See and celebrate the progress we Evanston citizens have already made in CGE’s seven environmental interest areas.
Find resources like green-certified restaurants and organic grocers, resale shops, electric vehicle charging stations, bike shops, bike lanes and Divvy bike locations.
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.
Access a comprehensive calendar of sustainability focused events, including volunteer work sessions, meetings, and educational event in or near Evanston.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 environmentalists in not only making Evanston greener, but also in lessening our ecological footprint outside our borders.
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.
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.