Climate Action Fund

Created as a component of Evanston’s Climate Action Plan, the Climate Action Fund invests in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions right here in Evanston. Special emphasis is placed on projects benefiting nonprofit organizations and lower-income households, making it possible for every Evanstonian to participate in helping to reduce our community’s collective carbon footprint.

Who contributes to the Climate Action Fund?

  • Evanstonians are invited to measure their own carbon footprint using one of the green calculators on this site (such as the EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator) and then to balance their emissions with a tax-deductible gift to the Climate Action Fund. A suggested contribution is $90 for every 6 tons of CO2 emitted.
  • Some donors compensate for the emissions generated by their air travel. A discussion of the climate impact of air travel and a simplified air travel “calculator” are included in How Can Air Travel Fit Into a Green Lifestyle?
  • Other donors simply want to help local nonprofits and Evanston families save money by saving energy.

Who has benefited from the Fund?

The first grants, totaling $5,475, were awarded in spring 2010 for lighting upgrade projects at Childcare Center of Evanston, Evanston Day Nursery, Infant Welfare Society, YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Evanston Festival Theater. A second round of grants in 2012-13 helped three congregations pay for the cost of the energy audits associated with a comprehensive energy efficiency upgrade program from IFF. More recently, the Fund supported a major electrical upgrade for Mt. Zion Apostolic Church and the space the church rents to the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse.

How is the Fund managed?

The Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) holds the contributions made to the Fund, ensures the integrity of the process used to select projects for funding, and distributes funds to the selected grantees. To learn more about the Fund, visit ECF’s Climate Action Fund webpage. Or you can go ahead and make your gift here.