteer at plantings and invasive removals: parks and schools

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Help at outdoor workdays

Join No Mow May

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Rethink how you Lawn

Sign on: Northwestern students Petition for Bird-Friendly Films at Mudd Library

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Northwestern students Petition for Bird-Friendly Films at Mudd Library. Mudd Library accounts for over 14% of bird deaths and injuries on campus each year. Applying patterned window film to a portion of the building would dramatically reduce collisions that are fatal to birds.

More Ways to Volunteer: Spread the word

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Share out brochures, doorhangers, or flyers. Collect a bunch of materials on the 5th Ward Tree Giveaway, Pollinator Pledge, Eco landscaping, Yard care, Light pollution, Leaf blowers are an eco-disaster, or Buffalo Grass.

Join our Facebook Group

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Get updates and share your thoughts on our FB Group. You can also check out our FB page here https://www.facebook.com/NaturalHabitatEvanston

More yard signs: Mowing, Leaves, Leafblowers?

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Just want to spread the word on certain steps? Mow Less-Leave Leaves (2-sided yard sign) or Leafblowers sign

Join the Isabella Woods Newsletter

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Get news the next time there is a threat to Isabella Woods. (Only sent when there is news.)

Certify with National Wildlife Federation

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Provide Food, Water, Shelter, Places to Raise Young and Sustainable Steps for wildlife. It helps Evanston maintain its NWF Community-wide Wildlife Habitat certification.