We at Citizens Greener Evanston (CGE) developed and maintain the EcoHub for our fellow citizens to:

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See and celebrate the progress we Evanston citizens have already made in CGE’s seven environmental interest areas.

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Find resources like green-certified restaurants and organic grocers, resale shops, electric vehicle charging stations, bike shops, bike lanes and Divvy bike locations.

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Get even more involved in activities to decrease our environmental footprint, both here in Evanston and other places that supply Evanston with food, energy and materials, and that bury our waste.

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Access a comprehensive calendar of sustainability focused events, including volunteer work sessions, meetings, and educational event in or near Evanston.

The EcoHub Map: Look at all the progress we Evanstonians have made!

The EcoHub Map of Evanston tracks our geo-locatable progress in improving our environmental sustainability across seven dimensions: energy, environmental justice, food, natural habitat, transportation, waste reduction and water. It also includes businesses that currently provide sustainably produced products or supporting services.

On one hand, the level of activity is impressive: few other communities can match our density of dots. On the other, patterns formed by the dots show that we have considerably more to do in making the distribution of benefits and costs more equitably distributed within the city.

Tips on using the map

Wake it up
Click on it once. From then on it will respond until the page is reloaded.

Reset the map
Reload the web page.

Show/hide info panel
An information panel at the left side of the map can be made to appear in two ways. Click on the icon at the map’s upper left corner next to the word “EcoHub” to show or hide a list of the map’s contents. Or click on a map dot and the panel will appear and display information about the mapped item.

Show/hide layers
Mapped items in any category can be made to appear or disappear by clicking on the checkbox next to each category head (energy, food, etc.)

Expand/contract lists
The list of mapped items in this side panel can be expanded and contracted by clicking the downward pointing arrowhead near each layer heading. Clicking on an item in an expanded list will cause its location on the map to be highlighted.

In-map navigation
To zoom in and out of the map, either use the “+” and ”–” in the map’s bottom left corner or use a two-finger trackpad motion normally associated with scrolling up and down. To recenter the map, click-drag in the direction you’d like to go.

To scroll past the map
If using a two-finger scroll, place your fingers off the map. You can also click on the page navigation controls at the right side of the black page header bar.

Help us make the map even better! To make suggestions, request added locations, edits to locations or removal of locations request edits use this form.

In particular, there are many National Wildlife Federation certified habitats about which we have little information. To add information about your NWF-certified garden, or to opt out of having it appear on the EcoMap, please use the same form.

Our city’s key environmental sustainability achievements

We met our Kyoto Protocol commitment

In 2012 Evanston launched a Community Choice Electricity Aggregation Program to bundle together residential and small business electric accounts to purchase 100% renewable energy on an opt-out basis.

It was the primary factor that allowed our city to meet a tough goal by 2012: make good on its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals set by the Kyoto Protocol. In the process Evanston reduced its annual CO2 emissions by 626 million pounds.

We’re a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat

In June 2019, after a concerted multi-year effort spearheaded by CGE’s Natural Habitat Evanston, Evanston became the first city in Illinois to earn this designation. As noted on NWF’s website: “Communities earn community-wide certification by certifying individual properties (homes, parks, schools, businesses, and others) in their community as Certified Wildlife Habitats and by doing education and outreach in their community. Community Wildlife Habitats garden and landscape with wildlife in mind, promote the use of native trees and plants, work to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides and chemicals, and integrate wildlife-friendly practices into sustainability plans and park master plans.”

There is so much more to do! Here are some action options

In November of 2018 the City Council passed our third major climate action plan, called Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (aka CARP) with aggressive goals, including carbon neutrality by 2050, 100% clean and renewable electricity by 2030, zero waste by 2050, and much more. The more of us who take action, and the sooner we do it, the better the chance we meet our goals.

Listed below are opportunities to take part in a variety of activities by joining the community of committed Evanston envirnonmentalists in not only making Evanston greener, but also in lessening our ecological footprint outside our borders.

FOOD

Action opportunity
Attend Saturday work & learn events at the Eggleston Park Food Forest & Orchard, food sharing, provide novice gardeners’ assistance. Check the EcoHub Calendar below for more information.

Description
Edible Evanston creates community centered around places of local food production throughout Evanston. It encourages and supports food growers and provides opportunities for education and food sharing. Its goal is to inspire and support a culture of sustainable food growing and sharing throughout the Evanston community.

NATURAL HABITAT

Action opportunity
Help maintain and expand natural habitat areas. Work sessions are on the second Saturday of each month, from 9-11am. Locations on the golf course vary. Check the EcoHub Calendar for further information.

Description
The non-exclusive not-for-profit 18-hole golf course is tucked along the North Shore Channel in north Evanston and south Wilmette. It contains walking trails and patches of heritage trees. Canal Shores is beginning to execute a comprehensive habitat restoration and land use plan developed by Planning Resources Inc. using a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Program.


