Climate Action

If you’re on this page, you already know that we’re in a climate emergency and you want to do something about it.  This page will give you ideas on how to take action, both in your own life and with the community.  Questions? Please contact us at info@greenerevanston.org

What you can do

Get familiar with Evanston’s  Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) that’s intended to help us reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  If you don’t have time to read it in detail, you can read through this one-page CARP summary

Personal actions you can take
Below are seven key areas where you can start taking action. You can also print them out as a checklist here

Energy                          

  • Buy energy-efficient lighting and appliances and conserve energy by turning them off when not in use
  • Weatherize your home by sealing drafts and improving insulation; use a programmable thermostat
  • Get an energy audit for your home and other buildings; implement the strategies in the report
  • Don’t opt out of the City’s renewable energy program; install a renewable energy installation at your home or business

Food

  • Minimize food waste by planning meals before shopping and being creative with leftovers
  • Grow your own food; when buying food or eating out, opt for food that is locally-grown or raised
  • Compost food scraps on your own or sign up for service from Collective Resource 
  • Eat less meat, especially beef

Natural Habitat           

  • Reduce the size of your lawn, plant native species instead, leave the leaves on your plants in fall
  • Eliminate the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers
  • Attract and support pollinators—bees, birds and butterflies—by planting native flowers, shrubs, and trees
  • Protect trees and plant more of them

Transportation           

  • Choose to walk or bicycle
  • Purchase or rent energy-efficient vehicles; drive less by planning better and combining trips
  • Use public transportation instead of driving

Water                   

  • Use less: take shorter showers, turn off running water, fix leaks, put a timer on your lawn sprinkler
  • Prevent local flooding by using green storm water-management practices
  • Protect streams and Lake Michigan: don’t put leaves, garbage, animal waste, chemicals, vehicle cleansers and other vehicle fluids in street gutters

Waste                     

  • Avoid throw-away containers: bring your own
  • Reduce waste with the five R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Repair (and Reuse), Recycle, Rot
  • Help improve the recycling program by following the rules: don’t contaminate recyclables with garbage and don’t put recyclables in a plastic bag

Civic Engagement      

  • Vote and contact your elected officials
  • Create an emergency preparedness plan
  • Check in with neighbors during and after extreme weather
  • Engage in community networks, stay connected