A climate action evanston program

Some Key Climate Actions YOU Can Take

Recycle More (and Better)

Beyond your blue cart, there are ways to recycle medications, textiles, books, batteries, paint, art supplies and more.
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Fix It, Don't Toss it

Extend the life of small appliances, furniture, clothes, and bikes at a Repair Café or tapping local experts.
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Compost your Food Waste

Over 25% of what we throw away can be used to regenerate our soil. There are many options for how to do this.
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Buy Used

Evanston and our region are rich in thrift shops, resale and consignment. From clothes to bikes to kitchen cabinets, you can get it.
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When you're done using something, pass it along. We've are working to build and maintain a directory of where to donate and re-sell.
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Take Action!

Getting the world Beyond Waste will take many actions, large and small. We're keeping track of things we can all do and lead.
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What WE Are Doing to Accelerate Climate Action in Evanston

Repair Cafes

Love it? Fix it! Come to the Repair Café events to get help. Fix your bike, diagnose your electronics, mend your clothes, and more!
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Circular Evanston Roadmap

The Circular Evanston working group is engaging residents and businesses to craft a vision and roadmap for how to truly move "beyond waste."
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Waste Less Workshops

Join neighbors for a conversation about how we reduce our waste, and increase our resilience through repair, reuse and recirculation of resources in our community.
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When we recycle, compost, reuse, reduce, repair and share, we strengthen community, increase equity, create new economic value, and conserve energy and water. This program works to build the capacity for Evanston to move beyond waste.

Our Calendar

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

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You're Needed! Here Are Some Involvement Opportunities

22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year, and just over half of that ends up in Lake Michigan. Help end that by supporting a bill in the Illinois Legislature to ban styrofoam foodware.

Volunteer to Support Reuse

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Many local organizations and programs that reduce waste welcome volunteers, including Evanston Repair Café, The Rebuilding Exchange, Evanston School Children's Clothing Association, The WasteShed, and The Recyclery.

Although Climate Action Evanston is a volunteer organization, we have expenses. Increasing our revenues allows us to budget to do more. If you wish you can target donations to a specific program or programs.

We are looking for people to lead an initiative to bring (and return) reusable bags at Farmer's Markets in Evanston this season. Volunteer to staff a table and drum up support, so we can reduce plastic waste and encourage.