Action opportunity
Work throughout the seasons on the beach, helping care for new plants, being a bird monitor. Check the EcoHub Calendar below for dates and times.

Description
The Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary provides habitat for migratory birds. It showcases attractive plantings that will serve as public ambassadors for migratory bird habitat. It allows the restoration of the native dune ecosystem to the maximum extent possible given its narrow size and its primary purpose of serving migratory birds. Any ecological or land management decisions will be made by first consulting with the land itself.


Action opportunity
Get your garden certified as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Learn more at NWF’s site. You will be helping Evanston become the first city in Illinois to be certified as an NWF Community Habitat.

Description
Natural Habitat Evanston, the Citizens Greener Evanston initiative that for the last several years has spearheaded efforts to get Evanston NWF certified, is now about 95% of its way to its goal.


Action opportunity
During the growing season, monitor plantings, weed, and water. During cold weather, clear invasives like buckthorn. Check the EcoHub Calendar below for locations, dates and times. Learn more at our website, and feel free to email us.

Description
The City of Evanston is working to restore and care for natural habitat along the North Shore Channel — a critically important blue-green corridor in our urbanized region.

Project sites are located in the Ladd Arboretum and Twiggs and Harbert Parks. There also is a demonstration garden at Ridge and Leonard Place, in front of the Morton Civic Center.

These sites are part of a city-wide network of ecologically managed Natural Areas.


Action opportunity
Major workday activities include removing invasive species including buckthorn, honeysuckle and garlic mustard as well as cleanup.

Description
Dwight Perkins Woods is the only Forest Preserve in Evanston. It is named for the originator of the Forest Preserve District, Dwight Perkins. It is a small 7.5 acre native woodland adjacent to Lincolnwood School. It is a popular birding spot and is distinctive for the beauty of its spring wildflowers.

TRANSPORTATION

Action opportunity
Become a sponsor, exhibitor, activity leader or street fair and festival goer. Check the EcoHub Calendar for exact date and times. To sponsor go here.

Description
The Streets Alive! Green Living “open streets” Festival, co-sponsored by Citizens Greener Evanston and the Evanston Environmental Association, turns Main Street into a car-free open space where residents can enjoy an afternoon of performances, activities, and food and celebrate car-free modes of transportation. All are invited to get involved and co-create this amazing community event.

Sponsorship of Festival events is a two-for-one promotional opportunity. It will allow organizations to present their organization's brand in extensive pre-event promotion and to thousands of people on the day of the event.

WASTE REDUCTION

Action opportunity
Volunteer at an Evanston Repair Clinic. Check the EcoHub Calendar for exact date and times.

Description
Waste Not Evanston’s main goal is to support residents, business and institutions in understanding and implementing the 5 R’s Hierarchy:

Refuse what you don't need.

Reduce what you do need.

Reuse what you have and by using reusables. Fix, buy second hand, swap. Repurpose what you have by adding creativity and DIY skills.

Recycle what you can't refuse, reduce, reuse or repurpose.

Rot (compost) inedible food scraps.


Action opportunity at home
Compost food scraps not including animal-derived foods for use in your own garden. Compost plant and animal-derived food scraps in your yard waste compost bin in season, and with Collective Resource out of season.

Action opportunity for businesses
Year-around compost not only all plant and animal-derived food scraps but also anything that has lived, including wood and soiled paper products. In so doing your business will make it onto the EcoHub Map.

Description
Yard waste receptacles and pick-up services are provided through the City of Evanston. Collective Resource, for a fee, provides door-to-door pick up and conveys it to a site were it is windrow composted, creating compost used mostly for landscaping.

MULTI-CATEGORY

Action opportunity for businesses
Download the Evanston Action Checklist and up your green game to be able to mark off a minimum subset of the 20 action items. Fill out the survey indicating your actions taken with supporting documentation. Get recognized, promoted online, display your seal, and get on the EcoHub Map.

Description
Sustain Evanston is an independent recognition granting organization initiated by the City of Evanston’s Office of Sustainability in response to the passage in November of 2018 of the city’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan.

The EcoHub Calendar: Eco-events in and around Evanston

This calendar integrates publicly shared calendars of eco-focused enterprises in Evanston.

How the calendar works

Clicking on the downpointing arrowhead at the calendar’s top right corner gives you access to checkboxes to display or hide individual calendars

To add displayed calendars to your own Google Calendar, click on the plus next to the Google Calendar logotype in the calendar’s bottom right corner.

Want your calendar to appear here?

If you would like your organization’s calendar to appear here, it needs to be in the form of a Google Public Calendar. Here’s how to import events from another calendar to Google Calendar. Here’s how to make a Google Calendar public. You then need to share the calendar with us. We can take it from there. Note that we won’t share calendars that include events that are not on eco-topics.