Archive for Sustainability

Before the Flood Screening at Evanston Library – October 22nd

Attend a free screening of this riveting documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and actor, environmental activist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio. Before the Floodpresents a dramatic account of the changes now occurring around the world due to climate change. Most importantly, the film outlines the actions that we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet – a topic to be followed up on in discussion.
Where: Evanston Public Library Community Room
 Sunday, Oct. 22nd2-4 p.m.

Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation – Sept. 19

FYI: Orientation is 10-11 am and also 7-8 pm that same date.

We’re getting ready to kick off another year of Great Lakes education!

This fall, over 700 District 65 6th grade students will take a closer look at our precious resource, the Great Lakes watershed: where water goes, what pollutes it and why this matters. We are looking for community volunteers to join students, teachers and Pipes and Precipitation partners at upcoming field trips to Evanston beaches to study the land and water.

We are holding an Orientation to fill in volunteers on all you will need know to be a confident guide on the field trips. Orientation is REALLY important since our time with students is brief–but memorable–! At that Orientation, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the field trip(s) that best fits your schedule. Trips will take place on weekday mornings in late September and early/mid October.

What: Pipes & Precipitation Program – Volunteer Orientation
Date & Time: 9/19 Monday 10-11am or 7-8pm (two options, pick one)
Location: Lagoon Building (just south of Clark Beach)

If these dates/times don’t work and you still want to participate, I will catch you up. To RSVP or Questions?: Contact Pipes Program Director Clare at

Let me know if you’re able to make it on the 19th and PLEASE share this volunteer opportunity!

Evanston Streets Alive! – Sun. Aug. 14

Evanston Streets Alive! featuring the Evanston Green Living Festival
Presented by NorthShore University HealthSystem
Sunday, August 14, 2016, 1:00-6:00pm
Main Street from Crown Park to Chicago Avenue

Come enjoy a blissful mile of Main Street dedicated to biking, strolling, playing, art, education and community building. This year’s theme is “Staying Healthy, Staying Alive: Streets Alive!”

This year’s Streets Alive will feature fun, free activities for all ages, including a climbing wall, yoga, Pound class, miniature parks, karate, music, dancing, interactive art, tactical urbanism, and more. There will be a variety of food trucks along the route as well as a water station. We will make the connection to Dodge Avenue’s new protected bike lane and incorporate our new Divvy bikeshare stations. This year we are making more room for through movement- bring your bikes, skateboards and scooters!

A big highlight for 2016 is an “intersection repair” project at Custer and Main. Local artist Heather Hancock will create a giant prairie-themed crosswalk while participants learn about Evanston’s abundant transportation options.

We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Evanston Environmental Association to bring the Evanston Green Living Festival to Main Street. This annual community festival features products, services, and ideas that encourage and empower attendees to lead healthier, more sustainable lives.

2016 Evanston Green Living Festival attractions will include:

  • The Green Market – a large number of local businesses and organizations exhibiting their sustainable products, services and ideas
  • Alternative Transportation – the latest in all-electric & hybrid autos and more.
  • Alternative Energy – solar panels & hot water systems and other alt-energy demos
  • Composting of festival food scraps by Collective Resource

Activities for Kids at Recycling Fair – Sat. July 11

The City of Evanston will host its fifth annual recycling fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 11 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. The free event provides residents an opportunity to recycle a variety of items, securely shred documents, obtain recycling education materials, learn about construction projects, visit with “green” vendors, and more.

New this year, the fair will feature an enhanced “Touch a Truck” display, allowing community members of all ages to get an up-close look at City vehicles and heavy equipment, as well as those from ComEd, Nicor Gas, the US Army and more. Children can also enjoy free face-painting, temporary truck tattoos, and complimentary popcorn and snow cones.

Click here for more information.