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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Speak up regarding Evanston Parks

Renovations are underway or in planning at many Evanston parks.

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Add Native Plants (prioritize Keystone species and Trees)

Which plants are best for biodiversity?

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Mow Less

Replace turfgrass with natives, or mow less often.

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Avoid Pesticides and Synthetic Fertilizers

Make our yards nontoxic for kids and pets at the same time we save on costs, carbon and chemicals.

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Reduce Light Pollution

Solutions are EASY. Use light IF, WHEN, and WHERE you need it, and 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 through Evanston, a stopover point for about 280 bird species, and millions of birds.

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How do I get started?

From Turf to Diverse: Cardboard Lasagna method. How do I transition from a lawn to a pollinator garden?

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Pull Invasives

What is an invasive and what to do about them.

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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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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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Buffalo Grass Anyone?  

Buffalo Grass as an alternative to turf grass. While supplies last.

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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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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

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

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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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No Mow May

Park the lawn equipment through May, and save on fumes, noise, carbon and costs. Learn more about how we're supporting this pilot effort.

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Conserve Isabella Woods

An oak forest on high quality wetlands in Evanston in danger of being paved ...for a driveway! We're keeping an eye on it.

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Our Calendar

North Shore Mosquito Abatement District meeting

NSMAD Board Meetings, unless otherwise noted, take place on Thursdays at 7:00 PM at our office, located at 117 Northfield Road, Northfield.

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Dec 6
7:00 pm
8:30 pm
117 Northfield Road, Northfield

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.

Oaktober: Harvest Fest and native Tree Plantings

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Celebrate nature. Join in events throughout fall: Sept 30 Harvest Fest at Eggleston Park, and tree plantings throughout October

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.